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.
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.
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.
NOVEMBER 2000: IAN WILMUT & DOLLY
JANUARY 1993: THE BRAER DISASTER
OCTOBER 1993: LIFE IN A GLASGOW BROTHEL
NOVEMBER 1989: THE NATIONAL SPORT
AUGUST 1997: THE JOY OF GROUSE
JULY 1999: OPENING OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
DECEMBER 2005: ELSIE DOIG, ORANGEWOMAN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHIL WILKINSON AND ROBERT PERRY
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.
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?
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