Can it really be only 10 years since we toasted The Bells, held our collective breath and waited for our computers to crash at midnight? The turn of the decade, century and millennium was a strange time, suffused with fin de siecle paranoia. The threatened millennium bug, which some people took so seriously they stockpiled food, was more likely an invention of the IT industry. We spent a fortune upgrading systems and rebooted the economy in the process, so perhaps our fear that modern life was about to implode was not a complete waste of adrenaline.
That's a taster from my column in The Sunday Times this week which looks back on the decade we are about to leave, and looks forward to the future. With some cheer, for, in fact, there is quite a lot to look forward to. Iain MacWhirter is similarly optmistic in his very enjoyable Herald column.