A List of Demands. I demand that people be kinder to me. A woman blends foundation to camouflage her blue/yellow bruises. I swing wildly with the cricket bat my Granddad made from scraps. I demand that I get more hugs. A fat bellied kid dies in an African village. I savagely rip the coverings off a new GI Joe toy. I demand that I should be good at maths. A Bangladeshi man counts the strokes in an Arabian prison. I fiddle with a new app on an iPhone. I demand that I buck up my ideas. A young runaway overdoses in the rubbish behind the bins. I wake up too late on Sundays. I demand better grades in English. A toddler's empty cries echo through a tenement. I idly flick through my new Star Wars comic. I demand that I receive more pocket money. A man pawns his father's gold watch to fund the next Acker. I pocket a book while the woman is busy serving the schoolkids. I demand that I get a better look at my mate's sister's bare legs. A group of Women rock and howl as a sister is ritualistically gelded. I melt a plastic soldier's head off with a match.
Mervyn Peake, English writer, poet and artist, was born today in 1911.
David Hockney, British artist and photographer, was born today in 1937.