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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...

Music

Howdee at the heart of country renaissance

January 7 2011

When Jack White chooses Nashville, the home of country music, as the place to set up his Third Man record label, you can be assured that country music is going through something of a pop renaissance. And it is a love of country from the plaintive songs of Hank Williams to the moody country-tinged tunes of Nick Cave that sits at the heart of Howdee, the country revue created in 2010 by Dundee musicians Caragh McKay and Ged Grimes. Inspired by a conversation they had about Elvis Presley's early country roots, Caragh and Ged came up with the idea of celebrating the Great American Country Songbook the blue-collar equivalent of the Great American Songbook. And so Howdee, a country music revue, featuring a changing line-up of acts, was born. The idea was to get together all the musicians they had worked with, who they knew loved that style of music but didn't often get the chance to play it. People like guitarist Gregor Philp, guitar and pedal steel wizard Chris Marra, elder statesmen like Gus Foy and Joe McKay (Caragh's dad), alongside 17-year-old Alex Hines. Rather than stick to a rigid chronological walk through country music, however, Howdee uses the essence of country great storytelling, strong voices, and traditional instruments such as steel guitar and banjo as a starting point. Howdee made its first outing in Dundee in August with an invite-only show at Braes Below, where they "deliberately steered away from playing country greats and created a set that includes songs written hundreds of years ago to some that have been written in the past couple of years," says Caragh. "We've also chosen some tunes that are not, strictly speaking, country, but that we felt had the potential to slip into that genre. It's this approach that we think gives Howdee such a fresh sound." Indeed, when Caragh's friend, the video director Paul Gore (who has made videos for Paolo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, Massive Attack and The Noisettes among others), was looking for a piece of traditional music for a video he was making for the fashion label ASOS Black, Caragh suggested Black Jack Davy, a darkly atmospheric a capella song that was in the Howdee set. It was written in Scotland around the 1740s, and has been recorded by a variety of artists, including The White Stripes.'Ageless' musicThe ASOS message boards were buzzing with people asking what the song was and the video has had thousands of hits on YouTube. Another unique aspect is that Howdee is made up of generations of musicians, with band members ranging in age from 17 to 70. "The brilliant thing about country music is that it's, quite literally, ageless, because it comes from that folk tradition of passing poems and songs down through generations. Think of Johnny Cash, for instance he and his music is revered by generations of fans. "But then you can take almost any country song from any era and turn it into something fresh and new. You can even change the words if it seems right, and not feel as though you are doing something wrong," says Caragh. Ged and Caragh believe that Howdee will grow in its own way, and hope that other musicians will want to come and take part in future shows. "In essence, Howdee is a musical celebration," says Caragh, "So the idea of other bands or musicians joining in and putting their own spin on country makes sense. It's about just enjoying great music and opening audiences up to country in a way that they might never have thought of. "It's basically country music that people don't know, doing country in a different way, not just doing a bank of covers, we didn't want to do that, the idea was to bring all these old country numbers back, although not strictly all old numbers. "We've got some good ideas for songs and also bringing different formats into the band, different instruments like upright bass and banjo... more a collective rather than a band, whatever we think is interesting. Ged said, "We'll also be mixing up the generations with Joe (McKay, Caragh's dad), who's 70, joining in on a few songs as well I've always loved what he's done, he's a total tour de force in Dundee. "There's Gus Foy as well, and at the other end of the scale is Alex Hines who's only 17, it keeps it different." Howdee comes to Duke's Corner on Saturday night, a show that came about after the venue heard about their successful unannounced gig and immediately offered them a slot, Caragh added. "I think it was brilliant that we did a gig and immediately got asked to do another one that's what's good about it, it'll grow organically." Howdee play Duke's Corner on Saturday. Entry is free from 8pm. Ged says, "It might be different another time we do it, although it's not a jam, that's not what it is, we want it to be a performance. "There's no pressure to write the music, just create a style, it's stuff that's already there. "The idea of doing rare covers is something that we wanted to do, not covers that people will know, that's not very creative." Caragh adds, "People ask what this one was and what that one was, that's what makes it a really creative project." Ged says, "There's stuff they've played to me in rehearsal I've never heard, it's all about the players bringing their own stuff to the party. "So it's not just like playing a song, we're totally able to adapt the songs, it's a bit richer than a band just playing a tune. It's a showcase for Caragh's voice and for this rag tag bunch of top-quality guys it's a joy to respond to her and for her to respond to us. "It's also another indication of Dundee's musicians and culture they're right up for it, giving their time and talent and showing what they can do. There was no issue over it, we asked and they were there. "What I love about it is it's some of the darker side of country. Most of the time you never really get the opportunity to darken up things." Caragh added, "It's the most amazing thing I've every done in my life, this just feels right, totally right. It's a clich to say we're just having fun but we are. Country is at the heart of it, but there's not a sense of saying it's got to be this or it's got to be that. "People have a really bad idea of what country music is, but if you scratch below the surface there's all different kinds of stuff. "This is totally new, totally fresh, and we've no idea where it's going." Ged added, "We're getting the right people involved Gregor and Chris, they can adapt and play anything. "It's all about respect for the songs and it's great to draw on things like pedal steel and upright bass, everybody sings and it's a great platform for Caragh and what she does best."

