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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…

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

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.

Wolves fan tricked into being Brentford mascot on his stag do

January 16 2018

A Wolves fan got quite the surprise on his stag do when his friends signed him up as the matchday mascot for Brentford. Nick Goff, a professional gambler who is getting married in Barbados next week, said he had no idea what was in store for him after being told to be in Chiswick at 11am on Saturday morning. On the pitch with Buzz Bee and the other (9yo) mascots…… pic.twitter.com/KDGkHvze2E— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 “I’m the last one of my group of friends to get married, I’m 38 and told them I’m too old for a stag do and didn’t want one,” he said. “They disagreed and said I had to have one. “My guess was we were going to Kempton races as we’re mostly bookmakers or professional gamblers. “Then we got to Brentford, they gave me a full kit to wear but I thought that was all.” But that was far from all, and within a few hours he was leading the Bees out at Griffin Park for their Championship game with Bolton. (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_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));What happens when you are a Wolverhampton Wanderers FC fan and your mates stitch you up on your stag go?This does 👇Posted by Brentford FC on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 “They took me to the main reception and was met by a man who asked if I was the mascot,” he said. “I thought they were joking. Then they took me up to the hospitality area with all the other nine-year-old mascots. Bit awkward! But made sure I didn’t do anything to spoil their big day,” he said. On seeing his mate on the pitch, friend Jim Boyle, 44, a racehorse trainer who organised the stunt with a group of friends, tweeted: “Weeks of planning have finally come to fruition.” Weeks of planning have finally come to fruition pic.twitter.com/vZjeaQN4Te— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 Mr Boyle said: “We weren’t sure Brentford would go with it, but they’ve been great sports all along.” Brentford later posted a video of the whole affair and Mr Goff, from Epsom, said: “The Brentford off the field team were all amazing, made sure everything ran smoothly and that it didn’t interfere with the day for the “real” mascots.” Goffy meets a Brentford legend #WeThinkHisNameIsJackieGrahame pic.twitter.com/DdH8G1Yoqu— Jim Boyle Racing (@jimboyle17) January 13, 2018 “[I] did a little warm up on the pitch, took a few shots – walloped an unstoppable one past the keeper into the top corner, obviously, then led the teams out onto the pitch much to the amusement and bewilderment of some of the players. The Brentford captain didn’t want to hold my hand sadly.” Asked how the rest of the club’s on-field staff reacted, Mr Goff said: “On the pitch I definitely spotted a few players trying not to laugh but no one said anything.” (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 Stephen Jones, Press Association Social Media Editor'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '581f6950-fd87-49d6-9cf2-0f90bc017d4c'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:viral,paservice:viral:sport'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football'); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Wolves fan tricked into being Brentford mascot on his stag do'});

Perth & Kinross

Baby bargains galore at charity’s nearly new sale in Perth

October 20 2017

Baby bargains will be bought and sold at an event coming to Perth next weekend. The National Childbirth Trust’s nearly new sale will offer parents-to-be the chance to pick up pre-loved toys, clothes, equipment and maternity clothes at a big discount from shop prices. New parents will also have the chance to offload baby goods their little ones have outgrown by registering as sellers at the event. The sale is at the Bell’s sport centre between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday October 29 and is being organised by the trust’s Perth and District Branch. Sellers keep 70% of the money raised, with the other 30% going to the charity’s work to support local families. NCT Perth and District volunteer Vicki Anyon said: “Coming to one of our nearly new sales is a double whammy – you can get pre-loved baby bargains and you help to fund the branch’s services for other parents too.” For more information and to register as a seller before the October 27 deadline, email NNS.Perth@nct.org.uk. You can also find out more at the local branch’s Facebook page. (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')); As it's less than a month to go to our next Nearly New Sale we thought we'd show you what to expect! All sellers drop their items off to us and then our lovely volunteers sort them out into categories and age/size to make it easy for you, the buyer, to find what you're looking for and to get the best bargains! Register here as a seller or turn up to Bell's Sports Centre on the 29th October at 11.30am to bag some brilliant bargains! And pick up a FREE goody bag packed with lovely samples for you and your family to enjoy. Seller registration – https://nct.intrabiz.co.uk/cgi-bin/sys.cgi?action=NCT-product-client_view&id=29940395 Posted by NCT Perth & District Branch on Friday, 30 September 2016

