Les Fils de Shamgar

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

Friday, April 28, 2006

Food glorious food!

Or A Custom Tube

Don't ask me why, or what's in it. Go, make your own.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Les Fils M&Ms

Why should we not have bespoke M&Ms? Make your own and screengrab the results

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Fragrant Offering

Last Sunday we returned from church to find an offering laid on the altar of the scratching post. We don't know which worshipper left this sacrifice but it was all the more impressive in the light of the fact that both our cats have had collars with bells on them for some time now. Either this bird was deaf, distracted or just plain dumb. I feel pity for the poor creature but can't help feeling a sense of gratitude for the sentiment of the cats. But this has prompted me to share a moral dilemma to ponder.....a few days ago a neighbour from two doors down, a slightly dishevelled man in his late 40's with the appearance of one who has eaten one to many pork pies in his lifetime, called round holding a mangled cat collar - one that looked incredibly familiar. One of our cats came in a few months ago proudly strutting about with no collar on! We thought she had just done a Houdini and just replaced the missing collar with a new one. Our neighbour was now claiming that his dog, a mangy old Labrador that pees on our front wall, had grabbed it off the cat in an attempt to catch it in their back garden. A veiled threat perhaps? He went on to say that 1) the cats make a mess in his garden and 2) they catch a lot of birds which upsets his wife who "spends a lot on the birds" and that he would appreciate it if I could do something about it. How would you have responded to this dilemma boys?

Monday, April 24, 2006

LMC seminars

For those who are going - what seminars are you doing? Can I choose any at this stage (it is being arranged by someone who isn't actually going... I am feeling slight dread at having my future decided against my will...). I want to try and meet up with any of you if you are there. Obvious Unpainted can suck eggs in Boston (unless I book a flight and get out there while your bruv is there in July...). Anyways. Speak up please. Are people dead? AND - will the feedback from last year be fully heeded? Will our balls be gripped? Will they let us go? Not that I am into that sort of thing, but we shall see.

3 song playlist

Okay then here goes. You are all familiar with the concept of a playlist, yes? I am finding that at times of desperate weariness I get much pleasure from playing certain songs. It is weird how level 42 can still feed me in a distant subconscious manner. You have three songs to submit on the comments: you don't have to say how you are doing or why you have those on the list. Obviously if they are songs from your 1930s childhood then don't feel embarrassed... here are my vague predictions for you all: King - classic fm greatest hits cd Bane - hello I must be going Frog - elusive beats from the web volume 8 Toon - Tina Turner live in Rio 1997 Doctor - Japanese Jazz on Compact Cassette Unpainted - The Alarms greatest shoulder-pad 'pauldidn'treallysaywehadtohaveshorthairdidhe?' collections Prove me wrong, but they say that a man will usually adopt a hair style that reflects his most 'successful' era for the rest of his life. ...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Grumpy Juice.

I was left this on my car this morning.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006



Monday, April 17, 2006

Homemade pasta: worth it?

I tried this after being inspired by my father over the weekend, but we just had the most stressy time and man the machine is very very hard to clean. I know you have had a go at this...

Friday, April 14, 2006


Final posting on this matter now. I have put a webpage up about the festival with the final versions on it (well - final while I get them framed/backed). We decided to alter the sky to bring them more cheerfully out of the dark ages.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Work in progress 3

(UPDATED - I have included the third with the speech bubble plus heart symbol I am intending for all three). Okay, so my brain is starting to go soft but I have done a first colour draft with two of the images. These will change but I thought I'd post the progress anyway: it gets very lonely doing this with no outlet you know. In response to Toon: Here is an example of a cartoonist who uses pretty much the same (monitor and) method of colouring.

Work in progress 2

Personally I am quite pleased with thee babies. This is what they look like after doing a further bit of inking and scanning. The three are to form a panorama of the city from the pelham tower. They are approx A3 each. I am now starting the colouring using digital ink.

