The Pickering Post
Monday, 25th March 2019

If you would like to be involved or support the upkeep and further development of this site, it would be very welcome no matter how small.


FAREWELL MY OLD FRIEND

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.

BLOG



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



Comments

Hooray Harry Sun 23 Dec 2018 04:28:41 pm
I wasn’t talking to a human Gaffster.

Hooray Harry Sun 23 Dec 2018 01:05:45 am
You are very confused ED. I’m not female.

“NSW Bar Association is pro rape.” Yeah including rape of minors, they support Pedo’s

Sailor , Pell was not untouchable, although we still await his fate.

you sad old slunt

.. and it is brilliant .....

If he stops going on to other peoples threads and TROLLING them, it's bound to help. Now, let's see if he has any self restraint.

haha, that was pretty funny - "the flower girl?"

the flower girl?

but will turning the page help???

You too drac.

Merry Christmas .IE , keep on keeping on mate.

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.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Drac.

INDIGNANT ELDER ..you 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.

Have a merry good time.

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

Merry Christmas IE. Take care and take it easy and drink more piss!

Go onya IE.. Take it easy.

South African government most 'racist' government in the world - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EThwj4NtnvU