Saturday, 21 March 2015

True Or False: A Few Quotes

A part fiction, part non-fiction book by Charles Fudgemuffin

True Or False by Charles Fudgemuffin
'True Or False: A Light-Hearted Collection Of Facts And Bluffs' by Charles Fudgemuffin is now available from Amazon, so to celebrate here are a few quotes from various reviews about the book which have so far been quite positive:

"True Or False by Charles Fudgemuffin will be remembered as one of the classic books of all time."
...The Basingstoke Literary Review

"This book will change the world and help create a better future for our children."
...Guru Pashnad Ravesh Sumali

Scroll down the page for more review quotes...

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Wisdom Of Albert Einstein

Happy birthday, Albert!

Albert Einstein, maker of dubious claims regarding fish.
It's Albert Einstein's birthday today, so in honour of his genius here's a nugget of wisdom from the great man himself:

“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Well first of all, Albert, in that case the fish would be right because fish are stupid.  And secondly, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it won’t think it's stupid at all, because fish lack the necessary level of intelligence to be aware that they are being judged.

So whatever you think of it, the fish would live its whole life thinking typical fish-like thoughts such as, ‘Oh, there’s that nasty big fish again.  I’d better swim away before it eats me,’ and stuff like that.  It certainly won't be thinking, ‘Oh, no!  That dude thinks I’m stupid cos I can’t climb trees.  Gosh, he’s really undermined my self-confidence with his hurtful remarks.’

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Cool Sayings From Around The World

Wisdom from the four corners of the planet.

Previously on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog, I've focused on cool sayings from places like Sweden and Korea.  This week I expand the net wider and feature a selection of cool quotes from all around the world...

An elephant, best eaten by the whole village,
according to the African saying.

1) "The best way to eat an elephant is to invite the whole village along."

As you can probably work out, this is an African saying* and it's promoting the merits of teamwork.  It basically means it's a lot easier to succeed when you work together than when you work on your own.

* You don't get many elephants in England.

2) "A Raisin In A Sausage."

This is a Norwegian expression which refers to a nice surprise in something which was already enjoyable.  Although it's not an exact match, the closest English expression would probably be 'the icing on the cake' which for the benefit of any Norwegian readers loosely translates as 'a raisin in a sausage.'  It basically means 'the best part of something which was already excellent.'

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Quotes About Reading For World Book Day

Or to be more precise ... quotes about reading, books and writing.

Books, the inspiration for many quotes.
In the words of Homer Simpson...

Homer:  “Marge, I’m bored.”
Marge:  “Why don’t you read something?”
Homer:  “Because I’m trying to reduce my boredom.”

I used to share Homer Simpson's attitude when I was a young kid, but thankfully as I got older I discovered just how brilliant books can be.

This coming Thursday is officially World Book Day so in honour of World Book Day, here's a round-up of famous quotes about books and reading...

Saturday, 21 February 2015

What I've Recently Been Reading (Part 9)

More book reviews

It's been several months since I last reported on some of the books I've been reading, so here's another batch of reviews...

The World According To Humphrey by Betty G.Birney

The World According To Humphrey by Betty G. Birney - 4.9 / 5.0

The World According To Humphrey is told through the eyes of Humphrey the Hamster, the classroom pet of room 26.  The kids take it in turns to look after Humphrey for the weekend, and on his travels Humphrey gets up to all sorts of interesting adventures, and manages to help the children's families solve a few problems along the way.  It's a book intended for children, but it's written in a lovely heart-warming style, and Humphrey is such a likeable little character that you can't help but enjoy his adventures, however old you are.  I loved it and I suspect that many adults who still have a fun side to them will also love this book, as it's written in such a magical way.  Highly recommended for kids of all ages!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Romantic Trivia For Valentine's Day

A collection of random topical information at this romantic time of year.

Romantic trivia for Valentine's Day
As it's Valentine's Day today, I thought this week I would feature a round up of random miscellaneous trivia appropriate for this romantic time of year.  But remember, like Eric (the main character in my 'How To Save The World' books), I'm also useless at giving romance tips and advice, so take anything I say here with a pinch of salt...

1) The Best Way To Describe Yourself

According to a survey by the eHarmony dating website, if you're a dude and you want to be successful in love then the best words to use to describe yourself are, 'ambitious', 'physically fit' and rather surprisingly 'perceptive'?  I never would have guessed that women look at a man and think, "Phwoar!  He looks perceptive!" but apparently according to this survey that's what they do.

If you're a woman and you want to be successful in love then the best words to describe yourself are 'thoughtful', 'sweet' and again 'ambitious'.  These are all admirable qualities, but I was surprised that according to the survey apparently men aren't as shallow as I would have guessed.  I have to admit that I've never heard a dude ever comment, "Phwoar!  She looks thoughtful!" but apparently according to this survey that's the way men think.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Charity Fundraising Websites...

...and charity fund-taking websites.

Fundraising websites ... taking their cut.
Usually on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I like to feature daft subjects and as a general rule I prefer to avoid discussing serious subjects.  However, this week I've decided to break with tradition and cover a serious subject which really annoys me, and that subject is the fees charged by charity fundraising websites...

There's been a lot of coverage in the media of the Alan Barnes fund which was set up by Katie Cutler after Alan was the victim of a cowardly attack outside his own home.  The attack left Alan too scared to return to his home, so the £330,135 raised will be able to buy Alan a new house where he won't feel frightened.

Katie has now set up another fund to raise money for Kacie Martin who is a two year old girl with the severest form of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  Kacie's is a heart-breaking story, but if she can get a special wheelchair which costs £27,000 then this will help improve her quality of life.

They're both excellent causes and the funds have highlighted that there are a lot of very generous people in the world.

However, after doing a little research into websites like Go Fund Me (the website which hosts the fundraising pages of Alan and Kacie), I couldn't help but feel more than a little angry.

Here are some figures...

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.