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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…


Delving into Dundee’s archives

March 11 2017

Art and design lie at the heart of the creative industries in Dundee, industries which have often been inspired by the leisure pursuits and interests of Dundee’s population. These interconnections are clearly shown in the Archives of the University of Dundee; art and design is woven through many of the collections. This article features a few items which highlight the diversity of design related material held in the Archives. Dundee Art Society started out as the Graphic Arts Association in 1890, changing its name in 1904.  From the outset the group welcomed both professional and amateur artists as well as art patrons and lovers. As the Art College in Dundee grew, many of the staff joined the Society and used its platform to exhibit their art and network with other artists. The striking design for the cover of the centennial exhibition catalogue produced in 1990 echoes to the artistic trends of the early twentieth century. The longevity of the society reflects the continuing desire of artists within the community to join together, curate exhibitions and share their passion for art. Many of these artists had connections with the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology which was dissolved in 1975 to create Dundee College of Technology and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. The Art College remained independent until 1994 when it became a full part of the University of Dundee. All of these bodies are represented in the exhibition material, posters, photographs and student guides in the Archives.  Furthermore, alumnus of the College have contributed to our on-going Oral History Project. Former textile students, Pauline Hann and Sheila Mortlock, were interviewed to capture the personal stories of their time at the College, their career paths and interests. Hann and Mortlock were founding members of Embryo – Dundee Creative Embroiderers, formed in 1980, which developed from the frustration felt by numerous students at the lack of opportunities to exhibit contemporary embroidery within Scotland. The remit of the group was to promote the highest standards of workmanship, achieving this by restricting membership to graduates and undergraduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Embryo actively promoted their work through various exhibitions not only in Scotland but across the UK, eventually joining forces with two other textile groups to form Edge – Textile Artists Scotland. Edge is still going strong and attracting new members from a broader background albeit with a recognised education in textiles. The Archive’s Embryo collection includes exhibition publicity material, photographs and correspondence. Textile samples can be found in other collections, such as The Wilson Bros Ltd collection who were taken over by Pringle of Inverness. The pattern books of the woollen and cloth products they manufactured from 1927 to 1967 are fascinating. They show the changing trends in pattern and colour combinations and how design comes in and out of fashion over the decades. Other samples in the Archives show how design blended with the mass production of durable textiles as seen in the printed designs on linen which form part of the D. J. MacDonald collection. Using only two colours, the rising sun motif for the MacDonald company is bold and graphic whereas the design for Louise, seller of lingerie and hosiery has a more delicate touch with the female form and the name of the brand printed in signature style picked out in red. Jute and linen bags adorned with colourful printed designs are still popular today. Textile design in the city is thriving. Local fashion designer, Hayley Scanlan, studied textile design at DJCAD. Her oral history recording in the Archives tells of her desire to remain rooted in the city despite her burgeoning international career. Proud of her Dundonian heritage, Hayley’s designs are influenced by the changing city and she will soon open her first shop a stones throw from DJCAD where her talents were honed. Records held in the Archive are accessible to everyone. For further information about the Archives and its collections see www.dundee.ac.uk/archives   Sharon Kelly is assistant archivist at Dundee University’s Archives Services 

UK & World

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.

Other sports

Scottish Curling Championships: Team Muirhead regain women’s title

February 23 2015

Eve Muirhead’s rink won the women’s title at the Scottish Curling Championships in Perth, Muirhead and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid beat Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming by 6-5 to win the title they last won in 2012. They were unable to play last year because they were competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics, where they won a silver medal. This game was tight all the way and the breakthrough for Muirhead came in the eighth end when she scored three points for a 6-3 lead. Fleming then scored one point in the ninth and stole a single in the tenth, but this was not enough and Muirhead regained the title. Eve and her team now represent Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan next month. Defending champion Ewan MacDonald from Inverness beat the Olympic silver medallists skipped by Lockerbie’s David Murdoch to retain the men’s title. Murdoch was the pre-event favourite to take the men’s title but his final against MacDonald turned on what was a disastrous fifth end for his team, when they gave up a score of four points to give MacDonald a half-time 5-3 lead. Murdoch’s team fought hard in the second half of the game but eventually, MacDonald was left with a simple take-out in the tenth end to win by 9-6. The MacDonald team of Duncan Fernie, Ruaridh Greenwood and Euan Byers now return to the men’s World Championship for the second successive year, and will represent Scotland in Canada at the end of next month.

