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Foresight : The week ahead


Friday Big Stuff. Land. A look at land based giants including the world's largest vehicle, suspension bridge and wind tunnel, as well as a 12m kaleidoscope. Groovy.

Discovery Sci Trek, 10am Saturday Tony Hawks' Lost Weekends.

The concept of the weekend was conceived in Britain says the press release, although no one can agree what exactly for. Where once it may have been filled with spiritual contemplation, these days it's football and the opportunity for dad to whip out his chamois and Turtle Wax his pride and joy on a Sunday morning. Tune in and find out what Thora Hird gets up to.

BBC Radio 4, 10.30am Monday Building Big: Bridges. How do bridges withstand the forces of nature and the weight of traffic?

With some of the heaviest taxes, longest working hours and highest paid bosses in Europe, why does the UK offer such a poor transport, and health service and have such low morale among teachers?

Expect answers only to the first question, friends.

National Geographic, 12 midnight Tuesday How Did They Build That? - Concrete Spaces. A look at the versatility and amazing building properties of concrete. It has been much maligned over recent years and even the word itself has been used to dismiss building projects. I suppose it's nice to be all trendy and aesthetic, but remember readers, you don't need gold bath taps to get running water.

Discovery Sci trek, 7pm Coming up 29-30 September The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers - autumn convention. Peter Howarth, a civil engineer for 40 years, now concentrates on narrow gauge garden railways from his home workshop. See some of his work at the convention and you may be tempted to get a garden railway of your own. With some washing line and a willing participant you can then act out Perils of Pauline type adventures.

Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley.

Tel, (01226) 740203 Until September 23 Railart 2001.

The Guild of Railway Artists contemporary art exhibition.

Go and see artists signalling new changes in rail art. Given a platform by the NRA they make their points to the old buffers.

Strewth! I need help.

National Railway Museum .

Tel, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk Also, Deborah Lawson has an exhibition of watercolour paintings chronicling the construction of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. It runs until October 7. How great thou art. Held at the Cluny in Newcastle.

Details, (0191) 230 4475

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