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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…

Fife

EXCLUSIVE: Primary school ravaged by fire didn’t have smoke alarms

December 14 2017

Serious doubts have been cast over the safety of Fife schools following the fire which engulfed a village primary last week. Parents of pupils at Cairneyhill Primary School have called for answers after learning that Friday’s blaze, which destroyed the junior building, was only discovered when a security alarm – and not a fire alarm – was activated. The alert led to the safe evacuation of around 200 children as more than 30 firefighters and seven appliances tackled the incident. Questions have now been raised over why simple smoke detectors were not fitted at Cairneyhill – and the safety of the wider school estate. The Courier has been contacted by several parents who fear last week’s incident could have had far more serious consequences. One mum, who did not want to be named, said: “When you put your children to school in the morning you automatically assume basic things like smoke alarms are in place. I don’t think we can assume anything any more. “I’ve been thinking all week about the ‘what ifs’, and I dread to think what could have happened had the kids not been on their lunch. “This would explain why the children were initially told not to worry and that it would be nothing because it was the burglar alarm and not the fire alarm. “If anything else, it’s hard to believe something as simple as a smoke detector might have saved our little school.” Fife Council’s head of education Shelagh McLean insisted the region’s schools comply with safety requirements. She said: “Legislation requires that our buildings are fitted with ‘appropriate… means for giving warning in the event of fire’ (Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006). “To determine what is appropriate we apply the guidance contained in the Scottish Government Practical Fire Safety Guidance. “In the case of Cairneyhill Primary School, an electrical fire alarm system with manual call points is an acceptable system and is common for this type of building across the UK.  The building is single-storey, has a simple layout with escape routes from classrooms directly to safety and occupants who are aware and familiar with the premises. “A fire would be quickly identified by occupants and the alarm raised and occupants evacuated before escape routes could be compromised, which was the case during the incident at Cairneyhill.  This is reinforced with termly fire drills to all staff and children.”   No insurance for pupils’ belongings The fire alarm installed at Cairneyhill was a type which is activated by breaking a glass call point, although it was the triggering of the security alarm which led to the discovery of last Friday’s blaze. The head teacher and janitor immediately took steps to ensure that those remaining in the building were evacuated and the youngsters gathered in the gala field before being escorted to a nearby church hall. Fife Council also confirmed that it did not have insurance cover for personal belongings lost in the fire and would be unable to reimburse families, although the school’s parent council is trying to help with lost property. Youngsters and staff returned to classrooms in Tulliallan today, just a day after work to demolish the worst-hit building at Cairneyhill Primary got under way. Read more on this story Cairneyhill Primary School fire: Staff praised for leading children to safety School fire fails to dampen Cairneyhill community spirit amid parents’ relief Cairneyhill Primary School fire: Drone footage reveals extent of damage Police confirm Cairneyhill Primary School fire was “non-suspicious” Pupils will not immediately return to fire-hit Cairneyhill Primary School, says council Months of disruption for Cairneyhill pupils and staff after fire forces move to Tulliallan Primary PICTURED: Demolition work begins at fire-ravaged section of Cairneyhill Primary School  

