The Annunciation with Saint Emidius – Carlo Crivelli

I was in London for a client meeting recently and Charlotte surprised me with a visit after I was finished. It goes without saying that the depths of my delight as this surprise are quite indescribable. One of our activities was to visit the National Gallery. One of...

A Hidden Life – Blessed Franz Jägerstätter’s Story

During the July heatwave, I yielded to the badgering recommendation of a good friend and invited Cedric and Nick to join me in watching A Hidden Life. Sitting in the stifling heat in stunned silence after the film, we all agreed that it was a devastatingly beautiful...

Bliss Release – Cloud Control – AOTM July 2022

A question has been intriguing me rather: what are the factors for choosing AOTM? Is it the album I have listened to the most all month (which would be Confident Music for Confident People by Confidence Man)? Or is it the best album I have heard all month (Probably...

London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales – Holman Hunt

By the kindness of my good friend Colin, Charlotte and I managed to go to Oxford ostensibly to see Grace Jones at the Kite Festival. We did not want to spend the day in a field for the one artist we wanted to see, so we spent most of the day in Oxford. Among our...

Topokki – Excellent Peaceful Korean, Chinese Quarter, Birmingham

I should put out there that my darling Charlotte has the most excellent taste in restaurants, among other things, and this suggestion of hers was no exception. In a city suffused with bars serving food and tinnitus, actual restaurants are a rarity. This is one such...

Paolo and Francesca – The Wallace Collection, London

On the first weekend in May, Cedric, Nick and I visited The Wallace Collection to round off a happy weekend in London. Like many museums in London, The Wallace Collection is free and very much worth a visit. Once again, I had the delight of finally seeing in person...

Three Favourites – July Edition

Three Favourites are here again. See below three albums covers that have tickled me rather as the month has progressed. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath (1980) There has been a lot of religious art on this blog recently but sometimes it pays to be slightly irreverent....

John Everett Millais Dew-Drenched Furze

Millais was one of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood's founding fathers. Ophelia is his most famous painting. Through Charlotte, I have come to love the Pre Raphs' paintings, style and unique voice. The below is no exception. I was particularly moved by the below when I...

Basilica of Saint Martin, Tours

Martin of Tours, also known as Martin the Merciful, was the third bishop of Tours in 371 AD. He has been heralded as the patron saint of the Third Republic of France. The basilica itself was consecrated some 100 years after his appointment, in 471 AD. It began as a...

Sabotage, Black Sabbath – AOTM June 2022

Sabotage was Brummie band Black Sabbath's sixth studio album, released in 1975. This was written at a difficult time for the band, who were fighting a legal battle with their former management who were keeping their earnings from them. The album follows some of the...

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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The Annunciation with Saint Emidius – Carlo Crivelli

The Annunciation with Saint Emidius – Carlo Crivelli

I was in London for a client meeting recently and Charlotte surprised me with a visit after I was finished. It goes without saying that the depths of my delight as this surprise are quite indescribable. One of our activities was to visit the National Gallery. One of...

Bliss Release – Cloud Control – AOTM July 2022

Bliss Release – Cloud Control – AOTM July 2022

A question has been intriguing me rather: what are the factors for choosing AOTM? Is it the album I have listened to the most all month (which would be Confident Music for Confident People by Confidence Man)? Or is it the best album I have heard all month (Probably...