More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 48

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.

THE best-dressed and outfitted warco would, in theory, be turned out carrying around 15 kgs of gear.

The complete war rig-out would set him or her back more than $50,000, without taking into consideration an armoured Landrover: former Northern Ireland police units were favoured.

The armoured ABC News Chrysler model used in central Bosnia reportedly cost $200,000 when it was built for the Gulf War.

But then it did have a couple of enviable facilities.

If pursued. you had two options: you could either spray oil on the road behind, or shoot flame out from twin cylinders at the back, James Bond-style.