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Cigar guy: how to dress like him

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From being just one of thousands of spectators thronging around Celtic Manor last weekend, a slouching gentleman with his hands in his pockets has become a globally recognised icon.

Of course it helped that he happened to make it into the frame of one of the world’s best ever sports photographs. But then no one is talking about the red fleece guy, or the moisturiser model boy.

So if you too are a fan of Miguel Ángel Jiménez, or just want to make an impression, here’s how.

Navy anorak with fetching baby-blue trim

No Cigar Guy costume is complete without his trademark navy anorak with pale-blue collar trim. Sadly, the exact provenance of Cigar Guy’s own jacket is unknown. Having scoured the shelves, the closest replica we could find was retailing for $89.50 at the US Fashion Shop. If anyone tracks down the genuine article, please shout.

Sky-blue slacks

Sky-blue slacks are a must-have wardrobe item for any self respecting Cigar Guy poseur. The fine tailoring and crisply-pressed creases tell their own story. Stuarts of London sell a similar pair which boast two back and two front pockets to help you affect that characteristic Cigar Guy slouch. Sadly, this is kind of chic boutique where the price isn’t disclosed till you purchase.

Shirt and jumper

Any fool can slap on a ginger wig and a fake ‘tache, but Cigar Guy cognoscenti know that the secret to mimicking this dapper devil is in the detail, right down to the navy jumper and wonky-collared white shirt. Both can be easily sourced from Marks and Spencer. Make sure you don’t miss a thing.

White golf shoes with flame-red detail

As your grandmother must have told you, you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. True to form, Cigar Guy’s red-trimmed golf trainers tell you everything you need to know. Adidas sell a similar pair for £94.99. Get them while they’re hot.

Ginger wig

The ginger wig is the cherry on top of your Cigar Guy costume: the final delicious detail that makes the whole assemblage irresistible. There are a multitude to choose from, but the Ginger Tony Wig, complete with centre parting and waves is the connoisseur’s choice. Buy it from Jokers’ Masquerade for only £5.99

Fake moustache

Sure, the ginger wig is a crucial part of the package, but a true Cigar Guy buff will tell you that the fake ‘tache is the glue that holds the whole outfit together. The market in fake face fungus is booming and there’s a glut of products to choose from, but we recommend the Cowboy Tash (sic) sold at a snip for £2.09 at Fancy Dress Fast.

Fat cigar

At last, the pièce de résistance. Without his cigar, our hero would be reduced to nothing. Indeed, he would be just a guy. When it comes to the cigar, the fatter the better. And few are fatter than the Cohiba Maduro 5 – or the “fat robusto,” as it’s known to its friends. However, far be it from the Daily Telegraph to encourage our readers to take up the evil habit. So, for the more clean-living among you, we recommend the Jumbo Gangster Puff Puff Cigar, which glows at the tip and produces fake smoke. No-one need know you’re an imposter.

Electric shock treatment ‘cures memory loss’, scientists claim

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Measuring brain waves with EEG machine: Electric shock treatment 'cures memory loss', scientists claim Researchers found that a tiny surge of power to parts of the brain can improve recall memory by 11 per cent. Photo: ALAMY

Researchers found that a tiny surge of power to parts of the brain can improve recall memory by 11 per cent.

The treatment stimulates certain neurons in the brain so when a person tries to retrieve a name from their brain, they suddenly start working,

If developed it could provide treatment for stroke victims as well as people whose memory fades through other ailments or even old age.

The study, from Temple University, Philadelphia, could also offer solutions to those who suffer the embarrassing situation of forgetting a person’s name.

“We know a lot about how to make people’s memory worse, but we don’t know very much about how to make people’s memory better,” said Ingrid Olson, a psychologist who led the study.

“These findings hold promise because they point to possible therapeutic treatments for memory rehabilitation following a stroke or other neurological insult.

“As we age, the connections between the neurons in our brains weaken.”

Researchers found the amount of current needed was a fraction used in controversial electric shock treatment on mentally ill patients.

In their study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, researchers used a current of 1-2 milliamps via electrodes to the scalp of volunteers to stimulate the anterior temporal lobes of the brain.

This is the section which deals with the memory of proper names – those with a capital letter at the front like people and places.

The subjects were given photos of famous faces to look at and were tested before, during and after the process.

Recognising the face but not being able to recall the name is a common phenomenon for almost everyone but worse for those suffering neurological disorders.

They found the electrical stimulation increased memory by 11 per cent but only for up to an hour after the treatment was given.

The study did not say how the treatment could be administered on a regular basis.