Mrs Toon prepares to follow a contingent of young people down the terrifying Swiss ski slopes to bring a coffee up to the summit for her frozen husband. Posted by Picasa

It's great to be back in the traffic, the congestion, the glorious views across my suburban street, the fresh air of London pollution, after a torrid week looking out of the window of our room in Adelboden Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 10, 2006

Work in Progress 1

I thought I'd stick this up since it's what this blog is kind of about. I'm doing some displaying at the Brighton Festival Fringe so I thought I'd put some fresh work together for it. 1. Photo reference I went up Pelham Tower for these. (King: did you get a copy of the Photostitch software from me when you came? If not, then email me because you should be using that little baby!) 2. First stage inking Prior to this I have done some roughs in pencil and then sketched a general rough on this page. This will be improved when I have inked all three and then proceed to thicker lines. Colouring hopefully will be completed before the weekend.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Of Mice.

Okay then, I am currently testing out Docs 'Sta+k' designed mouse before spending a tenner on amazon for an orange one, but I still saw this earlier and paused momentarily... PS Very quiet week for blogging. Still, Toon is back (apparently) and should be able to bring some swiss cheeses.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Stinking motor

After cleaning

Before cleaning

This is one that tata will find amusing. The Doctor continues to drive the Nissan Sunny that he learned to drive and took his test in. The thing just keeps on going...it's now 16 years old and has nearly 100000 miles on the clock. However, the Doctor has been rather busy of late and so hadn't got round to washing from his Docmobile the considerable amounts of seagull guano that are an unavoidable hazard of living in Brighton. Tata declared The Docmobile 'a disgrace' and took photos of it in order to insult me. But even the Doctor agrees that driving a car caked in bird doings whilst bearing a sticker declaring 'I'm building for the gospel in Sevenoaks' may not be a very good advertisement for the gospel, so...I had the car professionally cleaned by bunch of blokes down at Brighton marina. The co-ordinator, a cheerful cockney chappie, asked me which service I required. I said I would like the 3 star service, costing 10.50. He took a cursory glance at my car, and said ' Well sir, your car's FILTHY, so I'll have to charge you 15 pounds'. Worth every penny, that's all I can say. See the before and after pics above. Incidentally, do any of you think that the registration plate and aforementioned 'Gospel...' sticker also send out mixed messages?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Windoze on Macs

Lets see what happens when Toon gets his severance pay.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

This one jumped out at me today.

1 Corinthians 7:

29What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
Okay, so the passage is mainly aimed at dealing with marriage, but this surely has a general impact on a lot of other areas in our lives. This is a very challenging text for the tightfisted, moody and partygoers. That sounds a little bit like me and the Doctor going out for some food in Brighton.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Merchant of Venice

Boys, while I'm waiting for babas milk to cool and to get settled for an MP3 of Stuart Olyott I thought I'd post up a note about this great movie. If you like literary films I highly reccommend this baby. Pacino is brilliant (as usual) in his portrayal of the bitter and twisted Shylock. Some great atmospheric flourishes from a top director. A gripping story with some superb dialogue - the writer will go far ;-) One thing I found most interesting was the sympathy I felt for Shylock. His hatred towards Antonio is abhorent but at the same time it was hard not to feel pity for a man who has endured what he has. In some ways, and I say this reservedly, there almost seems to be a modern parallel with extremists driven to terrible acts of hatred by what they see as years of oppression. The heros and villans of life are never as simple and polarised as we'd like them to be are they. Have you guys seen the film or read the book? What do you make of Shylock? An evil villan or a twisted victim? It has whet my appetite to read more of the Bard's work.


Happy Birthday to the blog from Bane! In honour of Les Fils I have come to Adriers, which is near to Piotiers in France, and have eaten escargots. Unfortunately I didn't take a camera into the restaurant, but this picture is a pretty good representation of the actual thing. I have to admit I expected the snails to be disguised, but when the dish turned up they all looked like the kind of thing you find in your back garden. I had to psychologically trick myself into finishing the dish: "Nice garlic mushrooms" I kept saynig over and over until the last one was swallowed. At least they weren't writhing.