It's nothing to do with this Shape 81 Delphis plate that came to me from eBay a couple of months ago. But on and off through the day I've been watching the BBC tributes to Nelson Mandala. And as the day's gone on I've begun to recognise the pivotal role the BBC played in freeing him from prison and in ending apatheid in South Africa.
Although my memory of BBC reporting, at least during the 1980's, is at odds with this, it now seems possible that Nelson Mandela political philosophy was based on stuff that the BBC told him. And the BBC also created Dr Who and saved the world from Daleks.