The Scottish Tourette’s mystery solved.

I get a phone call.
“Oh my God, switch on the TV.”
I flip stations until I get to the Nat Geo channel.
And there on the news room TV is the Tourette’s man.
The last time I saw Tourette’s man and his friend, he was walking down the aisles of a Spar supermarket, in the Scottish town of Arisaig, swearing to high heaven.

Paul Stevenson, on the left, is the man I believe I encountered in the Spar supermarket in Arisaig, Scotland

Paul Stevenson, on the left, is the man I believe I encountered in the Spar supermarket in Arisaig, Scotland


I thought he was looking for a fight, but then he apologised to me, saying he had Tourette’s syndrome.
But since I wrote a blog on my Tourette’s experience, I have been ridiculed, even laughed at.
Most doubted I encountered a Tourette’s suffer, let alone two.
It is a rare psychological disorder they told me.
“You fell for that, they were having you on Smillie,” said one arm chair psychologist.
“And everyone knows that only children can have Tourette’s syndrome,” explained a budding Dr Phil.
But here they were appearing on an episode of Strange Behaviours on the National Geographic channel.
The man, I believe, I encountered in the Spar supermarket that day was Paul Stevenson.
Now he, according to the programme, had come to the Highland town to find a secluded retreat, for Tourette sufferers.
He found it at the Arisaig camping site, where the owner’s daughter is a Tourette’s sufferer.
Since then Tourette sufferers have been coming here for a bit of R’nR and to juice up the town’s vocabulary.
Only wish they could have told us tourists about this.

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About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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