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...

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Fire Hoop: Win Or Fail?

Drunken backpackers risking life and limb in the pursuit of entertainment.


A brave/foolish backpacker throws himself through the fire hoop.
I've previously featured the fire skipping rope on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog, but the fire skipping rope isn't the only fire related nightly entertainment in Thailand.  The beach bars and clubs in Koh Phangan are obsessed with fire and also have fire jugglers, fire limbo, the fire hoop, and other fire related activities.

This week I've decided to focus on the fire hoop, and below is a video featuring drunken backpackers attempting to bravely leap through a hoop of flames.  However, rather than just editing together a compilation of people jumping through the fire hoop, the video instead takes the form of a quiz.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Promotional Flyers For Advertising Your Book

'Real life' can sometimes be just as effective as the internet for promoting a book...


Flyers for book promotion.
A while back I reported on how one of my best sales periods for my book 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' came after I created some promotional flyers to advertise my book, and then distributed them to party-loving backpackers at the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan (when I wasn't partying myself, that is).

My original flyer creations were fairly amateur efforts and weren't going to win any awards for graphic design, but they got the job done and helped gain me a few extra sales in the week that followed that Full Moon Party.

Since then I've designed more eye-catching flyers and used them on a few occasions with successful results.  As you can see from the photo above, this time I went for colour flyers and for the design I basically just used the front cover of the book, then added a short text explanation to inform people where they can download the book.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Funny Amazon Reviews

Tongue in cheek reviews found online...


Internet reviews are a great way of praising excellent products or warning of less than great customer service.  Sometimes though, as well as being informative, many reviews are also entertaining.  Here's a round-up of a few reviews found on Amazon which made me chuckle...

1) What a bargain!


Unfortunately I don't own an 85" TV so I had to
make do with this photo of an 18" TV instead.
First up is a review of a top of the range cutting edge 85" Samsung TV.  Yes, that's right ... an 85 inch screen!  As you'd expect for such a large TV, the price is also quite large, and the TV clocks in at a few dollars under forty grand!  ($39,997.99 to be precise.)  It's a great TV, but at such an exhorbitant price there may be financial implications for anyone buying one, as highlighted by this first review:

"This TV is fan freaking tastic!!!!  We are now living in the box it came in but even that is roomy and quite comfy!!!!"

Perhaps the first reviewer should have paid attention to the wise words of the following helpful reviewer who travelled back from the future to leave some very useful advice:

"I am coming back from the future to write this review, and to let everyone know you can buy this TV for $699 in 2015.  It still looks great though."

I suspect the bit about travelling from the future may actually be made up, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 2015 price turned out to be true.

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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.