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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...

Football

Cowdenbeath 3 Morton 4: Late surge not enough for home side

September 17 2012

Veteran Morton striker Peter Weatherson admitted Cowdenbeath's late charge took the shine off his team's win. Weatherson scored twice in the first half at Central Park on Saturday as the Cowden defence struggled and played his part in the second-half show from the Cappielow side, which saw them go 4-1 ahead. However, the Fifers posed them real problems in the closing stages. John Armstrong's headed goal on the stroke of half-time gave the Cowden faithful hope but goals from Archie Campbell and David O'Brien put Morton out of sight early in the second period. Strikes in the closing minutes from sub Mark Ramsay and Jamie Stevenson put a better complexion on the result for the Blue Brazil. Weatherson said: ''It was great to be in the team and bagging a double and I felt for the first 75 minutes we were well in control. But credit to Cowdenbeath they came back at us and grabbed these two goals, which took the shine off the result. ''No disrespect to them, but if we are to be serious about being in the promotion race, you have to beat the likes of Cowden and that was what we did.'' Cowdenbeath player/manager Colin Cameron said his side had gone back to the defending of the opening day of the season against Dunfermline. ''We made too many simple mistakes and gave away three very avoidable goals.'' he said. ''We have a difficult few games coming up so we need to improve and quickly.''

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.

Fife

Academic figures to receive honorary degrees at St Andrews University

October 10 2015

Three distinguished figures from the worlds of academia and the arts will be honoured by the University of St Andrews next month. Sir David Edward, Vicky Featherstone and Professor Cheryl Praeger will all receive honorary degrees during the University’s St Andrew’s Day graduation ceremonies on Monday November 30. Sir David is Professor Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh and a former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, while Ms Featherstone was artistic director of The National Theatre of Scotland between 2005 and 2012 and is currently the artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre. Meanwhile, Ms Praeger is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia and foreign secretary of the Australian Academy of Science having also been named the first female president of the Australian Mathematical Society. The three honorands will join hundreds of graduating students over the three ceremonies taking place at the University’s Younger Hall that day. A number of other high-profile figures have already been awarded honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews this year, with author Alexander McCall Smith, who created the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and social anthropologist Jane Lave, from the University of California, among them.

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

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.

Scottish League 1

Brechin boss looking for old teammate to turn the clock back

August 6 2015

Brechin City boss Darren Dods has challenged new signing David Weatherston to reproduce the form he showed when they both played at Falkirk. Dods, who cast an eye over former Hibs, Celtic and Scotland striker Derek Riordan in a 3-2 closed doors defeat the Bairns on Tuesday night, has signed Weatherston after he had impressed in pre-season. Dods wants the former frontman to recapture the form that he showed during his two years as a Falkirk player as he explained: “David played really well during our time together. I am surprised that his career has not moved forward since then however injuries played a part in him not getting established at Alloa last season.” “He has come here and done well in pre-season and I have seen glimpses of the player I knew. Hopefully he can build on that and remind everyone what a good player he is.”

Football

Match report: Dunfermline 1 QoS 1 (Queens win 6-5 pens)

August 11 2010

Dunfermline fell victim to their Alba Cup bogy team again when they lost 6-5 on penalties to Queen of the South. The Doonhamers had knocked the Pars out of the tournament at the same stage on the last two occasions, and made it three times in succession when they triumphed at East End Park. Dunfermline showed their intent in torrential rain with a run and cut inside by David Graham in five minutes, the winger's shot going over. A Callum Woods ball found Steven McDougall and his cross was met by Willie Gibson. Lee Robinson parried his shot and the second by Nicky Phinn was blocked. Queen of the South fired a warning to the Pars after 13 minutes when a Rocco Quinn free-kick went just wide. The remainder of the first-half was summed up by the Pars' first corner in the 42nd minute. The Pars resumed the second-half having the bulk of the possession and Gibson came close with a well hit free-kick in the 50th minute. Three minutes later, QoS took the lead. A pass from Quinn deflected off Chris Higgins into the path of Weatherston and he raced in on goal before striking a right-foot shot past the helpless Chris Smith into the net. The away side almost doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Quinn shot wide after a run and cross by Paul Burns. Dunfermline almost equalised in the 70th minute when the Pars' two substitutes combined, A Joe Cardle cross headed just inches wide by Andy Kirk. It was QoS who looked the more dangerous and a sweeping move involving Weatherston, Derek Holmes and Quinn ended with the midfielder firing over. Dunfermline drew level after 80 minutes. A ball from Paul Willis found Cardle and the winger ran and crossed for Kirk to chip the ball over Robinson. Cardle almost put the Pars in front with just two minutes left, hitting a shot from 25 yards which was put out for a corner by Robinson. The game moved into extra time with the teams level at one-all and QoS should have gone back into the lead after 96 minutes when Weatherston's cross was met by Quinn, but he misjudged the ball. Dunfermline went close when Phinn's shot was deflected by a QoS defender and Robinson dived across the goalline to punch the ball out for a corner. Graham was next to threaten with a shot going wide of the post in the 100th minute. Woods hit a speculative shot wide after 113 minutes and the action ended with the teams level at 1-1 after extra time. Bob Harris, Burns, Quinn, McLaren, Reid converted for Queens with Kirk, Phinn,Woods, Mason and Willis scoring for the Pars. Graham and Scally missed along with Higgins and Reilly, with McGuffie putting Queens ahead, and Andy Dowie being the unfortunate man to see his penalty hit the underside of the bar to put QOS through 6-5. A disappointed Jim McIntyre said, "I don't think we did enough to go through." Attendance 1160.

