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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…

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.

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

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

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.

Here’s how brands across the spectrum tried to cash in on the royal engagement

November 27 2017

As the royal wedding news sends social media into a frenzy it’s clear people are excited – but none more so than brands trying to capitalise on it. From venues and dresses to honeymoons and stag dos, it seems that brands with even the most fleeting of connections to royalty and weddings are hoping to align themselves with the royal couple. Here’s a round-up of some of the more unusual offerings… Airlines and travel sites really gave it a go. When you hear there’s a party in London next Spring and flights start at €16.99…simply reMARKLEable! The #RoyalWedding is gonna be LITT! pic.twitter.com/upevGAlEan— Ryanair (@Ryanair) November 27, 2017Congratulations to Prince Harry and @meghanmarkle on their engagement! If you're looking for a lovely springtime Scottish honeymoon, keep us in mind! 💜— Flybe ✈ (@flybe) November 27, 2017The perfect location for #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle for #honeymoon – #Paradisecove #Mauritius #love @ClarenceHouse pic.twitter.com/GK7icujDNF— Travel Designers (@traveldesigners) November 27, 2017We're waiting for your Stag enquiry whenever you get a few minutes, Harry #PrinceHarry If you want our help in suggesting a few options, just send us your approximate budget and likely group size. We'll come back to you with a few choices.— StagForYou (@StagForYou) November 27, 2017 And jewellers did too. Congratulations 💕🎉💎.We are happy to hear that Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged 💍.Share your engagement story with us 💘#RoyalWedding #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle pic.twitter.com/vZBqc7P3yR— H.Samuel (@hsamueljeweller) November 27, 2017 A few places optimistically plugged their venues. Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement! 💍💕 If they're looking for a venue we might know of a place 😉 #RoyalWedding https://t.co/gh1jnXYuv6— Hornington Manor (@HorningtonManor) November 27, 2017Congratulations 👏 to the Prince and Ms Markle.Just a reminder, Welford Road is a brilliant destination to celebrate the big day and can cater for groups of all sizes.Information on our Wedding Packages 💍 are available here ➡️ https://t.co/FVH9edXB85 https://t.co/Gu6q5kBd4u— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) November 27, 2017 Although some more optimistically than others it has to be said. Congratulations to Prince Harry on his engagement to Meghan Markle 💍👑Wonder if they know they can get married at The Donkey Sanctuary? Worth a shot… https://t.co/wVREXh2CTJ pic.twitter.com/iJsbwWX034— The Donkey Sanctuary (@DonkeySanctuary) November 27, 2017 Aldi seemingly wasn’t trying to sell anything in particular. Another Christmas love story! We’re so ‘pea-sed’ Prince Harry has found his Katie. 👑❤️ #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/tMCFf1NvSy— Aldi Stores UK 🥕 (@AldiUK) November 27, 2017 While others very much knew just how much they could benefit. *Eek* we love a Royal Wedding! 👑 Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement!Now up to 50% off in our Disney Princess Sale!❤️❤️👉https://t.co/BreanltMv2 pic.twitter.com/Gc3XYtzBeQ— The Entertainer (@EntertainerToys) November 27, 2017Engagement 💍 congratulations to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle! Time to start the #Celebrations ! #HarryandMegan #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/8Grcqt0xBN— Celebrations (@UKCelebrations) November 27, 2017#Wedding cakes fit for a princess! Congratulations to HRH Harry and Megan on your #RoyalEngagament! pic.twitter.com/7lIlHCUTpC— Bea's of Bloomsbury (@beaslondon) November 27, 2017Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! We’ve got a stunning collection of wedding attire for inspiration ahead of the Royal Wedding.https://t.co/uG8psVxUEh pic.twitter.com/Bw2kemCOkc— V&A (@V_and_A) November 27, 2017Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We hope the marriage is as long and happy as the Queen herself and Prince Philip. Maybe Harry should read our quote book "Prince Philip: A Life of Wisdom" to get a quick recap on his grandparents marriage. #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/ZBom5QfDii— Medina Publishing (@Medina_Books) November 27, 2017 Some top plugging there but, apologies Donkey Sanctuary, it’s probably safe to say that one was a bit of a long shot. 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UK & World