Dundee

New Sevilla FC exhibition explains why 1890 Dundee Courier made for ‘fantastic news in Spain’

March 18 2015

A Courier cutting from 1890 has taken pride of place in a permanent exhibition at top Spanish football club Sevilla FC’s stadium, to mark the 125th anniversary of Spain’s oldest club. The article documented the founding of the club by British residents in Seville and how they won the first football match ever played on Spanish soil. The story was written by a Seville correspondent and sent to The Courier shortly afterwards and Tuesday was exactly 125 years since it was published on March 17 1890. Spanish researcher Javier Terenti said the story began when Sevilla FC’s history department found an article two years ago in the British Newspaper Archive. It had explained how the club was formed and how the first match was won. He contacted The Courier at the time and told how the cutting had confirmed Sevilla’s little-believed claims of being the oldest club in Spain. Javier said: “That old article was fantastic news in Spain, changing the history of Spanish football. “Thanks to The Courier Sevilla FC is now celebrating the 125th anniversary of the club’s origins. “A few days ago, as part of a series of events to commemorate this anniversary, Sevilla FC inaugurated a permanent exhibition at the club’s stadium, where the Dundee Courier edition of March 17 1890 plays a pivotal role. “As you see, discovering that old Courier’s article was very lucky for the club as Sevilla FC are now the current Uefa Europa League winners.”1890 article reproduced below courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive:

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

Courier proves Seville’s claim as Spain’s oldest football club

February 7 2013

A 123-year-old page of The Courier is to hang in the offices of the Spanish Football Association after it was revealed that, thanks to an article in the paper that day, Sevilla FC can officially claim to be Spain’s oldest club. The Courier revealed in September that the discovery of the club being founded 15 years earlier than previously thought was due to the story on page four of the paper from March 17 1890, which details how a group of young British, mainly Scottish, men met in a pub in Seville on January 25 that year to celebrate Burns Night. Along with some Spanish friends, they decided to form the country’s first official football club, and, word having reached back to Dundee, The Courier carried an article documenting the club’s act of constitution. As a result, current members of the club say the article can be considered the founding document of Sevilla FC. The president of Sevilla FC, Jos Mara del Nido, was presented with a copy of the page, certified by the British Newspaper Archive, by the club’s history department on January 25, 123 years after the club’s formation. Another print of the page will be presented by the club to the Spanish FA. Grant Millar, marketing executive of Dundee online company brightsolid, which hosts the online version of the British Newspaper Archive, was told of the presentations by Spanish researcher Javier Terenti. Javier said: “The page in question contains a treasure for the history of Spanish football, since it is an article that describes in detail how the club was founded 15 years earlier than it was thought, thus being Spain’s oldest football club. “The article that is extremely rich in detail shows how the club’s founding date was not a coincidence. “Everything suggests that that Saturday 25 January, 123 years ago, a group of young British, mainly Scots, along with other young men of Spanish origin, met at one of the cafes in the city and celebrated Burns Night with the excuse of founding the first football club in Spain. “Among the most prominent Scots was the club’s first president, EF Johnston, and first captain, Hugo MacColl, who later, upon returning to the UK, became chairman of Sunderland Burns Club. “The discovery of the club’s Act of Constitution within an old edition of the Dundee Courier has been published not only in Spain but also in several important newspapers outside the country.” Mr Carlos Romero, director of the club’s history department, said: “It’s a beautiful article that chronicles the adventures of those first ‘Sevillistas’, in which the following paragraph appears: ‘Some six weeks ago a few enthusiastic young residents of British origin met in one of the cafs for the purpose of considering a proposal that we should start an athletic association, the want of exercise being greatly felt by the majority of us, who are chiefly engaged in mercantile pursuits. After a deal of talk and a limited consumption of small beer, the “Club de Football de Sevilla” was duly formed and office bearers elected.” Mr Miller added: “The reason why this important report was published in the Dundee Courier is probably due to the fact that, at that time, tonnes and tonnes of Seville oranges were loaded on steamships, travelling from Seville to Dundee for the manufacture of the city’s famous marmalade. “However, this connection between Seville and Dundee could even go further if we take into account that two of the members of the Sevilla Football Club at that time, D Thomson and Robert Thomson, could have been related to DC Thomson, founders of the Dundee Courier.”

