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Scotland on Sunday 1000th issue

Scotland on Sunday 1000th issue

The magic number

THE number 1,000 is represented by M in Roman numerals (or K in job ads), and is derived from the Greek thurias, meaning a multitude, and Sanskrit tawás, meaning strong or force.

Words of wisdom

ALTHOUGH journalism has its own argot that seeps into everyday talk - punchy verbs like scoop, spike, splash and spoil - it's the words about journalism itself that tell us most about how it is perceived.

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A Golgotha of infants

MARCH 1996: DUNBLANE

Confessions of a Scotland on Sunday veteran

TAKE a look at these two group photos on the right. The black-and-white one was taken the night the very first Scotland on Sunday rolled off the presses in August 1988, and it shows the original team of journalists. The colour one shows the SoS staff as it is today. Taken 19 years apart, the two photos have just one thing in common: me.

The battleground

I KNOW, I know - it becomes wearisome having to watch this political farce that has been running for so long at the Palace of Westminster. The current set has been designed entirely by economists, which means, of course, that it looks nothing like any place where human beings could actually live.

Welcome to my world

FORMER Scotland on Sunday journalist Peter Jinks, 37, left Scotland in 2000 and now lives in Sicily. Hallam Foe, his first novel, was adapted into the award-winning film, which premièred at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is currently working on a horror screenplay set in Rome.

A breed apart

NOVEMBER 2000: IAN WILMUT & DOLLY

An end to my world

DECEMBER 1988: LOCKERBIE

Getting wrecked in Shetland

JANUARY 1993: THE BRAER DISASTER

In the heat of the night

OCTOBER 1993: LIFE IN A GLASGOW BROTHEL

More than a game

NOVEMBER 1989: THE NATIONAL SPORT

Nothing to grouse about

AUGUST 1997: THE JOY OF GROUSE

Scotland finds its voice

JULY 1999: OPENING OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

Taking on Brechin City

FEBRUARY 1990: BRECHIN

True colours

DECEMBER 2005: ELSIE DOIG, ORANGEWOMAN

Scotland on Sunday Sightsavers campaign

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHIL WILKINSON AND ROBERT PERRY

Archives: August 7, 1988

The Government is to step up its radical reform plans for Scottish education by presenting a Bill next year to allow state schools to opt out of local authority control.

Thank you 1,000 times

ON AUGUST 7, 1988, the very first issue of Scotland on Sunday hit the newsstands, its arrival accompanied by an advertising campaign with this slogan: "Scots have always had minds of their own. Now they have a Sunday newspaper to match." It was a shameless attempt at flattery. This, the campaign seemed to say, is exactly the kind of newspaper that intelligent, thoughtful people like your good self should be buying - so why not give it a go?

Twenty-twenty visions of Scotland in the future

Read more entries from the essay competition at the Visions of Scotland page.

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