Van Gogh, Wheat Field With Cypresses – Lush Exuberant Study, 1889

van Gogh (1853-1890) was a master of oil painting who changed the post-impressionism movement, as well as painting holistically, forever. He was largely self taught but was inspired by Gauguin, Pissarro, Monet, and Bernard, living with Gauguin in Paris for a time. To...

Douglas – Hannah Gadsby Shoots and Scores Again

Self deprecation is a go-to for comics, this much goes without saying. In her first Netflix special, Nanette, Gadsby blew up the form of comedy and took self deprecation to its logical conclusion. Comedians will often address humorously crippling anxieties and life...

Medicine Bakery – What the Doctor Ordered, Birmingham

Medicine Bakery was an extraordinary discovery for Matthew and I. The remarkable thing about this bakery is that it is hidden right in the middle of town, on New Street no less. While we have not yet had time to sample all of the deliciousness on offer, we have tried...

Il Napoli – Extraordinary Pizza, Chambray-lès-Tours

Tucked away in a suburb of Tours, Il Napoli proved to be an exceptional culinary experience. This is not someone would expect from a pre-fab building in the middle of an industrious suburb of a lesser known French town. But coming to Il Napoli with all the necessary...

Marillion, Misplaced Childhood – AOTM July 2020

1985 was a great year for music. One saw the likes of Rush's Power Windows, Saint Kate Bush's Hounds of Love (work of genius), Cupid & Psyche 85, Smiths' Meat is Murder (see Barbarism Begins at Home), Propaganda's A Secret Wish, and of course, Tears for Fears' massive...

Mucho Mucho Amor – Astronomical Docu-Film 2020

Starting with nothing but dreams, Puerto Rican born Walter Mercado found tremendous fame as an astrologer and is responsible for the popularity of astrology which we see today. He brought astrology to the masses through extraordinary daily shows, viewed by millions....

Le Bousquet – A Sensational Cavernous Lunch, Pouillé

Le Bousquet was a choice find, in a cave, no less. This was indeed a welcome cool shelter from the sweltering heat outside. In fact, it was so gloriously temperate inside that there was a sort of greenhouse, pictured below, next to our table. This was one of the...

The Lighthouse – Near Perfect Horror

It is New England in the 1890's. Two lighthouse maintenance officers, Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Dafoe) arrive on a remote island for a month long secondment which turns quickly into a nightmarish haunted and very wet situation. Their tenuous grip on...

Joaquín Sorolla – Three Favourites from the Master of Light

Can you believe I read the Guardian on occasion? I can't. While perusing these hallowed pages, I happened upon a wonderful article about an old exhibition of Sorolla works at the National Gallery. I was instantly smacked in the face by Sewing the Sail, which I will...

The Final Cut – Inventive and Moribund Obituary Thriller, 2004

Omar Naim's screenwriting and directorial debut gives us an inventive concept: the Zoe Chip, implanted in rich people's babies' brains and developing with them, records every aspect of their lives in glorious technicolour and Dolby Digital sound.  Cutters' (glorified...

Hello and welcome to CEDRIC SUGGESTS, specially designed for those of us who are partial to a slice or three of The Culinary Arts…

But Nota Bene Dear Reader: this blog is NOT limited to my recipe and restaurant ramblings alone! I shall also take it upon myself to decribe my various other encounters and experiences in this wonderful world we all share. Expect recommendations of excellent service received, for example, and lively discussions on a variety of exhilerating sublects like as Fashion, Art, Education, Religion and Fitness my word. Not forgetting my regular Favourite Albums of the Month / Year feature. Are you ready? Then enter Freunde, Étranger, Stranger…

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Marillion, Misplaced Childhood – AOTM July 2020

1985 was a great year for music. One saw the likes of Rush's Power Windows, Saint Kate Bush's Hounds of Love (work of genius), Cupid & Psyche 85, Smiths' Meat is Murder (see Barbarism Begins at Home), Propaganda's A Secret Wish, and of course, Tears for Fears' massive...

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