As re-published in Let’s Do It for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
“It’s not every day you get to interview a bloke called Skopje…………” wrote Stacy Hart in her weekly column at the Watford Observer. She went on ..
This week I’ve brought my M.E and local section together for one M.E-tastic Super-section because I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the local multi-talented human being that is Skopje , Acoustic folk artist & photographer who like me also suffers with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E). I usually find there’s a story behind how people adopt their names, and I enjoy hearing them so that’s the question I started with……and he didn’t disappoint :
SKOPJE: At 17 all my mates were buying cars so the hopes of a lads holiday went out of the window. I was working as an assistant film editor at Filmfair at the time, the childrens animation company that bought us gems like The Wombles & Paddington etc….
A new girl offered me to go inter- railing with her and her friend and I agreed but within an hour of arriving in Rome the girls went off leaving me by myself and then hooked up with two Canadian guys who they bought back to the room we all shared. It was an uncomfortable situation and the next morning we literally tore the Map and guide book in half and went our separate ways.
I had always wanted to go to the Greek islands, so I set off, terrified, shy, young, it was my first holiday, but there was no way I was going back to the Uk with my tail between my legs. I got down to the very bottom of Italy close to midnight, and the boat was going in ten minutes….. There were two dotted lines on the map that left Italy, I presumed they both went to Greece, but the girls had that part of the map….so I just got on the boat, and hoped for the best.
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