Posted: 12 Jan 2009 09:18 AM CST
Graham Parker had been trying to solve his Rubik’s Cube since 1983.Graham, 45, from Portchester, Hants, had been trying to solve the Cube since he bought the toy in 1983. A married dad-of-one, Graham has even endured endless sleepless nights…
“I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lay awake at night thinking about it.
“I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it.
“When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour I wept.”
The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor Erno Rubik but was originally called the Magic Cube. More than 300 million have been sold worldwide.
Erik Akkersdijk holds the record for a single solve with a time of 7.08 seconds..
Absolutely no idea how..
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 08:47 AM CST
Diane Warren has an impressive list of hits, and as Andrew Lloyd Webber's chosen lyricist for the UK's Eurovision song, she'll be moulding her style to the voice of whoever wins Your Country Needs You. For now, though, here's a look at some of the highlights of her career so far.
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, – Starship
Number one in the UK and the US, from the hit film Mannequin, we're pretty sure everyone reading can sing along with this 80s classic at the top of their voice.
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Aerosmith's first track to go straight to the top in the US singes charts, this was the big love theme from the biggest summer film of the 20th century. Now enshrined as the first dance in one in four weddings… honestly.
Can't Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes
It might not have made it’s mark anywhere except Australia, but boy is this a belter of a track for any female diva!
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
Cher. On a battleship. Astride the cannon. Singing. Hearts are still breaking all over Manchester's Canal Street.
Where My Heart Will Take Me – Russell Watson
Look it was a great song (and Watson's version shows Warren's versatility) but it just wasn't a theme tune for Star Trek. Really. Ignore that and you've got a powerful promise in a song that should be a karaoke standard at every Sci-Fi convention.
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 08:41 AM CST
Each day, The Daily Dust brings you some thoughts on the latest and greatest transfer rumours.
France striker Karim Benzema, a reported target of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, has said his future at Lyon depends on the club’s performance in the Champions League last 16 against Barcelona. (1029 GMT, Press Association)
Bolton manager Gary Megson claimed he has ended his interest in Joey Barton after the club had a £2m bid rejected for the Newcastle midfielder. (0915 GMT, Press Association)
Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin will sign for Arsenal in the January transfer window, despite the Russian club turning down a £10m bid. (The Sun)
Wigan striker Emile Heskey has agreed a pre-contract deal to join former club Liverpool as a free agent in the summer. (Daily Mail)
Portsmouth will offer Manchester City £6m for striker Benjani, who they sold to the Eastlands club, and midfielder Michael Johnson. (The Sun)
Portsmouth manager Tony Adams could also offer Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton a chance to get his career back on track by taking him to Fratton Park. (Daily Star)
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is a target for Aston Villa but manager Martin O’Neill will have to pay £12m for the Trinidad and Tobago international. (Daily Mirror)
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 07:53 AM CST
In the wake of Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, Sir Alex took the time to respond to Rafa Benitez’s outbursts earlier this week. His opinions probably tempered by the contrasting fortunes of United and Liverpool, who drew with Stoke, this weekend, Ferguson showed uncharacteristic restraint:
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 05:58 AM CST
Security guards have sealed off the area where a UFO wrecked a giant wind turbine last week.
The Sun reported today:
The results of the investigation being carried out by forensic scientists in Germany should be disclosed within a week.
“We’ve examined the turbine, the fallen blade and the surrounding area. We have been crawling all over it. To make one of these blades fall off, or to bend it, takes a lot.”
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 05:35 AM CST
While it's still guaranteed time on terrestrial television and space in the back pages, Ronnie O'Sullivan reckons Snooker is "a dying sport" and needs some major surgery to become fit and healthy for the 21st Century.
And he reckons that Simon Cowell should wield the medicine cue.
O'Sullivan has always been a player that excites the Snooker fans, and he can be devastating when on-form (and controversial when he's not in his stride), and his warning that the green baize game needs to be more interesting and lively should be seen as another early warning.
Darts went through a similar lull, but as can be seen with tournaments now held around the world, including Las Vegas, Dubai and Blackpool, it's possible to turn a sport around. If there's a will to do so.
Could it be that when a man is tired of Snooker, is he tired of life?
(Hat tip to BBC News).
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 04:47 AM CST
Kevin Marks, currently one of the Developer Advocates at Google, was interested to read in the UK press over the weekend that doing two searches on Google generates as much CO2 as boiling the kettle for a nice cup of tea.
As with any argument involving numbers, a sense of scale is always useful. Given that the average human produces 6g of carbon every ten minutes, which is about the same as a regular computer, there's not a huge worry in the story.
But if you are worried… "I suggest you hold your breath while you search Google," writes Marks on his personal blog, "to offset your carbon use."
The maths is here….
(Hat tip to Marks' blog).
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 03:28 AM CST
The Famous Grouse is to release 250 bottles of 37-year-old blended malt Scotch to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.
The move takes place in 2009, celebrating 250 years since the birth of Robert Burns. Burns Night takes place every year on the 25 January, commemorating the life of the Scottish poet.
Scottish artist John Byrne was commissioned to create an original drawing of Robert Burns to be printed on The Famous Grouse 37-year-old bottles’ labels.
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 02:41 AM CST
Kate Winslet picked up two golden globes last night in Las Angeles, and sobbed her way through acceptance speech.
The 33-year-old actress who is married to Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, 43, took the best supporting actress gong for her role as a German tram conductress in the film The Reader, she also picked up the best actress honour for her role in Revolutionary Road, the film in which she is reunited with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio at The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Tearful Kate began her speech by apologising to her fellow nominees, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Scott Thomas and Meryl Streep and then screwed up when she forgot “the other one”…then remembered, Angelina Jolie!
Earlier Winslet, nominated five times before, said; “You have to forgive me because I have a habit of not winning things!” She was still talking when the music started playing and was promptly given the the cue to wrap up her speech, but she refused, saying
Best gag of the night went to RIcky Gervais: “Well done, Winslet! I told you, ‘Do a holocaust movie and it will come’.”
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Posted: 12 Jan 2009 01:44 AM CST
Ex-England and Chelsea football star, Graeme Le Saux became the first to get the boot from the new dancing show, Dancing on Ice.
Last night Le Saux was kicked out of Dancing on Ice after being voted in the bottom two by viewers with Donal MacIntyre.
The celebrities entered the dance-off, after which the judges voted for MacIntyre to stay in the show.
The seven male celebrities were the first to be put through their paces. With the ladies coming next week.
The first contestant to perform was actor Jeremy Edwards with his dance partner Darya Nucci.
Next up was undercover reporter Donal MacIntyre and his partner Florentine Houdiniere.
He was followed by former EastEnders star Todd Carty and his partner Susie Lipanova.
Former rugby star Ellery Hanley skated with Frankie Poultney.
Then X Factor star Ray Quinn danced with partner Maria Filippov.
Following our favourite to win, Quinn, Ex-footballer Graham Le Saux took to the ice with partner Kristina Lenko.
Finally, TV presenter Michael Underwood made a return to form with dance partner Melanie Lambert after breaking his ankle during the last series.
Next Sunday the ladies start, our early favourite is Ray Quinn.
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