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When Sir Ranulph Fiennes leads an expedition to the South Pole during the Antarctic winter, he will encounter temperatures likely to plummet below -90C.

But at least his head will be warm. Britain’s greatest living explorer has seemingly taken to wearing a toupee – and it’s not just any old rug.

It’s one of those frightful Frankie Howerd jobs, which looks as if a squirrel has curled up on his head and quietly expired.

What previously-unsuspected degree of vanity could possess a well-respected, 68-year-old former SAS man to make himself look so foolish?

As Billy Connolly once said of wig-wearers everywhere: ‘I must look daft, because this man thinks I’m stupid enough to believe he has hair!’