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It’s ques­tion that’s been posted count­less times on mes­sage boards across the in­ter­net: What was Clint East­wood smok­ing in the Fist­ful of Dol­lars tril­ogy? The im­age of the young East­wood, his pierc­ing eyes glar­ing out from un­derneath the shadow of his cow­boy hat, light­ing up his small, short ci­gar, has be­come iconic. Two things are ironic about that fact—one, noone seems to have agreed on what cigars he was ac­tu­ally smok­ing in the tril­ogy of films, and two, East­wood has never been much of a smoker.

In terms of what the cigars are, the best an­swer we have comes third-hand, from James Leaverly, who au­thored a se­ries of books called Shar­ing An Ash­tray. In that se­ries, Leaverly in­ter­views Sir Christopher Frayling, the bi­og­ra­pher for Ser­gio Leone, the di­rec­tor of A Fist­ful of Dol­lars.

Ac­cord­ing to Leaverly’s in­ter­view, Frayling said, “There’s a great de­bate as to what kind of cigars they were. Ital­ians claim that they were cigars called Toscano, which are rather evil southern Ital­ian cigars of very close-packed tobacco. Very dark.”

Un­for­tu­nately, no-one has ver­i­fied this, but it’s said that the ac­count could be ac­cu­rate be­cause, in the films, the cigars are of­ten seen un­lit. In­deed, much is made of the fact that East­wood’s char­ac­ter, The Man With No Name, has to con­stantly re­light them—and this was a trait that those Toscano cigars were known for.

That said, it could have been down to the fact that East­wood didn’t like smok­ing the cigars, so he let them burn out when­ever he could. And de­spite the man be­ing such iconic fig­ure in the world of cigars, the only rea­son this has hap­pened is be­cause Leone in­sisted that East­wood smoked cigars in the film. Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tor, cigars added an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent for the mask that he was at­tempt­ing to cre­ate for the loner char­ac­ter.

And it was so ef­fec­tive that East­wood would again be called upon to smoke cigars later in his ca­reer. In 1970, he starred with Shirley Maclaine in the western Two Mules for Sis­ter Sara, di­rected by Don Siegel. The film fol­lowed an Amer­i­can mer­ce­nary who gets mixed up with a lady of the night dis­guised as a nun—and even­tu­ally helps a group of rebels dur­ing the reign of Em­peror Max­i­m­il­ian I of Mex­ico. East­wood’s char­ac­ter was once again a mys­te­ri­ous stranger— un­shaven, wear­ing a ser­ape-like vest and smok­ing a ci­gar.

Work­ing on char­ac­ters such of this even­tu­ally gave East­wood the skills to cre­ate who is ar­guably most mem­o­rable char­ac­ter, loose-can­non cop Harry Cal­la­han in Dirty Harry. In­deed, the film was cred­ited by some as es­tab­lish­ing the first true archetype of the ac­tion film genre—east­wood had be­come a mas­ter of cre­at­ing an anti-hero, and that work stemmed di­rectly from the Dol­lars tril­ogy which gave him his big break in the first place.

East­wood may no longer need to smoke a ci­gar in or­der to por­tray the char­ac­ters he plays, but there’s no doubt­ing that those lit­tle cigars, of un­known ori­gin, have played a large part in the making of his ca­reer, and by ex­ten­sion, of mod­ern cin­ema.

La­coste has un­veiled its lat­est range of footwear for the Fall/win­ter sea­son of 2015, with the head­line pieces sit­ting in the Sail­ing North col­lec­tion.

The brand has used its her­itage to in­spire a set of con­tem­po­rary footwear de­signs. Care­fully crafted in high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, clas­sic win­ter styles are given a lux­u­ri­ous up­date, which La­coste says will ef­fort­lessly take wear­ers through the cooler win­ter months.

The col­lec­tion also fea­tures what La­coste calls the Deep Win­ter Pack, nat­u­rally in­flu­enced by the world of hik­ing and out­door sport. The pack is ex­e­cuted in high qual­ity ma­te­ri­als to form two ro­bust, long-last­ing boots. The high-col­lared Mont­bard Boot fea­tures out­door hard­wear and the more ca­sual, con­tem­po­rary Mont­bard Chukka fea­ture key de­tails in­clud­ing blind eye­lets and round-waxed cot­ton laces. Com­bi­na­tions of high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and at­ten­tion to de­tail en­sure th­ese two re­fined de­signs are fit for the sea­son and per­fect for city life.

