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The Big Issue

The Big Issue

10-08-20

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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13 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
time is running out for england what’s happening elsewhere?

WALES: Housing Minister Julie James has announced that landlords will have to give six months’ notice of eviction to tenants up until September 30, up from the three months introduced in March’s Coronavirus Act. James said the measures will mean “fewer people will face eviction into homelessness at a time when local authorities are less able to respond to these situations”. SCOTLAND: A six-month notice period was introduced at the start of the coronavirus lockdown and is set to be extended beyond September following the advice of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Shelter Scotland are already warning of the consequences of not extending protections. “A tidal wave of evictions” is on the cards without them, according to director Alison Watson, following a 40 per cent increase in applications for crisis…

3 min.
the big list.

MUSEUMS The reopening of the V&A in London and Dundee Liberating millions of exhibits from lockdown at last, the world’s largest museum of design – as well as its much newer little sister in Dundee – are both reopening at last this month, albeit for pre-booked visits only (entry remains free). The V&A London is open now, with the exhibitions Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk and Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined set to reopen from August 27. The V&A Dundee meanwhile reopens on August 27 with the exhibition looking at the life and work of fashion icon Mary Quant. vam.ac.uk, vam.ac.uk/dundee MUSIC Beyoncé’s new visual album hits Disney+ If it was a coincidence that Hamilton arrived on the streaming service at the height of a discussion about racism, then Disney makes a very deliberate statement…

2 min.
big issue boots

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A MOUNTAIN WALK Each morning I pack my bag carefully before heading down to my pitch to sell magazines. I try to make sure not to forget anything necessary or else the day might not work for me. It’s easily done! No water? No food? No magazines?!! It’s happened. If something’s important then prepare well. If we don’t prepare well then the journey for the day really wasn’t that important. To be happy at the end of the day is my objective and it’s usually poor preparation or excessively high expectations that will scupper that. I used to day-walk a lot and missed items were bothersome but not tragic. A bus home was never far away. It was only once I started long-distance trekking and mountain walking that…

1 min.
vendor return

VENDORS: Not all vendors have been returning at once. Health issues mean some are shielding and areas of the country may be subject to short-notice localised lockdown restrictions. We will continue to support vendors who need help until they can start selling again. PPE: Safety is key, we do not want to risk any vendor or customer’s health. So we have provided ‘Welcome Back Packs’ for each vendor that include masks, gloves, sanitiser and wipes. Vendors will also be given waterproof bags to safely store magazines. PITCHES: Some pitches may have moved, depending on local safety measures. A large number of vendors will now be offering contactless payment, but they will all continue to accept cash – there is no indication that handling cash or magazines will transmit the disease, but shoppers…

4 min.
get in touch

Green party Your Fact/Fiction section [July 27] discussed the evidence for the health benefits of cabbage and other greens specifically regarding protection against Covid-19. I’m not sure about that; but I have discovered during my months of self-isolation (apart from the occasional click-and-collect shopping), that I benefit enormously, not just from my subscription to The Big Issue, but from cabbage and especially sauerkraut. The cabbage I sprinkle with fennel and caraway seeds, a little salt and butter, and cook at a fast boil until al dente. It’s delicious with almost anything. The sauerkraut I buy is Polish and needs no preparation as it is already fermented. It's tangy and sharp, and goes well with meat or fish. And you can always make delicious bubble and squeak from leftovers. Dr David Seddon, South Norfolk letters@bigissue.com Sewing…

1 min.
we're all cocker hoop

The Big Issue’s links with Jarvis Cocker go back 25 years. We have long flown the flag for Pulp, and it’s gone both ways. Jarvis’s interview with David Bowie for The Big Issue in 1997 is a piece of legend, and one that we celebrate through the years. Jarvis remains one of Britain’s most creative and fascinating cultural voices, a man who, in a few lines, can effortlessly articulate state-of-the-nation truths. It’s a joy to have him take over The Big Issue this week. Even though he’s been busy releasing the rightly acclaimed Jarv Is... album Beyond the Pale, he still found time to put together this remarkable edition. And it’s no surprise that his deep dive into what lockdown meant for thinking and creativity spins off in arresting ways. We thank him…