Being Bill Nighy...
In this week's Big Issue...
- Difficult, eccentric, non conformist, a little dissolute but well turned out, smart, very well-known but refusing to be defined by convention – Bill Nighy is in many ways an ideal Big Issue cover-star. Here, Sylvia Patterson locks horns with him and wrestles out some great thoughts on the Robin Hood tax, the craft of acting, trees and Ronaldo (the good one).
- Atos want out. After a year of attempting to implement cuts in living allowances to the most in need, the embattled French company are looking to remove themselves from the £400m contract. Adam Forrest speaks to families affected by the changes and looks at what might come next.
- Our Letter To My Younger Self is with celeb chef John Torode. Memories of trampolines and a father he misses a great deal feature. The story of a test he set for pal Greg Wallace when they met bears repeating. Friendship tests don’t get any tougher than this.
- John Bird is considering comedy and its power. He kicked off his stand-up world tour last week and here channels Socrates, Swift and Pauline in her pyjamas. That tour will be round your way soon.
- Harry Potter wants to sell The Big Issue. Daniel Radcliffe tells us why he likes The Big Issue a lot – and how he wants to get out on the street to try and sell it and raise some awareness. Good man, Daniel. You know we’ll hold you to that...
- Yulia became a symbol of the Ukrainian democracy movement last week. Her ‘I Am A Ukrainian’ video went viral and has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube. She is in The Big Issue’s coveted My Week spot this week. Great piece.
- Samira Ahmed this week looks at the joy of dressing in drag, and what that says about breaking accepted boundaries.
Our featured vendor this week is Charlie Dupiazza, who works a pitch down at Waterloo. He is, he says, a confidant and storer of secrets for some of his regulars. In Street Lights there is also news of a great vendor exhibition in Bath.
Elsewhere, MacKenzie meets Maverick’s squeeze – it’s Kelly McGillis. A Top Gun sequel does not appear to be high on her list. There is more, of course – including Sam Delaney having a pop at Downton, the swine!
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