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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...

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

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.

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.

Readers' letters

Right to draw attention to V&A costs ‘issue’

January 31 2015

Sir, In his article, Keen to get the boot in, has Kieran Andrews, for once, strayed from that steep and narrow path of political neutrality that he normally treads with such skill and assurance? It does not matter which parties are under discussion, call them Party A and Party B if you like, Kevin Keenan was doing what he, and many of your readers, consider to be right in drawing to the attention of the public the possibility that Dundee City Council has deliberately kept quiet about the escalating cost of the V & A, and kept the highly questionable closure of Menzieshill High School from public debate to a politically convenient time. It is the duty of all councillors to represent the tax payers by contesting policies with which they do not agree. Nor should Mr Keenan wait for the McClelland report. These matters are in the public eye right now and are being discussed right now. This public interest will not wait for a report nor be stifled by any newspaper article. Indeed the timing of such reports and their content has been a matter for debate these last few weeks. Mr Keenan is doing what he was elected to do and it ill behoves your distinguished correspondent to chastise him for it. We have a problem in Scotland. If any party commands a big majority, be it in council or parliament, and chooses to pack the “cross-party” committees with its supporters, we, the electors, have no way of stopping them when they produce policies that might be ill- conceived. There is no upper house nor, as far as I can see, any judicial procedure which can act as a buffer. This puts such a party into a position of dictatorship which might well be envied by some of the less desirable rulers of parts of Africa. Robert Lightband. Clepington Court, Dundee. Vote them out of office Sir, I refer to the reported comments of Kevin Keenan (Courier, January 28) concerning an alleged “bad news cover-up” by the SNP over the closure of Menzieshill School and the huge budget overspend on the V&A building. It is inconceivable that the governing body only became aware of these issues shortly after September 18. If this was the case, then it simply proves huge management incompetence. If, on the other hand, it was a deliberate decision to delay bad news until after the referendum vote, then it displays a combination of cynicism and opportunism on the part of the SNP that is just as bad, and in this case somewhat worse, than the machinations of the Westminster Government about which the SNP complains so much. It seems councillors and politicians of all shades of persuasion are tarred by the same brush of dishonesty and contempt for those who elect them to office. In either case, it would seem expedient to vote these councillors out of office. Derek Farmer. Knightsward Farm, Anstruther. Council should think again Sir, With regard to Perth & Kinross Council’s proposal to cull deer at Kinnoull, I was in conversation some weeks ago with a lady from the monastery area of Kinnoull, and we both expressed our concern that the deer seem to be absent from our abode. Is nothing sacred anymore? Kinnoull is a beauty spot and if walking there and sighting one of those beautiful creatures, one ought to feel a little humility and realise that it is a privilege to catch a glimpse of such beauty. The council should think long and hard about their proposal. I cannot fathom the statistics, I never catch a glimpse of deer now and I am an avid walker. Irene Gunnion. 15 Bowerswell Cottages, Perth. The tune’sthe thing Sir, In my letter advocating Scots Wha Hae (January 28), the word “and” crept into the sentence “magnificent and with a jauntier tempo”. I do recognise that, in most renditions, the tempo is painfully slow, rendering it as a dirge (even the SNP murder it in this way at their conference). What I propose is that with a jauntier tempo it is transformed. Imagine a roll of drums, crash of cymbals then a stirring upbeat delivery. If the words are too anti-English for some though lots of national anthems hark back to ancient battles then (heresy?) write new ones. The tune’s the thing. David Roche. Hill House, Coupar Angus. V&A now looks like a ‘bargain’ Sir, Recently, I was glancing through a magazine in an accountant’s office. There was a very interesting article on government projects over the years. Here are some details. In the interests of fair play, I have stated respective party involvement. Blue streak and Concorde projects: Expenditure £1.3 billion. Conservative. Written off. Millennium Dome: Expenditure £828m. Labour. Sold for a £1. ID Cards: Expenditure £300m. Labour. Abandoned. NHS IT upgrade: Expenditure £2.7billion. Labour. Scrapped. The V&A could almost be described as a bargain! Gill Wilson. Hilton of Fern, Brechin. Crackpot thinking Sir, By introducing slavery into an argument about global CO2 emissions, Mary Henderson (Letters, January 26) aptly illustrates the brainwashed and crackpot thinking of those who inflict needless economic distress on the UK, with demands for needless CO2 reductions. Malcolm Parkin. 15 Gamekeepers Road, Kinnesswood, Kinross.

