The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 12th December 2018

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.


Singo's Eulogy For Larry

Paul Zanetti

Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com

BLOG / FACEBOOK / BLOG SITE / CARTOON WEBSITE




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. 






Comments

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.

And just like that....Elizabeth Warrens Indian blood was gone....https://ibb.co/s23njhq

well said SonnyF its fucking boring

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.

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.

Err Granny can you see the irony of claiming to be trolled when you are using someone else's stollen Avatar. You're not very bright are you?

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 are required to do. If there is no move to discard Morrison over the Xmas/NY break then our best shot is for a crushing defeat in May and clean the place out for a fresh start is the only option.

Harry get rid of the Ruffian Dick idiot.

AKA BRIANKHYSLOP

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.

There might be something MORE compacted between yours LUNATIC

new one up...

AVOID THESE RUSSIAN SCUMABGS BASED IN QLD:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-08/australian-4wd-hire-company-admits-customer-did-nothing-wrong/10387630

Birmingham Train
.
SHOCKING footage apparently from a train in Birmingham, look at the savage way they attack... let's hope they are caught and JAILED!
.
Well done the man who steps in, this sort of behaviour needs stopped.
.
https://www.facebook.com/ukunity.org.uk/videos/vb.1962799397319693/459024171255558/?type=2&theater

This footage apparently shows the aftermath of a stabbing in 'MULTI-CULTURAL' London. Look at the size of the knife!
.
London has fallen!!! SHARE
.
This footage apparently shows the aftermath of a stabbing in 'MULTI-CULTURAL' London. Look at the size of the knife!

London has fallen!!! SHARE
.
https://www.facebook.com/ukunity.org.uk/videos/vb.1962799397319693/238415093542750/?type=2&theater

Stop TROLLING the PP then Dick.

The FRIGHTENING 'invasion' of Spain continues... lots of fancy phones but no women or children?
.

SHARE as the mainstream media have a BLACKOUT on this!
.
https://www.facebook.com/ukunity.org.uk/videos/vb.1962799397319693/258775858094439/?type=2&theater

windy.com has the low off the NQ coast crossing about Cardwell this weekend, crossing the Cape and reforming into a cyclone in the Gulf, moving to the west, crossing at Alyangula NT, following the coast back into Qld and heading over Mt.Isa and bringing good rains all the way across Hughenden down the central inland to the SE. Monday 17th as far as it goes for today.

Using Children for Political gain
Posted on 02/12/2018 by Larry Hannigan

Note the first guy … “I am a scientist” … why doesn’t he be honest and say … “I went to Uni, I memorised all the left propaganda and answered all the questions as they wanted, and now I have a piece of paper to say so”. The others show their total ignorance of even why they were there. Congrats to the interviewer. https://larryhannigan.com/2018/12/02/using-children-for-political-gain/

The repetitive posting by Ruffian Prick shows contempt tor the site and it should be binned permanently.