Monday, 15 November 2010

To your knees, people, Boudica is IN THE BUILDING!

I've been compared with many female characters in my lifetime.  The first, obviously, because of the freckles, was Anne (of Green Gables).  Did she have a surname?  *Google says 'Shirley'* (co-incidentally my mother's name). 

Have YOU seen my tonsils?
When I had my tonsils out at the rather decrepit age of 24 (and put in the children's ward, which is the USUAL place for humans having their tonsils out - they being at most 8 years old) I managed to find a grown up TV-area one evening and a old dear in there looked up at me (tonsil-less and probably swollen of throat) and said "you've the look of that Stephanie Beacham off the telly".  And, delightedly, as an avid follower of 'The Colbys', I took it as a compliment.  Until just now when I realised she could've meant when she starred in 'Tenko' - 
My GBF once told me I had the legs of Christie Brinkley but then he also told me I had the sex appeal of a road accident.  Both these 'compliments' were, of course, aided and abetted by copious quantities of Special Brew and I appreciate that neither are entirely accurate.

And finally, today, after nearly 7 years of working at our local Middle School, I found out why it is that most of the kids there (I mean  young students, of course I do) either avert their eyes and pin themselves up against the corridor walls when I pass, or else hold my gaze so disconcertingly that I often have to whip out my mirror when I get back to my room to check for food-in-hair/teeth/eyebrows.  

My lovely colleague told me that when she used to teach a class about  Boudicea, when describing the Queen of Icani (that's, rather unexcitingly, *Norfolk* to you and me) she used me as a reference.  And although my initial reaction was "Eurgh - not that Dyke in the Chariot!", since Googling all manner of images of her, I found this rather lovely description and I'm sticking with that, thank you very much:

 Wikepedia says:

"... that she was "possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women", that she was tall, had long red hair down to her hips, a harsh voice and a piercing glare, and habitually wore a large golden necklace (perhaps a torc), a many-coloured tunic, and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch...."

That's me to a Tee - minus the cloak and the bling, obvs.
Oh, and the harsh voice.  
And the piercing glare (I hope)
So, just the greater intelligence and the red hair then. Which isn't quite waist-length.
And the tallness.
Def. not the many coloured tunic.  I've only got one of those and I'm still not convinced myself... not enough to lead an army of men from Norfolk on a merry rampage, anyway.
In fact I'm not even sure I'd feel overly confident in a many-coloured tunic going round Sainsbury's these days.


Lane said...

You're a warrior woman! Respect.

Not sure about wearing a torc. I thought that was something you tightened car bits with.

ps - you were put in a children's ward ??

Debs Riccio said...

lol, Lane - you mean the torque wrench I think - oh yes, I listened to my father! I thought it said 'torch' when I first read the Wiki desc and I thought "aha! a woman after my own heart - she's prepared for all eventualities - overthrowing in the dark? No problem - I have my torch with me - haha"!
And the children's ward? Mmm - yes, unless my brain is so shot with age that I'm electing to remember it all wrongly! (this was last century, anyhoo!)

Anonymous said...

A friend of a friend has called her daughter Boudicea. Sadly, I don't know what the surname is. And no, she doesn't live in Notting Hill.

Michele said...

you are so Boudica! I just saw something about her on the History channel- never heard of her before that.
Now go and kick some ass!

Anonymous said...

Debs, you are so bad-ass. Which is a good thing, I promise!

As for pronouncing the name Boudica? I've got no clue. Talk about soft/hard word conundrums! I'm not even going to bother to spell check this.. it's 2am.

Deb said...

I'd have you down more as She-ra - Princess of Power, Debs. Although she had blonde hair, but I bet she dyed it. All together now, I Have the Poweeer!

Debs Riccio said...

Ooh Boudicea for a daughter...hmmm not sure about that... I knew someone once who called her daughter Genevieve which I think is Gorgeous, but Bou?
Michele and Suz, thanks (I think!)
Deb... y'see now I'm going to have to Google flippin' 'She-ra' - sounds like a character out of Jungle Book!

Debs Riccio said...

Oh, and the spelling, Suz (since were bonifide EXPERTS at spelling now!) is deliberately all over the show... there're so many variations of both spelling and pronunciation, that in the end I just didn't worry about it. And Boudicca? Bovvered? Probably not!