Les Fils de Shamgar

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

Friday, September 30, 2005

Elijah is born!

On Wednesday 28th September at 4.48pm Elijah was born after a 12 hour labour. He weighs 8lb 4oz and both he and mummy are doing well even though they are knackered! All through the labour Elijah was happy and content but once he was born he quickly perfected the wounded little soldier cry - obviously mummy had made his life too comfortable inside the womb! Having said that he quite quickly settled down to a good kip - it had been a rather long day for the little chap. Mrs King had to have a few stitches so she is staying in the Birmingham Women's hospital probably until tomorrow just to make sure she is fit to come home. I am extremely proud of her (and impressed that she got through it with just a tens machine and some gas and air!) and delighted with our beautiful son. The doctor came round this morning to check Elijah's hearing and he was fine. When the doctor checked his nappy he said I bet he'll pee on me.......Elijah did a wonderful arc of wee onto the doctor - that's my boy!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Breaking News (and Waters...)

Yeah boys... I got a call at 11pmish last night with very good news. The trouble is, I ain't gonna say what it is. After all - a father ought to be given the choice of saying things himself, don't you think? If you are still uncertain, then just look at who does and doesn't post in the next few days - it may provide info on whether this person is asleep and/or busy in their kingdom. These are the days of Elijah. That boy must be 'jamin with excitement.

Monday, September 26, 2005


Just wanted to share this quote with you guys: "A revival is more like a street fight than a spring morning." (Richard F Lovelace)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Howls Moving Castle.

With the obvious cautions over a Japanese worldview that accepts demons as nice and helpful figures - this film was such entertainment. I recommend it heavily. It keeps bringing weird new things to the fore. Superb sense of a world that has it's own identity. It reminded me (to Precious) of that gravity story and a few other 'projects' that we discussed from time to time.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Greenhouse lives

Yes, today saw the great greenhouse construction, with assistance from Frog the Elder, Mrs Frog and Mother Frog. No injuries sustained apart from a small bruise that looks like the Napster logo on my leg!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Bathroom Bubble

The bathroom is nearly finished! Hooraah!

A storm is coming

Someone recently emailed me this photo of Katrina before it hit New Orleans.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

This is good.

I am putting this on my 'pets' board tomorrow at school. I changed one of the words for 'placed' and 'put' for obvious reasons. Think about it... they're teenagers with twisted minds.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hudson Taylor Graphic Novel

How cool is this ... OMF Hong Kong Have produced a Manga version of James Hudson Taylor's life. It's not available in the UK until next June. Boo.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Pubs and outreach.

We just had our first trial meeting at an upper room of a local pub. Four of us 'did' the meeting and then shared feedback with each other. Really constructive moves. We are hoping to have a student/20-40 targeted meeting within a few weeks as freshers come pouring in and friends accept invites. Oh - the name: 'Christ Church Brighton'. Also I started as a youth leader today with a group of three kids and two other leaders! I compared the fun text of charlie+choc factory with the promise in John 10 at Lazarus' tomb. I then asked them which was better to take to the boy with the tumour: for the first time they became quite engaged and serious and I agreed by concluding: "This book will make you feel good, and this one will make you alive." Please pray for these ventures as and when you remember them. May there be a good connection with those fields that the Lord spoke of...


This is Phoebe, the daughter of some close friends of ours who vistited recently. We went down the park to play on the swings and I thought this captured the moment. I hope you like it.

Old age

This is a photo of our last remaining grandmother - Alice. She is a lively character and is still going strong! The photo was taken by one of my brothers but I like it so much I wanted to share it with you.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Low Res Scamming.

Frog: please take it in a friendly spirit.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Frog is Happy

No doubt the cause of the growing outbreak of greyness on the frog's head, the CD-rom I've been managing has arrived!

It's to promote Short Term (4wks - 1year trips) with OMF to East Asia. If you know of a potential team/individual who might be interested, let me know and I'll pop some in the post.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Blog search...?

Type 'shamgar' into this link. Surprising results.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Lovely navigation.

Actually I didn't look at the rest but the front part is lovely.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

'Latest cover strip' begins.

I have little or no time to bother with detailed careful stuff. This is purely when I get energy and inspiration. It has to be quick in a sketch book and scanned quickly onto a template and then uploaded quickly. Just to add to the blog that 'extra something'. If you ever get an inspiration to channel then share it and I shall try to oblige. Please don't ask me to explain that one.

Next year's Contagious

Last years Contagious (Bible Boot Camp for 14-19 yr olds) publicity looked like this ->
Next year, the subject is "The Cross" - do any of you have any creative thoughts on images? I was pondering using Dali's Cross of St John processed in a similar way to the gasmask. Any non-cross imagery you could suggest? Atonement, wrath, sacrifice ... We have dates, so we're hoping to get the publicity out asap. Thanks.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Does art need to have a message?

Have any of you guys seen this one? We watched it the other night and were quite intrigued by it. I liked the photography and atmosphere but felt the story didn't really go anyhere. The general plot seemed a good idea - two very different people feeling isolated and lost in the world find comfort and inspiration in a kindred spirit - but I don't know what message Coppola was trying to convey. Perhaps she didn't have a philosophical point to make and just wanted to make a movie for the sheer enjoyment of it. I guess doing something artistic doesn't have to have a particular goal or message as such?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

My latest garden project.

This is really something I just made in my yard in Brighton. Honest.

Frog: fake

Fence erection expert, that is. I feel pretty humiliated to finally discover that his fence was a catalogue picture. Men need truth about what other men can actually do before they can move on. Now: give us a real picture you scan-handling sissy.

Monday, September 05, 2005

A greenhouse and two grey hairs

Spent the weekend picking up a greenhouse from some friends in Leeds. I engaged the male sectors of the brain for dismembering structures (mainly brute force) and 3D tessalation (fitting the thing into a minibus) - Mrs Frog offered encouragement and extra muscle power (suprisingly strong for such a little lady!). Time to buy a pipe methinks. About the grey hairs...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Storm Warning.

UPDATED I can't tell you how intense my life as a Head of Department has just become. Horrid in an overly intense way and really requiring prayer support if any of you are up for it. Oh, and here's a picture for your consideration... ...comments are much appreciated: print deadline is early Tuesday a.m. Regards

Friday, September 02, 2005

Theology of Music

I'm going to do a doctrine slot in church in a couple of weeks (7 or 8 minute summary of a theological point) and I'm doing it on music in services. The music in our services tend to be lacklustre, which is why I thought it would be a good one to focus on (and probably more interesting to a wider group than if I did the doctrine of reprobation). So, I'd like to be able to say music is important and we should do it well, but I'm not really sure where to start. Maybe its not that important and we should just be hearing the Bible and praying. Any thoughts?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Saw this, thought of Old King

Get ready for the ride of your life brother! Its worth every sleepless moment.