Music

Sinatra-loving jazz performer Todd Gordon has done it his way

July 23 2011

Jazz singer Todd Gordon has met some big names in his time. As a young fan, he was invited onto the stage of the Usher Hall in Edinburgh by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, who proceeded to serenade him. Since he became a performer himself, he has met and worked with some of the very best, from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney to Count Basie, Dionne Warwick and George Shearing. Last year, however, he met one of the true greats Tony Bennett and his latest show is a tribute to the man and his music. Todd said, "I went to his concert in Glasgow on Independence Day last year with Carol Kidd (the world-renowned Scottish jazz singer). "I heard a lovely story from her. About 25 years ago, she was performing at Ronnie Scott's and Tony Bennett was so impressed he came back again to hear her the following night. "He had his sketch pad with him he's actually a highly-regarded artist and gave her a portrait he made of her. "Sadly, she was mugged in London not long after and her bag, complete with the picture inside, was stolen." "Before the Glasgow show I had actually been in touch with Tony's daughter she's a fine singer and I really like her music. "She opened the show and we were invited back afterwards to meet him. "He was utterly charming. I have a lot of his records but when I saw him live, I really got him and his music."'American songbook roots'He added, "I've done shows in the past featuring some artists who are no longer with us but I was genuinely a bit wary of doing that with someone who is very much still on the go! "But his daughter said he would take it as a big compliment, so here we are!" Todd is bringing The Tony Bennett Songbook to Pitlochry Festival Theatre this Sunday, July 24, featuring the great performer's greatest hits and the quality songs that have given his career such style and longevity. Todd said, "I don't try to imitate anyone when I sing songs associated with them but with Bennett, our voices are so different that I really feel I can put my own stamp on his repertoire. "One of the things I really admire about him is that, when The Beatles and Beach Boys were dominating the charts, he never tried to go contemporary. "He was true to his American songbook roots and that has always been his stamp." He added, "He's still performing and gaining new audiences, too. It was a gig for MTV Unplugged in America that really re-introduced him to a new generation who I'm discovering in the audiences I'm playing to really love these songs." With a programme including everything from Maybe This Time from Cabaret, a segue of Charlie Chaplin's Smile into Johnny Mercer's The Shadow of Your Smile and a Latin version of Old Devil Moon, great tunes and beautiful melodies abound. As for I Left My Heart in San Francisco, the signature Bennett tune, Todd said, "The two writers never really had much success with anything else and at one point, Tony Bennett's pianist, Ralph Sharon, put this song in his sock drawer and only mentioned it to Tony when he found it after packing for a tour they were doing. "They played it at gigs at the Fairmont in San Francisco where it went down well and although Bennett wanted to record it, his label wasn't keen. "It eventually went out as a B-side and it was being picked up by a university campus DJ that got it noticed. Like viral marketing today, it took off!"'Good company'Todd's own career grew from a childhood love of Frank Sinatra after his mother insisted that he put away his Beatles records so that she could listen to "her" music for a change. It wasn't until the 90s, inspired by a stint at the then new-fangled karaoke, followed by some serious jazz coaching from renowned singer Fionna Duncan, that the day job was abandoned and he took to performing full time. Since then he has built up a repertoire of around 1000 songs, performed all over the world with some of his heroes, branched out into concert promotion and generally made a name for himself as one of the classiest jazz acts in town. With no TV "talent" shows to help him along, the Sinatra-loving teenager did it his way. Sinatra, interestingly, thought that Tony Bennett was the best jazz singer of all and Todd reckons he wasn't far wrong. Apart from his Bennett-fest, Todd has been busy playing concerts and recording in Seoul in South Korea "a track of mine was used for a Korean drama series and the chance to go there was too good to miss!" He is currently working on a big band album with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires and a series of collaborators including Carol Kidd, Eddi Reader and Horse McDonald, in aid of Help For Heroes. He's also relished the chance to work with legendary producer Ken Barnes who has made albums with icons like Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Peggy Lee and Jack Jones. Todd said, "It's great to hear all these great stories and tap into how these people ticked in the studio, quite intoxicating. "I was with the BBC Big Band in Maida Vale Studios a year ago and standing there singing, I noticed a plaque on the wall commemorating the recording of Bing Crosby's last tracks there. "You get into some good company in the world of jazz!" Todd Gordon and the David Patrick Trio present The Tony Bennett Songbook at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Sunday, July 24, at 8pm. Other dates include August 21 at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, and Perth Theatre on September 17.

