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The Big Issue 03-06-19

The Big Issue is a UK-based street paper that supports the homeless, the vulnerably housed and those seeking to escape poverty. Vendors normally buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell to the public for £2.50. We are using Zinio digital editions to create additonal revenue opportunities to fund our street-based and pastoral care services for our vendors. We are a social enterprise company and all revenues go to support the vulnerable communities we serve. Our goal is to move our vendors away from dependency and towards full time employment

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the big list.

01 Revisit the colourful history of the British seaside Recalling an age when it just wasn’t right to have a cup of tea without using proper crockery, even when at the beach, the Seaside: Photographed exhibition in Margate examines the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s onwards, through works by Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke and Ingrid Pollard. Turner Contemporary, Margate, until September 8; exhibitions/seaside-photographed 2 Catch Slowthai for a fiver In a clever bit of promotion for his debut album Nothing Great About Britain Northampton grime-punk rapper Slowthai has announced a tour, tickets for which cost a fiver, chiming with his persona as a champion of the poor. He previously did one for 99p, but overheads have gone up since becoming the new voice of…

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this week we asked you...

The two I would put forward would be social care and education. I did have a personal budget until around two years ago. It has been a struggle to maintain a decent life without it. The education point is simple, people with good levels of education find employment easier than those who don’t. Council tax is unsustainable as things stand now. Christopher, via email @AlisonRunham When things are this dire, we need to go back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Food, water, shelter, clothing (and all these, plus healthcare, via social care if needed). Once that’s sorted, do we follow Maslow (safety & security) or let it fight it out with education? @neilsalmon2 Poverty, homelessness, education, the NHS, social care etc. is not a funding issue it is a lack of political will. Funding can always…

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Socially aware If the government didn’t fear the power behind social media I doubt they’d be trying so hard to curtail it with their digital media plans [The new age of protest, May 20-26]. There’s been no steps to deal with mainstream media and the BBC, who both support this government. In fact, they have gone out of their way to protect them by cancelling Levison II so no I absolutely do not agree with Mark Millar. Sarah Banks, Facebook A legal matter In reply to C Hopper’s letter [May 13-19], I wish to clarify as an employment law paralegal that employees do not have to be in a job for at least two years continuously to bring a claim for age discrimination or for bullying. The only claim which would require two years’…

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we're not going to hell in a hand fart

I like Britain’s Got Talent a great deal. And by the time you read this, a new champion will have been crowned. Sadly, it’s not State of the Fart. In case you, foolishly, missed him, State of the Fart is a man who plays songs making fart noises with his hands. What? More? No! That’s it! How can you possibly want more?! There is an issue with the increasing number of magic acts who require assistance – David, show the audience the card – but that aside there is something reassuring and reaffirming about Britain’s Got Talent. BGT allows such moments of exultation that you’d even take Dominic Raab seriously as a thinker and potential leader You can argue, if you wish, that careful editing and choice of the acts to focus upon…

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Plain sailing for Big Issue vendor James Our man hits the high seas with Tall Ships Youth Trust Big Issue vendor James Heaton was so quick to find his sea legs on his four-day voyage across the English Channel that he now wants to chart a course to do more. The 43-year-old Bath seller was offered the chance to join Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) in a bid to boost his confidence and teamwork skills, setting sail from Portsmouth harbour on May 18. James joined an adult crew as they travelled to Cherbourg on the French coast before navigating the Channel Islands and stopping off at Alderney to explore. From there, course was set for the Isle of Wight before returning to Portsmouth on May 21. James was tasked, alongside his crewmates, to keep watch…

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could eating crisps while pregnant harm your baby?

HOW IT WAS TOLD Tabloids warning expectant mothers what to steer clear of is nothing new. In fact, the NHS’s own list of no-no foods is pretty comprehensive, encompassing everything from soft cheeses with white rinds and raw meats down to liquorice and pâté. You won’t find crisps on there though. But you would have found that warning in some of the papers on May 25. Take The Sun’s print warning of “Crisps ‘a baby risk’” that opened with the claim that “eating too many crisps could harm unborn babies”. Or their online version that opted for “CRISP RISK: Pregnant women warned ‘eating too many crisps could affect unborn baby’s growth’”, taking a step back from the claim made in the physical edition. Mirror Online went for “Mums-to-be ‘should avoid eating crisps to protect their unborn…