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The week ahead

Last day today Civils 2000: If you haven't been, go!

Civils is the industry's biggest exhibition and it won't be happening again until 2002.

Birmingham NEC 28 May The day the world took off: Industrial historians look at the relationships between technological development and philosophical, social and culinary customs in different nations to discover why the industrial revolution happened in 19th century Britain rather than China, Germany or Nepal.

8.00pm, Channel 4 30 May Metro: Second programme in this tour of the Paris underground, looking at station design as a reflection of changing style.

9.30am, Radio 4 1 June Don't look down: The Jodrell Bank space telescope was built 40 years ago. TV presenter Kevin McCloud sets out to surmount the giant scientific instrument and assesses its role in Cold War surveillance.

8pm, BBC2 1 June Winterton House: Engineer and developer Bryn Bird talks about the major revamp carried out on astructurally disastrous 1960s tower block. It was 'full of 1960s horror stories' - notably asbestos and glass reinforced plastic cladding panels sealed with mastic joints. Bird supervised the tower's stripping out and recladding with a self-supporting brick skin.

6pm, Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1 Details (020) 7235 4535 1 June Clarkson's car years - the rise and fall of the supercar: Machismo king Jeremy Clarkson returns to the small screen to kick sand in the face of political correctness. Guaranteed to aggravate integrated transport strategists.

8.30pm, BBC2 Until June 4 Science of Sport: Exhibition looking at the evolution of sports equipment, training, diet, and venues. Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefields, Manchester.Details: (0161) 832 2244

6 June The earth does not argue. . .or does it? Inaugural lecture by Imperial College professor of geomechanics RJ Jardine.

5.30pm, Clore Lecture Theatre, 213 Huxley Building, Imperial College, 180 Queens Gate, London SW7 7 June Accelerated full-scale testing and dynamic loading of pavements.

Symposium on the design and maintenance of pavement, aimed at contractors, consultants, material suppliers, researchers and local government.

University of Nottingham school of civil engineering Details, contact Rachel Ramsden, (0115) 951 3993

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