Les Fils de Shamgar

Swinging the Ox Goad in Birmingham, Southgate, Chessington, Sevenoaks, Boston and Brighton.

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Have you done any thinking about ASBOs? Do you have any personal connections? How does the current situation touch base with gospel thinking? Funny: our school had a recent really cool write up in the local press - the irony was that on the previous page there were several ASBO announcements involving some of our own! I have a few questions in my mind over the whole Hoodie/ASBO discussion and how it relates to the Christian worldview. Contributions are most welcome, however brief. (The other funny thought is that Anakin was a Hoodie crew member, but turned to the dark side because the local shopping centre started to ban his kind.)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Star Wars Rap

While we're on a run of star wars sites, if you haven't seen this before then I think you'll like it. I saw it about a year ago and have never forgotten those lyrics. Be warned though - it will stay in your head for hours!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Store Wars

A little light diversion for those passionate about organics.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

You have to look at these!

And then we shall talk about how bad the film was. Most of this is really funny. Just keep clicking 'next'. The chewbacca on is probably my fave. Actually, no, the Al Jolson/C3PO is hilarious.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Muji doesn't like the taste of Toads

Be patient and keep reading....."There are two species of toad found in Britain, and both these are native. By far the most numerous is the common toad (Bufo bufo). A toad's movements are much slower than a frog's, and it crawls along, sometimes jumping a little, but does not leap as a frog does. Predators, such as cats, weasels and foxes, usually leave toads alone because they have special poison glands on their back. These glands secrete a nasty-tasting, smelly poison. When threatened, the toads adopt a head-down posture, thrusting the poison glands towards the attacker and excreting the white fluid through the skin. The poison tastes bad and causes intense burning if it comes in contact with the eyes or mouth of any predators attempting to eat them." One little cat found out about the stinky burny poison stuff yesterday....she had a foaming/watery eye (and a wounded look about her) for about 15 minutes but was back to her normal self soon enough. Perhaps she'll think twice before trying to eat a stinking toad again! Mrs King (who stumbled on this whole incident) disposed of the terrified toad ethically (she threw it next door as they have a pond) while I crept/ran around the garden speaking softly to Muji to try and catch her to see how bad she was. Thankfully she came to her master eventually to receive the healing balm of masters dulcet tones and gentle embrace.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Old King should use 'codenames'.

Or other members will delete their posts. This should be a discreet thing with thinly veiled identities. Tut tut.

Update: cartoon

For Ethical Consumer - report on cars. I really struggled with this one... I initially submitted about 6 ideas based on a quick reading of the text and then they picked one which I hadn't really anticipated using. I was sweating mightily until sussing out a reasonable solution earlier today. Not laugh-out loud but still it's okay. I guess. Ethconsrecyclablecars

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Second Offering

Discounting a fly and two bees, this is offering number two from Muji and Maisie. I think Muji was the assassin as she was the one playing catch with it until I eventually took it and buried it in the back garden.

George Pukass

What can I say? I tore out of Worthing at 3.10 on the dot and made it in time for the showing. What should I say? WIll it spoil it if I say what Episode 3 is like boys? Do you want to know?

No-one likes us we don't care

Galloway reminds me of Bob Crow from the RMT union. In both cases I'm not sure what to make of them - are they just straight talking no-nonsense blokes trying to cut through all the spin or are they thugs in suits who would as soon send the boys round to bust your knee caps as shake your hand? It's always refreshing to hear their candour on the media but I'm not convinced they are any more honest than the next politician. Workers friend or political trouble-maker?

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Playstation 3 trailer

This is very exciting to watch if you have broadband and Quicktime.


Dear Film Buffs, I saw this and thought of you. Useless Beauty Ecclesiastes Through the Lens of Contemporary Film Robert K. Johnston 1. A Battered Optimism 2. The Existentialist Alternative: Akira Kurosawa and Woody Allen 3. Death and Life - American Beauty 4. The Saddest Happy Ending - Magnolia 5. Chance and Fate - Run, Lola, Run 6. An Ambiguous Joy - Monster's Ball 7. Can God Be In This? - Signs 8. Confessions of a Workaholic - Election & About Schmidt 9. Humanity at Full Stretch - Let the Preacher Respond

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Galloway taking on the big boys.

