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The Big Issue 23-11-20

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)
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the big list.

TV Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me Campaigns encourage a firm stand against one of the worst scourges facing not just football but society at large, with reports of racist incidents on the rise. Yet, when former professional player Ferdinand correctly called out then England captain John Terry for racially abusing him, the ripple effect it caused was to have grave repercussions for his mental health and his career. A new documentary follows Ferdinand on a mission to ask questions of the system, and turn his experiences into positive action. BBC One, November 30 SOCIAL ACTIVISM The Injustice Advent Calendar In the build up to Christmas, carry out a free, five-minute act that will help to make the world a better place. Fair Trade online shop Traidcraft has partnered with organisations such as Anti-Slavery International…

2 min.
how to become an artist

My stepdad back home in Nigeria was a sculptor and he was my mentor – I grew up around art. I studied art at college and inspiration can come to me at any time. Now I am the official UK artist for Mama Biashara, a London charity that helps people in Kenya. I do a lot of work inspired by my Nigerian heritage and African masks whether it be paintings, sculptures or poetry. I try to get things down quickly on a sketch pad or take a picture of something that I see. Taking a rough sketch means that next time you are sat in front of a canvas you can just refer to that. When it comes to starting the painting, the most important thing is preparation. In the art world,…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS Lockdown measures in England and parts of Scotland mean 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 offering contactless payments so they are not losing out as people…

2 min.
your views on the big issues of the week

BIG ISSUE AMBASSADORS @thewarriormum Had started day dreaming about @MrGeorgeClarke helping resurrect our old charity building. Nice addition to the @BigIssue team @IndianGirlRuns Incredible interview with @BigIssue Ambassador @DanielMays9 and @ColinMurray on @bbc5live about their Christmas Appeal; importance of acknowledging sellers and subscribing to the mag. Help if you can. It’s a help up not a handout. ADDICTION STORIES @xenatheworrier Really interesting article, and something that we all need to understand more about. Understanding breaks down prejudice, makes us more aware of ourselves and others around us. That can only be a good thing. Dopamine, such a misunderstood part of all of us. @realordinarylad Addictions come in ALL shapes and forms, most people carry an addiction of some sort, excessive or not, legal or not illegal. What makes them acceptable is how much control is had. Does it a›fect…

3 min.
time for hard truths

The fight for Christmas is a curious concept. The argument has gathered momentum in recent days. It says take a hard lockdown now, with the normal apparatus of life closed off for millions of people for weeks, then you can enjoy family time together on December 25. And then potentially another lockdown. It doesn’t make sense. The idea that Christmas is one day, an afternoon, of warm- hearted gluttony, sleep in front of the TV, a fraught moment with your extended family and arguments over a quiz doesn’t quite fly. For one thing, I haven’t mentioned the essential nature of Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special. Christmas is now. This is Christmas. Christmas is all the lead up to the day. It’s the lights coming on in streets. It is shop assistants shaking their…

1 min.
taxi for covid

You can never find a taxi when you need one. It could be because they’re all parked in Epping Forrest. Fields around London have turned into long-term taxi ranks as demand has dried up. And it’s not just due to the second lockdown. According to Transport for London, 20 per cent of black cabs have been taken off the streets of the capital since June; numbers falling from 18,900 to 15,000 as fewer people are travelling, meeting up or going out to restaurants or cinemas. The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association estimates that only 20 per cent of taxi drivers are still making a living driving their vehicles. Campaigners are demanding more support to help drivers, many of whom are self-employed, through the next few months. The difficulties faced by London cabbies are replicated…