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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

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.

Dundee FC

Dundee boss Neil McCann reveals that humble hero’s feet are firmly planted on the ground

October 3 2017

Kerr Waddell may have been Dundee’s two-goal star man against Hearts at Dens on Saturday but his boss Neil McCann has revealed that the humble hero still changes with the Under-20s at the club. The 19-year-old defender has made his breakthrough this season and has quickly established himself as a key player for the Dark Blues. He has shown the youngsters at the club what can be achieved if they work hard with McCann admitting he is looking for other kids to emulate Waddell. The likes of Jack Lambert, Matty Henvey and Jordan Piggott have all been involved with the first team with Jimmy Boyle’s Under-20s currently top of the Development League. McCann said: “They’re doing brilliantly. “There are a lot of boys there who have improved rapidly from the start of the season because I felt coming into this season there wasn’t an awful lot who were pushing. “Jimmy Boyle has recruited well and he works really hard with them. We’ve had the luxury and the benefit of bringing one or two of them into the squad. “I always think that’s important, coming into that environment gives them a wee taste of it. Henvey, Lambert, Piggott have had a wee taste of first-team training and on the bench as well.” McCann added: “I think that’s having a direct impact on the team because they and Jimmy know there is a direct link to the first team. “There has to be that but they have to earn the right to get in there. Any time the boys have come up, they’ve coped with it well. “I think that is helping the Under-20s but it’s where we want to go as a club. It’s really important we are building a reserve so we’re not throwing a young lad in who knows nothing about the environment and coming in like rabbits in the headlights. “They’ve been in and about the group and there’s even been a bit of craic about them which shows there’s a comfort level there and an understanding of what’s required. “Kerr Waddell still changes with the kids. He’s such a brilliant kid, he’s such a humble boy and that helps having a bit of humility about you because you still understand there’s a lot to come.”

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

Dundee FC

Dundee youth supremo Jimmy Boyle is certain players coming through will ensure bright future for the club

March 28 2018

He has helped with the development of former Celtic striker Tony Watt and a certain Gary Mackay-Steven in the past – now Jimmy Boyle is confident there are similar young gems ready to make a big impact at Dundee. The 51-year-old was brought to Dens two years ago by then boss Paul Hartley as head of youth development. Boyle has been working tirelessly ever since and is seeing definite signs of progress with teenagers such as Matty Henvey, Jack Lambert and Jordan Piggott making their breakthroughs into present manager Neil McCann’s first team this season. The club’s Under-20s are also currently second top of the Development League and won 5-3 yesterday over Motherwell. And former Airdrie boss Boyle is confident the future will continue to be bright for Dundee. He said: “It is very pleasing that people like Jack and Jordan are getting a wee chance because they have worked hard. “We also have younger ones here like Callum Moore, Max Anderson and Brian Rice who are doing well and progressing with the 20s. “That gives a chance for the boys at younger levels like Finlay Robertson, Josh Mulligan and Lyall Cameron. “These boys are also doing well playing in the 20s even last year at 14. “So when they see lads playing in the first team getting a wee chance, it gives them a gee up to go and say, ‘I want a bit of that’ and know the manager will give young boys the opportunity if they are good enough. “I think it’s great so sometimes it starts from higher up if the manager is willing to go with younger boys and push them. “I think the rest of them just follow on.” Boyle added: “We had a lot of kids coming through when I was at Airdrie. “I am really big on that. It doesn’t matter how old they are – as long as they are mentally strong, confident and they are good football players, then I will back them to the hilt. “Age is only a number to me and it is the same with the manager. “He has been great with me with the 20s. He’s really helped me with whatever I have needed. “Some of the first-team boys have come down and have been great this year showing good attitude and helping us a lot. “That has helped the progress of some of the younger boys as well.” Boyle helped develop Watt and Mackay-Steven when they were with the Diamonds and when asked if he sees players with similar potential coming through at Dundee, he said: “Definitely. I have mentioned young Lyall, Finlay and Josh who are great while Max Anderson and Callum Moore if they continue to progress the way they are going, you can see a real future for them in the first team here in the coming years. “There are a lot of gems at Dundee all the way up with the kids. So we are happy and we are going places. “It has taken a wee bit of time so we just have to keep working.” That work began two years ago next month with Boyle making changes to the overall youth system to make Dundee as attractive as possible to promising young players – a factor that is vitally  important in a city with two senior clubs. Boyle said: “Paul Hartley gave me a call and asked if I would be interested in taking the 20s and heading the youth set-up here. “It really interested me. I had been out for a wee while working with the SFA so I came up to Dundee, spoke with Paul and took a bit of training before we decided on it. “We agreed, I got a contract out of it and I was really, really pleased to come and work at Dundee. “I had a look at the youth set-up and I thought there was a heck of a lot we could go and work on. “A lot of progress had to be made and we are slowly getting there. “We needed a bit of change and maybe a different way of thinking. “We have been very positive in every way with the coaches. We have a lot of meetings and speak all the time. “We know Dundee is not a big place and to have ourselves and United here, there are not a lot of players to get between the two clubs. “So we have to try at a very young age, the pre-academy all the way up to get the better ones. “We are working hard at it and we can see there is a slight movement. “It is not massive and United are still a big force. So we need to keep working hard at that to make people and kids in Dundee – especially Dundee supporters – come to the club rather than go to United.”


