Victoria Mary Clarke in the MediaLinks to some of my TV and newspaper appearances over the years.
The cold reality of that romantic stately home.
A warm welcome is more important than good carpets and curtains any day, writes Victoria Mary Clarke. I’m traumatised thinking about home interiors and how mine might be inferior. This was possibly triggered by RTE’s Home of the Year contest. As often happens when I hear mention of a contest, I found myself wondering if I might be in with a chance. But I suspect I would have a better chance of winning an Iron Man contest. And naturally I had to ask myself if I am missing out on something.
Raise a glass to Pint Baby and toast our Epic sense of humour.
The Guinness-swigging infant from 1997 has sparked world-wide debate, writes Victoria Mary Clarke. If you have been on another planet recently, you may not have heard of the person known as ‘pint baby’. So let me explain.
Spending a day in the garden is like a breath of fresh air.
I’ve given up on the dream of being self-sufficient, but I love the great outdoors. I’m doing ‘stuff’ in the garden. It is still February, which doesn’t really qualify as spring, and it is not at all warm, but that is the kind of hardy, outdoorsy type that I am.
Passion and patience make the sweetest gift.
Here’s the perfect way to express your love on Valentine’s Day, but you need to concentrate, says Victoria Mary Clarke.
On a ridiculously freezing February afternoon, in a shiny stainless steel kitchen somewhere in Glasnevin, a lady in a white lab coat is handing me a blue hairnet. Read More
My crazy nights in La La Land – Living in Los Angeles is no romantic comedy.
With death threats, gang warfare and blood on the streets, living in LA is no romantic comedy, writes Victoria Mary Clarke.
I love movies. All kinds of movies, even the totally rubbish rom-coms and chick flicks. I devour all of them with a religious fervour and if at all possible I see them in the cinema, where they were meant to be seen, because of all the ways to escape from reality and immerse oneself in fantasy, the cinema is the best.
Victoria Mary Clarke on Today with Maura and Daithi, 23rd January
It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to – but at 51 I don’t want to.
I’ve avoided celebrating my birthday for years but I’m finally able to embrace it all this year. I’m having a birthday party. People have asked: “Is it a significant one?” Well, it is to me. They all are. I just turned 51.
I’m going flat out to get the figure I’m craving.
I’ve tried all the diets and I’m addicted to exercise – so why is it that I still can’t lose those extra few pounds? There is a picture of a woman’s stomach on my wall. To be precise, it is of her abdominal region – and it is a thing of such breathtaking beauty that, as I pass it by on my way to the kitchen, I often pause to marvel at it.
Every call, every card, every little bit of love is always deeply appreciated.
Yes, rage against the dying of the light – but then we’ve got to reach out to console those left behind. Death is devastating. The other day, Shane and I went to the funeral of Frank Murray, who used to be the Pogues’ manager. Frank’s daughter Shannon gave the most brutally effective eulogy that I have yet heard.
No matter who we are, we all have a battle against our own mind.
It happens every time a famous singer self-destructs: I feel shock, a sense of loss, relief, then guilt. When the news came through about this being George Michael’s last Christmas, my first thought was “Why? Why George?”And this was immediately followed by a sense of relief because my partner, Shane MacGowan, has been famously self-destructive for as long as he has been a singer. So every time another famous singer dies of drug or alcohol-related causes, there is the usual shock and sense of loss – especially if we knew the person, and George was a very lovely person. But there is also this very mixed up and almost guilty feeling that we have survived, and someone else has not.
Silly old games put the fun into the festivities.
Festive traditions are great but they can also take their toll. Whatever happens, Christmas is also a time for having a laugh, writes Victoria Mary Clarke. I like the traditional Christmas as much as anyone. But there always seems to be so much work involved in it. The cooking rituals in particular seem to be designed so that they must be executed with military precision or else it will all go horribly wrong and the people who are doing the cooking will feel like they failed Masterchef.
Tell me what you want, as long as it’s in budget.
Making sure that everybody is kept happy and satisfied at Christmas time can be harder than it looks. In a supreme effort to do Christmas ‘properly’ this year and thinking that one day I will get it right, I have been asking my friends and family to write me lists of exactly what they want, like wedding lists.
Old farming images reap escape from modern life.
The mythical idea of farming from days gone by takes us back to more serene times – a time before driverless tractors, says Victoria Mary Clarke. The other day I got given an ‘Irish Farmer’ calendar for 2017. It is full of hot, young, semi-naked farmers cavorting in hay barns, and striking flirtatious poses with cows and sheep and pigs and bits of rope and a certain amount of mud.
A Fairytale ending to our big homeless crisis.
There are thousands of homeless people in Ireland, but could we do more to help them, asks Victoria Mary Clarke. This morning I woke up in a warm bed. I was able to have a hot shower, choose from a wardrobe full of clothes, and make my own breakfast in my own kitchen.
