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The week ahead

Foresight

Thursday Routes: The Kennet and Avon Canal. It divides England in two and has some of the most impressive examples of civil engineering anywhere. The canal was also to be the last line of defence against the Germans.

Have you ever seen the film about the canal man who reaches the end of the line? It's called Bargee on the Beach. Ahem.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm

Saturday Archive Hour: Working on the Lines. The story of the railway industry as told by the men and women who were part of this once noble industry. Taking in the changes brought about by war, technology, nationalisation and the Beeching Plan, the programme looks at how working for the railway was like being part of a big family of enthusiasts. Even one of such tender years as your correspondent can recall a time when people actually wanted to work on the railways. They wanted to be guards or drivers or signalmen. No such luck now.

Pour yourself a generous one and bask in former glories.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm

The Wings Story. Alas readers, if you thought the Wings story was summed up in last week's hour long slab of dreary retrospection, you are sadly mistaken. This week's programme details the altercation the band had with a petrol attendant at Heston service station in July 1972 and which formed the basis of the 'lost' album. Playing some of the tracks backwards, rock historian Geoff Barker can clearly hear the words wholemeal, alfalfa and tofu being chanted over a xylophone.

When the series ends in the spring of 2015 expect 'The Smurfs: A story of rock 'n roll excess'.

BBC Radio 2, 8pm

Book. One More River To Cross: The Story of British Military Bridging by JH Joiner.

Crossing obstacles is one of the basic civil engineering requirements. This book traces the development of military bridging from Edward I's invasion of Wales in 1282 to the latest solutions used in the Balkans. A book for engineers and military buffs alike.

And a big thank you to Mr Napier who rang us to say that the book deserves a mention in Foresight - particularly when so much codswallop finds its way into this esteemed column.

Published by Pen and Sword Tel, (01226) 734555. £25

Sunday Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Nothing out of the ordinary to report, but it's a lovely place, run by nice people. Open daily 11am to 5pm.

Tel, (020) 8568 4757 Tuesday Lecture. Bob Kiley, commissioner for Transport for London, will tell the Royal Academy of Engineering what TfL will do to improve services. Will Stephen Byers be there? Perhaps he'll bring along his assistant Jo Moore, who is to spin what Sophie Rhys Jones is to PR.

Held in London, admission is free but registration is required in advance. 5.30pm Tel, (020) 7227 0540

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