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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 17 July

Jazz In The Museum For today only, visitors to the National Railway Museum can enjoy all the usual attractions, but also to the sound of The Mardi Gras Joymakers and the Alan Gresty/ Brian White Ragtimers.

Complete with licensed bar and Dixieland barbecue - but don't overdo it or you might end up feeling a bit Dizzy Gillespie, get a Cab Calloway home, call Dr John and lie down Witherspoon (Jimmy) of medicine. Jazz club. Nice.

National Railway Museum, York Tel: (01904) 686286 www. nrm. org. uk

Hastings Waterworks Centenary Celebrations Today and tomorrow sees the 100th anniversary of the Brede pumping station at Hastings. So why not head to the south coast and get a get an eyeful of the pumping station's magnificent Tangye triple expansion steam pumping engine. Also on view are classic cars and bikes, a Punch & Judy show, and the chance to try your luck on the tombola stand - plus refreshments and barbecue.

Admission is free - so one would be insane not to avail oneself of this rather special opportunity.

From 10am to 4pm Brede Steam Engine Society, Brede Waterworks, Rye, Sussex Thanks to John Foxley at Brede Tel: (01323) 897310 Mobile: 07811 344 180

Sunday

Restoration South east England vies for the Restoration rouble. The contenders are a mediaeval palace in Kent, an 18th century house beside the Thames and a Victorian folly sitting atop one of the highest points in London.

Let battle commence.

BBC2, 9pm

Tuesday Until 31 October 2004

Richard Owen - The Man Who Invented Dinosaurs To mark the 200th birthday of Richard Owen - although the last time he was around to raise a glass to it himself was 1892 - the Natural History Museum is celebrating his contribution to science and learning. The man who coined the term 'dinosaur' was also the museum's founder and his eminence in science circles meant that the great explorers and scientists of the day sent him an amazing array of animal discoveries from their travels. Why not pay homage to the great man - admission's free.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD Tel: (020) 7942 5011 www. nhm. ac. uk

Wednesday

Mark Williams On The Rails: Brunel A celebration of the great man's work on the Great Western Railway. Praise be unto Isambard.

Discovery Channel, 8pm

Thursday

Material World Professor Chris Wright, head of transport management research at Middlesex University Business School, ponders the future of car design with Quentin Cooper. How the cars of the future will be powered is considered by NCE's very own Dave Parker in a masterly treatise to be found on pages 24 and 25 of this week's issue of the world's best civil engineering magazine.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

Friday

Mark Williams On The Rails: Carriage Kings More On The Rails, folks, this time looking at how the railways serve society. To illustrate the point Mr Williams slums it third class, then whoops it up on the Orient Express.

Discovery Channel, 3.30pm

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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