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IN PAIN AND GLORY, PEDRO ALMODÓVAR DECIDES TO SEND HIMSELF UP - OR DOES HE?

By this stage in his prolific career, Pedro Almodóvar is essentially a brand. The Spanish writer and director makes films with hearts...

STEPHEN HENDRY: ‘YOU HAVE TO BE VERY SELFISH TO BE AND STAY THE BEST'

I never watched snooker on TV, but two weeks before my 13th birthday I got a toy snooker table for Christmas. My mum had seen it in...

 
 
 

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: WE MUST DISRUPT CORRUPT SYSTEMS IF WE WANT TO MAKE CHANGE

The Big Issue: You have been politically engaged for all of your career. Is there an urgency to your current campaign that wasn't there...

Top 5 British legal thrillers

TOP 5 BRITISH LEGAL THRILLERS

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty Accomplished scientist Yvonne Carmichael has an affair with a mysterious Westminster staffer. At...

 
 
 
Lot, Bryan Washington; Ayoade On Top, Richard Ayoade

LOT, BRYAN WASHINGTON; AYOADE ON TOP, RICHARD AYOADE

It would be trite to suggest that three years of ignorance and bigotry setting the American political scene has bred a new wave of...

THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF THE BARROWLAND BALLROOM

The lights went up at the end of Bear's Den's Glasgow gig. Whistles and whoops and heartfelt applause filled the hall. The band looked...

 
 
 

BIG ISSUE VENDOR AMANDA WILL RETURN TO PRIDE CYMRU THIS WEEKEND

Popular Cardiff vendor Amanda Hill is set to sell The Big Issue at Pride Cymru after her stint at last year's LGBTQ+ celebration was...

Would Rory Stewart have had to resign over the 10 Prisons Project?

WOULD RORY STEWART HAVE HAD TO RESIGN OVER THE 10 PRISONS PROJECT?

Violence and drug use has fallen at eight of England's most challenging prisons in the 10 Prisons Project which Rory Stewart gambled...

 
 
 
Rohingya refugee: “The crisis is in the hands of the international community”

ROHINGYA REFUGEE: “THE CRISIS IS IN THE HANDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY”

Habiburahman, known as Habib, was born in 1979 and grew up in Myanmar, his childhood surrounded by prejudice. Members of his community...

G7 LEADERS NEED TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT TACKLING RICH-POOR GAP, SAYS CHARITY

The G7 leaders have to rein in policies that are driving inequality and poverty at home and abroad, says Oxfam, if Johnson, Macron,...

 
 
 

WHY WE NEED A CHARTER OF THE COMMONS

On November 6, 1217, two documents became part of our constitution, Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, the latter asserting...

Can technology help prevent people becoming dependent on foodbanks?

CAN TECHNOLOGY HELP PREVENT PEOPLE BECOMING DEPENDENT ON FOODBANKS?

Machine learning is all the rage right now. The NHS are all over it - they've vowed to become world leaders on the tech front in the...

 
 
 

PEOPLE FORCED TO SLEEP IN KITCHENS AS HOUSING CRISIS DRIVES MASS OVERCROWDING

The housing shortage is forcing as many as 130,000 families to live in one-bed flats, according to new research into the shocking level...

CHANGEMAKERS: HELEN COSTA IS USING VR TO HELP ADOPTED CHILDREN FEEL SAFE

What if you could see the world through a child's eyes - would you change your behaviour towards them? Helen Costa thinks so. When...

 
 
 
The Friendly Bench could be coming to a town near you

THE FRIENDLY BENCH COULD BE COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU

Writing for The Big Issue, you don't often get a chance to wrote a positive story about a bench. All too often benches are the subject...

Late Big Issue vendor's sister continues his legacy with homeless rooms

LATE BIG ISSUE VENDOR'S SISTER CONTINUES HIS LEGACY WITH HOMELESS ROOMS

The sister of a late Big Issue vendor is keeping his memory alive by housing 14 homeless people in renovated accommodation. Jen Roberts...

