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Issue 1242 - Batman

This week we focus on a self-obsessed billionaire who believes he is overlord of his own metropolis and likes to take on the bad dudes… Fascinating look at lego, masculinity and massive movie franchises with Adrian Lobb. Plus interview with the star and creators of the new movie.

In The Big Issue last week Lord Nigel Crisp, former boss of the NHS, outlined a radical new plan to overhaul and save the health service – one moving from hospital to community focus, built on prevention rather than cure. It brought a huge response, and we carry readers reactions this week.

John Bird looks at the changing face of cities, focused on London, and what that means for the society we creating, and recreating – whether it’s for the greater good at all.

Following on from the fantastic Letter to My Younger Self with Neil Gaiman in current mag, we have another belter on Monday. At the top table of British politics for a generation, Harriet Harman opens the door on the problems she faced as, at the time, one of the first women in parliament.

Our vendor in focus this week is Derek Kewley, who sells on Cornmarket Street, Oxford. He used to roadie for SLF and Madness. He’s likes to move around and has been with The Big Issue, living in a tent just out Oxford, since December. It’s time to make this home, he says.

There is also a focus on the global Vendor Week activities, a piece from our radio critic Robin Ince on the genius of Chris Morris and Peter Cook, a curious read about the music of bees and a timely look from Zana Fraillon about the deadly realities faced by refugees sent to detention camps by Australia authorities.

Please note once this edition is no longer on sale with Big Issue vendors (from Monday 13th February) it will be classed as a 'back issue'. All back issues are priced at £4 per copy plus P&P

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