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...
Celtic captain hails Scots trio for success in ‘crazy challenge’ to aid Yorkhill Children’s Foundation
A Fifer's feat of endurance has been described by a children's charity as one of its most challenging fundraising efforts ever. Greg Ewan (31), of Cardenden, is part of a trio that presented more than £24,000 to Yorkhill Children's Foundation. He and friends Garry MacKay (35), of Glasgow, and Lee Peyton (34), of Penicuik, cycled, kayaked and walked between Scotland's most southerly and northerly points in five and a half days. On the way, marketing and PR director Greg and his companions also climbed Scotland's highest peak, Ben Nevis. Handing over their Christmas gift to the charity that supports Yorkhill, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Greg said: ''This was a time of my life that I will never forget. ''We always knew it was going to be tough but you can never fully prepare yourself for the unknown. ''The support we had from start to finish was incredible.'' Messages from TV presenters Jenni Falconer and Michelle McManus, Scottish Rugby Union's Chris Cusiter, Celtic's Scott Brown and Olympian Eilidh Child spurred the trio on to the finish line in John o' Groats. Greg said: ''Yorkhill is an awesome charity and we are delighted to have succeeded in our challenge and hope our funds help many of the patients at the hospital.'' Their donation will pay for life-saving equipment for pinning broken bones after major trauma, such as road accidents or falls. The foundation's fundraising director, David Welch, said: ''Our supporters often come up with all sorts of interesting ways to help raise vital funds for Yorkhill Hospital and its related facilities, but this has to be one of the most challenging yet. ''Every penny raised will go a long way towards helping sick children from all over Scotland who are treated at the orthopaedic department at Yorkhill Hospital. ''We are grateful to Greg, Garry and Lee for taking on such a massive challenge.'' Celtic captain Brown said: ''I take my hat off to Greg and the guys for not only taking on such a crazy challenge and succeeding, but for also raising a sensational amount for a very worthwhile cause.'' email@example.com
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.
A five-year-old Angus boy whose life hung in the balance after contracting a rare form of E. coli is to join his twin sister for their first full day at school together next week. Little Ben Parish had been excitedly looking forward to his first day at Birkhill Primary School with twin Lucy when he was struck down by the potentially fatal bug E. coli 026 on July 30. The first sign of trouble came when Ben started having severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea and his mother Adele immediately took him to the local GP for a check-up. The youngster's condition was monitored throughout the day, and as the symptoms were showing no signs of easing, the decision was made to take him to Ninewells Hospital for checks. These were carried out over the course of the following weekend but Ben's condition remained undiagnosed until 72 hours after he arrived at hospital and his blood sample came back indicating he had Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). The condition develops when E. Coli bacteria in the digestive tract begin to produce toxins that enter the bloodstream and start to destroy red blood cells. Following the diagnosis, Ben was rushed to Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, where his condition continued to deteriorate. His kidneys failed and he spent more than a week in intensive care having his blood constantly filtered. His natural sodium levels also dropped to a dangerous level, giving doctors and his anxious parents cause for concern that his brain may have been damaged. Ben then temporarily developed diabetes while fighting the infection. The source of the E. Coli which caused Ben's illness has not been identified but the bug is naturally occurring. However, toxin-producing strains tend to be associated with undercooked meat, contaminated water or cattle. Mother Adele did a daily handover at Yorkhill with father Dave, to ensure Ben always had one of his parents with him while their other two other children Lucy and three-year-old Eve stayed at home. Adele said seeing her son so unwell had been horrendous. A particularly difficult day came when Lucy went to Birkhill Primary School for the first time in August without her brother at her side. Adele said, "Ben was in intensive care for eight days then he went up to the renal ward at Yorkhill, where he was for four weeks, and got eight bouts of dialysis on different days until his kidneys started working again. "It was quite amazing as they had totally shut down and slowly just started working again. He ended up having diabetes for a while which has cleared up, and he had a collapsed lung. "He couldn't walk as he had lost so much muscle tone from lying in bed for weeks. He was in a wheelchair for a bit as he was trying to get the strength to walk." She added, "He came home on the third of September and he could walk by then but he was having to hold on to furniture and things for support." Adele who lives at East Adamston, near Muirhead said her son was now well on the road to recovery and his next big moment would come on Monday when he joins up with his P1 classmates for his first full day at school. She said, "It was a shame the twins didn't get to start together. The first day at school is a big thing but obviously Ben was still in Yorkhill then. I am just so relieved that it's over and our wee boy is back. "When it happened we thought that the day (when the twins went to school together for the first time) might never come for them. It is just nice to see them together at last. "At Yorkhill they said that Ben had got everything that E. Coli could throw at him and it was one of the worst cases of HUS they had seen in years. "We are indebted to the staff at Yorkhill, not only for their knowledge of HUS and the compassion and quality of care, but ultimately for saving our son's life."
