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THE WEEK AHEAD

NEWS: FORESIGHT

21 June In business. Retaining talented people is becoming a problem for big business and the national workforce is more a nation of free agents than ever before. The programme looks at how companies are trying harder than ever to win the talent war. Skills shortage in civil engineering? Tune in and pick up a few tricks, oh, and up the workers! In a slightly militant but generally cuddly Tooting Popular Front sense of course.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm 21 June Jambusters. Three volunteers take up the challenge to live without their cars for three days and a look at how turning on the Christmas lights in Oxford Street affects the traffic. Religion meets congestion charging, friends.

Discovery channel, 1pm 22 June Nightwaves. On the eve of Architecture Week, a discussion of the first annual World Architecture Awards which will compare buildings from across nine regions.

A love in for the black polo neck sweater brigade or an insight into innovative design in the 21st century? Tune in and decide.

BBC Radio 4, 9.30pm 24 & 24 June Kew Bridge museum - tower open days. There are dark forces at work, readers. Recently on Radio 4 there was an item on how the climate change levy will put this museum under financial pressure. You would have thought this magnificent 19th century pumping station would be exempt from such a tax. But no. Forget the value of heritage it's politicians we're dealing with I'm afraid. The tower is a third generation standpipe and is open to the public only two days a year, so lend your support to the decent men and women who work there, and don't forget to tell them you love them.

Details, (020) 8568 4757 www. kbsm. org 24 June Super structures: Kansai international - airport on the sea. Built on the world's largest man made island in Japan's Osaka Bay, the airport is slowly sinking into the soft sea bed by about 300mm a year. Despite fears that it will eventually slip into the sea, plans are afoot to build another airport on an even deeper sea floor. Lordy mama, a perilous undertaking indeed.

Discovery sci-trek, 10pm 28 June CIRIA annual environmental management conference. The conference will bring together experts from the fields of construction and the environment, sharing views and experiences with the wider industry.

Details, tel (0207) 7222 8891 www. ciria. org. uk To 1 July London Canal Museum exhibition: Water For Tomorrow. Embracing history, art, design, technology and science, the museum is running a special exhibition about British Waterways' and WS Atkins' joint technical study into methods of optimising water transfer along the Grand Union Canal. The research has paved the way for our wonderful waterways to continue as a vital part of the nation's water distribution system.

Details, (020) 7713 0836 www. canalmuseum. org. uk

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