Fife

‘Hope and joy’ of Dunfermline parents at ministers’ Pitcorthie school move

June 12 2014

The campaign to save a Dunfermline primary school from closure has been given a boost with confirmation the Scottish Government has called in Fife Council’s closure decision. Parent campaigners said yesterday their mood is now one of “hope and joy”, as they promised to keep fighting for their children’s future at Pitcorthie. Fife Council’s executive committee endorsed the closure on April 15, despite its education scrutiny committee calling for a review and rethink of the closure. However, the same scrutiny committee voted in favour of the closure when it was referred back to members two weeks later. There has been controversy over the condition of the building. Campaigners for the school highlighted the fact the council’s own experts judged the structure to be safe and not in need of urgent repair. Education officials said there were too many primary school places in the area and although not the main reason for closure, the building’s condition was a factor because it would need at least £3 million in repairs. News that the Scottish Government have called in Fife Council’s decision to close the school from August 2015 came in a letter to parents on Tuesday. Parent Andrew Hutchison of the Save Pitcorthie campaign group told The Courier: “We are glad the school has been called in, as we believe there is such a strong case to retain this school. “The mood among parents now is of hope and joy. Someone at last will look at this for its merits and not party politics.” Dunfermline Labour MSP and Fife councillor Cara Hilton, who has spoken out against the Labour council’s decision, said: “I’m delighted the Scottish Government have agreed to the call in requests submitted by myself and 26 other parents and local, elected representatives. This is a great boost to all of us who have been campaigning hard to keep Pitcorthie Primary and Nursery open. “Pitcorthie is one of the best schools in Fife; in fact, on June 24, the school is being assessed for its level two Rights Respecting Schools Award from Unicef. “If successful, Pitcorthie will be only the second school in Dunfermline and one of only a handful in Fife to receive this prestigious award, more evidence of the vital contribution Pitcorthie makes to our children and our community. “I hope all the evidence will be scrutinised carefully, that common sense will prevail and the short-sighted decision to close Pitcorthie will be overturned. “I will continue to work alongside the Save Pitcorthie Committee to save this fantastic and sustainable school from closure. Pitcorthie’s future is now in the Scottish Government’s hands and I hope they make the right decision for our local community.” Shelagh McLean, Fife Council directorate resources manager, said: “Following the decision of Fife Council on April 29 2014 to proceed with the closure of Pitcorthie Primary School, the Scottish Government has indicated it will call in the closure proposal. “The call in will allow the Scottish ministers further time to consider aspects of the proposal in more detail, and will seek further information from Fife Council to help them to do this. Fife Council fully appreciates the importance of this decision and looks forward to working with the Scottish Government to provide any information required to enable them to reach a final decision.” Ms McLean said the council decisions to close Tanshall, Dunino and Wellwood primaries are still with Scottish ministers for them to decide the next steps.

Fife

MSP Cara Hilton rejects SNP’s school closures attack

February 18 2014

Dunfermline MSP Cara Hilton says she will support the campaign to save the town’s Pitcorthie Primary School, despite coming in from criticism from SNP rivals. Ms Hilton, who is also councillor for Dunfermline south, was accused by the SNP of reneging on her by-election promise to fight to save Pitcorthie. Natalie McGarry, who ran as a candidate for the SNP in the by-election, took to Twitter to attack the MSP, accusing her of a U-turn after she voted in favour of Fife Council’s budget proposals. She tweeted: “There you go, Cllr Cara Hilton MSP who campaigned to save Pitcorthie PS during election jst voted through Lab’s budget based on its closure.” More tweets followed, including this one: “Scottish Labour haven’t tweeted in 14 hours. You’d have thought today they’d be leaping behind Osborne/Balls and in defence of Cara Hilton.” In response, Ms Hilton said: “The SNP can spin the budget however they want to but in reality this is a budget that puts Fifers first and is geared towards investment in early years, housing, apprenticeships and jobs. “The council is facing £92 million of cuts over the next four years thanks to cuts from Westminster, which the SNP Government in Edinburgh have doubled when they’ve passed on to our councils. “The decision on the future of Pitcorthie will be made at the council executive committee on the merits of the case, and I believe there is an extremely strong case to keep Pitcorthie open. “Pitcorthie Primary is a popular, highly-sustainable school. It’s full to the brim and it’s in an area where the number of young families is growing by the day.” Ms Hilton added: “I will continue to work alongside the Pitcorthie parents in their campaign to save Pitcorthie Primary School. “I understand that the proposals on the future of Pitcorthie will go the scrutiny committee on March 18 and I will be writing to the leader of the council, asking to attend and speak against any closure plan.”

