They didn't see a lot of each other over recent years, but Singo and Larry had a  lifelong bond…two peas in a pod. Whenever they got together mischief, fun and trouble followed. 

"I don't fear death," Larry would tell me. "The only thing I fear is being bored."

Larry wrote a book of his life which turned up in my inbox about ten years ago. 

I hadn't heard from him since he left cartooning to pursue his new ventures in tomatoes and race horse training. 

Out of the blue one day I got this random email.

'G'day chief. Here's a copy of me book. Larry.'

That was it. Short and sweet. 

I had no idea who the random 'Larry' was, and was a bit undecided whether to open the attachment. It could have come from 'Larry the Nigerian hacker' for all I knew. I checked the email domain. Hmmm… it was a gmail account, but it was a word doc. and curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to take a risk.

I'm glad I did.

Attached were hundreds of pages of stories that Larry Pickering had jotted down over the years, from his earliest memory, then right throughout his extraordinary life, infused with his philosophies and theories, all neatly reasoned.  

The stories themselves are rough, raw, funny, while others were sad and sobering. 

I spent the next few days, soaking up the pages. Typically there was a lot of colourful language and waaaay too many 'fucks' which didn't add anything to the stories, in fact they detracted from what was otherwise a terrific read, and I'm no fucking prude.

It's the story of a shy, Aussie kid who got bullied at Lloyd Street State School in Melbourne, by teachers and the other kids, a loner with a curious mind and sense of justice, who had no choice but to fight the other kids who routinely stole his lunch of tomato and onion sandwiches, led by the school bully, 'Titch'.  

One day the young Lawrence Pickering had had enough. Faced with another day without lunch he fired up with anger and adrenaline, stood up to Titch and knocked him to the ground. Shocked and awed at the demise of their leader, Lawrence became the new leader, who then organised and ran a union of fellow students set on revenge on bully teachers.

He couldn't cop the religion being rammed into his life by his strict Christadelphian mother so that got him kicked out of home at 14. Needing shelter and protection from the cold Melbourne winter, he lived in a phone booth, pinching eggs from backyard chook pens to survive. He eventually found work on the Sth Melbourne Goods Yard (lied about his age) where he was ambushed and raped in the showers after work by a pack of animals (you can't call 'em humans), discarding the young Pickering and leaving him for dead. This formed his fear and dislike of gays until the day he died. I never judged him for his homophobic views because I'd never been through what he had.

The book's a gripping yarn, and I always felt it would be a best seller if he could only clean up the pointless 'f' words. 

I finished the 'book' and emailed him back.

'Great read, mate. Shame about all the 'fucks'. It's sure to be a best seller…if you could clean up the fucks a bit. Paul'

'Crumbs, chief,' Larry replied. 'If I remove all the fucks, it'll be a pretty short read.'

There are whole chapters devoted to Singo…horse racing, flying, punting…at a time when Larry was truly free. He'd given up the grind of daily cartoons (which he grew to resent as it chained him to a desk) and was now able to have the fun that had eluded him as a kid.

And who better to get into strife with than Singo?

Footballer Johnny Raper, Larry, Singo, John Laws and Federal Tourism Minister, John Brown at the launch of the Singo Bar in Sydney

 Larry always needed playmates, and with Singo in Sydney and me on the Gold Coast, the past decade or so I sorta filled a void for him. I really didn't pursue the friendship that much. It just kinda grew naturally. Larry had me install a chat box on my computer. Day and night he'd 'ping' me about all sorts of stuff…stories, jokes, ideas, opinions, family stuff….and suggestions of what we orta get up to on the weekend. .

In the following years, Larry mellowed a lot, and he loved to talk. If we went out with the intent to get into trouble – and Larry was always looking for it, we mostly ended up in a corner somewhere or at his joint or my place, drinking South African reds until the wee hours. The Singo stories occasionally came up including a few that never made it into the book. My favourite one is about Kerry Packer's desk. But that one will never be retold.

Here's a short excerpt from Larry's book followed by Singo's eulogy for his mate, delivered last week at Larry's service.

Singo and I had this competition.

The idea was to punch your fist through a gyprock wall without tapping to see where the studs were. 

If you hit the stud, you broke your hand. 

We were legless in a restaurant night club on Isle of Capri and had both gone for a piss. 

The wall above the urinal was gyprock. 

He looked at me and I looked at him. 

I picked a point and gave the wall an almighty bash… straight through two walls up to my armpit (we were really pissed).

Two bouncers walked into the toilet and accused us of wrecking the joint. 

“Not us mate, that hole in the wall was already there”, I said… with plaster from my right arm falling all over the floor. 

