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Their gentle voices calling

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I woke in the night with the words of the Negro Spiritual ringing in my ears:

“I'm coming, I'm coming

Though my head is bending low

I hear their gentle voices calling

Poor Old Joe”

It took me a moment to realise I was in bed in the Sant Jaume hospital in Manlleu. What a relief to remember that slavery was abolished 150 years ago. I'd been in hospital for a week and before that in the Vic Hospital General. The ulcers on my legs were infected and I had just done a week of antibiotics. Both hospitals couldn't have been more excellent and super-efficient, and in the convalescent atmosphere of the Manlleu hospital,........

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