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Motoring news

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...

Golf

Scott battles hard at windy West Kilbride

April 5 2010

Ewan Scott has already claimed one of the world's most prestigious junior titles at his first attempt, but the youngster from St Andrews had to dig deep to stay in his own national championship at a wet and windy West Kilbride on Monday. The Madras College pupil, already a scratch player at 14 and rated as one of the best young prospects to come out of the Home of Golf for decades, became the first Scot to win the Reid Trophy the English championship for under-14s at the Kendleshire near Bristol last August. However at the Scottish Boys Championship he found himself in a battle royal with Martin Scott, a three-handicapper from Hamilton who seemed to have the better of the tie standing at two up with six to play. Scott fought back to win the next two holes but saw his opponent drain a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th, only for the Lanarkshire county player to miss a six-footer on the next to set up real drama on the final hole. Martin was 10 feet inside Ewan in two on the home green but the St Andrian sank his birdie putt from 30 feet only for Martin to follow him in from 20 to keep the match tied. Finally Ewan's greater power won him the tie on the second extra hole, driving the green and two-putting for birdie to secure the win. "It was much tougher than I expected or planned, but I didn't play my best today and hopefully that's my bad game out of the way this week,'' said Ewan. Playing on the links at St Andrews and also a member at the Duke's, Ewan's victory in England last year was a big signal that he's set for a big future in the game. "I just saw it as being a big tournament with the top juniors in Britain if not Europe and that's the kind of competition I want to play in, so to win was a big thrill,'' he said.ObstacleEwan was runner-up in the Scottish Under-14s and third in the Under-16s, and his hopes of moving on this year face a pretty big obstacle in fellow National Academy member Paul McPhee in the second round. Even if Ewan doesn't progress beyond the fourth round he reached at Royal Aberdeen last year, such is his early development that he has another four shots at this championship yet to come. McPhee, the son of former Dundee United and Forfar full-back Ian, is on his last opportunity and won a tight 2 and 1 victory over Kyle Reid of Elderslie. The top quarter of the draw saw further success for Fife with the New Club's Josh Jamieson, Calum McKay (Scotscraig) and Craig Wilson (Pitreavie) coming through their opening matches, while McPhee was joined in the second round by fellow Perth and Kinross players Sean Gatsby (Crieff), Charlie Linton (Dunblane New), Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) and Stephen Harrower (Kinross). Monifieth duo Grant Bowman and Scott Smith also moved through, Bowman requiring the full 18 holes before besting Fergus Smith of Paisley while Smith swept aside Jason Duncan (Newmachar) 4 and 3. There were no real surprises on the first day with the first three nominal seeds (there are no official seedings in the boys') all coming through. Reigning strokeplay champion Jack McDonald moved through 6 and 4 against Jordan Shaw (Kingussie), championship backmarker Conor O'Neil of Pollok had some struggles to shake off late entrant Cameron Cunningham 4 and 2, the Royal Mussleburgh player having come in to replace John Henry, the brother of two-time champion Scott. The toughest test came for Jack Scott from Deeside, who had to battle all the way before winning one up against Callum Gorrie from Kilmarnock Barassie. Round One A Young (Garmouth and Kingston) bt C McBride (Peebles) 5 and 4N Clenaghan (Mount Ellen) bt R Boyle (Bathgate) 4 and 3W Kerr (Craigmillar Park) bt S Moore (Greenock Whinhill) 3 and 2P Gordon (Paisley) bt M Anderson (Douglas Park) 4 and 3E Mackay (Craigielaw) bt C