When Harry Shelford and six friends sat down to a white-tie dinner of duck and caviar early last month, they agreed the food was delicious, although the atmosphere left something to be desired. But that had to do with the fact that their table was set at 22,326 feet - on Lhakpa Ri, a peak in the Hima-layan chain not far from Mount Everest. You see, they'd expected to consume the meal higher still, at the 23,113-foot summit. But gale-force winds drove them back. Yes, their feat is a candidate for the Guinness Book of World Records.
British moviegoers may wonder why the ushers working the new Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at Vue Cinemas have taken to wearing night-vision goggles. The answer: to catch those trying to secretly film the movie for selling on the black market.
Sunday, June 6, marks the 60th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, the largest military operation of World War II or any other war. More than 5,000 ships, 800 planes, 30,000 vehicles, and 150,000 troops were engaged in the assault on France's German-occupied northern coast. Under the command of General Eisenhower, the allies succeeded in carrying out the first major invasion to cross the English Channel since 1066, when Duke William of Normandy landed in England. Dramatizations of D-Day and the events surrounding it are, of course, available in video formats. The movies, their run time, and the year of their release:
"The Longest Day" 180 min. 1962
"Saving Private Ryan" 170 min. 1998
"Band of Brothers" 600 min./10 episodes 2001
"D-Day: The Sixth of June" 106 min. 1956
"Up From the Beach" 99 min. 1965
"The Big Red One" 113 min. 1980