Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

These Are Upsetting Times in Cannes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

These Are Upsetting Times in Cannes

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IZZY'S high chair is empty; her little cot hasn't been slept in. I'm sitting on a balcony overlooking a cloud-blanketed Mediterranean. The forecast was sunny, but this dull weather has pretty much caught my mood.

It started as a good plan. Every April and October for the last 20 years, I've come down to the Cannes television festival, where people buy and sell programme ideas.

That's 40 weeks of my children's growing up missed because of late night schmoozing. This time, I thought, as Izzy is so young, why not make it a family do? I had visions of tiny toes touching waves for the first time, of sandcastles and waiters in the restaurants succumbing to her big eyes and love of pasta.

So we booked a few extra days before the festival began and rented an apartment with a sea view. We didn't reckon on the bug.

It hit Jo's tummy on Tuesday and promptly collided with a fearful respiratory infection. Poor Jo has been confined to bed all week, so Saturday's flight was out of the question.

She hasn't eaten a thing for days, something that her stomach doesn't seem to have noticed; it still decides it wants to vomit every few hours. Nice one.

As a husband, I've learnt a few things not to say this week. Like "Well at least your tummy's flatter" or "I'm making a nice piece of tuna, would you like some?" or "I did so want to see Izzy in the sea".

I don't think they went down very well as each time the large paperback hit my head in roughly the same spot.

I wish I could have stayed to offer more help and support (though I'm not sure how welcome it would have been) but the market beckons. One good sale could keep our company going for a year. It's an event we can't afford to miss.

I so wish Easyjet flew to Nice every day so I could have delayed my flight until the festival starts. …

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