The four-year-old boy who died after falling from the window of a block of flats has been named by police. Caleb Wallace plunged from the third floor of a building in Pollokshields, Glasgow at about 10.20am on Friday. He was rushed to Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill but Strathclyde Police said he died a short time after arriving. The force is investigating the incident which happened in St Andrew's Drive. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.
A five-year-old Errol boy, who was left with damaged hearing and kidneys following meningitis, has inspired a 40-strong group of relatives and friends to tackle what they are calling the Tour de Tay. On Saturday the group will set off from the Tay at Kenmore and cycle alongside the river to Broughty Ferry to raise money for the renal unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where Rory McNee gets treatment and support. Rory and big brother Craig (6), both pupils at Errol Primary School, will be cheering on mumAudrey, dad Derek and all their friends taking part in the cycling challenge. When Rory fell ill with pneumococcal meningitis as a toddler, his parents feared he would not survive. He had not been vaccinated against the potential killer disease when he fell ill in November, 2006. Thankfully he survived, but has been left with long-term effects to his hearing and kidneys and still regularly attends hospital. Derek said, "His kidneys were severely damaged and he only has 42% of kidney function. It will never repair. That is why he still goes yet to the renal unit and may well need a transplant later on in life." At the same time as he developed meningitis, Rory was infected by another life-threatening virus, haemolytic uremic syndrome, which began shutting down his intern al organs, particularly his kidneys. The paediatric team at Ninewells quickly realised Rory would have to be transferred to Yorkhill Children's Hospital. He spent 10 days in the intensive care and high dependency units at the Glasgow hospital, then a further four weeks in the renal ward where kidney dialysis, plasma replacement and blood transfusions became the daily routine.ChecksFour years on, Rory still has to visit Ninewells for six-monthly checks regarding his blood pressure and kidney function. His blood pressure runs a little high and Rory's consultant would like him to have it monitored for a 24-hour period. Unfortunately Ninewells does not have a children's portable blood pressure monitor/kit he can use. "While Ninewells have a great staff, when Rory needs a blood pressure monitor he has to go down to Yorkhill and get it fitted, come home and go back down again for them to take the readings," said Derek. Now Derek, Audrey and their supporters want to raise money for the Ninewells unit. The Tour de Tay isexpected to raise between £6000 and £7000, including cash raised from other events leading up to the effort on Saturday. The cash will be used to purchase 24-hour blood pressure monitors and associated computer software for the Ninewells renal unit. Derek said many people had offered support and he was particularly grateful to Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, which made available its premises at Broughty pier. "They have kindly lent us the use of their place down there and there is going to be a buffet," said Derek. He is also grateful to A & B Taxis, which will provide transport to take cyclists to Kenmore to collect their cars. A team of cyclists from the McNees' neighbour Cairn O' Mohr winery are also participating.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
An Angus primary pupil facing a major brain operation had her head shaved to raise money for other ill youngsters. Forfar six-year-old Iona Stewart will travel to Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in a fortnight to undergo the complex procedure surgeons hope will release pressure which has developed on her brain. Knowing that her head will have to be shaved for the operation, plucky Iona and her mum Audrey set up a weekend Forfar fundraiser at the Queen’s Hotel which saw them get their locks chopped together in aid of the neurology ward at Yorkhill.