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THE QUESTION - Time for change

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England's cricket bosses have this week voted to introduce a radical 20 over-a-side competition in a desperate bid to stem a dwindling audience. What would you like to see given a similarly drastic overhaul?

The Welsh Rugby Union certainly needs a radical something at the moment. Recent performances both on and off the pitch have been sadly spectacular for all the wrong reasons. The grassroots support has never really been in question - although just recently there have been a few wobbles - but the organisation and 'management' structure is in desperate need of modernisation.

We have a fabulous stadium here in Cardiff, so let's make the most of it with a professional promotion and management team. A plank leading from the Millennium Stadium's riverside walk into the River Taff might be a useful starting point for the executive committee. Sadly, I can't fix the problems on the pitch quite so easily.

Simon Lawrence, 28, civil engineer, Cardiff Public transport and the bar service at my local pub - not necessarily in that order.

Bruce Walton, 30, assistant contracts manager, Manchester As world trade and travel increases and the construction industry turns out ever more magnificent trophy airports, the softer side of transport infrastructure is miles behind. Immigration services at London Heathrow and visa sections at British embassies worldwide are predominantly described by users as grumpy, rude and arrogant, or just plain insulting. As Heathrow Terminal Five comes nearer, it is perhaps time that our relations with foreign tourists are improved to a world class level by asking more than just how wide and high the arrivals hall can be designed, but how to make it polite, smart and personable.

Julian Lord, senior estimator, Bangkok The standard civil engineering working week shortened from 90 to 20 hours. Then we could all go and watch the cricket, or maybe not.

Dave Garratt, 31, project engineer, Dungeness Formula 1 Grand Prix. The plan is simple: each constructor to deliver two cars, and the drivers then draw lots to decide who drives which car. This would certainly liven up a sport which is becoming very boring.

Keith Aiston, 51, regional planning manager, Northampton Given the current skills shortage and ever increasing retirement age, I think it is childhood that should be speeded up. Childhood, and the dreaded hangover known as the teenager, goes on far too long and is just too boring for most concerned. Those who show no great interest or aptitude for academic work could be sped out of school at 13 or 14 to be put under the protective wing of a master craftsman to work and be educated in the arcane skills of understaffed trades. After five years of this protective teaching, the apprentice would be ready for bigger and better things. But wait, haven't we been here before?

Mat Toy, 37, principal engineer, London

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