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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

Merely highlighting the union’s failings

January 30 2014

Sir, The Nordic countries have recently come to the fore in the independence debate. The enviable record of prosperity and equality they share with the Alpine and Low countries has become a beacon for those espousing Scottish independence while, predictably, those who oppose it seek to tarnish that record with a selective concentration on income tax rates. While many in the “no” campaign hope that shallow scare story will be enough to neutralise the Nordic influence on the debate, others on the left are not convinced. They see the threat it poses to their assertion that Scotland thrives under the union. So they offer a different argument and claim the surest way for Scots to emulate the Nordic success is to put their faith in the strength of the UK and its ability to deliver it. However, there is a flaw in that assertion. If true, should Scotland not already be there? It’s not as if the union is a new construct that needs time to bed in. It has had many years to deliver prosperity and equality for Scotland. Instead, despite the union and an oil boom, Scotland lags far behind its small, independent neighbours. Indeed, this latest assertion from the “no” campaign merely highlights the failings of the union. Stuart Allan. Flat E, 8 Nelson Street, Dundee. Brits need to buck up their ideas a bit Sir, Up until last week I had been very concerned about the number of immigrants being offered work in this country when so many British people like myself are unemployed. However, I had a major building job to be done in my house last week and I felt very frustrated at the length of time it took and this was mainly because the builders arrived late in the morning, then took a tea break for an hour, had lunch for another 90 minutes and then an hour’s tea break in the afternoon. They also finished early. I do not think British people, particularly in the building trade help themselves gain employment by building this sort of reputation. A friend of mine was having building work done by a group of Polish workers. Although they spoke little English they arrived on time, took very little time off and stayed later. Is there a difference in the work ethic of British builders and their European counterparts? If this is the case then maybe the migrants deserve the work? Gordon Kennedy. 117 Simpson Square, Perth. It just doesn’t add up at all Sir A card was inserted into my copy of The Courier at the weekend that claimed my energy bills would fall if Scotland became a new state. As usual, this huge claim doesn’t specify how that “lower cost of living” would be paid for. Right now, Scotland receives much more energy subsidy than the rest of the UK. Last year, Scotland got almost five times the subsidy for renewable energy than the rest of the UK. The cost of some of those renewable devices is enormous. It’s an expensive policy. It can only be afforded because the UK pays it all. For myself, my renewable subsidy is thirty-eight times the regular price for your domestic electricity. That’s £6 a kilowatt paid to me, compared with the 15.5 pence many readers pay for electricity right now. With a new Scottish Government taking on all the subsidies paid for our renewables, how on earth could that same government afford these very high costs, AND cut our current bills? It just doesn’t add up. Andrew Dundas. 34 Ross Avenue, Perth. Completely bonkers? Sir, I cannot be the only reader who, having read Tuesday’s excellent contribution to your enquiry into fuel poverty, Bishop Nigel Peyton’s article about much the same thing and your article into just how poorly Dundee’s economy is performing, to read that Justine Greening proudly announced we are tripling Britain’s overseas economic aid to £1.8 billion. Has the government, having lost the plot some time ago, gone completely bonkers? Can one get a job lot of straitjackets? Robert Lightband. Clepington Court, Dundee. School run gases worse Sir, The article in Monday’s Courier regarding levels of air pollution in our towns and cities should give us all cause for concern, but I would like to see air samples taken outside our schools when the school run is on. Most of the vehicles used to ferry children to school do very short journeys and the vehicles do not reach operating temperature which means the engines spew out even more poisonous gases. Children and adults have to walk through this daily. It can’t be good for their health. Bob Duncan. 110 Caesar Avenue, Carnoustie. It’s obscene Sir, At last someone is highlighting the cost the royal family inflicts on the British taxpayer. The money lavished out on them is obscene while people are having benefits cut and some are having to choose whether they have food or heat. Alister Rankin. 93 Whyterose Terrace, Methil, Leven. Protecting the wealthy Sir, The condemnation of Ed Balls’ limited and modest proposal to raise the income tax threshold back to 50p for those earning more than £150k has come exclusively from the financial aristocracy. This same group of bankers and speculators (who caused the 2008 crash) have successfully lobbied against any regulation to stop a repeat. Instead the solution to the deficit has been a brutal and inhuman series of cuts to the living standards of working people under the guise of austerity. The UK Government is currently fighting the EU in court to stop legislation which would cap banker bonuses at 100% of their salaries. The reason the Chancellor gave when he reduced the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was because it only raised revenue of £1 billion per year. This is half of what the bedroom tax is saving the government. The Tories don’t care about working people, they are only interested protecting the lifestyles of the obscenely wealthy. Alan Hinnrichs. 2 Gillespie Terrace, Dundee. No doctors will be involved Sir, As a humanist, I read the article “Staying in control until the last minute” (Courier, January 24), with interest. I am very glad that Dr Buist of Blairgowrie tries to talk his patients out of wanting his help in assisted dying. We, the very few, fewer than two per week out of Scots who die per week, who may want help to die should never ever seek help from a doctor. So, concern for professional medical principles is not necessary. Here in Dundee, a local humanist has developed SCOOP, a scheme whereby far-sighted adult Scots who wish to die stress-free and with dignity, may register this wish officially and when the moment comes as come it must for all of us they will qualify for the help of a compassionate registered facilitator who will supervise their demise in a dignified stress-free manner without any NHS involvement whatsoever. Once SCOOP is legalised this controversy will be resolved and laid to rest forever. Jean Clark. Temperance House, Brechin. They need to be alert as well... Sir, In response to M Clunie, “Need to alert pedestrians” (Letters, January 25), I would ask: “when will pedestrians become more alert to what is going on around them?” I cannot speak for cyclists, but most pedestrian mobility scooter drivers are very aware of their responsibilities towards pedestrians. However, they find that their vigilance is not reciprocated. Too many people wander around with their attention distracted by headphones, mobile phones etc, and seem completely unaware of prams , mobility scooters or others less able than themselves. Mobility scooters do have a beeper but people jump out of their skins and are none too pleased if they are used, so I find it better to quietly wait my turn, put an arm out to prevent someone inadvertently backing into me and warn them I am there if possible. More often than not there is an exchange of apologies and people are very kind and helpful. Mrs M Dumbreck. Mossgiel, Dysart. Gagging law danger Sir, I would like to thank Lindsay Roy, the Labour MP for Glenrothes for supporting the House of Lords’ positive amendments to the Gagging Law. Whilst the overall vote was lost, Lindsay stood up for democracy. The gagging law introduces new rules that would prevent non-politicians from speaking on the big issues of the day. Many charities and campaign groups have spoken out against it. Despite how vocal civil society has been about the issues with this law, the government are trying to rush it through without proper scrutiny. Groups that normally would not agree, have been united in speaking out against this law. Politics is too important to leave to political parties, and in a healthy democracy everyone should be able to express their views. Katrina Allan. 23 The Henge, Glenrothes. Why were they allowed? Sir, It is not only Asda’s sign which offends (Letters, January 21). Aldi in St Andrews has two massive signs, quite unnecessarily. How both were permitted by the council planners is beyond me. Let us hope Cupar’s Aldi is more restrained. John Birkett. 12 Horseleys Park, St Andrews.

