Thanks for visiting us!

Badminton Central is a free community for fans of badminton! If you find anything useful here please consider registering to see more content and get involved with our great community users, it takes less than 15 seconds! Everybody is welcome here.

Click here for a FREE account!

Sights, sounds and.............aroma of London..

Discussion in 'Olympics LONDON 2012' started by ctjcad, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    Day 2 - sightseeing all the landmarks..

    ..today got to hang out w/ BoogieeigooB and did a quick tour of the London landmarks (yes, i did fall asleep during the tour for several minutes)..here are photos to share..

    The 1st & last photos are taken at Olympic Park in Stratford area, where the Opening Ceremony will take place..
     

    Attached Files:

    #21 ctjcad, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
  2. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    Some more photos

    here are a few more photos taken @ Olympic Park in Stratford area..
    Huge crowd as there's a Westfield mall and the OG souvenier shop inside another appliance store..
     

    Attached Files:

    #22 ctjcad, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
  3. phil-mm

    phil-mm Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    None
    Location:
    Misty Mountains
    Try Derbyshire, Warwick or Yeovil [​IMG]?
     
  4. kwun

    kwun Administrator

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2002
    Messages:
    39,263
    Likes Received:
    528
    Occupation:
    BC Janitor
    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA, USA
    or Worcester. ;)
     
  5. madbad

    madbad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2004
    Messages:
    28,304
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    coming to a court near you...
    Arrghhh, don't you start! The last time I was back was... I think in 2007?

    Now I wish I had planned ahead. :(
     
  6. madbad

    madbad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2004
    Messages:
    28,304
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    coming to a court near you...
    or Norwich or Berkshire ;)
     
  7. Fidget

    Fidget Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    3,302
    Likes Received:
    46
    Occupation:
    something far too busy for my badminton needs
    Location:
    Canada
    Great pictures, Chris! It seems that you managed to hit all the highlights of tourist London in less than 24 hours. Keep up the good work! :)
     
  8. phil-mm

    phil-mm Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    None
    Location:
    Misty Mountains
    Well, you had your fun a couple of years back [​IMG].
    Was in London a decade before you. They still had those greedy pigeons in Trafalgar Square then, lol. Caught them in a shot with one on my arm, one on my shoulder and another on my head. It was really funny. It's been so many years already [​IMG].
    I had dreamt of walking around in Heathrow Airport when I was a kid. Woke up disappointed, but went back to sleep to continue the sweet dream. The reality was very much what I had imagined. Everyone loves London [​IMG].
     
  9. phil-mm

    phil-mm Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    None
    Location:
    Misty Mountains
    These online translators are so useful.
    One can learn to speak some exotic languages. At least a sentence or two.
     
  10. abedeng

    abedeng Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    18,692
    Likes Received:
    115
    Occupation:
    Occupying Tall Buildings
    Location:
    In Competition
    The last time I was back, was, err, practically every year actually. So I don't miss it ....... except the birds of Trafalgar Square and the old Malaysia Hall before it got relocated from Bryanston Square to Queensborough Terrace at Bayswater.

    Hey Chris, how about Gloucester, Reading, Plymouth?
     
  11. Cheung

    Cheung Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    16,238
    Likes Received:
    31
    Occupation:
    wannabe badminton phototaker
    Location:
    Outside the box
    How do you get to go back so often?

    Last time I was there was in 2005 and before that in 2000.

    Let's see, the big change I noticed for 2005 was the oyster card. But it felt the same otherwise.
    I really wish I planned to go now :(

    What I am doing in Asia when there is the biggest party in London...aarrgghhh:mad:
     
  12. madbad

    madbad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2004
    Messages:
    28,304
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    coming to a court near you...
    There have been too many "Arrrghhhhs" coming from regretful BCers. Luckily Chris made the commitment to go. Good for him.

    How about Lisle Street in the West End, Llanelli in Wales, Slough, Streatham...
     
  13. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    Some videos to share..

    1st day: hanging out @ Leicester square, Chinatown, Brent (near place of stay), tube rides etc.

    [video=youtube;NX3cpEPX_iA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX3cpEPX_iA[/video]

    [video=youtube;aVuHqYoGPQU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVuHqYoGPQU[/video]

    [video=youtube;RnpkFMgZI5g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnpkFMgZI5g[/video]

    [video=youtube;06ruGMYSNig]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06ruGMYSNig[/video]

    [video=youtube;2Y-meWdHvcw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y-meWdHvcw[/video]

    [video=youtube;3UYonS7kzuE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UYonS7kzuE[/video]

    [video=youtube;VseCgCAqyME]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VseCgCAqyME[/video] (a good example of how loud a blaring police siren sounds)

    [video=youtube;vssjQRj078Q]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vssjQRj078Q[/video]

    [video=youtube;igw9wIjb2tw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igw9wIjb2tw[/video] (watching a street performer)

    2nd day : day tour

    [video=youtube;XTcGweM-hno]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTcGweM-hno[/video]

    [video=youtube;xkJzWQcLCwY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkJzWQcLCwY[/video] (driving thru London's mid-city/central London)

    [video=youtube;zlT75BQ7MAc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlT75BQ7MAc[/video]
     
  14. phil-mm

    phil-mm Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    None
    Location:
    Misty Mountains
    Camera in one hand, videocam in the other [​IMG]?
     
  15. phil-mm

    phil-mm Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    None
    Location:
    Misty Mountains
    Hey, just Anglo-Saxonic stuff.
    No druid languages, Gaelic or words that can tie the tongue into a knot [​IMG].
     
  16. Tango97

    Tango97 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    83
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    England
    Hi ctjcad

    I just want to know who is that in the black shirt in the middle, he looks very familiar but I wasn't sure who he was out of the three members in this post.

     
  17. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    the one in the middle is BoogieeigooB (Richard)..

    Here are a few more photos to share...We went to a badminton store (in north London) and apparently that's all the collection they have in the store (and yes, no feather birdies)..
     

    Attached Files:

  18. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    Videos from Wembley Station to Wembley Arena & from Wembley Arena to Wembley PH

    here are videos from the Tube to Wembley area (total travel walking distance is roughly 7.5 minutes) :

    [video=youtube;MQxm-xDBjs0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQxm-xDBjs0[/video]
    [video=youtube;FjWyp1v3ZIY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjWyp1v3ZIY[/video]
    [video=youtube;XO7hO2aHe5o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO7hO2aHe5o[/video]

    and here are videos from the Wembley Arena/Wembley Hilton Hotel to Wembley Plaza Hotel, where the players are staying (roughly 5 minutes) :
    [video=youtube;iJ9RXm_rmZw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ9RXm_rmZw[/video]
    [video=youtube;ZRdkUEOsyzk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRdkUEOsyzk[/video]
     
    #38 ctjcad, Jul 29, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012
  19. abedeng

    abedeng Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    18,692
    Likes Received:
    115
    Occupation:
    Occupying Tall Buildings
    Location:
    In Competition
    Oh, I went to kindergarten in London, a long long time ago .......

    Lived there until the mid-70s, when Rudy Hartono was still the master at the old Wembley Arena.

    Then as an adult, bought me a house in London, which my already-migrated cousins are pestering me to sell to them (at subsidised price, no doubt). Thank you very much, I would prefer to be my cousins' landlord. Which is part of the reason for my yearly ritual to merry old London.
     
  20. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,144
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    u.s.a.
    Officially in York area (backyard of sir jamesd20)

    ..so finally made it here for the 2nd journey and for the BC Get-together tonight!..lovely little town..and i'm literally staying in the middle of a countryside..:cool:
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page