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...
Human remains found off the Angus coast belonged to Aberdeen woman Kelli Ferris. The 40-year-old was last seen in her home city last September. A Kirkcaldy-registered fishing vessel made the grim discovery of an undisclosed body part while netting in the North Sea, around seven miles from Arbroath, earlier this month. Police today confirmed the remains belonged to Ms Ferris. A spokesman said: “Kelli Ferris was reported missing on September 17 2014 after last being seen at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by a family member on September 9. “Following Kelli’s disappearance an extensive investigation and search operation was conducted over a number of weeks which included the use of specialist police dogs and search teams.” Detective Chief Inspector David Hadden said: “We have now been able to identify the remains found off the coast of Arbroath on Monday 6 April 2015 as Kelli Ferris. “A major search operation was carried out following Kelli’s disappearance and enquiries have not revealed any suspicious circumstances. “We hope this identification gives Kelli’s family some form of closure and our thoughts are with her family at this time.” Kelli's mother Catherine Sandison had already said she feared the worst, and described her daughter's disappearance as like "a nightmare".
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.
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
Argentine family ‘deeply grateful’ after Arbroath marine sends Battle of Two Sisters relic back where it belongs
The identity tag of a fallen Argentine soldier that lay in a former Angus Marine’s drawer for 33 years has been returned to his family. Graham Ellis, from Kirkton of Auchterhouse, removed the tag from the body of Assistant Sergeant Ramon Gumersindo Acosta on the battlefield in the Falkland Islands in 1982. Acosta was killed by a mortar blast following the Battle of Two Sisters, which took place over two days in June as British forces advanced toward Port Stanley. A 20-year-old member of Arbroath-based 45 Commando at the time, Mr Ellis and his unit were ordered to remove the tags from the dead bodies for identification by the Red Cross. Mr Ellis placed the tag in his pocket and only discovered it on his return to Britain. It remained in a drawer until a comrade of Mr Acosta’s saw an article on this website about Mr Ellis’s attempts to return it to the fallen soldier’s family. It was sent back to Argentina and is now with his daughter, with plans for a formal presentation by the Argentine government to take place in the near future. Mr Ellis said he was “very pleased”, while a former comrade of Mr Acosta said the family were “deeply grateful” to Mr Ellis and The Courier. Acosta was a national hero and a street bears his name in his native town of Jess Mara. He had written a letter to his five-year-old son, Diego, eight days before he died. It read: “I write from my position to tell you that two days ago we were in a helicopter which was bombed, the helicopter fell and caught fire, killing several colleagues of mine but I was saved and am now awaiting the final attack. “I saved three comrades from the flames. I tell you so you know you have a father you can be proud of and want you to keep this letter as a document if I do not return: and if I go back tomorrow, when we’re together I will read it at home.”
Fife Council’s Lib Dem group leader has said he can’t see how Frank’s Law can be fully delivered in the current financial climate. Tay Bridgehead councillor Tim Brett said the predicted £300 million a year price tag is “very significant” and additional funding would have to be provided. He said it was with a heavy heart he admits it will be extremely difficult to implement Frank’s Law in Scotland unless full additional funding is provided. Health Secretary Shona Robison cited the £300m figure from work carried out by her officials and Stirling University’s Professor David Bell. Mr Brett said: “It can be very difficult to know when a person may die and therefore the current arrangements to say that people can receive free home care in their last six months of life is difficult if not impossible to implement.” He continued: “The other bigger issue for all of us is that while we would like to see Frank’s Law introduced, the fact remains that nearly all local authorities across Scotland are struggling to meet the needs of their populations at the present time.” Amanda’s husband Frank, former Dundee United and Manchester United star, was diagnosed with dementia at 59 and died shortly after his 65th birthday. The Kopel family paid thousands of pounds in care costs until just weeks before his death. The Courier has backed Amanda’s campaign, as have a number of footballing stars. Health Secretary Shona Robison said a decision on Frank’s Law could be made by the time parliament breaks up in March. Frank’s Law candidate Pat Kelly previously said the estimated £300m price tag should not be the project’s death knell. He said one person’s dignity “has no price tag” and that 1p on income tax could raise £330m. In response to Mr Brett’s comments, Mr Kelly added: “The Barnett consequentials means that £800 million will come to Scotland by Westminster, so perhaps some of that money can be ring-fenced for Frank’s Law. “That with the 1p in income tax shows there’s money there.”
