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...
An Angus councillor has unearthed a fascinating insight into men’s views on the suffragists as the nation commemorated the centenary of some women winning the right to vote. Brenda Durno, SNP member for Arbroath and East Lunan, has been so inspired by an essay written by her great-grandmother in 1904, she is hoping to donate it to a museum in the north east. The amusing reflection was written in the Doric language by Isabella Moir, a 12-year-old pupil at Belhelvie School in Aberdeenshire. She was the eldest of 10 children and had two sisters and seven brothers. Councillor Durno said: “The celebration for the 100 years since women won the right to vote made me think of the essay. “My great grandmother was born in September 1892 and died in May 1992. “She latterly lived in Potterton with my aunt and uncle who ran the shop there and I found the essay when she died.” Mrs Durno chose to enter local politics in the footstep of her father, the SNP councillor Alex Shand, but admitted her great-grandmother was a Liberal supporter. “She was right into politics and was a great friend of Lord Tweedsmuir - the SNP wasn’t around then.” The essay relates to a conversation between a brother and sister as he reads a newspaper article on ‘The Suffragists’. As he works his way through the article, his views become apparent. He berates the efforts of the “limmers of suffragists” claiming “weemans place is at hame” It reads: “They canna mak an men their men’s sarks, keep a clean fireside an have a vote. “Gie then an inch an they wid tak an ill (mile).” The essay goes on to say there a was a time when women were happy “tae tak the chance o’ the first man that socht them, an thankful tae leave the voting an the rulin o the nation tae him”. It was on February 6, 1918 that women aged over 30, those who owned property or had a university education were granted the right to vote through the Representation of the People Act. Mrs Durno is hoping to donate the essay to a museum which specialises in the Doric and would welcome suggestions as to who to contact.
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
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.
A wind turbine application near an Angus tourist spot has received objections. The proposal for land at Gilchorn Farm, Inverkeilor, has been submitted to Angus Council by Windberry Energy Operations Ltd. The turbine would be an Enercon E33 and would have a blade tip height of 62m, overlooking the lower Lunan Valley, between Arbroath and Montrose. Residents have set up the Lower Lunan Valley Action Group to fight the development. Spokesman Simon Dessain said: “We are really upset. People in every direction are objecting to this, many of whom are within 800m to 1km away from the proposed site. “We want to give the council as much ammunition as we can to refuse the application.” A consultation period on the application closes on Friday. The turbine would be visible from the A92, the railway line and the Angus coastal strip, including the cliffs at Lunan Bay. A spokesman for architect Savills said the single, medium-sized turbine would provide an output of approximately 330kw of electricity. He added: “The scheme will make an important contribution to the efforts in Scotland to tackleclimate change through the supply of renewable energy, improving the security of our energy supply and making a contribution to the Scottish Government’s ambitious target for electricity generated from renewable resources. “We are continuing to liaise with Angus Council and are hopeful that the proposal will be positively considered.” Mr Dessain said the development would have a significant negative impact on 15 nearby properties and claimed there are currently 28 wind turbines, either operational, approved or in planning, within 9.4 miles of the area. He added: “Angus Ahead, the council’s tourism website, lists must-visit places as Forfar and Lunan Bay. “This turbine will tower over the B965, which is the route between these two places.”
