Tales of Silvio Berlusconi’s womanising and “bunga bunga parties” are manifold. But it was hitherto unknown that The Great Seducer was given to asking foreign leaders for celebrities’ personal contact details.

Speaking at a private lunch for the asset management firm Carlyle Group in Paris this week, Gordon Brown revealed that Berlusconi had approached him at a G20 meeting to ask him if he could get Naomi Campbell’s mobile number.

Scrapbook cannot resist speculating why, exactly, the Italian premier assumed Gordon would have Naomi’s digits and what on earth the Streatham supermodel and the dour Scot had in common?

With Campbell’s predilection for throwing mobile phones at the hired help, did Silvio detect a mutual passion for airborne communication devices?

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