Readers' letters

Properly fund local authority education

March 29 2016

Sir, – Richard Lucas (letters, March 23) deserves to be challenged not because he is having a pop at the Scottish Government but because he is advocating adoption of the old grammar school system of education. As an 11-year-old in 1945 I gained entrance to Morgan Academy via a bursary achieved by high marks in the then 11+ entrance exam. The school also had a fee paying primary department that acted as a feeder to the upper school. Presumably entry to the proposed grammar school system would require a similar selection process to ensure only those with the required intelligence level gained acceptance. He makes a fair point by suggesting there is a genetic influence on intelligence but falls down miserably by claiming academic excellence and intelligence tend to be greater among those from wealthier backgrounds. I had an uncle who, by his own admission, was not the most academically gifted but he did have a natural aptitude for business and he treated his wife and eight children to a very comfortable existence. Morgan Academy had a streaming process allocating first-year secondary pupils into classes A to D in keeping with the marks gained in the 11+. I was allocated to an A class and classes A,B and C were mainly filled by bursary entrants. Fee-paying pupils qualifying through the school’s primary section were also present in these classes, but had the D class all to themselves. This example is given not to denigrate fee-paying pupils; however, the first year dux that year was a wee lass who arrived on a bursary from one of the poorer areas of the city. We should return to a properly funded education system run by the local authority, involving catchment areas to determine the school you attend rather than the depth of your parents’ pocket. It is easy to make any public service appear inadequate by underfunding which is exactly what happened in England under Michael Gove to pave the way for the privatisation of education masquerading as parental choice. Allan A MacDougall, 37 Forth Park, Bridge of Allan. Who needs the West End? Sir , – I just wanted to write to say what a wonderful show Kirriemuir Amateur Operatic Society have put on this week with The Addams Family. I went to the opening night and was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Who needs the West End when you have this amount of talent on your doorstep. Keep up the great work folks. Can’t wait for next year. Lesley McNeill, Mill of Marcus, Forfar. Swapping UK for EU is ridiculous Sir , – The articles by Alex Bell, Alastair Cameron, Jim Gallagher and Gareth McPherson (March 24) show up the independence ambitions of the SNP as not worth a bag of beans. Apart from a susceptibility to dream, imagined grievance and fantasy, the Scottish people are the canniest in the world and I cannot believe they will fail to recognise the truth of the issues set out in these articles. My hope for Scotland is that it should be the shining jewel in the crown of the union. The latest utterance from Nicola Sturgeon is that, in the event of Brexit by the UK Government, an independent Scotland would join the EU. But a bigger nonsense is, in the quest for “freedom”, why should she wish to exchange what Mr Salmond calls the serfdom of Westminster for the much more onerous serfdom of Brussels. Ranald Noel-Paton, Pitcurran House, Abernethy. Labour’s tax proposals Sir , – Has Scottish Labour fully thought through what its proposed new property tax would mean (March 23)? It will almost certainly entail a revaluation of properties with a good deal of uncertainty over who might be winners and losers. At present those living in the highest property bands can pay no more than three times those who live in the lowest. We need to know just how less regressive the new tax would be and if it will genuinely reflect ability to pay. This is where things become complicated, not least because at present those living alone are entitled to a 25% discount whatever band they are in. The discount applies to water and sewerage charges too those in the lowest bands can save nearly £300 per year, and those in higher ones even more. I hope it has been better thought out than their income tax increase proposals where they suggested that local authorities could administer a rebate for those in lower income categories. The public deserve some answers and Labour candidates and activists should have them before they take to the doorsteps and airwaves for the election campaign. Bob Taylor, 24 Shiel Court, Glenrothes. The UK’s failure within the EU Sir , – Born to a war widowed mother, just after the Second World War we slept rough and almost starved to death