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The Big Issue 09-11-20

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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the big list.

TV Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology hits the BBC Featuring a cast led by Star Wars actor and Black Lives Matter activist John Boyega, multi award-winner McQueen’s anthology of dramas tells stories from within London’s West Indian community from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Starting with Mangrove – about Black British campaigners put on trial aǽter demonstrating against police harassment – it’s an urgent commentary, says the director, “on where we were, where we are and where we want to go”. November 15, BBC One BOOK Hear the Dalai Lama’s climate appeal to the world As one of the world’s foremost religious figures, human rights campaigners and a friend to A-list celebrities and world leaders (not to mention The Big Issue) when the Dalai Lama speaks, people listen. In his new book, the 85-year-old…

2 min.
become a food producer

I was brought up on a small dairy and beef farm in Cumbria but these days I wouldn’t do anything on that scale – my plan is to sell a broad range of organic products in farmer’s markets. I say a broad range because, if you go shopping you don’t come out with one particular food. You’ll come out with any number of things. If you specialise in one product you have too many fluctuations in terms of price – for example the way the big chains abused dairy farmers when milk was coming in so cheaply from the continent. Thousands of British dairy farmers went to the wall. So I would never advise being reliant on one type of enterprise. I would consider having two polytunnels – one for things…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS New lockdown measures in England have meant The Big Issue has asked more than half its 2,000 vendors to temporarily stop selling the magazine. Elsewhere our sta›f 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 o›fering contactless payments so they are not losing out as people carry less…

4 min.
get in touch

Life cycle Just read about Craig O’Shea in Truro [The pandemic changed vendor Craig’s life for the better, October 26] and how, with your help he has been able to start up his bicycle repair business again. Can’t thank you enough for the help and confidence you gave him, and for all the work you are doing to keep others going. It’s too easy to become homeless and feel invisible. This story really made my day. We support you. Please keep on keeping on with this! Lainey, email letters@bigissue.com A life-changing encounter with vendor Jed ‘You changed my life.’ How oǽten have we read vendors’ accounts of how The Big Issue helped them? I’d like to tell you how a ‘chance encounter’ with a Big Issue seller helped change my life without him knowing it. About…

3 min.
paws for thought

A moment came for pause. It wasn’t because aǽter a couple of days straight watching little but John King on CNN telling us all about “pathways” and how election “math” was kicking in that the spirit was broken. John became a global cult figure in a matter of hours. Who else could stand at a giant digital screen showing the United States of America, tap it and tell us about how the several thousand residents of a small county in Georgia were likely to be voting? I think if probed John could tell us how their car was financed and where the best place for a sandwich was. I just hope that now, several days later, John is getting some sleep. It was the video of Donald Trump’s spiritual guru Paula…

1 min.
warsaw packed

Return to lockdown and a deadlocked US presidential race overshadowed some other significant global events. Thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw aǽter Poland’s highest court implemented a near-total ban on abortion in the country. Even though coronavirus restrictions limit gatherings to five people, an estimated 100,000 made their voices heard. Health minister Adam Niedzielski drew parallels with the Black Lives Matter protests, which he said “escalated” the pandemic in the US, though there is little evidence that this was the case. In Poland, there are about 20,000 new cases per day.…