More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 67

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.

THERE are some things you never forget in this twilight world of nascent Harry Limes.

Like the face wrinkled in disgust of the small boy changing money in Sarajevo. He’d just been offered a fistful of English pounds.

There are some basic requirements for happy travelling.

Negotiable instruments for a start – whether they be an American Express card or – more likely – hard cash in either local currency or the dollar or deutschmark.

Some of the most lawless and dangerous parts of the world do, however, accept the ‘magic plastic’ which, is of course, rather safer to carry around than vast wads of cash.

You might think a money belt worn next to the skin is the answer. I always wore one but it could not be relied upon in all circumstances.