on several occasions, like hundreds of others at that time, roaming the streets in our rags and jutting bones. After nine years we had a permanent roof over our heads and I attended school for the first time. So I knew the austerity of the 40s and 50s first hand and found how wonderful the 60s were. That prosperity started to plunge when we joined the EU. Dundee, once a hive of industry, started to lose this to rationalisation, a process whereby Dundee firms of long standing were bought up by European firms and closed down and sent to England. Now our once public power generating industries are European owned. I cannot understand how this partnership benefits us in any way, and as to it somehow avoiding wars, well, for that we’ve got Trident. Leslie Isles Milligan, Myrtlehall Gardens, Dundee. Tackling the terrorist mind Sir , – Following the latest atrocities in Brussels, one of the questions being asked is what kind of people could be so cold-hearted and destructive and be willing to give up their own lives in the process? It’s important to recognise that terrorism is created it’s not human nature. Suicide bombers are made they are not born. Ultimately, terrorism is the product of madmen bent on destruction, and these madmen are typically the result of psychiatric or psychological techniques aimed at mind and behavioural control. Suicide bombers are not rational they are weak and pliant individuals psychologically indoctrinated to murder innocent people without compassion, with no concern for the value of their own lives. They are manufactured assassins. Part of the process involves the use of mind-altering psychiatric drugs. It has been reported that psychiatric drugs were used to brainwash young men in Iraq to create suicide bombers. Terrorists are also created by psychological methods that destroy individualism, moral judgment and personal responsibility. This gives an understanding of why a person would do something so destructive. Publicly exposing this destructive source behind terrorism provides insight and solutions to an otherwise incomprehensible and devastating phenomenon. Brian Daniels, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (UK), East Grinstead Fundraising thank-you Sir , – May I, through your publication, publicly thank all those who came to my non-surprise 70th birthday bash on Saturday 12th March (it can’t be a surprise when you organise it yourself!) but also to anyone who, for medical reasons, was unable to attend and still sent donations for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland in lieu of presents. The event raised £750.20. The total raised excelled my wildest dreams. I cannot say thank you enough. At present charities such as Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland along with similar health charities can claim 25% of gift aid donations by UK tax paying donors, but from this “caring UK Government” recent rumours hint that such funding is to be discontinued. At a stroke, if you’ll excuse the pun, such valuable funding will stop. I for one sincerely hope it remains a rumour, and not become a fact. Time will tell! At this juncture to return to the fund-raising, I wish to publicly thank the following: the girls (Sandra and Janine) at Crieff Chest Heart and Stroke shop for permitting me the use of their logo on my invitation cards. The committee of Crieff Bowling Club for the use of clubrooms, Gaza for music/disco. Davie Spiers and Tam Smith for the buffet, Fionna for my birthday cake, and to all who attended. Thank you all. Raymond Keay, 18 Millar Street, Crieff Windfarm the size of Fife needed Sir,- Further to John Shiels’ letter (March 24). Holyrood’s preference has always been to replace fossil fuels with windfarms. It is clear, however, that the politicians and wind energy advocates have not considered the ramifications of replacing Longannet’s 2.4GW of generation capacity. I found that the numbers run as follows: Windfarms generate an average of around 30% of capacity over a year. Longannet rarely ran at full capacity and was more typically run at 50-60% over the last several years. It is clear therefore that we need at least twice the capacity of Longannet 4.8GW to replace it with wind. US Wind Energy Association figures point out that due to spacing requirements wind generation capacity is limited to ca 10MW per square mile. We therefore require 480 sq miles of windfarm to replace Longannet. The land area of Fife is 487 sq miles. In sum, then, to replace Longannet we need a windfarm the size of Fife at least. Surely this merits serious journalistic investigation? Has anyone at Holyrood actually run the numbers? Does anyone care? Alan G Melville, 23 Shaw’s Street, Edinburgh.