MacLean (West Kilbride) 4 and 2J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt J Shaw (Kingussie) 6 and 4S Harrower (Kinross) bt C Burgess (Musselburgh) 5 and 4B Neil (Blairgowrie) bt R O'Connor (Uphall) 1 holeC Wilson (Pitreavie) bt G Miller (Bathgate) 5 and 4S Hall (East Renfrewshire) bt R Jack (Dumfries and Galloway) 1 holeJ Gallagher (Crow Wood) bt L Pacitti (Sandyhills) 2 and 1C Linton (Dunblane New) bt L alliday (Cardross) 6 and 5P McPhee (King James VI) bt K Reid (Elderslie) 2 and 1E Scott (St Andrews) bt M Scott (Hamilton) at 20thR Hislop (Pines) bt A Loch (Pumpherston) 2 holesB MacDonald (Torrance House) bt J Manson (Oldmeldrum) 2 and 1A Blaney (Liberton) bt J Bryce (Strathaven) 4 and 3S Gadsby (Crieff) bt R Calladine (Dunaverty) 5 and 3M Smith (Troon Welbeck) bt J Innes (Kirkcudbright) 6 and 5K Mustard (Elgin) bt P Timmons (Troon St Meddans) at 19thJ Jamieson (St Andrews New) bt I McDowall (East Kilbride) 4 and 2G Forsyth (Inverness) bt G Caldwell (Inverness) 1 holeJ Scott (East Renfrewshire) bt S Thorburn (Ayr Belleisle) 5 and 4G Roger (Clober) bt P Green (Forres) 1 hole.G Foley (Ralston) bt C Scott (Duddingston) 7 and 5S Gray (West Lothian) bt R Di Murro (Greenock) 3 and 2J Reid (Mount Ellen) bt L Campbell (Baberton) 4 and 2G Bowman (Monifieth) bt F Smith (Paisley) 1 holeG Smail (Craigielaw) bt C Boyd (Lanark) at the 19thS Watt (Old Course Ranfurly) bt C Lamb (Newmachar) 2 holesC O'Neil (Pollok) bt C Cunningham (Royal Musselburgh) 4 and 2E Bradley (Mount Ellen) bt G Balfour (Douglas Park) 4 and 3J Scott (Deeside) bt C Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) 1 holeA McDougall (Elderslie) bt C Norman (Dullatur) 2 holesR Campbell (Grangemouth) bt A McMillan (Easter Moffat) at 22ndG Nicoll (Glenbervie) bt J Wright (Forres) 2 and 1S Smith (Monifieth) bt J Duncan (Newmachar) 4 and 3C Kirkwood (Bearsden) bt R Simpson (Bonnyton) 2 and 1C Forbes (Carnwath) bt G Barrowman (Clydebank and District) 3 and 2L Gaughan (Bathgate) bt R Storrier (Downfield) 1 holeA Carrick (Douglas Park) bt S Smith (Deeside) 2 and 1R Wilkie (Greenock) bt G Young (Williamwood) at 19thG Chalmers (Dollar) bt J Milne (Elgin) 3 and 2P Sangster (Thurso) bt L Morgan (Newbattle) at 19thG Ritchie (Troon Welbeck) bt E Robertson (Inchmarlo) 3 and 2E Douglas (Dunblane New) bt J Reid (Drumpellier) 3 and 2C Cromar (Aboyne) bt T Dingwall (Nairn Dunbar) 2 and 1S Costello (Kirkhill) bt M Manson (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 1 holeA Borg (Penwortham) bt B Todd (Greenburn) 4 and 3A Tillie (Grangemouth) bt J Thorburn (Dunfermline) 4 and 2M Giovannetti (Douglas Park) bt G Paterson (Ranfurly Castle) 2 and 1F Thain (West Linton) bt G Dunsmore (Saline) 2 holesD Docherty (Bonnyton) bt J Savage (Cawder) 2 holesC McKay (Grange) bt A Collier (Balbirnie Park) at 19thN McArthur (Bishopbriggs) bt R Beattie (Hawick) 3 and 1L Johnston (Dumfries and County) bt A Ferguson (Paisley) 1 holeC West (Scotscraig) bt A McLachlan (Bonnyton) 1 holeL McAlpine (Invergordon) bt D Wright (Cathcart Castle) 9 and 8G Stewart (Crieff) bt L Carruthers (Powfoot) 2 holesG Forrest (Craigielaw) bt C Mitchell (Leven Thistle) 3 and 2F Brown (Nairn Dunbar) bt L Chambers (Cardross) 3 and 1J Williams (Castle Douglas) bt A Whyte (St Andrews New) 3 and 2C Porciani (Ayr Belleisle) bt C McLay (Bishopbriggs) 6 and 5S Burgess (Nairn) bt R McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) 4 and 3C Stewart (Brora) bt G Burns (Williamwood) at 19thR Gillan (Torrance House) bt B Gibson (Troon Welbeck) 5 and 4S Wearing (Bishopbriggs) bt N McGregor (Stirling) 1 holeR Gordon (Alford) bt J Nordbo (Largs) 3 and 2J Burrows (Pitlochry) bt A Carrell (Peterculter) 1 holeA O'Donnell (Greenock Whinhill) bt A Wiseman (Fraserburgh) 4 and 3D Thompsett (Aboyne) bt R Munro (Monifieth) 1 holeI Watson (St Andrews) bt A Easton (Strathmore) 3 and 2R Black (Alness) bt S McPherson (Burntisland Golf House) 3 and 2C Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) bt F Sandison (Blairgowrie) 2 holes