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

UK & World

A tweet from Trump Hotels has sparked a whole host of moving stories from immigrants

February 1 2017

It’s not often that a seemingly innocuous tweet becomes popular more than five years later, but anything goes during Donald Trump’s presidency. Someone has trawled through the archives of the Trump Hotels Twitter account to find this tweet from October 2011. Tell us your favorite travel memory – was it a picture, a souvenir, a sunset? We'd love to hear it! — Trump Hotels (@TrumpHotels) October 11, 2011 Now it’s garnering a flurry of responses in light of Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration, as immigrants take to Twitter to share their memories. Some are of their ancestors moving to the US. @TrumpHotels A photo of my father on the boat that brought him from the Philippines to his new home in California. #immigration #resist — Veronica Montes (@vmontes) January 28, 2017 @vmontes @TrumpHotels my Lolo & his family coming to Daly City, where they would make a home in a welcoming country pic.twitter.com/o8wS6DG5Jw — Vida Wadhams (@VidaWadhams) January 29, 2017 @TrumpHotels 1922 when my grandma sailed the Haverford to flee violence – was welcomed in America openly by Republican president. pic.twitter.com/IRUFFpDtPj — Matt Grocoff (@mattgrocoff) January 30, 2017 @TrumpHotels When I was able to leave the country and then come back. Also my ancestors coming from Portugal, Uzbekistan, Poland, Russia — jessamyn west (@jessamyn) January 29, 2017 Many had gone through great hardship to get to America. .@TrumpHotels hearing about my grandfather's perilous trip to America by boat as a child alone. I wonder if he would be let in today? — Noah Scalin (@NoahScalin) January 29, 2017 @TrumpHotels Visiting San Francisco – the American city my grandparents settled in after leaving the Philippines after WWII. — Cate Sevilla (@CateSevilla) January 29, 2017 @TrumpHotels They escaped concentration camps and a country devastated by war. They weren't turned away and I'm here today because of it. — Cate Sevilla (@CateSevilla) January 29, 2017 Others are sharing their first-hand experiences of travelling to the country. @TrumpHotels Traveling here with my family to start a life in a country that actually respected the Constitution and American dream. — Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) January 29, 2017 .@TrumpHotels My asylum grant. Thanks for asking pic.twitter.com/yRftCMNsah — Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) January 28, 2017 Some people are using the tweet to target Trump more directly. @TrumpHotels I remember the old days, when you could travel abroad without feeling ashamed of being an American in the Trump era. — David Walker (@DavidWalk3) January 28, 2017 .@TrumpHotels When I saw JFK flooded with people who refuse to accept the #MuslimBan! I'll never forget that moment! — collazoprojects (@collazoprojects) January 29, 2017 We doubt it’s what Trump Hotels had hoped to get out of the tweet, but you can’t always get what you want. This convo on fave travel memories isn't going so well for @TrumpHotels. @hundredgrapes @nybooks — Randall Ford (@a_ranman) January 29, 2017 (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Prudence Wade'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'bf6b5a5e-2728-4b8b-8d3f-44fc258079a3'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:snappa,paservice:snappa:news,paservice:viral'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'This tweet from Trump Hotels has sparked a whole host of moving stories from immigrants'});

