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Masterton: digs pop culture


Bizzarely, I am described in last week's Foresight column as being 'wary of the picto-tube'.

Where have NCE journalists been for the past year?

As far as appearances on television go, there's BBC Breakfast Time; two programmes with James Dyson on The Brunel Factor on ITV South and South-West; an interview by Rory McGrath at the Forth Bridge for the Discovery Channel; an interview for the History Channel for Engineering Empires; interviews for Sky News on several occasions after Hurricane Katrina; and interviews for Sky News during Brunel's Bicentenary celebrations at Bristol. Plus, I'm a sponsor and prime-mover for the £35,000 Engineering Media Challenge.

Wary of the picto-tube? I don't think so!

But I do commend your reference in the same paragraph to the Kaiser Chiefs.

They are of course the only band to have sung about a civil engineer.

Check out the lyrics of I Predict a Riot. 'Would never have happened to Smeaton, an Old Leodiensian'.

Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson (below) and father of civil engineering John Smeaton both went to Leeds Grammar School.

There's plenty of trivia inside civil engineering!

Gordon Masterton, President, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

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