Yesterday I was listening to a Podcast whilst driving home from an appointment in Reading. It's a radio 4 show called 'Chain Reaction' - a brilliant show. Person A interviews Person B on one episode, then Person B interviews person C the following week. Person C interviews person D... etc etc - you get the idea.
Anyway - a very random topic came up about the late great George Formby. Who would have thought that dear old George was a political thinker ahead of his time...
In 1946 Beryl and George toured South Africa shortly before formal racial apartheid was introduced, where they refused to play racially-segregated venues. According to Formby's biographer, when George was cheered by a black audience after embracing a small black girl who had presented his wife with a box of chocolates. National Party leader Daniel François Malan (who later introduced apartheid) phoned to complain; Beryl replied "Why don't you piss off you horrible little man?".
And something else comes to mind when I think of the stars of yesteryear... whatever happened to the old black & white films that used to be on TV on Saturday afternoons? A whole generation is missing out!