It's surprising the phenomenon of a play, a pie and a pint didn't originate in Dundee given the city's historic association with the crusty delicacy. Nevertheless, Glasgow's Oran Mor cultural centre got there first in 2004, to be precise and the premise is simple: you get a short play, a pie and a drink all for the price of a theatre ticket. In a two-week collaboration with Oran Mor, Dundee Rep is presenting A Play, A Peh and A Pint, the first of which ran its course last week. What Love Is is a newly-commissioned work by Scottish playwright Linda McLean, focusing on the relationship between two ageing parents and their daughter. It is directed by Dundee Rep's graduate trainee Emma Faulkner. Inspired by an article in the news about euthanasia, McLean's short play sees Gene and Jean (Peter Kelly and Rep Ensemble member Irene Macdougall) attempting to make sense of the world inside their own four walls. After a playful beginning, when the pair appear to be enjoying themselves and staying young, a more serious and sinister plot involving ill-health begins to develop. Both Kelly and Macdougall portray the confused, paranoid and slightly maniacal characters with convincing ease, but the surprise arrival of their daughter (Lesley Hart) breaks their reminiscence and reverie. It is unclear how old, or mature, their daughter is, as she marches into the house in a bit of a tantrum wearing high wedge shoes. Hart presents the character as stressed and huffy, but her back story isn't certain is she a young woman struggling to cope with this harrowing situation, or is she older, her life on hold as her parents' mental health deteriorates? A powerful and thought-provoking piece, What Love Is transfers to Oran Mor in Glasgow's Byres Road this week. The production swaps places with St Catherine's Day, a delicate and humorous work written and narrated by Dundee's Michael Marra, which runs from tonight through until Saturday.Visit www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk for more information.
Art and design lie at the heart of the creative industries in Dundee, industries which have often been inspired by the leisure pursuits and interests of Dundee’s population. These interconnections are clearly shown in the Archives of the University of Dundee; art and design is woven through many of the collections. This article features a few items which highlight the diversity of design related material held in the Archives. Dundee Art Society started out as the Graphic Arts Association in 1890, changing its name in 1904. From the outset the group welcomed both professional and amateur artists as well as art patrons and lovers. As the Art College in Dundee grew, many of the staff joined the Society and used its platform to exhibit their art and network with other artists. The striking design for the cover of the centennial exhibition catalogue produced in 1990 echoes to the artistic trends of the early twentieth century. The longevity of the society reflects the continuing desire of artists within the community to join together, curate exhibitions and share their passion for art. Many of these artists had connections with the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology which was dissolved in 1975 to create Dundee College of Technology and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. The Art College remained independent until 1994 when it became a full part of the University of Dundee. All of these bodies are represented in the exhibition material, posters, photographs and student guides in the Archives. Furthermore, alumnus of the College have contributed to our on-going Oral History Project. Former textile students, Pauline Hann and Sheila Mortlock, were interviewed to capture the personal stories of their time at the College, their career paths and interests. Hann and Mortlock were founding members of Embryo – Dundee Creative Embroiderers, formed in 1980, which developed from the frustration felt by numerous students at the lack of opportunities to exhibit contemporary embroidery within Scotland. The remit of the group was to promote the highest standards of workmanship, achieving this by restricting membership to graduates and undergraduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Embryo actively promoted their work through various exhibitions not only in Scotland but across the UK, eventually joining forces with two other textile groups to form Edge – Textile Artists Scotland. Edge is still going strong and attracting new members from a broader background albeit with a recognised education in textiles. The Archive’s Embryo collection includes exhibition publicity material, photographs and correspondence. Textile samples can be found in other collections, such as The Wilson Bros Ltd collection who were taken over by Pringle of Inverness. The pattern books of the woollen and cloth products they manufactured from 1927 to 1967 are fascinating. They show the changing trends in pattern and colour combinations and how design comes in and out of fashion over the decades. Other samples in the Archives show how design blended with the mass production of durable textiles as seen in the printed designs on linen which form part of the D. J. MacDonald collection. Using only two colours, the rising sun motif for the MacDonald company is bold and graphic whereas the design for Louise, seller of lingerie and hosiery has a more delicate touch with the female form and the name of the brand printed in signature style picked out in red. Jute and linen bags adorned with colourful printed designs are still popular today. Textile design in the city is thriving. Local fashion designer, Hayley Scanlan, studied textile design at DJCAD. Her oral history recording in the Archives tells of her desire to remain rooted in the city despite her burgeoning international career. Proud of her Dundonian heritage, Hayley’s designs are influenced by the changing city and she will soon open her first shop a stones throw from DJCAD where her talents were honed. Records held in the Archive are accessible to everyone. For further information about the Archives and its collections see www.dundee.ac.uk/archives Sharon Kelly is assistant archivist at Dundee University's Archives Services
