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The week ahead


Saturday 16 July Archive hour - Eyes in the sky Much has changed since the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957. There are now over 9,000 orbiting the earth and many of them, you may be disturbed to know, are spy satellites. Archive Hour aims to put us in the picture. Probably from about 1,000km above ground, so don't forget to draw the curtains.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Twenty minutes - Blow the man down Long before Japanese factory workers started the day with vigorous motivational exercises, sailors set about their work with 'stamp and go' songs that got them into the swing of the tough work aboard ship. Different songs were suited to different types of jobs - What shall we do with the drunken sailor got an outing every time the sails were raised or lowered, for instance.

And so, readers, why not let Tim Healy be your guide to the history of sea shanties. Nautical but nice.

BBC Radio 3, 8.40pm Tuesday Buildings, bridges and tunnels: Tunnels Meet the engineering gods and their creations as the programme travels to six spectacular tunnels from all over the world.

Discovery Science, 3pm Home planet Richard Daniel answers listeners' questions about the environment and the developing world.

BBC Radio 4, 3pm Wednesday Mystery of the Parthenon Explains how the ancient Greeks constructed the Acropolis.

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm Thursday Test Match Special England v Australia Can England beat the Aussies in the contest that really matters?

I'd like to think so.

BBC Radio 4 (LW) 10.20am Secrets of the Pyramids The architecture and construction of the mighty tombs.

Discovery Civilisation, 9pm New Books Geomorphology for engineers For the engineer who constantly thirsts for knowledge - why not try Geomorphology for engineers for size- Sue Steven reckons this new and revised edition is unrivalled and definitive, but then again she is the promotions co-ordinator at the book's publisher. Still, it looks the bee's knees to your humble correspondent.

ISBN 1 870325 03 6 £100 from Whittles Publishing www. whittlespublishing. com (01593) 731333 Basic structures for engineers and architects Aimed at undergraduate students of civil engineering, Philip Garrison's tome offers a thorough grounding in the basics of structural behaviour.

And Phil certainly knows his onions - he's senior lecturer in structural engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Impeccable credentials, eh?

ISBN 1405 120 533 £22.50 from Blackwell Publishing www.blackwellpublishing. com (01865) 776868

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