17th February 2006 at 00:00
Celebrations are planned in Bristol and the South West to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They include: a street party on his birthday weekend, April 8-9, culminating in the switching on of new lights at the Clifton suspension bridge; 100,000 free copies of a biography of his life and work for schoolchildren; and a programme ensuring every pupil in Bristol gets a chance to learn about Brunel and visit exhibitions being mounted at SS Great Britain, the At-Bristol science centre and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery covering his life and work, achievements in science and engineering, and the art of the industrial age. Comedian Alex Horne is touring the UK's Roman towns, March 3-May 31, with his Latin comedy show, When in Rome. On a mission to keep Latin alive, he is customising the show to include information on the Roman influence in each town.


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