DEAD END for The Big Issue.
By Uncle Monty.
Photos & Graphics By Alex Albion.
Part 1 of 2.
Under the ever greedy and bigheaded Anthony John
Bird, The Big Issue average weekly circulation for the
 last three years has fallen from 166,675 in 2007 to
124,196 last year, writes The Guardian's news
reporter Rachel Williams.
That's almost 43,000 copies in lost circulation or an average
of 14,000 copies lost per year for the last three years. In
other words, The Big Issue has lost perhaps at least 40,000+
 buyers or regular customers in such a short period of time
that impacts the most negatively on the ability of its street
vendors to make even less of what little money they
already make at the hard hands of John Bird
and his vile brother Peter Bird.
This year's figures for 2011 will undoubtedly be worse
 than last year's. I predict the weekly circulation of The
Big Issue will now fall and tumble below 100,000 weekly
copies before the beginning of its 21st Anniversary in
September of next year, 2012. In the meantime, it's set
this September, 2011, to mark its rotten 20th Anniversary
that was co-founded by pigface John Bird, with the now
bumbling Gordon Roddick, in 1991.
27 Aug 1995. John Bird, 49, is editor of the Big Issue.
 Before launching the magazine four years ago, ...
It's all of Bird's usual bullshit, ah?
Always with a ready smart ass answer, Bird says it's
 sharp fall in weekly numbers is because The Big Issue
 is no longer the new kid on the block. What rubbish!
 It's to do with, among other factors, disenchanted buyer
of a magazine that has exploited the homeless and the
 public for years on end. Finally, folkz have cottoned on
 to Bird's "homeless game" that has made him stinking
 rich while his vendors stay even poorer or get fewer
 peanuts for selling the Bird street  publication. It looks
 like pigface Anthony John Bird is now coming finally
 to his own DEAD END. Not that he cares a bugger,
 since he's already got his fat cat bank accounts and
 champagne socialist gated-community home all nicely
 done up along with his company and state pensions now
he's at the retirement age 65 that will enable him to
be buried, sooner or later, in his gold-plated and be-
velled glass coffin with his fat remains embalmed for
 all the English homeless to finally see and cheer so
gladly of the fact he's gone for bloody good. I'll be
 among those many who cheer the loudest  ...
Get out of our lives and stay away for good!
NEVER BUY - But Give To Vendor.
As for the continuing decline in circulation, pigface
John Bird doesn't give a damn, of course, since he's
all so comfy now with his nice and warm and happy
and Cambridge-gated abode as he revels in his third
rate media status and no good image as the UK's
so-called "Homeless Guru." A three-legged rat is
kinder to the homeless that such a false guru like
 the co-founder of The Big Issue. To hell with Bird.
Rare 1989 Photo of UK Homeless.
The decline in weekly circulation numbers is also due,
I believe, to the fact that John Bird has used his street
 publication to promote his own "soapbox" at where
 his useless comments and shallow opinions are regur-
gitated like some old washer woman that has become
 completely tiresome and boring to the point that most
folkz no longer pay any attention to what he says or
want to read or pay for his churned bullshit. Why should 
we pay him for his conceited expressions that don't
 amount to anything of real substance or importance?
When you buy The Big Issue you're in fact paying
Bird himself to spew all his stuff all over you! I don't
give a tiddly-wink about his empty pontifications
on the UK homeless and burning social issues.
After all, who should give a damn about what an ex-
door-to-door brush salesman and minicab driver
thinks or says like AJB?  Give us a break!!
DEAD END for Anthony John Bird, Too. Bravo!

