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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…

Readers' letters

April 8: Lessons we can learn from River Tay beavers

April 8 2011

This morning’s letters look at the River Tay beavers and wildlife management, taxation, fuel prices, and road safety in Fife. Lessons we can learn from River Tay beavers Sir,-I read with interest your article ‘Call for halt to beaver damage’ (April 6) regarding the acceleration of beaver damage on the lower River Earn, reported to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) by an angler. As with other wildlife, most notably deer, whether the felled trees are viewed as damage or not is only really the concern of the landowner involved. SNH maintain that it is legal for landowners to kill or remove beavers if they deem it necessary so, officially, there is no problem here. If the landowner thinks he has a problem, SNH say he can do something about it. Others will dispute this and the legal position does require to be clarified. This is why the River Tay beavers are important. They will force us to address these issues much sooner than the official Scottish Government reintroduction of beavers into Argyll and everyone will benefit from that, whatever their views on beavers might be. There is little point in calling for a halt to the beaver damage as the Tay beavers do not read The Courier. What we need is a pragmatic approach from government to this issue which allows us to learn how these animals will interact with other land uses and provides landowners with a workable mechanism for dealing with problem situations. Ultimately, all our wildlife should be managed locally according to local circumstances and sensitivities, not by a centralised quango in Inverness. Scottish Natural Heritage are all over the place on this issue and do not have the answers. We will have to look elsewhere for those. Victor Clements.1 Crieff Road,Aberfeldy. Victorian species cull Sir,-I agree in part with Eric McVicar’s letter (April 5) about culling non-indigenous species but he shows a severe lack of knowledge in some areas. For example, beavers are a native species, as are bears and wolves. The absence of these animals is solely down to Victorian bloodlust, which saw the eradication of a vast number of species worldwide simply to amuse bored aristocrats. This has left us with a red deer population held on estates causing genetic diversity issues and out of control numbers, due to the lack of natural predators. I believe he is referring to Japanese knotweed, not Japanese hogweed. If Mr McVicar is a teacher then I fear for his pupils as he seems to be giving out wrong information and failing to teach them to check their facts. (Mr) J. Phillip.3 Lyninghills,Forfar. March of indirect taxation Sir,-Your editorial (April 5) and related article on the launch of the Scottish Conservative election manifesto for Holyrood misses an important fact. The fees or graduate contribution to the sum of £4000 is for every year of study. Parents and students can do the maths. Common sense it may be for Conservatives but, for those affected, it will feel very much like indirect taxation much favoured, as many of your readers will recall, by the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s. Iain Anderson.41 West End,St Monans. Motorists need fuel transparency Sir,-We were conned in the Budget last month. The petrol companies had predicted the one penny reduction and had already upped the price by three or four pence. So is it now possible for the UK Government to do two specific things to regain some credibility? First tell the fuel retailers to instantly removed the ridiculous 0.99 they tag on at the end of their main price and, second, make it a rule to give the displayed price per gallon and not per litre. After all, cars in particular are sold with predicted miles per gallon consumption (admittedly often optimistic) not miles per litre. And if motorists were to see immediately the true cost of fuel for their car, instead of ridiculously having to multiply the litre price by 4.546 to find out, they would most certainly be more cautious with their travels and work a lot harder at reducing petrol/diesel consumption. Having been conned a few weeks ago, vehicle owners are surely entitled to some honesty now. Ian Wheeler.Springfield,Cupar. Wind farm risk to road users Sir,-I feel compelled to reply to your article regarding Fife’s fatal road crashes. With 10 out of 13 fatal crashes in 2010 happening on rural roads, the most common contributory factor given in your article was failure to observe the road properly. My concerns are related to the plans submitted to Fife Council for the giant wind turbines on Clatto Hill. The road that runs adjacent to the proposed site is the C30. This rural road demands your full attention and concentration while driving in either direction. With the road being narrow, it requires even medium-sized cars to slow down or pull in when passing. The road has several vertical crests and sharp vertical curvatures which would make the turbines appear suddenly then disappear just as quickly. As this road has seen many accidents over a number of years, this would surely add another driving distraction to an already dangerous road. Norman Moodie.Craigview,Clatto Farm,Cupar. Get involved: to have your say on these or any other topics, email your letter to letters@thecourier.co.uk or send to Letters Editor, The Courier, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL.

