26 December 2020 #627


Yeahhh! Woooo! We’ve finally made it through a most difficult year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. But before we close the door on 2020 forever, we’ve got some reckoning to do. In our latest edition, we take a look at the forgotten good news stories of 2020 – the heroes and humanity, the flashes of kindness and generosity and intelligence that made it all worthwhile. 

Plus we hit you with our annual quiz – 50 questions from the 2020 headlines, Big Issue-style. And, of course, our arts editors wrap up the best books, films, albums and small-screens fodder to keep you entertained all summer long.

So long, 2020. Here’s to a bigger, brighter 2021, full of hope and possibility.

More highlights in this New Year’s edition:

• We chat to centenarian and pandemic hero Sir Captain Tom Moore – the man who walked 100 laps of his 25m driveway before his hundredth birthday, and raised almost $70 million for Britain’s National Health Service.

• In her Letter to My Younger Self, comedian Fiona O’Loughlin talks growing up Catholic, hitting rock bottom and remembering her grandmother’s advice: “It is a great life if you don’t weaken. Stay strong…”

Tastes Like Home: fitness expert Tiffiny Hall loves a good brekkie smoothie. She shares her recipe for a Raspberry Burst smoothie with Greek yoghurt with us. Yum!

• Writer Anna Spargo-Ryan finds pandemic comfort at her local neighbourhood chicken shop. Mushy peas and gravy, anyone?

• In The Big Picture, wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy shows us Melbourne’s 1400-strong colony of little penguins, who are thriving in their inner-city lifestyle.

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