More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part ten

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.

ROMANCE, adventurism and drama always seemed inextricably linked with the saga of the pirate radio ships.

You might say these elements went with the territory – and the people who made it their own.

Whether it derived from the romance of the rusty old ships themselves, the nascent power of broadcasting over its listeners, the emotive power of music, or simply the notion of boldly going where others fear to go, the story of the pirate radio ships around European coasts is a compelling and fascinating tale.