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

Readers' letters

November 29: Appalled at poor behaviour in parliament

November 29 2012

Today’s letters to The Courier. Sir, – After watching successive First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament, I am appalled by the strident, vicious inanities, boorish rudeness and leaden humour of the leader of the opposition. Whatever the pros and cons of what the First Minister said or did not say and however culpable or not he may be, surely the level of debate in our parliament does not have to descend to the level of the fishwife? Was this not the parliament that began with such high expectations? The parliament the late Donald Dewar said would not be like the bear pit of Westminster, but would be an area of calm, reasoned and civilised debate? Oh, Donald, you must be right proud of your successors! In a time of international crisis, monumental change in the potential governance of Scotland and widespread economic and social problems, must our representatives waste their time in childish name calling? I for one am not impressed and have no confidence in and will certainly not vote for someone who continues to behave like a lout. David Morrison.Panmure Road,Monikie. It’s time to put children first Sir, – Re the situation regarding Madras College. A car park is more important than the education and well-being of our children. A green field is more important than the education and well-being of our children. An iconic view is more important than the education and well-being of our children. The custodians of an internationally renowned reputation for education who purport to value education above anything else, the powers that be at St Andrews University, elevate petulance and financial nit-picking above the education and well-being of our children. Why did the North Haugh negotiations fail anyway? The custodians of democracy in North East Fife, the powers that be at Fife Council, elevate petulance and financial nit-picking above the education and well-being of our children. Some of our elected representatives promote their personal political agendas and egos, brazenly ignoring the results of the consultation and views of their constituents, clearly believing that they are more important than the education and well-being of our children, otherwise, why would they be condemning our children to the prospect of a horrendous decant and sub-optimal solution? A warning to parents in the Taybridgehead area if you want to avoid sleepwalking into a solution that does not meet the needs of the area’s children I suggest you make your voices heard before it’s too late. Isn’t it time the education and well-being of our children came first? Lisa Williams.82 Crosshill Terrace,Wormit. New opening for jute? Sir, – Fit-for-purpose sandbags should be available during periods of nationwide flooding. While polypropylene bags may be cheaper than natural-fibre (jute/sisal) bags, they are prone to slippage and spillage due to being easily ruptured. In addition, most polypropylene bags are non-biodegradable and therefore cannot be left in situ, whereas bags/sacks manufactured from natural-fibres are fully biodegradable. Perhaps some imaginative entrepreneur can come up with a small Dundee jute mill project? To include the preparatory side of manufacturing may be asking too much, but there seems little reason why high-speed weaving and making (sewing/stitching) should not be considered. A project of this nature could also help to alleviate unemployment problems. Kenneth Miln.22 Fothringham Drive,Monifieth. Needs to alter her view Sir, – Re the statement on pay differentials from Labour councillor Lesley Brennan in your article, Dundee workers on lower wages (November 26), I have noticed over the past few months that she always seems to veer towards gender issues that only seem to affect women. I think she needs to take off those tinted spectacles and view the real world as it affects everyone be it a woman or man, old or young, able bodied or disabled. I also note with interest that Dundee Labour seems to have moved away from traditional working class representatives and now favours private sector economists such as Cllr Brennan who work in the south of England. How times have changed. Not very representative of the median Dundee woman who earns £19,740. Mick Streets.14S Peter Street,Dundee. They think they know best Sir, – I note that a prominent trade union leader is expressing a degree of concern about the additional levels of bureaucracy which may exist when the national police force comes into effect next April. Many people, including members of the public, have been expressing concern since the plan was first suggested. Like so many features nowadays we are dictated to by politicians who all think they know better, that is until it is too late to reverse the situation, which is the position we are now in as far as the police force is concerned. John McDonald.14 Rosebery Court,Kirkcaldy. Get involved: to have your say on these or any other topics, email your letter to letters@thecourier.co.uk or send to Letters Editor, The Courier, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL. Letters should be accompanied by an address and a daytime telephone number.


