In 1948, a Washington radio station contacted ambassadors in the capital, asking what each would most like for Christmas. Britain's representative, Sir Oliver Franks, mistook the request.
French Ambassador: Peace throughout the world.
Soviet Ambassador: Freedom for all people enslaved by imperialism.
Sir Oliver: Well, it's very kind of you to ask. I'd quite like a box of crystallised fruit.Thirty-four years later, as Lord Franks, he was to chair the inquiry into the events leading to the Falklands War.