Birmingham Peace Pagoda

Birmingham Buddhist Vihara and Dhammatalaka Peace Pagoda is the only traditional Myanmar style Pagoda in the Western hemisphere. It is a Buddhist temple in the centre of Birmingham, near the Edgbaston reservoir. During Birmingham Heritage Week, we were able to visit...

Five Favourites – October Edition

Welcome to the October edition of Five Favourites. See below five album covers which have marked me this month, for one reason or another. Superimposition - Eddie Palmieri (1970) This is not only an excellent album but also has the most wonderful cover art. The...

The Deep Hull, Thrilling Maritime Experience

My legal crony, whom I visited in Hull, was hesitant to go to the Deep. Whether this be due to the fact he had convinced himself it cost £1000.00 to get in, or that he viewed the activity as childish, I shall never know. However, I am glad that St Nick came to his...

St Charles Borromeo, Hull – Impressive Catholic Church

Charles Borromeo was the Archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584 and a cardinal of the Catholic Church, and has been made so by his uncle, Pope Pius IV, in 1560. He was a key figure in the counter-Reformation movement alongside Phillip Neri and St Ignatius of Loyola...

Sorongo – Rafael Cortijo Y Su Bonche – AOTM September 2021

While watching the excellent documentary series Explained on Netflix, I came across an episode about hurricanes. Within this there was a description of how climate change was affecting coastal communities in Puerto Rico and how their heritage was being lost to climate...

Chowki – Remarkable Indian, Hull

Arriving in Hull after a busy day in Manchester, having completed a 100km cycle (with 5 massive hills), gone to town and had lunch with an old friend and taking a 2.5 hour train, I was understandably shattered. Chowki was close to my colleagues' home in the Avenues...

100km Cycle – Manchester, Peak District & Cheshire

It was 7am on a Saturday morning in the waning last week of summer. I decided to go on a challenging 100km cycle. I began in Didsbury and cycled to Bramall and went past the below phenomenal hall. See below the rest of my ride. I was pootling on at a good pace but...

Launderette – Head Spinning Pizza, Chorlton, Manchester

Now, Launderette was one of those restaurants, like Ma:toni in Split, which moves a person. I was amazed by their approach, their style and the quality of the food. The waiting too was top class and the location was paradisiac. I am dumfounded that I have not eaten...

Salford Museum & Art Gallery – Superb Fun, Manchester

Salford Museum and Art Gallery sits atop the famed Peel Park which is itself well worth visiting. My friends and I went here as our first stop in what was to be a jam packed Friday. See below my personal highlights. Somehow the museum managed to re-create a street in...

Five Favourites – September Edition

The time has come again for my five favourite album covers of the month .The below are a collection of covers which I have enjoyed on my musical journey through August. It has been a wild month for me which included much wonderful travelling. I look forward to...

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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Fela Kuti – A Brief Life Story – by Sister Evelyn

Fela Kuti – A Brief Life Story – by Sister Evelyn

The below is written by Sister Evelyn, a treasured friend and teacher from my youth in Harrogate. Fela Kuti was born in 1938  under British colonial rule, but later moved to USA where he met Sandra Izadore, a singer, who became his lover and tried to teach him to...

The Greek – Authentic Mediterranean, Hull

The Greek – Authentic Mediterranean, Hull

My goodness did we order a lot of food at this place. It will take me some time to get through them all so hold onto your hats. I shall try to be as brief as is likely in the following. Suffice to say this meal cost us about £21 each, including a bottle of Retsina...

Dough Eyed Pizza – A Sensation, York

Dough Eyed Pizza – A Sensation, York

Picture the scene, we are en route to Bishop Wilton, and have decided to stop halfway. We have cycled alongside the river on the way into work and are met with a spectacular picture of York Minster. The restaurant we want to go to is closed so we do a quick search on...

Ripon Cathedral – Exquisite Holy Place

Ripon Cathedral – Exquisite Holy Place

On our travels we decided to visit Ripon Cathedral before breakfast. This was one of the highlights of our trip, for me. I do love Yorkshire and would go to Ripon frequently when I lived in Knaresborough. The cathedral was always a place I would want to go to but...

Five Favourites – August 2021

Five Favourites – August 2021

Moving into August with my five favourite album covers, we have some cracking ones for you below. Let's lunge right in, as Lady C often says. Fela Kuti and the Afrika 70 - Gentleman - 1973 I mean come on. This is superb. I advise you to listen to the track ahead of...