Both styles are made from pre­mium leather on the up­per, ac­cented by silky suede at the col­lar, and a warm win­ter lin­ing to en­sure com­fort and dura­bil­ity. Paired with a light­weight mid­sole to give su­perb cushioning un­der the foot and an ex­tra-deep tread on the durable lugged rub­ber out­sole pro­vides ex­tra com­fort to take wear­ers through any harsh weather.

Maui Jim, a pre­mium po­larised sun­glasses maker, has made a splash in the Mid­dle East with its lat­est range of prod­ucts.

The brand says that it prides it­self in its ef­forts to de­velop new tech­nolo­gies and go the ex­tra mile. The sun­glasses pro­vide a per­fect shield to pro­tect eyes from harm­ful UV rays and the se­vere glare of the sun. The tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into the cre­ation of each pair of Maui Jim sun­glasses are sharply fo­cused on the per­sonal needs of the cus­tomer. Be­ing a pioneer in the field of po­larised sun­glasses, Maui Jim is the quin­tes­sen­tial dou­ble agent, offering high-per­for­mance pro­tec­tion and op­ti­mal vi­sion, as well as a fash­ion ac­ces­sory.

Maui Jim lenses block 99.9 per cent of glare from above, be­low and be­hind each lens. The sun­glasses also use anti-re­flec­tive treat­ments that are specif­i­cally de­signed to elim­i­nate eye fatigue. The prod­ucts are dis­tin­guished from other com­pet­ing brands by their patented nine-layer Po­lar­ized­plus2 lens tech­nol­ogy, which has been the driv­ing force be­yond a num­ber of in­dus­try awards given to the brand. The lens tech­nol­ogy not only cuts glare, but is also the only com­pany to use three rare earth el­e­ments and other com­pounds in the lenses to en­hance colors, depth of field and def­i­ni­tion.

Maui Jim also says that it puts a lot of ef­fort into its af­ter-sales ser­vice. The brand says that its employees will an­swer all phone calls within one minute, say­ing, “Aloha”. The brand also says that it will re­solve any queries within 24 to 72 hours wher­ever the cus­tomer is in the world.

House of Sil­lage, a lead­ing name in the world of haute par­fumerie, is de­lighted to an­nounce the much-an­tic­i­pated release of its very first Men’s fra­grance, DIG­NI­FIED by House of Sil­lage.

Cre­ated for the man who pro­vokes envy and ad­mi­ra­tion, the fra­grance is aimed at a new class of man who cares deeply to dis­tin­guish his life and the story be­hind it.

Ni­cole Mather, founder of House of Sil­lage, says that the fra­grance is “a por­trayal of the men of the world that take time to re­mem­ber why they have ev­ery­thing. A true call of ac­tion to live for great­ness.”

Mather founded House of Sil­lage fol­low­ing a ca­reer in fi­nance, where she worked at Smith Bar­ney, UBS and Gold­man Sachs, among oth­ers. Hav­ing gleaned all the busi­ness knowl­edge she needed from this ca­reer, she put her skills to­wards her pas­sion – cos­met­ics, and be­gun the brand.

Her goals have been achieved by del­i­cately bal­anc­ing the per­sonal touch of the crafts­man with cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate fragrances and pack­ag­ing of el­e­gance and dis­tinc­tion.

MTM Pow­er­sports, part of the Al Masaood Group, re­cently brought two new high-per­for­mance dune bash­ers to the UAE – the 2016 Can-am Mav­er­ick X rs 1000R Turbo and the 2016 Can-am Mav­er­ick X ds 1000R Turbo.

The two-seater Mav­er­ick X ds 1000R Turbo was the first side-by-side ve­hi­cle (SSV) to be fit­ted with a turbo-charged en­gine, and is still the only SSV proven in the harsh con­di­tions of the UAE desert. In­deed, the maker of the buggy, Bom­bardier Recre­ational Prod­ucts (BRP), em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the UAE mar­ket in the de­vel­op­ment of the ds 1000R Turbo, which was spe­cially tested in the de­mand­ing con­di­tions found in the Emi­rati desert.

The 2016 model of the SSV has been up­graded so that the en­gine now de­liv­ers 131hp – a 10hp in­crease over last year’s model. The ve­hi­cle also fea­tures a stronger roll cage, tougher sus­pen­sion com­po­nents, bead-lock wheels, sup­port­ive seats with real up­hol­stery and a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel.

