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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 29-04-19

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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in this issue

4 min.
the big list.

01 Enjoy cinema with a sense of occasion at Flatpack More than just a programme of screenings, Birmingham’s Flatpack festival is all about mixing up film with other art and entertainment forms. For instance acclaimed rave culture drama Beats (pictured) followed by a Nineties-themed party, Michael Cumming’s behind-the-scenes documentary Oxide Ghosts about Chris Morris’s legendary satirical comedy series Brass Eye incorporating a Q&A hosted by Stewart Lee, and Barbara Matijević’s dance-meets-theatre- meets-YouTube one woman and her laptop show Forecasting. Various venues, Birmingham, April 30-May 5; flatpackfestival.org.uk 02 Back the #MillionsMissing campaign for ME suferers A global movement calling for recognition and support for sufferers of chronic fatigue illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ME, are taking to the streets – or demonstrating from their beds if they aren’t able to protest physically. Some 75 cities have…

1 min.
this week we asked you...

A group of Peers is suggesting stripping benefits from older people to give cash-strapped millennials a boost. Should we make pensioners wait a few extra years for the handouts? I think politicians should pay their way and help those who don’t have much. Raymond Hewitt, Facebook Many elderly have reduced mobility and can suffer with isolation and loneliness. Being able to get out and travel for human contact should be a critical need that free travel allows. Patsy Walsh, Facebook It shouldn’t be about taking from the elderly to give to the younger. It should be about the rich and the tax dodgers paying what they should be. Nicola Bobite Cookson, Facebook Rather than take it away from over 75s extend the bus pass to more people, struggling workers in their 20s and 30s should be able…

2 min.

letters@bigissue.com Devon knows that’s a good idea While on holiday in Devon last week, I bought a copy of the magazine from a charming young chap on Exeter High Street and I was delighted to read the letter from Caroline Heaton [A nice exchange, Platform, April 8-14] who said she took her old copies of The Big Issue to the magazine exchange box at her local library, which of course is what I will now do now that I am back home in Hertfordshire. What a wonderful idea, not only for recycling reasons but also by introducing people to an interesting and inspirational magazine. Margaret Lambert, email On the money I was pleased to see this article about Rutger Bregman and his book [Pay binmen more than bankers, April 1-7]. There is a worked-out scheme by…

1 min.
earth day special

@ChrisGPackham Some top work by @NaturalistDara @BirdgirlUK @Kaulofthewilduk @GeorgeUKSCN @Appletonwild and @SleemanSophie in this week’s @BigIssue on #ClimateCatastrophe @green_and_seen This week’s ‘Youth Climate Action Takeover’ edition of @beckymiller33 @FinlayPringle great column in the @BigIssue this week: “If they choose to do nothing then kids of my generation will replace them with something better which gives us a future which puts planet before profit.” Thank goodness for the youth #youthclimateaction @CarolineLucas Great to be interviewed by climate activist @SleemanSophie on Earth Day with The Big Issue’s Youth Climate Action takeover @BigIssue @1AndyOmega The way to stop polluting and exhausting CO2 into our atmosphere is to build up a more autarkic infrastructure – smart cities, efficient local area networks instead of promoting mass transfer of goods and people around the globe, particularly in Europe @1louyates I the articles…

2 min.
doggone it, he’s right!

I spoke to my dog. It’s not the first time I’ve gone to him for some advice. I may have mentioned him before. He’s called Toastie. He’s a springer spaniel. He is the best and wisest dog of this, or any other, age. Don’t even try to argue. We were in the park. I’d thrown the ball, again. He brought it back, again. Then he started chasing some birds. Balls and chasing birds, finishing with a drink. Like an unreconstructed 1970s footballer. This is a record of the conversation: – Why, Toastie, are there a big number of mostly middle-aged blokes wanging on in long think pieces having a pop at Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old schoolgirl who can speak to foreign governments in a language that is not her own? – Well Paul, my…

1 min.
vendors’ trip to lords an ‘eye-opener’

Big Issue vendors got a taste of the corridors of power last week when the magazine’s founder Lord John Bird welcomed them to the House of Lords. A total of 20 vendors from across the UK headed to Westminster to celebrate their hard work selling the magazine on the streets as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. They were greeted with speeches from Lord Bird as well as newly appointed Big Issue ambassador and recent cover star Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, who shared her remarkable rise from selling the magazine to becoming a senior firefighter. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire also vowed to do more to prevent people from falling into poverty and homelessness and said: “This is the defining social justice issue of our time – and it is a personal priority for…