Paedophile teacher described as ‘Stirling’s equivalent to Jimmy Savile’ in court

June 29 2013

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.”

Wolves fan tricked into being Brentford mascot on his stag do

January 16 2018

A Wolves fan got quite the surprise on his stag do when his friends signed him up as the matchday mascot for Brentford. Nick Goff, a professional gambler who is getting married in Barbados next week, said he had no idea what was in store for him after being told to be in Chiswick at 11am on Saturday morning. On the pitch with Buzz Bee and the other (9yo) mascots…… pic.twitter.com/KDGkHvze2E— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 “I’m the last one of my group of friends to get married, I’m 38 and told them I’m too old for a stag do and didn’t want one,” he said. “They disagreed and said I had to have one. “My guess was we were going to Kempton races as we’re mostly bookmakers or professional gamblers. “Then we got to Brentford, they gave me a full kit to wear but I thought that was all.” But that was far from all, and within a few hours he was leading the Bees out at Griffin Park for their Championship game with Bolton. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));What happens when you are a Wolverhampton Wanderers FC fan and your mates stitch you up on your stag go?This does 👇Posted by Brentford FC on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 “They took me to the main reception and was met by a man who asked if I was the mascot,” he said. “I thought they were joking. Then they took me up to the hospitality area with all the other nine-year-old mascots. Bit awkward! But made sure I didn’t do anything to spoil their big day,” he said. On seeing his mate on the pitch, friend Jim Boyle, 44, a racehorse trainer who organised the stunt with a group of friends, tweeted: “Weeks of planning have finally come to fruition.” Weeks of planning have finally come to fruition pic.twitter.com/vZjeaQN4Te— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 Mr Boyle said: “We weren’t sure Brentford would go with it, but they’ve been great sports all along.” Brentford later posted a video of the whole affair and Mr Goff, from Epsom, said: “The Brentford off the field team were all amazing, made sure everything ran smoothly and that it didn’t interfere with the day for the “real” mascots.” Goffy meets a Brentford legend #WeThinkHisNameIsJackieGrahame pic.twitter.com/DdH8G1Yoqu— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 “[I] did a little warm up on the pitch, took a few shots – walloped an unstoppable one past the keeper into the top corner, obviously, then led the teams out onto the pitch much to the amusement and bewilderment of some of the players. The Brentford captain didn’t want to hold my hand sadly.” Asked how the rest of the club’s on-field staff reacted, Mr Goff said: “On the pitch I definitely spotted a few players trying not to laugh but no one said anything.” (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 Stephen Jones, Press Association Social Media Editor'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '581f6950-fd87-49d6-9cf2-0f90bc017d4c'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:viral,paservice:viral:sport'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football'); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Wolves fan tricked into being Brentford mascot on his stag do'});

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.

