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Foresight - The week ahead


Saturday 25 September ICC Champions Final Entrecasteaux Cricket Festival Having vanquished the Aussie foe it will be England who meet either Pakistan or the West Indies in the final of a tournament that has been rather dogged by the weather. One cricket team untroubled by climate is Entrecasteaux in south east France - they play all year round - except in August when it's just too darn hot. Sun stops play? Your correspondent chanced upon the side of ex-pats, regular vacationers and occasional players of many nationalities on a recent break.

They play in a league, take on guest teams and love to find room for those who drop by in regular friendly matches. If you love your cricket and you're ever in that neck of the woods, why not give them a visit. Sponsors and kit donations welcome. For details contact: Sean Burke, captain, Entrecasteaux Cricket Club Chemin des Ecoles, 83570 Cotignac, France Tel: 00 33 4 94 04 74 56 email: seanburke@tiscali. fr and Sky Sports, 10am Sunday Time Team special The team looks to reveal the story of HMS Colossus, an 18th century warship wrecked off the Isles of Scilly.

Discovery Channel, 8pm The curse of oil - the wilderness As the Middle East becomes increasingly unstable, oil companies are now looking to the unspoilt wilderness of Alaska as the next area for oil exploration. So far, environmentalists have kept powerful oil lobby groups at bay, but for how long? George 'No way Kyoto' Bush seems the last person you'd imagine spending a fortnight at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Prospects bleak, then.

BBC4, 9pm Monday Demolition Day Two teams in the make it then break it programme set out to construct a 6m tall wind turbine from odds and sods and then attempt to do away with each other's doings.

Discovery Channel, 10am Tuesday Channel Tunnel Story of the undersea engineering marvel.

Discovery Channel, 5pm Journeys from the centre of the earth A geology meets architecture series that explains why the Egyptians built pyramids, the Greeks squares and the Romans arches. Not so sure about the Egyptians, but the Greeks built squares because they were into maths and the Romans arches because of all those fallen arches through wearing sandals all the time. No? Let's move on.

BBC4, 8.30pm Thursday Material world NASA plans to launch a satellite to investigate 'gamma ray bursts' - huge explosions in space that occur at least once a day, each producing many billions of times more energy than the sun emits in a single year. Crikey. Quentin Cooper explains the interest.

BBC Radio 4, Friday Law in action First of nine programmes to look at the application of law. Keep 'em peeled for health and safety, readers. This week: Guantanamo Bay, hallucinogenic mushrooms, corporal punishment and religious discrimination.

BBC Radio 4, 4pm

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