Eight decades after he first dreamed of it, Anthony Smith of London made a journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean on a sail-powered raft piled high with oranges, avocados and other food. There was a water supply and even a small oven. Halfway through the journey, Smith celebrated his 85th birthday with a chocolate cake baked on board.
The State Department's point person on human rights says his office is in a "cat and mouse" game with authoritarian governments that are trying to restrict free speech on the Internet.
"We are trying to stay ahead of the curve and to provide technology, training and diplomatic support to allow people to freely express their views," Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner told a group of reporters at the State Department this week.
Internet freedoms will be one focus on this year's Human Rights report, which the State Department is releasing Friday.
In the 1970s, the BBC's Upstairs Downstairs became one of the most popular British television series to date. The show took a leisurely look back at a Britain in which class distinctions were firmly embedded in the culture and everybody knew their place: upstairs were the titled and wealthy Bellamys, and downstairs were the working class heroes who made their lives as smooth and elegant as possible.
George Lengel's family helped produce the steel wire ropes that support iconic structures such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the elevators at the Eiffel Tower. But it turned out that George's father had other plans for his son.
"My father, uncles, cousins, grandmother and mother worked in the mills," George says.
That was during the 1940s, in Roebling, N.J. And to George, one man stood above all others in a town full of tough men — his father.
"Every weekend, dad would drag me along everywhere he went," George says.