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Foresight: The week ahead

Stop the transport cuts: Crossrail

Saturday 28 February Parkinson The chat show that refuses to leave the 1980s has returned. This week, Kylie Minogue.

BBC1, 10.40pm Sunday New York underground A look at the city's transport system. It's Noo Yawk .

Discovery Channel, 4pm Monday 1 March Electricity supply in the new century Energy privatisation has been a lash up, hasn't it? Prices are so low generators can't make a decent living, the government's hammering the industry with environmental legislation, renewables are a joke and all the reliable sources of power are about to keel over. Well, readers, if you want an expert's opinion, former chairman of consultant PB Power Dr Malcolm Kennedy will be telling it how it is at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, tel (0131) 240 5000. Free, but you'll need a ticket.

Monday Dollars from hell Now a shabby former mining town, Jachymov in Bohemia enjoyed fame and riches in the 16th century as the source of silver used to mint the very first American dollars. Four centuries later, the discovery of radioactivity in uranium from the same mines gave birth to the atomic age.

Jachymov went on to supply the raw material for the first Soviet nuclear weapons and became a top secret gulag until the Iron Curtain crumbled. Former miners tell the town's story and of the sense of irony they felt in the town's US/Russian history. Eventful indeed.

8pm, Radio 4 Tuesday Bee in your bonnet The shy and retiring Amanda Platell meets the denizens of a Yorkshire village, up in arms at the prospect of the UK's second largest wind farm being built nearby. Perhaps if they all waved their arms about at the same time they wouldn't need the wind farm.

But how would you harness the energy?

BBC2, 7.30pm Thursday 4 March The engineer as hero?

Perceptions of the greatness of British engineers The ICE library is home to much learning and many wondrous things. Chief of them is librarian Mike Chrimes, whose brain combines encyclopaedic mnemonic powers with the analytical acuity of a surgeon. For anyone keen to put present day lamenting of engineers' status in historical perspective this lecture is a must.

5pm, Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Details from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, www. oxforddnb. com/info Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 March Meet the pioneers: Dr John Snow and Joseph Bazalgette Pure filth! Bazalgette's name is synonymous with egg-shaped sewers, built in London between 1858 and 1865. John Snow is possibly less well known, but earned his special place in history by demonstrating in 1854 that cholera was a water-borne disease. Between them they brought about a revolution in urban sanitation and public health.

This is described as a 'live history' event. Bazalgette and Snow are to be reincarnated at Kew Bridge Steam Museum and will be on hand to explain their work. What an interesting concept - I don't think sewage has been given this kind of treatment before.


11am-5pm, Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford. www. kbsm. org. Tel: (020) 8568 4757.

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

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