Sunday, 30 December 2012

Christmas iPhone Wallpapers

Festive Themed Wallpapers For Your iPod or iPhone

A few months ago I featured a few Charles Fudgemuffin iPod wallpapers on my blog, so since I was feeling in a festive mood I decided to make a few more, this time based on a Christmas theme.

The first wallpaper is based on a Christmas card I designed which I haven’t got around to publishing yet, but hopefully I’ll get it done in time for next year.  It’s basically two bins discussing whether Santa Claus is real or not, and it features a cheesy punchline.

iPhone 4 Version (640x960)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Santa Claus Arrives On The Roof On Christmas Eve

Bringing the magic of Santa to life for kids with a free Santa mp3...

Santa Claus arriving on the roof on Christmas Eve.
A couple of weeks ago a mate of mine mentioned a cool idea he had for Christmas Eve.  His plan was to record and mix a soundtrack of Santa Claus arriving on the roof and delivering his presents.  Then on Christmas Eve he would place some speakers in the loft above his kid's bedroom, and just as his kid was about to go to sleep he would play the Santa soundtrack so that it sounds as if Santa is landing on the roof and delivering his presents.

It sounded quite ambitious but also a really cool idea, and I can imagine how exciting it would be for a young child to hear Santa arriving on the roof on Christmas Eve.  Anyway, we recorded the soundtrack and I have to say we were both really pleased with the finished results.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Searching For Santa On Google

The curious nature of kids when using Google to investigate Santa.

Santa taking a well deserved break
from his present delivering duties.
In one of my previous posts, Santa Claus, Camper Vans And Swedish Girls, I mentioned that as well as the Google search engine, Google also have a service known as the Google Keyword Tool which allows you to analyse how many searches a particular search term gets on Google every month.

Some of the search terms I discussed in my earlier post were the search term ‘Is Santa real?’ which gets 301,000 searches every month from quizzical and possibly sceptical kids, and also ‘What is Santa’s real phone number?’ which gets 320 searches per month.

As it’s only a few days until Christmas I therefore thought this would be an appropriate time to feature another post on Santa related searches on Google.

The most popular Santa themed Google search I could find was the massively popular ‘Where is Santa at?’ which gets an incredible 83,100,000 searches every month.  By comparison the search term ‘What’s the true meaning of Christmas?’ gets a paltry 170 searches per month, so it’s nice to know that modern kids seem to have their priorities straight!

Friday, 14 December 2012

A Christmas Message From Charles Fudgemuffin

A short but heart-warming Christmas video message from Charles Fudgemuffin to everyone who has visited his blog this year.

Charles Fudgemuffin getting into the festive spirit.
Like many people, I always get completely carried away and sometimes even over-emotional at Christmas with the whole warmth and joy of this wonderful time of year.  So to express my feelings I thought it would be a nice idea to create a short but touching Christmas video message which hopefully captures the uplifting and heart-warming spirit of Christmas.

As I say, I can sometimes get a little over-emotional with the whole Christmas spirit, so apologies in advance if my emotions get the better of me and it all gets a bit mushy...

Saturday, 8 December 2012

True Or False: Six Santa Themed 'Facts' For Christmas

Naughty kids, green Santa suits and fermented ant droppings...

With Christmas quickly approaching, this week I've compiled a list of six Santa themed ‘facts’ to test people on how sharp they are at spotting a bluff and how astute they are at recognising the truth.  Just to clarify, some of these Santa ‘facts’ are true but others are entirely made up.

Santa Claus pictured with a strange child-sized object in his sack.
Anyway, these are the Santa related ‘facts’ so have a read and see if you can guess which ones are true and which are made up, then check the answers at the bottom of the page to see how well you did.

Fact 1 - Swiss Santa's helper kidnaps naughty kids in his sack.

In the UK and many other countries parents often scare their kids into behaving in the run-up to Christmas by telling them that if they’re naughty then Santa won’t bring them any presents.  While you could say this was a slightly cruel lie to tell kids, in Switzerland they take things one step further by telling kids that if they are naughty Santa's helper 'Schmutzli' will kidnap them by putting them into his sack and then carrying them off into the woods.

