The Pickering Post
Thursday, 21st February 2019

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yep, they’re all growing old

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Yes, things change and quickly. Suddenly there’s one old mate a week falling off the perch and you still believe you’re bullet proof despite being older than your fallen parrot mates. 

Then it gets you…. even after coughing up blood for two years I figured I would always get better, but I didn't and this time friends kidnapped me and found me a doctor. I’ve never had a doctor… I never saw the need for one. Last time I saw a doctor I was being born.

Then reality sets in: One bung lung with a hole in it the size of a tennis ball and the other in an inoperable condition.

So after two operations and a loss of almost 30 kilo I’m due for a prognosis. Too many big words from the oncologists, so I demand to know how long I’ve got.

“A ten per cent chance you will last until Christmas if you’re lucky” they said, “and that’s if the chemo goes well.” Crumbs that’s only a few weeks. WTF do I do now? “But there’ll be no chemo”, I said. “Of the seven people I have known to contract cancer all died within two weeks’ of chemo, including my wife of 40 years."

So I had a bit to do… I had a practice swing with my seven iron and had to sit down for an hour.  So no final game of golf. I had to sell everything off that was important to me like my road bike and favourite furniture. I organised an “alive” wake to say goodbye to everyone.

Singo arrived here with his son (top bloke) Jack who is now 40 something (I had spent time with him when he was a top kid and he was always going to be a top bloke) and shouted me the best lunch ever, washed down with nine bottles of expensive red. This time there was no fight but I fell over and busted my face up.

But in five days the nasty injury had healed without a mark. I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “there’s nothing wrong with you, you bastard, your blood must be good and people live okay with one lung. No need to worry about giving up smoking or shortness of breath until they remove the other lung”.

So now Singo’s got the shits ‘cos I haven’t died. So he reckons I have to shout him a nine-wine bottle lunch while he is still on the perch. That’s okay.

All I ever wanted to do was to play in an AFL grand final, train my own horse to win the Melbourne Cup and ride a 100/1 winner in town... I only achieved one of them, bugger it.  

But I’m so seriously depleted, I try a round of golf and only make it to the 12th hole. I try again the next week and I’m 22 over and take two weeks to recover. I’ll never get my handicap down to 5 again, and I’ll never drop kick another footy 60 metres.  But I'll know in two weeks after the tests, if I'll be okay to try. 

Everything’s different now. Sheilas only want to shag me once, but now I’m much older I’ve also become a lot more sexually fussy: They must be under 76 and female. 

Another kilo and I’ll be back to my normal weight, so screw all you bastards on the net who want me to, “hurry up and die”!  I think I’m okay, it must have been the hemp oil and my home-grown green tobacco… and some super friends.

I’ve still got that list of people to shoot when I’m sure I’ve only got three days left.

Which reminds me… Soupspoon’s offsider is still trying to get me into court … Ha. So I’ll make it easier for him: “Go fuck yourself you grubby little Laotian maggot”, …. Is that racially discriminating enough for you, you obese little foreign shit?  

...oh, and Bill Leak sends his regards to you and Triggs.


Good on ya Larry! I am told that a PSA reading of 66 makes it a certainty that at age 73 I have prostate cancer. Had all the tests, digit, MRI, PET......... nothing. So it's the Hemp as insurance but then I see a grandfather charged for giving it to his grand kids. The man faces 5 years in the slot, for what saving the lives of his lovely kids? Surely that is ridiculous

Love you Pick!

Police will have 'backdoor' access to health records despite opt-out, says MP
David Davis says police would be able to approach central NHS database without a warrant as critics warn of catastrophic breach of trust:

Sending you love and healing Lazarath. Take Care Mate.

I just wish .Indignant Elder would take the offer of help for his problems...Ray hadley is about to name and shame him.His brother is supporting him 90%.

The CIA and their British counterparts overthrew the Prime Minister of Iran in 1953 and now the US can't understand why they are as defensive as North Korea for the same reasons .

.....all my friends are getting buried .....sound like a Skyhooks song.....

Very original Chopper you can go to the front of the class.Although you still have to keep that POINTED Hat on.

I was listening to Alan Jones yesterday on his eulogy of Sam Chisolm.

Sam had a lung transplant in 2003. He died 15 years later in July 2018.

Is a lung transplant out of the question?

I was listening to Alan Jones yesterday on his eulogy of Sam Chismolm.

Sam had a lung transplant in 2003. He died died 15 years later in July 2018.

Is a lung transplant out of the question?

Perfect poetry to the end and beautifully put. Thanks Larry.

Just for Chopper:

Larry love the story - it shows one has to be good to their kids.

Anti-nuke protesters break into German air base


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 23, 2018

BERLIN — The German military said seven protesters were detained Monday after cutting through a fence surrounding an air base believed to hold nuclear weapons.

Germany's dpa news agency reported that the intruders were stopped by guards after entering the security zone at Buechel Air Base, in the country's west. The base is operated by the German Luftwaffe but the U.S. Air Force's 702nd Munitions Support Squadron is also stationed there.

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According to dpa, those arrested were anti-nuclear activists belonging to a variety of Christian denominations. They were released shortly after being detained and now face criminal complaints for property damage, breaking and entering, and dangerous interference with air traffic.

It's the second time in less than 10 days that anti-nuclear activists have broken into the base.

A legal complaint from a local resident over the storage of nuclear weapons at the base was rejected by Germany's top court earlier this year.

The Violence of Madeleine Albright. Madeleine Albright, Clinton's SOS is a socialist left wing parasite that has been suckling on the teat of government funded positions her entire life. She was interviewed on 7.30 last night and accused Trump of being a fascist and copying Mussolini's speeches. It turns out that she has a book to sell as well. And in the book she uses from Lenin's song book to highlight her hatred of Trump. She deals with the deaths of Mussolini and Hitler in such a way to suggest that Trump could also be done away with violently (my interpretation). She also tries to create a sense of urgency and pressure by asking the question "What are we to do"..."before it's too late". In my view that's a call to move on Trump sooner rather than later. n my view the old bitch has called for the removal of Trump.

Ute-load of kindness a random act giving a farmer struggling with drought hope. NSW Upper Hunter farmer David Wicks is struggling through the worst drought in living memory. But one phone call from a stranger has given him the energy to continue. The stress from dealing with the dry conditions led him to a quadruple bypass.But one phone call from a stranger has given him the energy to continue. Mr Wicks was at home with his wife last week when he received a phone call. The man introduced himself as 'Jake from Sydney' had seen Mr Wicks' story in the media. He said 'well Dave, I want to put a load of hay on my ute and bring it up to you and feed your cows for a day'." For Mr Wicks and his family the ute-load of hay is only a drop in the ocean ."It's not the quantity, it's the thought,"

...good ole SKYHOOKS song.....

T :)

Imagine if we had a leader that loved his farmers and industry

President Trump is exploring ways to strip several former Obama officials of their security clearances over politicized statements, including John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Susan Rice, and Andrew McCabe, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Zero Hedge