The Pickering Post
Sunday, 20th January 2019

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Marie Hudson

Marie has a PhD. In languages and literature. She is a J.P. who is fluent in seven languages and has taught history in Africa and Australia.


The news of Larry’s departure from this vale of tears has knocked me for six. I fell down in a heap, unable to formulate any intelligent thought. The world suddenly became a darker place. I knew he wouldn’t make Christmas, but the knowledge didn’t help with the reality of the painful loss.

After several days of deepest mourning, I found myself meandering down memory lane, right back to nearly 50 years ago, when I first discovered Larry.

We had only just arrived in Australia, I was like a kid in a lolly shop, looking around, totally awe struck by the absolute wonder of this amazing country! 

And the freedom of being able to eat an ice cream on the street without getting attacked . . .for ’ showing off'!! The freedom of being able to stick a stamp on a bit crooked without running the risk of being jailed for contempt of government.

My Aussie friends couldn’t even understand what I was talking about! To them, bless their hearts, they just thought I was a 'mad wog’.

Apart from eagerly delving into Australian history, discovering the likes of Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin, John Christian Watson and all those who were the breath of early Australian government.

I also found out about The Drover’s Wife! The unbelievable hardships she suffered. I was, and still am, awed by her strength and resilience. I had Steak For Breakfast with Minnie. I went to The Never Never at Elsey Station. 

These are the stories which inspired me to volunteer a little bit with the School Of The Air! Those excited little kids in far flung places, their lovely little voices on the other end of my earphones touched my heart then, as the memory of them still does today. I often wonder if they remember that crazy lady with whom they laughed so much?

In the midst of all that discovering, and laughter, I came across Larry Pickering with his crazily funny cartoons . . .highly intelligent, irreverent, witty, funny, and OH such a gorgeous human being. 

He just blew me away! Can anyone even imagine how I felt when I discovered Larry Pickering? I kept asking myself ‘can this man be REAL?’. Where I come from he would have been long jailed for opening his mouth and making fun of our esteemed leaders!

I had collected ALL his cartoons which I found in a variety of papers and magazines. My very favourite of his drawings, were the nude calendars. It’s been a very long time, but I’m STILL laughing about them!

Larry's depiction of PM Hawke after he vowed to give up beer and drink milk instead!

Sadly though, when we moved into a new home, the ‘Larry' treasure box disappeared. I made phone calls to the Movers and complained and carried on like a pork chop. . .to no avail! I never saw that precious box again!

It is extremely difficult for me to visualise an Australia without Larry in it. He made such a huge impact on my life. I feel as though a very beloved family member has died. So, if I feel like this, how will his family be feeling? 

I just can't imagine. I hope they’re all coping. I hope they’re all together, fortifying each other, encouraging one another to keep going, as I know Larry would want them to.

Larry’s passing has left an enormous gap in MY life, and I know it has in many other people’s lives.. No amount of words can possibly describe the feeling of utter loss. I am bereft.

I just want to say : Thank you Larry for all the years of laughter and provocative food for thought you provided for our everyday. Thank you for the wondrous gift of your essence. You shall live in my soul, and I shall mourn your passing, for as long as I live. 

Like a brilliant shooting star, you lit up the night skies and etched your name on our hearts and minds. The world feels a bit dimmer without you in it. Australia will never be the same for me.

I know that Larry has passed the PP torch on to the very capable Harry. I wish you all the best Harry.

Vale Larry, may you rest in perfect peace.

Marie Hudson


New Post Up, Thank Christ !

Just watched the movie " Eddie The Eagle ". Great film for a lazy Sat avo...................

He came 58th out of 58 jumpers. Everyone knows Eddie but no one could tell you who won gold.

INDIGNANT ELDER are a liar and have smeared my Mission work in Fiji helping people in poverty.You have accused me of sexually abusing children. How dare you.You have made up lies.You make out you have never done anything wrong, well all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.Please do not troll my posts and I will depart from yours.

Australian media silent on South African racism.

Obama's true colors. Amid Racist Land Grabs, Obama Praises South African Communist Strongman -" In a highly controversial speech in South Africa, a nation on the brink of catastrophe amid racist land grabs and brutal massacres that experts have linked to the ruling regime, former U.S. President Barack Obama showered praises on President Cyril Ramaphosa (shown here with Obama) and other highly controversial figures. The adulation poured out on Ramaphosa went far beyond normal diplomatic courtesy. In fact, Obama claimed the radical left-wing strongman, who is right now leading the charge to steal land from minority farmers without compensation, was “inspiring new hope in this great country.” ... In reality, critics say he is driving it over the edge of a cliff. NA

South African government most 'racist' government in the world -

This afternoon, on SBS, we watched a beautiful figure skating programme from HIROSHIMA, Japan. It took me back to 1945, and all the bullshit since, about it would be "un-liveable" forever and should never have been used ??? That bomb ended three and a bit years of childhood fears and adult misery, with daily deaths and imprisonment, for our service people. No one who wasn't there can imagine the relief I felt when it was over, even as an eleven year old. Thanks Yanks! Forever grateful.!

