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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 5 April

Time Team: Guerrilla base of the king

Could a Somerset farmer have the impenetrable, marsh encircled site of King Alfred's hiding place on his land?

Discovery Channel, 7am

Sunday 4th

Stirling hot air engine rally and competition The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is host to over 80 - model and full size - Stirling and hot air engines, in possibly the most diverse collection ever assembled under one roof. Engines compete for prizes in four categories. Hats off to the good people at Kew.

11am to 5pm Tel: (020) 8568 4757 www. kbsm. org

Wednesday

Thinking allowed

Traces the history of fingerprinting, a technique first developed by an administrator of the British Raj, who wanted a way to distinguish native workers. Didn't know that, did you?

BBC Radio 4, 4pm

Thursday

Costing the earth

The negative environmental effects of mass tourism are being challenged in Mallorca. Last year Europe's biggest holiday resort introduced a 70p per night eco-tax for all visitors in a bid to transform the island. Will pollution, discarded nappies, untreated sewage and the pavement remains of evenings ill spent be banished from this popular destination? One can only hope so. Miriam O'Reilly reports.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm

Friday

Solutions - clear water on tap Clean water is a human right according to the UN. The second of this four part series looks at how water provision transforms communities.

BBC World Service, 9.30pm

New film

The core

All of a sudden the Earth's orbit begins to shift, causing cataclysmic changes in the weather. Scientists discover that, over time, the Earth's movement has been slowing to a halt. Ye gods! Geophysicist Dr Josh Keyes, and four 'terranauts', must journey to the centre of the earth and detonate a nuclear device to give the astral bauble that is planet Earth a much needed kick start.

Will they succeed? Real life geophysicist and editor of Ground Engineering magazine, Max Soudain, has seen the film. A man not easily pleased nor prone to spontaneous acts of superfluous approbation, Max described the movie as 'enjoyable hokum' and gave it a three out of five star rating. Praise indeed. Ground Engineering is sister publication to NCE, and a very attractive sister it is too.

At cinemas across the UK 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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