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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Angus & The Mearns

Former Arbroath man to be extradited to face Australia rape allegations

April 30 2015

A former Arbroath man who was tracked by Interpol across the globe will be put on a flight to Australia to stand trial for a number of alleged rapes. Colin Simpson Henderson, who lived in Arbroath during the 1990s and 2000s, is accused of tricking his way into three women’s houses by pretending he wanted to rent a room. The alleged attacks took place when the 63-year-old was living in Australia in the early 1980s but he was not arrested at his home until last June. Judges at the High Court in London have opened the way for his extradition, rejecting claims he was too ill to be put on a long-haul flight. Mr Justice Kenneth Parker said Henderson lived in Australia until 1996. His cases were reopened in 1992 because of a suspected link to a triple murder and a sample of male DNA was recovered. That was later sent to London via Interpol but the investigation stalled until 2012 when there was a cold case review. The DNA sample was finally matched to Henderson, who accepted he was living near Melbourne at the time of the attacks. Challenging his extradition, barrister Emma Stuart-Smith pointed to a dangerous lung condition which could leave him dependent on oxygen. She told the judges it would be “reckless” to put him on a flight back to Australia to stand trial. Mr Justice Parker said he was confident the Australian authorities could be trusted to make special arrangements on the flight. It was in the interests of Australian prosecutors that he arrived there in good condition, he added. Ms Stuart-Smith also claimed sending him back to Australia so many years after the alleged crimes would be “oppressive”. Mr Justice Parker, sitting with Lord Justice Aikens, accepted Henderson would suffer “hardship” but Australia’s extradition request ‘fell very far short of oppression’ given the seriousness of his alleged offences, the judge ruled. Henderson, of Mayors Walk, Peterborough, is accused of 58 offences relating to the three attacks, including rape, assault and aggravated burglary.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

Angus & The Mearns

Forfar nurse struck off over drug mix charges

August 12 2013

A nurse who worked at a care home in Forfar has been struck off after being found mixing medicines that should have been administered separately. Victoria Henderson, who worked at Lochbank Manor Care Home in Graham Crescent, was found guilty of five charges at a hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Edinburgh. It was found that on three occasions on August 27 2011 she gave a resident two doses of drugs at the same time through a tube instead of administering each independently and flushing in between. The panel found Ms Henderson guilty of falsifying the patient’s MAR (medication administration record) chart on that date and that, on numerous occasions between May 21 and September 6 in 2011, she did not carry the nurse’s phone with her at all times. Additional charges that she took additional breaks to which she was not entitled on seven occasions in 2011 and failed to update care plans for four patients at the end of her shift between June 1 2011 and July 21 2011 were not proved. The misconduct came to light when a new nurse started working at the home on August 27 2011 and was asked to shadow Ms Henderson as part of her induction week. Giving evidence, the nurse said during the morning, lunch and tea time drug rounds she observed Ms Henderson mixing and administering medicines that were meant to be given independently. She claimed Ms Henderson told her: “It’s easy to pick up bad habits but we all end up having them. “It just saves time but if you’re ever seen doing this by senior members of staff, don’t mention that I showed you this or that you’d seen me do it.” According to the resident’s MAR chart, they were meant to be given perindopril at 7.30pm. The nurse claimed Ms Henderson administered this drug at 5.30pm but stated on the MAR chart it was given at the correct time. The nurse said Ms Henderson explained: “The perindopril gets administered early. It’s the practice at the home because it gets really busy in the evening at handover time. “Because no other residents are given medications at 7.30pm it’s easy to forget to give it to her. Just sign the MAR sheet as if it was given to her at 7.30pm.” The nurse reported these incidents to an operations director at RDS Healthcare Ltd, which runs Lochbank Manor, on August 30. Ms Henderson’s employment at the home, which provides care to 40 elderly residents, was terminated by RDS on September 6 2011. Defending her actions, Ms Henderson told the panel she had referred to the British National Formulary to check what medicines could be taken together. She claimed she had performed a flush before and after giving the medicine to the resident and a pharmacist had confirmed the drugs given to the resident could be combined. Ms Henderson said her quotes had been taken out of context and also claimed the nurse who gave evidence against her had administered the tea time round of drugs. The panel took the view the nurse who started employment at the home in August 2011 was a credible witness, due to her consistent evidence and preferred her version of events. The written judgement stated: “The panel considered Ms Henderson’s misconduct and the nature of her dishonesty to be a serious departure from professional standards. “It noted her misconduct involved the deliberate concealment of poor practice. Further, the panel found Ms Henderson did not accept personal responsibility and attempted to shift the blame on to others. “The panel has considered Ms Henderson’s misconduct is fundamentally incompatible with her remaining on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. “The panel therefore decided the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case is a striking-off order.”

