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Viscountess Boudica’s St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014
by the gentle author

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh

In the East End, we owe a debt of gratitude to Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green for her inspirational example in observing each of the festivals of the year with passion and gusto. This week finds her togged up like a cheeky Leprechaun and swigging Guinness as if she was born to it, and when I enquired further I discovered this was precisely the case.

“My people were landowners near Dublin but when Elizabeth I sent her army into Ireland, we were forced to flee to France and then we returned to live in Gloucestershire,” she admitted to me with the melancholy refined smile of one from an ancient aristocratic lineage.“Once when I was a child, we were on holiday in Wales and  I stared out to sea – I always felt there was something out there for me,” she continued, getting lost in contemplation as she surveyed the magnificent green and orange decorations that adorned her pink living room.

It was only as an adult that the Viscountess Boudica discovered her true origins. “Even before I found out I was Irish, I knew I was different from everybody else in relating to English culture, ” she confessed to me as she stroked her ginger locks and sipped her Guinness thoughtfully, “Now I’m planning to go to Dublin in the next six months in search of my roots…”

Éirinn go brách

Cá mbeidh tú ag fliuchadh na seamróige?


Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach.

Viscountess Boudica’s jacket with Irish badges from the days she hung out with skinheads

Viscountess Boudica searches for St Patrick’s Day music

Viscountess Boudica recommends The Nolans and Sham 69 for your St Patrick’s Day listening

Viscountess Boudica pulls out one of her old Irish themed coats

Viscountess Boudica models the outfit she has designed for her trip to Dublin in search of her roots

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

Viscountess Boudica’s Valentine’s Day

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

13 Responses leave one →
  1. Milo Bell permalink
    March 17, 2014

    Perhaps the Viscountess Boudica should take heed of these words from a famous personage when asked about their roots: “Roots? I’m not worried about mi roots. It’s the bit waving about on top i’m worried about.”

  2. March 17, 2014

    I hesitate to directly address Countess Boudica without a formal introduction, but I have mislaid your equerry’s card. Might I humbly suggest the Undertones for your Ireland related listening pleasure ? ‘My perfect cousin’ is a near perfect single.

  3. March 17, 2014

    May the saddest day of your future be no worse
    Than the happiest day of your past.


    May there always be work for your hands to do
    May your purse always hold a coin or two.
    May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
    May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
    May the hand of a friend always be near you.
    May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you


    Wishing you a rainbow
    For sunlight after showers —
    Miles and miles of Irish smiles
    For golden happy hours —
    Shamrocks at your doorway
    For luck and laughter too,
    And a host of friends that never ends
    Each day your whole life through!


    May the search of your roots be successful!

    Love & Peace

  4. Michael permalink
    March 17, 2014

    St Patrick’s Day  greetings from Dublin to  all on the really excellent Spitalfields Life 

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  6. Sarah Correia permalink
    March 17, 2014

    As always her boots and tights collection trump mine. . . .

  7. Roger Carr permalink
    March 17, 2014

    I dream of a day when the Viscountess Boudica will be Grand Marshal the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade. In the next age of enlightenment and in that exquisite leather manteau! Might I enquire if the Viscountess was in residence during the time of the Bethnal Rouge? She has a familiar “eek”(sp), but I suspect she is too young My deepest apologies . . . .

  8. March 17, 2014

    Good luck to Viscountess Boudica on her Dublin adventure…

  9. March 17, 2014

    Amazing. As usual. 🙂

  10. John Campbell permalink
    March 17, 2014

    Cum on feel the noize!
    I wondered where Noddy had been hiding all these years.
    The Viscountess never fails to surprise.
    ‘Flamboyant’ does not fully cover her personas.
    Happy Paddy’s Day to all!

  11. Ms Marple permalink
    March 18, 2014

    Beyond marvellous!

  12. RaspberryPip permalink
    March 18, 2014


  13. March 22, 2014

    Viscountess Boudica is so wonderful!

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