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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...

Obituaries

Angus woman June Osborne

July 14 2015

June Osborne, of the Old Manse, Rescobie, by Forfar, has died a few weeks short of her 95th birthday, after a long illness. Mrs Osborne was the daughter of Wilmot and Enid Carnegy-Arbuthnott of Balnamoon, near Brechin, and spent much of her childhood in the south of England. In 1939, with war imminent, she joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (the FANYs) and served with them for three years. She was mostly based in the Midlands and around Oxford, driving trucks, ambulances and, for a time, the general commanding the central Midland area. With him she visited Coventry the day after it suffered some of the worst bombing of the war. In April 1941 she married Captain, later Major, Gerald Osborne, who was to win the MC with The Black Watch at the battle of El Alamein, and she left the FANYs the following year to start a family. In 1947 the couple moved to Balmadies, near Guthrie, where they farmed and brought up their children, and Mrs Osborne did a variety of public work, including training people to protect themselves in the event of a nuclear attack. In 1982 Major and Mrs Osborne retired to Rescobie and handed Balmadies over to their eldest son James and his wife Georgiana, who is currently Lord-Lieutenant of Angus. Mrs Osborne, who was widowed in October 1995, leaves three sons, two daughters, 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Angus & The Mearns

Montrose Air Station marks centenary of its first pilot in France

June 12 2014

A major national event commemorating the start of the First World War is to be held in Angus later this year. The event on August 2 and 3 will mark 100 years since Number 2 Squadron left Montrose Air Station to lead the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to war. Major Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly was credited with being the first RFC pilot to land in France in the war and the first RFC pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Alan Doe, chairman of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, said the two-day event is being organised with close involvement from the RAF and the Western Front Association. He said: “The subsequent landing of the first British aircraft in France, a BE2 piloted by No 2 Squadron’s Lieutenant Harvey-Kelly, inspired our First in France Project, which is to be launched on the weekend of August 2/3. “This will feature the establishment of a new centre dedicated to the history of aviation during the First World War the Lt J Ross Robertson Building.” The next day the First in France Project will be officially launched by Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, at a private reception. The air station would like to invite as many families of the men who served there during the First World War to this reception as possible. For more information about the First in France launch event, visit www.rafmontrose.org.uk.

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

Angus & The Mearns

Commemorative flight marks 100 years since ‘gallant pilots’ left Montrose for First World War

August 4 2014

A commemorative flight has marked 100 years since young men set off from Montrose Air Station to join the First World War. Montrose was the UK’s first military air base and it was from there, on August 3 1914, that Royal Flying Corps II (AC) Squadron flew their biplanes to Dover. Ten days later they would lead the squadron to Amiens in France to play a vital part in the conflict. A commemorative wreath set off from Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre to RAF Leuchars in a replica SE5 aircraft on Sunday. Photo Gallery:‘Gallant pilots’ of Montrose remembered 100 years after leaving for First World War From there it will be flown in a Tornado to Dover, then to Amiens in a replica BE2 on August 13 before being laid at the city’s war memorial. Daniel Paton, curator at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, said: “The essential part that the brave young men who trained at Montrose played in the war can not be forgotten. “I am pleased that several relatives of the men who were based at Montrose before taking part in the First World War could join us today.” A new building at the heritage centre, where its First In France exhibition is open to the public, was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne. It is dedicated to Lt J Ross Robertson, who was killed in action in France in 1917. Mrs Osborne said: “When war broke out training had been in place in Montrose for nearly a year and No 2 squadron led the Royal Flying Corps to war. “It is hard for us to believe today that these men were taking to the air in motorised vehicles made of thin strips of wood, linen cloth and wire. “We remember all the victims of World War One, especially the gallant pilots who trained at Montrose. “We salute their incredible courage and I salute the determination of the members and volunteers of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre to remember them.” On Saturday hundreds of people attended an open day, which included flying displays and a performance of a play set in Montrose during the First World War.

Angus & The Mearns

Santa Claus joins in the fun at Forfar’s Christmas lights switch-on

December 4 2015

Santa visited the Cross in Forfar on Thursdaynight to begin spreading festive cheer. St Nick did the honours at the town’s Christmas lights assisted by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne. Starting at 6pm with accompaniment from Forfar Instrumental Band, the lights were flicked on to applause half an hour later. Panto characters including Sinbad the Sailor were also in attendance. Santa arrived 10 minutes later on his sleigh to greet the children and collect their letters. Forfar Rotary Club have been preparing the sleigh for Santa’s journey and he will visit a number of locations over the next few weeks. Photos by Angus Pictures

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.

News

Angry spat over future of Fife base RAF Leuchars

April 11 2011

A furious war of words has broken out in North East Fife, after Liberal Democrat candidate Iain Smith was accused of "blatant double standards." His SNP rival Rod Campbell hit out as the emotive issue of RAF Leuchars' future began to dominate the local campaign trail. Mr Campbell insisted the Lib Dem candidate had been "less than straight" with voters in a new campaign leaflet. "The latest Lib Dem leaflet tries to take credit for changes in taxation by reminding voters that the UK Government is a Tory/Lib Dem coalition," Mr Campbell said. "The changes in question were introduced by George Osborne in his recent Budget and Iain Smith seems happy in this case to be associated with the Conservatives in London. "However, right next to the article on taxation is one about the threat to RAF Leuchars. It posts Mr Smith as champion of the campaign to save the airbase. "Nowhere does this article recognise that it is the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that threatens Scottish defence facilities, not least RAF Leuchars. "When Iain Smith likes the actions of the London coalition, he claims credit for his party. "When it comes to RAF Leuchars, he pretends that he has nothing to do with Nick Clegg and the actions of the London government. However, Mr Smith was happy to laugh off the SNP missive. "This is typically laughable bluster from the SNP," he said. "Yes, thanks to the Liberal Democrats thousands of Fifers will pay no tax from this month and around 180,000 will have a tax cut and, yes, Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Ialong with members of the local community and the RAF Leuchars task forceare campaigning vigorously to save the base. "I am a campaigner for my community and RAF Leuchars is vital to our social fabric, local economy and defence of the UK. "The MoD have repeatedly said that no decisions have been made on the future of RAF bases, but that does not stop us from making the case for its retention. "Sadly, the SNP candidate has yet again undermined the efforts of those fighting hard to save the base."

Angus & The Mearns

Cameron and Christian named Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets

June 17 2016

Two youngsters will help carry out Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osbourne’s duties as the Queen’s representative in the county. Staff Sergeant Cameron Keith from Forfar and Flight Sergeant Christian Walton from Arbroath have both been appointed as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet after being nominated for the role by their commanding officer. Cameron is a member of Angus and Dundee Battalion Army Cadet Force and Christian is part of the 2422 (Arbroath) Air Cadets.

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