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    Default R.I.P. Sergeant Major (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) Williams

    Largely unreported by our MSM, Windsor Davies passed away / carked / skidded off this mortal coil etc, just a few days ago, January 19.

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    Michael Quinn writes

    As Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in David Croft and Jimmy Perry’s It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies’ booming voice could be heard – “even with your television set switched off,” one wag remarked – barking orders and bellowing his disapproval at his concert-party charges in one of the biggest television hits of the late 1970s.

    The bombastic character brought Davies an unexpected second career in a partnership with It Ain’t Half Hot Mum colleague Don ‘Lofty’ Estelle when the duo reached No 1 in the pop charts with their rendition of Whispering Grass in 1975. The pair was also regularly seen together in summer season and panto long after changing attitudes to the show’s racial stereotyping saw it disappear from television screens in 1981.

    Success continued with Johnnie Mortimer’s Never the Twain, in which Davies sparred with rival antique dealer Donald Sinden for 10 years to 1991. The sitcom marked the peak of Davies’ profile on television
    Here's Windsor Davies and Don Estelle singing Whispering Grass:

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    Fun from the days when you could poke fun at anything you wanted, without being labelled racist, homophobic or otherwise somehow not politically correct.

    Thanks Windsor!
    I have very high hopes that seriousness is a reversible condition.

    Dr Lester Levy

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Sergeant Major (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) Williams

    I saw a few of It Ait Alf Hot mum,
    They would not get away with that now1
    And I enjoyed him in the show about the antique dealer
    So what colour is your Adkaf?
    Have you joined Proud to Be Kiwi yet?

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