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The week ahead

NEWS - Foresight

Friday Routes: The Telford trail.

Thomas Telford's 40 year career took in roads, bridges and canals, making him one of the 19th century's most prolific engineers.

This programme has been given a mention before, readers, but if you missed it, why not pay homage to an expert in his field.

Did you know that Farmer Giles was also an expert in his field?

Please forgive me, I know not what I do.

Discovery Civilisation, 2pm

Sunday What if? California earthquake.

If an earthquake devastated the Los Angeles area what would be the global consequences? Dunno - but a significant civil engineering programme would be on the cards, no doubt about it.

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm

Monday Fred Dibnah's building of Britain - the age of the carpenter.

This week, the Middle Ages and a look at some of the amazing timber technology used on buildings such as Stokesey Castle and Little Moreton Hall. 'Wooden it be nice' - wasn't that a song by the Beach Boys?

BBC2, 8.30pm

Tuesday Teletubbies everywhere.

If you have young 'uns and cable or satellite television you may want to tune into the new digital channel, Childrens' BBC or CBBC. If you just receive the five terrestrial channels you may well ask why your licence fee is being used to pay for something you can't watch.

CBBC, 7.45am

Until 10 March Construction: an exhibition of photographs by Step Haiselden.

Black and white photographs ranging from the abstract to the documentary. Take a look and see how many health and safety lapses are on show and impress the skinny latte drinking cogniscenti with your site knowledge.

Peter de Wit Cafe, Church Street, Greenwich. Tel, (020) 8305 0048

A Day Out With Thomas.9-24 February Join Thomas the tank engine and friends for train rides and story telling. Plus Christopher Awdry will be there - 9,10,16,17 February - signing Thomas books. Hey, you never know, it might be worth taking the kids.

National Railway Museum (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk

After last week's Valentine special, Foresight has been bracing itself for examples from readers of films in which a civil engineer is the romantic leading character. Mr Napier telephoned to alert us to The Tunnel, a film made in 1935 about the building of a tunnel between the US and Great Britain - a bold project indeed. A stellar cast is led by Richard Dix with Madge Evans as his wife. Alas, a significant element of romance between the two could not be found, so nice try but no cigar Mr Napier, although a ripping yarn by all accounts.

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