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    Default Stalkin' the players..

    ..okay, call us crazy..but we did go & check out the WPH..

    Re the recent transfer of hotel, here's the scoop i got. It is meant to be & apparently the organizer had already planned this move from the beginning. So, this hotel was already booked as the primary hotel, with the realization that the travel time would be a problem. It turned out correct, thus the move.
    The thought was, they would only reserve the hotel from the actual start of competition and only place all the players @ the Players Village during the team preparation period.

    On the way to the hotel, which is abt 5 minutes or so walking distance away to/from the Wembley stadium, Fengwei & i met 3 INA staffers on their way back from the Olympic Players Village.
    I then asked 1 of them who would win the MS? and they told me LCW and LD will be in the Final but Simon Santoso is gonna win it all!
    Then i asked the guy, who would win it for WS, and the guy told me CHN but be wary of the India gal..
    They've confirmed most of the the teams have moved to this WPH hotel and a few are staying @ Ibis hotel. Altough, there are still a couple other teams staying @ the Olympic Players Village.

    They do have security to screen all the people going in/out of the hotel..

    anyway, here are photos..

    - Saw 3-4 members from HK team (Yip PY & Wong WK)
    - Saw INA players, Tantowi Ahmad & Lilyana N & Ricky Subagja..
    - Apparently the landscape people just planted those greens and trees on the sidewalk and curbs TODAY !!..
    - Also, noticed a Box Ticket Office booth..?!?!..and i was thinking, "what the, are they gonna sell tickets afterall @ the box office?"..
    - Also some exterior photos of the Wembley arena itself, all adorned with the Olympic logo and colored spotlights. There are still people with military style uniform outside the arena.

    ..but tomorrow, stay tuned for more pics of players..
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    closer shot of the court setup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    i wonder what they are talking about?Attachment 127230
    The body language in this simple impromptu photo speaks volumes about the two. You can already see that LD is supremely confident while LCW bows a bit in deference.

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    Chris... WPH? Kindly elaborate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbad View Post
    Chris... WPH? Kindly elaborate.
    Wembley Plaza Hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Wembley Plaza Hotel.
    Gracias. Don't think it would have been too much trouble to spell it out at least at the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    from the photo of LD/LCW, seems that Wembley Plaza is the de facto team hotel for badminton.
    Same hotel they used last year during the World Championships. Much cheaper than the Hilton Wembley, which is located exactly beside the Arena itself.

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    Chris, the Box Office booth is only there for collection of tickets already purchased.

    Also, it is faster to clear security when you don't carry bags and backpack ........ Security will really go thru those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    closer shot of the court setup.


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    Wonder how it would look on HD TV ...... We shall know by tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    Wonder how it would look on HD TV ...... We shall know by tomorrow.
    Note to self: turn down brightness and magenta levels on the plasma tv if I don't want a permanent burn on the panel.

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    If you think that would reduce the lovey-dovey atmosphere of the place on TV, it won't work. Maybe latter generation TVs would allow us to modify the colours we don't like?

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    Olympics : Ex-Indonesian Champion Fuels US Badminton Dreams

    Ian Ransom | 27 July 2012

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/sports/olympics-ex-indonesian-champion-fuels-us-badminton-dreams/532994
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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    Same hotel they used last year during the World Championships. Much cheaper than the Hilton Wembley, which is located exactly beside the Arena itself.
    i guess perhaps it's caused by the celebrity tax... for a hotel to carry the Hilton attribute, the license or management fee may have to include the living cost allowance for the free rein celebrity, decadent b*tch, Paris Hilton

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    it will be much quicker by the OLY's car/coach as they got their own Olympic routes thro' London. my guess is around 30 mins but the hotel is only 5 mins walk away.
    No way can you get from Stratford to Wembley in 30 mins by car - it's impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    both Taiwan and Danish teams have moved from the Olympics Village to a hotel closer to Wembley. the 1.5->2 hours journey each way from Stratford to Wembley will certainly take a toll on players.
    Play starts tomorrow, right? I wonder how many of tomorrow's players will attend the opening ceremony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Play starts tomorrow, right? I wonder how many of tomorrow's players will attend the opening ceremony.
    starts Saturday morning, yeah.

    i still remember after Beijing, i was like, "oh, gotta wait another 4 yrs?" time flies

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    it will be much quicker by the OLY's car/coach as they got their own Olympic routes thro' London. my guess is around 30 mins but the hotel is only 5 mins walk away.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    No way can you get from Stratford to Wembley in 30 mins by car - it's impossible.
    ..30 min. to/from Stratford to/from Wembley in a car might be possible but gotta be escorted by a police or ambulance car w/blaring siren to open the gate..
    Just thinking abt the tube/train ride alone to/from Stratford to/from Wembley area is long enough (longer than 30 min. for sure)..
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