Recently, Guardian Weekend did a big piece on Victoria Wood's new TV series, Victoria's Empire. It was very absorbing.
She is basically going round the world to all things named "Victoria", like her, after Queen Victoria.
This evening I watched her visit Ghana, Jamaica and Newfoundland.
It is marvellous to see someone like Victoria Wood touring our ex-Empire, showing the appropriate amount of guilt and humour.
When she visited Newfoundland she mentioned that Queen Victoria sent a message to US President Buchanan via cable for the first time via Newfoundland. She mentioned that, at the time, that was very modern. I paraphrase her: "It would be like these days, the Queen taking a picture of her bottom on her mobile and texting it to the White House".
She also mentioned that British people quite often visited Newfoundland to "bagsy it for Britain".
What an irreplaceable national treasure is our Victoria Wood!
I bet Asda had to pay a fortune to get her fannying about with bread in their adverts! It serves them right for thinking Sharon Osbourne was any good.