Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

The week ahead

17 May Test match special - first test: England v Pakistan. You should receive this copy of NCE on the very morning of 17 May. If it is sent direct to your home and you are there to receive it - you're late! Or perhaps you are on holiday today. If so enjoy day one of the first test from Lords. If you hate cricket just sit back and fantasise about building a huge car park on the site of the ground. BBC radio 4, 10.45 am Channel 4, 10.45 am

May 20 Great quakes: Turkey. One of the most devastating earthquakes of the century erupted beneath northern Turkey in August 1999. Geophysicist Ross Stein unravels the mystery and science behind such catastrophes. Discovery channel, 9pm May 20 Landslide - gravity kills. Landslides kill more people than all other natural disasters combined. This programme looks at how science can protect us from such disasters and how monitoring devices such as one on Mount Rainier in the US can give advance warning to those in danger. Discovery channel, 10pm

23 May Thinking allowed. Laurie Taylor asks two of the country's leading experts on the work place if is possible to learn to love a job. Served up are two opposing views. Richard Reeves, director of the Industrial Society, argues stress is as much myth as reality and more people are enjoying work. Richard Sennett, sociologist at the London School of Economics, says long working hours, short contracts and low wages have a negative effect on many people. Both have books to plug on the subject so perhaps you could take a little stress out of their lives by buying them. Radio 4, 4.30pm

23 May-23 July Tony Fretton architects: Retrospective 1986 -2001. A comprehensive look at the work of the architect responsible for the Lisson Gallery in London and the Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight. Preferred dress: Black polo neck sweater/trousers. Fierce haircuts and goatee beards where possible. Details, RIBA (020) 7307 3770

Until 3 June Exhibition. 1951 Festival of Britain: Fifty years on. The exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the invention of Meccano by Frank Hornby.Among a wide variety of 1951 exhibits is a 3m high scale model of the Skylon built by Colin Davies (F). Foresight has spoken to Colin and he confirms that Meccano was the beginning of his and numerous other engineering careers. He has built dozens of models and occasionally has one man exhibitions of his work. Sounds a great day out for engineers all ages. Church Farmhouse Museum, NW4. Museum tel: (020) 8203 0130

23 May Update - Symonds Annual Safety Lecture. This year's lecture will be given by Kevin Myers, chief inspector of construction at the Health & Safety Executive, and not Michael Meacher as billed last week. What a relief: with Meacher there was always a chance Tony Blair might turn up with his songs of praise hymn book and a gaggle of school children to tell us that without Labour the world will become a cynical, cheesy and manipulative place. Details, Carol Dighton: (01342) 327161

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.