Fifteen years on from his famous defeat of Tiger Woods and 18 from his last victory, Spain’s Santiago Luna held on to deny Sam Torrance a fairy tale home victory at the SSE Scottish Seniors Open at Fairmont St Andrews. Luna, 50, battled his way through strong winds for a final-round 71 which was just good enough to edge Scotland’s Torrance, seeking his first tournament win in four years and on the course he designed. Torrance’s three-putt bogey on the 16th and Luna’s birdie when he played the hole half an hour later was the crucial difference between the pair, 65-year-old Irishman Denis O’Sullivan also coming up a stroke short in his attempt to be the Senior Tour’s second oldest winner. After a nervy chip from behind the 18th green came up well short, Luna’s near-perfect lag putt secured the par that got him home with a five-under aggregate of 211. Torrance shot a final-round 70 with O’Sullivan a par 72 on a day when only one player Barry Lane shot under 70. “It’s difficult to describe my feelings to win again after so long,” said the Spaniard. Luna’s previous win was the Madeira Island Open on the main tour in 1995 and the career highlight the Dunhill Cup semi-final victory over Woods in 1998 on the Old Course, but that event remains memorable to him not for the win but because of whom he played with. “If I play Tiger 91 times, he beats me 90 of them, but that week was most memorable because it was great to play with my friends Jose (Maria Olazabal) and Miguel (Angel Jimenez),” he said. Luna did appear to be faltering after a bogey four at the 15th but it was his birdie at the 16th, hitting a sand-wedge inside eight feet, that proved decisive with the rest of the field fading in the winds. The exception was Torrance, playing some of his best golf in the last five years in what is his last event before he turns 60. In the end there was frustration that he fell just a shot short but satisfaction at the way he had played. “I played just magnificently today thanks to Dad,” he said, in tribute to father Bob’s swing tip which got him back in sync last week. “I think I probably had about 33-34 putts but we all know how tough the long putter is in the strong winds, so you expect that. From tee to green I haven’t played as well in a long time.” Torrance holed a 40-footer on the 14th to get within a shot of the lead only to falter at 16 with a three-putt from the back of the green after he hit his second shot from semi-rough and only just held the putting surface. He then made an outstanding up and down from near the wall on 17 and thought he’d reached the long 18th in two with what looked like a perfect strike with a five-iron, but the ball came up short. He almost holed the chip for the eagle that would force a play-off but made an eight-footer for birdie to set the mark Luna just managed to better a few minutes later. O’Sullivan played a perfect pitch from 40 yards at the last to join Torrance in four-under second place, leaving English duo Peter Mitchell and Phil Golding sharing fourth with the leader going into the last round, Australia’s Peter Fowler, who shot a final-round 74.
Wild camping litter louts are bringing misery to nature lovers by leaving dangerous rubbish strewn across the countryside. Angry nature lovers have claimed pets have been seriously injured due to discarded trash left by careless campers using the Lunan Valley, between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld. One dog had an artery slashed after being skewered by glass, while another was left in agony after chewing on discarded bait with a barbed hook still attached. A concerned resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Here in Scotland we have a law which states access with responsibility. “Sadly, the access is frequently taken, but the responsibility is ignored. “We are extremely fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world and the Lunan Valley, between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld is a very special place. “Why do thoughtless people spoil it by discarding litter where, on verges, it costs precious council tax money to clear up, and on loch sides it causes damage to wildlife and pets?” There have also been issues with loch trees and gates being removed for firewood, while gates left open allow cattle to stray on to nearby roads. The resident stated that the variety of litter has included “broken bottles, plastic, beer cans and camping equipment”. They added: “Dog poo is unpleasant, human poo, plus soiled paper is quite disgusting, but frequently encountered. “Any responsible camper carries a trowel so that such things can be buried. “We have had to destroy a bird that was completely entangled in fishing line and, last week, worst of all, a dog ate some discarded bait which had the barbed hook still attached. “This caused great suffering to the animal, necessitated a general anaesthetic and several days of recovery. “It could easily have resulted in her death. The few are destroying the very things we all love.” The complaints come as Scottish ministers are being asked to back new curbs on Scotland’s access laws. The board of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has passed plans for a ban on camping without a permit in areas of the park. Blairgowrie and Glens Conservative councillor Caroline Shiers said: “I am not sure that there is an easy solution to this problem and most people who go out to enjoy the countryside in Perthshire do so in a very responsible manner. “I will raise these issues with Perth and Kinross Council who frequently send squads out to clear litter from the roadside verges and other hotspots and work with local landowners to try and address problems as they arise.”
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. email@example.com
A new deal has been sealed between Scotland and Denmark. And the net result is a cute new arrival in Fife. After the sudden deaths of visitor favourite Laurel and young harbour seal Leif earlier this year, St Andrews Aquarium have welcomed a new common seal pup to its family. Luna, who is 10 months old, travelled 1,286 miles across Europe by car to his new home after Kattegatcentret Aquarium in Grena in Denmark contacted the Fife aquarium to see if it would like to rehome the young pup. Luna is now settling into his new surroundings overlooking the West Sands where he is getting to know his new aquarium buddies, Nelly and Togo. Luna’s arrival is the latest in a wave of new additions to the aquarium’s growing family. It recently welcomed a massive albino Burmese python, the largest known snake in Scotland, measuring 15 feet long. Manager John Mace said: “After tragically losing Laurel and Leif earlier this year, everyone here is delighted to be welcoming Luna to St Andrews Aquarium. “I am sure Luna will love his new home and he is bound to be a hit with our many visitors.” The aquarium was left devastated when Laurel died of liver failure last January and Leif passed away suddenly a few weeks later. Laurel, who was at St Andrews for more than 20 years, was a hit around the world. After their loss, Luna’s arrival is the start of a happier chapter for the aquarium’s family of harbour seals. John added: “We are looking forward to visitors meeting Luna and our other new additions.”
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.