Road tests

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

Football

Falkirk 2 Dundee 1: Douglas cries foul over Bairns’ winner

September 19 2011

Dundee were left fuming after two late goals turned Saturday's match at Falkirk's Westfield Stadium on its head. Barry Smith's side were well in control after Stevie Milne gave them a half-time lead, with the breakthrough just seconds before the interval. With Graham Bayne striking the crossbar, Nicky Riley bringing out a great save from Michael McGovern and Neil McGregor having a header cleared off the line after the break, the Dens Park men looked set to build on the previous week's defiant 10-man victory over Raith Rovers. But with the clock ticking down, and in the space of just seven minutes, Falkirk hit back with goals from David Weatherston and Frenchman Farid El Allagui. Dundee keeper Rab Douglas was left raging, however, as he insisted El Allagui's winner should not have stood. Bairns full-back Kieran Duffie appeared to barge into the veteran goalie as he fielded a looping cross inside the area. With the ball subsequently spilling from Douglas's grasp, Duffie reacted first and El Allagui had the simple task of bundling in the defender's centre from two yards out. "I think it was a foul," said Douglas. "I'm going to say that, obviously, but I don't think the boy even looked at the ball. "He's got momentum up, but there you go the ref's decided it wasn't." The former Scotland man added: "Some you get and some you don't. I'm massively disappointed on my behalf because I think it was a foul. "I thought I had it in my hands on the way down when he clattered me. "I'm not going to go as far as saying the refs are clueless because there won't be many have played in goals. But if I had smashed the boy would he have given a penalty on the other hand?" Dundee manager Smith also felt his side should have been awarded a free-kick by referee Steven McLean, but he laid at least part of the blame for the defeat at the feet of his forwards for not taking opportunities. Milne's opener came after Riley's left-foot drive on the break was palmed away by McGovern, but the Dark Blues couldn't find the killer second. As time wore on, the defence dropped deeper and deeper and they eventually cracked 11 minutes from full-time when Weatherston raced on to Blair Alston's chip and beat Douglas at his near post. Seven minutes later, what should have been a hard-earned point slipped from Dundee's grasp as Falkirk completed their late comeback.

Motoring news

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

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.