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Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

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Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km


Dundee beautician’s drugs hoard could have been worth £62,000 on streets

October 3 2014

A Dundee beautician-turned-drug dealer was caught with nearly 900 grams of high-purity amphetamine. The sheriff court heard Cally Henderson, who works at a city centre beauty salon, was also found with enough bulking agent to make the drug up to 6,294 grams of street-strength powder with a value of £62,940. The court heard police had been watching Henderson, 33, of Sandeman Street, for weeks before they searched her home. Depute fiscal Vicky Bell said: “Officers rang the doorbell and were let in to the house by the accused. “They were led into the kitchen where she voluntarily said, ‘that’s it there’ and pointed to a carrier bag. “The bag was seized and within it was a plastic and duct tape wrap containing 888.1 grams of amphetamine, which was found to be of 14% purity when tested.” Henderson admitted that, between January 3 and 16, she was concerned in the supply of amphetamine. She was given bail but warned by Sheriff Elizabeth Munro she could face jail. Henderson’s sentence was deferred to October 27.

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Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.


‘Overwhelming’ backing for McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill

March 4 2015

The McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill is shaping up to be one of the biggest rally themed events in Scotland, if not the UK. Originally designed to be a celebration of Colin McRae’s world rally championship title win 20 years ago, the idea has gained momentum over recent months, with rally fans and motoring enthusiasts the length and breadth of the UK getting excited by the prospect of the May 16 and 17 festival. A highlight will be the largest gathering of Colin’s competition cars ever seen in Scotland, ranging from his original Mini and Talbot Sunbeam to the Subaru Impreza that carried him and Derek Ringer to world victory in 1995. Over the years enthusiasts have snapped up McRae competition cars as mementoes of their hero, many of them locked away from public view until now. “Since we went public on this event, we have been approached by a number of these fans to supply ex-McRae cars for the gathering,” said Knockhill’s events director Stuart Gray. “Support from the general public has been amazing too. “The idea of a 20th anniversary commemorative event just seems to have struck a chord with the fans but it has also given us the opportunity to create a major event for Scotland.” Colin’s father Jimmy McRae, who is working on having some rallying greats make an appearance, added: “The fans’ desire to celebrate Colin’s achievements is overwhelming at times.” One star name already committed to the event is Alister McRae, Colin’s younger brother and former British Rally Champion as well as FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, who now lives in Australia. “There’s no way I’m going to miss this,” said Alister. “I’ll be coming ‘home’ for that weekend. I have no idea what I’ll be driving when I get there but, whatever it is, it will be fun.”


Knockhill rally festival will celebrate 20th anniversary of Colin McRae’s championship win

October 10 2014

Knockhill will stage a special rally festival to mark the 20th anniversary of the late Colin McRae’s world championship win. The Fife track is working with the motorsport legend’s family on the special tribute weekend on May 16 and 17 next year. The new event will celebrate the world of rallying, both old and new, as well as McRae’s achievement. It will feature an invitational competitive rally for three classes, bringing together competitors in their latest machinery, competitors in classic rally cars and the next breed of rally stars. The event will use a combination of tracks including the racing circuit, the Knockhill rally stage and perimeter roads. Knockhill events director Stuart Gray said: “We are proud and privileged to be working with the McRae family to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colin’s world title. “He competed here so many times in rally events, raced here in the British Touring Car Championship and a Porsche Carrera Cup car, he tested here often and came for some fun too. “We knew him very well and think that this tribute event will be something special for the thousands of Colin’s fans and rallying fans across the UK and beyond.” He added he hoped it would become an annual event. Jimmy McRae, father of Colin, said: “We are pleased to be working with Knockhill and their working group to put together this special event to mark Colin’s 20th anniversary. “It seems only like yesterday that we all shared in his success and believe that this event will relive his achievements and showcase rallying in Scotland at a great venue. “I have competed recently at Knockhill and know it is a real test for the crews and all the show elements off track will be a real treat for rally fans too.”