The fella on the right was my ferryman at Cromarty a couple of weeks back. He told me to go to the Giant Angus MacAskill museum somewhere in Skye. He loves giants and strongmen in general. I told him I met @thorbjornsson once and asked to stand next to him - I came up to his nipples. Yer man was a bit disappointed at this description, given my small stature I suppose. I wrote down his name along with the museum location somewhere, but I haven’t located that yet. It could be in my many many digital files or perhaps on paper. I’m organised at least 1/2 of the time which is how I manage to pull of trips like this, but some finer details slip through my fingers. What I omitted in my instgram post was that this man, wondering aloud at what I was up to, wanted to know how I earned my living. And when I told him I was a self-employed photographer and writer, he sort of scowled like this, and queried “You mean like freelance?” Yes. “Good luck with that self-employed freelancing then,” he scoffed as we parted. I read his tone as jealousy more than skepticism, though for some fucking reason his doubt still stung.
Anyhow, there I was this morning without a care in the world or such paper or digital file, on my way to the @thethreechimneysskye (which was epic) for lunch when I spot the museum! So I double back and go in. A family of three is ahead of me ringing the bell. The sign says to go in if no one comes. So the family rings again and after a minute we go in. There he stands, a life-size replica of the tallest Scottish man to live, with full faculty, in fact, he had a rather successful career and was a professional showman. He stands alongside a replica of Tom Thumb, his partner and co-star. But what gets me is Peter who eventually comes in and explains the history of the museum, he's on the left. He’s the reason this museum exists and has done for 30 years. People, of course, shook their heads and told him he was crazy. Let me interject with a great George Bernard Shaw quote "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Peter is a direct descendant of Angus and also the father of biking celebrity Danny MacAskill @Danny_macaskill No one here seems reasonable. Quite extraordinary in fact. I learned all this in the museum and I’m leaving things out but you can find em. I felt immediate affection for Peter who explained the story of how he hurt his hand and couldn’t take a picture of me in the chair (and a great many other things. He’d had “too much hospitality” that night.
Check out the museum, check out Danny (if you don’t already know, I’m the last on these things). I just enjoyed his Danny Daycare video. Given what he does it must have made Peter chuckle on the inside to watch me nervously back out of his gravel driveway. I’m caining it on that sheep road to the wonderful house I’m staying at now, but farting around slow on gravel still spooks me. Especially if there are potholes or uneven surfaces. And this is Scotland so guess how much of that there is. Grade A day. See @hengetohengefor a post at the lighthouse later on.