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Foresight - The week ahead

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Thursday

Crossing The Empty Quarter Travel with three explorers to a quarter of a million square miles of uninterrupted desert on the fringes of Saudi Arabia. Their aim is to walk 800 miles with a group of Bedouin, the people who have made this harsh climate their own.

Considering what a predictably lousy English summer we're having aren't you tempted to make it your home as well?

National Geographic Channel, 10.30pm Sunday Pure Inventions: Flight Up above the streets and houses, rainbow climbing highà paying homage to ground breaking inventions and innovators.

Discovery Channel, 2.30pm Monday Winning New Business and Keeping Your Customers Happy.

The title may be a bit of a mouthful, readers, but this is the first business seminar organised by the ACE's progress network for young engineers. Martin Neilson, group marketing director with Scott Wilson, will be there, bestowing truths on a young and eager audience thirsty to drink at the fountain of knowledge.

Held in London, 6-8.30pm.

Registration essential.

Tel, Sean Semple (020) 7222 6557 ext 130 www. acenet.co.uk

Tuesday

Home Planet Weekly programme about the environment and international development, in which panellists discuss listeners' concerns. This week, what happens to aluminium foil once it has been discarded; what is a walking bus, and chemically farmed produce versus organic.

BBC Radio 4, 3pm

Wednesday

Construction Information Forum The Construction Industry Information Group (CITG) is holding a forum for some of the country's main information providers including Arup, Barbour and good old Emap, publisher of the vibrant organ you are holding at this very moment.

Fifty pounds, or £25 for CITG members. For this I'm sure dainty sandwiches - no crust - will be available.

Building Centre, Store Street, London. Tel, Sarah Burgess, (020) 7465 0007

Exhibition

Artist Marianne Fox Ockinga is exhibiting her images of the changing landscape of King's Cross St Pancras until 19 July. Paintings, drawings and prints record the various stages of construction, so why not pick up a palette, grow a goatee, put on your favourite beret and talk with authority about both art and civil engineering. Of course great civil engineering is also art, friends.

CRTL visitor centre, Brill Place, St Pancras.

(020) 7681 5409 www. ctrl.co.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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