Images from Carrbridges chainsaw contest

Wood work: Images from Carrbridges chainsaw contestThe annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships – also known as Carve Carr-Bridge – was held on Saturday at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park.Moffat-based Pete Bowsher won the coveted Claymore Trophy for the second year in a row with his cowboy carving I Told You To Draw.


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New Volvo XC90 revealed

New Volvo XC90 revealed | Carbuyer.

Images of the long-awaited all-new SUV have been released – ahead of Paris Motor Show debut


The new Volvo XC90 has been fully revealed today after months of teaser images and drip-fed details. The first chance to see the car in the metal will be at the Paris Motor Show in October but for now the new images above give us the first look at the all-new model, which is longer, taller and lower than the current XC90.

New Volvo XC90 design

Arguably the most prominent characteristic of the new design is the car’s nose, which features a chrome-trimmed grille and T-shaped LED daytime running lights that Volvo says were influenced by the mythical object Thor’s Hammer.

The XC90’s new bodywork takes cues from the Volvo Coupe Concept car and has a sculpted bonnet that cuts back into the car’s shoulder lines. These stretch all the way back to the narrower rear lights to accentuate the SUV’s broad stance.

New Volvo XC90 interior

The interior of the car is striking too, with Volvo claiming that it’s the most luxurious to ever feature in one of their cars. The new tablet-like touchscreen fitted to the central console gives the cabin a sleek, uncluttered look, while leather and wood combined with handcrafted details like the crystal glass gear lever and diamond cut controls should ensure the car feels sophisticated and upmarket when you’re inside.

The new XC90 will be the first car to be launched under Volvo’s new ownership and uses the manufacturer’s Scalable Product Architecture technology, which will also be used for a number of future models still in development. The styling of the car also previews Volvos to come, with the grille and headlight designs likely to feature on models released over the next few years.

New Volvo XC90 engines

The seven-seater SUV will be available with 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines, with the XC90 T6 model getting a 316bhp supercharged petrol engine and the D5 version using a 225bhp twin-turbo diesel engine. A 395bhp plug-in hybrid model will also be offered and, despite its high power output, is said to be capable of CO2 emissions of just 60g/km, putting it ahead of rivals like the Porsche Cayenne s E-Hybrid in efficiency terms.

The car will only be offered with four-wheel drive from launch, but a two-wheel drive 187bhp D4 diesel variant will be introduced in September 2015.

New Volvo XC90 safety

Volvo has a great reputation when it comes to safety and that looks certain to be enhanced by the new XC90, which will have plenty of innovative technology. Thanks to a ‘run-off road protection package’, the car will be capable of automatically tightening the seatbelts and activating an energy-absorbing system in the seats when it detects it has moved off the road onto rougher terrain.

Another first will be a system that automatically brakes the car if it detects the driver has turned in front of oncoming traffic. Volvo wants to achieve its vision of no deaths or serious injuries while travelling in one of its cars in 2020 and the new systems, combined with other safety technology, are hoped to bring the company a step closer to that goal.

The new XC90 will initially start at £45,785 for the D5 and customers will be able to place their orders some time between the car’s debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and the end of this year.

New Volvo XC90 First Edition

To celebrate the year of Volvo’s launch, 1,927 ‘First Edition’ models will be available to order online from 3 September. Costing £68,785, they will all come in Onyx Black paint and 21-inch alloy wheels, while the interiors will be finished in orange and black with walnut trim to set the cars apart from the rest of the range. All cars will get unique numbered door sills and a distinctive badge on the bootlid. The car will be powered by one of Volvo’s economical D5 twin turbo diesel engines, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

For reviews of cars in the Volvo range, including the current XC90, head over to Carbuyer’s dedicated Volvo page

