Big Issue Magazine
25 Jan - 31 Jan 2016
In this weeks edition:-
As the Trumpinator rolls on we look beneath the rhetoric of the would-be most powerful man in the world. Rather than problems coming from overseas, those who’d do most damage are the indigenous hate groups mushrooming up across the States. The Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery Alabama, tell us that the more Trump roars the more embolded some of the groups become.
Our Letter To My Younger Self is with actor MacKenzie Crook. He spent formative years on a family farm in Zimbabwe with a gun and a motorbike. Great interview.
John Bird this week considers Rabbie Burns and the state of contemporary poetry. And tea towels.
Our featured vendor is Josh Clarke who sells in central Bristol. His story of struggling with homelessness after leaving the care system is one that everybody should read. He’s only 23. “Selling The Big Issue has given me purpose and direction,” he says.
Samira Ahmed is our columnist this week. She’s looking at the Oscar race row through the prism of Rocky.
Ten years ago The IT Crowd first told us to try switching it on and off again. It made stars of Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade. Joined by these two and creator Graham Linehan, Eamonn Forde looks at the world the show entered and the influence it left.
We also dig into the IMF advice to look at refugees as a resource and an economic boon rather than a problem; our classical music man David Fay writes in celebration of Boulez; and there is, of course, Spot The Ball.