Les Fils de Shamgar

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sam and Frodo

Bless those cats...

Monday, August 29, 2005

New Car

Bless those Koreans...

Unpainted on the morning of his departure to the USA, with wife and sprogs. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The latest granddaughter from Jo and Nigel. Megan Rose - born last Wednesday. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Back: with fresh ideas to share.

I shall update this post sometime on sunday. I have been doing some work on the cartoon ideas thing I emailed you boys about. Happy returns from the trips you have been doing! Actually I might just email you all privately.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

En Vacances

Thought I'd let you know I'm not giving you all the silent treatment, Mrs Frog and I are just off on holiday. Actually, meeting up with the bearded lecturer of a previous post and engaging in some serious Bible teaching and Idol Smashing with youths.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Pilgrims Progress

Boys, in the spirit that this blog was intended I've decided to share with you an idea/dream I have. For a little while I've been thinking about making a short film. I don't know if it has ever been done before but I think Bunyan's classic would be a great story to re-tell. A friend here thinks it is far too "big-scale" to attempt (e.g. sort of a Lord of the Rings epic) but I disagree. From what I remember, the story focuses more on the dialogue between striking characters rather than on great set-pieces needing millions spent on special effects. I know this is going to be a big project (so maybe running before I can walk) but who said we can't dream!? I have three questions for you boys and don't worry I wont be offended by any answers - just be honest. 1) Do you think this is a good or bad idea? 2) Do you think a straight re-telling is best or either a modernised or 'inspired-by' version would be better? 3) Are any of you interested in having some input (e.g. screen-play, story-boarding, staring role, general thoughts/ideas).

Friday, August 19, 2005


Coming from a teaching perspective, this link found in Guardian online this week, was really interesting.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Harry Potter

I think that unless another big idea occurs in the next few days I shall be doing the next EN cartoon on Harry Potter. It is about time to comment I think. I have been reading the latest book this week. Here are my thoughts: - 2 extremes - book burning christians vs 'culture vultures' - it definitely popularises occult practice by shiny attractive packaging - the idea of convenient magic, or 'shortcuts' is probably the most offensive idea...? Anyone want to contribute towards this? I thought of a few good title ideas (not meaning to skew it too much at this stage) - the Half Truth Principle, He Who Shall Not Be Blamed and so on. Again - any reflections are useful and stimulating.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Use the Force Snowy

This is my contribution to the "who has got the hardest cat?" theme running through the blog. Snowy has the courage to face even a Sith Lord.

Crying Baby

September 17th is fast approaching and Mrs King and I have been reading a couple of books about dealing with a newborn. The one I’ve been reading basically says if a baby cries go to it straight away, give it all the attention/food etc. it wants because it isn’t mature enough to be selfish/naughty. The assumption throughout the book seems to be that humans are born essentially innocent and pure and therefore a baby will only cry as a sign of genuine hunger/pain/panic. Something that has annoyed me throughout the book is that the author presents all other views/approaches in such an extreme caricature (a straw man) that its easy to knock them down – this doesn’t make her argument persuasive! I’m thinking that our view of humanity will significantly effect the way we deal with a crying baby i.e. if we see both the falleness and the dignity/value then there should be a balance to our handling of this situation. What do you guys think about this? I know it's a controversial issue in todays society so I want to hear the collective views/wisdom of my fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Laughing Assassin

She may be small but she laughs in the face of every adversary. Just look at those delicate fangs.....don't be fooled by the cuteness, she is a cold blooded killer. Contract rates are negotiable.

Monday, August 15, 2005

The answer to the assassin problem?

This is kind of interesting, but perhaps they don't purr when they are aiming to draw blood?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A Plagiarizers Life

I haven't seen Crash yet (looks a bit weird) but last night we watched A Bugs Life for the first time in ages. Within minutes I noticed something that I hadn't twigged before....the story is basically a copy of The Magnificent Seven which is itself a copy of The Seven Samurai! Maybe I'm a sad git for noticing but why aren't these things acknowledged by the makers? (maybe it was and I just missed it).


Just saw it with a mate. Can't quite make it out but a few comments to share:

  • similar feel to Magnolia/Short Cuts but perhaps less didactic
  • liked the strong sense of angelic 'help' throughout
  • uncertain about what it all adds up to
  • felt that maybe it was trying to pull a fast one on the audience... you prejudge people in the storylines and then get expectations reversed...?
  • several very difficult scenes to cope with that don't always leave you feeling bankrupt emotionally
  • definitely worth watching
  • the oriental community gets a bad deal
Anyone else see it?

Friday, August 12, 2005

She's a killer Queen

Another mouse bites the dust. Cat biscuits and synthetic meats are not enough for little Muji.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Nest.

This is for my Mum's birthday at the end of the week. I spent a long day drafting in pencil, a day inking in and scanning and a day colouring (today). Click to enlarge. It was drawn in A2 and will end up in A3 colour.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


It starts tonight and lasts approx 22 episodes, each costing around $2million to make. It has big fans critically and yet I feel strangely tired at the thought of it. Any early thoughts from those of you who still watch TV, and - wait for it - have freeview?

Monday, August 08, 2005

Mark 2v18-22

I am speaking on this on sunday and have 5 questions: any views/reflections? 1. What is fasting all about - both in terms of extra-biblical tradition at the time and scripture based? 2. What does the 'bridegroom-is-here' idea mean? I realise that it probably signifies something to do with the chosen one/messiah, but what were the nuts and bolts of this arriving for a literal bridegroom at the time? 3. Unshrunk cloth on a garment? Is this linked to the bridegroom in any way? What resonance would it have had? 4. Similar with the wineskins - obviously there are bigger symbolic links at play, but in the everyday, is this something people would have experienced? 5. Then/now applications: is this a passage about Christ fulfilling the OT only? Is it about repentance (eg a Buddhist shouldn't do syncretism, they should repent and consciously ditch the old ways for the new)? Any thoughts on any of the points will be helpful.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Colour Perception

These are pretty amasing. Someone in the office showed me the site last week and being engineers we all thought we could work out what trickery they had done! Our conclusion was that it's not a trick - just one of those amasing/weird aspects of the way we see. I don't know how to do the clever hyper link thing so I'll just paste the link here.... http://www.echalk.co.uk/amusements/OpticalIllusions/ colourPerception/colourPerception.html

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Is this more or less rude?

Cos I find it less embarrassing in a weird way.

You asked for it

This is a 62 year old photo - and I don't want any rudeness from blokes like you !! Toon was a baby once

No need to comment, just enjoy

Brighton Buddhist Centre

I did an interview with a member of the order there this week on minidisc/CD. Really interesting to get a better grip on the Buddhist worldview. Also good not to keep saying 'I can't believe it's not Buddha'.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Latest adventure.

Time for action!

David 'Elsewhere'

This is the chap who did the updated Gene Kelly robotics-movements for the recent VW Golf advert. Here is an earlier clip from some show where he basically does AMAZING dancing. He's the third one on, so don't be too disappointed too early.