DIARY: Broadbent dreams of Egyptian generosity to help Cook Foundation

Barclay Stratton chairman Christopher Broadbent has taken on the

part-time job of communications director for The Peter Cook Foundation -

and he's immediately adapted to the tone of the work.



Broadbent - the Barclay Stratton founder better known for his PR work

with blue-chip clients such as Corus and Kimberly-Clark - has issued an

open invite to a session of The Royal and Not Noticeably Ancient Game of

Abu Simbel.



The grandiosely titled game, invented by Cook in Egypt and named after a

temple, involves beach-balls, swimming pools and complex

points-scoring.



Should Egypt's tourism bodies not make an offer to fly participants out

to Abu Simbel, Broadbent said: 'We could play in the Hampstead Heath

pools - but then the men would have to play nude.'



The charity is to be launched by the comedian's widow, Lin, in January

to help young adults with SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties). It aims to

raise £7m within six years to set up residential homes and music

centres to help some of the 180,000 Britons with SLD.



Presumably, though, Abu Simbel will not be featuring in meetings with

any of Broadbent's blue-clip clients.



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