Issue 1279

25 Mar 2019
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About this issue: Overview

As British as Brexit: An artist described as apocalyptic is not one you’d hope also best captures the current public and political mood. But Kevin Gopal finds both apply to Cold War Steve, the Twitter sensation and satirist behind this week’s cover design.

Shock of the new: Buying a newly built home is the culmination of a dream for many people – unless endless faults and snags turn it into a nightmare. Saskia Murphy reports.

History’s ward round: Author Kate Eastham looks back on nursing history, including her own, and says there are lessons to be learnt in how we support the nurses of today.

In rude health: The apparently tireless Mark Thomas is back with a new show about the NHS. Just don’t call it stand-up, he tells Steve Lee.

Elsewhere in Big Issue North this week: we report from Christchurch New Zealand where expert say warnings about Islamaphobia weren’t heeded; interview Raynor Winn about her 630-mile hike while homeless; hear from Sheffield vendor Gary about how he’s settling into a new home after months on the streets; and receive a letter from Status Quo’s Francis Rossi for his younger self.

There’s our crossword and Sudoku too.