Viscountess Boudica Goes Cornish
Boudica bakes a hot pasty in her Baby Belling
I am half-Cornish on my mother’s side, so – when Viscountess Boudica invited me over to Bethnal Green for a freshly-baked pasty yesterday – it was a summons I was unable to resist. Since the Cornish have been officially recognised as a national minority by the European Court of Human Rights recently and, given that they have no special feast day, Viscountess Boudica took it upon herself as a champion of minorities to celebrate their culture this week.
Never one to do anything by half, Viscountess Boudica answered the door dressed in the Cornish colours of black and white and then ushered me excitedly into her living room – where I have seen so many seasonal decorations through the past year – now festooned in Cornish flags and where even the television is black and white. In one corner, was Boudica’s home made tableau of Cornish pirates and, in another corner, her cheeky Cornish pixie.
“More than four hundred years ago, when my family got hoiked out of Ireland due to Queen Elizabeth and her troops, they fled to France and then lived in Cornwall before going to Kemble in Gloucestershire,” she revealed to me, “so this is a thankyou.” A proud advocate of all things Celtic, Boudica displayed her enamel lapel badge of crossed flags, illustrating the solidarity of Ireland and Cornwall.
“It’s a magical place and they still have druids there,” she assured me, speaking fondly as she served up the piping hot pasties, “the people are very friendly and they stand up for themselves – they are a proud race.” The sunshine streamed in the window as we enjoyed our steaming pasties and then Viscountess Boudica pulled out her Cornish dictionary, so I tactfully made my farewell and left her to her linguistic studies.
Boudica enjoys her Cornish pasty
Boudica with her badge of allegiance between the Irish and the Cornish
Boudica with her pirate tableau - “the pirates are synonymous with Cornwall”
Boudica is one of thirteen thousand viewers who still have a black and white television licence - “A colour licence is £150 but black and white is only £50, so I save £100 a year!”
Boudica with her Cornish pixie - ” I got him from a car-boot sale for 50p, he called out to me and I just had to have him.”
“Nyns yw unn tavas nevra lowr!”
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