Heritage

New book explores the Scots who left a stain on American history

December 31 2016

As a journalist, Iain Lundy wrote many historical stories, often on anniversaries, and it was always his contention that people in Scotland knew a lot about the rest of the world but not much about their homeland. And it was this that sparked him to write his first book Between Daylight and Hell: Scots Who Left a Stain on American History. Iain, who now lives in Arizona in the US, grew up in Largs, and spent 40 years as a journalist in Scotland. Between Daylight and Hell was researched over a period of years in Scotland, and took a year to write in Arizona. “What interests me most is uncovering long lost tales about obscure yet fascinating events and characters that have somehow faded into the mists of time,” Iain explains. “Scottish history has fascinated me since my school days when I was taught about the Massacre of Glencoe, the Jacobite Rebellions, and other events.” So what inspired Iain to look at the way Scottish and American history is linked? “On regular visits to the United States, I kept coming across references to Scots who had been great pioneers in the country, and who had founded institutions, discovered places, designed and built great buildings, and in general played a huge part in the creation of modern America. Again, the memory of most of these people has faded. “For example, a Scot helped build the Statue of Liberty, another developed the San Francisco cable car network, yet another saved the buffalo from extinction...the list goes on. I began to draw up a catalogue of people who had left Scotland for America and achieved something that could be classed as remarkable in some way,” he continues. “That list eventually ran to around 600 and, of course, included many people who were notable for the foul deeds they had committed. So out of around 50 or more bad guys, I selected 23 who feature in Between Daylight and Hell.” Three characters in particular have connections to Courier Country, although none were from Dundee itself. “perhaps that means all Dundee ex-pats were saintly – I don’t know!” Iain jokes. The exploits of David Jack, from Crieff, inspired the book’s title. He was born into relative poverty and left for the US, eventually following the California Gold Rush and settling in the city of Monterey. “His arrival coincided with the end of the Mexican-American War and the takeover of California from Mexican control,” says Iain. “He was a small, devious individual with a terrific mind for figures and eventually became Monterey city treasurer. “He used his position to throw many of the old-time Mexican rancheros off their properties and grabbed the land for himself. Jack became one of the most hated men in California. A group of squatters wrote to him demanding compensation, saying that if he didn’t pay they would ‘suspend your animation between daylight and hell’.” Then there was James Duff who was born in Logierait and became notorious in Texas during the American Civil War. “He joined the Confederate side and was put in charge of a militia unit called Duff’s Partisan Rangers, a rag-tag body of men whose job was to quell resistance among Union-supporting German immigrants in the Texas Hill Country,” explains Iain. “Under Duff’s orders, his troops took pleasure in killing men and boys, ill-treating their wives, burning down homes, and generally embarking on a campaign of terror. “Then, as a party of Germans were leaving Texas for the Mexican border under an amnesty granted by the Texas governor, Duff ordered his men to follow them and wipe them out. His unit caught up with the Germans near the Nueces River and murdered 49 of them – 19 of whom were shot in the head at point blank range after surviving the attack.” The rogues’ gallery is completed by one John Murray, the Fourth Earl of Dunmore, is remembered in Scotland as the man who ordered the building of the Pineapple, outside Airth. He was born in Taymouth Castle, near Kenmore, into a prominent family of aristocrats, and became Governor of Virginia just as America was achieving independence from Britain. Iain explains: “Instead of behaving like a diplomat, Murray was petulant, indifferent to the needs of the people of Virginia, and entirely unwilling to accept an end to British rule. He threatened to burn the city of Williamsburg to the ground, bombarded and destroyed the port city of Norfolk, and even George Washington said that peace would only come to Virginia when Murray was ‘deprived of his life and liberty’.” Most of Iain’s research was done in obscure corners of the internet, including old newspaper archives, passenger lists of immigration ships, and sites such as ancestry.com “I also had great help from libraries, both in the US and Scotland. It was a lot of work but it was a subject I was interested in, so that made it hugely enjoyable,” he smiles. Between Daylight and Hell: Scots Who Left a Stain on American History by Iain Lundy is published by Whittles Publishing, priced £18.99, and is out now.  