Football

Match report: Dunfermline 5 Montrose 3

January 19 2011

Dunfermline got the better of Montrose in an incredible fourth round Scottish Cup replay at East End Park. The two sides had drawn 2-2 at Links Park at the start of this month with a late Paul Tosh goal securing the third division side a second bite at going through to meet Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the next round. That Scottish Cup dream was ended by the Pars but the Angus part-timers refused to go down without a fight. They had looked dead and buried at 5-1 down but battled back to 5-3 in a thrilling finish which also saw Pars keeper Chris Smith sent off. Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre said, "We played some great stuff tonight. I thought we were a treat going forward. We played with a high tempo from the start and took a handsome lead but then we switched off. "We conceded some bad goals and lost our keeper to a red card which I thought was slightly harsh. But the important thing is we are in the next round up in Aberdeen which will bring the club some much-needed revenue." McIntyre made two changes from the team which drew 0-0 with Dundee at the weekend with Willie Gibson and Steven McDougall coming in for Pat Clarke and Paul Willis who both dropped to the bench. Montrose player-manager Steven Tweed made just the one change from the side which won away at Albion Rovers on Saturday with Gordon Pope replacing Sean Crighton in the starting line-up. The Pars started brightly, zipping the ball about the slick East End surface and they almost made a dream start in the fifth minute. Skipper Austin McCann made an overlapping run down the left flank and sent over a tempting cross into the Montrose box which youngster Ryan Thomson headed over from six yards with the goal at his mercy. Shortly after, it was the turn of the other Dunfermline full-back Calum Woods to pose a threat when he cut in from the right and hit a 20-yard shot which flew narrowly past Sandy Wood's near post. However, the Pars did not have long to wait for the opener when Gibson found himself with too much time and space on the right in the 11th minute to send an inch-perfect cross towards Andy Kirk and the Northern Ireland internationalist made no mistake with a bullet header from eight yards.Tweed injuryMontrose suffered a further blow five minutes later when Tweed had to hobble off with what looked like a hamstring injury to be replaced by Sean Crighton. Without Tweed's on-field presence, the Angus side quickly began to look ragged and came close to conceding another when Steven McDougall went tearing down the right before pulling back a perfect ball to Gibson lurking unmarked on the Montrose penalty spot. However, Wood came to the rescue with a vital save. Just after the half-hour mark, the Pars' Neil McGregor spurned an opportunity to extend his side's lead when he completely missed with an attempted header from a Gibson corner from close range. Montrose finally made Dunfermline goalie Smith make a save of sorts when he came to gather a mis-hit Ryan McCord shot in the 36th minute. Shortly after, the Pars had a real scare when a Douglas Cameron corner kick fizzed across goal but no one in a Montrose jersey could make contact. And the Angus side were made to rue that missed chance in the 40th minute when Gibson cracked a vicious shot from 20 yards off the underside of Wood's bar. McDougall was fastest to react and he bundled the loose ball into the back of the net with his chest to send Dunfermline in at the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. There was a sensational opening to the second half when Montrose pulled one back after just two minutes. McCord cut in from the right and hit a fierce shot which Smith did well to parry. Unfortunately for Dunfermline, the ball then cannoned off Woods and into the back of his own net. However, a minute later, Dunfermline re-established their two-goal cushion when Davie Graham hit what looked like a cross from the left which instead looped over Wood and into the Montrose net. And Graham made it a quick-fire double in the 52nd minute. Gibson fed McCann on the left and he played a measured ball into Graham's path and he made no mistake. Graham was involved in the next counter nine minutes later when he was sent clean through on goal by a superb ball by substitute Nick Phinn only to be chopped down inside the Montrose box by Stephen McNally who was booked by referee Crawford Allan. Gibson stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted it past Wood, sending the keeper the wrong way. However, to their credit, Montrose refused to lie down and pulled another back in the 73rd minute when Tosh headed home a cross from substitute Chris Hegarty. They were then awarded a penalty in the 86th minute after Pars keeper Smith brought down Martin Boyle. Smith was sent off and McCann put on the keeper's jersey but he was helpless as Tosh hit the spot kick into the back of the net. Tweed said, "The lads played very well tonight but we lost poor goals defensively. But to score three goals here is great testament to their spirit and fitness." Attendance 1541Dunfermline Athletic Smith, Woods, McCann, Mason (Phinn, 57), McGregor, Keddie, Gibson (Willis, 63), Thomson, McDougall, Kirk (Clarke, 63), Graham. Subs not used Dowie, Allison.Montrose Wood, McNally, Pope, Campbell, Tweed (Crighton, 16), Cameron, McCord (Hegarty. 69), Masson, Tosh, Smith (Boyle, 60), Sinclair. Subs not used Thomson, Capstick.Referee Crawford Allan. There was a sensational opening to the second half when Montrose pulled one back after just two minutes. McCord cut in from the right and hit a fierce shot which Smith did well to parry. Unfortunately for Dunfermline, the ball then cannoned off Woods and into the back of his own net. However, a minute later, Dunfermline re-established their two-goal cushion when Davie Graham hit what looked like a cross from the left which instead looped over Wood and into the Montrose net. And Graham made it a quick-fire double in the 52nd minute. Gibson fed McCann on the left and he played a measured ball into Graham's path and he made no mistake. Graham was involved in the next counter nine minutes later when he was sent clean through on goal by a superb ball by substitute Nick Phinn only to be chopped down inside the Montrose box by Stephen McNally who was booked by referee Crawford Allan. Gibson stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted it past Wood, sending the keeper the wrong way. However, to their credit, Montrose refused to lie down and pulled another back in the 73rd minute when Tosh headed home a cross from substitute Chris Hegarty. They were then awarded a penalty in the 86th minute after Pars keeper Smith brought down Martin Boyle. Smith was sent off and McCann put on the keeper's jersey but he was helpless as Tosh hit the spot kick into the back of the net. Tweed said, "The lads played very well tonight but we lost poor goals defensively. But to score three goals here is great testament to their spirit and fitness." Attendance 1541Dunfermline Athletic Smith, Woods, McCann, Mason (Phinn, 57), McGregor, Keddie, Gibson (Willis, 63), Thomson, McDougall, Kirk (Clarke, 63), Graham. Subs not used Dowie, Allison.Montrose Wood, McNally, Pope, Campbell, Tweed (Crighton, 16), Cameron, McCord (Hegarty. 69), Masson, Tosh, Smith (Boyle, 60), Sinclair. Subs not used Thomson, Capstick.Referee Crawford Allan.

