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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...


Warning for Raisin Weekend students

November 1 2013

St Andrews University students considering hijinks as part of the traditional Raisin Weekend have been warned by the university authorities that any trouble this year will be punished. In a letter sent to all students ahead of this weekend’s celebrations, Professor Lorna Milne, vice-principal of the university, said: “Everyone associated with St Andrews is used to Raisin Weekend. With some give and take, and some mutual understanding, the celebrations have usually gone relatively smoothly. “Most people enjoy the innocent fun that takes place on both the Sunday and the Monday. “Unfortunately, however, in recent years and last year in particular some students have stretched everyone’s patience too far on Raisin Sunday. “Last year, a significant minority of students created a nuisance in the streets, damaged town property, were disgustingly rude to others, and even became aggressive or violent. “University staff and the townspeople of St Andrews who help support your experience here did not deserve this treatment. “Nor did our student body deserve to have its reputation tarnished by a few irresponsible individuals. Almost all of this unacceptable behaviour occurred because the students in question had drunk far too much.”

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.

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Audi showcases raft of new cars

June 29 2016

Audi threw everything it had at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, with no fewer than nine upcoming models making their UK debuts. One of the most interesting – and affordable – was the new Q2. Audi’s smallest crossover yet, it’ll sit underneath the Q3, Q5 and big ole Q7. It will be available as a front wheel drive or with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. Under the skin there’s a choice of three TFSI petrol and three TDI diesels, with Audi’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol offering 114bhp, the 1.4 litre four-cylinder sitting below the 187bhp 2,.0 litre TFSI. Diesel options are the 1.6 litre TDI with 114bhp and a pair of 2.0 litre TDIs with 148bhp or 187bhp. It goes on sale later this summer with a starting price expected to be in the region of £20,000. At the other end of the price scale is the R8 V10 Spyder. The 553bhp supercar comes a year after the second generation coupe R8 was released. Audi reckons the new Spyder is 50 per cent stiffer than the last Spyder, and its canvas roof stows beneath a massive rear deck, able to open or close at speeds up to 31mph in 20 seconds. Fuel economy “improves” to just over 24mpg thanks to a new coasting function that idles the engine when it’s not needed. Expect it to cost around £130,000. In between those two extremes are a plethora of other upcoming Audis, including the new S5 Coupe, and the Audi TT RS which first revealed a year ago is hardly new but apparently it had never been seen in the UK before. A couple of Q7s were also at Goodwood, including the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which returns a claimed 156mpg, and the SQ7 – a diesel with 429bhp. There was also the refreshed A3 range. Audi’s upmarket Golf rival has been given a styling refresh along with a few new engine options. Following a trend for downsizing, there’s a 1.0 litre three -cylinder petrol unit, while a powerful 2.0 petrol engine also joins the range.


Raisin Weekend students warned to behave

October 11 2016

Students preparing to party in a St Andrews University tradition have been urged by police to behave responsibly. The annual Raisin Weekend which goes back centuries sees academic 'families' formed and the famous foam fight. But drunken antics during the alcohol-fuelled rite-of-passage for freshers in recent years have resulted in complaints about rowdy behaviour. Police Scotland has reminded students that a criminal record could harm their future career and that taking people's property for a dare will be treated as theft. Young people were also urged to stay safe on Sunday and Monday and look after each other. Officers will police the town as first-year students celebrate with their older peers in the historic custom which takes its name from the traditional gift of a pound of raisins from new students to their academic parents. Inspector Nicola Black, of St Andrews police station, said: "The majority of those taking part in Raisin Weekend will act in a responsible manner. "However the behaviour of a small number can negatively impact on the reputation of the town’s students and I want to make it clear that noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour and drinking in the streets will not be tolerated. "We work closely with the university and we would like to remind students that should they come to the attention of the police this could negatively impact on their university career. "We also want to emphasise to students the need to be safe, encouraging them to look after each other and not place themselves, or their friends, in danger. "I'd advise them to stick with their friends, know in advance how they are getting home and not to leave venues with strangers." Last year high jinks going too far saw police issue a number of fixed penalty notices, but no arrests were made and the foam fight passed without incident. The foam fight will take place on Monday on Lower College Lawn. People reporting incidents of criminal behaviour were advised to call 101 or in emergency 999.


St Andrews University students warned over Raisin Weekend high spirits

October 14 2014

St Andrews students have been warned to behave as Raisin Weekend nears. With the traditional high jinks sometimes on the verge of becoming too high spirited in recent times, a university spokesperson said it was recognised that Raisin Weekend was a unique part of the St Andrews experience but that anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated. “Although the vast majority of students enter the spirit of Raisin and behave responsibly and within reasonable limits, all students should be clear any reports of anti-social behaviour will be taken seriously and firm action taken where appropriate.” Police have been working in the run-up to the event to ensure that it passes without incident. Joint meetings have already taken place with the university and the students’ association to agree on a joint strategy for the foam and fun-filled event. PC Leisa Metcalfe, along with a university staff member and a student sabbatical officer, are holding hall talks this week. They are visiting three student halls of residences to advise on how to keep safe. These are mandatory for first year students. PC Metcalfe said: “Along with officers from Police Scotland, members of university staff will be on duty on Sunday and at least one Red Cross ambulance will also be present. “While we understand the traditions involved in the Raisin event, Police Scotland does not condone drunkenness or anti-social behaviour and officers will take the appropriate action should it be necessary.”