True or false?

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Charles Fudgemuffin Merchandise Now Available!

Well, one Christmas card ... but it's a start.

Charles Fudgemuffin is proud to announce the opening of the Charles Fudgemuffin store on Zazzle.  At this early stage there's actually only one item available to purchase, but more products will be coming soon.

"...Ryan has been very naughty and I have been good."
The first product to be launched is a Christmas card featuring the image shown to the right (the actual card comes without the charlesfudgemuffin watermark).  The Christmas card is based on an amusing letter to Santa written by my nephew and the message on the front of the card reads:

"Dear Santa

Please can you give me all of Ryan's Christmas presents because he has been very naughty and I have been good.

From James"

The inside message on the Christmas card reads:

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Coming Soon: The Next Book In The 'How To Save The World' Trilogy

Part 2A: Be Careful What You Wish For

A few weeks earlier...

Coming soon: Part 2A in the How To Save The World trilogy...
Be Careful What You Wish For
"It's over 600 pages.  Why don't you split it into two books?  That way we get to charge twice and can double our profits."
...Montgomery-Smythe Publishing Associates.

"No, I couldn't do that to the fans.  I've got too much integrity."
...Charles Fudgemuffin.

"We'll give you an extra 10%."
...Montgomery-Smythe Publishing Associates.

"Where do I sign?"
...Charles Fudgemuffin.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Some Kind Words From Two Friends I Met On My Recent Travel Adventures

A letter of gratitude for a minor deed I performed on my travels...

As an author perhaps one of the best ways to find inspiration for your stories is to travel the world, make new friends and experience exciting travel adventures.  I've met many new friends on my travels and I recently received a photo as a gift from two new friends I met on one of my recent travel adventures, together with a note of thanks for a minor deed I performed.  I therefore thought it would be a nice idea to post their kind words on my blog…

The two tigers soon calmed down once
they realised they had met their match.
"Dear Charles

We just wanted to wish you a big thank you once again for saving the life of our small child the other day.  We don't know what we would have done if you hadn't been there when little Sami wandered into the path of those two stray tigers and we will forever be grateful for the bravery you showed as you sprang into action and taught the two ferocious beasts a lesson they won't forget in a hurry.

We were also grateful that you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to pose for a quick photo with the tigers after you had showed them who was the boss and returned Sami to safety.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets... (Part Three)

Eric clarifies his motivations.
Over the last few months on twitter I’ve been tweeting short quotes from my book How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy, and I previously collected some of these quotes together in a couple of posts called How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets… (Part One) and How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets… (Part Two). 

As it’s been a few weeks since the last post, I thought it was about time I collected the final batch of tweets in a post creatively entitled How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets… (Part Three).

So here they are…

15) "...if she realised you were only snogging her as part of a plan to kill her entire species she’d probably feel a bit huffed.” #HTSTW

16) “I mean, I’m tempted to save the world … not the spanking stuff, obviously … just saving the world.” #HTSTW

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Sneeze Page: Five Of My Favourite Posts

Charles Fudgemuffin Goes Green!

Recycling old rubbish...
I’m a firm believer in recycling, so when I recently read a post on another blog discussing the concept of a ‘sneeze’ page, whereby you basically recycle your most popular old posts to create a fresh new compilation post, I was instantly intrigued.  As well as the green aspect, my lazy side was also attracted by the thought of reusing old material, and so after reading the article I decided to compile my own sneeze page.

So on that note, here are five of my favourite posts to have previously appeared on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog:

This post features a selection of weird hidden features (known as Easter Eggs) found on the internet and it gets more page views via Google than any other post on my blog.  It features some reasonably well-known Easter Eggs such as the YouTube snake and facebook hidden languages, but also showcases some less well-known internet Easter Eggs such as an amusing website reporting on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and there’s also a mention for a little known trick found on wikipedia.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Eric And Jixyl The Alien Discuss Anal Probes

Eric meets Jixyl The Alien … in 3D!

