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Foresight - The week ahead

Thursday 25 July Grundy Goes. . . For a Swift Half

Historian John Grundy checks out taverns, ale houses and hostelries for their architectural significance.

Nice work if you can get it. I'd rather be with Grundy than trailing round the Pompidou centre, wouldn't you? Apologies for the repeated beer references in this week's Foresight, readers, but it's a nice day out, the holiday season is upon us and I could murder a pint.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm

Saturday 27 July Mill Green Museum

A beautifully restored water mill, mentioned in the Domesday Book, the museum is home to two permanent galleries and, for today only, Colin Davies will also be showing off some of his Meccano models. Why not head along and take a look, it's pretty as a picture, and perhaps treat yourself to a pub lunch. A pint of foaming nut brown ale and scampi and chips please, landlord. Nice. Oh, and Colin, start signing the cheques or we'll stop doing the Meccano stuff.

Tel, (01707) 271362 www. hertsmuseums. org. uk

Monday 29 July The Bonzos

When over 2,000 Old Masters were stripped from galleries across Europe by the Nazis and hidden in a salt mine in Austria, the British launched an operation to get them back. Among the hoard the priceless items were Brueghels, Van Goghs, Titians and Vermeers. The nickname given to the group of men charged to effect the rescue of these gems, was the Bonzos. The question is, was the late 1960s musical combo The Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band named after these geezers or after Bonzo the dog, the familiar character which featured in the Baltimore Sun newspaper in the 1930s.

BBC Four, 9.30pm

Thursday 1 August Material World

Quinten Cooper discusses Saharan dust clouds with Dr Jim Haywood from the Met Office. One of the wilder explanations for Britain's foot and mouth epidemic is that disease-causing pathogens were carried in dust clouds originating from North Africa. The clouds may also be responsible for coral infection in the Caribbean and childhood asthma in Trinidad, apparently.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

Friday 2 August The Edge: Building the Future

How can society strike a balance between exploitation and conservation to create a sustainable future? Dunno, guv, but this programme attempts to explain some pioneering work in the field.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm

Tuesday 6 August Demolition Day: Three Rivers Stadium

What is the best way of disposing of the world's largest roof which was built to last 1,000 years? Find out as a demolition team meticulously plan and execute a remarkable comedown.

Discovery Channel, 9.30pm

Tuesday 6 August Why Buildings Collapse: Under Pressure

A look at some of the problems faced by engineers and architects when crossing or building over water. There, we've finished up on an engineering programme.

See you in a couple of weeks.

Discovery Channel, 10.30pm

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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