Dundee FC

Dundee 0 Aberdeen 2: Deserved victory for Dons at Dens

December 5 2015

A terrific display from Aberdeen proved too hot for Dundee to handle on a freezing cold day at Dens Park. The Pittodrie team dominated the first half with their superb midfield and while the home team battled hard they never really looked like clawing their way back. The Dons took the lead after only nine minutes when Niall McGinn shot home from 12 yards, with the low strike giving Dundee keeper Scott Bain no chance. Paul Hartley’s side were being pinned back by the opposition but they should have had a golden chance to level on 16 minutes when Nicky Low was fouled by defender Andrew Considine. Referee Bobby Madden initially let play go on but then pulled it back. Instead of awarding a penalty, though, he gave Dundee a freekick just outside the box when the offence had taken place inside the area. The Dens men fell two behind after 25 minutes. Dithering in a dangerous area by midfielder Paul McGowan encouraged Kenny McLean to come and take the ball off him and the Aberdeen man duly obliged. He then played it to the busy Willo Flood, who fed Johnny Hayes on the right side of the box. Hayes fired a low shot across the face of goal and Adam Rooney was there to score with a simple tap-in from a yard out. It was sloppy play by the home team in general and McGowan in particular. After the break, Kevin Holt missed a great chance for Dundee at the back post when he drilled the ball across the face of the Aberdeen goal and out. Dons sub Peter Pawlett then rattled the home bar with a strike from inside the box. Dark Blues’ frontman Kane Hemmings stung the hands of Aberdeen goalie Danny Ward with a vicous shot in the final minute but there was no further scoring and the away team headed back up the road happy with three points that edged them closer to leaders Celtic.