Perth & Kinross

America bans award-winning Scottish crisps because of BSE fears

October 24 2011

A Carse of Gowrie firm which produces award-winning crisps is coming to terms with one of its brands being banned in America. Taypack Potatoes, based near Inchture, supplies Mackie's crisps and the firm is aiming to break into the lucrative export market. However, this move has received a major setback with Mackie's Aberdeen Angus beef-flavoured crisps being banned in America over fears about BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), which can cause the brain condition known as 'mad cow disease.' BSE came to the fore in 1986 and reached its peak in 1993, with around 1,000 infected cattle being identified each week. Farms across the country were forced to introduce strict measures. Mackie's moved on to its crisps range following its production of ice cream. Its Scotch Bonnet crisps recently won a gold star at the 2011 Great Taste Awards and also won the Snacking Category Award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2011. The crisps are popular in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, and the firm was hopeful of capturing the American market. However, the ban has forced the company to produce an alternative brand. Kirstin Mackie (42), managing director at Mackie's of Taypack, explained: ''The ban is something we never even thought about as the BSE outbreak was so long ago and we have the stringest regulations here to ensure the highest quality and safety. America is the only country to ban the beef used in our crisps. ''Aberdeen Angus is one of our top-selling flavours and in order to crack the US market the toughest and one of the most lucrative for crisps we had to change our recipe to beef-free. ''I had travelled to New York last year in a bid to sound out the market and had a stall at a food event. There was an incredible interest.'' Mackie's of Taypack will now produce a vegetarian version for the American market, which will taste of steak but not contain any meat products. Around 15 staff work at Mackie's of Taypack factory in the Carse of Gowrie. It's understood the factory produces around 15 million bags of crisps per year. The firm hopes to begin selling its range of crisps in America shortly. The ban from America will not affect Mackie's haggis-flavoured crisps as they are made from pork. However, one of Scotland's favourite dishes, the haggis, will not be permitted to be exported to the US due to the sheep's lungs ingredient. The Scottish Government are trying to have the ban lifted. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: ''I am delighted to hear Scottish companies such as Mackie's continue to maximise the potential of the American market despite import restrictions on beef.'' The worldwide ban on the export of UK beef was lifted in 2006. It is thought around 4.4 million cattle were destroyed in the UK as a result of BSE.

Dundee

I read the news today, oh boy musician creates songs out of Courier headlines

August 25 2015

Stories from the pages of The Courier have been immortalised in a quirky new collection of Dundee folk songs. Events and issues as diverse as a gritter running a red light, a joiner being dismissed from his job and a pupil collapsing at school after taking a legal high have proved inspirational to Emil Thompson. The student has created 12 compositions, collected in a songbook entitled Back Stories, as part of the Masters Show at Duncan of Jordanstone. Over a 12-month period Dundee-born Emil, 51, looked at the newspaper headlines and created a back story in song for each, imagining what led to the incidents recorded in print. “My work is primarily interested in the local and vernacular, looking in particular at poetry and song, but really any way that people write about the city,” Emil said. “I looked at the newspaper headlines on the 19th of every month for a year and took whatever was on the bills as my inspiration. “It was just pot luck. I read the story behind the headlines and then imagined my own version of events behind the scenes. “The papers tell you the facts, but I’ve imagined what was going on with the people involved, using artistic licence to tell my version of their background stories. Really these are folk songs about what is happening now. “As part of the performance, I’ve created a songbook in the style of a newspaper so that anyone can learn to play the songs themselves.” A public performance of the songs at the Dundee Commons Festival elicited great interest and there will be repeat acoustic shows at the Roseangle Arts Caf ahead of every lunchtime talk this week from around 12.30pm. Video of Emil’s work will be on display within the Cooper Gallery at Dundee University all week, while audiences can also pick up a copy of his songbook as part of the work. Inside, they’ll also find songs on the V&A Dundee, Dundee’s “secret drugs shame” and two separate missing person hunts, alongside the music required to play along. The performance piece Back Stories Songbook will be at the Cooper Gallery all week as part of the Duncan of Jordanstone Masters Show.