International

Comment: Nations League is just like quantum mechanics only more complicated

January 24 2018

Given the choice between explaining the new Uefa Nations League or quantum mechanics I would pick the latter. Let’s get one thing clear before it all gets very muddy indeed – I'm no Professor Stephen Hawking. Unlocking the secrets of the universe does seem the easier option, though. The great physicist once said: “Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations.” Sadly, that is the last time you will read the word “simple” in this article. While football is meant to be the beautiful game, it can look pretty ugly when it is beaten into submission by the bigwigs at Uefa. This is exactly what has happened with the frazzled format of the Nations League. The what? Exactly. Gather together a stand-full of Scottish football fans at any of the Scottish Cup ties last Saturday and ask them about this shiny, new international competition that Scotland are taking part in and you would be lucky if you got one knowing nod. It is a mystery. However, mysteries are there to be solved so, as The Courier’s self-appointed Columbo, here goes. First things first, why is this even happening? The brutal, unadulterated truth is that everyone has become fed-up with meaningless friendlies, or "international challenge matches" as the SFA insist on calling them in their dogged attempt at verbiage. This marks the end of the friendly, well apart from the just-announced "challenge" games against Costa Rica, Hungary, Peru and Mexico that the Scots have pencilled in to prepare themselves for the end-of-the-friendly Nations League. Isn't it ironic, don't you think? The official explanation from European football's governing body is: “Uefa and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.” When does it all kick off? Well, the draw is today in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the games taking place over six match days, during the “double-headers” in September, October and November of this year. Teams will play each other twice, home and away. The finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division only (that rules out Scotland, unfortunately) is scheduled for June 2019. There will, therefore, now be Nations League champions as well as European and world champions. What about us? Scotland are in League C and pot 1, thanks to being 27th in Uefa's national association coefficient rankings on October 11 last year. Hang on, we have already entered gobbledegook territory. Let’s slow down. The Nations League is divided into four leagues, helpfully called A, B, C and D. League A comprises the leading countries as per the co-efficient. Within League A we find three pots, helpfully called 1, 2 and 3. In the first pot we find Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain. The next pot comprises England, France, Switzerland and Italy. In the third pot are Croatia, Poland, Iceland and the Netherlands. Leagues B, C and D are divided up in a similar manner to A. Let’s take a closer look at what awaits the Scots. They find themselves in League C. Within that, Scotland are in pot 1 for the draw along with Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. The second pot contains Greece, Serbia, Albania and Norway; the third comprises Bulgaria, Finland, Israel and Montenegro; and last, and certainly least, in the fourth pot we find Cyprus, Estonia and Lithuania. It is here that Uefa get into the groove, with their explanation of the machinations as follows: Teams will be split into one group of three (containing teams from pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four (so a possible draw for Scotland could see them face Greece and Bulgaria if in a three-team group or Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus if in a four). Due to winter venue restrictions, a group can contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania. The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition. The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for Uefa Euro 2020 (the European Championships in old money) will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer. I’m glad that’s all cleared up. What we really want to know, surely, is will this give Scotland a better chance of qualifying for a major finals after 20 years of hurt? The answer, as hinted at in the fourth bullet point above, does appear to be yes. Qualifying for the Euros will continue as before, with the winning teams and runners-up in each of the 10 groups automatically making it to the tournament in June 2020. The last four remaining Euros places will be won through the European qualifier play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which - this is the new bit - will be contested by the 16 Nations League group winners, which will hopefully include the Scots. If a group winner has already qualified via the normal qualifiers then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their League. If a League does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another League, according to the overall ranking. Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking. So each League will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a golden ticket to Euro 2020. So good luck with the draw today if you are tuning in and if you are able to follow that then maybe you should think about studying quantum theory after all. Now that we are all experts, I close with another quote from Prof Hawking which may or may not have been referring to the Nations League. “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect.”

