Doesn't really answer your question, but courtesy of a pal who I've just discovered is doing some of the sound and lighting:
1-2pm Signal Malinga Founded by Risa Risa in 1993 bringing together a group of hugely talented Congolese musicians. Signal Malinga is a fresh and contemporary sound with traditional rhythms and the golden voice of Africa.
2.15-3pm Alice Mclaughlin Animated and impassioned Alice delivers her Ricky Lee Jones meets Laura Nyro songs with an acoustic folktronica sound.
3-4.30pm Ken Campbell You really ought to know who Ken is. Described by The Guardian as 'British theatre's antic visionary', by The Times as 'Hilariously anarchic genius', and by The Observer as 'Sheer bliss'. Mr Campbell has written, directed more plays, TV and film than we can decently expect you to read through, so just take our word for it.
4.45-5.45pm Velarsound Imagine an equilateral triangle with corners in the respective hearts of trip-hop, R&B and elctronica. Thrilling beats and melodic vocals
5.45 pm Prizes presented to winners of the Sandcastle competition
6-7pm Kitoto Kitoto band has been based in London since 1996 and was formed by Freddy Macha in Rio De Janeiro in 1991. The band play Afro-pop-music; a blend of African and Caribbean music with Latin-Rhythms and elements of Blues.
Sandcastle competition: 'A new landmark for London' Judged by a panel of artists, designers and a politician, on innovation and creativity in creating 'a new landmark for London' from Thames sand. This is in homage to all the built 'landmarks' that are flying out of the ground, but also to give credit to the Thames and it's foreshore as the important but sometimes forgotten London landmark. Rules: reinforcement or decoration is allowed but must be removed from the beach after the event. Making can start as soon as there's beach. To take part: turn up, register with us and start creating - all ages welcome.
[only at the barrier - at Teddington it is less than a 100m and most of the central London bridges span less than 300m - shall we say 300 metres average?].
> Surface area 25,000,000 sq m.
[Gives 14.4 sq km, say 15,000,000 sq m for ease of computation]
> One litre is one cm on 1 sq m.
[Oh dear - as red bus the pedant has already so rightly pointed out, 1.0 litre is equal to 10-3 m³.]
> So 30 cm - say 1 foot - increase in height
> based on daily flow of 800m litres.
[On my calculation the 800,000 cubic metres in a day raises the water level by 5.33cm]
> So only 4 inches over the 9 hours.
[Giving exactly 2cm! (10/12ths of an inch) in the nine hour period that the barrier is up.]
> In the event of flooding, rate is increased 30
> fold so maximum height increase over this period
> is 120 inches - 10 feet.
[It's a 37and a half fold increase, so the potential increase is 75cm (also a spookily precise figure), which makes 2'6" in old money.]
> Near enough.
[Out by only a factor of four. Fancy doing my tax returns?]
> Sandcastle competition: 'A new landmark for
> London' Judged by a panel of artists, designers
> and a politician, on innovation and creativity in
> creating 'a new landmark for London' from Thames
> sand. This is in homage to all the built
> 'landmarks' that are flying out of the ground, but
> also to give credit to the Thames and it's
> foreshore as the important but sometimes forgotten
> London landmark. Rules: reinforcement or
> decoration is allowed but must be removed from the
> beach after the event. Making can start as soon as
> there's beach. To take part: turn up, register
> with us and start creating - all ages welcome.
I quite fancy rubbing Ken Livingstone's nose in it by constructing a sandcastle scale model of John Soane's unbuilt triumphal bridge over the Thames...
Edited to add - On second thoughts all those pillars could be a bit fiddly
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 1 September 2004 5.57pm by Lang Rabbie.
Maybe it just that there is very little for kids. Fairground rides - if there are any have tended to be expensive. And last year there was some sort of workshop for kids in a tent in Bernie Spain Gardens but we were told that it was private and my kids couldn't take part.
Crowds, food stalls and some tat for sale, but nothing to actually do. Ended up taking two tired and grumpy kids home. Ironically I had though this event was actually for families and kids. Kids certainly seem to prefer the Tate Members Room (though this is still theoretical as they are still waiting for a friendly forum member to invite them) and Borough Market.
Reclaim the beach was good thought when it happened at Vauxhall. I assume, since it has the same title, that it is more or less the same thing.