Dundee

The age old debate: Dundee v Aberdeen…which city is better?

September 27 2017

It’s an age old rivalry that’s had some fuel added to the flames in recent weeks, with one councillor claiming Aberdeen is Scotland’s “forgotten city” following a major jobs boost for Dundee. So The Courier has decided to settle the Aberdeen v Dundee debate once and for all by light-heartedly comparing the best things about the two cities. We’ve called up our Dundee chief reporter Stefan Morkis, a man who knows the City of Discovery like the back of his hand, and online reporter Blair Dingwall, our resident Aberdonian, to fight the case for both cities. © DC ThomsonStatue of Desperate Dan, Dundee. Scenery B: Two stunning rivers in the Dee and the Don rush through the city and there are architectural landmarks in the likes of Marischal College and St Machar Cathedral. Old Aberdeen itself with its old-world feel is brilliant, as are the hidden gems of Fittie (a quaint old fishing village still intact near the harbour) and St Andrew’s Cathedral on King Street with its ties to the Jacobites. Duthie Park is one of the jewel’s in Aberdeen’s crown, but Seaton and Westburn parks are also worth mentioning. Dolphin spotting at the Torry Battery is a beloved pastime of many. (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')); The River Dee Aberdeenshire. Thanks to John Strachan's photography for sharing. Posted by Beautiful Aberdeen on Tuesday, 23 May 2017   S: There’s an old saying I’ve just made up that says Aberdeen needs two rivers to even think about competing with Dundee’s one. Dundee’s position on the sun-kissed northern shore of the Tay gives it glorious views over Fife. In the city itself you can climb The Law to get stunning views to Fife and back towards the hills of Angus. © DC ThomsonThe River Tay at sunset. There are also loads of beauty spots dotted around Dundee, from Balgay Park to Broughty Ferry. City planners haven’t always got things right, but the ongoing redevelopment of the waterfront means residents also get the privilege to watch the transformation of their home happening virtually day by day. Things to do B: Aberdeen has four cinemas, the best one being The Belmont. For decades this independent cinema in the centre of Aberdeen has been bringing great movies which the multiplexes ignore to city residents. There are always shows on at His Majesty’s Theatre, gigs at the AECC, and exhibitions at the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Maritime and Gordon Highlanders museums. However one of Aberdeen’s greatest assets is its proximity to the incredible countryside which lies on its doorstep. Deeside is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park is just a couple hour’s drive from the city. Just up the road there is Newburgh Beach (and its seals) and the ruins of Slains Castle (which inspired Castle Dracula). The whole of Aberdeenshire is laden with ancient strongholds such as Dunnottar Castle, and in the summer the region is home to some of the best Highland Games around. In the winter it’s easy enough to jump in a car and head to The Lecht and Glenshee to snowboard or ski. © DC ThomsonThe stunning scenery at Dunnottar Castle, which is a short drive from Aberdeen. S: For decades, Dundee laboured under the stereotype that it was a dour, depressing city with nothing going on. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are amazing tourist attractions such as the Discovery and Verdant Works, a wonderful museum in the McManus that brings the city’s history to life and even an observatory to satisfy star-gazers. There’s also a little museum on the waterfront due to open next year that might be quite special. You can even get a boat down the Tay to inspect the V&A from the water if you so wish. You might even see a dolphin at the same time. © Alan RichardsonThe removal of a large section of cofferdam has give another glimpse of how the finished V&A will look in its riverside setting. And that’s before we start looking at Dundee’s cultural offerings. The Rep has