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Food Banks, Kill the Bill and Doctor Who: The Big Issue’s Most Read 2021 Stories


9. Roger Taylor: “I just wish I could say goodbye to Freddie”

Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor. Image: Xavier Vila

The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self series makes a point of interviewing interesting people, asking them to look back on their lives and give each other some advice at 16.

This high-profile interview with Roger Taylor covered his career as Queen’s drummer, a weekend with David Bowie, Live Aid and more. But it was his comments on the late Freddie Mercury that struck a chord.

“I was literally on my way to see him, less than a mile away, when they called me in my car and said he was gone,” he told Jane Graham .

“I just pulled over the car on Kensington High Street, in a kind of shock. Because even when you know someone is going to die, it’s still such a shock when they actually do.

Check out the rest of this year’s best interviews from the series here.

8. The menu for COP26 is “like serving cigarettes at a lung cancer conference”

A cheeseburger at COP26 has a carbon footprint of 3.4 kg, double the UK average for a single meal. Image file of Pexels

For two weeks in November, all eyes turned to Glasgow for the UN climate conference COP26. It was touted as a success or a breakthrough, a last chance for the planet to agree on how to turn the tide on climate change and protect our world for future generations.

The eagle-eyed Big Issue reporter was at the scene and couldn’t help but notice something out of place in the official conference canteen. The menu had painstakingly detailed the carbon footprint of each of its items, but many were well above the level needed to reduce emissions.

“It’s like serving cigarettes at a lung cancer conference. As long as such illogical decisions are made, the climate emergency will never be resolved, ”said one critic.

7. Universal credit: what is it and why is the £ 20 reduction important?

Universal Credit, The Conservative government’s overhaul of the welfare system has been a constant source of criticism and 2021 has strained many conversations.

Claimants doubled during the pandemic as the economic impact hit millions, forcing Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase payments by £ 20 per week in March 2020, to withdraw them again in September 2021.

Campaigners insisted he didn’t go through what was, in fact, a £ 1,000 a year cut in the incomes of some of the country’s most vulnerable people, and The Big Issue’s Hannah Westwater followed the debate. and its impact throughout the year in this regularly updated explanatory article.

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6. What are the Kill the Bill protests?

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Protesters at the Kill the Bill march in London on April 3. Paul Easton / Flickr

The Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is designed to introduce new police powers and rules relating to crime and justice in England and Wales. He was strongly opposed. Critics say it threatens to severely limit protests, expand arrest and search powers and put more people at risk of becoming homeless.

Thousands of people have joined Kill The Bill protests across the country as the legislation is passed through parliament, and even former Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed concerns, telling Home Secretary Priti Patel to consider the “fine line between popular and populist” because “our freedoms depend on this”.

This regularly updated explainer made sure to keep track of the protests and debate.

5. William Shatner: Mankind Will Not Survive To Reach A Star Trek Future

‘When I die I want my atoms to feed a tree’ Photo: © Glenn Hunt / Newspix / Headpress / eyevine

What kind of 90-year-old rides a horse and strokes sharks? William Shatner does, of course.

His conversation with Steven MacKenzie covered both light and dark, about staying busier than most into his later years and the threat of global warming.

“I saw maps of what the ocean is going to do in Bangladesh,” he said. “Are there 60 million people in Bangladesh? It will be underwater! Where are these people going? India already has too many people. Pakistan, are you kidding me?

4. James Bowen Reveals Street Cat Bob Statue in London: “It’s His Legacy”

Former Big Issue salesman James Bowen found Bob, an injured and abandoned red-haired tom, in 2007. He looked after the young cat – which in turn gave him a reason to get up every morning. The story of how they became inseparable, playing and selling The Big Issue on the streets of London, quickly became a bestseller.

James was heartbroken when Bob passed away in 2020, along with millions of fans around the world, so a statue in Islington Green, where the couple are said to play and have lunch, is a fitting tribute to one of the most famous felines. from London.

3. A viral photo of a soup kitchen queue called a “national failure”

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The Kindness Homeless Street team says more than 200 people lined up in sub-zero temperatures for food. Credit: Kindness Homeless Street Team

Food bank use has skyrocketed during the pandemic, with the nationwide Trussell Trust reporting that it was distributing more than 2,000 packages a day across the UK in November.

Kindness Homeless Street Team has run a soup kitchen in George Square in Glasgow since 2019, this photo of hundreds of people lining up in the snow caught the country’s attention in February.

“The problem is, if we don’t, who will? It’s about taking over and making sure those people are supported and that services are provided to them, ”said Andy Lockhard, a Kindness Homeless volunteer.

2. 8 Hollywood A-listers Brian Cox Destroys Logan Roy Style In His New Book

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Logan Roy is at the top of the Succession ranking. Photo: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo

As megalomaniac media mogul Logan Roy in hit series Succession, actor Brian Cox rarely hesitates to share his feelings. Turns out, Cox isn’t that far removed from the character in real life, either.

He looks back on his career in a new autobiography Put the rabbit in the hat, a book that our Steven MacKenzie researched before their November interview.

He found solid gold quotes as Cox shared his opinions on co-stars over the years. Steven Seagal?

“Steven Seagal is as ridiculous in real life as he appears on screen. He exudes a studied serenity, as if he is on a plane superior to all of us, and while he is certainly on a different plane, no doubt about it, it’s probably not a higher.

There is more, much more, in the second most read article on The Big Issue website in 2021.

1. Christopher Eccleston: “I’m currently sleeping in the Tardis”

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After 15 years, Christopher Eccleston returns to Doctor Who in four new audio adventures. Words: Adrian Lobb Image: Tony Whitmore

Christopher Eccleston’s work as Ambassador of major issues Always kept him close, so when he recorded a new four part series of a Doctor Who audio adventure our Adrian Lobb was among the first to find out.

He left his first stint as a Doctor amid the acrimony, but is still there for his fans.

” I like to do [them] happy, ”Eccleston says. “I have my passions as you know – reggae, rocksteady, ska, soul music – there are certain things that fascinate me. So I totally understand that in people. And I’m happy if they’re happy.

The interview was the most read story on The Big Issue in 2021.