Perth & Kinross

Killin Highland Games results

August 4 2016

Crowds turned out in force for this year’s Killin Highland Games. “The weather was kind to us with just a couple of light showers,” said one of the games organisers. “The atmosphere on the field was really good, the crowds clapping in rhythm to help the strongmen get the weight over the bar at the end of the day. “Another great day for Killin’s Highland Games.” The hill race,  which was sponsored by the Real Food Café (Tydrum) and the Killin Outdoor Centre,  attracted a good turnout of more than 50 competitors. A parade through the village was also a familiar feature of the games which were held on Wednesday. Results – 22nd Killin International Highland Games: Senior piping – Piobaireachd – 1 Ross McCrindle; 2 Donald MacPhee; 3 Ben Duncan. March – 1 Ben Duncan; 2 Graham Drummond; 3 Ross McCrindle. Strathspey and reel – 1 Graham Drummond; 2 Graham Mulholland; 3 Ben Duncan. Jig – 1 Graham Mulholland; 2 John Dew; 3 Ben Duncan. Games champion – Ben Duncan. 18 and under – March – 1 Robbie McIsaac; 2 James Miller; 3 Callum Davidson. Strathspey and reel – 1 James Miller; Robbie McIsaac; 3 Callum Davidson. Jig – 1 Callum Younger; 2 Robbie McIsaac; 3 James Miller. 18 and under champion – Robbie McIsaac. 14 – 18 – 1 James Miller; 2 Gregor MacDonald; 3 Robbie McIsaac. 14 and under – March 1 – Gregor MacDonald; 2 Duncan MacDonald. Strathspey and reel – 1 Duncan MacDonald; 2 Gregor MacDonald. Jig – 1 Gregor MacDonald; 2 Duncan MacDonald. Nancy Munro Shield – Gregor MacDonald. Hill Race Junior – 1  Torin Willcock 14.38; 2 Craig McIntyre  15.42; 3 Florian Buschmann 17.18. Girls – 1 = Treeve Willcock & Zelia Bridges 22.06; 3 Emma Maxfield 25.09. Adults – Gents 1 Stephen Rawinson 22.17; 2 Colm Donnelly 22.56; 3 Steven Fallon  25.18. Ladies – 1 Diana McDonald  31.50; 2 Hazel Porter  33.35; 3 Sarah Heward  34.36. 1st Over 40 -Dan Watson  28.29; Nicole Jaenisil   40.32. 1st Over 50 – Colm Donnelly  22.56; Sarah Heward  34.36. Oldest – Herbie McLean  36.23; Ray Murdoch  41.42. Highland Dancing – Confined Perthshire U14 S/Truibhas – 1  Lauren Dingwall (Perth); 2  Ellis Class (Methven); 3 Mackenzie Low (Pitlochry). U14 Hullachan – 1 Lauren Dingwall; 2 Ellie Clas; 3 Erin Slane. 16 & Over S/Truibhas – 1 Jillian Kennedy (Aberfeldy); 2  Lyndsey Douglas (Birnam); 3 Katrina Kennedy (Aberfeldy). 