been one of Scotland’s – if not the UK’s – best theatres for years while the DCA regularly hosts shows by some of the world’s top artists – as well as boasting a great cinema showing the best films from around the world. The Caird Hall regularly hosts top acts and shows while open air concerts Slessor Gardens and the recent Carnvial 56 festival have all been musical triumphs. Add to that annual events such as the Literary Festival and Design Festival and you realise that Dundee isn’t punching above its weight anymore, it’s just moved into in the heavyweight category. Nightlife B: I’ll profess to being a bit out of touch on this note. Back in my student days the club scene was thriving with the likes of Snafu and Moshulu offering the best evenings out. However today you need look no further than the cheap entry and good music of Exodus or the always brilliant Tunnels.   S: The Reading Rooms is the sort of club where they put up a plaque to say Lee Scratch Perry played there and so, indisputably, must be very good indeed. It’s not just a great club, it’s a great little venue for bands too. Elsewhere Club Tropicana and Liquid and Envy offer up more mainstream fare for those wanting to dance the night away. © DC ThomsonThe Reading Rooms Pubs B: There are some great pubs in Aberdeen. Six Degrees North, CASC, Bar 99, The Tippling House, Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings) and the two Brewdog venues are always good for a pint; as are most places on Belmont Street. The Siberian Vodka Bar, Ma Cameron’s, The Howff and the Prince of Wales are among my personal favourite haunts. CASC, Aberdeen.   S: The first rule about Dundee pubs, is you don’t talk about Dundee pubs. Well, at least not by their real name anyway. Using the proper name of Perth Road favourite Mennie’s isn’t so much a faux pas as just plain weird. Elsewhere Dundee has outstanding pubs to satisfy every taste and quench every thirst. From The Phoenix on Nethergate to The Fisherman’s Tavern in the Ferry, there are a host of long-established, friendly boozers across the city. © DC ThomsonThe Beer Kitchen There are also newer pubs like Brewdog and The Beer Kitchen for those who prefer their drinks a little more hipster-y. Weather B: Since moving to Dundee I’ve probably enjoyed more sunny days than in a whole year up north. Seriously, it’s like Dundee has a weather pattern different to the rest of Scotland or something. This is subjective though. I don’t mind the rain and if you’re a lover of winter mornings then Aberdeen and the surrounding countryside is great. You can’t beat waking up to a few inches of sna’ and views to the snow-capped Grampians. © DC ThomsonSnow at Glenshee in 2014. S: You wouldn’t know it from this summer, but Dundee is usually sunny. Or sunnier than other Scottish cities. Scotland is still Scotland, after all. The Port of Dundee Food B: There are plenty of great places to eat in the Granite City. For me the pizzas at Borsalino’s in Culter are the best around, the tapas at Cafe Andaluz is incredible and you can’t go wrong with a New Yorker at the Siberian Vodka Bar. For Indian food Shri Bheemas in Bridge of Don is excellent and so is Royal China in Culter for a Chinese. Aberdeen was also home to the first ever Boozy Cow, a great place for a burger (as is Byron Burger in Union Square).   S: Dundee now boasts a huge array of places to eat. For fine dining you can head to the Tayberry or nip across the bridge to Masterchef: The Professionals winner Jamie’s Scott restaurant, The Newport. Meanwhile, you can sample Kiwi fare at The Bach, or sample street food from around the world at Food Anarchy on Perth Road. © DC ThomsonFood Anarchy, Dundee. And of course, there’s The Agacan, which has raised the humble kebab into something approaching an art form. Pies (Pehs): B: Surely deserving of its own sub-category. Thains, the late night/early morning bakery on George Street, is always worth the walk after any night out. © DC ThomsonThe butchery and bakery at Clark’s, Dundee. S: Did Thains give the world the Scooby Snack