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The Big Issue 12-10-20

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
$5.43(Incl. tax)
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the big list.

OUTDOOR EXHIBITION Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors October is Black History Month and to mark the occasion in Covid-proof fashion the Southbank Centre is hosting the first public exhibition to honour Britain’s Black female professors. From award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo (leǽt) to Cynthia Pine, the first woman ever to be appointed head of a UK dental school, Black women account for only 1 per cent of all professors in the UK. Get to know 45 of them through striking portraits by Bill Knight. Southbank Centre, London, until November 8; southbankcentre.co.uk ONLINE FESTIVAL Unmute: The Online Podcast Festival Podcasting gets the festival it deserves as several of the biggest hits in the business broadcast episodes live to your living room over one long weekend. Listen in for The Adam Buxton Podcast, O›f Menu…

1 min.
how to keep your bike on the road

How to change inner tubes To remove a tyre and change an inner tube I would advise not to use metal tyre levers as I’ve torn quite a few new inner tubes that way. You’re better with plastic ones and they’re cheaper to buy. They have little hooks on them that fasten on to your spokes and hold the tyre wall open while you separate it. You put the lever under the rim of the tyre (make sure it’s completely deflated first or you’ll probably snap your lever). You then take the tyre half o›f and pull the inner tube out – it should all tear out e›fortlessly. The new inner tube goes in reverse in exactly the same way. Cold-weather cycling You should be using nobbly tyres for more grip as most…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS Restrictions on movement are changing week to week, area to area. Our staff are working closely with every vendor to make sure it is safe for them to be selling, and safe for customers to buy. We are providing masks and hand gel, and encouraging vendors to follow government guidelines on an ongoing basis. This is a tough time, so please if you can, support your local vendor by buying The Big Issue from them each week. PITCHES Towns and cities across the country are quieter than normal so our teams are moving vendors to pitches where they have the best chance of selling magazines, depending on local safety measures and circumstances. An ever-increasing number of vendors are offering contactless payments so they are not losing out as people carry less cash. SUBSCRIPTIONS…

3 min.
get in touch

Rainbow Reg Your Big Issue representative, Reg, who has a pitch on the High Street, Bangor, North Wales is the high street’s very own rainbow. He’s such a colourful character and always so cheerful. He’s always whistling and is a little hub and hive of activity. He is a lovely man and I asked if I could sketch him a few weeks ago. He said I could and insisted on standing on one leg while I did it, but he was also selling The Big Issue at the same time. While he was posing a lady ran up and stuck her dog’s lead in his hand while she popped into a shop. He was totally unfazed, calling hello to the people passing by while I was doing a quick sketch. I bought my…

2 min.
readers debate the controversial right to buy scheme on its 40th anniversary

@ChitkwesuManetu An interesting article, right to buy and a lack of new-build council houses caused the huge waiting lists for social housing. @BenchleyRobert I heard Heseltine talk about this. He signed on to the policy aǽter he had sought assurances that something like 75 per cent of the money from council house sales would go back into social housing. It never happened. Thatcher screwed him over on her promise. And screwed the country over. Loren Tiernan Absolute disaster apart from the tenants who creamed o›f of the sell out! I’ve been on the housing list with a very large London borough for 3 years and 2 months. Rather than languishing in a horrific hostel filled with violence and drug abuse, I begged the council to put me in temporary accommodation and I didn’t care where…

3 min.
get bach!

There is a bit in the prelude of Bach’s Cello Suites that slays me every time. It comes just under two minutes in. There’s increasingly intense wrestling between a steady bass and speeding high notes for about 20 seconds and then, just at the right moment, there’s a gallop up the scale that feels like taking flight. And when we’re floating up there free and above everything, for a moment there is nothing. Just the moment. It’s a hell of a thing. I really love the cello and the sounds it can make. But I can’t play it. I rely on skilled and practised people to be able to take the dots and marks that Bach scratched on to a page and then translate them into joy. During lockdown and the months…