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The Big Issue 23-09-19

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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4 min.
the big list.

01 Imagine… a solo show by Yoko Ono The world-renowned Japanese avant-garde artist and activist and wife of a certain Beatle brings her work to Bristol for the first time. Interventions/2 will see a series of films spanning Ono’s career shown in rooms throughout the Georgian House, including 1970’s Fly – co-directed with John Lennon – and a more recent work called Arising, which addresses the abuse of women. The Georgian House Museum, Bristol, September 28-December 31; 02 Get all shook up at Europe’s largest Elvis festival Every September thousands of Elvis fanatics descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King. Hear classic songs murdered every which way, whether at official shows in the Grand Pavilion, or at fringe shows around town – many of them…

1 min.
this week we asked you...

Plumber James Anderson’s plan to provide free boiler repairs for elderly customers went viral. What’s the kindest gesture someone has done for you or you’ve done for somebody else? @badgerbadbadger When I was rough sleeping, someone took me home on Christmas Day for lunch. @wrosefiresafety We offer our services at no cost to local charities so they can better spend the money on the good things they do. @iamreusable Crowdfunded for a seller’s funeral in York. Managed to raise the money and donated card readers to the sellers in his memory. His family also turned up after 20 years, finding out on social media. It’s the least I could do for a friend. @MariaFletcher77 In the @BigIssue this week read about the essential work done by @justrightscot and other ace lawyers to support street homeless. No surprise to…

4 min.

Millwall fan I have been a reader of your magazine for a number of years now but was especially touched a few years ago when I met seller Paul Millwall at Oval Station when I was working there. He brightened up some very dreary mornings and was always incredibly polite and friendly. The way in which he talked about how much he loved his job [My Pitch, August 19-25] and how it was supporting him really affirmed my belief in your cause and it has been incredible seeing him grow through an involvement with you. From speaking at events, to getting housing and even a poster at the Oval, Paul is a true credit to everything anyone could associate with The Big Issue and is a testament to just how much it…

1 min.

samiakhanlondonloves Addiction, homelessness, mental illness; a genius verging on insanity. A year since my brother died, the incredible personality, the knowledge, the loved human and bad ass @bigissueuk seller my brother was. I know he knew more than I have yet to imagine, he understood the magic, the fabric of life, the universe and knew we are all one, never judge anyone or their circumstance as we are all standing on the precipice. @amanda_falkson I am so sad about Andy [Wotton]’s passing. I’ve lived in the area for 22 years and I can’t remember not knowing him. He was part of our community and I can’t believe he’s no longer there. The flowers and tributes to him outside Waitrose Barbican are wonderful. @pclee27 Michael Morpurgo in latest @BigIssue [September 9-15] is so welcome and so…

3 min.
saving the planet is kids’ stuff

I saw them first early on Friday morning at my local suburban station. They stood out. They didn’t look like regular commuters. They were young – 15 or 16, why weren’t they at school? They greeted each other warmly. In a place of formal morning nods, this was odd. And they looked happy, and excited. What was WRONG with them?! Then I noticed the signs. The handmade clumsy and colourful signs have become a recognisable calling card. There was one with the ubiquitous ‘There Is No Planet B’ phrase, a few others about dinosaurs and the future. My favourite had an image of a Dr Seuss character on it. It read ‘The Lorax speaks for the trees. The Lorax says fuck you’. I was oddly moved by it, by that mixture…

1 min.
virgin coat is a mutt-have

Virgin Trains’ initiative of upcycling old uniforms to create blankets and scarves for homeless people is a commendable one – and now they’re looking after canine companions too. Every year, the rail operator enlists the help of prisoners from HMP Northumberland to turn old coats, shell jackets, shirts, trousers and suits worn by staff into garments to keep homeless people warm over the winter months. But, as so many of our Big Issue vendors tell us, dogs are such valuable companions so it’s heartening to see the latest addition to the scheme – dog coats. And, let’s be honest, the dog coats have more than a passing resemblance to a certain iconic red tabard. The upcycled garments are available from train stations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. “We set ourselves the challenge…