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The week ahead


Saturday 7 February Diggers, Tractors and Trucks:

Cranes John Peel tells the history of the crane. That's the crane relating to plant and not the bird. But it's not a plant in the organic sense but rather machinery for moving heavy objects. I think I'm making hard work of this. Let's move swiftly on shall we?

Discovery Channel, 2.30pm Sunday Scrapping Aircraft Giants Ever wondered what happens to a commercial jet after it's 'retired' from service? If the answer is yes, then your moment of enlightenment is at hand, readers.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Monday Today programme They got it wrong and have been cast into the bottomless pit of retribution. Destined be tortured for their sins for an eternity in Hades, home of Beelzebub. Pity the same doesn't apply to politicians when they get it wrong.

Eddie Stourton and Johnny Humphrys present.

BBC Radio 4, 6am Tuesday Super Structures An opportunity to acquaint yourself with the marvel of science and engineering that is the Snowy River Dam in New South Wales, Australia.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Wednesday The House: Chapter One Tim Knox, architectural historian at the National Trust, explains some of the difficulties involved in acquiring properties for preservation. Tyntesfield House near Bristol is typical of the challenges, as Tim strives to secure the rather grand des res for the joy of the nation.

BBC2, 10pm Rocket Man A profile of British rocket builder Steve Bennett and his bid to win $10M for being the first amateur to get three people into space and bring 'em safely back down again.

Will his salad days be over if he doesn't get his rocket right. Salad - rocket? No? I'll leave now.

Discovery Wings, 7pm Thursday Material World Physicists have applied their know how to many things, not least in the financial markets where the aim was to predict the likelihood of stock market crashes. Now the boffins have turned their attention to matters such as marriage, traffic flow and even war. Can the law of physics be applied to such matters? Tune in and listen to Quentin Cooper quiz the cognoscenti on the trendy science of social physics.

A neutron walks into a bar, orders a beer and then asks how much it'll cost. 'Since it's you, there's no charge, ' replies the barman.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Until 4 April 2004 Guild Of Railway Artists Exhibition A celebration of the railways, from their invention, to the modern day, as the Guild of Railway Artists bring together their works of art in an orgy of the easel and palette.

Plus, all the usual NRM attractions.

National Railway Museum, York Tel: (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk

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