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The week ahead


Saturday 5 February Super Structures: Largest Building In The World . . . is the Boeing construction plant in the USA, readers.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon Sunday Building The Ultimate: Suspension Bridges Discovery Channel, 11am Tuesday Masterpiece - The End Of Home For 19 generations the remote Indian village of Yadalli could not found on any map - but this is soon to change. A huge dam is being built and when the area is flooded, 400 years of history will disappear - homes, gardens, watchtowers and all.

Rahul Sarnail, whose family comes from the village, reports on what the future holds.

BBC World Service, 9.05am Wednesday Storyville - Made In China In the face of increasing globalisation, is it possible to make a profit and remain ethical- Storyville looks at the example of Nokia in China.

9pm, BBC4 Book Beautiful Railway Bridge Of The River Tay When the Tay Bridge collapsed on a stormy night 1879 killing all aboard the six-carriage train travelling over it, public confidence in Britain's engineering supremacy suffered a jolt. Ever since, engineers have speculated on the reasons for the disaster, often arriving at quite different conclusions. Dr Peter Lewis, a senior lecturer in engineering, is an expert on the subject and has written the most complete study so far. Lewis examines all the technical data available, the theories past and present and the evidence given at the inquiry that followed, and comes up with some conclusions of his own. It's a great book with some fantastic photographs and illustrations and is highly recommended. If Foresight did a star rating it'd be five out of five, folks.

Published by Tempus, £17.99 ISBN 0-7524- 3160-9 Talking of rivers- Thanks to ICE member John Hodgson who alerted Foresight to the Meccano handiwork of fellow engineer Robert Middlemass of Perthshire. John supplied Robert with a copy of plans for the Tees Lift Bridge from the ICE library, enabling Robert to construct this rather fantastic scale model of the bridge. Impressive eh?

And talking of Meccano- Former NCE editor Mike Winney and his brother John used their father's Meccano set from the late 1940s to build a model of the Eiffel Tower. Alas, for the brothers Winney the structure ended up just shy of 8 feet tall and a bit on the big side for appreciation in a living room. It's currently on show in the foyer of One Great George Street.

For the full story see ICE News, page 22.

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