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The Big Issue 16-11-20

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
$5.46(Incl. tax)
$71.16(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the big list.

ART Now is the winter of our Cold War Steve From the political fallout from Covid-19 to the chaos of the US election, friend of The Big Issue and Britain’s best new satirist Christopher Spencer AKA Cold War Steve is on hand to etch it all into history via chaotic cut’n’paste collages. His Christmas cards are on sale now, with profits going to food waste charity FareShare. On November 24, a documentary film Cold War Steve Meets the Outside World will premiere on Sky Arts. coldwarsteve.bigcartel.com TV Heavy is the head: the return of Netflix’s The Crown Olivia Colman is back as Queen Elizabeth II, as Netflix’s hit drama about the monarch’s life and times moves into one of its most eventful and tumultuous periods, from 1977 through to 1990. Gillian Anderson joins the cast…

2 min.
how to reach your potential

I think a lot of us labour under self-imposed barriers. For instance, a lot of people will tell you they were terrible at maths and arithmetic and yet you sit down with them and watch them calculate the weekly budget and they make the numbers dance. But if we’re told we’re not good at something we decide to self-limit and not take risks. Don’t get me wrong – risks with your health and safety are totally di›ferent, but a lot of us let our fear of embarrassment and social failure block us from trying new things. This can result in serious consequences in a person’s life. Say if someone’s had a bad experience with mental health services, there might be things they can do to help themselves but if the initial…

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 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 people carry less…

5 min.
platform. your views on the big issues get in touch

@littlejamesandbob The Legend will live on and it’s true, real Street Cat Bob will live on in the new Movie A CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM BOB and in this new Big Issue from today with Bob on the Cover. Little James Bowen & little Street Cat Bob are happy to introduce this Edition to you, it’s an early Christmas Gift from Bob to you. You can do a bit for homeless People if you buy the Big Issue... once again Great Britain is in Lockdown and the Vendors need your help. The can’t sell it to you on the Streets so please buy a magazine online or use the Big Issue App! Thanks in the Name of little James & little Street Cat Bob Valerie Nelson Watched A Christmas Gift From Bob this weekend.…

3 min.
a new shot of hope

Back in March, a remarkable thing happened. Not that thing. Related to that, but not exactly that. Out of the first lockdown came our call. We asked that you got behind The Big Issue as we removed vendors from the streets. We called on you to help us to help our vendors as their income dried to zero. And you did. With no hesitation, so many of you got on board with our push for subscriptions and also donated to our vendor support fund. Within just a few weeks we were able to hand money to vendors. More than £600,000 in cash, or shopping vouchers or whatever useful things we could get to them over the lockdown period. It was an incredible thing. One moment stands out. On a particular Thursday morning…

1 min.
in the loop

Commute times have been cut drastically, mostly because many people are working from home, but the future for travel could look very different. Last week, Virgin Hyperloop carried its first passengers on a test track outside of Las Vegas. The system that combines the magnetic levitation technology that makes bullet trains in Japan and China so speedy, with the vacuum tubes from mailrooms of the past. Reaching speeds of 172km/h, travelling the length of the 500m track took 15 seconds. Strapped in were two Virgin Hyperloop employees – co-founder Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, who described the ride as “exhilarating both psychologically and physically”. The plan is for larger pods of up to 28 people to travel over 1,000km/h, transforming journey times. For example, London to Birmingham would take 14 minutes (compared to…