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...
Great Britain women’s team skip Eve Muirhead is competing in her third Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.The 27-year-old from Blair Atholl, Perthshire, is the reigning European champion and also won gold at the 2013 world championships.In her first Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 she was skip of the GB team who failed to get out of the round-robin stage, winning three matches.Muirhead returned in Sochi four years ago where a 6-5 win over Switzerland in a play-off earned her a bronze medal.A 6-5 defeat of Canada secured Britain a place in the Pyeongchang semi-finals and a second meeting of the tournament with Sweden.2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver2014 Winter Olympics – Sochi2018 Winter Olympics – Pyeongchang
Eve Muirhead’s Olympic build-up has had a huge boost, after the Perthshire curler and her team claimed a major title in Canada. Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton defeated the Chinese Bingyu Wang rink 8-3 in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic final, after knocking out the favourites to make the Canadian team for Sochi skipped by Rachel Homan in the semi-final. It’s the Courier-sponsored team’s first win of the 2013/14 season, and has sent out a message to all their potential Olympic medal rivals that the World Champions are in excellent shape with just four months to go to the Winter Games. Muirhead said: “We’ve always still got things to work on. Every week is a building block leading to Sochi. “You obviously want to peak in February, but you can’t judge when you want to peak. In curling, it’s not a case of peaking and then not peaking. It’s just about being consistent the whole way through to the Olympics, and that’s what we want to do. “We had a fantastic week. We came out fighting in the final and the girls played great. “Our season maybe started off not bad, not slow, just kind of in the middle, average. Now we’re working our way up.” The World Curling Tour event was Team Muirhead’s second in a row in Canada. The week before in Vancouver they were knocked out by Wang’s team and Muirhead admitted it was nice to turn the tables. “Revenge is always sweet, isn’t it?” the 23-year-old said. “But I’ve played her so many times, and she’s had such a great year this year.” Homan, Jennifer Jones and Cathy Auld were among the big name Canadian teams they defeated over the five day tournament. They will all have to compete for the right to represent their country in Sochi. Muirhead and her team-mates, on the other hand, were the first to be named in Team GB. That has helped them in their preparations for Russia, and so too has the self-belief gained by becoming World Champions. “We enjoy the pressure,” Muirhead said. “We’ve had a lot of pressure these last few years being a new, young team and, for myself, having already been at the Olympics and changing teams and things like that. “But you know what? We enjoy the pressure, and if the pressure wasn’t there, there would be something wrong.”
The outbreak of the First World War and its effect in Angus is being marked in a new exhibition in Forfar. The exhibition uses iconic objects, artworks, poetry and slideshows to tell the history of life in the trenches, The Black Watch and of local recipients of the Victoria Cross. Visitors to the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery can also view a selection of war drawings by Sir Muirhead Bone, who was appointed Britain’s first official war artist in 1916. Photos by Kim Cessford.
Scotland missed out on a medal at the Women’s World Championship in Japan after losing to Russia in a bronze medal play-off. Eve Muirhead’s team were beaten 13-4 and found themselves up against it from the outset as Anna Sidorova got the Russians off to a strong start by putting five points on the board in the first end. Muirhead told www.royalcaledoniancurling club.org: “It wasn’t even a bad first end. The five came out of nowhere and as soon as it happened we were chasing the game. “It’s just not been our week. We haven’t been consistent enough, and that’s been the story of our year. “We’ve got to remember it’s a new team and this comes on the back of having a good Olympic Games. “It was always going to be tough.” Switzerland beat Canada 5-3 to take the gold medals and the world title.
Courier columnist Eve Muirhead’s rink have won the first-ever Canadian Open women’s curling championship. Her team defeated Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 5-3 in the final of the event in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, on Sunday night. Muirhead led by a point coming home and counted one more in the final end with a tricky come-around shot to ice the game and avoid giving up a steal. Team third Anna Sloan said: “We knew we had to come out and play really well against Team Homan as they’re such a great solid team. “We just piled the pressure on and it just worked. It was our day.” It is Muirhead, Sloan and second Vicki Adams’ second career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title after claiming the 2013 Players’ Championship in Toronto with lead Claire Hamilton. The team also won the bronze medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February but made a roster adjustment during the off-season with Sarah Reid coming on board to replace Hamilton. “It’s been a tough season for us, not just being as fluid as we want to be,” added Sloan. “But it’s a new team also and we’re still young so it’s good to grind it out and get the win here.”
