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On Carnival Sunday you can Witness the passing of the Olympic torch to London from the Mayor of Beijing, China at the Notting Hill Carnival on Giant Screen TV

Be at
Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park -W10 when London
officially takes up the mantle of Olympic city.

The theme of this year's Notting Hill Carnival is "Welcoming the World" to coincide with the handing over of the Olympic flag from Beijing to London. The Olympic flag handover takes place on the Sunday in central London.

official handover screenings

The Olympic handover screenings take place on Sunday 24th August at other locations as well. The official handover takes place at 2.30pm with entertainment on hand before and after the event.
Other locations:
Besides Notting Hill Carnival, screenings will take place in Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf, Shoreditch Park, O2 Arena,  and Greenwich.

At a press conference for the Carnival on July 23, 2008, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the carnival's theme "Welcoming The World," reflectied the multicultural spirit of the event and the people across the globe who will visit London for the Games.

“On Sunday 24 August, the world will be watching London as it accepts the flag and the challenge to stage the best Games ever in 2012. From the concert in the Mall to Carnival in Notting Hill this will be a fantastic day out, as well as historic moment.” Mayor Johnson said.

This year's carnival will see the installation of a giant 25 square metre screen at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, near Ladbroke Grove.

It will not only broadcast the handover events in Beijing and London but also be used to show live footage from across the whole carnival site.

The Park is best known as  the official launch pad of the Notting Hill Carnival where the the Steel Pan Competition was held on Carnival Saturday Night until its move in 2007 to Hyde Park.

Allyson Williams MBE, Interim Chair of London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, said: “No other event in the UK comes close to matching the artistic spectacle of the Notting Hill Carnival.It’s a vital cultural event for London, enjoyed by visitors of many different ethnic, age and socio-economic backgrounds.
“We are proud to be working alongside London 2012, with both events demonstrating the capital’s ability to host world class events.”

ABOUT THE VENUE: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance

The land here at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance was donated to the London County Council in 1911 by local politician Emslie J. Horniman, “the only condition being that the land be dedicated in perpetuity to the people of London as a recreation-ground”. Horniman was inspired tocreate the park by Sister Ruth, a local nun who worked with the poor of Kensal Town. He commissioned the eminent architect Charles Voysey to design it. Charles Voysey was a purist and high-minded, believing that good design was a moral imperative and that simple design with good quality materials and vernacular references equated with ideological probity. 


Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park -W10 -Getting There

According to Voysey, identical living spaces (like the Victorian terrace) restricted people's freedom by repressing their individuality, which caused them to rebel.1

"No two leaves on any tree are ever alike.  Variety is nature's law.  Thank heaven men are not all alike... why then force us into symmetrical streets and houses, or preconceived types of houses for supposed typical needs?  Why make us all behave alike, when, by our very natures, we are forced to feel differently.

In 1998 a new children's play area and new toilets were installed in the main park. The park also  contains  an all-weather floodlit sports area, changing rooms and several works of contemporary arts as well as a catering kiosk during the summer months. It is also listed on the London Mayor's wildlife habitat site "an attractive park with a good range of wildlife habitats." 2
Entrance: Bosworth Road
Buses: 18, 23, 52, 70, 295, 316, 452
Tube Station: Westbourne Park
Transport: Train: Kensal Green, Queens Park
Access: Free public access (all/most of site)
Ownership: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

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London in Beijing 2012
Mayor Boris Johnson became the center of a mini-media frenzy while in Beijing to accept the flag and responsibility of hosting the 2012 Olympic games. He told them; "We have been dazzled, we have been impressed, we have been blown away by these games but we have not been intimidated," he said. "I am absolutely convinced that we can do the same without blowing the £9.3bn budget."

"There are issues to do with their managing to attract football to the stadium but so far we have failed to do that in London," Mr Johnson said.

Mayoral advisers raised the prospect of London's Olympic stadium having a post-2012 capacity of 40,000, which might reignite interest from a football club.

But that position threatens to put the mayor at odds with Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, and the International Olympic Committee, both of whom want and expect a 25,000-seater athletics stadium after the games, a promise London made in its 2012 bid.

"In Athens, the country's medal total was 30, which was fewer than nine other countries. But in Beijing, the empire has bounced back," said Time Magazine.

This suddenly muscular showing augurs well: London will be the site of the 2012 Summer Games, and the hosts-to-be want so much for their athletes to distinguish themselves at home that funding for competitive Olympic training programs - already greatly improved over the last decade - is set to increase further ahead of the event."

The London Games are supposed to leave a lasting legacy as far as facilities and sports in general is concerned. The government also hopes that sports will bring youngsters away from the streets and into healthy eating habits.

As far as sports is concerned, London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe, the two-time 1,500m gold medallist, hopes that the Beijing showing can boost British sports beyond London, just like Australia profited in this area from the Sydney 2000 Games.

"We take our hats off to what has been done by the competitors," said Coe. "The Australians won more medals than in Athens (2004)."

Arts & Culture 2012
"These will be magical Games, London is world famous for its theatre and there is no bigger show on earth than an Olympic Opening ceremony,"
said Jude Kelly, director of the London 2012 Culture, Art and Education Committee.

London will be transformed over the next seven years into an Olympic Host City designed to provide athletes, the Olympic families and spectators with the best possible Olympic Games and Paralympic Games venues and conditions - and to inspire more young people to take up Olympic sport.

London's transport system will also be upgraded over the next seven years with a £17 billion government investment strategy that will include a special rapid shuttle service that will ferry passengers at Games time from central London to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.

Host of the 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad will be announced at the 121st IOC Session (which will also be the 13th Olympic Congress) to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009

Candidate cities

World Carnival Capital Rio a finalist for the first time
Rio de Janeiro is running up for the fourth time. The other three attempts occurred during preparations for the 1936, 2004, and 2012 Olympics. In none of them, though, had the capital of the state of Rio gone past the first phase.

Seven cities were competing for a spot in the final selection phase for hosting the 2016 Olympics. In the latest cut, which were announced June 4 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Athens, Greece,Doha (Qatar), Prague (Czech Republic) and Baku (Azerbaijan) were eliminated from the competition.

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