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Viscountess Boudica’s Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014
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 this week 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.

This year – 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.”


Be sure to follow Viscountess Boudica’s blog There’s More To Life Than Heaven & Earth

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

59 Responses leave one →
  1. William Sovie permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Viscountess, you look lovely in red. Are those your knickers?
    Happy Valentines.

  2. February 14, 2014

    Out of all the fascinating people I’ve “met” through Spitalfields Life, there’s none I’d rather meet in real life! Viscountess, you have such a vibrant spirit shining from your face in every photo.

  3. Molasses permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines from Canada! I feel I personally have gotten to know you via the Gentle Author.

  4. Lori Newcomb permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Viscountess, you are the Goddess of Love. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  5. G & G permalink
    February 14, 2014

    You are our neighbour and we love your colourful attire….You brighten people’s lives.
    Thankyou Viscountess.

  6. Kathleen permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Viscountess, your red boots are the best! Nice legs, too.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Long Beach, California. I am a fan of both you, and the Gentle Author .

  7. Eva Gorman permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Dear Lady Boudica, I think I may love your Valentine’s flat more than your Christmas flat, if that’s possible! Thank you for the glimpse into your romantic abode. Remember that these days we also refer to Valentine’s Day as Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day. No one has to be excluded. You are beautiful. Happy Day.

  8. February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines Day to you but I’m a woman! Nevertheless I hope you find someone who will share your day with you!

  9. February 14, 2014

    what an enigma Viscountess Boudicca remains (busy filming schedule?)! Have a lovely day xx

  10. February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines Day xx

  11. Svetlana Graudt permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Before all the Valentine’s Day greetings begin pouring in (as, I am sure, they will), I am rushing to wish you, Viscountess all pretty in pink, a truly Happy Valentine’s. <3

  12. Amelie permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Without hope we are nothing. Happy Valentines, Viscountess.

  13. February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day Viscountess! You deserve some love. You have fabulous legs and I ‘heart’ those tights!

  14. Denise Merrill permalink
    February 14, 2014

    You’re one in a million – lots of love from

  15. Pauline Sparks permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines Day Viscountess. You are a shining light in what can sometimes be a dull world.

  16. good-tree permalink
    February 14, 2014

    The world needs more people like Viscountess Boudica. Happy Valentines.

    p.s. I LOVE your tights! Very chic.

  17. Libby Hall permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Boudica we love you!

    In our hearts we send you a huge bunch of red roses and an enormous heart-shaped box of chocolates.


  18. February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  19. Ms Marple permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Viscountess, your tights alone have brightened my day!

    Happy Valentine’s Day…you bewitching creature…Spoil yourself.

    With much love

  20. Graham Ward permalink
    February 14, 2014

    The Right Honourable Viscountess Boudica,

    What a vision you are. Your Valentine’s Day will be filled with love from all your Spitalfields Life admirers. Keep your wonderful heart open to the world…

  21. Luc O permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Dear Viscountess, you are a vision! What a wonderful way to start the day! May you receive the cuddles you truly deserve

  22. Mel permalink
    February 14, 2014

    I’m so sad to hear no one has sent the Viscountess a valentines! You truly deserve one. You look stunning in red! Hope this year surprises you!

  23. Barbara permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Something so good and beautiful should be shared around – you would be wasted on just one.
    Happy Valentine’s day!

  24. Ros permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day Viscountess! Have a fun day – maybe a glass of rosé later under those fab decorations ? Enjoy.

  25. Anne permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Greetings from flooded Worcestershire you and the GA brightened our day! The world needs people like you have a lovely day!

  26. February 14, 2014

    During this Season of Love
    I wish that you will finally find
    That gift from above,
    The one to make you happy,
    And fill you with love.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Lots of Love & Peace to Viscountess Boudica
    from ACHIM 🙂

  27. February 14, 2014

    looking good! Happy Valentines and here’s to many more…x

  28. February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines from Amsterdam, Viscountess! You are truly one of a kind. Every time I meet you here you brighten my day! XXX

  29. Trisha permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Dear Viscountess,
    Here’s a valentine note from Oregon, Wisconsin and I’ll bet you didn’t even know there was such a place. If I could enclose a dozen (or more) bright red roses with it I sure would. But hopefully someone else will do it for me.

  30. Kate permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Viscoutess, you’ve lit up an otherwise drab and dreary February morning for me.

    Happy valentine’s day, sweetheart!

