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Viscountess Boudica’s St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2018
by the gentle author

On St Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our dearly beloved Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green who once entertained us with her seasonal frolics and capers but is now exiled to Uttoxeter

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh

In the East End, we owe a debt of gratitude to Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green and we miss her inspirational example in observing each of the festivals of the year with passion and gusto. On St Patrick’s Day, I always found 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, “I need to go to Dublin 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

The Departure of Viscountess Boudica

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. Robin permalink
    March 17, 2018

    I miss Viscountess Boudica. I hope she is well and happy.

  2. Deborah permalink
    March 17, 2018

    I have often thought about Viscountess Boudicca and wondered how she was faring in exile. Do you have any news of her?
    Are you still in touch and if so, might we have an update on her new circumstances? Please let her know if hat she is remembered fondly by your readers.

  3. StephenJ permalink
    March 17, 2018

    Well knock me down, if you’d told me Rod Liddle was Irish, I wouldn’t have believed you…

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day “Boudica”.

  4. Mel permalink
    March 17, 2018

    Lovely to see Viscountess Boudica again – I too wonder how she is getting on in her new flat. It would be great to have a longer update – best wishes Boudica!

  5. John Barrett permalink
    March 17, 2018

    My favorite lady is back on stage – her collection of clothes today is so good. She is loved by her fans and is missed since she moved away. Lets enjoy her on this St Patrick’s Day, this is a splendid spread by GA. Ireland please except into your hearts at one time she was so sad and lonely – just love her while you can ok. Poet John a Huguenot Bristol PS she must be nice she likes teddies

  6. Sarah B Guest Perry permalink
    March 17, 2018

    Lovely to see the Viscountess again and hoping she is doing well

  7. Jamie Surman permalink
    March 17, 2018


  8. Sally Baldwin permalink
    March 17, 2018

    I too miss our superb, spirited Countess, and I pray that she’s doing well. What a light to the world she has been!

  9. Gary Arber permalink
    March 17, 2018

    I met the countess at one of your book launches, it is such a shame that ignorance drove her from her home.
    Please find a space in your busy life to go and visit her and give us an update on her new life.

  10. mark permalink
    March 17, 2018

    Miss her. Let us know how she is faring.

  11. March 18, 2018

    Glad to see that you’re fine! — A very happy St Patrick’s Day to you!

    Love & Peace

  12. Greta Kelly permalink
    March 18, 2018

    Oh dear, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! But on reading some of the comments, I acknowledge there seems to be some background to this post. Will try and understand by reading the other articles.

  13. R N Hurdle permalink
    March 19, 2018

    Irish eyes I see

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