16 & Over Hullachan – 1 Jillian Kennedy; 2 Lyndsey Douglas; 3 Katrina Kennedy. Highland Dancing – Open U12 Highland Fling – 1 Abby Louise Livingstone (Glenrothes); 2  Erin Stafford (Renfrew); 3 Reece McKay (PA USA). U12 S/Truibhas – 1 Reece McKay; 2 Abby Louise Livingstone; 3 Eilidh Gammons. U12 Flora McDonald’s Fancy – 1 Abby Louise Livingstone; Reece McKay; 3 Ciara Peyton. U12 Scottish Lilt – 1 Abby Louise Livingston; 2 Katie Douglas; 3 Ciara Peyton. 12 & U14 Highland Fling – 1 Millie McDaid (Glenrothes); 2 Lauren Dingwall (Perth); 3 Catriona Gammons (Helensburgh). 12 & U14 Hullachan – 1 Millie McDaid; 2 Lauren Dingwall; 3 Catriona Gammons. 12 & U14 Barracks Johnny – 1 Millie McDaid; 2 Lauren Dingwall; 3 Catriona Gammons. 12 & U14 Jig – 1 Millie McDaid; 2 Megan Panton; 3 Lauren Dingwall. 14 & U17 Highland Fling – 1 Erin McGuire (Glasgow); 2 Kirstin Mitchelson (Monifieth); 3 Olivie Blennie (Stirling). 14 & U17 S/Truibhas – 1 Kirstin Mitchelson; 2 Erin McGuire; 3 Katie Mills. 14 & U17 Highland Laddie – 1 Kirstin Mitchelson; 2  Erin McGuire; 3 Cameron Walker. 14 & U17 Sailors Hornpipe – 1 Cameron Walker; 2 Kirstin Mitchelson; 3 Erin McGuire. Adults Highland Fling – 1 Abbie McNeil (Glasgow); 2 Isla Mitchelson (Monifieth); 3 Jillian Kennedy (Aberfeldy). Adults S/Tulloch – 1  Abbie McNeil; 2 Isla Mitchelson; 3 Jillian Kennedy. Adults Sailors Hornpipe – 1 Isla Mitchelson; 2  Abbie McNeil; 3 Lyndsey Douglas. Adults Jig – 1 Isla Mitchelson; 2 Abbie McNeil; 3 Lyndsey Douglas. Field Events – PHGA Confined Shot Putt – 1 Lorne Colthart 43-5 ½; 2 Stuart Anderson 43-2 ½; 3 David Colthart 41-9. Hammer – 1 L. Colthart 120-9; 2 D. Colthart 112-9; 3 S. Anderson 109-3. 28lb Weight for Distance – 1  L. Colthart 76-1; 2.  S Anderson 72; 3  P. Hart 55-11. Caber – 1 D. Colthart; 2  L. Colthart; 3 S Anderson. Field Events – Open 56lb Weight for Distance – 1 L. Colthart 37-1; 2  S. Patience 37-5; 3 S Anderson 32-1. 28lb Weight for Distance – 1 S. Patience 76-7; 2 L. Colthart 74-; 3 K. Randalls 72-4. 16lb Shot –  1  S. Patience 50-3; 2  L. Colthart 49-11; 3  K. Randalls 45. 22lb Shot – 1  L. Colthart 41-5; 2  S. Patience 40-1; 3 K. Randalls 36-9. 16lb Hammer – 1  K. Randalls 135’ 11”; 2  L. Colthard; 3 S. Patience. 22lb Hammer – 1 K. Randalls 107-7; S. Patience 99-6; 3  L. Colthart 98-7. Caber – 1 L. Colthart; 2 S Anderson; 3 = N. Elliot and S. Patience. 56lb Weight over Bar – 1  K. Randalls 15’; 2 L. Colthart; 3 S. Patience.

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

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.

