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Issue 1266 - Little Monkey

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Mark Siequien sells The Big Issue in Cambridge. Just a few years ago he was on the brink. Mark wanted to make a dramatic change in his life and a friend suggested he volunteered at a primate sanctuary in South Africa. He began to realise that working in the sanctuary, talking to fellow staff and visitors was having an amazing effect on his own mental health. When he returned to the UK he wondered what he could do to keep that positive process going. He turned to The Big Issue. This is Mark's incredible story.

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On the theme of animal magic, we publish another fascinating tale: Vince Jones explains how his relationship with barn owls saved his life. Now, with the backing of Big Issue Invest, he has a hoot running a rescue centre for them.

It’s 50 years this summer since homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. In a special report, TV stalwart Mark Gatiss shares the cultural moments that were life-changing for him as a gay youngster filled with questions and fear, and we look at life for LGBT young people in Britain today. Homelessness, shockingly, is often the end result.

In Letter To My Younger Self, we have crime writer Mark Billingham. "If I met the 16-year-old Mark now I’d probably think, what a horrendous gobshite." He doesn't hold back.

And, as always, much more...

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