More Thrills than Skills – A Half-life in Journalism, Part 15

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.

At one bar, a grinning, moustachioed character asks me to hold out my hand. Thinking it might be another beer, I stretch it out to find a grenade clamped in my palm. I just hold on, pushing the pin in, grinning furiously, until the beer is finished. Much amusement all round.

Meantime, Judy discovers she has run out of film. She asks if I will lend her some. This was always my least favourite request in a war zone. The film you lend is invariably what you will need later in the day. When I decline, she looks distinctly put out and asks where the shops are.