"You're definitely not doing an anal probe on me, like."
A couple of months ago I posted a 3D CGI video trailer for my book How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy which featured two of the main characters from the book, Eric and Jixyl The Alien.

The follow up video once again takes place on Jixyl’s spaceship and this time I've recreated a scene from chapter two of the book.  The scene begins at the moment when Eric finally starts to realise that Jixyl is really an alien and the whole encounter isn’t just an elaborate TV prank.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

True Or False: Six Scary 'Facts' For Halloween

Witches, Vampire Bats and Explosive Flatulence...

Scary 'facts' for Halloween.
One of the weird things about society is that sometimes even apparently intelligent people can be taken in by a total bluff.  This is quite an integral part of the plot in my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books, and so as it’s Halloween in a few days time I thought I would compile a list of six scary ‘facts’ to let people discover how astute they are at spotting a bluff and how sharp they are at recognising the truth.  Just to clarify, some of these ‘facts’ are true but some are entirely made up.

A few of these scary ‘facts’ are connected with vampire bats, witches and other such scary Halloween related themes, whereas other ‘facts’ aren’t really what you would class as ‘horror movie’ type scary, but they’re still quite frightening in their own way.

Anyway, these are the ‘facts’ so have a read and see if you can decide which are true and which are made up, then check the answers at the end of the list to see how well you did.

Friday, 19 October 2012

More Signs From Around The World

Or to provide a more accurate description…  ‘More Signs, Menus, T-shirts And Ice Creams From Around The World.'

Following on from my previous post entitled ‘Signs From Around The World,’ I’ve now collected together some more photos of signs from around the world.  After much thought I decided to call this post ‘More Signs From Around The World.’

1) Childish translations

Let’s start things off with a very childish photo of a sign in Mallorca Airport.

Childish sign at Mallorca Airport.
I think it was a restaurant, but after reading the sign I suddenly wasn’t very hungry.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Daft Office Pranks (Part 1)

Childish tomfoolery around the office.

A prank involving the 'Auto Correct' feature found in Word.
I'm a big fan of funny pranks and tricks, and in fact my book 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' features one pretty big trick by the aliens in particular.  On that occasion the trick takes place on a galactic scale, but this next prank I'm going to describe takes place on a much smaller scale.

It's an office based prank, and it's a fairly straight forward prank which anyone with a basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word will be able to play.

Anyway, one day a girl in the office had to leave her desk for a few moments, so I took quick advantage of her absence to set up the prank.  For the purposes of the example I’ll call her Lisa, but that wasn’t her real name (her real name was Lesley).  Anyway, while 'Lisa' was away I quickly went into Word on her PC and opened up the ‘Auto Correct’ feature (found in the ‘Tools’ tab).

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Author Quiz ... A New Blog From Charles Fudgemuffin

Author Quiz featuring personalised interviews from indie authors.

Author Quiz: Personalised interviews from indie authors.
Over the last few months as I’ve explored the various websites and blogs on the web dedicated to helping authors promote their work, one thing I’ve felt would be a useful addition to the selection of promotional websites out there, but which I couldn’t seem to find, was a blog dedicated to providing interviews which authors can themselves personalise.  After all, the person who knows an author's work best is generally the author themselves, so if you’re doing an interview then I think it makes sense to allow authors as much flexibility as possible on how best to introduce readers to their writing.

Anyway, spotting this gap in the blogosphere I decided to take things into my own hands and therefore recently launched a new blog called Author Quiz where I feature interviews which authors can personalise.  And thankfully so far it seems to have met with a positive response as several authors have submitted personalised interviews which I’ve featured on the blog.  Interviews published so far have included authors from various genres including humour, paranormal, adventure, science fiction, mystery and romance, and I hope to feature authors from as varied a range of genres as possible.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Santa Claus, Camper Vans And Swedish Girls

An analysis of some unusual Google searches...

When most people think of Google they probably think first and foremost of the Google search engine, then maybe after that they perhaps think of things like Google Earth and Gmail.

