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Foresight The week ahead

Thursday 26 September

How Did They Build That: Harnessing Nature's Power A look at some unusual structures built to harness power, including a solar furnace in Odeillo, France.

Europe's last working three mega watt wind turbine in Sweden, and the Kolnbrein Arch dam in Austria.

Discovery Channel, 1.30pm


St Albans Model Engineering Exhibition An exhibition put together jointly by the St Albans Model Engineering Society and the West London Meccano Society. There's lots of working models so head along and just dig those labours of love.

10am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Francis Bacon School, Drakes Drive, St Albans, Herts.

Tel, (01371) 875012

National Railway Museum Gallery Tours

Avail yourself of the knowledge and wisdom of an NRM guide as they bring to life the fascinating stories behind many of the museum's exhibits during one of the museum's gallery tours.

Each tour lasts about half an hour and will run today and Sunday.

Check for times to avoid disappointment.

Tel, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk

It Was More Fun By Boat

Until 1962 the England cricket team travelled to Australia by boat, stopping in Italy, Egypt, Aden and Ceylon. Reminiscences from a fortnight of fun, relaxation, conflict and peril come from Fred Trueman, Tom Graveney and David Allen.

Blimey, you wouldn't want to fall out with Fred Trueman and then spend two weeks sailing the high seas with him.

BBC Radio 4, 3.30pm


Buildings, Bridges and Tunnels: Tunnels A look at six great tunnels, the people who built them and the engineers who designed them.

Tunnels featured include Japan's sub-aqueous Seikan Tunnel and the Metro in Washington.

Discovery Channel, 1pm


Two Men In A Trench - The Defence Of Inchkeith The mile long island of Inchkeith sits in the middle of the Firth of Forth on Scotland's east coast and has had a long and dramatic history. Christian monks lived there in the 7th century, it has been an isolation area for syphilis sufferers, a prison and was armed in the first and second world wars. The team goes looking for hidden secrets.

BBC2, 8pm

Mysteries Of The Mind

Have you noticed all the dramatic improvements to public transport in London recently? No? Do you know why driving into London is virtually impossible because of the number of road works and 'remodelling' schemes? Readers, I have a theory. Ken Livingstone wants to make driving into London so intolerable that an inadequate public transport system will seem appealing when the time comes for congestion charging. Ironic though, that only those who can afford it will sail into London when the charge comes in, while the poor old proles will get herded onto a system crying out for investment.

Socialism, eh? Londoners have always complained about transport, but these days the name Livingstone crops up with ever more regularity, and it's not in the context of Ken, our saviour, either.

Do you have any theories about what's going on in Ken Livingstone's mind? Write to Foresight.

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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