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.
Larry Pickering was laid to rest yesterday. Family and friends gathered on the Gold Coast to hear, and tell, yarns of the larrikin we all knew and loved. Lifelong mate, John Singleton, delivered the eulogy by video (he flew up from Sydney to see Larry days before he checked out).
Rudyard Kipling is one of the best known of the late Victorian poets and storytellers. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. Yet even with such high honour, many detractors neglected his work shortly after his death due to his unpopular political views.
Our mate, Larry Pickering remained stoic and cheeky to the end. His indomitable, larrikin spirit never left him. Just last week when the docs told his wife, Carol, to let Larry have anything he wanted, he lit up with that irrepressibly irreverent grin. "Really? Anything? Can I have two sheilas, love?"
A new lobby group comprising scientists, farmers, consumers, small business and big business is urging both sides of Australian politics to put aside party interests and global agendas to focus on what's best for Australian business, workers, consumers and the environment.
As many of you have probably guessed, Larry is not feeling too well of late. He has however finally seen a doctor, much to his disgust, and is back at home recuperating. He continues to defy the medical profession with a constitution that Rasputin would have been proud of.
Another one dead, two horrifically injured and with psychological damage they will take to the grave. How many more have to die before the penny drops?
Administrative agencies of the American Federal Government since the passage of the 14th Amendment, have excluded foreigners and their children by race, creed, and color. As an example, that includes the total abolition of Chinese (The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882) and Japanese (Asian Exclusion Act of 1924) from becoming United States citizens.
That is pretty much part of the FBI’s handbook and now that the surge in Republican polls has been stemmed, I wonder who has...
The GOP might lose the House but as long as they win the Senate they have the advantage, long-term. Only the Senate nominates and confirms judges so for the next few generations the Supreme Court will adhere to the Constitution and not invent crazy new laws the Dems demand.
The last time I was in England, I lined up a meeting with Tommy Robinson, but fate, as usual, was against me. Every time there is an Islamic inspired outrage in England, Tommy rushes off to cover it. Not surprisingly, he does a lot of rushing about these days.
Chief Heather Fong (left), is the first SFPD female, lesbian chief of police.Theresa Sparks (center), a former male, is president of the San Francisco...
I avoid them all, there are plenty of alternatives to thieving banks… you cannot fight them because they will use your money to ruin...
Six months ago Trump engaged the normally aggressively hawkish John Bolton as his senior Foreign Policy adviser. Six months ago UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, told Trump she would need a break.
A wealthy Islamic country like Indonesia clearly has no respect for life when it comes to spending a little extra on rebar that would...
At the end of my final year in high school, the family holidayed at Manly, Sydney. I had put up with an abusive father all my life and by then had learned to fight back. Instead of being able to enjoy an end to the constant tension, his mood turned sour and sullied the holiday for everyone. In an effort to make sense of it all, I took a long walk to the North head until I found a wide-open space to sit and reflect on the situation.
Another banana bender, Russ Hinze, was a close friend of mine and one of the filthiest, most evil, most atheistic blokes on the planet. But I liked him, and in his later years I trained his string of racehorses for him. None of his horses could run out of sight on a dark night but I told him lying stories beside his bed in Alamanda Private Hospital of emerging Melbourne Cup winners, because I knew he was rapidly dying.
My pancake strawberries at $2 a punnet were a financial attraction, but now needles have spread to apples and bananas the attraction is waning fast as it becomes clear that this is no longer just a stupid prank. It is a well-organised system intended to destroy an economy.
I was wondering whether I should wade into this interesting issue and put my tuppence worth in. Then, quite unexpectedly, I found myself in a very interesting situation, where I was actually asked for my opinion, by a group of Aboriginal people I have known for a while, and with whom I was having a meeting about domestic violence.
Any doubt as to why Malcolm Turnbull joined the Libs is now dispelled. The politician expressing the most remorse at his loss is Bill Shorten and he is demanding to know why he was so mercilessly sacked. But Bill, who mercilessly sacked both Rudd and Gillard, already knows why.
Great work, terrible timing. It must feel a bit like being promoted to Captain of the Titanic half way through her maiden voyage. As a former treasurer, you knew that the gigantic debt iceberg was out there in the fog somewhere.
New York city surrounds its historic four kilometer long Central Park that has thrived for 160 years on CO2 and methane. Yet it is falsely cited as one of the world's most "polluted" cities.
Why make a song and dance about telling Paris to shove their CO2 targets up their arse? It’s not necessary, as we are already...