Scottish League 1

Brechin 4 Annan 2: Andy Jackson City’s hat-trick hero

December 10 2014

Andy Jackson was a hat-trick hero for Brechin as they eased their way into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a replay win over Annan. Brechin manager Ray McKinnon said: “I’m delighted we are in the next round. We had a great first half, then we took our foot off the gas in the second period. “Andy Jackson was exceptional the way he buried three goals. His workrate is superb week in week out and when you give him chances he usually takes them.” Brechin showed they meant business right from the start and they took the lead in four minutes. A sweeping move carried the ball the length of the field and Ewan McNeil crossed for Jackson to head home. It was 2-0 for the home side on 11 minutes. A pass from Kyle McAusland found Jackson inside the box and he controlled the ball before scoring. Annan threatened for the first time on 20 minutes when a free-kick from Peter Weatherston was deflected wide. Five minutes later a great passing move by Brechin ended with Jamie Masson finding Jackson and his shot was deflected wide.Following the corner, Masson crossed for Colin Hamilton to head past. Brechin stretched their lead on 28 minutes. Bobby Barr crossed and Jackson controlled and scored at the far post. On 39 minutes a Hamilton header from a Masson corner was saved by Alex Mitchell and Barr had a shot deflected wide by a defender. On the stroke of half-time, Alan Trouten had a shot well saved. Straight from the second half kick-off, Trouten was in again and Mitchell again blocked. Annan raised their game and Peter Watson had a point-blank header saved by Graeme Smith. Annan remained a threat and on 66 minutes, Weatherston volleyed wide but they got a goal on 68 minutes when substitute Scott Davidson hammered the ball home. Brechin made it 4-1 on 72 minutes when Hamilton headed home a Masson free-kick but back came Annan and on 76 minutes, David Hopkirk found the net after working a short corner. Annan almost scored again when Smith made a fine stop from Weatherston three minutes into added time.

Football

Match report: Dundee 1 Queen of the South 1

March 24 2010

The Dundee FC board's gamble in sacking Jocky Scott in order to halt the first division leaders' form slide fails to bring an immediate return. Desperately needing a win over Queen of the South to keep their pursuers at arms length, the Dark Blues' first match under Gordon Chisholm saw the new manager's former club come from behind to force a draw, despite playing most of the evening a man down. And with second-placed Inverness beating Airdrie United 4-0, the Dark Blues' cushion at the top has been reduced to a point. Gifted an early goal and with their opponents left short-handed, Dundee should have bagged the victory they required. But the nervousness -- amongst players and fans alike -- that characterised the latter stages of Scott's reign remained in evidence. And, with buoyant fellow title hopefuls Ross County to be visited this weekend it is -- as Sir Alex Ferguson once put it -- squeaky bum time! "It's disappointing to go one up against ten men then not win it," admitted Chisholm. "I told the players at half-time that we needed another goal but it didn't come. "At the start of the second half to be honest it seemed as if we were the 10 against 11. "One or two of the players looked nervy. There's a wee lack of confidence but we've got to be bigger than that if we want to win a league." The man who has taken over from Chisholm at Palmerston, at least until the end of the season, saluted his team's performance. "Our boys had to dig deep after going down to 10 men for 75 minutes," said Kenny Brannigan. "But they battled back well and deserve the point. I had to speak to the players after Chis left and they were aggrieved, saying the big man had left us when we still had a chance of going up. "Dundee is a massive club but they're not doing too well. It's a gamble and I'm not sure if I was in his shoes I would have done the same. "But he's a top manager and I'm just surprised it has taken so long for someone to come in for him." The Dark Blues, without first-choice keeper Rab Douglas owing to achilles and knee injuries and concussion victim Gary MacKenzie, also benched Ben Hutchinson to allow the return from suspension of Leigh Griffiths. And Griffiths it was who fired them in front on 16 minutes as Queens self-destructed. The visitors had threatened to add to Dundee's woes when Willie McLaren's cross from the left would surely have been turned in by Derek Holmes had it not arrived in the six-yard box just a little behind him. But the anxiety around Dens Park was eased when Griffiths intercepted Stephen McKenna's poorly judged passback and had his progress halted by a tug from Marc McAusland. Referee Mike Tumilty could hardly do anything other than point to the spot, from where Griffiths notched his 20th goal of the season, and order off McAusland. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty.

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