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Blair mug tells him he's the boss
Tony Blair
The PM is often seen with a cup of tea in his hand
Tony Blair is often seen sipping tea - usually from an anonymous white mug - at his Downing Street news conferences.

But during interviews at Chequers on return from holiday, he may have revealed a more personal side by showing off his new blue-and-white mug.

The observant would have noticed it details the origin of the name Anthony - from the Latin for "priceless one".

It advises Mr Blair - and namesakes with the same mug: "You're a man who's in charge, others follow your lead."

It also reads: "Your refined inner voice drives your thoughts and deeds."

"You possess great depth and have a passionate mind. Others think you're influential, ethical and kind."

A photograph of the mug is featured in the Times, which was among the organisations to conduct an interview with the prime minister on Thursday.

Anthony's personality is described as: "Humble and private, you view the world through a dreamy and reflective lens."

According to the mug the animal associated with the name is the marabou; the plant, garlic; the colour, yellow and the number, seven.

Name variations include: Antonie, Anton and Antonio.

The prime minister has been seen in public holding similar personal items in the past.

In 2000, when his youngest son Leo was born, Mr Blair brought a mug bearing his family's picture to a press conference outside Number 10.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said the mug used at Chequers was a present but had no information on who had given it.

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