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The first time Peter O’Toole tried riding a camel, blood oozed from his jeans. ‘This is a very delicate Irish arse’, he warned his instructor. He finally mastered his camel-riding technique by adding a layer of sponge rubber under the saddle to ease his bruised backside: a practical innovation quickly adopted by the actual Bedouin tribesmen acting as extras during the desert location filming. O’Toole was nicknamed ab al-‘Isfanjah (father of the sponge) by the Bedouin.

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