A woman who walked in on an alleged rape involving two Ireland and Ulster rugby players thought she had witnessed a threesome, a court has been told.Dara Florence was giving evidence to Belfast Crown Court during the trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.She said: “I closed the door, kind of laughed and said: ‘I have just seen a threesome.'”Ms Florence, who did not know the alleged victim, had been partying with friends at the home of fly half Jackson during the early hours of June 28 2016.It was when she and a friend went to look for a third intoxicated companion that she walked in on the sex act, the court heard.Having heard “moaning” and “groaning” from an upstairs bedroom, Ms Florence said she opened the door, mistakenly believing it may have been her missing friend.Prosecution barrister Toby Hedworth QC asked: “You opened the door. What was the result?”“Seeing a threesome,” said Ms Florence.The door was opened for less than a minute, the court heard.The complainant’s head moved when she opened the door, it was claimed.Ms Florence said: “It was like she had turned her head … away.”Meanwhile, the court heard how Jackson allegedly asked Ms Florence if she wanted to join in the sexual activity.“Did you reply?” asked Mr Hedworth.“Yeah, I said, no,” she said.The barrister continued: “So, having declined the invitation, what happened then?”Ms Florence said: “Yeah, so I closed the door, kind of laughed and said: ‘I have just seen a threesome’, and then we went down the stairs.”Some time later Ms Florence and her friend left the party in a taxi, leaving their other companion asleep in an upstairs living room, it emerged.During cross-examination by Brendan Kelly QC, representing Jackson, she was questioned about two statements provided to police in which she claimed the woman had not appeared distressed.“Presumably that remains your recollection?” asked Mr Kelly.Ms Florence answered: “One hundred per cent.”She did not have any concerns about what she saw in the bedroom, the court heard.Mr Kelly added: “Did you have any concern when you left the room?”She answered: “No.”In her evidence, the complainant has described being “frozen with fear” as reasons for not fighting back or screaming for help when Ms Florence walked in.Mr Kelly asked: “Did you see any sign that (the complainant) was frozen with fear when you were stood watching her on the bed?”“No,” said Ms Florence.The lawyer added: “From what you could see, and please listen to my question very carefully: were there any signs of (the complainant) not consenting to what was going on?”Again, Ms Florence replied: “No.”During further questioning, by Frank O’Donoghue QC, representing Olding, the woman again stated she did not see anything that caused alarm.Mr O’Donoghue asked: “There was nothing unusual in the position that she was adopting that made you feel her position was forced or contrived in any way?”She said: “No.”Before concluding her evidence, Ms Florence was again re-examined by prosecution barrister Mr Hedworth QC about the actions of the complainant.He said: “Apart from turning her head, were there any actions?”Ms Florence said: “No.”The lawyer then said: “Were there any signs that (the complainant) was positively consenting?”The woman said: “No.”Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and 24-year-old Olding, from Ardenlee Street in the city, deny raping the same woman at a property in south Belfast in June 2016.Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.Two others have been charged in connection with the same alleged incident.Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure, while Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road in Belfast, also denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.
The mother of a slain Fife soldier who criticised military chiefs for refusing a bid to visit a memorial in Afghanistan has finally said farewell to him, after the monument for fallen soldiers was moved to the UK. Linda Mason-Buchanan, 52, of Kelty, saw the name of Black Watch corporal Tam Mason, 27, etched on the memorial wall at its opening by Prince Harry. Two years ago she was denied a visit to Camp Bastion in war-torn Helmand province, where it first stood. The Ministry of Defence said she was a “security risk” and blocked the trip despite flying in celebrities to visit troops. She told The Courier then that she saw “no reason why mums can’t go out there”. It was her view that celebrities like Cheryl Cole, footballer David Beckham and X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who had made recent trips to Afghanistan, were “more of a security risk with their entourages”. She has welcomed the unveiling of the replica memorial at the National Arboretum, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, which lists 453 lives lost in the conflict. Linda said: “It was very emotional. It made me wonder about the times Tam would have stood looking at the names of his friends, never thinking his name would be on there one day, too.” She added: “Tam was everything to me and he loved his job in the army. “He must have been so terrified going out on operations but he was killed during a routine patrol when he would have presumed it was safe. “I am so proud of all the work he and all the brother heroes did in Afghanistan. “Losing a child is not something that I will ever get over but this is a fitting tribute.” Linda wore her son’s medals to the ceremony and laid red roses at the wall. She also left cards from Tam’s sisters, Lindsay-Ann, 35, and Kelly, 28, and his 25-year-old widow, Kylie Mason. Prince Harry wearing full military dress laid a wreath during the service, which included hymns, readings and prayers and ended with a lone piper’s lament. Prime Minister David Cameron also attended. Corporal Mason, who served with The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was on his second tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on a roadside bomb in Kandahar in 2009. He was flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, where he lost his fight for life. Linda later helped establish a new Garden for Heroes in Dunfermline. The Bastion memorial had a cross made of shell casings which sat on top of the original wall in Afghanistan. It was built by Royal Engineers sappers during their spare time.