Mahler Symphony No. 1 “the Titan”

Please note I have inserted timings for moments in the symphony that I have discussed in the blog. These timings relate to the recording linked at the bottom of the page if you should wish to listen along while reading.  Around eight years ago, during one idle summer,...

Wars of the Roses – Henry VI Part 3 – Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon

Charlotte and I could scarcely believe our luck when Partner Adam at the firm sent through an email inviting us to see the final instalment of the Henry VI trilogy, director Owen Horsley’s Wars of the Roses. I had never been to the RSC before. I have cycled, walked...

Three Favourites – May 2022 Edition

Hello and welcome to this month's edition of my favourite album covers. Regrettably my new role at work is rather demanding so I am unable to listen to as much music as I might have done previously. However, I have three excellent covers for you below. Phillipe...

The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple – William Holman Hunt

Once again, I am in the debt of my darling Charlotte for convincing me, in spectacular fashion, to let go of my reticence vis a vis Pre-Raphaelite art. This painting depicts an important moment in the Gospel of Luke. It is also the fifth of the Joyous Mysteries of the...

Isabella and the Pot of Basil – William Holman Hunt

It is fitting that my first contribution to this blog combines two of my great passions in art – John Keats and the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – with a special moment that came about with the same ‘Wes Anderson magic’ that, for Cedric and me, has...

Le Byblos, Tours – Exciting Dining, Vieux Tours

Co-authored by Charlotte and Cedric Picture the scene: we are in the middle of Tours, we have just been amazed by the Museé du Compagnonnage and are famished. Our next stop on the helter skelter day trip we had planned was a delightful little Lebanese place called Le...

Mahler, Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ – AOTM April 2022

Charlotte and I were delighted to find Mahler 1 was playing at Symphony Hall last month. We went to see it and were spellbound from start to finish. Each of the movements are so distinctive from one another. The last time I wrote a classical AOTM was my favourite...

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas – Caravaggio

Today is the second Sunday of Easter, known as Low Sunday. The Gospel reading at Mass is St Thomas doubting the resurrected Jesus in in fact the risen Lord. I have included the reading below (emphasis added). I did a post on The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Rubens,...

Madonna and Child – Sassoferrato

I am writing on Good Friday. I was looking through my Rosary booklet, which my wonderful Charlotte provided to me when we started dating, just confirm that I had the right mystery to pray (Sorrowful Mysteries, of course). In so doing, I came across a painting by...

Musée du Compagnonnage – Tours, A Crafty Experience

Initially, we thought this was a freemasons museum. Charlotte and I were disturbed by the large unapologetic display of the Masonic Code, in actual French, no less. But, our pseudo religious cult concerns aside, this museum is a place of wonder. It exhibits 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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Mahler, Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ – AOTM April 2022

Mahler, Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ – AOTM April 2022

Charlotte and I were delighted to find Mahler 1 was playing at Symphony Hall last month. We went to see it and were spellbound from start to finish. Each of the movements are so distinctive from one another. The last time I wrote a classical AOTM was my favourite...

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas – Caravaggio

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas – Caravaggio

Today is the second Sunday of Easter, known as Low Sunday. The Gospel reading at Mass is St Thomas doubting the resurrected Jesus in in fact the risen Lord. I have included the reading below (emphasis added). I did a post on The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Rubens,...

Madonna and Child – Sassoferrato

Madonna and Child – Sassoferrato

I am writing on Good Friday. I was looking through my Rosary booklet, which my wonderful Charlotte provided to me when we started dating, just confirm that I had the right mystery to pray (Sorrowful Mysteries, of course). In so doing, I came across a painting by...

Musée du Compagnonnage – Tours, A Crafty Experience

Musée du Compagnonnage – Tours, A Crafty Experience

Initially, we thought this was a freemasons museum. Charlotte and I were disturbed by the large unapologetic display of the Masonic Code, in actual French, no less. But, our pseudo religious cult concerns aside, this museum is a place of wonder. It exhibits the...

The Flea – John Donne

The Flea – John Donne

Donne's The Flea is quite remarkable. It is a long winded and metaphysical request from Donne, to his potential suitor, to go to bed with him. Have a read of it below and see what you think: Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me...

Five (?) Favourites – April 2022 Edition

Five (?) Favourites – April 2022 Edition

Hello and good greeting. I have decided to downsize my five favourite feature to three favourites on account of increasing time commitments not enabling me to listen to as many albums as I should like. Here are three which stuck out to me this month. J. J. Cale -...