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The Strangest Phone Calls Between Tony Blair And Bill Clinton

“My staff won’t let me talk to you unless I have a banana at hand. I’m sitting here with a banana; it’s a big, ugly, brownish one.”

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Transcripts of phone calls between then prime minister Tony Blair and US president Bill Clinton have been released, giving a strange insight into their attitudes, relationship, and appetite for eating moose lips.

The files, which cover calls between 1997 and 2000, were released by the Clinton Presidential Library, following a Freedom of Information request by BBC journalist Martin Rosenbaum.

2. Here are some of the stranger and more revealing moments in the transcript:

3. When Bill Clinton refuses to talk to Blair unless he is holding a banana.

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4. The time Clinton offers to babysit Blair’s forthcoming child.

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5. The moment Clinton tells Blair about eating moose lips.

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“Moose lips sink ships.”

6. The time Blair and Clinton compete for the biggest namedrop.

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7. When Clinton makes a joke about “a real Tory aristocrat” being hidden under a “ruffled, intellectual demeanor”.

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8. When Clinton discusses a Pink Panther film with Blair before trying to sort out Northern Ireland.

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9. When Blair jokes about something that we really hope didn’t happen.

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10. When Blair has to pop out of a constituency surgery in a Durham working men’s club to talk to the US president.

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11. When Clinton compliments Blair on his choirboy good looks.

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12. When Clinton talks about “pissing down legs” and bananas.

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13. When Clinton calls Blair to offer his sympathies on the death of Princess Diana.

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14. When Clinton talks about going hunting with beagles.

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15. When Clinton made yet another reference to bananas.

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16. When Clinton asks if he can move to Scotland, take UK citizenship, and have lots of cashmere jumpers.

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17. When Clinton complains about his “rich yuppie friends”.

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18. When Clinton makes *yet another* reference to both cashmere and bananas.

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19. When Clinton tells Blair to relax and have a glass of wine.

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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