We both got escorted out by the scruffs of our necks, noting as we went past, on the other side of the wall, two people at a dinner table busily picking huge chunks of gyprock from their lasagna.

Due to time constraints, an edited version of this eulogy was delivered at Larry's funeral. This is the unedited video, courtesy Singo. 

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bobbyfoo
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What a joke.Tortoisehead promoting BIGGER surpluses.His mob have never achieved a surplus of 10c. Usual labor b…s. That they ARE very good at.

pelican
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pelican

ref..ah yes aplogies…should be the 3000 number (same scenario however)…troop, as I posted below you, wouldnt believe anything Dunce says

buraq2
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buraq2

“Penalties for non compliance should be punitive.”…. How will offshore tech companies be penalised, Disraeli?

pelican
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pelican

Ref..I stand by what I said..basically we are being fed bullshit…..that report that Pais posted (regardless of how old it is hints at the true process..where govt MIGHT ‘requested thousands more leave the country voluntarily.’..while actually hunting down a few hundred….there is no way they hunted down 13000 let me assure you

paisley
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paisley

R I cannot find any other reports on this subject.This is an old one.

Pablo
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Pablo

And the mozzie would have barely tasted it…..More like a sniff………

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Jewish pornographers providing entertainment during the harsh German winters and Jewish travel agents arranging summer holiday sex tours to Thailand and the Philippines for hordes of randy Huns . . . The Germans have a lot for which to thank the Jews.

pelican
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pelican

I think that clip might be a few years old rin

Shylock
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Shylock

But the jewish pornographers have it seems….

bobbyfoo
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bobbyfoo

Schoolchildren protests.At their age all they know about ” social issues ” are what their left wing school teachers ram down their throat. Their brain isn’t fully developed until they are 25 so they are still very susceptible to influence and peer pressure. One day they will get caught up in a protest where there are counter protesters. Then they will get a sharp lesson in ” social reality ” Like Bucketmouth Beatties mob when protesting about Vietnam “. Their parents must be a very dozy mob.

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

That turn of phrase from RD seems familiar ?
Could it be that we are once more being visited by ………..?
At least this time we have a Site Admin that will act when required to protect the PP.

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

Cutting it here boss?

Shylock
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Shylock

Gough picked Tassie with his 2 Headed Fellatio comment.

Shylock
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Shylock

Religion Huh?

HappyExpat
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HappyExpat

A classic case of Morrison fiddling while Rome burns. He is making a big deal about the medical evacuation of supposedly sick refugees on Nauru and a “crackdown” on a few hundred students who haven’t measured up to the conditions of their visa but what is he doing about the fundamental problem of excessive immigration from third world countries and preventing the terror infused behaviour of those who are already here? Friedanegg comin cap-in-hand asking for a $15 donation. How demeaning. These clowns just have no idea on how to fulfill their roles and serve the Australian public as they… Read more »

HappyExpat
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HappyExpat

Harry get rid of the Ruffian Dick idiot.

HappyExpat
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HappyExpat

YES

BlackRoo
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BlackRoo

Not scared of the different. Phobia is a fear Stinkysmegma. Non of us here have that fear. Again its the fuckwit left redefining the English language. Get your own fucking words. She is the one treating herself as having a disability same as the one legged bloke. Haw haw so funny!! Look I’ve got one leg – Jeezus move on…Stinky, you could go on TV with your disability and flop out the cheese!

BlackRoo
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BlackRoo

I guess its the only way SHY can pay for the daughters whale watching!!

westley
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westley

Grass fire at Little River in Victoria. Burned a couple of thousand acres. Big media conferences, talk of extreme temperatures, the works. All bullshit. Normal December weather, temps high but not extreme, the weakness of the new fire fighting regime exposed. Twenty years ago at the same time in worse conditions we controlled and put out a 2000 acre grass fire using 100% volunteers with our old fashioned methods without fancy water bombers and the city media never noticed. I’m waiting for the first commentator to call climate change.

TDG
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TDG

The men in their funny coats will take him/her back shortly to the safety of the soft walled cell. In the meantime another will come along as usual. They may be breathing but sure as hell I hope they are not breeding.

Pablo
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Pablo

new one up…

Bwana
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Bwana

Granny getting upset.

craigh
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craigh

Charming, and when they’ve gotten rid of all private vehicles off the roads, this is the public transport we can look forward to. Animal farm.

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

NO ID = No VOTE

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

Correct lg.

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

Does she still use the same type of hair gel?

Hunter02
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Rin.Excellent post !

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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Rinaldo…do you actually read the trash that you post?
If you think Russia and China are our allies then you have a serious comprehension problem.

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