Annual Raisin Weekend celebrations dawn in St Andrews

October 22 2017

Partying began with the sunrise as St Andrews’ Raisin Weekend dawned. Students at the University of St Andrews dressed up in weird and wonderful costumes and took part in pranks for the revelries which mark the forming of academic families. For many drinking began early in the morning, before pub crawls later in the day. The traditional Raisin Weekend festivities include the University of St Andrews’ famous Raisin Monday foam fight, which will take place on St Salvator’s Lower College Lawn. Raisin Sunday celebrations  - loved by participants but loathed by many townspeople – have been marred by disorder and crime in previous years. Police had already warned students that antisocial behaviour would not be tolerated and to ensure they remained safe. Officers were on patrol from early in the morning and continued their watch through the night. A team of student union volunteers manned a stall in the town centre, dishing out water and bread to those worse for wear. There were reports on social media early in the day of students “running amok” in the town centre and jostling members of the public, including church-goers. Raisin Weekend has evolved from the traditional gift of a pound of raisins from young students, known as academic children, to their elder peers, their academic mothers and fathers.


VIDEO: There’s no place like foam…Hundreds take part in St Andrews Raisin Monday festivities

October 23 2017

Fun, frolics and shaving foam were the order of the day in St Andrews as students brought this year’s Raisin Weekend celebrations to a raucous conclusion. The annual foam fight at the University of St Andrews saw hundreds of revellers descend on the normally tranquil St Salvator’s Quad on Monday morning for a rite of passage that has gone on for generations. The weekend's festivities stem from the tradition of new students giving a pound of raisins to their academic "parents" – older students who have agreed to be mentors - to say thank you for welcoming them to the university. Wine is a more common present these days as academic "children" are taken by their student mothers and fathers on tours of the town’s pubs. And while some have levelled criticism at the Raisin Weekend festivities for occasionally getting out of hand, this year’s hour-long foam fight was as good-natured as ever. Several hundred first year students braved the chilly conditions, donning weird and wonderful fancy dress costumes for the occasion, and sent foam flying across the Lower College Lawn. Lewis Wood, Student Association president, said the beauty of the foam fight was that the students themselves organised it, with the university supporting it by allowing use of the ground. “Some people say it's been going for hundreds of years, others say it's been going since the 70s, but essentially it's all about St Andrews always having academic families - support structures to make sure that your adoption into university is successful and that you get to know people,” he said. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/530960/pictures-st-andrews-students-celebrate-raisin-monday-epic-foam-fight/ “It's just a really lovely, lovely time and it's always the highlight of first year. “Any student you ask will tell you that the foam fight is one of the best parts. “It's really, really fun.” Police had warned students to behave themselves ahead of Raisin Weekend this year following alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in the past. Despite a few reports of disorder on Sunday, Mr Wood said the vast majority of students had taken heed of the warnings and safety advice. “We ask students to be as conscious of the community as possible and of course we don't approve of anything that does disrupt community activity,” he stressed. “I think most students are well intentioned and they don't mean to be a nuisance. “Sometimes students can get overly drunk, which of course we don't condone, and we do promote sensible drinking and healthy activity.” As part of the Raisin Monday tradition, students headed to their academic mums' houses to be dressed in costumes, before visiting their academic dads to receive a Raisin Receipt to take to the Quad for the foam fight. Raisin Receipts were traditionally written on parchment and had a particular Latin phrase inscribed on them.


St Andrews University Raisin Monday foam fight moves

October 18 2014

An iconic green will escape becoming a blanket of white as St Andrews University’s traditional foam fight flits for the first time. The Raisin Monday spectacle, which has its roots in the early days of the 600-year-old seat of learning, has always been staged in St Salvator’s Quadrangle with the chapel its backdrop. However, due to a £685,000 redevelopment of the quad this year it will be held on nearby Lower College Lawn. Each year hundreds of students descend on the historic courtyard for the foam frenzy, covering each other from head to toe in white. The unique event is the finale of Raisin Weekend and celebrates the forming of academic families where new student ‘children’ are taken under the wing of senior student ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’. It evolved from a tradition whereby senior students were given a pound of raisins by new students in gratitude for helping them adapt to university life. In return they would be given a receipt written in Latin and failure to produce their receipt could result in a dousing in the local fountain - a ‘punishment’ now replaced by the foam fight. On Raisin Sunday children bring gifts to their mothers and fathers and celebrations go on through the night. In previous years, however, alcohol-fuelled high jinks have prompted complaints from members of the public. Students have already been warned by police that anti-social behaviour will be taken seriously and action taken if necessary. The University of St Andrews Students’ Association has also urged participants to behave responsibly. A spokesman advised: “Have a fantastic time but remember that this weekend is about much more than just drinking, it’s about making the friends you could keep for life and taking part in one of the traditions that makes St Andrews entirely unique. “Please make sure that everyone involved in your Raisin can look back on the weekend fondly. “Let’s protect the tradition for years to come.” On Monday students in fancy dress will gather as usual at the entrance to the quad on North Street but will be shepherded along the outside perimeter of the quad to enter the lawn from its north-east side. Foam will fly from 11am.


Students get ready to raise the roof on Raisin Weekend

October 20 2017

Students in St Andrews are preparing for a highlight of the social calendar as Raisin Weekend arrives. Newcomers will be welcomed by their academic 'mothers' and 'fathers' on Sunday and get covered from head to toe in white in the traditional foam fight on Monday. A warning has already been issued by police to those taking part in the annual festivities that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Drunken antics on Raisin Sunday have escalated into crime and disturbance in previous years, prompting complaints from the public. Police will patrol the town over the weekend and as well as telling students to behave responsibly have advised them to ensure they remain safe. Forming of academic families, in which senior students take younger students under their wings, is a centuries-old tradition at the University of St Andrews. The celebration takes its name from the traditional gift of a pound of raisins to academic 'parents'. Today wine is the more common present as academic 'children' are hosted by their student mothers and fathers who then take them on a tour of the town's pubs. The famous foam fight will be held on Monday on Lower College Lawn.