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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…

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

Angus Alive Sports Awards nominations announced

January 16 2018

The quest has kicked off to find the top achievers in sport in Angus over the past 12 months. A selection panel will convene this week to decide the Angus Alive Sports Awards shortlist from 71 nominations which have been announced for individuals, clubs and teams. Martial artist Catriona Steele, the Edzell mum of four who took two golds at the TaeKwon-Do world cup, won last year’s Sports Personality of the Year award while track star Eilish McColgan received an Olympic Recognition award. Lisa Houston, sports development officer from Angus Alive, said: “The nomination process for the Angus Alive Sports Awards 2017 closed on Monday January 8, with a fantastic 71 individuals, teams, and clubs nominated. “The independent selection panel will convene this week to decide the shortlist and winners for each of the nine award categories.” The list of nominees for the ANGUSalive Sports Awards 2017 are: Club Volunteer of the Year Award Jonathan Christie, Georgie Fullerton, Adam Mackie, Claire Murray, Gary Robertson, Mike Talbot, Mia White Coach of the Year Scott Haxton, Jim Keillor, Tam Mill, Stephen Plomer, Kay Rudd, Jim Stewart, Julie Thomson, Dan Woods Outstanding Commitment Award Bob Baldie, Richard Heggie, David McNairn, Pam Thomson Sports Personality of the Year Mark Hopkins, Andrew Woodroffe Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability Oliver Bernard, David Burnett, Greg Clark, Liam Davies, Bill Fairweather, Jamie Fyfe, Beth Greig, Eddie Hagerty, Gemma Lumsdaine, Maria Orsi, William Pate, Paul Radunski, Liam Sutherland School Sports Volunteer of the Year Award Kerry Craig, Stuart Gallagher, Caroline Kerr, Ashlea MacDonald, Suzanne Reid. Amanda Stewart, Stewart Ferguson, Kimberly Walker Young Sports Personality of the Year Matthew Crighton, Laura Findlay, Neve Guthrie, Niamh Harper, Ben Hudson, Oran McCafferty, Zoe Rennie, Rosie Kinloch Simpson, Darryl Sinclair, Sophie Smith, Jude Steven, Mia White, James Wilson Club of the Year Arbroath Community Sports Club, Arbroath Gymnastics Club, Arbroath Shotokan Karate Club, Arbroath St Thomas Swimming Club, Brechin Beavers Swimming Club, Kanzen Karate, Monifieth Athletic Football Club, Montrose and District Cricket and Rugby Football Club Team of the Year Arbroath Gymnastics Club Elite Display Team, Arbroath St Thomas Swimming Club Girls Relay Team, Arbroath United Cricket Club Under 16’s, Forfar Boys FC 2004’s, Forfar Farmington Women’s Premier League Team, Royal Montrose Golf Club Senior Section, Strathmore Silverbacks, Tayside Musketeers Cadet Men Early bird tickets for the awards can be purchased online until Friday with full price tickets on sale from Saturday from www.angusalive.scot/tickets.

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.

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.


Jamie Oliver leads calls for sugar tax

October 19 2015

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is to give evidence to MPs amid a row with ministers over a review of sugar tax proposals. The Health Select Committee is due to hear from Oliver and Public Health England (PHE) chief executive Duncan Selbie as part of its inquiry into efforts to tackle childhood obesity. The TV star and businessman has been campaigning for a levy on sugary drinks, amassing nearly 150,000 signatures on a petition demanding a Commons debate. Last week Oliver added his voice to criticism of Jeremy Hunt over his refusal to release a PHE review of evidence on the policy before the publication of a Government strategy on childhood obesity. He suggested that the Health Secretary was “dithering when faced with a major crisis” rather than taking bold action. Committee chairman Sarah Wollaston has summoned Mr Selbie to explain why he will not defy Mr Hunt and publish his organisation’s evidence review. After the session Oliver is due to speak at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes.

