More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism, part seven

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

OF course, it could not last for ever. But it would last a good few years, when Pirates Ruled the Waves would go through four editions, selling 10,000 copies, between 1968 and 1970.

I would soon be driving a Mercedes and owning a couple of discotheques and a publishing business, whilst roaming in the groves of academe when the inclination might come to me.

This was all very much a ’60s success story. Youth was pre-eminent and cash was available in a way never experienced before.

The Beatles were, of course, the ultimate success story of the ‘60s.

In the way one ‘successful’ man seeks to meet others of like kind, I dropped in on the Apple Company’s offices in Baker Street one morning and asked to speak to John Lennon.