Hooray for Lilith

Monday 7th June 2021

Yesterday I was as mad as a bag full of cheese, hence putting up several stanzas of Jacques Brel’s ‘Port of Amsterdam’ instead of any recognisable daily blog post. Today I am less mad, and have a remarkable piece of something or other to impart.

I think it was Oscar Wilde who said something like “strange how nature doth imitates art“. I can’t find the original quote, and I may have just made that up completely, but it is a truism which is certainly out there. For some months I have been joking that the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be named Lilith, because their son was named Archie, and I have a dog called Archie and a cat called Lilith (Lily for short).

Yesterday it was announced that the baby girl was named Lilibet (Lili for short). I am now making a cast iron prediction that their third child will be a boy, named after my cat Peanut. And when Prince Charles ascends to the throne the little boy will be known as Prince Peanut.

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.