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

July 4: Howff gravestone appeal fell on deaf ears

July 4 2011

Today's letters to The Courier. Howff gravestone appeal fell on deaf earsSir,-One could almost feel the pride throughout J.J. Marshall's column about Morgan Academy, Dundee. What a pity he, and all the other former pupils, are not prepared to do something about the Morgan gravestone in the Howff. Some nine years ago The Nine Trades found it in a disgraceful state. They spent a great deal of money having new pillars cut and the stone repaired and replaced. The stone, however, needs the inscription re-cut. We obtained a quote of some £1300 for the work and committed the sum of £300 to start things off. Despite repeated pleas, often in your paper, for money to make up the balance, we have only had one response, a cheque from one grateful past pupil for £40. So much for the great pride Morgan pupils have in their old school. Work that out at a cost per proud pupil and it is less than a loaf of bread. Some pride. Innes A. Duffus.Dundee.Law Society stayed quietSir,-It must be really demoralising for law students, especially graduates trying to complete their articles and many still seeking employment, to see their profession being further denigrated. I would have thought that, even with its blemishes, the Scottish Law Society would be more than capable of dealing with any criminal case or human rights issue without any outside intervention. Whether politics were involved or not, I remember in 2009 the lord chancellor was one of the main instigators of the Supreme Court. At that time only three High Court judges from Scotland were appointed. With an issue proving so important to our nation, was there even a murmur at any level from the Scottish Law Society? In a constantly changing world perhaps now is the time for a re-appraisal of the Law Society and its role. James M. Fraser.39 High Street,Leven.Pension grumbles overstatedSir,-This morning's editorial (June 29) was spot on when it claimed the public-sector pension issue should have been addressed by the Labour government in 2005 when they memorably funked it. Increased longevity makes impossible continuance of an unreformed system. A 3% increase in contributions and a retirement age of 66 is not the end of the world. The professions tend to overestimate the income they will need in retirement and my kirk pension of £12,000 after 35 years, plus my state pension, has proved fine. My medical brothers received over four times that amount and retirement at 60 but I found the closing years before retirement at just past 65 the most rewarding of my entire career. As long as the poorer-paid public sector workers are protected, I think the better-off professionals with school fees and mortgages long past should keep a grip on reality. (Dr) John Cameron.10 Howard Place,St Andrews. Not the saviours they pretendSir,-The SNP's Alex Orr (June 27) is right to highlight Scotland's marginally better public spending deficit as compared to the UK generally, but at least the Westminster government has acknowledged the need to get it under control. However, the SNP wants to see a Scotland with fiscal policies like slashed corporation tax, significantly reduced fuel duty and tax breaks for favoured sectors such as computer games. The SNP is clearly reluctant to raise income tax or council taxes, or to impose a windfall tax on oil companies. But it makes lavish spending commitments. It surely ill behoves the Nationalists to favourably compare Scotland's deficit to that of the UK. No wonder the SNP is so keen for Scotland to have borrowing powers. Mr Orr highlights the role of oil revenues in an independent Scotland. But this merely underlines yet another future drain on Scotland's public purse, namely the subsidy-hungry renewables industry. There would also be a stealth tax in the form of rocketing energy bills. The SNP's attempts to depict themselves as the planet's environmental saviours, while at the same time portraying oil as the key to Scotland's future, shows that the party wants to have its renewables cake and eat it. Stuart Winton.Hilltown,Dundee. Fairtrade status undermined Sir,-I note with interest your article (June 28) about Scotland being on course to become the world's second Fair Trade nation. Having been on the original working group which helped set up the Scottish Fair Trade Forum back in 2006, I think it would be wonderful to see this goal being achieved. Dundee became a Fairtrade City in March 2004, the first in Scotland, but this status needs to be renewed. That is currently under threat because, unlike other local authorities, Dundee City Council does not automatically provide Fairtrade catering for meetings. It would be a great shame if Scotland's Fair Trade nation accolade were denied because its first Fairtrade city lost its status. Sally Romilly.4 Westwood Terrace,Newport-on-Tay. Leuchars still at riskSir,-The fact that the MoD has spent millions on RAF Leuchars is no guarantee of saviour. Remember that a new hangar complex was built for rescue helicopters of 22 Squadron, only for the RAF to disband the flight. Stephen Pickering.19 Abbey Court,St Andrews.