as Clark’s in Dundee did? I rest my case. Transport B: There’s only the one railway line which runs through the city from Dundee up towards Inverness. The old Deeside, Alford Valley and Buchan railways were phased out in the 1960s, much to the detriment of the area. Locals in Aberdeenshire remain dependant on increasingly pricey bus journeys to and from the countryside to Aberdeen. Traffic is also notoriously awful in Aberdeen, but hopefully the AWPR will ease that. However Aberdeen International Airport has always been a great asset for the north-east. S:  Sport B: No argument here! Aberdonians are largely united behind the one club (which, by the way, brushed aside Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to be crowned champions of Europe in 1983). In recent years the Dons have been the only side to offer Celtic much of a fight in the premiership. Under Derek McInnes, we’ve become the strongest and best Aberdeen side I can remember in my lifetime. © SuppliedWillie Miller celebrates with the rest of the Aberdeen players after winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1983. Other sports: Aberdeen has a fantastic dry slope for winter sports lovers, one of the best swimming pools in Scotland in the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre and an ice hockey team in the Aberdeen Lynx. S: Steady now. Aberdeen might have been great in the 80s when the won the Cup Winner’s Cup and then the European Super Cup, but Jim McLean’s Dundee United did just as much to put Scottish football on the map. And is the only team in the world that can honestly call themselves Barcelona’s bogey side. © DC ThomsonJim McLean is a Dundee United legend. Across the road Dundee FC are no slouches either and have a pretty remarkable history of their own and I hear people in Cologne still wake up in a sweat at the mention of the Dark Blues. Having two sides also makes Dundee far more interesting. There’s plenty of mickey taking but none of the aggro that’s associated with other city rivalries that spring to mind. Local culture B: If there’s one thing I miss aboot hame, it’s bletherin’ awa in the Doric. As famous names go, Lord Byron was raised in Aberdeen (his mum being from the local Gordon family). Writer Nan Shepherd and musician Annie Lennox also hail from the Granite City. © PAAnnie Lennox hails from Aberdeen S: Dundee has given the world the songs and poetry of Michael Marra, the novelist AL Kennedy, William McGonnagal and even, possibly, probably, inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. Aberdeen is where Irvine Welsh sent Renton to develop a heroin addiction in Skagboys. © DC ThomsonThe late singer Michael Marra. Now down to the nitty gritty… Whose gull “problems” are worse? B: You think DUNDEE has a gull “problem”? You know nothing! NOTHING!! Here’s some things I’ve accepted growing up with herring gulls soaring and squawking above me: A. They have always and will always live on the coast and culling them is not the answer. Stop making a mess and they won’t scavenge. B. If you don’t eat in public you won’t get into a fight with one (on a side note, gulls are huge, hardy b*****ds in Aberdeen and will win any fight). C. Gull poop on your car or head is a part of life. Accept it. D. The subject of much debate in The Courier news room…THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SEAGULL. There are 11 species of gulls in the UK. The word “seagull” is a nickname. © DC ThomsonLord Provost Ian Borthwick has seen an increase in gulls around Dundee. S: I am willing to let Blair win this one. After all, the cull is on so it’s not so much that Dundee has a gull problem, it’s that gulls have a Dundee problem. SPECIAL MENTIONS Classic Aberdeen moment An Aberdeen man getting his head stuck in a bin in the Castlegate. © DC ThomsonA man gets his head stuck in a bin in Aberdeen in 2012. Classic Dundee moment A Dundee dog blasts a car horn. Conclusion Take Our Poll

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

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