Searching for Santa on Google.
However, another cool gizmo which Google have is the Google Keywords Tool which is a fun way to pass the time if you ever have a spare half hour or so (especially if you’re easily amused like me).  It’s actually designed to help potential Google advertisers find useful key phrases to advertise on, but I use it to discover and explore some of the weird phrases that people actually search for on Google.

For example, did you know that every month 91 people actually search for:

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Book Reviews (Part 2)

A few reviews of books I've recently been reading...

Here are a few more book reviews...

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was a book which had never really appealed to me, but I eventually picked it up as the third book in a multi-book discount deal.  I’m extremely glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be searching out the follow-up books in the series.  The book tells the story of Precious Ramotswe and her investigative adventures after she uses her inheritance to set up the first and only female detective agency in Botswana.  Some of the chapters could almost be read individually as self-contained short stories, but there are also a few ongoing story-lines and themes running throughout the book.  Its style will appeal to a wide audience and several moments in the book will bring a smile to your face.  Overall, the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming book which I would enthusiastically recommend.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Found On British Coins

A quick follow-up to my previous post on hidden features.

A tricky and complicated jigsaw puzzle found on the back of British coins.
As a quick follow up to last week's 10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs post, I thought I would also mention a hidden jigsaw puzzle from the Royal Mint found on the back of British coins.  Anyone who uses cash a lot might already be familiar with this, but those who prefer to pay by card may not be aware of it yet.

The pieces of the puzzle can be found on the back of recent editions of British coins from 1p up to 50p, i.e. 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p, and when put together the coins display the image of a shield.  If you’re struggling to complete the jigsaw puzzle then you can also find the solution on the back of recent editions of the British pound coin, i.e. it shows how the shield should look when the correct coins are in place.  Although to be fair, you shouldn’t really need the solution to complete the puzzle as it only involves six pieces!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs... The Sequel!

Another list of weird hidden features (or 'Easter eggs' as they’re known) from around the web.

Another batch of internet Easter Eggs.
One of my personal favourite posts on this blog was my '10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs' post which lists hidden features and tricks found on the internet such as the YouTube snake, the Nyanit cat and even an update on the end of the world.  There are a lot more than ten cool hidden Easter eggs to be found on the internet though, so I thought it was about time I listed another ten cool internet Easter Eggs in a post creatively entitled '10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs… The Sequel!'

1) ASCII Star Wars

Any Star Wars fans should definitely check out this first Easter egg.  If you open up DOS (click on the Windows ‘Start’ button, then Run, then type ‘cmd’) then type:


…you get to watch the entire Star Wars movie illustrated with ASCII text symbols!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Charles Fudgemuffin Published In eFiction Mag

eFiction Mag: currently ranked number 2 in the
 Arts & Entertainment Magazines category
in the Amazon Kindle Magazines charts.
A few months ago I submitted a sample of How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy to eFiction Mag for consideration for inclusion in their August edition dedicated to comedy writing.  The submission guidelines encouraged authors to submit their work on the basis that even if your writing wasn’t accepted for inclusion you would at least get some constructive feedback.

eFiction Mag currently has around 5,000 monthly readers and at the time of writing is ranked at number 7 in the Magazines & Journals chart, so I figured I had nothing to lose and if I did get accepted it would be a good chance to get my work seen by a bigger audience.

This was all a few months ago and after sending off the sample chapters I then pretty much forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago when I noticed a comment posted on pinterest under a pin of my book cover which read:

"Isn't this in the e-fiction mag that just came out? I thought I saw it..."

Saturday, 1 September 2012

10 Cool Swedish Words And Expressions

Fart bumps, poison marriage and eating barbed wire...

Caution: Posionous marriage!
Any Swedish speakers who have read ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' (of which I’m sure there are many!) will have noticed that on a few occasions the book takes inspiration from the Swedish language.  So continuing with the Swedish theme I thought it would be fun to write a post on ten of my favourite words and expressions from the Swedish language, starting with a word seemingly invented by an apparent love cynic…

1) Poisonous marriage

In Swedish, the word for married is 'gift' and this is also the word for poison.  Whoever invented Swedish can’t have had the most optimistic outlook on marriage.

