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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 15-07-19

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

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£2.51(Incl. tax)
£129.96(Incl. tax)
51 Issues


4 min.
the big list.

01 Witness the forgotten female faces of the fight against ISIS Ragtag Kurdish guerrilla organisations oǽten comprising women warriors battled hard against radical jihadists in Syria and Iraq and were instrumental in their eventual defeat. Photographer and author Joey Lawrence gained unprecedented access to embed himself among the chaos. His new book We Came From Fire: Photographs of Kurdistan’s Armed Struggle Against ISIS is a compelling document of 21st century warfare. 02 Pick up a repurposed purse by Damsel & Daughter from The Big Issue Shop Upcycled from leather and faux leather off-cuts sourced on Brick Lane, these stylish hand-craǽted coin purses will make you think twice about going cashless. Particularly as every purchase raises funds to create feminine hygiene packs for disadvantaged women in London. bigissueshop.com/vendor/ damsel-daughter 03 Spend the night with Bros…

1 min.
your thoughts on the big issue’s cashless revolution?

@francomattis Hey folks! Today I bought the @bigissueuk from this awesome dude through contactless payment. So here’s my shout out to Exeter and beyond to buy The Big Issue if you don’t have one already, and you don’t even need cash monies! @Actuarial_Tutor Big Issue man at Waterloo has contactless. This is the next level up @CharlieBlags Just bought my frst @BigIssue using contactless card from a chap in Bank. Great innovation @bobcrazydaisy Bought my @BigIssue from a seller with a contactless machine today. Impressed that I didnt need to go to the cashpoint. Friendly guy selling outside M&S #swindon today…

3 min.

Give Jeremy Corbyn a break I am writing in response to your editor’s letter [Theresa, you’re too late, July 1-7]. Paul McNamee rightly berates the Conservative Party’s austerity agenda, which has “hollowed out so much of Britain”. We know that the Conservative government, and their coalition with the Liberal Democrats, have increased the divide between rich and poor, contributed to the thinning out of social fabric and promulgated homelessness. I then fnd it galling that you level criticism of Jeremy Corbyn in the same vein (in your words: “the same goes for Jeremy Corbyn”). Mr Corbyn has stood in direct opposition to the Conservative government’s appalling behaviour, and has consistently and unrelentingly done so for years, in particular since becoming leader of the Labour Party. The current Labour shadow cabinet’s policies are exactly…

1 min.
david lynch: ‘i do go out, i just don’t like it’ [july 1-7]

I discovered this magazine today in the streets of London. The guy who sold the copy gave me this for £2 because I was a Lynch fan. Overwhelmed. Ivano Spiga, Facebook It’s true. There really is no place like home. Greg Wallace, Facebook @dgw_23 It’s been a wet Saturday afternoon out there, so chance to take a break from the hassle and hustle. Superb interview with David Lynch in the current @bigissueuk Also an excellent one with Tim Burgess about TM (Transcendental Meditation). @jomarybutler I.DO.GO.OUT.I.JUST.DON’T.LIKE.IT. Divine David in The Big Issue. @bigissue @norwichlanes Happy 60th birthday @bigissueuk Jim. Thank you for your great work directing tourists around the Lanes. #norwichlanes #bigissue Hear from Jim on page 39 @jacky_writes My first time getting a @BigIssue today – really wanted to after hearing about Paul Kelly. Lovely vendor and brilliant magazine, can’t believe I’ve…

3 min.
the alright stuff

Fifty years ago, on July 16 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin were strapped inside the tip of a 111m tall rocket filled with 2,500 tonnes of kerosene and liquid oxygen. At 2.32pm this was ignited. If something had gone wrong on launch, the Saturn V rocket would have exploded with the force of a small atomic bomb. As well as this rather worrying health and safety concern, the three astronauts carried the ambition of a nation and the hopes of the wider world. Their whole lives, years of training, focussed on this apex. The brilliant Apollo 11 documentary from Todd Douglas Miller, still screening across the country to coincide with this anniversary week, uses restored archive footage to outline the mission in minute-by-breathless-minute detail. You are with the crew,…

2 min.
holiday hunger: your responses

As the majority of kids in England and Wales join Scottish children on their summer holidays over the next week or so, the effects of holiday hunger are really going to start to bite. In our last issue, we told how catering for an extra meal every day once kids are no longer in school can see up to three million children go hungry because their parents can’t afford to buy the extra food. It’s a national crisis. That’s why holiday hunger was the subject of a committee inquiry in Parliament earlier this month – and food poverty remained on the political agenda last week. The ‘Other Britain’ interim report by MPs Heidi Allen and Frank Field and campaigners Feeding Britain delivered results of the politicians’ visits to foodbanks around the UK. Their assessment…