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The week ahead


Saturday 12 February Super Structures: The world's largest shipyard Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Hyundai shipyard in Korea. It's a bit of a monster.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon How did they build that?

Looks at the importance of foundations. And let's face it, readers, when it comes to buildings, it's what stops 'em falling over, innit?

Discovery Science, 12.30pm Sunday Time Team: The Birdoswald exhumation An old Roman Fort.

Discovery Channel, 8am Monday Thames Tunnel Valentine's Day special Sir Marc Brunel's Thames Tunnel - which runs under the river from Rotherhithe to Wapping - is offering a special tour for those wishing to offer their partner a rather unusual Valentine's Day treat. At 8pm and 9pm trains will take a very slow journey through the tunnel while entertaining passengers to the strains of live violin music. You should hear me play the violin, now that really is a strain. My father used to tell me he met my mother in the tunnel of love. She was digging it. That's enough Les Dawson for this week.

Tickets are £7 each or £10 a pair from the Brunel Engine House Museum.

Tel: (0207) 231 3840 www.

brunelenginehouse. org. uk Wednesday Ocean blue The second of three programmes looking at the state of the world's oceans examines the collapse of fish stocks.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Extreme engineering Looks at the engineering design that went into Millau Viaduct. (See feature page 18). Discovery Channel, 10pm Friday Extreme archaeology The team attempt to rescue three coffins by a Pembrokeshire coastal path that is slowly falling away into the sea.

Discovery Channel, 8pm Brede Steam Engine Society On the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 4pm the society opens its doors for the public to marvel at its magnificent steam pumping engines. The waterworks engines are all contained in some pretty impressive Baroque and Art Deco houses, too. Brede is 10km from Hastings in Sussex along the A28, atop Brede Hill and opposite the Red Lion pub. Now there's a thought. Probably best to phone ahead of any planned visit.

Tel: (01424) 882356

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