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Viscountess Boudica’s Valentines Day

February 14, 2019
by the gentle author

On Valentine’s Day, I cannot help thinking back to the days when we had Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green to make the East End a more colourful place, before she was ‘socially cleansed’ to Uttoxeter

Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green confessed to me that she 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 remained 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, lay 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 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 still hope of domestic happiness.”

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

13 Responses leave one →
  1. mlaiuppa permalink
    February 14, 2019

    I went back to read of the departure of Vicountess Boudicca. What a wonderful person. Bethnal Green is a bit drabber for her loss. I’m so sad for what she had to endure both from the viciousness of the few in the community and the deafness, blindness and lack of compassion from the very government that is supposed to support all of it’s citizens.

    I looked at the posts on her appliances (what fun) and I mourn for the little dog statues that I fear the hoodlums broke and the other treasures she had saved that they likely trashed. I appreciate the love that went into creating them and the love that went into collecting and safe-guarding them.

    I hope she has found some peace and acceptance in her new home and that they appreciate her creativity and joy. Bethnal Green’s loss is Uttoxeter’s gain and I hope they realize what a gift they have in their midst.

  2. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Fabulous! And good Valentine’s advice, Viscountess Boudica… x

  3. Caroline Bottomley permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Lots of love Viscountess Boudica
    Will you be my valentine? xxx

  4. John Barrett permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Nice to see her back again. Lets keep her on scene. Poet John Poetry Soc

  5. akkers permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Happy Valentines Viscountess – it was great to read about her again. Gentle Author, you should go to Uttoxeter and see how she is getting on as I am sure that I am not the only one of your readers who would love to know.

  6. Sarah B Guest Perry permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Always the best decorations. My valentine for sure.

  7. Jiill Eljadi permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Wondering how here new life has panned out….

  8. February 14, 2019

    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 🙂

  9. Peter-Thomas Gaby permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Dear Viscountess,

    Many of us feel honoured to be part of your resurrected Valentine’s celebration.

    With your change locale we were very concerned at loosing our connection with you, via the Gentle Author’s Spitalfield Life.

    So now we are most happy to see your return & to offer kindest wishes on this Valentine’s Day’s.

    From the Frozen Northland’s of the America’s.


    Ontario, Canada.

  10. February 14, 2019

    A huge hug, viscountess Boudica.

  11. Pauline Taylor permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Happy Valentine’s Day Viscountess Boudicca, all GA’s readers love and miss you, hope you will come back one day. The decorations are just gorgeous.

  12. Helen permalink
    February 14, 2019

    Please may we have an update on Vicountess Boudica. We miss her!

  13. Evelyn Grant permalink
    February 17, 2019

    Absolutely delightful Valentine article….My first encounter with Vicountess Boudica. Love the energy, humour and spirit of this creative artist. Long may she continue despite the detraction of the trolls. Don’t let them rain on your parade!

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