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The week ahead

5 May Scrapheap: Mileage challenge.

A motor race with a difference.Two teams are challenged to build a motor vehicle to travel as far as possible on only a coffee cup of petrol. Groovy.

Discovery Channel, 8pm 6 May Hurricane alert. Every year between June and November, south east America is threatened by sudden changes in weather patterns. The programme follows teams tracking 240km/h winds in a bid to keep the public safe during the hurricane season.

Channel 5, 8pm 6 May Derail: Investigating train crashes.

The high speed German inter city express is among the most technically advanced and safest rail services in the world. But in 1998 the Hanover to Hamburg express crashed killing 101 people. The programme discusses the questions raised over the safety of high speed trains.

7 May World snooker final.

Go on, take it easy - it is a bank holiday after all. Why not let the remaining moments of the extended weekend last as long as possible by watching snooker.

Minutes will seem like hours and you will be lost in a bizarre timespace continuum. After emerging from your comatose stupor you will be so pleased to be alive and relieved that you are suffering no permanent brain damage that the prospect of returning to work will leave you bristling with excitement.

BBC2, 8pm 8 May Holiday on a shoestring.

Engineers' salaries may be on the up but there's still no harm in finding out how £500 can get you to the southern Indian resort of Kovalan. And remember, if the cash does dry up, your skills as an engineer would prove most useful in securing your passage home - much better than doing the washing up for the rest of your life.

BBC1, 7pm 10 May Costing the earth: Homesickness.

Scientists believe that people are at greater risk from pollution inside their homes than outside - a recent study showed toxicity levels inside buildings can be up to 10 times higher than on the street.

These dangers within can arise from cookers, heaters, cleaning products and toiletries. So watch out!

Radio 4, 9pm Until May 13 Paris Olympics 2008 A long way off I hear you say, but the French are leaving nothing to chance and have started early with this showcase of 12 projects for the games proposed by Toyo Ito, Steven Holl and UN Studio among anothers - all very important in their field. Then again, so were Old Macdonald and Farmer Giles - geddit?

Details, French Institute of Architecture Tel, 00 33 1 46 33 90 36 May 15 BRE annual conference.

This year the conference is held at the Imperial War Museum with the theme - Working with the environment: delivering business benefits. Invitation only.

Details, (01923) 6644000

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