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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 14-10-19

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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In this issue

4 min.
the big list.

01 Donate to help fight a humanitarian emergency in the Greek Islands The UK government may attempt to dissociate itself from a worsening migrant crisis on the continent – but desperate and vulnerable people continue to cross the Mediterranean at immense risk, arriving particularly in Greece at levels not seen since 2015, and they deserve our compassion. The charity Help Refugees is fundraising to support a rescue boat and provide tents, sleeping bags, nappies and food to new arrivals – give generously if you can. campaigns/greek-islandsemergency-fund 02 Check out a new cultural community space for South London Catford Mews is the whiskers: a 14,000sq ft venue with a cinema, live entertainment space for music and comedy, a pop-up food market with local traders and soon co-working areas and exhibition space. It’s one of…

1 min.
this week we asked you...

@susepats Walls Come Tumbling Down, The Style Council Gary Millings, Facebook Magazine: Shot By Both Sides, The Damned: Smash It Up, The Clash: English Civil War and Safe European Home @GnTtours Europe and the Pirate Twins (Thomas Dolby) followed closely by Dog Eat Dog (Adam & the Ants) @Wizwords The Future’s So Bright -timbuk3 Surely the anthem of any hard core head in the sand fingers in ears lalala brexiteer Andy Moore, Facebook The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go, Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb, Britney Spears: Oops I Did It Again, Napoleon XIV: They’re Coming To Take Me Away EmmakJackson Kate Tempest, People’s Faces Listen to our readers’ Big Issue Brexit Survival Anthems playlist on Spotify at: Tell us your Brexit Survival Anthems and we’ll add them: @bigissue…

4 min.

Reading between the lines We keep reading in the newspapers that this country has one of the biggest economies in the world, yet this is not reflected in our day-to-day lives. The telephone system is hardly efficient unless you like long delays and listening to the music provided to fill in this time. Train services are unreliable and can be costly, and the NHS has never quite understood that you can’t put a pint in a half-pint bottle. Finally, for years public libraries have been reduced in size and scope as crime has increased – when the libraries must be (perhaps unwittingly) the most crime-preventive institution ever invented; and perhaps this is the reason why so many philanthropists contributed millions towards them (Carnegie, for example). Years ago libraries were sometimes called ‘the…

1 min.

@Formula_Ward Just read your article on debt Gary [Webster], it’s brilliant and very honest. I have learned that the pains we’ve been through that have broken us in some way can help us to fix others. You should be proud of the words you have written, they will help @mustardtales I’ve just been reading @hannahjtw interview with @Greg0wen in the latest @bigissue. So great to be reminded again of all of the hard work Owen & Craddock have put into ensuring @iwantPrEPnow is available to all @NHSEngland. = less people developing #HIV…

3 min.
tomorrow’s world starts here, today

Does God have a boss? That was the toughest question. How do you answer that, if a nine-year-old is asking with an absolute honest desire to know? I was in a school last week in West Dunbartonshire to speak to the pupils about The Big Issue and homelessness and journalism. These talks are always uplifting to do, but challenging. If a room full of nine-year-olds decide you’re boring them, there is no pretence. They’ll be out of there. Toilet breaks increase as boredom thresholds break down. That area in Scotland frequently scores highly amongst the most disadvantaged communities facing multiple types of deprivation. It’s easy to get enraged at the injustice of it. In that school I found teachers doing everything they could to make the education the best they can. I found kids…

1 min.
richie riding high at pitch surprise

Popular Big Issue vendor Richie was reduced to tears after his British Superbike hero Peter Hickman turned up on his M&S Lincoln pitch to present him with a £5,000 cheque. The 47-year-old inspired his regular customers to raise £6,000 to help him cover his cost of living when he undergoes an operation to amputate part of his left leg. The former horticultural engineer, who has sold the magazine for 23 years, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that has left him needing to go under the knife. But Deborah Chester, the customer who kicked off the crowdfunding campaign, still had one surprise left for Richie. She invited top motorcycle racer Hickman on to Richie’s pitch to hand over the cheque for £5,450.86 (following fees deducted by campaign host Facebook), leaving the vendor emotional. Richie…