The race-in­spired Mav­er­ick X rs 1000R Turbo, mean­while, is a lim­ited-edi­tion unit, orig­i­nally planned for release in North Amer­ica only. How­ever, strong cus­tomer de­mand led MTM Pow­er­sports to bring­ing the ve­hi­cle to the UAE. The SSV has all of the fea­tures of the X ds, as well as spe­cially tuned rear shocks for fast dune driv­ing, a Yoshimura slip-on ex­haust, four-point safety har­nesses and a tubu­lar rear bumper.

“Ev­ery week­end dur­ing the off-road­ing sea­son, thou­sands of Emi­ratis and ex­pats de­scend on the wide, open spa­ces of the UAE desert to ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­cite­ment that comes with tack­ling this chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment on four wheels,” said Bassem Wazafi, com­mer­cial man­ager at MTM Pow­er­sports. “In terms of high-oc­tane fun, th­ese two new tur­bocharged Can-am Mav­er­ick mod­els really pro­vide the ul­ti­mate desert ride and a sig­nif­i­cant step up on ri­val of­fer­ings.”

Calvin Klein has re­leased its lat­est fra­grance, dubbed Eu­pho­ria Gold for Men, which the brand de­scribes as vi­brant, sleek and cap­ti­vat­ing.

Mas­cu­line and rich, the new scent is pow­er­fully se­duc­tive with an in­trigu­ing sen­su­al­ity. The fra­grance opens with the in­vig­o­rat­ing fresh­ness of spicy gin­ger, ac­cented with a touch of pri­mofiore lemon. The heart is com­pelling and sen­sual, blend­ing the aro­matic warmth of cin­na­mon bark, with in­trigu­ing notes of basil and honey.

The dry down ex­udes the sex­i­ness of rich am­ber, height­ened with patchouli and vanilla for an in­tense and last­ing im­pres­sion.

At the same time as launch­ing this men’s scent, Calvin Cline also re­vealed a cor­re­spond­ing women’s fra­grance, dubbed Eu­pho­ria Gold. This is a fruity ‘flo­ri­en­tal’, with shim­mer­ing light­ness and an air of sparkling sen­su­al­ity.

The fra­grance opens with sun-drenched apri­cot, il­lu­mi­nated by golden fruity notes of kumquat and juicy tan­ger­ine for an aura of lu­mi­nous warmth. The heart blooms with vi­brant daf­fodils and lush gar­de­nias, lightly laced with a golden touch of honey. Warm and al­lur­ing, white patchouli is blended with san­dal­wood and musks for a smooth dry down.

Ap­ple last month took the wraps off the much-awaited next gen­er­a­tion of its iphone range, the 6S. Avail­able as the reg­u­lar 4.7inch version, or else the 5.5-inch 6S Plus version, the phones look al­most iden­ti­cal to last year’s iphone 6 and 6 Plus. How­ever, un­derneath, al­most ev­ery­thing has changed.

For one thing, there’s a new Multi-touch in­ter­face, which in­tro­duces what Ap­ple calls 3D Touch. This senses force to en­able in­tu­itive new ways to ac­cess fea­tures and in­ter­act with con­tent. What’s more, while the phones may look the same as last year’s mod­els, the new Retina HD dis­plays are made from the strong­est glass on any smart­phone and 7000 se­ries alu­minum, the same al­loy used in the aero­space in­dus­try.

As is al­ways the case with a new iphone, the un­der­ly­ing chip has also been up­dated, as has the cam­era.

“The only thing that has changed with iphone 6s and iphone 6s Plus is ev­ery­thing — 3D Touch lets users in­ter­act with iphone in en­tirely new and fun ways,” said Philip Schiller, Ap­ple’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of World­wide Mar­ket­ing.

The A9, Ap­ple’s third-gen­er­a­tion 64-bit chip, of­fers 70 per cent faster CPU and 90 per cent faster GPU per­for­mance than the A8, all with gains in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency for great bat­tery life. The A9 chip and IOS 9, Ap­ple’s lat­est mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, are ar­chi­tected to­gether for op­ti­mal per­for­mance where it mat­ters most, in real world us­age. Mean­while, the M9, Ap­ple’s nextgen­er­a­tion mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor, is em­bed­ded into the A9, al­low­ing more fea­tures to run all the time at lower power.

