ST Format

After the success of ST/Amiga Format, with the market growing, Future Publishing decided to split the magazine into two, Amiga Format for the Commodore Amiga and ST Format for the Atari ST. We’ll be following ST Format because that’s what I grew up with, but no doubt we’ll also later delve into The One, Amiga Format, Amiga Power, etc just for fun.

ST Format – Spun Out Of ST/Amiga Format – Hugely successful

ST Format Issue 21 (March 1991)

ST Format Issue 21 (Download) Welcome to another issue of ST Format. As usual we’ll begin by placing the issue in its historical context, and note that we use the month the magazine actually came out rather than the one printed on its spine, before diving into the issue’s contents. Finally, over a few weeks…More

ST Format Issue 20 (Feb 1991)

ST Format Issue 20 (Download) Welcome to another issue of ST Format. As usual we’ll begin by placing the issue in its historical context, and note that we use the month the magazine actually came out rather than the one printed on its spine, before diving into the issue’s contents. Finally, over a few weeks…More

ST Format Issue 19 (Jan 1991)

ST Format Issue 19 (Download) Welcome to another issue of ST Format. As usual we’ll begin by placing the issue in its historical context, and note that we use the month the magazine actually came out rather than the one printed on its spine, before diving into the issue’s contents. Finally, over a few weeks…More

ST Format Issue 18 (Dec 90)

ST Format Issue 18 – Download The World in December 1990The UK had a remarkable event as workers from the English and French sides of the Channel Tunnel met for the first time, a project which had run way over budget and way over time, but has since proven to be pretty useful. The first…More

ST Format Issue 17 (Nov 90)

ST Format Issue 17 – Download The World in November 1990In UK news Geoffrey Howe resigned from the government over its European policy. Nobody noticed, even after a resignation speech which was like being savaged by a wet lettuce. Sky and BSB merged, but was still known as Sky – I’m pretty sure that’s usually…More

ST Format Issue 16 (Oct 90)

ST Format Issue 16 – Download The World in October 1990 The World in October 1990In UK news the pound joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, the precursor to the Euro. This would prove to be a mistake. Women finally got to serve on warships. There was wide acceptance that we would have a recession,…More

ST Format Issue 15 – It’s ‘King Brilliant

ST Format Issue 15 – Download The World in September 1990In UK news York City’s David Longhurst collapsed on the pitch during a 4th Division (now known as League 2) match and died. Meanwhile the CBI predicted a recession as Chancellor John Major and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denied one was on its way. It…More

ST Format Issue 14 and the stench of corruption (Magic Fly)

ST Format Issue 14 – Download The World in August 1990In UK news BA had a plane stolen by the Iraqi army at Kuwait airport after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, while back home the heatwave saw temperatures hit 37.1C (98.8F). Labour had a 15 point lead over hte Tories (probably because of the poll tax)…More

ST Format Issue 13

ST Format Issue 13 – Download The World in July 1990In UK news, England went out of the World Cup, losing the semi-final to Germany on penalties in what would become a national tradition. UEFA lifted the ban on English clubs which had been in place since the Heysel disaster. Nigel Mansell announced his coming retirement…More

ST Format Issue 12

ST Format Issue 12 – Download The World in June 1990In the UK the bans on British beef were lifted after the BSE crisis, while the planned high-speed link between London and the Channel Tunnel was shelved. John Major proposed an alternative to the EU’s proposed single currency, a currency which would circulate alongside existing currencies.…More

ST Format Issue 11

ST Format Issue 11 – Download The World in May 1990In the UK the new version of the Rover Metro came out. It was a shitbox. In almost-as-bad news, inflation hit an insane 9.4%, compared to the more typical 2% of the last decade. Bobby Robson announced the coming World Cup would be his last. It…More

ST Format Issue 10

ST Format Issue 10 – Download The World in April 1990In the UK we had the Strangeways Prison riot, and an earthquake (unusual for Britain). It was only 5.1 so not much to write home about but quite exciting for Britain. Aldi opened in the UK – they didn’t make much impact at the time but…More

ST Format Issue 9

ST Format Issue 9 – Download The World in March 1990In the UK 37 people were arrested in Brixton rioting against the poll tax. In Trafalgar Square 113 people were injured and 340 arrested in further poll tax riots. The riots were because instead of being charged on the basis of the value of your property, you…More

ST Format Issue 8

ST Format Issue 8 – Download The World in February 1990In the UK Ayotollah Khomeini renewed his fatwa on Salman Rushdie, a move which turned out to be the tip of a large iceberg we’re facing today. A bomb exploded in Leicester. Other than that, not much. In US news there was a pay dispute in…More

ST Format Issue 7

ST Format Issue 7 – Download The World in January 1990In the UK Labour had amassed a 12-point lead over the Tories which put mounting pressure on Thatcher’s government. In many ways Labour blew their wad a bit too early as the Tories would retain power for a further 7 years, but I’ll save the spoilers…More

ST Format Issue 6

ST Format Issue 6 – Download The World in December 1989The biggest news would have to be on the 3rd of December, when Margaret Thatcher, George Bush (Sr) and Mikhail Gorbachev declared the Cold War over. This was back when Britain was still relevant, in large part due to sheer force of will from Maggie. 2…More

ST Format Issue 5

ST Format Issue 5 – Download The World in November 1989The big event was the fall of the Berlin wall. It was such a huge moment, signalling what some thought was the end of history. Following on, Bulgaria ended its communist rule and Czechoslovakia saw massive protests which would end the rule of their Communist Party…More

ST Format Issue 4

ST Format Issue 4 – Download [btw – just a little something about why I post news from the previous month.. the magazine is marked as November 1989 but it comes out in October, so I talk about October]. The World in October 1989In the UK we had our first World Wrestling Federation event. Rover launched…More

ST Format Issue 3

ST Format Issue 3 – Download The World in September 1989In the UK our ambulance crews went on strike. Meanwhile, the IRA were bombing and murdering as was their way. Nigel Lawson resigned as chancellor, paving the way for John Major to replace him (and of course he would eventually become PM). The recession gathered pace…More

ST Format Issue 2

ST Format Issue 2 – Download The World in August 1989In the UK the West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad was disbanded after years of fabricated confessions – the police were not defunded in general, just the rotten department disbanded and replaced with a less corrupt unit. Electronic tagging was introduced, allowing some offenders to be…More

ST Format Issue 1

ST Format Issue 1 – Download The World in July 1989In the UK we started to see the first signs of a forthcoming recession as house prices dipped, falling for the second successive quarter, having doubled over the previous 3 years. Labour continued to increase its lead over the Tories in the polls, in many ways…More

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