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The Big Issue 02-11-20

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
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the big list.

ART Never mind the result, get a fresh take on US history So what happened? The result of the US election wasn’t known before going to print but it’s probably safe to guess there has been no shortage of drama. The course of the American Dream has never been a smooth voyage, as a set of pastiches and parodies by British artist Ben Turnbull illustrate in American History RemiX. The exhibition, opening next month, explores the history of the country, from the frontier pioneers to the inauguration of President Trump. Ben Turnbull: American History RemiX, Saatchi Gallery, December 10 – January 10; benturnbull.com SHOP Buy fashionwear to help fight homelessness Backed by Big Issue Invest, The Blankfaces is a fashion label and unique social enterprise with designs either inspired or created by homeless people, which…

1 min.
become a trainspotter

If you’re looking for a new hobby that you can safely begin during the Covid outbreak, you could do worse than take up trainspotting. There are things to look out for almost everywhere in the country. For example, if you wanted to see the Azumas (built using Japanese bullet train technology) on the London to Edinburgh route, I recommend standing at Doncaster or York. On the west coast, so London to Glasgow, I would recommend Nuneaton where you would see your Class 390 Pendolino. If you’re in the West Country then I’d recommend Reading. You see all the diesels there and quite a bit of freight, ranging from Freightliners from Southampton Docks to big jumbo trains coming up from the Mendips with stone for construction. But if you think I mean…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS Restrictions on movement are changing week to week, area to area. We recently removed our vendors from the streets in Wales after it introduced more stringent measures. Elsewhere our staff are working closely with vendors 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. If you can, please support your local vendor by buying The Big Issue from them. 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…

4 min.
get in touch

Finely tuned I was delighted to see that Claire Jackson [Music, October 26] was at the wonderful Roderick Williams concert at Snape Maltings, as were we. It was the second we’d been to this autumn and we will be going to more. We feel completely safe in the airy auditorium, along with the fairly elderly audience (as at many classical concerts) who I’m sure like us consider going to a live event given by fabulous musicians well worth any health risks. And at Snape you can add a stroll through the watery landscape that surrounds this unique concert venue. I applaud the management’s achievement at opening up with care, and their offer of ‘pay what you can’ so that concert-going remains a viable option while giving hard-pressed professional musicians opportunities to perform.…

3 min.
we could be so good for you

There is a film coming called Songbird. The trailer has recently popped up online. It is utterly terrifying. It’s set a few years in the future. So far, so standard dystopia. Except in this future the world is still in lockdown, and has been for FOUR YEARS! The virus has mutated and now attacks the brain. Squads of hazmat-suited goons arrive to suck up the infected and transport them to infection ghettos. Those trying to avoid capture are shot. The conclusion of this movie is currently unknown. Unless there is a great reveal that lands on a world-saving vaccination, this is a hellscape that we can surely do without. It answers the question about how art will start to talk about the Covid epidemic. But quite who this is for is not…

1 min.
wall to wall tourists

As we continue to postpone travel plans, thousands of visitors crammed on to the Great Wall of China during the country’s October ‘Golden Week’ holiday. Half a billion people were estimated to have travelled during the period, showing how far China has come since its strict lockdown earlier this year. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Wall being opened to tourists on November 10 1970. The fortification built to keep invaders out quickly began welcoming sightseers in their droves. And as these crowds hopefully show, there may yet be light at the end of the tunnel for the rest of us.…