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

Perth & Kinross

Dragon’s Den grilling for Highland Perthshire youngsters

April 2 2018

Entrepreneurial young pupils at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy faced a group of local businessmen and women at a “Dragon’s Den” style contest. The Mackay’s Jamathon event for pupils in S2 was organised by Elevator which runs Business Gateway across Tayside. More than 60 pupils at the school took part in the challenge which saw them work together in groups to come up with a new flavour of jam and put together a business case for its launch on the market. They then pitched their product to the panel of judges - Jackie Brierton, CEO of Perthshire-based enterprise support organisation GrowBiz, Paul Newman from the Thyme at Errichel Restaurant, Jamie Grant from Glen Lyon Coffee, Breadalbane Academy teacher Tim Woodcock and Charlotte Flower from Charlotte Flower Chocolates. As well as picking the winners the judges also provided some valuable feedback on the business plans to the budding entrepreneurs. There were two sessions and winning groups were chosen by the dragons for each session. In the morning the victors were the Spice team made up of Dougall Gray, Oliver Kennedy, Craig Campbell, Sarah Milne and Eilidh Hinch. In  the afternoon session, two teams were deemed to have the best presentations by the judges, specifically the Feldy’s Finest Jam squad – Michael Carry, Finn MacDonald, Noah Storstein, Ellie Ward and Chloe Billimore - and the Frazzle’s Jam line-up of Fraser Brown, Keira Thomson, Finley Hodgson and Rebecca Scott. Jackie Brierton praised the youngsters for their ingenuity and hard work. “Picking the winners was a very difficult task, and it was encouraging to see that entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well in rural Perthshire amongst the younger generation," she said. Monica Young, project officer for wider achievement and equity at Breadalbane Academy, thanked the judges for their input. “It’s vital that we work in partnership with people who have this level of experience to support pupils to learn the basic principles of business,” she said. “Self-employment is a viable pathway for many of our pupils when they leave school. Learning about profit margins, market research and branding at this stage increases their skills and confidence.”  

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.

UK & World

Jamie Oliver latest to stop taking meat from food hygiene issue supplier

January 25 2018

Butlin’s and Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain have been caught up in a widespread meat recall by the same supplier that led to Wetherspoon pulling steak off its menu at short notice. Meat supplier Russell Hume was instructed to stop any products from leaving its sites after a surprise inspection by the Food Standards Agency on January 12 found instances of “serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations”. Wetherspoon pulled the supplier’s steak from its menus on Tuesday night, and said it only found out about the FSA’s inspection and its findings on Wednesday. We are investigating @RussellHume for not following food hygiene rules. Read more: https://t.co/qpsKx9nNAo pic.twitter.com/4bWdHVpmQD— FoodStandardsAgency (@foodgov) January 24, 2018 Bourne Leisure, which own Butlin’s, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, said it had also used Russell Hume as a supplier. A spokesman said: “Following a discussion earlier this week with our usual supplier, Russell Hume, we have sourced a number of meat products from an alternative supplier and will continue to do so until we receive further information.” A spokeswoman for Jamie Oliver said: “All Russell Hume meat was removed from restaurants as soon as we were notified on Monday. This was a day before the FSA asked for meat to be removed. We also switched suppliers. “Following an inspection at the end of last year and the fact we have full traceability on our meat, we are confident that none of the meat we buy would have been impacted.” There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume. The FSA said in a statement: “Following an unannounced inspection of Russell Hume’s Birmingham site on January 12, we became aware of instances of serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations. “This has led us and Food Standards Scotland to investigate all Russell Hume sites, and other locations where their product is stored, in England, Scotland and Wales. “Russell Hume were unable to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules at its locations, so we have stopped any product from leaving their sites until the business can provide assurances that they are complying with the relevant legislation, and that they are producing safe food. “We have also instructed Russell Hume to undertake a withdrawal of all affected product in the supply chain.” In its only statement to date on the issue, Russell Hume said: “The product recall was a precautionary measure because of mislabelling. “We have no reason to believe that the product was unsafe to eat.” Wetherspoon customers were left disappointed when the pub company pulled the steak from its steak night menu. Wetherspoon apologised to customers “for the inconvenience”. Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We have had a supply issue with our pubs. “Currently rump steak, sirloin steak and gammon steak are not available, but we hope to resolve this soon.” (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 By Josie Clarke, Press Association Consumer Affairs Correspondent'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'f840183a-0eaf-4a69-b4e9-e06c54c14186'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); 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': 'Jamie Oliver latest to stop taking meat from food hygiene issue supplier'});