MacDonald error proves costly as Hibs hit back against Kilmarnock

December 30 2017

Oli Shaw pounced on a mistake from Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald as Hibernian came from behind to secure a Ladbrokes Premiership draw. The experienced Kris Boyd struck just 69 seconds into the game for the visitors with a clinical finish but Shaw, just three days after he was denied a goal that narrowly crossed the line against city rivals Hearts, levelled before the break after MacDonald spilled John McGinn’s corner. The point moves Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock, who are now six unbeaten, up to sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership at St Johnstone’s expense, while Hibs remain fourth. The visitors came flying out of the blocks and took the lead through Boyd after little more than a minute. Hibs defender Paul Hanlon failed to deal with a long ball forward and Boyd controlled a Chris Burke lay-off and curled a brilliant left-footed shot into the net via the inside of the far post. The Leith outfit were stung by the opening goal but set about trying to work their way into the game. Full-back Lewis Stevenson drove a low effort from distance just past the post before Danny Swanson wasted a great chance. The ball broke to the playmaker following Anthony Stokes’ driving run into the area but Swanson pulled his shot from 10 yards just wide. However, the home side levelled in the 24th minute following a glaring error from goalkeeper MacDonald. The former Hearts player spilled McGinn’s corner on his line and Shaw was left with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net. The home side were hungry for more but a counter-attacking charge led by Swanson came to nothing after the forward’s shot was deflected wide by Stephen O’Donnell. Both teams fancied their chances of taking all the spoils as the second half began. Killie forward Jordan Jones saw a fizzing half-volley deflect just over the bar from 18 yards before MacDonald pushed Stokes’ free-kick behind. Martin Boyle then came within inches of scoring a spectacular goal but his dipping left-footed volley from the edge of the box ruffled the top of the net. Hibs gradually upped the pressure and Kilmarnock were limited to counter-attacks. But the home side were finding it difficult to create any clear-cut openings in the final third and McGinn took matters into his own hands with a rasping drive from 25 yards that glanced off the top of the bar. Kilmarnock held out as both teams had to settle for a point.


Scott battles hard at windy West Kilbride

April 5 2010

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

Angus & The Mearns

Montrose murder trial: Victim’s blood found in ex-boyfriend’s flat

December 14 2016

Blood matching Montrose mum Kimberley MacKenzie’s was found throughout her ex-boyfriend’s flat, a jury has heard. Forensic biologist Jacqueline Sharp told Glasgow High Court a total of 45 blood spots were found at the Market Street property of murder accused Steven Jackson. Miss MacKenzie’s blood was also found on one of his shoes. Ms Sharp said spots of blood were found on a sofa and armchair in the living room, as well as on a glass table and skirting board. More samples were taken from the hallway and bathroom. Asked by Advocate Depute Ashley Edwards if blood found at the bathroom door could have been caused by an injured person being carried into the room, Ms Sharp said: “Yes, that would be one explanation.” Under cross examination by Donald Findlay QC, representing Jackson, she also accepted there could be “thousands” of reasons. Miss Sharp said that some of the blood found in the flat had been diluted or smeared as if the area had been washed or cleaned. Jackson, 40, and co-accused Michelle Higgins 29, deny murdering and dismembering Miss MacKenzie. They face further allegations that they disposed of Miss MacKenzie’s body parts in bins and cleaned the flat and bath with bleach and caustic soda. The court has heard the 37-year-old died at the flat in October, last year. Forensic scientist Barry Mitchell said traces of DNA matching Jackson were found on the handle of the suitcase which held Miss MacKenzie’s severed head and thighs. Traces of Miss MacKenzie’s blood were also found on one of Jackson’s shoes. Mr Mitchell said the chances of the blood being anyone else’s were one in more than a billion. The court heard more of Miss MacKenzie’s blood was found on Higgins’ mobile phone, underneath its outer casing. DNA and blood matching Miss MacKenzie were also found on a claw hammer found in Jackson’s living room. The jury was also told Jackson had texted Miss MacKenzie on October 17 — 10 days before she died. He wrote: “I’m with Mishy now and it would be easier if you stop coming. Please. I really want to make a go of it with her.” Miss MacKenzie replied: “Yeah, no probs. I’m sorry I’ve made things difficult 4 u. What happens when you get gear again. Will still sell me? x” Dr Robert Cumming, who examined Higgins while she was in police custody, told the court she had the initials SJ “carved” on her leg. The trial before Lady Rae continues.