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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...

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.

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

Dundee

First man to drive across the Tay Road Bridge is immortalised in song by Tayside songwriter

February 14 2017

A former Dundee student who made history by becoming the first member of the public to cross the Tay Road Bridge when it opened in 1966 has been immortalised in song by an award-winning Tayside song writer. Perth-born Eddie Cairney, who now lives in Arbroath, has released an album called Tay Road Bridge which features a song dedicated to Welshman Hugh Pincott, now of Plymouth. The song ‘A dragon ow’r the Tay’, tells how Hugh, then a chemistry student at Queen’s College, Dundee, draped  a Welsh dragon flag over his car when he made the crossing from Dundee to Fife on the day of the bridge’s official opening on August 18, 1966. Eddie, who was inspired by Hugh’s visit to Dundee during the Tay Road Bridge’s 50th anniversary celebrations last summer, said: “When I read the story of Hugh being the first person over the bridge, I thought it was a great subject for a song. “ Hugh, who was awarded the first Phd from the new Dundee University, which also celebrates its 50th birthday this August, said of the song: “It’s unbelievable. I feel both humbled and honoured to be featured in verse and music by such a talented, well-known Scots artiste like Eddie. I am already collecting his albums!" Eddie, 64, says his Tay Road Bridge album should have been out “ages ago”. But he is no stranger to music and song influenced by Dundee and wider Scottish history. Last year 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. Other songs on Eddie’s Tay Road Bridge album include:  A' doonhill tae Dundee -  a comical look at the outcome of Tay FM's poll to find a slogan to promote Dundee in 2002. It refers to the slope of the bridge from the Fife to Dundee side;  A right royal landfill  - which takes a swipe at the decision of the city fathers to destroy the city’s famous  Royal Arch; Beautiful road bridge of the River Tay -  pays tribute to William Topas McGonagall and speculates that if had still been around in 1966, he wouldn't have missed a trick; Fifies -  a nostalgic look at the former Tay ferries, and  Hanfaes  o' notes – which is all about the alleged corruption at Dundee city council in the 1970s. The songs are available via iTunes - https://soundcloud.com/albdemec/sets/tay-road-bridge or via Eddie’s website www.eddiecairney.com A dragon ow’r the Tay Verse 1 On the seventeenth of August in the year o’ 1966 A car drove awa fae the Blackie tae be the first ane in the que Verse 2 He gambled on a day’n a half jist tae keep on the safe side And settled doon wi’ the books an’ the spam’n the juice But the polis moved him on Verse 3 But Hugh was not to be undone so he set his sights on 7 o’clock So he went hame an’e dreamt o’ fame then he timed it tae a tee Chorus Then ou’r the bridge went the wee black car Wi a dragon tae the fore fur abudy tae see As it gaed ou’r the Firth o’ Tay joinin’ Fife, Wales and Dundee Verse 4 Sergeant Noble said “you’re first to go” And Hugh said “oh I know it is the shortest route” But it turned oot someone had just tossed a coin Verse 5 Place was right but the reason wrong And Hugh had been right all along And the press jumped in and aff they went And the car started first time Chorus x 3

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.

Angus & The Mearns

‘Just had the best kebab in my life’ charity walker enjoying taste of Angus

January 6 2014

An ex-serviceman who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) passed through Angus at the weekend as part of a mammoth fundraising walk. Eddie Craven is working his way up the east coast of Scotland after setting off from Exeter on August 26 in a bid to walk around the UK. After crossing the Tay Bridge on Friday, the 39-year-old made his way through the city and on to Monifieth, where he sampled the town’s culinary delights. In a Facebook post he said: “Just had the best kebab in my life; better than good it was outstanding. I’ve never seen anything like it, it was the size of a car tyre!” Eddie arrived in Arbroath on Saturday and continued up the coast towards Montrose and the Mearns over the weekend. He aims to boost awareness of PTSD while raising funds for Veterans Aid. He suffered from the condition after completing service in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. His ultimate goal is to set up a sanctuary for ex-service personnel. The walk is Eddie’s second attempt at the challenge after being forced to abandon a previous effort through injury. To follow his progress or make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Eddie-Coast.

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.

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

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.

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.

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