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38 thoughts on “Farewell to a great Australian …

  1. Tyler T

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

  2. GrimTidings

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

  3. drmick

    Maxine is still trying to lick his butt.

  4. 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.

  5. Mike Smith

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

  6. 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.

  7. drmick

    I wonder if he died of embarrassment?

  8. Mark Duffett

    ‘Jasper the Unfriendly Ghost’ – truly inspired.

  9. paddy

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

  10. 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.

  11. Andrew L

    A fitting tribute

  12. klewso

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

  13. 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..

  14. 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

  15. Crispy

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

  16. klewso

    No more pussy riot – the mussel jar is empty?

  17. klewso

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

  18. paddy

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

  19. Holden Back

    Would a queenmaker be different to a kingmaker?

  20. Mike Smith

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. Andybob

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

  25. rhwombat

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

  26. 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.}

  27. Holden Back

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

  28. 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?

  29. Venise Alstergren

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

  30. Andrew L

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

  31. Andybob

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

  32. Venise Alstergren

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

  33. Holden Back

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

  34. zut alors

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

  35. 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.

  36. Venise Alstergren

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

  37. 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?).

  38. Venise Alstergren

    Love ‘the cadaver’ knew about the rodent.

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