More Thrills than Skills – A Half-life in Journalism, Part 56

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.

All this would not last for ever. The Raffles Hotel group had their beady eyes on the GFH. The deal fell through. Cyril’s son, Sanjeev, then took charge and determined to bring the 19th century kicking and screaming into the 21st.

There were now things called televisions in all the rooms, a buffet at breakfast and the sound of hammering and sawing reverberated around the halls and corridors. A so-called boutique extension called the The Regency has been opened, but, for all its luxury and Jacuzzis, it lacks the true rundown charm of the older part of the hotel.