More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 23

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 ASKED with all due temerity about ‘the doomsday scenario’.

Reassuringly, that was a thousand-to-one against, according to the Professor. Which is rather a good job, as it would not only wipe Montserrat off the map, but the tidal wave would also likely take out the tourist paradise of Antigua, 35 miles away.

The holy of holies lay behind a door labelled, ASH FREE ZONE. It was the room that acted as the technical nerve centre furnished with equipment provided by the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Seismographs hummed contentedly away until, quite suddenly, one went into whine mode.