UK & World

VIDEO: “Your heroes are losers” – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s message to neo-Nazis as he hits back at Donald Trump

August 18 2017

Film legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has hit out at the US President Donald Trump's response to last weekend's violent riots in Charlottlesville. The rally was organised by white nationalists, some of whom were waving Nazi flags, in protest to the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate American Civil War general Robert E Lee. A state of emergency was declared when the scenes between protesters and counter-protesters turned bloody, with 32-year-old Heather Heyer killed when a car was driven into a crowd. A total of 34 people were injured during the events. Speaking at a press conference in Trump Tower following the riots, Trump said there is “blame on both sides” and compared Robert E Lee to America’s founding fathers. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/uk-world/491805/impeach-trump-trends-us-president-responds-charlottesville-riots/ And now Austria-born Schwarzenegger, a former Republican Governor of California, has lashed out at the US president. https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1475398805828907/?hc_ref=ARTej2ejgEzr3_x-muT2wBcTYV5gG4-k45zu4ncEkgubbhN_QN7LRqau3-eU1y27OdY In an online video the Terminator star said: "There are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred. "And if you chose to march with a flag that symbolises the slaughter of millions of people there are not two sides to that. "The only way to beat the loud and angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder and more reasonable voices. That includes you President Trump. "In fact as president of this great country you have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won't stand for hate and racism." He goes on to offer a sample of the speech he thinks the President should have given following the riots condemning "the support of white supremacists" and adding: "The country that defeated Hitler's armies is no place for Nazi flags. "The party of Lincoln won't stand with those who carry the battle flags of the failed Confederacy." Schwarzenegger added: "I have a message to the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists and the neo-Confederates. Let me be just as blunt as possible: Your heroes are losers, you are supporting a lost cause. "Believe me I knew the original Nazis. I was born in Austria in 1947 shortly after the Second World War. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/politics/492006/donald-trump-state-visit-unthinkable-after-charlottesville-remarks/ "And growing up I was surrounded by broken men, men who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt, men who were misled into a losing ideology. "And I can tell you that these ghosts that you idolise spent the rest of their lives living in shame. "And right now they are resting in hell."

UK & World

Donald Trump wins and vows to be “president for all Americans”

November 9 2016

Donald Trump has vowed to be "president for all Americans" after pulling off an astonishing victory in the race for the White House. He told jubilant supporters it was "now time for America to bind the wounds of division and come together". And he pledged to keep his promise to "make America great again" after beating Hillary Clinton in a battle which went down to the wire. At the end of one of the most divisive elections in modern US history, the Republican candidate sealed victory when he took key battleground states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Clinton camp initially refused to throw in the towel, but Mr Trump told supporters shortly before 8am UK time: "I've just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us - it's about us - on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign." Taking to the stage at Trump HQ in New York, he declared: "I will be president for all Americans." »» Don't miss our special early-morning US election edition He added: "The forgotten people of our country will be forgotten no longer." He said the US will have "great relations" with countries "who want to get along with us". Mr Trump continued: "While we will always put America first, we will deal fairly with everyone, all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground not hostility." He added: "We're going to get to work for the American people." The result has shocked the world's financial markets, with London's FTSE 100 Index dropping as much as 2% or 146.8 points to 6696.3 on opening at 8am.   Click here for live updates  

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