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Foresight The week ahead

Saturday 24 May Bath Song Weekend Bobby Darin's fiSplish Splashfl, fiSailingfl by Rod Stewart and a host of other sudstime favourites?

Alas, no. On closer inspection you'll discover it's the Bath Festival and the songs come from the Anchiskhati Choir of Tbilisi and the West African group Jalikunda, among others.

BBC Radio 3, 1pm Bank Holiday Monday A Fork In The Road Ken and Beth Wild live in an 18th century farmhouse surrounded by the six lanes of the M62. It's hard to envisage everyday farming life when the east and west carriages of a motorway run 20 yards either side of you. The story behind this bizarre landmark is a determined battle against construction companies - but at some price.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm Division One Play Off Final Sheffield United V Wolves Which one will hit the Premiership jackpot? You may have read how education officials at a school in the West Midlands recently banned parents from a school sports day because they didn't want the accent on competition and losers to be embarrassed. Unfortunately this orgy of craven combat will be shown before the 9pm watershed so be wary not to corrupt the young. Mind you, if the chief exec of Glaxo Smith Kline thinks he's worth up to £22M for failing in his job, maybe this is the way to prepare for a future career - but only for the chosen few.

Sky Sports 1, 2pm Wednesday The Money Programme - Rubbish Every day we bury enough rubbish to fill five football stadiums and by 2020 we will generate twice as much of the stuff as we do today.

With the cost of recycling four times that of landfill and incineration likely to cause alarm and horror among the environmentally minded, how can this pressing problem be tackled?

By getting tough, if one Essex council is anything to go by. Plus a look at waste giant Biffa and efforts to yield energy from waste.

You know, I had a job a dustman once. There was no training - you just picked it up as you went along.


BBC2, 7.30pm Thursday Devil's Architect The dramatic and extravagant churches of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor upset his conservative contemporaries and are still the subject of debate. Writer Iain Sinclair believes they are centres of dark and malign powers and connected to a series of grisly ritual murders in the east end of London.

Crikey. Have you ever felt that architects are in league with Satan?

BBC Radio 4, 11.30am New Books The Britannia And Other Tubular Bridges Robert Stephenson and William Fairbairn's bridge building achievement across the Menai Strait is one of several accounts of tubular bridge building from the golden age of railway engineering.

With lovely colour photographs and royalties to ICE, surely it would be churlish not to invest in this fine volume. Buy direct from Tempus Publishing, tel (01453) 883300, £16.99.ISBN 0 7524 2753 9 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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