 
 
 

HOMELESS CHILDREN ARE BEING HOUSED IN OFFICE BLOCKS AND SHIPPING CONTAINERS

At least 210,000 children are officially homeless, according to a shocking new report from the Children's Commissioner for England...

FACT/FICTION: IS SOCIAL MEDIA DAMAGING YOUNGSTERS' MENTAL HEALTH?

How it was told We're all still trying to get a handle on social media. The new technology has made the world a smaller place in the...

 
 
 

PUBLIC RAISES £26,000 TO FUND FILM ABOUT ROUGH SLEEPERS AND THEIR DOGS

A Kickstarter set up to crowdfund for a documentary following the lives of rough sleepers and their canine companions has smashed its...

Why Vivienne Westwood collaborated with The Big Issue on a special t-shirt

WHY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD COLLABORATED WITH THE BIG ISSUE ON A SPECIAL T-SHIRT

Vivienne Westwood has teamed-up with The Big Issue to create a special limited edition t-shirt as she takes aim at the environmental...

 
 
 



Shane Warne and Ian Botham react to Ben Stokes' astonishing century against...

Shane Warne and Ian Botham react to Ben Stokes' astonishing century against Australia

Ben Stokes hit one of the great knocks as England tied the Ashes series in the third Test at Headingley Shane Warne and Ian Botham ran out of superlatives describing Ben... Read more ...

Rory McIlroy wins golf's biggest ever prize pot after claiming Tour...

Rory McIlroy wins golf's biggest ever prize pot after claiming Tour Championship title 

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Man City 2019/20 fixtures: Next match, TV schedule, kits, transfer news, stadium

Man City 2019/20 fixtures: Next match, TV schedule, kits, transfer news, stadium

Manchester City are gunning for a third consecutive Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. City entered the season as favourites for the title but will face immense... Read more ...

Panic as beachgoers choke and struggle to breathe in Essex

Panic as beachgoers choke and struggle to breathe in Essex

One mother said her daughters were 'coughing and gasping' and could not form words properly, as police, ambulances and fire services were sent to the seafront in Frinton... Read more ...

'Very proud' Rory McIlroy wins $15m FedEx Cup after victory at the Tour...

'Very proud' Rory McIlroy wins $15m FedEx Cup after victory at the Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy has won the $15m FedEx Cup for the second time after a nerve-jangling victory at the Tour Championship. Read more ...

Boris Johnson fires warning at EU over no deal Brexit - ‘UK will easily cope'

Boris Johnson fires warning at EU over no deal Brexit - ‘UK will easily cope'

BORIS Johnson insisted the UK can “easily cope” with a no-deal Brexit after a fresh clash with the EU over the deadlocked withdrawal negotiations. Read more ...

Bournemouth vs Man City LIVE score: Updates, team news and live stream...

Bournemouth vs Man City LIVE score: Updates, team news and live stream information

Champions Manchester City continue the defence of their title against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth Read more ...

Ashes news: Joe Root heaps praise on Stokes after all-rounder inspires...

Ashes news: Joe Root heaps praise on Stokes after all-rounder inspires England to win over Australia

LAWRENCE BOOT AT HEADINGLEY: Joe Root hailed his 'freakish' all-rounder Ben Stokes after his innings of a lifetime helped England square the Ashes in astonishing fashion at... Read more ...

Peaky Blinders season 5 episode 1 review: Tommy Shelby's world begins to...

Peaky Blinders season 5 episode 1 review: Tommy Shelby's world begins to crumble in thrilling return to Birmingham

Tommy and Arthur have a serious mess to clean up Peaky Blinders season 5 has been one of the most anticipated returns to TV for the past year, so Tommy Shelby and the gang had... Read more ...

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero crushes the Cherries with a brace

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero crushes the Cherries with a brace

MATT BARLOW AT THE VITALITY STADIUM: Sergio Aguero crushed the Cherries as his brace was enough to give Manchester City the victory at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. Read more ...