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Foresight The week ahead

If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020)7505 6656, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com 7 June Election night. Reliable sources inform me that the chain of public houses owned by JD Wetherspoon pride themselves on having no music or television in their pubs.

Once ensconced in the hostelry of your choice, either sit tight and hope for a lock in, or have so much strong ale that getting home and putting yourself to bed can be the only act you are still capable of. A wide range of alchoholic beverages available.

BBC 1 9pm-6am or pubs anywhere 7 June How did they build that? :

Suspension bridges. The epitome of bridge design, suspension bridges are elegant, strong and seem to have no major supports. Brunel's Clifton Bridge is one of Britian's most significant engineering landmarks, while the Swiss Bay Bridge in the Czech Republic is one of the most refined expressions of engineering invention. Nice.

Discovery Sci-trek, 1pm 7 June Jambusters. More from the series on congestion. This week, a look at the biggest cause of traffic jams - accidents. Plus the dangers of digging holes in roads and an insight into the development of the cats eye, a design almost unchanged in nearly 70 years, which has now been redeveloped as the 'intelligent road stud'. Might have known they'd give it a fancy new monicker. Intelligent stud eh?

Clever comments on a postcard please.

Discovery channel, 1pm Anytime Kew Bridge steam museum.

Many Victorian waterworks had their own railway and the site of this museum is no exception. Visitors get to see special events and some of the engines in action at weekends - though check for details.

Tel (020) 8568 4757 www. kbsr. org 11 June Why buildings collapse: Under pressure. Examines the problems faced by architects and engineers when crossing or building over water. Using virtual reality graphics the programme looks at how such disasters may be avoided.

Discovery channel, 9pm 11 June Why buildings collapse. Failure by design. Second of a double feature on building collapses. A small mistake made by an engineer can have catastrophic effects. Once again virtual reality is used to explain the issues involved.

Discovery channel, 10pm 12 June.

Building domes. A look at dome construction. No doubt featuring the runaway success of our own Millennium Dome and addressing the pitfalls of getting politicians, social workers and artists working together to come up with something interesting for the inside. As a civil engineering structure, however, the Dome was a faultless exercise in construction and no blame can be attached to the decent men and women working tirelessly in our noble industry.

National Geographic channel, 12 midnight 13 June.

Volcano alert. How cities prepare for eruptions.

National Geographic channel, 6pm

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