God save the Queen: The Queen has booked a group of schoolboy unknowns to play a private pop gig at Buckingham Palace after they sent her a cheeky letter and a CD. The four teenagers - three of whom were studying for their GCSEs earlier this year at Bury Grammar School - sent a note and a recording of their songs asking for a chance to play. The Palace wrote back agreeing to book the group - called Al!ve - for Prince Charles's 50th birthday reception. Now the group (Andy Ross, 16, Darren Kane, 16, Martin Whyment, 16 and Craig Stelnicki, 17) will play in front of 800 guests tomorrow. Rock 'n' roll carnage at the Palace? Unlikely, as they explained in their letter: "We are four good lads who don't do drugs, aren't scruffy and don't use foul language."
Elementary mistake: A 105-year-old retired Swiss teacher has been ordered to attend elementary school in Eschallens, thanks to a computer that cut a century off his age. A list of local residents had only the last two digits of his birth date, said Roland Dougoud, the town hall secretary. So the man, along with 65 five-year-olds in the town, received a letter ordering him to start school. As a result: "We have changed the computer program in question," Dougoud said.Reuse content