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The week ahead


Saturday 11 December Extreme Engineering:

Turning Torso Follows a project to build the tallest skyscraper in northern Europe.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon Sunday Salvage Squad It's restoration time, folks, in back to back episodes of the engineering programme presented by Suggs - he ex of Madness.

The projects are: a 1982 Isles of Scilly dustcart; a World War II narrow gauge locomotive; a 100 year old steam car; a 1952 Blackpool tram and a Morgan sports car.

Discovery Channel, from noon Monday Inside The Red Cross Last in the series looking at the work of the aid agency.

BBC World Service, 9.05am Tuesday Perfectly Poisoned Reports on a case of water poisoning that has blighted the lives of 75M people in Bangladesh and West Bengal. An international initiative in the 1980s to reduce deaths from contaminated drinking water led to wells being dug deep into the aquifers beneath the Ganges. Unfortunately, the crystal clear water has since been proved to contain arsenic.

Jane Franchi meets the man who made the discovery and to the scientists, doctors and aid agencies dealing with the problem.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Wednesday Light Fantastic - The Stuff Of Light The series on light continues.

Tonight - electro magnetism.

BBC4, 9pm Thursday Material World Quentin Cooper reports on the growing use of maggots to heal wounds in UK hospitals.

Interesting, but a little on the urghh side, don't you think?

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Books Water - A Turbulent History Having already tackled London's underground and sanitation system in previous books, historian Stephen Halliday takes on the wider history of water in his latest effort. The importance of clean drinking water, sanitation, its role in the industrial revolution, a carrier of disease and bringer of destruction, and its future in the developing world, all are covered in this copiously illustrated volume.

Not only is it a mighty fine book, but such is Halliday's beneficence that 50% of his royalties go to the charity WaterAid. You could call it a l'eau point in his career. Forgive me. £20 from Sutton Publishing www. ISBN: 0750933003 Halliday's other books, also from Sutton Publishing, are:

The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis, £9.99 ISBN: 0750925809 Underground to Everywhere £19.99 ISBN: 075092585X Site Engineers Manual ICE past president Joe Dwyer penned the foreword to this comprehensive site manual that covers everything from taking delivery of materials to project completion - and all points in between. Editor David Doran reckons the compact collection of best practice and essential procedures should easily slip into the engineer's donkey jacket pocket. And if Joe Dwyer says it's a 'must have' you'd better believe it, baby.

Edited by David Doran, ISBN 1-870325-24-9 www. whittlespublishing. com Tel: (01593) 731333 £50.00

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