Motoring news

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.

Rocktalk

Award-winning Tayside song writer Eddie Cairney immortalises Queensferry Crossing in tune

October 25 2017

An award-winning Tayside song writer who immortalised the 50th anniversary of the Tay Road Bridge in music last year has released an EP which pays tribute to the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Forth. Perth-born Eddie Cairney, 65, who now lives in Arbroath, has released an album called ‘Sketches o' the QC’ which includes songs dedicated to the “isolated” workers who were employed during construction and contrasts the old Forth Road Bridge to the new crossing with its wind shields designed to keep traffic flowing during storms. Eddie, who delayed the release of the album due to family illness and bereavement, said: “It's just another quirky album like I did for the Tay Road Bridge. https://youtu.be/Z6BblA_Zev4 “As you can probably imagine, how do you write six songs about a bridge? “I usually end up using a process of creative journalism. I get a few facts or even just a single fact and then I let my imagination take over. “With each album early on in the writing process I draw a blank and think there's nothing here I can write about but there's always something to write about. “You just have to hang around long enough and it comes eventually. https://youtu.be/a9NyQAFjDsY “I just took threads from here and there. I was going to call the album The Queensferry Crossing but thought that was a bit boring so I went for Sketches o' the Q.C. “It introduces a bit of ambiguity. If you Google the name you get lots of drawings of court scenes!” Eddie was inspired to write Columba Cannon after reading an article about the general foreman for the foundations and towers. https://youtu.be/y_y1y8oV7vo Eddie said: “It was the name that got me and that gave me the first line of the song "He is a bridge builder wi a missionary zeal" Has to be with a name like Columba!” Fishnet bridge was set in a meditative light, describing the bridge as a “thing of beauty that looks like a big fish net glistening high above the Forth but it is a symbolic fishnet with the song taking the form of an imaginary conversation with the bridge.” https://youtu.be/dJgsl2WQ5G0   “Midday starvation came from an article which highlighted the isolation of the workers working high up on the bridge,” he added. https://youtu.be/Dme-bfCXHRI “If you forget your piece you've had it and you starve for there's no nipping round to the corner shop for a pie. The article also said that a local pizza delivery firm regularly delivered a pallet load of warm pizzas to the bridge so that was "midday salvation"! Meanwhile, The boys frae the cheese is a play on words. https://youtu.be/phtQ2-Xx1I0 He added: “I read an article that said The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) could have acted sooner and avoided the costly closure of the bridge at the end of 2015.” Eddie is no stranger to music and song influenced by Dundee and wider Scottish history. In 2015 he featured in The Courier for his efforts to put the complete works of Robert Burns to music. With a piano style influenced by Albert Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim, and a song-writing style influenced by Matt McGinn, Michael Marra and Randy Newman, the former Perth High School pupil, who wrote the 1984 New Zealand Olympic anthem, has organised a number of projects over the years including the McGonagall Centenary Festival  for Dundee City Council in 2002. Last year’s Tay Road Bridge album included a tribute to 19th century poet William Topas McGonagall and also honoured Hugh Pincott – the first member of the public to cross the Tay Road Bridge in 1966. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y51tixl9GEs Thanks to The Courier, he also became one of the first to cross the Queensferry Crossing  when it opened to the public in the early hours of August 30.

