12.07.11 On sale now, the latest Big Issue magazine guest edited by Trudie Styler...


Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr becomes a Big Issue vendor! And talks to guest editor Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting) about making the latest Sherlock Holmes film. Also in this special 56 page edition; Janis Sharp, mother of Gary McKinnon, the British Asperger's accused of hacking U.S hacking military computers, talks to Trudie about her battle for her son; Tory MP Zac Goldsmith on why he's backing the School Food Matters campaign;. A series of arresting vendor portraits by musician turned photographer Bryan Adams; And the inspirational Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the lessons life has taught him. Get your copy now!
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To celebrate the release of Sting: 25 Years and Sting: The Best of 25 Years we invite you, the fans, to create the ultimate Sting playlist. Visit Sting’s Facebook page to get started and vote for your favourite Sting song featured in these definitive collections spanning his enduring solo career. As an added bonus every participant will be entered for a chance to win a signed Sting: 25 Years box set! Get started, vote now!

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As the latest climate summit in Durban again tries to resolve the challenges of implementing ‘reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation’ (REDD), the Rainforest Foundation UK unveils a powerful new tool which could help prevent the destruction of rainforests, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The new website http://www.mappingforrights.org/ provides, for the first time, accurate interactive maps showing the location of communities living in the forest, and how and where they are using forest resources. It also includes the boundaries of strictly protected areas and agents of forest destruction, such as logging companies. The groundbreaking website, which is backed by a unique database of digital maps, builds on the results of many years work to map the existence of forest dwellers in the forests of the Congo Basin...
Sting's new retrospective box set '25 Years' has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of "Best Boxed Set or Special Limited Edition Package". The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 12, 2012, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT)...

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Following the sell-out of Sting's Back to Bass concert at the SalaKongresowa in Warsaw, an additional performance has been confirmed for February 16. Fan Club presales will begin at 10AM (local time) tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presale followed by a presale to all members beginning at 11AM (local time). Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, December 2 at 10AM (local time)...

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The Sage Gateshead are delighted to announce Sting as a founding Patron of their ambitious £1.3 million project to transform the remaining railway arches behind the iconic venue into a hub of creative training for some of the region's most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. Sting, who will return to the venue with his Back To Bass Tour in February, said: "Having grown up on Tyneside, I'm pleased to support this appeal for The Arches project and The Sage Gateshead's ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for today's young musicians and music lovers in the North East...''