Among other factors attributed to the sharp decline of
The Big Issue, as a phoney front for the homeless, is much
to do with what is called "charity fatigue" or "burned out
donors" in which kind folkz have become sick and tired
of giving to such outfits like Bird's or the other innumer-
able number of self-serving and fake charities in the UK. 
Along with the crying out load situation of the Big Issue
paid minions at Vauxhall,  it is also to do with the
rapid rise of "buyer fatigue" that has resulted in folkz
refusing anymore to buy yet another god-damn Big 
Issue off yet another poor and down-todden vendor
 on the British streets flogging the same old poor
 read and worthless shine that enhances only the
 blight of the vile Bird Brothers to glitter like fake
gold with their once catchy homeless slogans.
Thus, it's the DEAD END now for The Big Issue.
And, how so right!
Then, of course, there is the belt tightening of many
consumers due to the present UK economic doldrums
coupled with the very negative public impression of Big
Issue street vendors and Bird's own irritating persona
 that has increasingly put people off against him and
 his tired old rag. As I said earlier, I predict the
circulation figures for The Big Issue will fall and tumble
below 100,000 copies per week within the next year
or so.  The explanation for that is explained by all
of the above.
While Visiting UK's Stevenage, Saw Both Homeless Guyz.
Now that non-homeless can also sell The Big Issue.
What we're seeing out of that is an extention of free labour
 that The Big Issue doesn't pay for by getting more and more
people buying the rag wholesale as the recently unemployed
in desparate need of making some money even if it's peanuts
 as a street vendor. The arrogance and self-promotion of
pigface John Bird is publicly sickening and blatant to the
point  that few people like what they see of him. But he
doesn't care two hoots for he has already made pots of
money so he can tell folkz to f**k off whether they
like it or not ...
I don't know of any other business in the world in
which the labour is free and the labourer - ie. the Big
Issue vendor - must pay the boss for the privilege of
selling the product on the street with no guarantee of
hourly payment or insurance or pension from the com-
 pany producing the product. The Big Issue practises
should already be outlawed or made illegal forthwith.
It's legal exploitation and subjugation of homeless
people by the vile Bird Brothers and their gang of
charity backers that is tantamount to a moral and out-
rageous scandal. It's what is otherwise called "ugly
capitalism without a human face" and that's what
The Big Issue has done for years and is still getting
 away with  it at its stinking 20th Anniversary of 2011.
But always give to the vendor whenever you
wish. Gooooooood for u and for them!!!
The Death Rate for Rough Sleepers Is High and also
for the General Homeless Population. Rough Sleepers 
can reduce their life expectancy by 22 years and
 women by 17 years. The Coffin I saw for sale in the
 funeral shop window was fancy that few homeless
folkz would ever get to be buried in ...
Travelling around Hertfordshire last week, I counted
Big Issue vendors at Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City,
Stevenage, Potters Bar, and Hertford. Most were
Romanians and Gypies. Such, I believe, has also
contributed to the decline of Big Issue sales in the
UK. As one woman said to me: "I'm sorry. I want
to help the homeless from England, not some
Roman gypsy that should never be here to started
with ..." She said she will only buy a copy "when
someone is English, speaks English, and is English
homeless ..." Bravo, I say!! She added that there was
a local lad selling The Big Issue and she believed he
was "overran by Eastern Europeans pickpockets-
cum-sellors because The Big Issue was letting them
 get away with running local vendors out of town."
The bottom line is she, too, will not buy the weekly
any longer after being a regular buyer for the past
10 years, so she told me. Every customer lost, is
another nail in the coffin of the Bird Brothers. But
worst still, it hurts those many homeless vendors now
overrun by foreigners and non-homeless taking over
 the pitches here and there.  And it's set to get even
worse for the homeless vendor thankz the pigface's
"swell" idea to now include non-homeless applicants
to his free labour monopoly in the UK.
Anonymous Homeless Artist At Knight's Hill.
So nice it was to see on the hostel door.
Coming back late at night from one of my out
of town trips, I spotted the homeless urban
fox about a mile from where I live in Central
London, UK. I used the night vision feature on
 my digital camera to capture the image of him.
I've finished this part 1 of my 2 part piece "DEAD
END for The Big Issue,"  Please be sure to also
 read the heartwarming story of local friends and
good neighbours helping their first homeless man
by their sheer kindness and care!!
Residents of Britain's kindest town rally to 
help homeless man. By Ross McGuinness.
Then there's that tennis guy - now seeded 4th - called
 Andy Murray giving abit of his winnings to a couple
 of Big Issue vendors the other day. Watch out, though,
for those money grabbing operators at The Big Issue
that may try to lay their filthy hands on getting Andy to
also give them some of his tennis "dough."  They did it to
that young tennis lady Annabel Croft a few years ago.
Andy Murray be sure to say "NO" to The Big Issue.
Tennis star Andy Murray the £89,000 Queen's Club
winner shares his success with the Big Issue sellers.
So for now, Uncle Monty.
+Thursday of Whitsuntide, 2011.
Feedback & Comments
:: UPDATE ::
'We're going to shoot film about your homeless for Afghan TV'
By Alistair Foster, Showbusiness Correspondent.
Who gives a jot what a greasey bunch of ant-like Afghan
 Muslims say or film about the London homeless? Perhaps
they can go to visit The Big Issue's Muslim Chairman 
James Caan for film insight on recording homelessness.
Yep and old Bird will also want to put his two penny
worth in, but only if he's paid to give his stupid spiel 
about the homeless from his idiotic point of view.
Go back to Kubul is best for those Afghans, I
say, by leaving the London homeless alone ...
Such Scumbagz, Like Them.
All that Peter & John Bird have done, along with th-
eir evil henchman Joseph Colin James, III (known as the
vile and old internet troll "CJ3") of Loveland, Colorado,
 in their concerted efforts to degrade and dishonour me,
has, in fact, done nothing but to degrade and dishonour
 themselves along with sheer scorn and open contempt
now being openly poured on them by many others who
 know the dirty truth about such scumbagz like them.
Truly, Uncle Monty.
Broken Ascot, Like Broken Britain. By Uncle Monty.
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Shirley Your Old Friend. said...

Hi there Monty,
The fact of the matter is that with you now gone from your spot
at Long Acre, I see no reason to
buy the big issue any longer. In fact I have not bought a copy in
over a year. When you come back then I will resume buying from you
like I have done for years with you. It doesn't take much to see
why people like me will not buy
the magazine any longer. Mr. Bird
has stabbed himself by taking away
a good seller like you. Your spot
is now dead, Monty. Gone you are,
but are still remembered well by me
and many of your customers that did
swear by you. Big issue will not
recover the thousands of lost customers like me. I can see why
they've lost so many patrons. The
worst is yet to come for Mr. Bird.
Thinking of you, Monty. My love,
Shirley T.

ab7811 EX-TBI said...

U. Monty. Reading your blog compares to no other for your blunt anti-Bird comments. I'm
chuffed to find you. I feel much the same as
you do about Bird. I cannot stand him. The
only logic for TBI is to make loads of money
for him. I have been homeless for years. I
served in HM Armed Forces. Was badly injured
in Northern Ireland. My life was shattered.
The government did as little as they could
to help my family or me. Started selling TBI.
From the start, I was ill at ease as a sellor.
TBI just put me out there to either swim or
sink. A counsellor from TBI would come with her
pen and pad to see what she could do. What did she do? NOUGHT. TBI is is all talk. I have come
to hate TBI like you though for different reasons. Now everytime I see Bird on TV I just
want to scream at him which I do or switch the
TV off until he's gone. I just wonder how many more sellors feel the same way? I should think
there are hundreds of them. In faternity with you --- ab7811 EX-TBI ()