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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 (his wife and manager) replied "Why don't you piss off, you horrible little man?"
Adam Blake wrote:I have often smarted at Andy's tart insinuations (yes, you, you insinuating tart) that we old lags at SOTW are all beholden to some nebulous concept of "authenticity" whilst he, happily unburdened, dances away to only the choicest 80s electro-pop.
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