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September 3, 1988 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Local writer James Nicolson recalls the time, before the oil came in the 1970s, when most Shetlanders struggled for a living by farming the islands' grudging landscape or fishing the surrounding gray, unforgiving seas. "The only ones better off were the teacher, the minister and the doctor," Nicolson recalled. "They had steady jobs, new clothes and a better house. The rest of us were poor, but happy."
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September 3, 1988 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Local writer James Nicolson recalls the time, before the oil came in the 1970s, when most Shetlanders struggled for a living by farming the islands' grudging landscape or fishing the surrounding gray, unforgiving seas. "The only ones better off were the teacher, the minister and the doctor," Nicolson recalled. "They had steady jobs, new clothes and a better house. The rest of us were poor, but happy."
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