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Foresight - The week ahead

If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com Thursday 19 February Restless peaks The Alps have travelled thousands of kilometres over their 300M year history. Spectacular real life footage combined with computer wizardry charts their journey.

Wowzer!

12 noon, repeated at 5pm and 10pm, Discovery Science Saturday Dunkirk - the soldiers' story Firsthand account of the events leading up to the mass evacuation from Dunkirk beach in May 1940.

'You were so scared, ' recalls former guardsman Bill Weeks, 'that not only were you crying, you were probably sick as well from sheer fright. You were petrified.' A sobering look back at an amazing feat.

8pm, BBC2 Monday Men of iron Final in the series charting the greatest engineering achievements of the 19th century. No prizes for guessing who takes centre stage - IKB. Not content with building bridges and the UK's finest railway, Brunel set out to design and build a steam-powered transatlantic shipping service. The venture backfired spectacularly, but the breadth of Brunel's endeavour still takes your breath away.

9pm, Channel 4 FloodRanger Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a computer game from that hothouse of digital wizardry, er, the Department of Trade & Industry. Billed as 'Sim City for flood and coastal engineers', FloodRanger puts you in the role of flood defence action hero.

'FloodRanger, there's a storm surge heading down from the North Sea. We're doomed!' 'Fear not. I'll erect a new tidal barrage and turn 50ha of set-aside agricultural land over to flood water storage.' You get the drift.

'It's a flood simulator that puts you in control of coastlines, rivers, towns and cities. You have to decide where to build flood defences and what to defend, you must create jobs and houses, and face the uncertainties of climate change. It is an innovative tool for those involved in planning and flood management to help them explore the possible environmental, economic and societal impacts of decisions made now and in the future.'

Foresight will be sending its own gaming experts along for trials of FloodRanger, so look out for an update. In the meantime, watch out Sony.

Book: Engineering the pyramids If computer games aren't your thing, Foresight can highly recommend this 180 page investigation of how the Egyptians built the pyramids. Author Dick Parry doesn't dwell over long on why the pharoahs wanted pyramids in the first place, but gets stuck into the as yet unsolved mystery of what technologies were used in quarrying, moving and erecting the massive stone blocks used in the construction of these Stone Age mega-projects.

£20 hardback, Sutton Publishing ISBN 0 7509 3414 X www. suttonpublishing.co.uk

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