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The Big Issue 5/24/2021

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
$5.37(Incl. tax)
$70.02(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

6 min

VENDOR SLAVI’S AT THE ART OF THE COMMUNITY A talented Big Issue vendor who recently appeared in the magazine explaining the process he uses for creating art has been rewarded with commissions from across the country. Keen artist Slavi Slavov appeared as a Vendor Expert back in March offering tips on how to create portraits, pastels and paintings. Soon afterwards he was delighted to receive emails from as far afield as Canterbury and Newcastle asking him to create some bespoke art. “It was so exciting, I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I appreciate everything and it’s really great. The people are lovely. We just emailed each other, they sent me a picture, I did my work in a couple of days and I sent it back to them.” Slavi (pictured left) sells The Big…

1 min

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL VENDOR VENDORS Following a long lockdown, vendors in England, Scotland and Wales are back out selling the magazine. Please continue to support them. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS Since the first lockdown in March last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of financial assistance to make up for lost sales. We still need your help to make sure we can continue to support them through uncertain times. HOW YOU CAN HELP 1. If your local vendor is selling The Big Issue, please buy from them. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell for £3, keeping the difference and working their way out of poverty. 2. If you cannot buy from a vendor, subscriptions to the magazine are available on a three, six or 12-month basis with a new edition delivered to your…

1 min
for the love of bob

Readers responsed to the choices… Titus Kojder Brownsville Girl at number one! Good list! @wingedmarsupial What? No room for When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky (Alternate Take) from Bootleg Series Vol 1-3? @TruesdellJYoung This is a great list, though in my opinion Emotionally Yours has no business among such august company (but I’m perfectly happy to go along with the out-of-the-box inclusion of Diamonds & Rust). Insightful & wide-ranging. I knew it was going to be a fun read when it started with Tweeter and The Monkey Man. Tom Joens The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar and Clean Cut Kid are two Dylan songs that don’t get their due! @NaDawson1979 Good to see Born in Time getting some love. Wendell Evans What, no Gates of Eden? @Alastair_J_Reid Now my default 80th playlist! Martin Richards That’s a pretty good list. I would have included…

2 min
get in touch

letters@bigissue.com @bigissue /bigissueUK @bigissueuk letters@bigissue.com Holy trinity I usually buy my Big Issue either in my local town of King’s Lynn or nearby city of Cambridge. I was, therefore delighted to see my ‘local Cambridge vendor’ featured in the 1457 – ‘We’re Back!’ Edition [April 12]. Page 25, bottom of! When buying my copy in Cambridge, Trinity Street, Eamonn Kelly and I often have a chat and laugh together, and I wish him well; I hope his worthwhile goals in life are fulfilled. Good luck, thanks, and all the best to the Big Issue vendors, here, there and everywhere! Andy Tyler, King’s Lynn Labouring badly The catastrophic local elections – stunned is not the word! How on earth had Labour become so detached from the very people it vows to represent, that it completely missed the very essence of…

2 min
a study in defiance tactics

Remember when Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok in the US? That feels like a very long time from now. But it was less than a year ago. Trump was angry at the growing power and influence of the Chinese and decided that banning the Chinese-owned TikTok would show them what’s what. There were moves to find an American buyer for the app, but in the end the ban was ruled unlawful by a federal judge and the story passed. It turns out that the move against TikTok came from Nick Clegg. The former deputy PM is now vice president of global affairs at Facebook. When Mark Zuckerberg was looking for a way to counter TikTok’s rise it was, reports The Sunday Times, “a Nick-inspired thing” to have Zuckerberg use Trump. Ironically, Clegg…

6 min
appy go lucky

RIDE OUT RECESSION ALLIANCE FIGHTING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN WORK AND IN HOMES What has the pandemic meant for your personal finances? Some people have never felt richer, unable to spend their earnings – the money normally haemorrhaged on rounds of drinks, foreign travel, smart clothes for the bottom half of your body – quickly enough. The Bank of England reported earlier this year that households were paying down credit card debts in record numbers, using the opportunity of less social pressure to spend to get on top of their bills. But this is only a small part of the Covid money picture. There are still more than four million people on furlough, unsure if their jobs will return. Particular groups, including young people, the low-paid, women who have had to homeschool and care…