Neither the Scottish men or women travelled home from the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Stavanger with gold medals, but both skips Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch insisted that this event had been a positive step in their Olympic build-ups. After going through the whole event undefeated, Muirhead’s women picked Saturday morning’s final against Sweden to play their slackest game of the week, eventually going down by 5-10. Reflecting on her team’s overall performance, Muirhead said, “I think you’ve got to look at this week as being really, really good. “If you looked at our stats and our performance, you’d see one of the best teams in the world right now. We lost the final, but if you look at the games before the final we really are a team to be reckoned with.” She added: “Give Sweden their dues, they played well. But that was pretty sore. We just didn’t seem to be as sharp as we had been for the rest of the week.” The obvious major target for Muirhead and Murdoch this season is the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, which start in just over two months. Muirhead added: “The Europeans wasn’t the big one for us this season our preparation is for Sochi. It would have been nice to come away with the gold medal, but we’ve had such a great week. “The girls played great all week and I think we’re in a really, really good place”. Having gone to the previous two Winter Games as a real medal prospect, only to come away from both empty-handed, Murdoch is targeting Sochi too. He said: “For me, the Olympic Games mean more than most people will ever know. “You train 12 years of your life and you still don’t achieve the one thing you really want. That one thing I’ve wanted so much is still eluding me it’ll be worth the wait.” He also thinks his team is going well enough to help him with his dream. He said: “This team’s getting better all the time. I’m very optimistic about the way this team is going. We’re on the up and that’s a good sign.” For Murdoch’s men, the damage had been done earlier in the week when they lost their Page Play-off game on the last stone by 5-6 to Denmark. This meant they had to play for bronze medals on Saturday, against Denmark again. The Scots took the lead in the fifth when Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne wrecked his last stone, leaving Murdoch with a simple draw to score three points for a 4-3 lead. The game came down to the 10th end and when Stjerne was heavy with his final draw leaving two Scottish counters in the house, Scotland won without Murdoch having to play his last stone. Later Switzerland beat Norway by 8-6 to take the men’s gold. Murdoch said: “We know what the real goal is this season and this week was all about working hard as a team, having some good performances and playing well and I think we’ve done that. “We’ve not got a gold medal but we’ve shown what we’re capable of. It’s all about keeping that good form now and training hard and keeping things going.”
Winter Olympics bronze medallist Eve Muirhead delighted children when she made a surprise visit to her home ice rink in Perth. The skip of the GB women’s curling team at Sochi in Russia arrived at the Dewars Centre on Wednesday evening to watch her brother, Glen, play in the Super League. She was accompanied on her impromptu trip by the women’s team coach, Dave Hay. Muirhead who is also a columnist with The Courier said winning the bronze medal “had not sunk in yet” and that the whole Winter Olympic experience was “amazing”. The success of Muirhead’s team and David Murdoch’s men’s squad has seen a surge of interest in the sport. For more on this story, see Friday’s Courier or try our digital edition.
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.
A primary school teacher from Tillicoutry who was described in court as “Stirling’s equivalent to Jimmy Savile” has been struck off. Caven Muirhead abused two brothers over a seven-year period, after befriending their parents. The 56-year-old was allowed to take them on holidays to caravan parks and on outings to Knockhill racing circuit, an air show at RAF Leuchers and Perth Leisure Pool. After gaining their trust he touched both boys indecently and performed sex acts on the youngsters. Muirhead was found guilty of five charges of lewd and libidinous practices following a jury trial at Stirling Sheriff Court in November last year and was later jailed for 18 months. He was ruled “unfit to teach” by the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). Muirhead, who was also placed on the sex offenders register following his conviction, did not attend the hearing in Edinburgh. A spokesperson for the GTCS said: “The panel had regard to the presenting officer’s submissions that the nature of the conviction, under solemn criminal procedure, indicated the respondent’s conduct falls significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher. “The panel noted that, in his response form, the respondent does not admit either the facts or that his fitness to teach is impaired. The panel observed that he provided no evidence or reasons to support his position. “The panel had in mind the importance of the protection of children, the public interest and the importance of maintaining confidence in the teaching profession. “The panel considered that the nature of the conviction represents conduct which is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher. “The panel therefore determined that the respondent’s conduct falls significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher and that he is therefore unfit to teach.” Muirhead targeted the boys between 1989 and 1996, treating them to trips which were described by Suzanne Hutchison, prosecuting, as being like “every little boy’s dreams”. On the way back from one outing to Leuchars Airshow, the court heard Muirhead stopped in a lay-by, took one of the boys into woods and made him watch while he performed a sex act. Similar incidents happened with both boys on caravan holidays across Scotland, as well as at Muirhead’s home in Clackmannanshire. A jury of eight men and seven women took under three hours to find Muirhead, of Jamieson Gardens, Tillicoultry, guilty of five charges two by majority and the other three unanimously. The older brother, now in his mid-thirties, revealed the abuse to health professionals in 2010, and his younger sibling did likewise soon after. The court heard that Muirhead told the younger victim that “it was as much my fault as his” and warned him that “if it came out I’d get into more trouble”. He said he had not alerted the authorities because “he was a teacher in a position of trust”. “It’s the same as Jimmy Savile, where it didn’t come out because he had a big reputation,” he explained in court. Muirhead’s defence counsel Jamie Gilchrist, QC, asked him: “You are saying he is Stirling’s equivalent to Jimmy Savile. In the Jimmy Savile mode?” The victim replied: “That is what he is.” Following the guilty verdict, Sheriff Gilchirst told Muirhead he had breached the trust placed in him. “You were convicted by a jury of serious offences towards these two boys and this involved a breach of trust placed in you by these boys, and by the wider community as a teacher,” he said. “A custodial sentence is the only disposal possible. I have to take into account the impact this had on the complainers.”