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Brunel's best

IK's eye

Exhibition organisers thought that the first civils extravaganza of the new millennium warranted appraisal by an eminent engineer from the last. So what better, they mused, than dusting off the Victorian frockcoat and distinctive topper of the profession's ultimate entrepreneur, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Back from deep retirement, IK spent the week wandering the aisles, while his young apprentice captured images of the show using a strange looking contraption that the ever observant engineer noted sported neither candlelight nor photographic plate.

He concluded that the profession could still boast an entrepreneurial flair, though was somewhat perplexed at the new fangled equipment employed to achieve it.

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