Fife has second highest rate of under-16 pregnancies despite drop

December 16 2017

Fife has the second highest rate of under-16 pregnancies in Scotland — despite a drop in rates among some of the region’s most deprived communities. Cowdenbeath councillors were told that sexual health projects are having a positive impact in tackling the matter in the local area, but that work was continuing to reduce rates further. The teenage pregnancy rate among some of Fife’s most deprived communities has halved since 2010, while the national average rate among the under-16’s is currently down to three per 100. NHS Fife divisional general manager Julie Paterson said: “Despite the figure remaining higher than the Scottish average, there has been a 50% reduction in teenage pregnancies in Cowdenbeath since 2010. “There are a range of services available to young people to address teenage pregnancies in the Cowdenbeath area. “A sexual health service is accessible every Tuesday, with daytime and evening appointments available, whilst school aged young people can access the Hub+ service using a text line booking system.” Lochgelly High School, which takes in pupils from Ballingry, Lochore, Lochgelly and Cardenden, was one of the region’s schools worst affected by teenage pregnancy. A team of NHS Fife and Fife Council staff found a lack of self-esteem and low aspirations was part of the problem. A number of initiatives were introduced, including a peer programme where older pupils help teach younger pupils about the consequences of risk taking. Ms Paterson said: “For the past six years, a peer education programme has also been delivered within Lochgelly High School, with the addition of single sex issue based groups, to focus on reducing risk taking behaviours. “This work is done in partnership with Fife Council and we continue to work with all agencies to further reduce teenage pregnancies in Cowdenbeath.” The yearly rate of pregnancies among the under-16s for Cowdenbeath was calculated at 5.9 per 1000 – nearly twice the national average. However, this figure for 2015 took into account data for the previous five years. “The teenage pregnancy rate for Cowdenbeath in the area committee report relates to conceptions over a five year period, whereas the national and Fife figures relate to conceptions over a one year period,” said Ms Paterson. “Comparable five year figures for Fife and Scotland would be 5.3 and 4.6 per 1000 people respectively.” Fife took over from Tayside as having the highest rate of pregnancies among the under-16s in 2009, when the rate for the region peaked at 10.5 per 1000.

Angus & The Mearns

Gingerbread tribute to the Wee Red Town

October 14 2013

When Libby Jones was invited by Bank Street Gallery owner Susie Clark to exhibit at her gallery in Kirriemuir, she became intrigued by the history of the town. As well as Kirriemuir’s most famous son and Peter Pan author JM Barrie, she discovered the town had also been home for a time to AC/DC singer Bon Scott, Victorian mountaineer Hugh Munro, and 19th century writer Violet Jacob. She found the town had been a hotbed of witchcraft in the 16th century and is also world famous for its gingerbread and decided to combine all these elements. Ms Jones went on to craft a boxed set of prints, which also doubles as a card game. She said: “This tongue-in-cheek edition of 10 boxes, of 20 cards per box, features Kirriemuir characters presented on a slice of gingerbread on a plate. I have also made a poster featuring all the 10 characters in the game.” Visitors can see images of Edinburgh Castle with fireworks, wildlife such as gannets, and artwork made after a visit to Antarctica. Londoner and master printmaker Ms Jones exhibited work from her sub-zero stay at a Discovery Point exhibition in Dundee last year. Children can see her work Cooking the Climate, a comment on global warming, which consists of a microwave oven and slideshow with rotating polar animals. There is also a fossilised mobile phone in a second installation, Fossils of the Anthropocene an exploration of the traces that might remain of civilisation in 50 million years’ time. She is also exhibiting a selection of her woodcuts, linocuts, collagraphs and screenprints at the gallery. The exhibition runs until November 8 and opening hours can be found on www.bankstreetgallery.org, or by telephoning 01575 570070.

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.


