We are being watched. Scotland - usually an ignored and barely acknowledged corner of Europe - is suddenly at the centre of a slow-burning global news story. However we vote in 2014, the very fact we are having a democratic say at all sends a powerful message to the rest of the world. Some people overseas are inspired by this. Others fear it. Many, many more are simply intrigued by the very idea that the United Kingdom, one of the planet’s oldest states, could be dismantled and the half-forgotten nation-state of Scotland reappear. So what’s the point of this blog? To try, as Burns suggested, “to see oursels as others see us”, to tap into the growing interest in Scotland overseas. Why? Because sometimes foreign observers will tell us something about ourselves we don’t know.