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Viscountess Boudica’s Valentines

February 13, 2016
by the gentle author

Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green confessed to me that she has never received a Valentine in her entire life and yet, in spite of this unfortunate example of the random injustice of existence, her faith in the future remains undiminished.

Taking a break from her busy filming schedule, the Viscountess granted me a brief audience to reveal her intimate thoughts upon the most romantic day of the year and permit me to take these rare photographs that reveal a candid glimpse into the private life of one of the East End’s most fascinating characters.

For the first time since 1986, Viscountess Boudica dug out her Valentine paraphernalia of paper hearts, banners, fairylights, candles and other pink stuff to put on this show as an encouragement to the readers of Spitalfields Life. “If there’s someone that you like,” she says, “I want you to send them a card to show them that you care.”

Yet behind the brave public face, lies a personal tale of sadness for the Viscountess. “I think Valentine’s Day is a good idea, but it’s a kind of death when you walk around the town and see the guys with their bunches of flowers, choosing their chocolates and cards, and you think, ‘It should have been me!’” she admitted with a frown, “I used to get this funny feeling inside, that feeling when you want to get hold of someone and give them a cuddle.”

Like those love-lorn troubadours of yore, Viscountess Boudica has mined her unrequited loves as a source of inspiration for her creativity, writing stories, drawing pictures and – most importantly – designing her remarkable outfits that record the progress of her amours. “There is a tinge of sadness after all these years,” she revealed to me, surveying her Valentine’s Day decorations,” but I am inspired to believe there is hope of domestic happiness.”

You may also like to take a look at

Viscountess Boudica’s Domestic Appliances

Viscountess Boudica’s Blog

Viscountess Boudica’s Album

Viscountess Boudica’s Halloween

Viscountess Boudica’s Christmas

Read my original profile of Mark Petty, Trendsetter

and take a look at Mark Petty’s Multicoloured Coats

Mark Petty’s New Outfits

Mark Petty returns to Brick Lane

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    February 13, 2016

    I’m so glad to see the Viscountess again – I think about her from time to time. Do you have an address to which we could mail a Valentine to her? (I totally get the “no Valentine” history – that has been mine as well.)

  2. Susan permalink
    February 13, 2016

    Further to that last comment, email Valentine’s don’t work in my book. It has to be the real thing that you can touch and display and treasure.

  3. February 13, 2016

    Fabulous, fabulous lady. I really enjoy your website, just brilliant. Thank you.

  4. February 13, 2016

    A good set of pics, this lady has a nice colourful style and is very presentable. There is an inner sadness here tinged with some loneliness (join the club). I am sure over the years she has picked herself up and has got on with her life, is out and about and has friends. Think of this em as another valentine card, keep busy wear your heart on your sleeve and be proud of yourself. John

  5. Chris F permalink
    February 13, 2016

    Single, but with a great sense of humour…. A can of Guinness & a Champagne flute… Hilarious.

  6. Linda Granfield permalink
    February 13, 2016

    I love her verve!
    Those tights are fab and the flair in her décor is great.
    Red is definitely the colour for the Viscountess.
    Valentine hugs to her from Canada.

  7. February 13, 2016

    Fabulous, fabulous Boudica. Long may she reign!

  8. February 13, 2016

    Dear Viscountess Boudica, Happy Valentine’s Day. And keep being fabulous!

  9. pauline taylor permalink
    February 13, 2016

    Happy Valentine’s Day Viscountess Boudica, I too had missed you. Love the champagne flute and the Guinness, and all the decorations, the shoes, the boots, the tights and everything. Wonderful!!

  10. February 14, 2016

    So now: A happy Valentine to Viscountess Boudica from me too! :-)

    Love & Peace
    ACHIM

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