Join the stag party at the Scottish Deer Centre

January 13 2018

Love animals? Then you’ll love the Scottish Deer Centre, which boasts multiple deer species, bears, wolves, lynx and more. Gayle checks out the Fife attraction The sight of a majestic stag high on a Scottish hill is about as iconic an image as you get. When I visit the Scottish Deer Centre near Cupar, I’m lucky enough to get up close and personal with one of these impressive beasts. His name is Argyll, he’s the biggest red deer here and he’s got a massive set of antlers. Leaning forward to stroke his soft muzzle, I’m in awe – he’s just so handsome! Argyll is one of the oldest deer at the centre, and while staff aren’t 100% sure of his age, they can tell he’s getting on a bit thanks to his lack of teeth and diminishing antler size. “In his prime, Argyll would’ve grown antlers way bigger than these,” beams Andrew Hodgkinson, the centre’s education ranger. © Kim CessfordGayle and Andrew Hodgkinson chat to Argyll the stag. Alongside multiple deer species (including red, hog, Chinese water, fallow, sika, muntjac, barasingha, bactrian, axis, white-lipped, reindeer and European elk), the centre invites wildlife fans to meet a vast array of native animals including wildcats, otters, bears, wolves, lynx, foxes and birds of prey. It’s fantastic to explore the park at your leisure, but you’ll learn more if you go with a ranger. Andrew, 27, is a veritable font of knowledge, brimming with fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes. “Did you know reindeer can communicate with their ankles?” he asks. “They have a tendon that makes a clicking sound when they walk. That helps them find each other in snowstorms.” © Kim CessfordDifferent breeds of deer. Another fact is that deer shed their antlers every year – then grow a new set. “The reindeer is the only deer where male and females grow antlers,” says Andrew. “But while males lose them at the end of the mating season, in early December, females hang on to them until spring, so they can protect their young and defend their food and territory. So Rudolph and his gang are actually girls!” Deer grow antlers for a variety of reasons, but mainly to battle for females. “It’s about sexual selection,” says Andrew. “The males posture and show off, and smash antlers together to see who’s got the biggest ones. “They also roll around in piles of poo and pee, known as self-anointing – to make themselves more appealing.” With around 400,000 red deer in Scotland – around 50% of which are male – that means there should be around 400,000 antlers lying around the country annually… should it not? “You’d think there would be mountains of antlers, wouldn’t you?” surmises Andrew. “But most folk consider themselves lucky to stumble across the odd one. Why is that? “It’s because deer eat them.” Come again? Deer eat them? “Yep. They’re full of calcium, salt and minerals and deer really need them,” explains Andrew. “So maybe think twice about taking too many away!” © Kim CessfordA family meet the deer. As we wander past various paddocks, Andrew points out the Pere David’s deer, which came close to extinction in the 1860s. Its origins are steeped in myth, he tells me. “It was claimed not to be just a deer, but a combination of an ox, a deer, a horse and a donkey.” Another highlight is meeting the European brown bears, which we find chilling in their enclosure. And then there are the wolves – just wow! © Kim CessfordOne of the European brown bears. © Kim Cessford.One of the wolves at the Scottish Deer Centre. © Kim CessfordThe lynx getting cosy. Snow is falling so there’s no sign of any foxes and the lynx is happily snuggled up in his cosy straw bed. Back at the education room, I meet a giant African land snail and a corn snake. “There are three pillars of the modern zoo – education, conservation and research,” says Andrew, who is studying for a degree in ecology. “Lots of staff are involved in conservation via bumblebee surveys and otter specialist groups. And through a partnership with a university, a man camped here to record wolf communication.” Most animals have been born here at the centre or other parks, but some have been rescued from the wild. © Kim CessfordGayle with a set of moose antlers. © Kim CessfordAndrew shows Gayle how fur sheds from antlers. © Kim CessfordA corn snake peeping out from under a piece of wood. info The Scottish Deer Centre covers 55 acres of countryside, so there’s plenty oppportunity to enjoy woodland walks, plus an outdoor play area, with sandpit, zip slide, treetop walk and a kart track. There are regular guided tours, feeding sessions, birds of prey demonstrations and trailer rides. www.tsdc.co.uk        

