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The week ahead

6 October Up, down and sideways: A history of lifts, with input from claustrophobics and anecdotes about what goes on in them between floors. 11.00am, Radio 4

8 October Flood! : The effects of flooding in America's heartland during 1993. 9pm, National Geographic channel

8 October F1 Japanese Grand Prix: Interested in roads? Follow the progress of a number cars going round and round in circles for what seems like forever. 6.00am, ITV

9 October Derail: Last in the series on rail disasters and their causes. Though driver error and mechanical failiure are often cited as causes, other forces can also play a part. 8.00pm, Channel 4

9 October Heartbreak Homes: Homes ruined by subsidence and coastal erosion, looking at eastern Britain where the sea is causing significant damage. 9.30pm, BBC1 Concludes Tuesday

10 October 11 October Building on contaminated land: One day course. Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1 Details, (020) 7235 4535. conferences@istructe.org.uk

12 October Horizon. Mega-tsunami: Looking at how the prospect of a 400mph wave, hundreds of metres high could engulf the eastern seaboard of the US and how earth and ocean sciences hold the key. 9.30pm, BBC2

12 October Suicide in the air: Investigates the controversial theory that pilot suicide may be responsible for some air disasters in recent years. 8.00pm. Channel 5

12 October Corrosion protection of steel bridges: One day course staged by supplier Corus, with an emphasis on environmental impact of corrosion regimes and on whole life costing. The course will be held in Birmingham. Details, Jane Betts, Corus, tel (01724) 405375

17 October EMF 2000: Third national forum of Europe's largest environmental management event. Covering training, software, regulatory and professional bodies, laboratories, accreditation, consultancy and law. Olympia 2, Earls Court, London. Hotline: 020 7393 7941 E-mail: emf@gee.co.uk Internet: www.ifi.co.uk

18 October All bark and no bite: How useful are public inquries in averting disaster? Are they an emotion crutch for victims or a convenient cover for corporate negligence and Government inactivity? This radio investigation looks at the Clapham rail crash and Paddington disaster to find some answers. 8.00pm, Radio 4

18 October The response to commercial risk: Seminar tackling clientengineer relationships, engineers' understanding of commerial and financial risk, speed of project delivery, and problems posed by regulation. Royal Academy of Engineering, 29 Great Peter Street, London SW1 Details, tel (020) 7222 2688

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