Sunday, 28 July 2013

Scary Kids' Stories

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the movie Cloud Atlas.

Cloud Atlas
I recently watched the movie Cloud Atlas and although it was an enjoyable movie which I would recommend seeing, one of the questions I had about the movie was the closing scene.  As anyone who’s seen Cloud Atlas will know, the movie tells six different stories and edits them together in small segments as if you were channel-hoping between all six stories.

Anyway, at the end of the movie the final scene shows Tom Hanks' character from the post-apocalyptic storyline sitting round the campfire apparently telling his grand-kids the stories we have just watched.  The kids obviously enjoy his tales as they excitedly plead with him, "Tell us more, grandappy!  Tell us more!"

At first I thought to myself, ‘Ar, that’s nice,’ but then later on the thought occurred to me, ‘Hang on a second!  I’m not sure that’s a realistic response for a kid to have after just being told the stories from Cloud Atlas.’

Just to give an example, the second story involves an aspiring composer who's happy to sleep with just about everyone in order to further his career.  He then gets blackmailed by his boss and so he shoots his boss, then goes into hiding for a couple of weeks and then finally he commits suicide by putting a gun in his mouth and shooting himself through the back of the head.  Is that the sort of story which would have kids responding, ‘Wow!  What a great story!  Tell us more!’?

Sunday, 21 July 2013

How To Save The World: Part 3A - Hopes And Dreams

The 'How To Save The World' saga continues...

Charles Fudgemuffin in association with Montgomery-Smythe Publishing Associates is proud to announce the release of the fourth book in the How To Save The World trilogy…

Here's a brief plot summary:

How To Save The World: Part 3A - Hopes And Dreams

How To Save The World:
Part 3A - Hopes And Dreams
      After returning from his adventures on the planet Fem, Eric soon finds himself a job working for a respected insurance company and life finally appears to be returning to normal once again.
      Until, that is, Eric discovers that members of the motor insurance division (north east team) have been using form Stat7D to process their stationery order requests, despite the employee handbook making it abundantly clear that form Stat7D has now been discontinued and all future stationery requests should be made on form 46C.
      When Eric investigates matters further he is met with the rather flimsy claims that ‘we’d just ran out of the 46C forms so we thought it would be okay to use the old forms.’  To add to the intrigue, for whatever reason, the admin section seem keen to repeatedly turn a blind eye to this flagrant breach of the rules pertaining to stationery order requests.
      Is it simply a case of a shortage of the new forms as claimed?  Or is that just a hastily cobbled together cover story for something more sinister?  Will Eric ever get to the bottom of this suspicious administrative conundrum or will his detective powers allude him on this occasion?

      Find out the answers to this intriguing mystery inside this the first book in the third and final part of the ‘How To Save The World’ trilogy…

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Even More Signs From Around The World

Crocodiles, unnecessary epithets and Draconian punishments

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

1) God loves everyone.  Even solicitors!

The first photo is a religiously themed photo which demonstrates that apparently God’s love knows no limits.

God loves everybody.  Even solicitors, apparently.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Languages Around The World (Part 1 - Korean)

Strange vowels, hand necks and the 'f' rule

As a fan of the Swedish language, I've previously featured a few posts collecting some of my favourite Swedish words and expressions.  However, I've come across lots of other cool languages and cool linguistic expressions on my travels, so I thought I would take this opportunity to expand beyond the theme of Swedish and cover a few other languages in a series of occasional posts creatively entitled 'Languages Around The World'.

First up are a few quirks from the Korean language...

"I'll have a vowel please, Carol."

1) Vowels and consonants

Something I found weird when I first visited Korea was that in the Korean language, 'w' and 'y' are classed as vowels.  I'd come across 'y' being classed as a vowel when I went to Norway, but it seemed a bit weird for 'w' to be classed as a vowel.  To me with my English background, 'w' should blatantly be classed as a consonant.

However, when you analyse it it's not as daft as it seems...

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.