2) Black sickness

‘Svartsjuk’ is the Swedish word for jealous and this literally translates as ‘black sickness’ which is an interesting way to describe jealousy.

3) Teeth meat

In Sweden your gums are known as ‘teeth-meat’ so if you ever see a Swedish toothpaste advert referring to ‘teeth-meat’ now you know why.  The actual Swedish word is ‘tandkött’ (‘tand’ meaning teeth and ‘kött’ meaning meat) which sounds a bit weird the first time you hear it but once you think about it, teeth-meat makes perfect sense.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Fire Skipping Rope ... On Crutches!

Partying Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

Attempting the fire skipping rope ... on crutches!
As mentioned in my earlier post entitled The Fire Skipping Rope, one of the attractions of The Hang Out Club (a popular alien club featured in my book ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’) is that at various points throughout the night the bar staff set a skipping rope on fire and then drunken backpackers foolishly risk life and limb by attempting to skip through the flames.

The inspiration for this idea came from Ko Pha Ngan in Southern Thailand where the fire skipping rope is a popular real-life feature of a night spent partying down at the clubs on the beach.  To help people get an idea of what it’s all about I uploaded a few fire skipping videos in the aforementioned post entitled The Fire Skipping Rope.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets... (Part Two)

A few brief snippets from the first 'How To Save The World' book...

From time to time on twitter I’ve been tweeting short quotes from my book 'How To Save TheWorld: An Alien Comedy', and a few weeks ago I collected the first batch of these quotes together in a post on this blog called How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets…(Part One).

As I’m now over two thirds of the way through tweeting these quotes on twitter, I therefore thought it would be a good time to collect together the next batch of seven tweets in the series.

So here they are…

8) Sadly the Femlings hadn’t been as foolish as the Empire and there was no two metre exhaust shaft handily located on their planet.  #HTSTW

9) “Aye. Ar … I mean, like, nar!  No way!  I don’t mean ‘aye’ as in go ahead, mess with my bum.  I mean ‘aye’ as in that’s what aliens do.”  #HTSTW

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Funny Football Quotes

"Matches don’t come any bigger than FA Cup quarter finals.”

A new season of Premiership football is on its way.
Any sports fans sick of all the good sportsmanship on display during the Olympic Games will be pleased to know that the Premier League starts again this weekend, so to celebrate I’ve collected together a list of amusing football themed quotes by managers, commentators and players over the years.

To make things a bit more interesting though, I’ve slipped in a made-up quote.  All except one of the following quotes are real so it’s tricky, but see if you can guess which is the made-up quote…

1) “You can’t play with a one armed goalkeeper - not at this level.”
…Kevin Keegan

2) “If Glenn Hoddle had been any other nationality, he would have had 70 or 80 caps for England.”
…John Barnes

3) “We didn’t underestimate them.  They were just a lot better than we thought.”
…Sir Bobby Robson

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

More Olympic Quotes

Katherine Copeland achieves her lifetime ambition of being on a stamp!
Ar ... and she also won an Olympic gold medal as well.

I think all sports fans can agree that we’ve just witnessed a brilliantly exciting and amazingly entertaining Olympics, with perhaps the only disappointment being marathon gold medal winner, Stephen Kiprotich, letting his fans down by refusing to do a lap of honour.  That one small blemish aside though, it’s been a memorable and exciting Olympics, so to celebrate here are a few of my favourite quotes from the games, together with a few Olympic themed quotes from years gone by…

1) “We’ve just won the Olympics!  We’re going to be on a stamp!”
…the first thing Katherine Copeland said after winning her gold medal in the women's lightweight double sculls.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

How To Save The World ... in 3D!

Eric and Jixyl the alien introduce themselves in
the 3D video promo for How To Save The World.
A few weeks ago I posted a promo slideshow video for my book ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ on YouTube and also featured a post about it on my blog.  The video was fairly low budget and was basically just a collection of review quotes to celebrate the launch of How To Save The World on and, but I was happy with it and the music seemed to fit really well.  Like I say, it was fairly basic but it did the job.

However, thanks to the benefit of my newly acquired video creating skills I’ve now taken things one step further.  For the next Charles Fudgemuffin video I’ve taken things to the next level by rendering things in 3D using characters from my book!  Well, not me personally – computers did the rendering obviously – but anyway, my next video has been created in 3D CGI and better still it features the very best of local voice acting talent!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

What Is 'A Lush Snaky Trick'?

...a very good sneaky bamboozlement!

A Lush Snaky Trick, the original title of
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy.

Most people won’t be aware of this, but the original title of ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ was penciled in as ‘A Lush Snaky Trick.’  In fact it was more than just penciled in.  It was pretty much inked in at one stage.  It was quite a major decision when I decided to change the title to How To Save The World, but ultimately I realised that a book title should give its readers a clear hint about the story, and due to its use of local dialogue the original title of ‘A Lush Snaky Trick’ didn’t really succeed in that aim.

However, despite the change of title, the theme of playing ‘lush snaky tricks’ is one which runs through the book, so I’ve therefore decided to write a brief explanation of what exactly a lush snaky trick is.  To put it simply, a lush snaky trick is basically just a Geordie term to describe a comedy gag which involves good-natured trickery and deception.  A friend of mine on facebook described it once as ‘a very good sneaky bamboozlement’ and that’s a good way to describe it because in its most basic form that’s what it is.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A List Of Olympic Quotes...

To celebrate the Olympic Games I've collected together a list of Olympic themed quotes by various commentators, competitors and others over the years.
The true meaning of the Olympics?

Please note, in accordance with official Olympic legislation, visitors to this website must not wear Nike garments or consume Pepsi drink products while reading the following quotes.  Only officially endorsed products from official Olympic sponsors are allowed to be worn or drank while reading this list of quotes.  Thank you for your co-operation.

1) “The 2012 Olympics is going to cost £8 billion which is a lot of money.  It’ll probably bankrupt London.  But you can't put a price on two bronze medals in cycling.”
…Jimmy Carr.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs

A list of weird tricks (or 'Easter eggs' as they’re known) from around the web.

Read on to discover 10 cool Easter Eggs from around the web.
I got a bit of a surprise the other day when I typed my blog address and instead of arriving at this blog, it brought up some weird website about Armageddon and the end of the world and stuff.

It turned out that I had transposed the ‘s’ and ‘p’ of blogspot and for some weird reason that takes you to a website all about Armageddon.  When you consider that my blog often mentions my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books, it makes it a bit of weird freaky coincidence that a misspelling takes you to a website about the end of the world.

Anyway, it got me thinking about other weird stuff on the internet and so I decided to write a post on weird little tricks (or Easter Eggs as they’re known) that you can find on the internet.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Giving Excellent Stuff The Credit It Deserves

Some People Are Hard To Please

Singing From The Grave
by Anna Von Hausswolff
While I was browsing amazon one day I came across a very enthusiastic and positive review of an album which I love, ‘Singing From The Grave’ by Anna Von Hausswolff.  The full review can be found here but it includes such quotes as:

‘I’m so passionate about this artist I’m having trouble describing all the aspects that make this one of my favourite records of all time.’

‘From the first track to the last ‘Singing From The Grave’ will captivate you, entrance you and take you to bliss.’

‘This album is all I can seem to listen to lately, I’m hooked on Anna Von Hausswolff like a drug.’

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Charles Fudgemuffin Netbook Wallpapers!

Following on from my earlier post featuring Charles Fudgemuffin iPod / iPhone wallpapers, I now also have a couple of netbook wallpapers (1024 x 600 resolution) available for download.

The first wallpaper is simply a memory aid to help readers remember my name.  Charles Fudgemuffin … if you forget the name, just think of a muffin made of fudge.  It also means you get to look at a muffin every time you log onto your netbook, which is always nice.

Mmm ... muffins!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Signs From Around The World

A few photos from my travels.

Like Eric (the main character in my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books), I’m a big fan of travelling and therefore every winter for the last ten years I’ve gone backpacking around the world.  On my travels I’ve encountered a few signs which have caught my attention and so I thought I would post photos of a few of them on my blog.

1) An Undercover Operation

The first photo is a photo I took while in Krakow a few years ago and it was taken outside the Secret Service Headquarters, handily signposted to ensure people can easily find it.

The Secret Service Headquarters in Krakow, a very undercover operation.

I have to say, maybe I’m missing something but it didn’t really appear to be that secret.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

How To Save The World: A Video Promo

As the author of ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy,’ I’m always on the lookout for effective ways to promote my book, and one very effective way to promote a book is to commission a big budget thirty second promo ad and then pay to get it shown at regular intervals on prime time TV every night for several weeks.

However, while this was a tempting proposition, I couldn’t be entirely sure that the extra revenue from increased sales would cover the advertising costs and therefore as I couldn’t be absolutely certain of a return on my investment I ultimately decided to pass on this option.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

How To Save The World In Twenty Tweets... (Part One)

How To Save The World ... not for prudes.
Although 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' checks in at 392 pages long, a couple of my early readers still managed to read the entire book in under two days.  And as one of those readers was supposed to be hard at work setting up her website for her jewellery business at the time, I took that as quite as a compliment that my book engrossed her so much that she was unable to tear herself away from it to get on with her important work.

However, to read How To Save The World in two days you have to pretty much put the rest of your life on hold and not everyone can afford to spare two days out of their life to read a book, so as a faster bite-sized alternative I’ve recently collected together a series of twenty short quotes from the book which I’ve been sporadically tweeting on twitter.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Fire Skipping Rope

The Fire Skipping Rope: Excellent Drunken Late Night Entertainment or Dangerous And Irresponsible?

As anyone who’s read ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ will know, one of the attractions of The Hang Out Club (a popular club located on the alien planet Fem featured in the book) is that at various points throughout the night the bar staff set a skipping rope on fire and then drunken backpackers foolishly risk life and limb by attempting to skip through the flames.

Anyone who’s ever been to the party island of Ko Pha Ngan in Southern Thailand will immediately recognize where the inspiration for this idea came from, but for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t, I’ve uploaded a few videos and photos of the fire skipping rope so that everyone can get an idea of what it’s all about.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Koh Pha Ngan: The Real Life Inspiration Behind Ko Pagna

Ko Pagna: A beautiful party-orientated island on the distant planet Fem.

As any 'How To Save The World' readers who have ever been to Ko Pha Ngan will have no doubt already realised, the inspiration for Ko Pagna, the beautiful party-orientated island destination featured in ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ by Charles Fudgemuffin, came from the real life popular backpacker destination of Koh Pha Ngan in Southern Thailand, or more specifically the village of Haad Rin, home of the world famous Full Moon Parties.

If you’re one of those lucky enough to have visited Haad Rin then you’ll already have a pretty accurate idea of how I imagine Ko Pagna to look like, but for the benefit of those who haven’t I’ve decided to upload some photos of Haad Rin so that readers can get an idea of how some of the Ko Pagna locations featured in ‘How To Save The World’ look like when I picture them in my head.

I’ll start off with Haad Rin Sunrise Beach:

Haad Rin Sunrise Beach, the real life inspiration for Ko Pagna Sunrise Beach
featured in How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

My First Review On!

I’ve just had the first review for my book on and I’m happy to say that I was really pleased with it.  The review is from Todd A. Fonseca who runs the ‘Review My Book On Amazon’ website.  He covers books from all genres so it’s worth checking out his site if you’ve got a Kindle or if you’ve got the Kindle For PC app.

Anyway, you can find the full review on here:

Or on Todd’s website here:

…but if I was to pick out my favourite quote from the review it would be:

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pinterest - The Social Network For Photos And Images

Like, Pin And Repin

A cute pug as featured on my Pinterest board dedicated to pugs.
For the benefit of anyone who hasn't discovered Pinterest yet, I thought I would write a short post briefly covering what it's all about.

Basically, Pinterest is an online photo pinboard which allows you to 'pin' interesting images you come across as you surf the net onto themed boards.  Other users can then follow your boards and the images you pin will show up in their photo stream.

For example my boards include Books By Indie Authors, Pugs (example photo shown), Cartoons, Funny, Wisdom, NUFC, Star Wars, iPhone / iPod Wallpapers and Books I Have Recently Read. Other Pinterest users could therefore decide to follow all my boards or just the boards that appeal to them.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Charles Fudgemuffin iPhone / iPod Wallpapers!

Everyday I must get literally thousands* of e-mails from fans all asking the same question,Charles, when are you going to produce some iPhone / iPod wallpapers themed on your brilliant new alien comedy novel, 'How To Save The World'?

Well folks, I’m happy to announce that the wait is finally over!  I can now reveal that the day has finally arrived!  Ladies and gentlemen, I now present for your iPhone / iPod wallpapering pleasure, two Charles Fudgemuffin themed iPhone / iPod wallpapers!

The first wallpaper features a tweet from the ‘How To Save The World in 20 tweets’ series of tweets soon to be featured on my Charles Fudgemuffin twitter account (@CFudgemuffin for anyone who wants to follow):

iPhone4 / iPod4 Version (640x960)

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Book Reviews (Part 1)

A few reviews of various books...

A few years ago pretty much the only books I used to read were comedy novels, but nowadays I've expanded my book-reading tastes slightly.  Anyway, here are a few brief opinions on the books I’ve recently been reading:

John Grisham is one of my favourite authors and while I perhaps wouldn’t have The Client right at the top of my John Grisham recommended list, it still had me hooked.  I like the way he will occasionally make valid critical observations of the American justice system through his stories and I especially like the way that he doesn’t compromise his stories to do this.  In fact in some cases the flaws in the American justice system are what allow him to make his plots so compelling, and this is particularly true with The Client.  Overall, if you’re a fan of John Grisham or legal based thrillers, then this is well worth a read.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Don’t Just Take My Word For It...

Here’s what other people have said about How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy.

How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy
by Charles Fudgemuffin
The following quotes are taken from miscellaneous reviews which have appeared on various sites such as Lulu, You Write On, Amazon, and also from e-mail, facebook and twitter discussions:

“One of the most amusing books I have ever read…”
“Don’t usually go for alien or space stuff but highly recommend it.”
…Pixie Mae

“…dialogue is rich and enjoyable…”
“…highly readable…”
“…the story is very enjoyable with touches of real class, as Eric might say.”
…Cameron Deco

“I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book.”
“Each chapter I read I was wanting to read the next to see what happens.”
“I could even see this book being made into a film and having a cult following akin to the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.”
“Very funny book.”

Friday, 18 May 2012

A Few Quotes...

To celebrate the launch ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ on and, I’ve collected together a few quotes…

"The funniest book of the year and possibly all time."

"Brilliantly witty"
…The Times

"…as a sustained piece of comic writing, it’s outstanding."
…Time Out

"This should be nominated for the Booker prize."
…David Baddiel

Thursday, 17 May 2012

How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy saga, 'How To Save The World'.  This is the blurb for the first book in the series, 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy'...

How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy
by Charles Fudgemuffin 

‘Aliens from the planet Fem have decided that as compassionate citizens of the galaxy they have a duty to alleviate suffering and affliction from the rest of the galaxy.

In the majority of cases this will involve sharing their unprecedented prosperity and quality of life with those planets less fortunate than themselves. Of course, in a minority of extreme cases this will also involve eliminating life from those planets in the galaxy where the level of suffering is simply too great to alleviate.

Unfortunately for Earth, the Femlings have deemed us one such planet...’

If you’d like to discover more then you can purchase 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' from Amazon for Kindle, or you can also download a sneak preview of the first few chapters:
How To Save The World:An Alien Comedy by Charles Fudgemuffin

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Download The Paperback

The paperback version.  Not available for download
due to restrictions on current technology.

Information for gullible people who are trying to download the paperback version of 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy'.

Please note, you can't download paperback books.

Unfortunately, at the current time, the technology doesn't exist to allow such actions to be performed.

I'm afraid you've been the victim of a childish hoax.

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At the time of writing, only the ebook version is available for download, and you can currently download it for free.  Click the ad below to go to the download page:

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.