La Crepicoise – Holy Crêpes – Loches, France

A restaurant? What fresh hell is this? My thoughts exactly, dear readers, as I crossed the threshold of a bizarrely normal eatery. The tables were further apart than in the Before Time of course and the staff were wearing masks, as were the customers while travelling...

The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus – AOTM June 2020

Choosing Rattus as album of the month this month was bold. Producing a review for this masterwork is rather very difficult. You would not believe it from first listening but this album was released in 1977, making it 43 years old at the time of writing. While the...

Jean-Étienne Liotard – Lavergne Family Breakfast, Delicious Pastel Painting

Jean-Etienne Liotard was one of the most accomplished portrait artists of his time. Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1702 he went on to have a very successful career, completing most of it in stays in Rome, Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, London and other cities. At the height...

Ready Player One – Gamer Paradise

Usually when father recommends something to me, I will wait 4 months before actioning the recommendation then pass it off as my idea originally. This is a sneaky tactic which does not often hold water but it makes me feel better for being so slow to accept new ideas....

Kiyochika Kobayashi – Cat and Lantern, Japanese Fine Art

Have I mentioned I've been to Japan? Of course, when I went I was what can only be described as a chippy oik (definition here). I neglected to visit any of the sensational art galleries throughout Japan, despite extensive travel throughout the country.  Perhaps I...

Anton Bruckner – Symphony 7 in E Major – A Modest Man’s Delayed Triumph

Note: I have made references throughout this blog to timings for certain highlighted moments (e.g 0:03 of track 1) – this is in relation to a recording of the work I will provide a link to below (follow along should you so desire).  On the 30th December 1884 , in the...

Guido Reni – Portrait of Cardinal Bernardino Spada, Ecclesiastic Classicism

Guido Reni (4 November 1575 – 18 August 1642) was a Baroque painter whose main body of work consisted of religious figures. Reni also painted mythological and allegorical works. While living in Rome some time ago, I would often walk past the Palazzo Spada on my way to...

Johannes Brahms – Third Symphony in F Major (Frei Aber Froh – free but happy?)

Note: I have made references throughout this blog to timings for certain highlighted moments (e.g 0:03 of track 1) – this is in relation to a recording of the work I will provide a link to below (follow along should you so desire).  Places can store up memories for...

Office In A Small City, Edward Hopper – Gorgeousity in Isolation

The punctilious among you will notice that 'gorgeousity' is not strictly a word in the English language. This is a nod to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. Alex's character reacts similarly to how I react whenever beholding a Hopper painting: Oh bliss! Bliss and...

John Martyn – Solid Air, AOTM May 2020

Once again I have the tremendous honour of contributing to the prestigious 'Album Of The Month' category here on Cedric's blog. You may recall from my post of May last year, I chose to discuss 'Fives Leaves Left', Nick Drake's debut album, which was my 'gateway drug'...

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 Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus – AOTM June 2020

Choosing Rattus as album of the month this month was bold. Producing a review for this masterwork is rather very difficult. You would not believe it from first listening but this album was released in 1977, making it 43 years old at the time of writing. While the...

Ready Player One – Gamer Paradise

Usually when father recommends something to me, I will wait 4 months before actioning the recommendation then pass it off as my idea originally. This is a sneaky tactic which does not often hold water but it makes me feel better for being so slow to accept new ideas....

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