When aboriginal children were being abused in the 1950s and 60s, white families stepped in and saved them from the horrors of atavistic tribal customs. Sixty years later those same fortunate children had grown to be well-educated, respected and habituated members of society.
Difficult to say but must have been close to Turnbull’s office as only he knew exactly what he was planning as huge election spends....
The Paris Accord desperately needs flicking, a UN brain fart that is costing Aussies far too much.Josh’s NEG needs flicking to the nearest garbage...
There are a few more heads to chew off before this little insect is finished, she lives longer than male insects, while only the...
At age 15 my job in Melbourne Goods Yard was to clear out the cattle trucks of those animals that did not survive the trip. There were many, but mostly from trucks where only a few beasts were loaded.
Alas, Peter is a bit new to this game and should not have passed around a petition for his supporters to sign. Fortunately only a few were silly enough to sign it. Silly because it gives other Turnbull opponents the names of Libs who want him gone in a secret ballot. Turnbull could then deny a Party meeting, which he has, and use that list to spend the next non-sitting weeks cajoling, rewarding, or threatening those who have lost faith in him.
A deserted Alcatraz was known for its famous criminals and now it has a more contemporary role… for the swamp creatures that have infected...
Idiot blokes like socialist Vic Premier, Daniel Andrews, are everywhere. Andrews has angrily dumped contracted Sky News from all Vic trains and stations just...
The Green-ants said “You can’t burn coal” – so we sent our coal to China. Then our factories and our smelters closed and followed...
What a day to celebrate! Tommy Robinson walks free from jail, still alive. What a blow to all those intent on destroying our societies and turning our countries into Third World hellholes.
When voters discovered that the objectionable little boy, Roy (who previously flummed the seat of Longman) had assisted Turnbull and the Stick Insect to knife Tony Abbott, they threw him out. They are not stupid. Therefore, what should the message be for other suicidal Turnbull supporters?
Memo to Nine: “Now you have bagged all the Green-Lefties in Fairfax, please take Aunty too.”
On Wednesday, May 9 this year, Pickering Post said it appeared chronologically impossible for Labor Member, Mrs Azza (Anne) Mahmoud Fawzi Aly to have met the conditions of sole Australian citizenship as defined by the High Court. Bill Shorten assured us she and all other Labor Members had.
This mad little evangelistic gnome accepted President Trump’s appointment to the highest law office in the land as Attorney General and then Sessions promptly...
The climate alarm media, the bureaucracy and the Green Energy industry follow an agenda which is served by inflating any short-term weather event into a climate calamity. They should take a long-term view.
The Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually sinking in the green ooze.
When Tony Abbott’s rage over the downing of MH17 settled on a target he gave notice that he would “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin. The superficial...
It was 1971 and I was working for the Melbourne Herald and Weekly Times when Britain first gave notice that it was about to join the EEC in 1973. It was then The European Economic Community, and two years after joining in 1975 PM Harold Wilson needed reassurance of the wisdom of such a move with a UK referendum. It was duly passed.
Destitute Aboriginal men, addicted to alcohol, reside in river beds, content with Aboriginal women who beat each other up before the men get drunk enough to beat them all up. And where are the kids?
Prior to the Singapore Summit a confused little Kim Jong-Un was out of his depth and unsure how to handle Donald Trump so he got into his tank engine and took a trip across the border to Beijing to visit the Fat Controller. Kim hates aeroplanes.
What could go wrong? It is an important question that should always be asked before taking important decisions. I spent most of my working life as a pipe welder. The better part of that career was spent in oil refineries and gas plants. We constantly had that question drummed into us. What could go wrong?
Dear Pickering Posters, As you all know, Larry is old school. The last thing he wants to do is to burden you all with his medical problems. However, since some of you have indicated a heartfelt concern for his welfare, he has asked me to give a quick update.
Over the last few years I, like many others, have been concerned about the proliferation of mosques in Australia and around the Western World.
Due to a current radiation regime lasting 20 days I am unable during this period to give the PP blog the attention it deserves. I will return when the radiation is completed and I hope you will resist the trolls in the interim.Thank you, Larry
Climate Aristocrats and Bureaucrats from 190 nations are meeting in Bonn, dreaming up rules “to prevent the globe from warming more than 2°C”.They have...
At my regular visits to hospital I always smile when I return to the multi-storied car park, owned mostly by wise investing doctors. I...
I published this story a few years back and here it is again for those who missed it and for those who would re-live one of the greatest yet unheralded Australian yarns ever told. A thousand tales like this exist with the ability to get anyone, even a cynical un-Australian Lefty like Yassmin Abdel-Magied, out of bed for a cold dawn service. Grab the tissues, here it is again: