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Foresight; The week ahead

22 May

The mission - the fastest man on two wheels: Richard 'Rocketman' Brown attempted to break the 520km/h motorcycle speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA last year. His 9m long, rocket powered 'bike' delivered 6,000hp, giving it faster acceleration than a jet fighter.

10.40pm, BBC 1

24 May

999: Real life horror on telly. Construction worker John Skilbeck was impaled on four reinforcing bars when a 2.5t section of shuttering fell on him. Horrified colleagues supported him until the emergency services arrived.

9.30pm, BBC1

25 May

Sightlines - a Stadium Odyssey published today. Author and stadium aficionado Simon Inglis starts this ode to the arena with an imaginary exchange of letters between a Greek and Roman, arguing the relative merits of Olympia and the Coliseum. He time travels via Beirut, Chicago and Auckland, ending up in Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games. En route he encounters bacchanalia in Pamplona's bull-ring and doom among the usherettes at the Houston Astrodome, meets a priest taking Mass before a Gaelic Hurling final and discovers why there are two cricket stadiums within a six hit of each other in Bombay. Watching live action as a spectator is all very well, reckons Inglis. But the real action is in the structures framing it.

Yellow Jersey Press, £18

ISBN 0-224-05968-8

25 May

Don't look down: Presenter Kevin McCloud scales Salisbury Cathedral to find out how it works structurally. This medieval sky scraper, started in 1220, 'floats' on a saturated gravel bed with minimal foundations. Its towering steeple was added two centuries later.

8.00pm, BBC 2

29 May-7 August

Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition: Visual blancmange - avid amateurs and leading exponents lay out their architectural, sculptoral and painterly wares in this famously hit-and-miss annual show.

Royal Academy, Picadilly, London

Details 020 7300 5959

31 May-2 June

Wascon 2000 - sustainability within construction: This conference on sustainability and materials recycling in the construction industry, being held in the UK for the first time, is bringing together speakers from 32 countries. A trade fair and 100 linked workshops are to be staged alongside.

Harrogate International Conference Centre, North Yorkshire

Details, Stuart Brown (01756) 753450 stuartbrown@compuserve.com

www.efm.leeds.ac.uk/wascon2000

Until 3 September

The art of Starwars: Models, drawings and costumes from director George Lucas's iconic cinema epics.

The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2

Details (020) 7638 8891

Until 17 September

Defining features: The bronze bust of pioneering engineer Ove Arup features in this portrait exhibition lining up boffins who have pushed back scientific frontiers in the last 400 years.

National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2

Details (020) 7306 0055

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