South African farmers training to defend themselves. No one else is helping them -

Dow Jones Industrial Average
22,445.37 ?414.23 (1.81%)
21 Dec, 5:02 pm GMT-5 · 2018
The SBS newsreader said today's result was the worst in four years.
The Dow Jones rose 155 points, or 0.9%, to end the day at 17,959.44.

Forgot to reciprocate BillyB. Happy HoliDays...sounds exactly the same as Merry Christmas, eh? And you fell for it.

Aussie pollies with form..Krudd demanded NATO bomb Libya and Gaddafi - now Al qaeda is in charge...Tony Tryhard declared war on Russia and wanted to do a Napoleno and invade the country in support of the Zios in Ukraine - who also want to kill all Russain Orthodox Christians (just like the Vatican)..Tony went to mass with Catholic Mafia Poro in Sydney, and kissed and hugged him in front of the altar..Turd told the RAAF to be ISIS airforce and kill Assad...Mincing Poodle and DFAT 1 are selling weapons to Saudi murderers to kill Christian Yemenis..DFAT is funding islamic insurgencies in Myanmar and Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and on and on it goes...and these people have the hide to tell us to vote for them?!! oh and they all hate Trump

Who is having what ??

Merry Christmas to everyone, have a great festive feast and I hope 2019 delivers all of your dreams.

^v^ The Bat

Mattis And More Resignations
By Brother Nathanael Kapner

AFTER UNDERGOING TORMENT for ten miserable days over the honoring of the corpse of Herbert W Bush, now we’re being tyrannized ad infinitum by the cries of lamentations over the resignation of ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis.

How long we’ll be subjected to this torture only the war-loving Jew press knows.

Mattis is being lamented as “the adult in the room” who left behind a “temper tantrum throwing child” to run things “his way.”

Trump’s “way” didn’t “align” with Mattis’ way, as he wrote in his goodbye letter, nor was Trump’s way lining up with “our allies,” said Mattis.

Thus, see you later, I’m out of here.

But those “allies” that Mad Dog (AKA “The Butcher Of Fullujah”) wants to keep happy are hell-bent on STAYING in Syria, namely, Assad-hating France and Jew-bought UK.

THOSE ARE THE ALLIES that The Butcher wanted Trump to stay aligned with. Trump balked, and his “America First” (not allies) got in the way.

So Mattis quit. So what? Another career legalized mass-murderer will take his place.


Australia may accept "White Helmets" as refugees!
‘Organ traders, terrorists & looters’: Evidence against Syrian White Helmets presented at UN
The ‘White Helmets’ are not a rescue group but an extension of jihadist militants, and should be designated a terrorist organization, Russia’s envoy to the UN argued at the presentation of evidence into the group’s wrongdoing.
Praised in the West as humanitarian rescue volunteers, in reality the ‘White Helmets’ work with Islamist militants in Syria, harvest organs from the victims they pretend to be “rescuing,” stage false chemical weapons and other attacks for cameras, and loot the bodies and homes of Syrians killed and injured in the war, according to Maxim Grigoriev, director of the Russia-based Foundation for the Study of Democracy
".....................A number of Western countries, such as the UK and Canada, have proudly announced they would be accepting White Helmets as refugees, after several hundred members of the group were evacuated from a jihadist-held enclave in southern Syria ahead of the advancing government troops.
The government in Damascus considers the White Helmets to be in the same category as illegal militias and terrorists.

Multiculturalism At Work
It is impossible to teach hate, as the Identity Politics of the liberal/progressive/left and Democratic Party does, and have multiculturalism.

Slop....What has this person done to make you think he/she is not Genuine???...... There are a lot of posters here whom would have military service and the like, Just as I Have...Why is mentioning that fact so offensive to you? Does ANYONE whom mentions a Military or Police background need to supply 100 point of identification before they are permitted to Post here or mention their Proud Service to Australia????? You are Doxing people and I feel offended that you feel that it is your right without ANY Proof ...I have asked time and again..Provide some proof .You are continuously trying to glean personal information from posters, with NO evidence of wrong doing, with the apparent sole intention to establish their personal Identity..Your desire to identify posters rings warning bells..


‘Vatican City: Pope Francis has vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.

Francis acknowledged that the church in the past had failed to treat the problem seriously, blaming leaders who out of inexperience or short-sightedness acted "irresponsibly" by refusing to believe victims. But he vowed that going forward the church would "never again" cover up or dismiss cases.

"Let it be clear that before these abominations the church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes," he said.

Francis urged victims to come forward, thanked the media for giving them a voice and issued a stark warning to abusers: "Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice."

Francis has summoned church leaders from around the globe for a February abuse prevention summit, in an indication that he has come to realise that the problem is far greater and far more global than he had understood at the start of his pontificate five years ago.’

… took bloody long enough!

I have admired much of Trumps political philosophy but –
If you ignore his twitter one liners and listen closely to his more recent, lengthier comments, you may notice his remarks are repetitive and far from succinct.

Mild incoherence in expression and recent actions plus inability to retain or work with vital government heads he personally selected is a worry in a POTUS.

Could it be age and enormous pressure is having its toll ? Hope I am wrong.
He is the first president who wasn’t a political party hack and may be the last for a long time. So much needs to be achieved and so little time left in a one term presidency.