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A Light in the Dark

On a cold winter’s night in Sydney, people gather to remember those who lost their lives living on the streets.

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Lemony Chicken and Risoni Soup

Now I have a large, active family who seem to be always on the go, this soup takes me back to those slow, treasured newborn days in an instant. Isn’t it so lovely how food can do that?

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Letter to my Younger Self: Guy Pearce

Before Jack Irish, before Easttown, Guy Pearce was a boy from Erinsborough. He talks fatherhood, fame and overcoming his fears.

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The Old Block

Ricky French takes the opportunity to do one of the final Neighbours tours of Vermont South.

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Steamed Savoury Egg Custard Two Ways

The most nostalgic egg dish for me is the big bowl of steamed savoury egg custard my family would make as part of dinner.

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Tallis

Every single day people walk past that know me and say hello. They make me feel like I’m part of the community.

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Annie’s Five-Minute Milo Cake

It’s a simple pleasure, the smell of it cooking and the soft, gently flavoured crumb is like time travel to Mum’s warm, colourful kitchen. My happy place.

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Michelle

The Big Issue was a good opportunity. I like the work, and I travel to suburbs all over Melbourne. I love travelling long distance, and it gets me out of the house. I start at 8.30am and work till 5pm from Monday to Saturday, six days a week.

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MasterChef’s Alvin Quah cooks KL Hokkien Mee

KL Hokkien mee was a family favourite. Poised with our bowls and chopsticks, we would unwrap our neatly packaged supper and dive in. Words of gratitude were replaced by the noise of slurping noodles.

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Susan and Ted

The Big Issue is very good because I’m learning to get around the CBD by myself. I’m also getting my confidence up and earning money, and I like that I’m communicating to different customers.

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Marcus

"I’ve been selling the magazine for 25 years. I’m really proud to see the evolution of the magazine, and my evolution as a person too."

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Milk Toffee

Most cultures have some form of toffee, fudge or caramel in their repertoire. This recipe is my version of the one found in Sri Lanka – milk toffee, which I learned from my Nan.

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Joshua

I’m a man who lives in the moment. I like to stick my life in cruise control and forget about the bad times. I don’t have big plans or expectations for the future. In the past, life threw more stuff at me than you’d think.

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Apple Crumble Mug Cake

This recipe brings back so many fond memories. It has all the flavours of a warm, classic apple crumble, but with much less effort.

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James

I was born in Melbourne. I’ve got my mum. I’ve got my twin sister – I’m classed as older, by a couple of seconds, I think – and then I’ve got my little sister and my brother. My parents separated when I was young, around four or five.

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Kotopoulo Me Rizi by Yiayia Next Door

Next door lives our very own angel, Yiayia (grandmother in Greek). And this was the first dish she gifted us after our mother passed away.

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Michael

I grew up in Cooma, New South Wales. There were four children in our family and I’m the eldest. One time Dad was working in Thailand. My sister and I went to Bangkok to visit him. It was exciting going on the plane.

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Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup by Paul West

"If there’s one thing that I hope my kids can cook by the time they leave home, it is this."

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City of Chocolate

Anna Spargo-Ryan remembers the sweet, sweet shoppe of home.

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Randy

"I love selling the mag because it gets me out of the house. I get to meet different people. I’ve known a lot of the vendors for a long while, so it’s good."

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Hot Cross Buns by Georgia Mcdermott

One of my all-time favourite scents is a heavily spiced hot cross bun wafting through the kitchen...

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Boots and All

Claire J Harris pays tribute to her greyhound Boots, a gentle soul and her pandemic companion.

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Owen

"I find selling the mag good. You have to get used to the fluctuations of bad days and good days, but the best approach is to be friendly."

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Apple Pie by Vendor Will

Food says community to me because enjoying a great meal is a great way to get together with those who are important to you.

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The Life of Warnie

We revisit cricket legend Shane Warne’s Letter to My Younger Self, in which he revealed the importance of good manners, good friends and good scents.

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KJ

"I started selling The Big Issue in July. I like the freedom, that you pick your hours. And just getting out and about and meeting people, and having fun."

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Nectarine Crumble Tray Bake by Sally Wise

My earliest memories of the wonders of baking were in my grandmother’s kitchen. The aroma as you walked in the door spelled “Welcome. Sit down, have a chat and something nice to eat.” It was like you were enjoying a cuddle with food.

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Takin’ Care of Business

The Big Issue’s Women’s Workforce are a force to be reckoned with, as Melissa Fulton discovers when she joins them on a shift.

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Bevan

"This is probably my fifth time selling The Big Issue. I just love doing it. I love seeing people smile, even if I don’t get money – I don’t care. To see someone walk past grumpy and I make them smile, that works for me – I’m a pretty laid-back character like that."

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Homes For Homes

Homes for Homes is a simple promise that when a home sells, whenever that is, 0.1% of the sale price will be donated—helping build homes for those in need.

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