Holiday last year. Visiting Portland, Oregon, from Glasgow, Scotland. Hosted by local PR people. One of whom tells me that my accent reminds her of a guy she knows in a small town call Bend. Four days later, I'm in Bend, walking down street with PR girl who spots this other Scottish guy, shouts him over. We get talking. He has lived in Oregon for 20 years. He comes from the small village in Scotland right next tothe small village I grew up in. My mother was his school dinner lady in a school in Scotland of just 200 kids. And my sister was in his class.