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Brunel for BBC Greatest Briton

Campaign Vote Brunel

With just days to go before voting is complete, Antony Oliver maps out the campaign schedule to bring IKB home on top of the BBC's Greatest Briton poll.

Thursday 21 November If you haven't voted already this week, log on to www. bbc.co.uk/ history/programmes/greatbritons and cast your vote as soon as you get to work. Follow this up with a phone call to 090 11 22 1066.

Photocopy this page several times and distribute copies around the office. Visit www. nceplus.co.uk and download the Vote Brunel flier and facts page and leave these around the office.

Friday 22 November Vote using your mobile phone on the way into work. When you get there, visit www. nceplus.co.uk and cut and paste the special 'Vote Brunel - the final' reminder text into an email and send it to your address book to make sure that all your work colleagues and friends are set to watch (and vote during) the final programme on Sunday. In the evening, use your digital television to register a vote.

Saturday 23 November Call 090 11 22 1066 to register your vote from home. Use any other mobile phone that you pay for (eg children? ) to register another vote. Visit your neighbours and persuade them to vote for Brunel using the key facts sheet found at www. nceplus.co.uk .

Leave copies of NCE's Vote Brunel flier wherever you go over the weekend (swimming pool, golf club, supermarket, tennis club etc).

Sunday 24 November Tune in to BBC2's live Great Britons final at 9pm to support Jeremy Clarkson and 20 Brunel groupies going head to head to secure the nation's last votes. Make sure everyone you know is 'on-message' for Brunel and ready to vote.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the facts Born: April 1806 Died: September 1859 Son of French inventor Marc Isambard Brunel, Isambard Kingdom was a workaholic who worked regular 18 hour days and was renowned for being able to operate for huge periods without sleep - a slave to his engineering ideas, perfection and desire to deliver the greatest structure ever built. He was rarely seen without his trade mark top hats - said to be worn as cover for his diminutive five foot height. He died 'on the job' shortly after witnessing the launch of the troubled Great Eastern ship into the Thames in London in 1959. He is buried in Kensal Rise Cemetery, London Brunel s legacy The Thames Tunnel, London, 1843 Aged 20, Isambard was appointed resident engineer by his father. He nearly drowned in one of a number of floodings. Bankruptcy regularly threatened but the tunnel eventually opened in 1943.

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, 1864 Brunel won the design competition with a daring cliff to cliff record length suspension bridge. Work began in 1836 but was suspended for decades due to funding problems and was not completed until after his death.

The Great Western Railway, 1833-1844 As chief engineer from 1833, his high speed broad-gauge railway (2.1m/7ft apart), was in direct competition to Stephenson's standard (1.44m/4ft 8in) and provoked the 'battle of the gauges' which Brunel would eventually lose. The London and Bristol railway opened in 1844 and was later extended to Exeter and Gloucester from Bristol.

Box Tunnel, 1841 This tunnel through the limestone of Box Hill was one of the most difficult and dangerous parts of the Great Western Line. At two miles long and on a gradient of 1 in 100, the tunnel was completed in 1841.

Paddington Station, London Built between 1852 and 1854, Paddington station was designed by Brunel with architect Digby Wyatt. Its glazed modular construction was inspired by Crystal Palace, built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Maidenhead Bridge, 1841 The flattest brick arch in the world opened in 1841. His use of a compressed-air caisson to sink the pier foundations pioneered the use of this construction technique.

The Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, 1859 An ingenious design sees the railway deck hang from its iron link suspension chain set between twin brick towers with towers restrained with two hollow iron arches. The bridge opened in 1859, the year of Brunel's death.

The Great Western, 1837 The first steam ship to make regular trans-Atlantic crossings.

The wooden paddle driven ship was the culmination of Brunel's vision for a seamless journey between London and the US.

The Great Britain, 1843 The first all steel constructed passenger ship and the first to use a screw driven propeller.

The Great Eastern, 1859 A giant double skinned iron hull, was driven by paddles and a screw propeller and was capable of sailing non-stop to Australia. Brunel collapsed and died soon after its launch in 1859. The ship was never a commercial passenger success.

INFOPLUS www. nceplus.co.uk

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