Rubik's Cube 25th Anniversary
26 July 2005
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
Dan and I posing in front of the enormous Rubik's Cube for the photographer
Dan and I again with the cake
Dan, Duncan, Dave and Chrisi and myself
Dan, Duncan (former record holder for one-handed speedsolving), Duncan's kids and myself
Dan and I with Jack. Jack won a contest for a trip to the Rubik's birthday party and a Hamleys gift voucher.
There was a professional photographer at the Rubik's birthday party.
Another pic of me and the giant Rubik's Cube.
Isn't this giant cube awesome??
Here's one of the radio reporters interviewing Dan
Not sure what the interviewer just said, but it was obviously pretty funny!
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 ;)
Here's me doing a solve for the radio guy. I'm 1.61 seconds into the solve so
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!
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.