Kohinoor and Keith


Kohinoor is a Persian name meaning “mountain of light” and the name of a famous diamond. I also love this name because of the Koh-I-Noor pencil company, which produces very good artist-quality graphite pencils, coloured pencils, and other materials. Their 24-count set of woodless coloured pencils is a really good bargain, and a great basic set to have. I’m not going to pretend they’re on the level of Caran d’Ache, Faber-Castell, or Derwent, but they’re still artist-quality and great for basic drawing.

Keith is a Scottish name possibly derived from the Brythonic element cet, which means “wood.” It was originally a surname, but is now a forename as well. I of course love this name because of Keith John Moon, the greatest drummer ever.

I named one of my stuffed animals, a Husky, after him. One of my Atlantic City characters, of the current youngest generation, is also named after Keith Moon, since his mother loves The Who. It’s such a handsome, cute name, and a shame it’s not so popular anymore.


Besides Keith the dog, I’ve also got cats named Davy, John, Paul, and George, a tiger named Roger,  and a gigantic frog named Simon (the cutest frog ever!). Stuffed animals with non-musical namesakes are chipmunk Jerome (after Curly Howard), little dog Roscoe (after Roscoe Arbuckle), little cat Manfred (after Manfred Marx, the Marx Brothers’ oldest brother who died in infancy), and dog-shaped neck pillow Jack (after silent and early sound actor John “Jack” Gilbert). My stuffed spider is named Boris, of course, since all good little Who freaks name their spiders Boris.


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