Librarian who stole rare books to sell online jailed for eight months

January 31 2018

A librarian who stole rare books – including one on the Aberfan disaster – and put them up for sale online has been jailed for eight months. Elizabeth McGregor, 57, was working at Pontypridd Library in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, when it was noticed that books were going missing. Her employers suspected that McGregor, of Maes Y Cynon, Hirwaun, was stealing the books and a police investigation discovered that some were being advertised for sale on her Amazon account. Custody image of librarian Elizabeth McGregor (South Wales Police/PA) Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard McGregor put the Report Of The Tribunal Of Inquiry Into The Aberfan Disaster on the site for £400. The report, into the tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults in 1966, was later found dumped in a green waste recycling bin outside McGregor’s home. Hundreds of other stolen books were also recovered from the property, including some with fire damage where she had tried to set them alight. Rescue workers tear into the mud and rubble burying the ruins of seven houses which were engulfed by a moving mountain of coal slurry at Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, in 1966 (PA) McGregor later claimed that she had bought the books from various libraries when they were sold as excess stock. She was convicted of two charges of theft, committed between August 2016 and January 2017, as well as a charge of perverting the course of justice, following a three-day trial. Judge Richard Twomlow, the Honorary Recorder of Merthyr Tydfil, sentenced McGregor to eight months in prison. “The items that you stole were of substantial value,” the judge told McGregor, who has no previous convictions. “They were of historical and cultural value in some cases. There was a high level of inconvenience caused to your employer because they had to instigate an investigation. “There is an element of damage to historical assets. “You were somebody who well knew the way the library system worked and you used your knowledge of it to steal books to sell them on.” The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh view flowers during a visit to Aberfan in 1966 (PA) During the trial, McGregor claimed she had bought the Aberfan book for “little more than £1” but placed it on sale for £400, the judge said. The book’s importance was shown when it was used to research the disaster for a television programme marking its 50th anniversary, he told McGregor. “The evidence shows you stole it from an area where it was safely kept in the library,” the judge said. “There was evidence about the deliberate and calculating way you went about these thefts.” The monetary value of the books is unknown but Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, described the Aberfan book as a “cultural asset”. Books recovered from the home of librarian Elizabeth McGregor (Crown Prosecution Service/PA) Representing McGregor, Katherine Lane said her client was a “lonely individual” with physical and mental health problems. “She lives alone in a home that was given to her when her parents passed away,” Ms Lane said. “She does not have a partner or any significant support system.” Since leaving the library service, McGregor has been working for Public Health Wales, the court heard. “She tells me she is fearful of the prospect of what might be facing her at the end of this hearing,” Ms Lane added. McGregor is in “significant debt”, does not drive and lives in an isolated area, the court heard. Speaking after the case, Richard Killick, senior crown prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, described McGregor’s offending as “very serious”. “By taking these books, she denied the community the opportunity to benefit from these resources,” he said. (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 Claire Hayhurst, Press Association'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'e1bfee07-f222-4cae-b264-fc36dbd3d182'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Librarian who stole rare books to sell online jailed for eight months'});

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.

Angus & The Mearns

Angus Council sought to collect samples of children’s DNA

January 3 2011

Angus Council’s use of biometric systems continues to provoke a backlash, with one parent revealing the council asked to collect DNA samples from her child. Alliance councillor and education convener Peter Nield last week said there had been no opt-outs by parents unhappy about their children being fingerprinted for the library books and school meals systems. But the councillor’s claim sparked an angry reaction from parents. Many families contacted The Courier to insist they had indeed opted out, and a Kirriemuir dad said the programme was tantamount to “brainwashing”. Now, another local mum has revealed her opposition to the systems being used in Angus. “In 2001, my child arrived home from an Angus primary school with a package of letters concerning ‘research’ that the council had sanctioned to take place within their schools,” said the mum, adding that the proposals included DNA sample collections. “Naturally I was concerned and had a number of questions about the ethics of this practice. I wrote to Angus Council’s then director of education, Jim Anderson, about my concerns and his response did not allay those concerns. “The introduction of biometric technology in Angus schools is of great interest and concern to me,” added the mum. “Article 8 of the Human Rights Act states that we all have the right to privacy. “It appears to me that Angus Council does not recognise that there are important ethical issues surrounding the collection of DNA and biometric data from children attending school. “Providing people living in Angus with information about the introduction biometric technology and listening to their views would surely have been possible. “For ethical reasons I did not give consent for my child’s DNA to be collected; it was entirely inappropriate for that approach to have been made through a primary school by Angus Council.” Photo by Flickr user micahb37.

