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My heart skipped another beat as my gaze fell on the machinery’s makers plate: proudly made by Babcocks, my father’s first employer…

Some weeks after the now infamous Catalan referendum, I was enjoying a walk in my adopted home of Sant Andreu, reflecting on independence politics and soaking up the warm, early autumn sunshine as I trod the cobbled streets, a diaspora Scot in Catalonia.

The streets were, as always, full of people; chatting, promenading, laughing and in general being social in a way that’s almost lost in Scotland, but above the murmur of the crowd I swore I could hear a Scots voice, clear and in sharp tableau against the backdrop of rich Catalonian accents.

There it was again…Scots.

I stood transfixed, staring at the empty windows of the derelict and closed factory looking for the owner. Then I saw him, a shade at the window that immediately disappeared from under my gaze.

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