International

VIDEO — Malta 1 Scotland 5: Scots top the group after first-half scare

September 4 2016

Scotland are off and running on the road that may just lead to Russia, sitting top of World Cup qualifying Group F after this 5-1 win in Malta. “This time is our time” was the message sent out by the SFA in the build-up to the match. We’ll see about that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDiE7yAKOEo The Tartan Army certainly hope so after a wait to reach a major finals that will be two decades’ old when the next World Cup starts in Moscow and St Petersburg in 2018. This was certainly a decent start to the campaign despite a scare or two. The Scots took the lead through a cross-shot from Robert Snodgrass on 10 minutes – the Hull man would go on to bag a hat-trick - before Malta equalised with a header from Alfred Effiong. Chris Martin put Gordon Strachan’s men back ahead on 53 minutes then Snodgrass made it 3-1 from the spot. Sub Steven Fletcher netted with a header on 78 minutes then Snodgrass bagged the match ball with a tap-in to make it 5-1. Strachan didn’t play it safe with his selection as he made four changes to the side that started the 3-0 friendly defeat to France just before the Euros. In came £13 million Fifer Oliver Burke, fresh from his move to RB Leipzig in Germany, and he was joined by Callum Paterson, Barry Bannan and lone frontman Martin. Darren Fletcher regained the captaincy after Scott Brown’s retirement from international football. The Scots also knew the other group result before the kicked off, with England sneaking an injury-time 1-0 win in Slovakia, while Slovenia drew 2-2 in Lithuania. That gave them a fighting chance of finishing the night as leaders so they had incentive aplenty. The match was only a minute old when Burke burst into action for the Scots, earning a corner after skipping into the box. Snodgrass then tried his luck from outside the box on six minutes, although the shot didn’t trouble keeper Andrew Hogg. Former Dundee United man Andy Robertson came close still when he played one-twos with first Martin then Matt Ritchie but he was challenged as he tried to shoot. A goal was coming, though, and it arrived just into the 10th minute. Hogg made a pig’s ear of it as Snodgrass sent the ball to the back post only to see it float into the net to make it 1-0. However, the lead lasted just four minutes. It was a bad one to lose, with Gareth Scibberas’ cross from the right landing on the head of big Effiong, who scored after sneaking in between Grant Hanley and Russell Martin. If the ball looked proverbially burst at that point it literally was on 22 minutes as Ukrainian referee Yevhen Aranovsky had to call for a replacement. The new one was almost in the Malta net on 24 minutes but Hogg smothered a Snodgrass header. Burke won a freekick on the left on 36 minutes and when Ritchie sent it over Hanley’s header just missed. Robertson then came close with a drive but the Maltese almost had the last laugh of the first half when Andre Schembri stabbed the ball past. Martin tried to bring the second period to life but his shot on 48 minutes was well over. Burke was denied a penalty when he had his heels clipped by Malta’s Joseph Zerafa but the referee said no. Scots keeper David Marshall then pulled off a point-bank save from Schembri but the flag was up for offside. Scotland regained the lead on 53 minutes and Martin it was who calmed the nerves. It was a great ball over from the left from Ritchie – a gift to the on-loan Fulham frontman. It was 3-1 and 11 versus 10 on 61 minutes when ref Aranovsky controversially awarded a penalty for an alleged foul on Martin from Caruana. It looked a harsh one and it became even harsher when Caruana was sent off. All the commotion didn’t bother Snodgrass, who slammed the ball home from the spot. Fletcher, who had replaced Martin, then wrapped things up on 78 minutes when he nodded home after a Ritchie cross was deflected his way. With six minutes left, Snodgrass grabbed his third with a tap-in after Fletcher’s shot had come off the bar and rebounded to him. Malta’s miserable night was complete when Luke Gambin was sent off for a lunge on Snodgrass in stoppage-time. Attendance:  15,609. Scotland: Marshall, Paterson, Hanley, R. Martin, Robertson, D. Fletcher, Bannan, Burke (Forrest 66), Snodgrass, Ritchie (Anya 86), C. Martin (S. Fletcher 68). Subs not used: Gordon, Hamilton, Berra, Greer, Hutton, McGinn, McKay, Morrison, Naismith.   Malta: Hogg, Caruana, Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, Fenech, Gambin, Schembri (Briffa 66), Borg, Scicluna (Camilleri 79), Effiong (Mifsud 89). Subs not used: Bonello, Baldacchino, Failla, Faruggia, Kristensen, Muscat. Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (Ukraine).

