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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...


Dundee’s Kyle Falconer reveals planned release date and further details of debut solo album

October 19 2017

Dundee musician Kyle Falconer's debut solo album will be released in Spring 2018. And the singer-songwriter revealed this morning that the LP, recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studio in the summer, is already available to preorder on digital download. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDlIVrvORCg Exclusive signed albums can also be reserved. A post on Falconer's Facebook page said: "The debut solo album from Kyle Falconer is available to pre-order now on digital download and exclusive signed physical formats. "Alongside the album, purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and get a host of exclusive updates from Kyle along the way." Falconer, front man of Dundee band The View, had planned to release new music by the end of 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw-xtvMH_XM The Kyle Falconer Band played at Dundee's new music festival, Carnival 56, in August. The line-up features his brother Ronnie on guitar. For more info click here.


Outspoken journalist Max Blumenthal gives talk at Dundee University

February 27 2015

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Max Blumenthal pulled in the crowds at Dundee University when he appeared as guest speaker at the Dalhousie building. The controversial Blumenthal, whose articles and video documentaries challenging both Israel and the United States’ Middle East policies have appeared in newspapers worldwide, attracted a near-capacity audience for the lecture on his outspoken views on Israel and its policies. Blumenthal caused controversy in late 2014 and early 2015 when he compared decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle to mass murderer Lee Malvo and criticised the film American Sniper which depicts Kyle’s tours of duty in Iraq. Blumenthal said the movie heavily distorts the truth of the war on Iraq and calls it a “bogus whitewash of the atrocities committed by US troops there”.


Dundee’s Kyle Falconer to support his Oasis hero on UK tour

October 10 2017

Dundee rocker Kyle Falconer will support his Oasis hero on a forthcoming tour of the UK. Liam Gallagher has asked The View frontman to join him at several As You Were solo shows, where he will play the likes of Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena. The Dundonian said he is "buzzing" that the Kyle Falconer Band will play "some of his arena dates" with the former Oasis singer. Oasis are one of Falconer's biggest musical inspirations. Posting on his Facebook account he said: "Buzzing to be supporting Liam Gallagher on some of his arena dates including The SSE Hydro, Glasgow this autumn." Liam Gallagher's new album As You Were has become the UK's highest selling number one album since Ed Sheeran's ÷. It was released last week.


Perthshire driver banned from driving for a year after refusing police breathalyser

February 15 2018

Shop staff in Ballingry called the police when they saw a customer staggering before driving away in his car. The incident resulted in 61-year-old Douglas Kyle appearing in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court after he refused a breathalyser. Kyle, of Fairdene, Leslie Road, Scotlandwell, admitted he failed to provide two specimens of breath when requested at Dunfermline police station on September 14. The court heard he had been spotted in his car in Ballingry earlier that day and his behaviour had led to fears he was drink-driving. Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said: “At around 6.30pm Mr Kyle was seen at a local shop. He appeared to be staggering and was unsteady on his feet. He got into his car and people in the shop phoned the police.” Police went to Kyle’s home and he refused to give a breath sample, saying he had been drinking since returning home. “He was struggling to keep hold of a bottle of vodka. He was trying to drink from it,” added the depute. Defence solicitor James Moncrieff said his client’s position was that he was staggering because of health problems and he only started drinking when he got home. “Because he had not been stopped by the police he thought he didn’t have to give a breath sample,” he added. Sheriff Simon Collins banned Kyle from driving for a year and fined him £400.


VIDEO: Dundee’s Kyle Falconer delights hometown crowd with surprise Carnival 56 main stage appearance

August 13 2017

Dundee's own Kyle Falconer surprised fans with an unannounced acoustic set on the Mardi Gras stage of Carnival 56 last night. After Scots rockers The Fratellis delighted the crowd at the Camperdown Park music festival a "surprise act" was announced ahead of Mark Ronson's headline show. The View frontman took to the main stage with only his acoustic guitar to play four of the band's oldies, much to the delight of the Dundonian audience. He had the crowd jumping as he played Grace followed by Same Jeans, Superstar Tradesman and Typical Time. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/489227/video-absolutely-amazing-revellers-flock-dundees-carnival-56-opens-doors/ Singer-songwriter Falconer was raised a stone's throw away from the festival site in Dryburgh. He is due to take to the Jam Live tent tonight with The Kyle Falconer Band before Dundee band The Law's headline show.


The View frontman Kyle Falconer arrested

October 9 2015

The front man of The View has been arrested and charged with assault after an alleged disturbance in a city street. Kyle Falconer, 28, was detained by officers after the alleged early hours incident in West Marketgait. An eyewitness said he had seen an altercation outside the Shell petrol station. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed a 28- year-old man was charged in connection with a disturbance at 3.45am on Sunday. She added: “A report was sent to the procurator fiscal.”

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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


The View singer “led away in handcuffs” after forcing holiday plane to divert

June 18 2016

Dundee-born rock star Kyle Falconer from indie band The View was kicked off a flight from Spain after forcing it to divert due to “aggressive behaviour”. The 29-year-old was said to have caused a fuss on the Jet2 flight from Reus to Glasgow when he was moved to a seat away from his girlfriend. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Nantes, France, where the rocker was escorted off the plane by French police. Falconer is said to have shouted and sworn at the cabin crew and other passengers. Jet2 announced that they have issued Falconer with a lifetime ban and plan to reclaim the costs for the diversion, which lasted around two hours. The company has also launched a full investigation alongside Police Scotland. Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2 said: “Kyle Falconer may be a rock star but that is no excuse for such abusive behaviour. “Many of the passengers on the flight were families and he showed absolutely no respect for their safety and wellbeing, which is why the captain was forced to divert the flight. "Passengers, including famous ones, should be in no doubt that we will take whatever action necessary to stamp out such aggressive and anti-social behaviour on our flights.” Social media was flooded with responses to the incident. https://twitter.com/_TracyMcNaught_/status/743866795103227904 https://twitter.com/WkdSide/status/743785621664194560 https://twitter.com/CloClarke/status/744184346198827009 https://twitter.com/Laing1974/status/743867914403577856

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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.