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King checkmates silver wizard with concrete block, goes to jail

Two London buskers duke it out for prime performance space. The headless invisible king's in jail; the silver wizard was hospitalised for three months. And other news you can lose.

An invisible king has been sent to prison for at least four years after he battered a silver wizard over the head with a concrete block.

Both men worked as living statues in the tourist spots of London and had fallen out after one accused the other of stealing his pitch.

Dechko Ivanov, originally from Bulgaria, attacked Rumen Nedelchev, from Belarus, still dressed as a silver-painted wizard. Mr Nedelchev spent three months in hospital recovering from his injuries but has resumed performances.

Batman's wings clipped

Police have told a 91-year-old crime fighter who models himself on Batman to stay at home for his own safety.

John Bray, a veteran of the Second World War, had patrolled the streets of Walpawa in New Zealand looking for signs of criminal activity. Officers now say he cannot work alone at night. Mr Bray's original sidekick had been forced to retire because he kept falling asleep on duty.

Trump's hairy tale

Donald Trump has revealed the secrets of his distinctive hair style after denying that he uses a comb-over.

The billionaire businessman, who is considering running for the US presidency, says it takes an hour to wash his hair, using Head & Shoulders shampoo, because he lets it dry naturally.

In his own words, he says that he then combs his hair "a little bit forward and back."

Mr Trump told Rolling Stone magazine: "Do I comb it forward? No, I don't comb it forward. I actually don't have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it's not bad."

A diet cola with that please

A New York delicatessen is being sued by a rival for stealing the idea of a sandwich so full of calories it is called the "Instant Heart Attack".

The Heart Attack Grill says the 2nd Avenue Deli is guilty of trademark infringement with the sandwich, which consists of heaped corned beef or pastrami between two potato pancakes.

Among the items on the original Heart Attack Grill menu are the 8,000-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger and Flatliner Fries, which are cooked in pure lard.

The owners of the grill, which has branches in Arizona and Texas, say their goal is "embracing and promoting an unhealthy diet of incredibly large hamburgers".

The company did not respond to media requests for more information about the lawsuit because its official spokesman had died last month after reaching a weight of 260 kilos.

Bea's bonnet on eBay

A hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is to be sold on eBay for charity.

Designed by Philip Treacy, the hat has been compared to antlers, a jellyfish, a cobra, a pretzel and has gone viral on the internet, with its own Facebook page and more than 135,000 followers.

The princess, who is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, plans to auction the hat to raise funds for Unicef.

jlangton@thenational.ae