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Viscountess Boudica’s St George’s Day

April 23, 2016
by the gentle author

Happy St George’s Day!

I was a little surprised when the Viscountess Boudica summoned me over to Bethnal Green to show off her new St George’s Day outfit. Refashioned from a pair of old curtains, it is adorned with images of that controversial English country pastime of fox-hunting. Her choice of design only made sense to me when the Viscountess admitted that, in this particular scenario, she identifies with the fox. Similarly in the myth of St George & the Dragon, it is the dragon which wins Boudica’s sympathy. Thus Boudica’s patriotism is of a distinctive nature, identifying with those who discover themselves at the rough end of our national culture.

For the past week, the Viscountess has been at work to adorn her tiny flat with a forest of flags, rosettes and fairy lights in white and red, creating an irresistibly festive atmosphere to welcome all those who cross her threshold.

In one corner, a table is laid ready for a St George’s Day picnic. In another corner hangs a red flag with a dragon, commemorating Edward the Confessor, whom Boudica considers the last English monarch. Yet another corner harbours a shrine to Prince Harry, Boudica’s favourite among our current batch of royals. ‘He’s the only one that’s good-looking,’ she admitted to me, ‘the rest have all those teeth.’ Given Boudica’s affection for cuddly red foxes and her own flaming locks, I did wonder if there was some affinity for all things ginger at play.

No-one enters into the spirit of our festivals with such boundless creativity and joyous enthusiasm as the indefatigable Viscountess Boudica, embodying a genuine spirit of emotional generosity and selflessly delivering inspiration and entertainment to those in the East End and far beyond. God Bless Her Highness and Long May She Reign Over Bethnal Green!

Viscountess Boudica is a foxy lady

Viscountess Boudica’s creative paper cutting

Viscountess Boudica shows off her homemade patriotic pom-pom

Viscountess Boudica with St George & the Dragon

Prince Harry is the Viscountess’ favourite royal

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

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Gerry King permalink
    April 23, 2016

    A full colour feature on Viscountess Boudica’s celebratory devices always gladdens my heart!!

  2. April 23, 2016

    The Viscountess has so much style. Long may she reign! Great photographs.

  3. Sally Baldwin permalink
    April 23, 2016

    Her ladyship has outdone herself once again!! I LOVE her fabulous, unique style and verve!

    I’m cheered up every time you run a feature on this dear soul.

    Bless you Viscountess, and thank you Gentle Author, for sharing her with the world.

    Belfast, Maine, USA

    PS Nice ankles, Boudica!!

  4. Libby permalink
    April 23, 2016

    Three cheers for our indomitable Boudica. Three cheers for her creativity and generosity, her kindness and her courage, and her absolutely unique interpretation of the world. Indeed: ‘Long may she reign’.

  5. Susan permalink
    April 23, 2016

    It’s clear that there is some sort of unofficial Viscountess Boudica fan club! (Myself included.) Her outfit is to die for and the comment re “those teeth” made me dissolve into laughter. (Astute observation, that.) As for the writing on this piece, gentle author, it is particularly fine. I particularly love the bit about “identifying with those who discover themselves at the rough end of our national culture”.

  6. mollasses permalink
    April 23, 2016

    Bravo Viscountess!

    Bravo gentle author!

  7. pauline taylor permalink
    April 23, 2016

    Hear, hear!! How is it that the Viscountess manages to say exactly what any of us like to hear, bravo for the underdogs, and especially foxes and dragons, bravo for all those who can smile without all those teeth etc. etc. Thank you for another lovely glimpse of Boudicca’s decorations, and those smashing shoes. Long may she reign indeed!

  8. BillyO permalink
    April 23, 2016

    Hip – hip – hurray, hip – hip – hurray, hip – hip – hurray ! From the Spring infused mountains of Vermont. Long may you reign, long may we cheer. May the parade never end. March on !

  9. Ian. permalink
    April 23, 2016

    She is a National Treasure in my eyes. I await her next appearance eagerly.

  10. April 25, 2016

    i love viscountess boudica and hope you feature many more stories about her. please say hello to her for me <3

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