What secrets can my car tell you about me?
Gleaming $8m Maybach, or €1k patched up old banger – it’s just a matter of priorities, writes Victoria Mary Clarke. My friends and family have been on at me to buy a new car. They think my car is embarrassing, and some of them would rather walk than be driven in it, which shocks me.
Walking barefoot has put a real spring back in my step.
‘Grounding’ is a scientifically researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as improving sleep. I am not a person who likes the cold. Far from it. People laugh openly when I put on ski pants in November just to walk to the shops and if it rains I always have plastic trousers. So the idea of barefoot walking did not immediately appeal to me, especially when it is freezing outside. But as with anything in life, when the benefits outweigh the pain, you will do pretty much anything.
Warm, funny and brave, Nujeen reached out and touched my heart.
David and Goliath story has opened my eyes to the refugee crisis, and I want to help. I am having a holiday on the island of La Gomera, near Tenerife. On the beach in front of our hotel there is a large orange deflated dinghy lying abandoned. Nobody goes near it, nobody touches it.
This is the longest that Shane has been sober since we met – and he is happy.
Victoria Mary Clarke on life with the newly sober Pogues singer Shane MacGowan.
I almost burned the house down just now. The whole place was full of smoke and I couldn’t figure out how to get the fire alarm to stop. I need a drink. But I can’t have one.
Halloween is truly scary if a child has a nut allergy
Never mind the spooky costumes. Accepting treats from strangers is a real fright for some children. It is almost Halloween, traditionally the season of scary costumes, of apple bobbing and cracking nuts by the fire, and, if you are young, it is the season of trick or treating, which means roaming the streets in the dark en masse, collecting sweets from strangers and stuffing your face with them, often without your parents seeing exactly what you are eating. Read More
That Woman’s Got Me Drinking video by Shane McGowan, featuring Victoria Mary Clarke and Johnny Depp
It’s all fun and games till you need implants!
Victoria Mary Clarke used to think bad teeth were a sign of rebelliousness and free spirit. But 40 years of chewing toffees and five extractions later, she’s starting to reconsider what turns her on.
Kim, me, Johnny Depp and a killer’s Magnum
Kim shouldn’t live her life in fear after her robbery ordeal, says Victoria Mary Clarke, who was mugged five times herself.
On Monday, Kim Kardashian was mugged in Paris. There has been an alarming lack of sympathy for Kim, based on the fact that she ‘flaunted’ her diamonds on social media, and tempted the burglars.
The many benefits of being well-connected.
Patrick Holford’s latest book about human connection has inspired Victoria Mary Clarke to go barefoot in the garden. It is a blustery day, and you can feel the summer is over. I am about to put one reluctant foot on the wet grass in the back garden. All reasoning tells me this is a bad idea, this is how you catch pneumonia. But because Patrick Holford says we should do this, and he has spent 40 years researching this stuff, I am determined.
How to get the attention you want from the press
It helps if you are keen, and famous but mostly if you have a story of value to share.
I have been asked to give a talk about how to get the attention of the media. Like a foodie who gets asked “What would you cook on Masterchef?” an avalanche of ideas comes tumbling out. Many of my colleagues in the media are horrified at the thought of actually being featured in the media, but luckily for my audience, that has never been my problem.
Watch Victoria & Sarah’s appearance on RTÉ Today here:
Grace Jones reminds me age is just a number
OAPs like Grace Jones and Jane Fonda empower women to be fearless, writes Victoria Mary Clarke.
Grace Jones is crawling around the stage of the Olympia in a Jasper Conran corset, and a gold headdress. She turns to wiggle her tail at us and arches her spine like a panther, throwing shapes that revel in her physicality, in her sleek, toned, muscular body. Read More
Talking on the Dave Fanning Show, April 2016
Victoria writing in the Independent about the journey from people-pleaser to assertiveness:
“So what do you want from coaching?” she asked me. Her question flummoxed me. “What do I want? I don’t know,” I said. After she had asked a lot of questions, it transpired that what I immediately wanted was success in my career, to give me a boost in confidence and a raison d’etre. Within two weeks, I had an article in the London Evening Standard, flagged with a photo on the cover.
Speaking at the amazing Women Inspire Network
Victoria and Shane on the Late Late Show!!
Talking about my life and family in The Guardian.
Shane MacGowan, the hellraising lead singer of the Pogues, isn’t everybody’s idea of stability and security. But that’s what he gave his partner Victoria Mary Clarke, who was abandoned by her father as a baby. Then, one day, she met her real dad … http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/17/shane-mcgowan-victoria-mary-clarke
Sky News talk to Victoria about Shane MacGowan’s new documentary “A Wreck Reborn”
A little connector.tv intro to our Speaking Suppers
RTE Celebs Gone Wild: will she jump or won’t she!?
Chatting with the infamous Podge and Rodge