The iphone 6S and iphone 6S Plus will be avail­able in gold, sil­ver, space gray and the new rose gold metal­lic fin­ishes.

Sony has re­leased a new line-up of high­res­o­lu­tion au­dio prod­ucts, in­clud­ing new head­phones and Walk­man with a dis­tinct fin­ish in a large ar­ray of colours.

By us­ing its acous­tic engi­neer­ing tech­nolo­gies, Sony has ex­panded its range of high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio prod­ucts so that they re­pro­duce mu­sic just as the artists in­tended, be­yond CD qual­ity. This com­bi­na­tion of qual­ity and de­sign el­e­vates Sony’s new Hear On head­band-type head­phones, Hear In NC noise-can­celling in-ear head­phones, Hear In in-ear hea­phones and Walk­man to be­come a true state­ment of mu­si­cal style.

Sony’s Hear se­ries and Walk­man range are avail­able in deep shades rang­ing from virid­ian blue, cinnabar red, char­coal black and lime yel­low to pink for ev­ery type of per­son­al­ity. The head­phones fea­ture a sin­gle-shape de­sign.

The Hear On head­band-type fold­able head­phones in­clude a 40mm HD driver that re­pro­duces high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio qual­ity of up to 60 khz. And the light­weight CCAW voice coils yield high-lin­ear­ity re­sponses to high-pitched sounds. There are ti­ta­nium-coated di­aphragms to min­imise un­wanted vi­bra­tions, and the fold­able mech­a­nism and a de­tach­able, cross-talk re­duc­ing ca­ble means that the head­phones can be se­curely packed in the sup­plied car­ry­ing pouch.

The Hear In NC Noise-can­celling In-ear Head­phones fea­ture a compact 9mm high-sen­si­tiv­ity driver unit, pro­duc­ing fre­quen­cies of up to 40 khz, de­liv­er­ing the sweet­est and clear­est high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio qual­i­ties. The head­phones also have bat­tery-pow­ered dual-noise sen­sor tech­nol­ogy and au­to­matic AI noise can­celling tech­nolo­gies that fil­ter out any un­wanted noise for up to 16 hours.

The new NW-A26HN High-res­o­lu­tion Au­dio Walk­man, mean­while, comes bun­dled with high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio com­pat­i­ble dig­i­tal noise can­celling head­phones. And thanks to ad­vance­ments to Sony’s S-mas­ter HX full dig­i­tal am­pli­fier, mu­sic is played with more del­i­cate and dy­namic sound than ever be­fore.

If you’re a fan of burpees, lunges, squats and planks and want the added mo­ti­va­tion of in­di­vid­ual coach­ing and your favourite mu­sic, you need to know about Jabra Sport Coach Wire­less. This wire­less work­out so­lu­tion uses per­son­alised in-ear coach­ing and pre­mium Dolby sound to let you get more out of your cross train­ing work­out.

With Sport Coach Wire­less, Jabra ex­tends its sport au­dio range of in-ear coach­ing so­lu­tions. Jabra pi­o­neered this area with the award win­ning Jabra Sport Pulse Wire­less ear­buds that gave users in-ear heart rate mon­i­tor­ing for the very first time.

De­vel­oped to meet the needs of cross train­ing en­thu­si­asts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wire­less can cre­ate cus­tomised work­outs based on over 40 dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises. By down­load­ing the Sport Life app on a Smart­phone, users can de­sign their own per­son­al­ized work­outs with real-time au­dio coach­ing through the unique ear­buds.

This Jabra-de­vel­oped app lets you plan, track, and an­a­lyse your cross train­ing. Choose ex­er­cises from be­gin­ner to ad­vanced. Get in-the-mo­ment, per­son­alised in-ear au- dio coach­ing, with time or rep­e­ti­tion-based train­ing.

Cre­at­ing the work­out is only the start. To en­sure you achieve op­ti­mal per­for­mance and your over­all fit­ness goals, the in­te­grated Track­fit mo­tion sen­sor pro­vides ad­vanced track­ing of pace, dis­tance, step count, ca­dence and calo­ries.

Eighty-one per cent of con­sumers re­port work­ing out with mu­sic, and the Jabra Sport Coach makes it easy to get this ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion. By in­cor­po­rat­ing Dolby sound, users get their favourite tunes de­liv­ered in pre­mium sound qual­ity through the wire­less ear­buds. In other words, there’s no ex­cuse for not stay­ing fo­cused on fit­ness.

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