The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘THE at­mos­phere at break­fast in the Stratsa House Ho­tel was as over­cast as the skies out­side. Re­gret seems to have the up­per hand over ex­pec­ta­tion; yes­ter­day, rather than to­day, seemed up­per­most in peo­ple’s minds. This was cer­tainly true in Keith Mab­but’s case. He had com­pleted his his­tory of the Sul­lom Voe Oil Ter­mi­nal and his work on Shetland was over. In three hours he would be fly­ing out of Sum­burgh for the last time. He ex­am­ined the buf­fet. It was al­ways the same but he lived in hope that one day a fruit com­pote might ap­pear, or a thick Vik­ing muesli, or just any­thing not in a packet.’

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