More Thrills than Skills – A Half-life in Journalism, Part 40

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.

So, Daallo was flying in and out three times a week. Who, you might ask? So did my travel agent. When I eventually got a number from the Eritrean Embassy, in London, I called Daallo in Dubai. A jolly-sounding fellow said they would certainly get me to Asmara if I met him behind the potted palm in the Transit Lounge at Dubai airport. Sorry, say that again? Well, we don’t take credit cards, so please have US$500.00 ready in the proverbial brown envelope. Well, you see, we’re not actually supposed to sell tickets in the Transit Lounge.