Scottish politics

Brexit will cost Scotland up to £11bn a year, says Scottish Government analysis

August 23 2016

Brexit will cost Scotland up to £11bn every year, according to a study published by the SNP Government. Tax revenues will also shrink by nearly £4bn because of the impact of leaving the EU, the analysis found. Nicola Sturgeon said the figures reveal that whatever alternative relationship is struck with Brussels there will be a “profound and long-lasting impact on the Scottish economy and society. “That stark picture outlined today means that, whatever the model of relationship with the EU which is chosen by the UK Government in their negotiations before and after Article 50 is triggered, it will not be as economically beneficial as full EU membership,” she said. “The only way to protect Scotland’s economy – and the clear benefits which come from being part of the world’s biggest single market – is to work to ensure we protect our relationship with the EU. “My Government is absolutely committed to pursuing every possible avenue and option to do that.” The Government analysis paper suggests that by 2030, Scottish GDP is projected to be between £1.7 billion and £11.2 billion per year lower than it would have been if Brexit did not happen. Tax revenue is projected to be between £1.7 billion and £3.7 billion lower. Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson, who was speaking to activists in Edinburgh today, said it is a “bit rich” for Ms Sturgeon’s government to provide a breakdown of Brexit costs when the impact will much more severe if her independence ambitions were realised. “Even by their own figures anything she highlights will be times four-fold or more by keeping independence on the table or withdrawing Scotland from the UK,” she said. The Scottish Government analysis was published a day before the release of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures, which is expected to show an increase in Scotland’s £15bn budget deficit.


Glasgow Effect artist’s first ‘spectacle’ — a 4,500-word essay on higher education

May 24 2016

Controversial Glasgow Effect artist Ellie Harrison has produced the first work of her year-long project – a rambling 4,500-word essay criticising higher education and research funding. The Duncan of Jordanstone lecturer received a £15,000 grant from Creative Scotland to live and work within in Glasgow city boundaries for a year. She has taken unpaid leave from the Dundee art college to complete the project. Described as a 
“durational performance”, Ms Harrison claims The Glasgow Effect will explore how an artist’s career, social life, carbon footprint and mental health would be affected by staying in a single city for 12 months. Now, after nearly five months’ work, Ms Harrison has revealed the first completed part of her project  – a 4,500-word essay about what she claims are “problems that are endemic across the Higher Education sector”. Defending The Glasgow Effect, Ms Harrison said she creates “spectacles” in order to get people’s attention but that she has not read online comments criticising the taxpayer-funded project. She told The Herald: “There was an anti-art, or an anti-artist thing running through it: I think people find it hard to imagine why someone would expose their own flaws, or draw attention to their own privilege, in order to raise questions about what is going on.” “But that is the role of the artist: if you don’t have an ability for self-deprecation and to take the mickey out of yourself – and I am happy to do that.” In her essay, Ms Harrison says The Glasgow Effect was borne out of the conflicting needs of research and teaching at a university. In the preface, Ms Harrison states: “By exploiting the core contradiction in my own work-life (that I don’t live in the city where I teach), The Glasgow Effect made physical the invisible tensions which are experienced by colleagues across academia between their teaching and research. “These are tensions which, as the project has already highlighted, are caused and exacerbated by the mechanisms used in Higher Education to finance, assess and account for research.” Ms Harrison calls for universities to introduce a living wage and also a maximum wage for its senior staff in her essay. She also says teaching time should be limited to four hours a day and staff should be given an hour every day to talk face-to-face with colleagues. As well as writing an average of 900 words a month, Ms Harrison has also posted this time-lapse photo taken from the window of her Glasgow studio over a two-month period on her Facebook page on Monday. (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_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); View from my window: 24 March – 23 May 2016 Posted by Ellie Harrison on Monday, 23 May 2016 She has also been trying to reduce her carbon footprint by travelling by bicycle.