Readers' letters

Wrong to demonise rescue dogs this way

November 14 2013

Sir, I refer to your article, “Heartbreak as cat found dying” (November 11). Although I fully sympathise with the cat and the cat’s owner, I do not see this as a newsworthy story. I am concerned that you are “demonising” rescue dogs and in this case, rescue greyhounds. Some greyhounds have high prey drives where they cannot safely be round small furry animals, however, many greyhounds live happily with cats. This incident was a tragic accident and not one that deserved such negative coverage. The vast majority of greyhounds are friendly, loving dogs who have been trained to chase small furry animals. Once their racing career is over, they are discarded by an industry which no longer has any use for them. Usually they make the transition into home life easily, however, some may never be able to live with or tolerate small animals Responsible greyhound owners know their dogs and will keep them muzzled and on lead outside if they are unsafe with small animals. A greyhound who escaped from its owner’s home and attacked a cat was a simple tragic accident. My understanding is that this poor dog has now been returned to the rescue centre and “punished” for doing what it has been trained to do chase. That could have been the story’s focus how we live in such a throwaway society, one that punishes rescue dogs for issues like this. My concern with publishing a non-story, which wasn’t particularly in the public interest, is that this may put people off adopting a rescue greyhound. Surely responsible journalism is not about just jumping on the bandwagon on the back of the tragic events? Rescue greyhounds deserve better than this. Amanda Rutherford. Greyhound Action Scotland, Abbots View, Haddington. Why all this expense? Sir, Over some 40 years of involvement with public transport I have encountered various scenarios where the actions of local authority planners and roads engineers might be considered controversial, if not entirely ill-judged. In a town as small as Cupar it beggars belief that any responsible body could countenance such a disruptive programme of works as we presently witness in the Crossgate. Trying not to be totally negative, I could just be persuaded that altering the pavement radius will assist left-turning movements into the path of eastbound Bonnygate traffic. However, the laying of setts at a painfully slow pace into an area destined for car parking appears, to put it mildly, totally inappropriate. I have yet to meet any resident who can understand this gross over-engineering. There have been far reaching changes to bus routes which inhibit the infirm from venturing into the centre. Even for those of sound body, the noise and disruption ensures that only the most needy or determined make any contribution to the turnover of the sorely-pressed shopkeepers When works are eventually completed, some will ask what all the fuss was about. Others will ask why, when all “our betters” say there is no money for even the most basic services, was such expenditure ever contemplated in the first place? Ken Cameron. 11 St Michaels Drive, Cupar. A lamentable state of affairs Sir, I could not agree more with Jim Crumley’s column on Tuesday on the subject of the Perth Academy Scots Pine. Having had four generations of my family educated there I find it tragic that the arrogance of those responsible has brought about this lamentable state of affairs. This sacrifice for a piece of plastic is really unbelievable. I seem to remember there being all-weather pitches in the academy grounds all along: we called them grass. Lindsay Thomson. 24 Queens Road, Scone. Law needs to be updated Sir, There have been many upsetting cases of child abuse and neglect in the news recently. With this in mind, I was shocked to find out that the law on child neglect is 80 years old. Because it was written so long ago, it doesn’t include emotional neglect. This type of abuse, such as ongoing scapegoating or humiliation, is now known to leave children with mental scars that can last a lifetime. I hope your readers will join me in supporting Action for Children’s campaign to update the law. By visiting www.actionforchildren.org.uk/changeneglectlaw they can find out more and ask their MP to join our campaign. Thousands of people and organisations across the UK are already involved and together we’re increasing the pressure on government to make sure we have laws in place that really protect children. Derek Hart. 40c Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee. Advice fromthe top Sir, Brian McConnachie, one of Scotland’s top QCs has raised an objection to plans to scrap corroboration in Scots Law. Surely such advice from someone so experienced in Scots Law should be accepted without further question? John McDonald. 14 Rosebery Court, Kirkcaldy.

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.

Dundee FC

Dundee 2 St Johnstone 1: Dark Blues secure narrow win over Saints

August 15 2015

Dundee secured bragging rights in the Tayside derby with St Johnstone thanks to this narrow victory. The Dark Blues opened the scoring in the 16th minute when James McPake who netted his side’s last-gasp equaliser in the derby on Tuesday night superbly volleyed home a Nicky Low corner. The home side continued to create chances but it was Saints who came close to equalising when Graham Cummins sent a looping shot goalward but Dark Blues keeper Scott Bain pulled off yet another stunning save, tipping the ball over his bar. Dundee then increased their advantage in the 39th minute when Low capitalised on a St Johnstone error and sent an inviting cross from the left towards Kane Hemmings who expertly headed back across goal past Saints keeper Alan Mannus. Saints pulled one back nine minutes into the second half, when danger man Michael O’Halloran burst into the Dundee box and crossed for Steven MacLean to shoot home at Bain’s far post. Dundee should have made it three in the 73rd minute when Hemmings played Nick Ross in on goal but his shot was blocked by Mannus. Ross had an even better chance seconds later when it looked like he would have a simple tap in from a Paul McGinn cross but the midfielder missed the ball completely. However, Dundee saw out the game to take all three points. For full report, reaction and analysis, see Monday’s Courier.

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.

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