Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Story of the Week
After 20 years of living in the wilds on a remote part of the Isle of Skye, Tom Leppard - the Leopard Man - has moved into more conventional lodgings. The 73 year old, who was until recently the most extensively tattooed man on Earth, has decided that he is now too old for his demanding lifestyle. For two decades, the ex-Special Forces soldier has lived in a bothy (a stone-built hut with a tin roof) on the shore of Loch na Bèiste without water, sewage, electricity or heating. However, the Leopard Man now says that the weekly kayak trip across the fast-flowing Kyles of Lochalsh for supplies was taking its toll and that he was 'one big wave away from disaster'. So he has now moved into a one bedroomed apartment in the village of Broadford.
To read Neil Stephen's full story as printed in The Guardian, click here. Photo by Murdo Macleod.