Business news

Profits up at FTV Proclad

March 20 2014

One of Glenrothes’ largest employers has hailed a “successful” year for its string of Fife-based businesses, with profits boosted by new investment, declining overheads and burgeoning order books. FTV Proclad director Duncan McDougall said the collection of oil and gas-focused companies, based on the Viewfield Industrial Estate, had stepped up margins during the year to November 30 despite a softening in some revenues due to project delays. The largest, FTV Proclad International, saw turnover fall more than 20%, but profits rose more than 15-fold to £2.6 million. The performance was helped by waiving of a £1.4m intercompany debt. In their report to the annual accounts, directors hailed improvements in product delivery and a greater proportion of turn-key services despite the reduction in sales. They said the outlook remains “very positive”. “Even though turnover was down, the order book was at its highest-ever level, and turnover only fell because some projects were delayed,” Mr McDougall said. “There is plenty of work there and we have also got very good margins.” Productivity has been boosted by large-scale investment in new plant machinery, he added, with new equipment now beginning to make a significant impact. The company revealed a £6m spend on new tools, backed by Scottish Enterprise though £750,000 in regional selective assistance funding, in August. It is working on a £10m order for 20, 11-spool sub-sea manifolds. The company’s largest-ever deal, awarded by GE Oil & Gas, is expected to take 18 months to complete, with staff currently working on the fifth unit. The equipment is for a major project in Western Australia operated by Inpex. FTV Proclad (UK) Ltd, which includes tooling, pumps and packaging divisions, saw turnover rise 8% to just less than £8m during the period, with pre-tax profits climbing 21.5% to £2.6m. Directors described the performance as “successful” amid a buoyant global market and said the firm had a strong market position. Pipe-bending firm Proclad Induction Bending Ltd saw revenues fall 55% to £3.5m, but profits rose more than 20% to £321,322. Heat treatment and component forging specialist Proclad International Forging saw business rocket 17% to £7.1m and profits shoot up by 58% to £1.5m. Proinspection Ltd posted annual pre-tax losses of £231,584 after just 18 months of trading. Mr McDougall said activity in the company would step up significantly over the coming months as it seeks to expand its operations beyond the start-up stage. The five companies regularly work in partnership on projects, with some cross-over of revenues. Around 330 people are employed across the five businesses, all members of the wider Channel Islands-registered Proclad Group which is owned by the Kuwaiti National Industries Group. A total of 23 employees are undertaking apprenticeships in Fife, with seven having started their programmes this year.

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