Readers' letters

December 2: We should now celebrate the City of Freedom

December 2 2011

Today’s letters to The Courier. Sir, We have the City of Discovery. Can we please have the City of Freedom? Those that will visit Dundee to see the new V&A will be experiencing a new Dundee a modern Dundee. As they enter that area, the thought of those visitors walking freely through an area of statues of those who have also visited Dundee and went on to great freedom seems a strong one to me. The V&A location at the waterfront was indeed an entry point to our city. Some of those who greatly influenced our freedom were not born in Dundee but were surely influenced by their time in the city. Winston Churchill was MP for 14 years and was part of the government that introduced the old age pension. Churchill later also introduced unemployment benefit. Was he influenced by his time in Dundee? Mary Slessor and Mary Brooksbank were not born in Dundee but came to Dundee and achieved great things after being here. William Wallace visited and was educated here. The chartists found support from the people here. The Irish and Poles came and influenced the city. The Black Watch became Dundee’s regiment. Freedom was the result. Dublin have empty bronze shoes to represent the lost and the people who left Ireland my idea of bronze freedom statues would represent those that visited our city and were influenced by our city when they stayed or left to achieve greater things. That air of spiritual freedom from such statues would breathe into that large open horizon of the Tay. Dundee was a radical city and freedom was the result of such activity. Our history often unknown is often how we and our visitors see us. Graham Duncan.7 Downie Park Road,Dundee. McTaggart not Wallace Sir, Re Mr Campbell’s letter on a William Wallace statue in Dundee (Dundee minds on higher things, November 25). As he was not born in Dundee but in Paisley, I would like to suggest Dundee Council take up John J Marshall’s idea of a statue to Dundee’s own Olympic gold medallist boxer Dick McTaggart. He has been sadly ignored in Dundee with regard to sporting honours. M. Campbell.St Mary’s Road,Dundee. Can they be trusted? Sir, After reading the articles on Dalgety Bay and Rosyth Naval Dockyard we must ask ourselves do we really want Fife to become a radioactive dump? Rosyth has rusting hulks of nuclear submarines and the radiation at Dalgety Bay is alleged to come from old aircraft luminous dials (but may well prove to be from other sources). Two factors are evident radiation and the Ministry of Defence. Both can be described as unstable, unreliable, untrustworthy and useless. After almost 60 years the Ministry of Defence are still refusing to divulge the radiation levels ‘Service Human Guinea Pigs’ were forced to endure during the British nuclear tests thousands of miles away. How can we trust them to make humanitarian decisions regarding nuclear waste on our own doorstep? Dave Whyte.Blackcraigs,Kirkcaldy. Radon gas a greater risk Sir, Dave Dempsey’s fears of the possible harm caused to residents by the trace elements of radiation in Dalgety Bay fall under the theory of “black swan events”. This is a metaphor developed by Nassim Taleb when discussing the disproportionate role of extremely unlikely but high-impact events on public decision making. Marie Curie discovered radium and handled the element without any protection for many years and radium got the blame for her eventual death from aplastic anaemia. This was certainly a ”high-impact” event for Marie but unless residents are about to eat large quantities of the foreshore I doubt it is sufficient reason for razing Dalgety Bay. Anyway the risk from old watch dials is very much less than that to which residents of Aberdeen and Cornwall are exposed from naturally-occurring radon gas in their cellars. (Dr) John Cameron.10 Howard Place,St Andrews. Reopen library in the Inglis Hall Sir, I read with amazement the article in today’s Courier (November 29), Angus Council’s latest bungles with the library service in Edzell. The council say the mobile library has been withdrawn from service so that it can be prepared for handing back to the leasing company. Any transport manager in the private sector who took an old vehicle out of service a month before the new one was ready to replace it would very soon be unemployed. The spokesperson also said that library users have been encouraged to take out extra books and that they can borrow from any library in Angus. Are they aware that very many of the residents of Edzell are elderly and infirm, do not drive and that books are heavy to carry? Surely it would be better to reopen the library in the Inglis Hall and staff it on a part-time basis? Then there would be no need for new vans. I would add that I was brought up in Edzell and was a frequent user of the library. Eric G. Gray.23 Denburn Court,Brechin. 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.