More Thrills than Skills: A Half-life in Journalism – Part 13

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, 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.”