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38 thoughts on “Farewell to a great Australian …

  1. Venise Alstergren

    Love ‘the cadaver’ knew about the rodent.

  2. Andrew L

    Credit where credit is due: Erica Betz was from the early days of Crikey when many pollies were given a nickname. My favourite noms de plume were “The Rodent” (John Howard) and “The Cadaver” (Philip Ruddock – who else?).

  3. Venise Alstergren

    ANDREW @ ZUT: Sorry, that was meant to be Erica Betz.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    ZUT A: Since ANDREW came up with Erica Abetz, I’d be devastated if it wasn’t Erica. Ian McFarlane…..Hahahaha. Brilliant choice. He doesn’t walk on gravel, he carries it in his throat.

  5. zut alors

    Holden, Erica is definitely on the shortlist along with Ian McFarlane.

  6. Holden Back

    Abetz has one of the least attractive voice in the Australian Parliament – and there’s some pretty stiff competition.

  7. Venise Alstergren

    ANDREW L: I love it, Erica Abetz, olé, watchaowa, olé.

  8. Andybob

    To me Holden, Jasper sounded like a cross between Bill Murray and John Singleton.

  9. Andrew L

    In the early days of Crikey, he was known as Erica Betz (showing my age)

  10. Venise Alstergren

    HOLDEN: you don’t Erich Abetz’s voice to be a tad too waspish?

  11. klewso

    Holden, thanx a lot, now I imagining being woken by the voice of “Eric the Head”, sniggering in the same house, at 2 am – the night after tying one on?

  12. Holden Back

    @paddy Who would ‘voice’ Jasper? Brian Blessed or Eric Abetz?

  13. Venise Alstergren

    CHRIS J: Thank you. She was a remarkable cat-not a day’s sickness in her life. Mind you, to have her yearly shot, it took five people to hold her down. {She had been a feral cat; thrust into my arms in a possum cage, she was due to be drowned if I couldn’t take her. The rest is history.}

  14. rhwombat

    Andybob: …or first place on the SA senate ticket.

  15. Andybob

    Is there any truth in the rumor his last deal was bending arms in South Australia in return for a State Funeral ?

  16. Matthew of Canberra

    I did post a request a few weeks back to see Jasper back in FD, but this wasn’t quite was I was hoping for.

  17. Chris Johnson

    Jasper the feline phantom! Love it. And I’m really sorry Venise to hear Walnut has left us. But wow, what an innings!

  18. Venise Alstergren

    2012 will be remembered by me as the year two remarkable felines changed their cosmic addresses. My gorgeous Walnut, 18, and Jasper Rudd. Life will never be the same.

  19. Mike Smith

    @Holden: Thankfully, I am unable to think of a printable answer to that.

  20. Holden Back

    Would a queenmaker be different to a kingmaker?

  21. paddy

    @Crispy. Tea towels be damned. For *real* collectable joy, what we need is a Jasper clock that “swears the hours”.

  22. klewso

    Well, kiss my ring mofos – was it ring worm?

  23. klewso

    No more pussy riot – the mussel jar is empty?

  24. Crispy

    Now the tea towels will be worth a fortune. Vale Jasper.

  25. drovers cat

    “Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed … the Great Cat.”
    – Inscription on the Royal Tombs at Thebes

  26. Plonkoclock

    Called to his Maker? I don’t think so! Mr Blake surely was thinking of Jasper when he wrote, “What immortal hand or eye”, etc..

  27. klewso

    Did anyone contribute as much to Limited News copy (even when it was under kitty litter)?

  28. Andrew L

    A fitting tribute

  29. Stevo the Working Twistie

    I think his real talent, unlike so many in Australian political life, was to be able to lick his own bumhole without getting his head stuck in there. I hope the Rudds have gone for the Premium Shoebox option at the Pets-Were-Us Family Animausoleum.

  30. paddy

    We did but seem him passing by…..That fabulous furry little ratf*cker extraordinaire. (sob)

  31. Mark Duffett

    ‘Jasper the Unfriendly Ghost’ – truly inspired.

  32. drmick

    I wonder if he died of embarrassment?

  33. zut alors

    ‘string chaser’ – wonderful, Mr Dog, this was a talent sorely underplayed and hitherto unacknowledged by the commentariat. Trust you to spot it.

    Such rich times we’ve shared with Jasper.

  34. Mike Smith

    Ectoplasmic secretions now though. Which may be harder to remove.

  35. ernmalleyscat

    Hmmm, it would seem one of Jasper’s guises that remained undetected was his role as Newspoll Adjuster. Now that he’s gone the true leanings of the people (on landlines having dinner at 6pm) can be heard.

  36. drmick

    Maxine is still trying to lick his butt.

  37. GrimTidings

    I smiled, I thought of pets past, I teared up, I laughed. Loved it.

  38. Tyler T

    Haunting the Powerfox in the halls of the Lodge, it’s what he would’ve wanted

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