Whatever you might think about the issues, there was something tremendously refreshing about a person speaking so directly to establishment figures. It sort of got me thinking about Whitfield and Co.

Monday, May 16, 2005

A great debate and remarkable belly-fire

I have really, really enjoyed reading the comments sparked by Bane. Mrs Tata was concerned about 'sour puss' syndrome on my part, and she is right to an extent, but the useful thing is that we are talking. I really appreciate Bane's humble comments on preaching. I love the heart of King and Toon is hoary.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Men's Weblog

Please see my comments linked to Banes last. I am probably being too controversial but...

Arch at the Albert. In a chinese restaurant after the convention we were talking about how Trevor handled a tense moment. My boss was particularly impressed with what it showed of Trevor's wisdom and experience. Posted by Hello

Red Face

This one's for Tataboule

Very funny - now how do you get this thing off?

I stumbled over a book of photographs by Steve McCurry a few months ago. I really like the beautiful use of colour and some of the portraits are incredibly striking. Check out his work .

Friday, May 13, 2005


One star isn't good for George. "Lucas has taken three pointlessly long and artificially complicated movies to get to the point: precisely how did Luke Skywalker's father come to embrace the forces of darkness?" Precisely why a one hour version of the whole lot will be a good idea.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Kintana is growing each day

Funny or scary? You are the judges. Just remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Baby King - 21 weeks scan

Went for the scan yesterday afternoon and all seems to be progressing well so far! I'm convinced the male nurse who did the scanning was a cyborg though. He operated the scanner like he was inspecting a suitcase for metal objects - very cerebral and too fast! (I almost told him to slow down but bit my lip). But then again he had a packed waiting room full of women and toddlers with strong Brummie acents waiting to be seen so we'll cut him some slack.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Another 'saddo' post.

Is Episode 3 going to be any good, we ask. This is by far the most popular posting to date. I guess it reflects our true priorities then. Who knows, even Huffheims might say something (for the first time). (Ever).

Saturday, May 07, 2005

What does it mean?

Okay then - I didn't win it, and it wasn't even a great piece of work - actually I was warming up for this months EN piece - but it was briefly flashed on the screen during channel 4 news on election day and it's on their website. Yip. Later Post: here's the final version for print - Eptvstrictlypoliticsfever

Friday, May 06, 2005

Guiness in Betws-y-Coed

I took this last last weekend and can almost taste the Guiness every time I look at it! We took some friends to north wales for a bit of the outdoors before they return to China and Korea. A beautiful weekend with some happy memories - especially of eating Welsh fudge and drinking hot chocolate after trekking up Snowdon. Feet hurt now though!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Tux time!

My very first Tux! School prom next week - I am MCing. (Does that mean I have to rap and do mixing?) Tux

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Hitchhikers, Daleks, Politics

First: Hitch was pretty good with unfortunate empty and slow moments. It doesn't hang together well and the added plot bits aren't great but the good bits are worth the ticket price. I was slightly amazed to be reminded of the worldview that Adams puts forward. I had forgotten how evolutionary (and therefore cold) it all is. The Book stuff is really great, and the voice bits are really great. Second: Dalek has some really good bits in it - the Cyberman helmet in particular. I think a pattern is emerging in this series: better than before effects, lovely 'bits', slower-than-film plotting (maybe it's because I am unused to watching TV dramas) and sporadic cheese that sometimes doesn't really work all that well. I always thought that the Daleks were green worm-type things... the end was a little bit of a let down. Last thing: the next EN cartoon is probably due pre-election results. Any thoughts on this: 'Strictly Politics Fever', and base it on the Question Time special the other night where the three had to 'dance' for the cameras? I think that the main idea is something to do with the way that the process has been transformed by the media spotlight (and in turn, resistance to it). ???