Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Nothing Like Respect For Each Other’s Religion

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter! I kicked off the morning, as I do every Sunday, by sipping tea and reading the News of The World.

I discovered, among other fascinating tidbits of news, that Madonna attended a “bizarre Kabbalah ritual in central London on Wednesday”. Apparently she “ate raw radishes as part of the odd ceremony”.

  What a loony! I always cook my radishes. Who doesn’t? This bizarre ritual will have been Passover, I imagine. Nutty old Madonna, with her peculiar festivals. I had a good old laugh at her crazy ways, as I enjoyed a giant chocolate egg to celebrate the resurrection.

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John at 7:26 pm on April 12th, 2009

Did you have to buy your own chocolate egg?  I bought myself one when they first hit the shops, in Jan., and then received two as presents last week.  Blimey… how popular am I?  I love the idea that Cadbury Creme Eggs are a seasonal treat… or so I’m led to believe: a bit like asparagus, birthdays, and cleaning the car.

Andrew at 8:34 pm on April 12th, 2009

Hi Vicky

just found your blog site the other day.

Never done fan mail before, but want to let you know that your dad kept me amused for 30 years or so. Sadly I could give him nothing by way of return, other than a distant gratitude and admiration.

Glad you’re now “out” of porn. Oxford produced classicists in my day!

Have fun, be happy. Good luck to you.

Phil at 9:51 pm on April 12th, 2009

I’m waiting to see what equivalent the Scientologists come up with… A fudge effigy of Tom Cruise perhaps?

Kenn at 4:46 pm on April 15th, 2009

No no no, Scientology would have something like, a chocolate Zorg (or whatever their leader’s name is), which you must resist the temptation to eat; by doing so you show you’re not one of the immoral humans who give in to temptations and that you also respect your leader Zorg enough to never ever deface an image or incarnation of him.
Or something…the big question is what brand of tea does Vicky drink? you have an Twinings Earl Gray feel about you, or Yorkshire

Victoria Coren at 4:56 pm on April 15th, 2009

You flatter me too much! I’m a Typhoo girl.

David R at 3:46 pm on April 17th, 2009

This might be a bit tenuous, but here’s a song (from my favourite band) that mentions tea and poker in quick succession (lyrics printed on the right):

daniel maris at 2:11 am on August 26th, 2009

It was all going so well and then you let slip you were a Typhoo girl!  Why not just sweep up the floor at poker events and pour boiling water over what you find - it will taste nicer than Typhoo. PG Tips is what you should be drinking.

Garreth at 1:35 am on October 30th, 2009

I have to disagree with you there Daniel, after spending two years working in a high school where the bulk-bought tea bags changed pretty much every week, I have to point out that Tetley’s tea bags produce the most satsfying cup of tea.
Which is kind of ironic if you remember typhoo’s catchphrase ;)

Victoria, after coming to your blog from the postal strike post I couldn’t help but notice that are lacking an about me section/bio that most blogs have these days.
So out of interest, how did you come to be a professional poker player?

Victoria Coren at 12:36 pm on October 30th, 2009

Goodness, the answer to that is a long story. Quite literally: you will find that long story here

That’ll tell you everything but, in brief, I don’t think I exactly am a professional poker player because it is not the only way I make a living. I am a PokerStars Team Pro, and that’s because I made a sponsorship deal with the PokerStars website in 2008, a year or so after I won the European Championship. But it’s a long tale of twists and turns, the journey from recreational poker round the kitchen table with my brother to international competitions 20 years later, and the book will be out in paperback next year if it looks a bit too pricy now!

Victoria Coren

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