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Issue 1282 - Paddington

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Paddington is a British icon, but it is the fact he is not British that makes him an icon. As the loveable bear from darkest Peru returns to cinemas, we look at how the immigration system would treat Paddington if he was real, how he is being used in the classroom to teach kids about the big issues in the world, and how he came to embody the spirit of Christmas.

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We launch our Big Issue Big Book Giveaway. Nominate a group, we’ll send them books. It’s as simple as that. We know that literacy is a challenge for people all over the UK; five million English adults have below functional literacy – but we also know how important literacy is, it can offer a brighter future. That’s why we want YOU to tell us about a group in your local community that could do with a big box of new books. Email editorial@bigissue.com to nominate an organisation. Please remember to pass on a postal address.

In Letter to My Younger Self, Shane Richie opens up on his own experience of homelessness at 16, his luck at "always having a safety net", and why he turned down mega bucks some years ago to gift his 40th birthday party photographs to The Big Issue.

Is virtual reality the future of PTSD therapy? We find out how the hottest technology is helping people face down their fears amid war and terror.

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