I’ve been seeing this ad on the back of many a Taxi in Brisbane.
I really like its style and agree with its message.
I got really pissed off this afternoon when the RBA cut the official Australian interest rate by a full 1 percent. It means that K and I won’t be able to save as fast anymore because our savings won’t compound as much, which is really annoying.
After work it was still bothering me when I decided that I should stop worrying about it at all, and I should stop being so negative. I’m really passionate about housing (un)affordability, but I think lately I’ve been coming across bitter and negative, especially towards some speculative property investors who I work with.
So I decided to do something nice, but lo-fi, tonight, to take my mind off it. We went to Kangaroo Point cliffs with a picnic and sat and watched the river and the city. We listened to Radiohead’s OK Computer which I, remarkably, had lost over the years.
At home we then watched YouTube film clips of heaps of the songs we remember from growing up. My favourite was ‘She don’t use Jelly‘ by The Flaming Lips.
In bed I started to read my Big Issue from yesterday. Straight away I saw a Hearsay quote I loved:
“You can’t keep money around for ever. It’s like saving sex for your old age.” ~ Warren Buffett
Then I read Editor Alan Attwood report that The Big Issue street sales are suffering because of the current economical climate:
“The general economic malaise has made it harder than ever to sell magazines on the street.” ~ Alan Attwood Editor, TBI 314
I couldn’t sleep. I decided to get up and re-read Instructions for Life. I then thought about writing this blog post.
But maybe dropping interest rates today wasn’t such a bad thing. It might finally free up some cash for people to actually buy a copy of The Big Issue off Greg, or one of the other street vendors. Or maybe they’ll just use the freed cash to buy some more shit for their MacMansions, or worse, to feed those hungry hungry pokies. But I’m just being bitter and negative again, aren’t I?
I was so stoked to have ‘my say’ published in The Big Issue today. It really made my day.
Here’s the original article I am talking about. TBI: please don’t sue
I look forward to every second Monday because it means I get to buy a new edition of The Big Issue off my street vendor Greg. I’ve been reading it for a while now so I was surprised on Monday when I opened it up and immediately realised that something was different; it was glossy, like a new iMac.
I was a big fan of the old matte print. It was easy to read and didn’t have the same print feel as a lot of the other magazines available in Australia which are typically high gloss, possibly designed that way to attract the attention of consumers when sitting for sale on newsagents stands. Most vendors I see selling TBI use a glossy clear plastic sleeve anyway, so why the need for gloss?
I looked through the magazine trying to find some mention of this new print style but I couldn’t seem to find anything. I could only find that the paper is still 20% recycled. The only place I could find any mention of the new printing style was three quarters through Editor Alan Attwood’s vendor’s introduction speech in Melbourne on YouTube. Thankfully he says they’re making some changes to the printing style and that it may not be permanent and could change again soon.
I just hope that the new glossy paper is not radioactive.
The Big Issue is kicking off its first Do a Favour Day next Friday in Brisbane. They are holding a free breakfast in Queen’s Park, George Street from 7am.
Participation involves doing someone else a favour next Friday. Suggestions include:
You can also do The Big Issue a favour by making a (tax-deductible) donation to:
The Big Issue Brisbane
Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre
62 Peel Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
This is what I am going to do.
It sounds strange, but I really look forward to every second Monday. Not because pay day is imminent, but rather a new issue of The Big Issue comes out. I was surprised then to see a new issue on sale in Brisbane today: the 300th issue.
I think it’s the best magazine you can buy for five six bucks. It’s actually my favourite magazine at any price. There’s something about it.
I’ve spent time reading the last few issues trying to figure out what that something is. It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think I worked it out: it’s not pretentious. I originally thought that pretentiousness was about money but it’s not. A free magazine can be pretentious, the Big Issue is not.
Keep up the good work The Big Issue. Keep it real and unpretentious.