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The Big Issue 10-06-19

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 Park up for The Multi-Story Orchestra Supported by our sister organisation Big Issue Invest, The Multi-Story Orchestra is fascinating on two levels. One, it’s made up of outstanding young professionals from diverse backgrounds who explode the myth that it’s only privileged white people who play classical music, and two, they perform their shows in car parks. Their summer season launches with compositions by Kate Whitley and Maurice Ravel. Kings Place, London, June 9 (more dates summer-long); 02 See the debut exhibition by the world’s first humanoid artist Is art an instinctively human expression, or can it be replicated by a machine? Find out at the debut exhibition by Ai-Da, the world’s first ultra-realistic AI robot artist. The brainchild of boffins at Oxford University, she can draw and paint from sight like no synthetic…

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The meal thing Years ago there wasn’t so many fast-food outlets so eating habits have changed, and in some aspects they do provide a meal of sorts for people who are unable to eat a proper one at regular times. And there are many of these because of the changing nature of society. I was surprised to read the criticism of American food, especially chlorinated chicken [May 27-June 2], as America is the most legislative country in the world. Maybe food has come into the Brexit debate. A debate that should already have been decided, whether you are a leaver or a remainer, at the ballot box in June 2016. In a democracy all other arguments are really superfluous. And if in doubt about any product from America or elsewhere, don’t…

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this week we asked you...

Nope. They are vehicles to grab your email and pound you with donation asks. Money money money. Haven't signed one in years. Janet Rossi , Facebook I don’t think they change much but what they do is remove the government’s ability to say they didn’t know, unless they lie of course. Take the warmonger Blair, he cannot say the nation supported his illegal war, he cannot say he didn’t know there were no weapons of mass distraction, he cannot say he was right – unless of course he’s prone to lying... Sarah Banks, Facebook Not really but what else can people do? Protesting can lead to prison, or for those who are ill or disabled it can cost them their benefits. If a government wishes to ignore the people it should be accountable. I suggest…

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why your vote counts

Countries like Britain, where the inequality between top earners and the bottom earners is much greater than in more equal, cohesive and happier countries like Finland and Sweden, score higher on social problems like physical and mental ill-health, violence, teenage pregnancies, homelessness and imprisonment. Is our Brexit muddle going to allow us to remedy this any time soon? If you don’t think Brexit will help us concentrate on remedying our problems and you are one of the roughly 13 million who didn’t vote in the 2016 referendum please do so next time if you get the chance. Tony Rowe, Sudbury @bigissue @ewinkler Heartbreaking article in @BigIssue about poverty and food, and UN report on Extreme Poverty. Heartbreaking because it does not need to be this way. UK is fifth largest economy on the planet. @MatthewPhelan Great…

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poverty? what poverty?

It is the casual dismissal that startles. When the Chancellor Philip Hammond was challenged by Emily Maitlis on Newsnight about the levels of poverty faced by people in Britain, he dismissed the idea out of hand. “I reject the idea,” he said. Not much room for misinterpretation there. But, just in case that was not hammered hard enough, Phil hammered more. When it was suggested that the UN report into the state we’re in said that 14 million people in Britain face dire poverty, he said: “I don’t accept the UN rapporteur’s report at all.” Still not clear? It’s “a nonsense”, added Hammer Hammond. And just for good luck, the kicker – “look around you, that is not what we see in this country”. If you wanted to show the remoteness of the elected…

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Writers on the Stormzy Grime superstar and imminent Glastonbury headliner Stormzy has revealed the winner of his #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. Monika Radojevic, 23 (above right), and Hafsa Zayyan, 28, have landed publishing contracts with #Merky Books through Penguin Random House, after a panel of judges including Stormzy chose them from more than 1,200 submissions. Susan Sandon, managing director at PRH UK, described them as “among the best writers of a new generation”. Radojevic was selected for her poetry collection 23 and Me and Zayyan for novel We Are All Birds of Uganda. Young people trapped in small towns Spiralling rents are forcing young people to stay in small towns instead of moving to cities with better jobs. Research by thinktank the Resolution Foundation showed that millennials are being priced out of cities at…