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The week ahead


Saturday 17 September Tall Storeys - A Walk Around London's Landmarks A last chance to book a place on this weekend's Open Site 2005 organised tours of London landmarks. In the company of Arup engineers you'll get the construction low-down on such places as 30 St Mary's Axe - aka the Gherkin - the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern and the GLA Building among others. Walks kick off outside the Lloyds Building on Lime Street at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There are more spaces on the Sunday tours if you're thinking of going mob handed, readers.

Contact: Amy Sebba on: (0207) 755 2659 amy. sebba@arup. com

Monday Liberal Democrats Conference The 'shall we or shan't we brigade' debate decisiveness over four days with an interim report due late 2009. Sorry, it's a serious business, politics, I shouldn't mock.

BBC Parliament, Monday - Thursday, 10.30am-6pm Megastructures: The World's Strangest Airport The story of Japan's Kansai International Airport, built on a man made island over six years and at a cost of £8.5bn.

Channel 5, 7.15pm Tuesday Return of the Atom A history of the nuclear industry and the prospects for its return as a major energy provider.

Denys Blakeway talks to the scientists who worked on nuclear power, the engineers who helped build the first nuclear reactors and those with arguments for and against it.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Derailed Drama about the Ladbroke Grove rail crash in 1999, the fight for justice by victim's families and the findings of the Cullen Inquiry.

BBC1, 9pm Engineering Supermax Prisons The construction and design of US top security prisons.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Wednesday Discovery: Who Runs the World of Science?

Of the billions of dollars spent every year on scientific research, who decides which are the choice projects to get the lion's share of the dough- Martin Redfern probes.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Thursday In Business Why are employers so taken with psychometric tests- Peter Day delves.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30 Congratulations Readers of Foresight - Arthur in Raynes Park, that means you - may recall a Radio 4 programme highlighted some time ago called Engineering Solutions. The programme featured contributions from luminaries of the engineering profession including NCE's very own Antony Oliver - a man with a face for radio if ever there was one. Well, the programme has wowed the cognoscenti and won the Best New Radio Programme category as voted by the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Association. Apart from winning a rather lovely glass rosebowl, producer Sarah Taylor has been asked to produce another series for next year. So a big hurrah for engineering, folks. Perhaps, the beautifully modulated tones of NCE's editor may return for a second series, too?

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