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

Readers' letters

Waste has to be dumped somewhere

April 9 2013

Sir, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie argues that Rosyth, although willing to accrue the alleged “economic benefit” of Westminster’s nuclear submarines, “shouldn’t be expected to tolerate the burden of a nuclear waste site on their doorstep”. Although I agree with Mr Rennie that the safety of the people of Rosyth must be paramount, where else does he propose that the nuclear waste be dumped? On the doorstep of another Scottish town? Amidst the natural beauty of unspoilt Scottish countryside? It will have to be dumped somewhere. As long as the UK Government squanders taxpayers’ cash on such morally dubious and potentially hazardous nuclear technologies including £100 billion on the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons stationed merely 40 kilometres from our largest city significant amounts of dangerous, toxic waste will necessarily have to be dumped on Scotland’s doorstep. The only way to avoid the problem of dealing with nuclear waste is, quite simply, to cease producing it. Given Westminster’s inane infatuation with militaristic vanity projects, this is unachievable without a Yes vote in 2014. With the powers of an independent nation, Scotland will no longer be an impotent spectator in her own home as its natural beauty is defaced and its values debased by Westminster vandals. David Kelly. 17 Highfields, Dunblane. They’re putting this “majesty” at risk Sir, It was with interest and a certain amount of incredulity that I read John Swinney’s comments in Friday’s paper. He has the audacity to talk of walking through the “majesty of the county of Angus the great historic houses like Glamis, the beauty of the glens and the coastline”. He is perfectly correct in stating that Angus contains many beautiful views and a magnificent coastline but all of this is being put at risk through his party’s determination to meet “green” energy targets through an unproven method of production ie wind turbines. If he has any proof of the success rate he envisages through these monstrosities then I would be glad to hear them. I would also to hear when the people of the majestic country he is spoiling by erecting them can expect to benefit by receiving lower electric bills. Willie Robertson. Forest Park Cottage, Lynton, Stanley, Perthshire. Saved 28%, wrecked 72% Sir, So that nice Mr Salmond has decided to spare 28% of Scotland’s wild land from windfarms! He could still be the Scot who is remembered for wrecking the landscape and wildlife of the remaining 72% of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It would take 16,000 large onshore turbines to meet Scotland’s present peak demand,not to mention the essential back-up. Also, the God of renewables is extremely greedy, and few industries could remain competitive with such high electricity prices, or consumers stay out of fuel poverty. The chancellor is already having to exempt certain manufacturing industries from the climate change levy. Stephen Grieve. 60 Nethergate, Crail. Biomass claim simply not true Sir, Your reporter’s claim (April 6) that Courier readers have given their backing to a biomass plant at the harbour could not be further from the truth. From a small sample size of 102, only 45 respondents agreed that Dundee port is a good site for a biomass plant. In contrast, 3,274 written letters of objection from local residents were received by the Scottish Government when this incinerator was initially proposed in 2010. The article also fails to mention that Forth Energy’s revised report states that 12,748 people would be affected by increased levels of nitrogen dioxide if this plant is approved. NHS Tayside expressed concern in December 2010 about this plant subjecting even small populations to increases in pollution levels. The article also highlights the fact that road traffic is a major contributor to the nitrogen dioxide problems in the Stannergate area, but it fails to mention the fact that an additional 20,000 HGV movements in and out of the port area each year would be experienced if the plant is approved, leading to further increases in NO2 levels. The article also features an artist’s impression of the plant. It fails to highlight the fact that the chimney would be almost twice the height of Tayside House and would be the first thing to catch the eye of any visitor coming to Dundee. Why bother having a design competition for the V&A when tourists’ attention will be drawn towards the enormous incinerator on the other side of the bridge? Is this really what Courier readers want in our city? N. McLean. Primrose Bank, Dundee.

