Standing at the counter in the East Ham branch of WH Smith, I spotted a flyer announcing a writing competition, entitled ‘Change The World’. I had only popped in there to buy the new Elton single (‘Island Girl’) but here was an opportunity – one that might win me a £15 book token if I was good enough. It turned out that I was.
These were the thoughts of young Master Cunningham. The books I ended up buying with my prize included Frederick Forsyth’s ‘The Odessa File’ and ‘The Ascent of Man’ by Jacob Bronowski. Pretty deep for a lad of 12 (and nine months).
Sure, the piece I wrote was naïve, but I still stand by every word. Greed is, indeed, this planet’s biggest enemy and, yes, I do want to live in a world where true justice prevails. You may say I was a dreamer, but I wasn’t the only one. After all, John Lennon was climbing the chart with ‘Imagine’ and he could say it better than I ever could.