Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Fionn Shiner

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London-based writer who has written for spiked-online, the Huffington Post, Private Eye and the Daily Mirror, amongst others.

Ham-fisted, but a tribute nonetheless

Monday night’s Met Gala was Catholic-themed and it goes without saying that in this era of cultural appropriation and ultra-sensitivity this is the latest...

Absurdity of the clickie divorce

If a fiction writer wanted to lampoon our culture’s obsession with convenience and how this seeps into every aspect of our lives, they would...

Hypocritical hounding of the girl at the high school prom

The sanctimonious mob has claimed another victim and in the process reminded itself of its spotless morality. This time the tyrannical villain taken down...

Why Tolkien’s world endures

In the past month two major pieces of J R R Tolkien news have come out. First, Amazon’s buying of the rights to produce...

A proud toast to England and St George

Today is St George’s Day – a perfectly English celebration because of how uneasy and awkward we are about it. Having grown up in...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 7: Humility

The last in our series on the Christian virtues, the antidote to the seven deadly sins. As with chastity, humility is a virtue especially opposed...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 6: Kindness

The sixth in our series on the Christian virtues, the antidote to the seven deadly sins. In my opinion kindness is the most important of...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 5: Patience

The fifth in our series on the Christian virtues, the antidote to the seven deadly sins. In a frenetic world where everything is on demand,...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 4: Diligence

The fourth in our series on the Christian virtues, the antidote to the seven deadly sins. The opposite of sloth is diligence. To be diligent...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 3: Charity

One of Jesus’s most important exhortations was to help the poor and the needy. Central to the Christian life is helping those less blessed...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 2: Temperance

The second in our series on the Christian virtues, the antidote to the seven deadly sins. By Fionn Shiner Aldous Huxley's Brave New World was right:...

The Seven Christian Virtues – 1: Chastity

Following the phenomenal success of our Ten Commandments series, all this week we are going to look at the seven Christian virtues. In many...

Unfriend Facebook – it’s a waste of everyone’s time

Facebook is one of those activities that when you spend any length of time on it deep down you ask yourself ‘Why am I...

Never mind the politics, it’s good old-fashioned entertainment

Black Panther - Director: Ryan Coogler (12A) Black Panther is another Marvel Comics film – from a production line that doesn’t seem likely to dry...

The Shape of Water – a two-dimensional PC nightmare

I went on a date the other night. I’d booked two tickets to see I, Tonya in one of those fancy cinemas where you...

Mermaids are happy to see a man’s life destroyed

In the prophetic G K Chesterton novel The Oracle of the Dog, the protagonist Father Brown says: ‘It’s the first effect of not believing...

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