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Vendor Spotlight: Hendrick Beune (Megaphone)
Vendor Spotlight: Hendrick Beune (Megaphone)

At 19, Hendrik Beune left his home in the Netherlands to study biology in Canada. He spent decades on the west coast surveying watersheds, building boats, and farming shellfish until a back injury sidelined him from physical work. He wound up in Vanc...

Vendor Spotlight: Richard Mills (The Big Issue UK)BI UK_Vendor Spotlight: Richard Mills (The Big Issue UK)

Richard Mills was a roadie and guitar technician for 15 years, travelling the world and working on tour with big name rock stars like the Manic Street Preachers and Catatonia. The 50 year old became homeless after losing work...

Vendor Spotlight: Harry Richards (Street Roots)Street Roots_Vendor Spotlight: Harry Richards (Street Roots)

Drug addiction led Harry Richards into homelessness and, eventually, prison. It was there that he discovered his talent for drawing. Now, he spends his time drawing caricatures of people for tips and donations, although many ...

Vendor Spotlight: Beiene Berhane (Surprise)Surprise_Vendor Spotlight: Beiene Berhane (Surprise)

“It was only after coming here that I learnt the true meaning of neighbourly love,” says Beiene Berhane, the oldest of the Surprise street paper vendors in Zurich, Switzerland. A political refugee from Ethiopia, Beiene ended ...

Vendor Spotlight: Bertl Weißengruber (Kupfermuckn)Vendor Spotlight: Bertl Weißengruber (Kupfermuckn)

Bertl is one of the original vendors of Austrian street paper, Kupfermuckn. One of the ‘usual suspects’ who regularly takes part in events organised by the paper, he has been selling Kupfermuckn for 16 years now. This true Li...

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