Dundee FC

Dundee boss Paul Hartley hoping new youth supremo can unearth hidden gems

April 26 2016

When he was at Airdrie, Jimmy Boyle spotted the potential of Tony Watt and a certain player called Gary Mackay-Steven after he had been ditched by Liverpool. Now, Dundee boss Paul Hartley is confident Boyle can unearth other hidden gems as the Dark Blues’ head of youth. Former Diamonds manager, Boyle, was appointed last week, tasked with overhauling the entire academy set-up at Dens. Hartley is fully confident the new man will do exactly that. The Dundee manager said: “Jimmy Boyle is someone I’ve got to know over the last couple of years. He’ll be taking the youth and the Under-20s, overseeing the whole package. “His forte is working with younger players which he did at Airdrie and probably got thrown into the manager’s job when he didn’t want it. “He’s been doing a lot of work with the SFA in terms of doing assessments for the A and B licences. “I’ve got to know him pretty well and we had him in a couple of weeks ago and he was terrific on the training ground. “He’s really good with young players and will hopefully sort the whole academy set-up. It’s more organisation that’s needed. “We’ve been left behind a little bit in recent years because of the situation with the club and we need to take care of that. “The Under-20s have definitely improved this season with some players in the first team and others out on loan. Jimmy will definitely sort all that out. He’s brilliant on the training ground and great with the kids. “He spotted Tony Watt and brought him through at Airdrie where he had him in his first team. “He’s got an eye for a player, really good contacts and works with the SFA so hopefully it’s a great appointment for us. “It’s a fascinating story with Tony Watt. Jimmy told me he just turned up for a trial and he also had Gary Mackay-Steven at Airdrie.” Hartley is also keen for there to be more compassion shown to players in the academy system as he believes too many are thrown on the football scrapheap at an early age when they haven’t really been given a chance. And he pointed to “late developers” such as Dundee’s Greg Stewart, Scott Bain and Kane Hemmings as a case in point. He said: “You need to have a talent to spot players but I think if you’re going to be a player, then you will be a player. “I can go to games and see straight away if someone has got something. We need to give kids more of an opportunity rather than telling them after six months or a year they’re not good enough. “There’s a great opportunity for youngsters to get into first teams now, especially at our level. They’ll get an opportunity if they’re good enough and it’s about spotting the right ones. “The whole academy system in Scotland has too many players in it, to be honest. I’d like to see a change in terms of how they’re run. “I preferred the S-form system that was in place when I came through. “Kids are getting told at an early age they’re not good enough now and it’s really disheartening. Hartley added: “I don’t think it’s fair kids are getting told they’re not good enough at the age of 11 and 12. “I don’t think that’s the case – you get late developers in the game. I was at Hibs as an S-form and was in the system from 12 to 16 and had an opportunity. “If you didn’t quite make it at 16, at least you had four years at it – not six months. “You had time to develop. Your body is changing. Players are different. We need to be more patient. “I’m all in favour of having a system where the kids actually play. We used to play one night a week with your team and you played with your school and boys’ club but that’s not allowed now. “They’re not getting enough game time. They’re not playing a lot of football. We can’t have kids going to academy games and getting 10 minutes. That’s not development. “Greg Stewart came through the system at Rangers and Hearts and never quite made it. Kane Hemmings and Scott Bain the same.” Hartley also revealed that the club are keen to tap into the potential of young players in the west and will look to set up a “satellite centre” to attract kids to Dundee. He added: “Jimmy will coach our kids and our coaches in terms of our strategy. “Our plan is – and I’ve spoken with the owners – is to have a satellite centre to get players from the west. “You’re only talking about hiring a facility and have the coaches and a scout down there so Dundee is in the area and try to get better young players. “Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts used to do it. That’s our plan eventually.”