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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...

Scotland

Green Day say they “will be back” after Glasgow gig called off

July 4 2017

Green Day have apologised to fans after their show in Glasgow was called off at the last minute. The band were due to play in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park tonight, with thousands of fans purchasing tickets. However rumours began circulating that the Independence Day show had been called off this morning. "Adverse weather conditions" was blamed for the show being called off, with the venue deemed "no longer safe for the bands to perform". Green Day have taken to their blog to say: "Glasgow, we are very sad to report that our show today at Bellahouston Park has been cancelled. "The local safety council, production crew, and concert organizers have deemed the stage unsafe for the fans and everyone involved. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/scotland/462495/met-office-forecast-axed-glasgow-green-day-gig-nothing-beyond-mild-breeze-really-articleisfree/ "We are very distraught about this as we are in Glasgow now and were very much looking forward to this show as one the highlights of our tour. "We have been playing in extreme weather conditions throughout this European tour, and the last thing we want to do is see a show cancelled. "We love our Scottish fans and we don't care if its raining f**king sideways, although the safety of our fans and our crew is always our top priority. "We love you Scotland, we love the city of Glasgow and it goes without saying that WE WILL BE BACK!" Promoters PCL Presents has tweeted that fans will be refunded within 10 working days. Promoters PCL Presents tweeted: "We are sorry to inform you that due to adverse weather conditions it is no longer safe for the bands to perform on stage and unfortunately today's show will be cancelled. "Tickets will be refunded from point of purchase within ten working days." https://twitter.com/PCLPresents/status/882214473255325701 https://twitter.com/PCLPresents/status/882214524379639808 Rancid, Slaves and The Skids were all due to support Green Day, who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However the show is going on for Slaves, who have announced they will play an impromptu gig at Glasgow's O2 ABC venue alongside Baby Strange tonight instead. https://twitter.com/puplockandcoke/status/882208629285425155?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailyrecord.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fscottish-news%2Fgreen-day-cancelled-bellahouston-park-10735171 https://twitter.com/headfrstfrhalos/status/882211776338829313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailyrecord.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fscottish-news%2Fgreen-day-cancelled-bellahouston-park-10735171 https://twitter.com/IainIsCreative/status/882213256839938048 https://twitter.com/JaylaDark/status/882217394877341697

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.

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

Scotland

34 arrests at Eminem’s Glasgow concert

August 21 2013

Police arrested 34 people as rap star Eminem performed to a 30,000-strong crowd in Glasgow. The US singer played in Bellahouston Park on Tuesday night as part of the Summer Sessions series of concerts. Police said 34 people were arrested in and around the venue for a range of offences, including two allegations of sexual assault. There were eight reported assaults, with the remainder of the arrests for drug and disorder offences. A 35-year-old man was held after officers seized heroin, ecstasy and diazepam with an estimated street value of £1,500. Thirty people were arrested at Bellahouston on Saturday night when Swedish DJ Avicii headlined at the park.

UK & World

Pope’s Scottish visit gets Tayside interest

August 4 2010

Tayside Catholics are showing considerable interest in playing a part in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland next month, according to a spokeswoman for the church. Though it is still too early to say exactly how many of the 4000 tickets allocated to the Diocese of Dunkeld will be snapped up by the faithful, a healthy turnout is expected at the open-air Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on September 16, the spokeswoman told The Courier. She was speaking after reports that parishes in some parts of Scotland are having to return more than half their ticket allocation, leading to fears that far fewer than the 100,000 predicted worshippers will attend the service. "Parishes have only recently received their allocation of tickets for the Mass at Bellahouston with the Holy Father," she said. "Despite many people being on holiday, interest in going to the Papal Mass is high and early indications are that parishes from across the Diocese of Dunkeld will be well represented at the Mass on September 16." The visit falls on St Ninian's Day and the occasion will be marked with a parade through the centre of Edinburgh. Schools bearing the saint's name have been invited. Photo used under Creative Commons licence courtesy of Flickr user roblisameehan.

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

Perth & Kinross

Culinary dimension added to Perth Show

July 28 2016

For more than 150 years Perth Show has been a popular, once a year meeting point for the people of the city and the farming community. The show - now the third largest of its type in Scotland – remains as always a showcase for champion livestock but this year holds a much wider appeal for visitors. To be held on Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 on the South Inch, throughout the two days, trade stands, sideshows, entertainment, activities, music and parades all add to the vibrancy of the show along with a new culinary direction. “For the first time, Perth Show is set to feature a cookery theatre and food and drink marquee,” said show secretary Neil Forbes. “This will bring a new and popular dimension to the visitor attraction. “Perth Show 2016 is also delighted to welcome Perthshire On A Plate (POAP) - a major food festival, celebrating the very best in local produce and culinary talent. “Organised by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will run as part of the show and feature celebrity and local chefs, demonstrations and tastings, book signings, food and drink related trade stands, fun-filled activities for ‘kitchen kids’ and a large dining area and pop-up restaurants in a double celebration of food and farming.” Heading the celebrity chef line-up are television favourite Rosemary Shrager (Friday) and spice king Tony Singh (Saturday), backed by a host of talented local chefs including Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street) and Grant MacNicol (Fonab Castle). The cookery theatre, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, will also stage a fun cookery challenge between students from Perth College and the ladies of the SWI. A range of pop-up restaurants featuring taster dishes from some of the area’s best known eating places will allow visitors to sample local produce as they relax in the show’s new POAP dining area. “We’re trying to create a wide and varied programme of entertainment,” said Mr Forbes. “Late afternoon on Friday will see the It’s A Knockout  challenge with teams from businesses throughout Perth and Perthshire competing against each other. “And the first day’s programme will end with a beer, wine and spirit festival where teams can celebrate their achievements and visitors can sample a wide range of locally produced drinks.” This year will also see the reintroduction of showjumping at Perth Show on the Saturday afternoon.

Dundee

View to a thrill: Dundee band to support Paolo Nutini and Grace Jones in Glasgow

July 15 2015

Dundee band The View will support Paolo Nutini and the legendary singer, model and actress Grace Jones at an open air concert in Glasgow next month. The gig will take place at Bellahouston Park on Saturday August 29. Completing the line-up are Soak and Tuff Love. The concert is part of Glasgow Summer Sessions organised by DF Concerts, the company behind T in the Park. It is a rare chance for Scottish music fans to see Grace Jones, whose hits include Pull Up to the Bumper and Slave to the Rhythm. As well as her music, she is also a renowned model and actress and appeared as Bond girl May Day in the Roger Moore 007 film AView to a Kill. Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and John Newman will play Glasgow Summer Sessions the next day. Geoff Ellis,chief executive of DF Concerts described Jones as an "international music icon".

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.

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