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The week ahead


Santa comes but once a year . . . oh sorry, I'd better not tell you that one. Ladies and gentlemen, please allow Foresight to bestow upon you the season's greetings, along with best wishes for a felicitous and prosperous new year. Ooh, I sound just like that fella who used to introduce 'The Good Old Days'.

If any of you have never seen 'Bridge On The River Kwai', then the chances are you'll get the opportunity this Christmas. You may also like to take a look at the following:

National Railway Museum.

Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but otherwise open as usual. Just the place to satisfy a footplate fetish over the festive period and enjoy steam without brussels sprouts.

(01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk Friday 14 December.

Routes: Stones to Stonehenge.

Austin Vince attempts to recreate the difficulties encountered by Stone Age people as they hauled Stonehenge's rocks from a Pembrokeshire quarry to Salisbury Plain. Dragging an old car engine in place of a huge stone, let's hope Austin has more success than the slightly more ambitious journey of the Millennium Stone that ended up at the bottom of the Bristol Channel.

See Sunday 30 December.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm Tuesday 18 December Future Tense: Cities. Looks at the measures being developed to counter bio-terrorism, an attempt to end urban transport gridlock and a method for ionising the atmosphere. Well, well, well.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8.30pm Monday 24 December.

Routes: The Elan Valley.

This entertaining series continues with a look at a problem that faced the Victorian habitants of Birmingham. Their only source of water was 90 miles away in central Wales, but engineering provided a solution that serves the city to this day.

Discovery Civilisation, 2pm Sunday 30 December.

Sunday Feature. Millennium Disaster. In February 1999, the Lottery stumped up £100,000 to move a four tonne block of Welsh bluestone from west Wales to Salisbury Plain. The project turned out to be as successful as a brewery tour for the under-fives and the stone now languishes at a security compound in Milford Haven.

Oh dear, a tale of woe.

BBC Radio 2, 5.45pm Friday January 4 Unreliable Memoirs. Clive James continues to read from his autobiography. The press release says Clive is unsure whether he is a petit bourgois student or a libertarian bohemian. God's strewth! A good excuse to go to the pub and avoid this gruelling me, myself and I navel gazing.

BBC Radio 2, 9.15pm What can we expect in 2002 friends? In keeping with the trend of celebrities hosting science and wildlife programmes, perhaps David Attenborough may appear in a soap? Perhaps they could call it Life On Hell On Earth. Perhaps the Millennium Bridge will reopen, sponsored by Chivers Jelly.

Enough of this tripe - see you in the new year.

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