Readers' letters

Dog waste bags blight Angus beauty spot

April 21 2016

Sir, - I took this image on Sunday April 17. On our latest outing to walk up to Craigowl and over to Auchterhouse Hill we were pretty horrified to see so many dog-poo bags simply discarded and, in some cases, draped on trees. This picture is of the sign at the entrance to the trails into the Sidlaws. It is not the prettiest sight as, I am sure, readers will agree. There was also another pile of used bags behind the wall at the entrance. We wondered if you would like to draw dog-owners’ attention to the fact that they should take away their rubbish no matter what form it takes. Jim and Patricia McKelvie. 18 Ullapool Crescent, Dundee. Political point scoring Sir, - I hope you will encourage your reporter Graham Gibson to help his colleagues responsible for the headings on your front page (April 12) to stop flaunting their carelessness with our language by flouting correct word usage. Flout is used correctly by Mr Gibson on page eight. Flaunt is used incorrectly on page one. The problem is well discussed in Burchfield’s third edition of Fowler. On the letters page of the same day, Councillor Mac Roberts ignores the reality that the relative prices of oil and gas are not relevant to Nicola Sturgeon’s suggestion that distributing winter fuel payments earlier might benefit recipients not on the gas grid and dependent on oil by helping them stock up when the seasonal price is lowest. Councillor Roberts puts trying to score a party political point before consideration of a possible way of benefiting older people and this helps to stick the uncaring label of the nasty party more firmly on his party, the Tories. Gordon Dilworth. 20 Baledmund Road, Pitlochry. Unacceptable campaigning Sir, - I am appalled and deeply concerned that this week Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP visited a nursery school and posed for selfies with children painting SNP logos on plates. How on earth is this remotely acceptable? It is completely unacceptable on all counts. If I was a parent I would be furious. This is nothing short of indoctrination of children from a party that talks about children’s rights and choices yet is exploiting children for political gain. How on earth did the nursery in question permit this to happen? Children should be allowed to be children and should be left out of politics, full stop. Goodness knows what the public would say if this was a Conservative or a Labour candidate. This is totally out of order and needs to be stopped immediately. This nationalism is very dangerous and the public needs to wake up. Gordon Kennedy. 117 Simpson Square, Perth. Mr Corbyn put me off Europe Sir, - Many Scots, including myself, are grateful the Westminster Government has given us the opportunity to vote on leaving or continuing as members of the EU. If Holyrood had been successful at its independence referendum, we would have been denied this opportunity. Having spent many hours reading, listening and discussing the subject, I was finding it difficult to reach a decision. That was until chairman Corbyn threw his hat into the stay corner. I have no wish to be a paid-up member of a socialist republic of European states. RHL Mulheron. 28 Cowgate, Tayport. Broughty Ferry accident fear Sir, - Your article, Dangerous cycle path warning (April 19) perpetuates the myth that this is a cycle path. The cycle path, part of the green circular route, runs through the lower part of Castle Green, Broughty Ferry. Unfortunately many cyclists are unaware of this and are intent on their right to cycle, at speed, through prams, dogs and pedestrians at will. This was an unpleasant incident. I wonder when a more serious accident will occur? Morag Cooney. 19 Beach Crescent Broughty Ferry. Politics is  not ‘boaring’ Sir, - How dare your correspondent A.T. Geddie describe Willie Rennie’s porcine encounter as “two boaring”. One of the pigs was a sow. Jane Ann Liston. 5 Whitehill Terrace, Largo Road, St Andrews. An ill-advised intervention Sir, - It would appear that Conservative Party politician Murdo Fraser may have revealed his real face. It is alleged that he Tweeted after the Old firm game on Sunday: “The Queen’s 11 deliver Her Majesty the perfect Birthday present”. Is this the kind of inflammatory language we should expect to come from a senior Conservative Party politician? I would like to think it was ill judged or his Twitter account was in some way or form subverted. If the comment was made by him he would  be wise to distance himself from it with an apology. The Old Firm game was exciting and went to the wire. According to police it passed off with only a few arrests. But as we all know this fixture has the potential to create much passion on both sides and I would expect someone in the public eye to be mindful of this before making stupid remarks. Bryan Auchterlonie. Bluebell Cottage, Ardargie. Former PM tops earnings chart Sir, - David Cameron is nowhere in the financial stakes. Top of the bill, is an on-the-make former Labour Prime Minister and his wife, who have become multi-millionaires by trading on his taxpayer-funded career of bankrupting Britain, and in the passing, making us the target of terrorists from wars caused by figments of his self-promoting imagination; while in retirement representing and advising dictators and despots and acquiring property on a scale that defies personal need, then reluctantly giving evidence to committees about his various activities. Malcolm Parkin. 15 Gamekeepers Road, Kinnesswood, Kinross. Contradictory approach Sir, - The SNP is proposing to halve Air Passenger Duty which it is claimed will increase air travel to and from Scotland by 30% and thereby improve our economy. However, the party is now also planning to increase the carbon emissions reduction target from 42% to 50% by 2020. Since it is well known that air travel is one of the higher sources of carbon emissions, can anyone explain how these two diametrically opposed objectives represent joined-up thinking? GM Lindsay. Whinfield Gardens, Kinross. Make high-viz vests invisible Sir, - If I see another picture, or newsclip, of a politician, north or south of the border, wearing a hard hat and a high visability vest I may well decline to accept any further responsibility for my actions. Laurie Richards. 100 Crail Road, Cellardyke.

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