More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 20

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, in the nature of the business, as soon as Sky arrives, I will be out of a job for the broadcaster.

But, for the moment, I’m doing three foreign news slots a day, live by satphone.

Two evenings later, the local equivalent of a revolution takes place. Locals demonstrate in the streets of the capital, Salem, which replaced Plymouth after it was buried in ash; they burn tyres and then battle the Montserrat police riot squad.

That night I do several updates and, later that night, the government of Montserrat resigns. I have a front page ‘splash’ in The Scotsman and the other nationals are quoting my stuff from Sky.

Altogether, a rather satisfactory result.