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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...


Match report: Brechin 1 Rangers XI 1

October 14 2010

Veteran Brechin midfielder Charlie King got a rousing ovation when he took to the Glebe Park pitch on crutches to greet the Rangers XI for his testimonial match. City's longest-serving player, who joined the club in 2001, is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle, but the side sent from Ibrox featuring a number of first-team players marked the respect with which he is held in Scottish football. City got off to a cracking start and opened the scoring in five minutes when Craig Molloy knocked the ball in after it took a deflection off the kneecap of a defender. Two minutes later Calum Booth had a chance to double their lead after a great solo run down the left flank but his sharp-angled drive was well stopped by the Rangers keeper Grant Adam. The visitors levelled on 16 minutes when Rory Loy headed home from a John Fleck corner. Five minutes later Rory McAllister was given an opportunity to restore the home side's lead when he took a free-kick from the edge of the box but another great save from Adam thwarted him. Just after the half-hour City keeper Craig Nelson prevented the visitors going ahead when he blocked a Ross Perry header from a Sarin Kerkar corner. Rangers fought hard for the winner in the second half but the City defence proved unbreachable. City came close to breaking the deadlock in the last 10 minutes when Gary Fusco's cracking shot from 25 yards hit the outside of the far post. Attendance619. BrechinNelson (Scott 46), McLean, Cook (White 46), McLauchlan (McKenna 46), Moyes (Johnson), Janczyk (Byres 46), Redman (Fotheringham), B Smith, McAllister (Millar 82), Molloy (Fusco 46), Booth (D Smith). Subs not usedDocherty. Rangers XIAdam, McMillan, Wylde: Perry, Webster, Stirling (Naismith 81), Campbell (Wiktorski), Hutton, Loy, Fleck, Kerkar (Dick 81). Subs not usedSmith, Little.

Scottish Championship

Brechin prepare for Championship by agreeing new deals with seven players

June 1 2017

Brechin City have begun preparing for life in the Championship with the news that seven players have agreed to extend their deals. Glebe Park boss Darren Dods has persuaded Willie Dyer, Elliot Ford, Gary, Fusco, Finn Graham, Aron Lynas, Chris O'Neill and Liam Watt to stay at the newly-promoted club. They join Graham Smith, Andy Jackson, Ally Love and Paul McLean, who had already pledged their futures to City.

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.

Scottish League 1

Signings boost for Brechin ahead of Angus derby

April 28 2016

Brechin City have received a double boost ahead of their crucial clash with Forfar this weekend after defender Paul McLean and midfielder Gary Fusco signed on for another season. A win for the Glebe Park men over the relegated Loons would keep Brechin safe and player-manager Darren Dods is delighted that the duo have copied Andy Jackson in agreeing to remain, despite the threat of playing in League Two next season. Dods said: ‘I am pleased to have retained the services of Paul and Gary for next season. “Both players are typical of the type of player want to have in our team as they give everything they can on the park every week and at training. “We will continue with our efforts to secure more of the current squad as we build for next season.”

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.

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South will make Brechin work hard for their first win

April 28 2018

If Queen of the South are going to lie down and let Brechin City get their first win of the season on the last day then they have got a funny way of showing it. Despite dropping out of contention for the promotion play-offs, Gary Naysmith’s men have beaten Morton and Dundee United in their last two fixtures. And Glebe Park boss Darren Dods doesn’t expect them to suddenly decide to put their flip-flops on. “They have had a great couple of results,” he said. “You definitely wouldn’t say they are in holiday mode. “They’ll still have the likes of Stephen Dobbie playing. “If we are going to get a win we will have to earn it. “It has been a tiring season for the players – mentally and physically. “A lot of luck has gone against us as well. The players will give it their all and hopefully after one last push we’ll get the breaks tomorrow. “It’s a while since we’ve taken the lead, rather than been chasing a game, and this would be a great time to do it.” Brechin to get their victory and Gary Fusco to score the winner would be the fairtyale story. “Gary is retiring after this game because of his job,” said Dods. “Hopefully he can finish on a high. Mind you, he’s not scored in about 10 years!” Euan Spark and Jordan Sinclair will miss out.

Scottish League 1

Brechin 1 Morton 1: McKinnon fury at penalty award

February 16 2015

A hotly-disputed penalty decision was the main talking point after the Brechin City v Morton match which ended in a 1-1 draw. With 53 minutes on the clock and the scores tied at 0-0, referee Euan Anderson awarded a penalty to the visitors after a Gary Fusco challenge on Morton striker Declan McManus. The City players were incensed with the decision but the referee was quite adamant that it was a spot-kick, and it was duly converted by Ross Caldwell. However, the penalty award clearly galvanised City and they laid siege to the Morton goal thereafter, which brought its reward 12 minutes from time when substitute Robert Thomson rose above the Morton defence to head home a cross from Bobby Barr. City manager Ray McKinnon felt that the penalty award had cost his side three points. “I don’t think there was any way it was a penalty and I was very disappointed with the referee’s decision,” he said.

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