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The week ahead


Thursday The latest issue of NCE's Insite magazine for schools is out today with reports on the World Trade Center, how engineers are using their skills to preserve ancient monuments and how to choose the right civils course.

Anyone wanting copies for children, local schools or to use during National Construction Week later this month should contact Malaz Idris on (020) 7505 6619 or e-mail malaz. idris@construct.emap. com

Friday Discovery - nuclear waste.

The world's first nuclear reactor supplying uranium for the atomic bomb was built in 1943 at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge is also the home of the world's first nuclear dump which contains waste that will be potent for 100,000 years. The first of two programmes.

BBC World Service 8.05pm

Saturday and Sunday British Superbikes. See how the Rockingham race track performs under two wheels if you are too nervous or disinterested to watch England v Greece on BBC1.

ITV Sport, Saturday, 3pm.

Also Sunday, BBC2 1pm Festival of Steam. Head along and see our friends at The Kew Bridge Festival Of Steam, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday Liking the places many think they don't like. If you've ever been to Swindon, Enfield or the A19 corridor in East Durham and found them strangely alluring, this is for you. Curator and photographer Andrew Cross has been studying the physical environments of all three for the University of Sunderland and is presenting his research.

6.30pm, Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, UCL Student Union, 22 Gordon St, London WC1 The Eden Project.

Architect Nicholas Grimshaw gets excited about the fantastic Cornish greenhouse he designed with structural engineer Antony Hunt.

6.30pm, Geological Society, Burlington House, London W1.

Tickets cost £10.

Tel (020) 7300 5839

Tuesday Traffic jams from hell. We've all been in them and some of us have probably caused them.

Now see what happens as tempers fray at hotspots around the country.

ITV2 8pm

Wednesday Band of Brothers. Michael Parkinson reckons this series, tracking what happened to one real US unit during the 1944 invasion of France, is brilliant, especially the clips from the veterans themselves at the end of each episode. If you missed the beginning on Friday and want to hear what war is really like, catch up tonight.BBC1 10.35pm

Thursday Adam Hart Davis and Paul Bader launch the book to accompany the TV series 'What the Victorians did for us'. The book of Victorian heroes covers the usual suspects but you can also find out about Liborio Pedrazzolli and his swimming umbrellas, Henry Bessemer's disastrous contraption to prevent seasickness or Alexander Graham Bell's plan for sheep.

Published by Sutton Publishing, £6.99. Free lectures on the Victorians are being given throughout the UK. Visit www. bbc. co. uk/history to find out more.

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