  31. Pauline Pardoe permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Viscountess.

    You have made me smile. It’s been a sad week. My cat died on Wednesday and I feel raw. TGA and you have cheered me up.

    Thank you and Bless you xx

  32. Sherri Oustalet permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Ah, Viscountess, haven’t we all been there? Happy Valentine’s Day from across the salty waters!! PS you rock the pink & orange… hearts & hugs, ~S

  33. Sarah Correia permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day Viscountess Boudica! Wishing I had those lipstick tights which you look terrific in.

  34. Jeanne permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Dear Viscountess, you make the world a better place, Happy Valentines Day to you, with roses and chocolates.

  35. Ros dick permalink
    February 14, 2014

    We all luv you – my mum died on this day 1979
    Wish you could be my Mumsie too!!
    Have a wonderful deep ruby -red day

  36. Jean permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Valentine Greetings from the States. You know how to live! Rock on.

  37. Amy permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Another holiday greeting to you from Wisconsin, though this one comes from Hudson. 🙂

    I’ve only received one Valentine, and he was absolute rubbish and caused so much pain, which took a few years of therapy to cure. I’ve always disliked this day, but I have finally realized that I don’t want a significant other by my side. I have such a full life of friends that I feel the love and freely give it to those for whom I care. I am grateful for the quiet solitude I have at home, and although I choose to walk this path in life without a significant other, I am never lonely.

    May you feel the love and joy on every day, and not just on this one. You are a truly lovely and inspiring woman, and you are loved and cared for by many. Peace and love to you!

  38. Rhonda permalink
    February 14, 2014

    A most HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY greeting from Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. !!! The symbol of the day is the heart, and we readers all know what a big one you have. May your forgiving, loving. generous, fanciful nature spread to those lacking same!!!!

  39. Donald Combe permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Thank you for living with an open heart that overflows with joy; you are inspiration.


  40. William Osborne permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Roses are red, violets are blue, Boudicca my pet, there’s only you.
    Happy Valentines Day ! Snowbound in Vermont

  41. Jim Armistead permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day from an admirer in San Francisco who sincerely appreciates your good cheer.

  42. Viky permalink
    February 14, 2014

    You are fabulous! Happy Valentines x

  43. February 14, 2014

    hi to every one at spittle fields life just to say thank you for your messages have a happy st valentines day and to you the gentall author your work here is simpley the best as for my stockings they came from pound land and to William yes there my knickers size 14

  44. Nan Holcomb permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Love and kisses from Seattle, Washinton, in the good old US of A!

  45. Susannah permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Viscountess. You look lovely in your Valentine’s finery. Best wishes that you will find that special someone!

  46. Danny Fields permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Dear Lady Bethnal Green,
    A most happy and bounteous Valentine from your great admirer in New York City, to whom you bring continual joy!

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  48. Dumpy donut permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy valentines day you beautiful creature xxx

  49. Penny Day permalink
    February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines Day…
    Lot and lots of love from Windy Stormy
    Chiltern Hills❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  50. Chris F permalink
    February 14, 2014

    How can you not feel loved with all this love coming in your direction… I hope you had a great day… even without a card…

  51. February 15, 2014

    Dear Amy from Wisconsin,
    you speak to me from the soul!

    Love & Peace
    ACHIM 🙂

  52. Paula permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Viscountess Boudica- Happy happy happy St. Valentine’s Day! You are the perfect ending to my perfect day – Sending much love from across the pond!

  53. Vicky permalink
    February 15, 2014

    You’ve warmed so many people’s hearts Boudica on this chill Winter’s day! A Valentine’s Day to remember forever.

  54. February 15, 2014

    Major, major, major Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend Month! I wish you nothing but magic and lovely things, Viscountess Boudica!

  55. Victoria permalink
    February 15, 2014

    A belated happy valentine’s day. What a wonderful collection of pink stuff you have. I hope all these messages have given you the the special day you surely deserve x

  56. Susan permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Happy belated Valentine’s Day, Viscountess! You are marvelous!

  57. Jaki permalink
    February 16, 2014

    Belated Valentine’s greetings – I hope your day was fabulous! XX

  58. Paul Howard permalink
    February 16, 2014

    Belated Valentines day wishes to you. Next time I see you in Bethnal Green, I’ll say hello.

  59. Lolawomble permalink
    February 17, 2014

    Fabulous, uplifting and inspirational. Wishing you Valentine’s happiness all year round, not just for one day.

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