Scottish politics

FMQs: Sturgeon hits back over claims she is ‘squandering’ millions of pounds on independence

February 23 2017

Nicola Sturgeon defended her government’s £136,000 intervention in the Supreme Court case on Brexit as a Conservative MSP accused her of splurging millions on breaking up the UK. (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')); First Minister's Questions – 23rd February 2017 Earlier today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took questions from party leaders and other MSPs in the Debating Chamber at Holyrood.Please take the time to read our online discussion rules before commenting: www.parliament.scot/discussion-rules. Personal insults will be removed.We're trialling Facebook Live over the next few weeks, so please be patient as we work things out!#FMQs Posted by The Scottish Parliament on Thursday, 23 February 2017 The SNP leader laid into Tory backbencher Maurice Golden at First Minster’s Questions after he lambasted her for wasting taxpayers’ cash on promoting independence. She struck back saying her administration would not have needed to take part in the court action over the triggering of Article 50 if the UK Government did not pursue a case they were not going to win. Mr Golden, a West Scotland MSP, asked the First Minister if she thought the £136,000 outlay was good value. He added: “This SNP Government will literally say and do anything that they think furthers their goal of tearing our Union apart. “And they don’t care how much Scottish taxpayers’ money they squander in the process. “This £136,000 is one example of the 10s of millions of pounds that this SNP Government spends on policy decisions that they believe will promote separation.” Ms Sturgeon mocked Mr Golden for raising the issue of cost when the Conservative Government had refused to reveal how much they have spent on the case. She added her government’s intervention was “necessary to force the UK Government to enact the legislation that is currently going through the Westminster parliament before the triggering of Article 50”. “The case also raised fundamental issues about the rights of people in Scotland and the role of this parliament,” she added. “So yes I do think it was absolutely right that this government, like the government in Wales, defended our interests in what was the most important constitutional law case for many, many years.” The Lord Advocate last month made representations before the UK’s most senior judges, who ruled that the triggering of Article 50 required parliamentary approval. It was also confirmed that Holyrood could not block the start of the Brexit process.

Family Matters

A great escape to Scotland’s furthest corners awaits couple

June 22 2016

Actor and motorbike addict Steve McQueen once said: “Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.” And while biker Calum Laird isn’t quite such a fanatic, he’s taken McQueen as his inspiration for a tough charity venture. Retired journalist Calum (he was the editor of Commando comic books) and wife Liddy, both 59, from Newport-on-Tay, aim to complete more than 1,000 miles in just two days on one motorbike, a BMW 1200GS, taking in four corners of mainland Scotland (Mull of Galloway, Ardnamurchan, Thurso and Peterhead) between June 25-26 to raise funds for a school in Uganda. Calum explains how the crazy endurance plan, named the 48-Hour Fence-Loupers project, was born. “Liddy, a local dentist, formed The Uphill Trust, a small Scottish charity, three years ago with a very simple aim — to build and maintain Uphill Junior, a small rural school for three 12-year-olds in western Uganda,” he said. “The charity has made huge progress in less than three years and if that pace can be kept up, the school could soon be running on its own. “However, it really needs a security fence round it. Steve McQueen’s best-known motorcycle moment was the famous fence jump in The Great Escape, so it occurred to me to roll the two together – bikes and fences. There was no chance we were going to replicate McQueen’s jump (or loup to use the Scottish word) so an endurance trip around the four corners of Scotland seemed the next best thing.” And as Uphill School is at 5,000ft above sea level, the couple plan to go past Leadhills Primary School — the primary with the highest altitude in Scotland. Thanks to generous sponsors, the couple are approaching their goal of £1 per mile, which will give them enough to pay for the fence. “I’m looking forward to two days on a bike, on Scottish roads, in good weather with my best pal on the back seat,” says Calum. “Mind you, if it rains, it might not be too much fun. Then there’s the possibility we might end up having to walk like cowboys for the week after the run. Oh and there might be midges.” To donate visit: www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/48HFL. For more information, go to www.uphilltrust.uk.

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.

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

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.

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