Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Fire Skipping Rope - A Compilation Video

No animals were harmed during the making of this video...

A few scenes from the fire skipping rope compilation video shown below.
In the early days of the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I featured a few videos featuring the fire skipping rope which is a popular/risky nightly event with drunken backpackers on the tropical island of Koh Phangan.

The fire skipping rope is also briefly mentioned in my 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' book, so as it's been over a year since my last fire skipping video, I think that means I'm long overdue for another one.  This time I've compiled several of my favourite fire skipping attempts into one compilation video.

The video demonstrates that the fire skipping rope can be quite dangerous, but also entertaining.  Personally though, I'd rather be the one getting entertained, rather than one of those providing the entertainment by drunkenly getting themselves burnt...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Murray Walker Quotes (Part 1)

A tribute to a formula 1 legend.

"Seb, where would you rank Murray Walker
among formula 1 commentators?"
Today sees the title deciding final Grand Prix of the 2014 formula 1 season, so on the theme of F1 here's a collection of memorable quotes from one of my favourite sports commentators of all time ... the legend, Murray Walker.

1) "There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire."

2) "I can't image what kind of problem Senna has.  I imagine it must be some sort of grip problem."

3) "He's only 19.  That's the same age Eddie Irvine was when he was 19."
...Coincidentally, it's also the same age I was when I was 19.

4) "And Michael Schumacher is actually in a very good position.  He is in last place..."

5) "The lead car is unique, except for the one behind it, which is identical."

Sunday, 16 November 2014

How Not To Write A Helpful Book Review

Three unhelpful but amusing book reviews

A few months ago I offered my opinion on how to write a helpful book review, and as a follow-up I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the flipside of the coin, namely how not to write a helpful book review.  So to illustrate some of the pitfalls to avoid, here are a selection of poorly written book reviews found on Amazon...

1) The Works Of Edgar Allen Poe (Volume 4) by Edgar Allen Poe

"Many tourists visit Egypt every year but I couldn't
tell you what it's like because I've never been. 3/5."
...Travel News Magazine (#NotReally)
First up is a book 'review' which highlights perhaps the most important thing of all to consider when writing a book review.  It's a review of The Works Of Edgar Allen Poe (Volume 4), and the review reads:

"I got this because it was free but I have not got around to read it yet.  3/5"

I had to chuckle at the reply that someone has left:

"Thanks - really informative.  It is always useful to read a book review from someone who has not read it."

So my first tip for anyone writing a book review would perhaps be an obvious one.  When writing a book review, always ensure that you have actually read the book before you review it!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Broof Pirate: A Childish Facebook Prank

The Broof Pirate, happy to help with all your facebook questions...

Most pirates carry a pirate sword like this one pictured,
but the Broof Pirate instead carries a bottle of Broof.
In the past on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I've featured a few daft childish pranks to play on facebook, and once again I thought I would mention an amusingly childish facebook prank.  Most people will probably find this extremely childish, and also a bit surreal, so it'll only appeal to people who are extremely immature and easily amused, like myself for example.

The prank involves a disguised link which I've created, and the link is  The 'InfoPage468' reference makes it appear as if it links to some useful information, but in actual fact the link sneakily redirects to the 'Broof Pirate' website which is a ridiculous website featuring a pirate who makes funny 'broof' noises.

To play the prank, just wait until one of your facebook friends posts a question asking for advice, and then post a reply providing an allegedly 'helpful' link.  However, instead of posting a helpful link, you instead post the disguised link to the Broof Pirate.

Here are a few examples based on questions posed on my own facebook feed...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Free Alien Comedy Ebook!

You can now get the opening 'How To Save The World' book for free, thanks to a Payhip promotion.

The 'How To Save The World' books.
 Available in epub format from Payhip.
A few weeks ago I made my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books available from my Payhip sales page, and I also featured a blog post covering the benefits of Payhip as a sales website for indie authors.

One of those benefits is the option to offer your books at whatever price you choose, and as a promotional introductory offer, I've decided to make the first book in the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' series available for free!

* For UK readers that works out at £0.00, or for US readers it works out at $0.00 (based on today's exchange rate).

The ebook download is available in three formats; mobi (Kindle, Kindle app), azw3 (Kindle Fire) and epub, and you get to choose your preferred format during the download process.  Click the link below to go to the download page:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy - Free Download

To further promote this introductory offer, I thought I would feature a few selected quotes from reviews of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which brought a smile to my face...

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.