Rubik's Cube 25th Anniversary

26 July 2005


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Tuesday 26 July 2005 was the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Rubik's Cube. I was lucky enough to be part of the official birthday celebrations - including the birthday party and speedcubing demonstrations at Hamley's Toy Store on Regent Street in London! I also did TV interviews for CNN, ITV News and ITV1's This Morning show, two radio interviews, a photo shoot at Hamleys and a magazine interview for TNT magazine. It was all so much fun - I loved being a celebrity for the day! :)

Below are some photos from the Rubik's Cube birthday party at Hamleys. These photos were taken by my wonderful fiancÚ, Peter.




Dan and I sitting on the enormous Rubik's Cube


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Jasmine and Dan posing in front of the enormous Rubik's Cube for the photographer

Dan and I posing in front of the enormous Rubik's Cube for the photographer


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Dan and Jasmine cutting the very cool Rubik's Cube cake at Hamleys

Here's Dan and I cutting the very cool Rubik's Cube cake at Hamleys. I had a piece of this cake. It was yummy.


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Dan and Jasmine cutting the very cool Rubik's Cube cake at Hamleys

Dan and I again with the cake


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Jasmine, Dan, Duncan, Dave and Chrisi

Dan, Duncan, Dave and Chrisi and myself


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Myself and Dan with Duncan (former one-hand-solve record holder) and Duncan's kids

Dan, Duncan (former record holder for one-handed speedsolving), Duncan's kids and myself


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Dan and I with Jack

Dan and I with Jack. Jack won a contest for a trip to the Rubik's birthday party and a Hamleys gift voucher.
I hope he spent some of the gift voucher on cubes! :)


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Jasmine in front of enormous Rubik's Cube

There was a professional photographer at the Rubik's birthday party.
Here he's taking a pic of me in front of the enormous Rubik's Cube.


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Jasmine and the giant Rubik's Cubes

Another pic of me and the giant Rubik's Cube.
The guy in this picture is the photographer, who is telling me how to pose for the next photo.


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Jasmine and the giant Rubik's Cubes

Isn't this giant cube awesome??


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Dan being interviewed for radio

Here's one of the radio reporters interviewing Dan


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Dan being interviewed for radio

Not sure what the interviewer just said, but it was obviously pretty funny!


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Dan after a solve

Dan just after a solve for the radio interviewer. Believe it or not, 19.45 seconds is a bad time for Dan! He did a lot of solves much faster than that during the day. The radio interviewer was commentating in the background which I think distracted Dan during his solve, hence the "slow" time of 19.45 seconds ;)


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Jasmine solving the cross

Here's me doing a solve for the radio guy. I'm 1.61 seconds into the solve so
I must be doing the cross (i.e first step of my solve).


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Jasmine orienting the last layer edges

Now I'm 17.70 seconds into the solve. Looking at the cube in my hands I'd say that I'd just finished the F2L (first 2 layers) and had just started to orient the last layer edges. I was pretty happy with this solve since it's not terribly common for me to finish the F2L in under 20 seconds. I ended up getting 30.42 seconds for the complete solve. This is faster than my current average so I was happy. I'd love to do this time in my next competition!


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Jasmine explaining F2L to another Australian cuber

This guy is another Australian. He was from Adelaide. He could solve the cube, but his times were well over a minute. He showed me how he solves so I could offer tips about how to get faster. He method was cross, first layer corners, middle layer edges, then a 4-look last layer. Looking at how I'm holding the cube and the cubies I'm pointing to, I must have been explaining to him the benefits of moving to F2L pairs.




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