More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism, part 13

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.

I KNEW from Croatian TV there’d been a lot of fighting at the town of Pakrac, normally just a couple of hours’ drive from Zagreb, and it sounded a reasonable destination for a day out with a picnic.

As Rolling Stone writer and foreign correspondent ,P J O’Rourke, put it so eloquently in Holidays in Hell: “I just figured, what with guns going off and things blowing up, there’d be plenty of deep truths and penetrating insights.”