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Ford Capri – a prediction

The third instalment in our top 10 Most Wanted Cars 2014 is a new version of the iconic Ford Capri coupe. Here’s how it could look… Ford’s affordable four-seat sports coupe arrived in 1969 as Europe’s answer to the Ford Mustang, immediately developing a cult following that continues to this day. When we asked our readers which fantasy cars they most wanted to see built, the Capri was a leading contender.Since Capri production stopped in 1986, there has been periodic speculation that Ford might re-launch the Capri name – usually in the form of a more-or-less direct fourth-generation replacement in traditional coupe form.• Best used sports cars to buy nowThese rumours suffered a blow two years ago, when Ford’s head of European marketing and sales Roelant de Waard played down the chances of a spiritual successor to the Capri in form or name.Add to that the imminent arrival of the new Mustang, available in the UK with right-hand drive for the first time, and it seems the chances of a new Capri anytime soon are slim.That said, given the growing interest in Ford’s popular muscle car, the manufacturer could try and capitalise by launching a sub-Mustang coupe. Affordable and performance-oriented, there would surely be few models better suited to inherit the Capri heritage.

via Ford Capri – Most Wanted Cars 2014 | Auto Express.

Dubbed “the car you always promised yourself”, the Capri offered customers varying blends of performance and economy thanks to a wide choice of engines, ranging from a four-cylinder 1.3-litre to the range-topping 3.0-litre V6

Fastback styling eventually gave way to a slightly more practical hatchback body with the launch of the Mk II Capri in 1974, and although this did nothing to spoil the eye-catching looks, sales gradually began to decline.

In October 1976, all manufacturing transferred to Germany, although the car continued to be sold in the UK. Such was its popularity over here that from late 1984 onwards, even though sales on the continent wound up, Ford continued to offer the Capri in Britain.

The end was in sight though and after three generations and over 1.8 million cars built, production of the front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car eventually ceased in 1986.

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Burger King US Tax inversion move

A meal at a Burger King restaurant  in Virginia

Burger King’s decision to move its tax base from the US to Canada has resulted in boycott threats from angry US customers.

Its takeover of the popular Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut chain, which is being part-funded by billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, will see Burger King’s corporate headquarters shift to Canada.

While investors showed great appetite for the deal – with shares in both firms rising more than 20% on Monday when news of the tie-up first emerged – some of the burger chain’s US customers found the so-called tax inversion aspect hard to swallow.

The deal, which creates the world’s third-largest fast food restaurant firm with 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and about $23bn in sales, will aid the expansion of both brands as it will significantly cut Burger King’s tax burden.

A recent report by KPMG found total tax costs in Canada are 46.4% lower than those in the US.

Sony PlayStation Hacked Again

Sonys PlayStation network has been shut down after cyber-attackers overloaded it in whats known as a distributed denial of service attack.In a blog post Sony said that no personal information had been accessed. On Sunday an American Airlines flight carrying a senior Sony executive was also diverted following a bomb scare.The group claiming responsibility for closing down the network also tweeted suggesting there was a security threat to the flight. Fixing the issue In a blog Sony said that “the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic”.”We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible,” the blog said.Sony has said the FBI is investigating the security scare over the flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, which should have landed in San Diego but was diverted to Phoenix, Arizona. Mr Smedley tweeted, “Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.”Sonys 52 million strong PlayStation network has been hit by hacking attacks before, including a security breach in 2011.Sony had already scheduled routine maintenance work to be done on its PlayStation network on Monday. After 1740 BST some services%2

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Tidal energy project to be constructed in the Pentland Firth

The construction of a major tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth is set to begin later this year.Atlantis Resources MeyGen scheme planned for the firths Inner Sound has secured £50m in funding.More than £20m will come from the Scottish government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise HIE. The UK government has given grants worth £10m.Atlantis said the completed scheme would have up to 269 turbines submerged on the seabed.The Crown Estate, which manages the UK seabed, has also invested £10m in the project, which would generate enough energy for 175,000 homes.

via BBC News – Tidal energy project to be constructed in the Pentland Firth.

A graphic showing turbines on the seabed

The first phase will involve installing four turbines over the next two years.

By 2020, 61 turbines could be installed and producing enough power for about 42,000 homes.

Tim Cornelius, the project’s director, said: “MeyGen is one of the most exciting and innovative renewable energy developments in the world, marking the long-awaited arrival of tidal stream generation as a serious, large-scale player in global energy markets.

“I am proud that Atlantis will become the first company to successfully develop a project of this kind, at this size, making Atlantis the first independent power producer from a tidal array.”

via BBC News – Tidal energy project to be constructed in the Pentland Firth.

Saleen unveils performance EV based on Tesla Model S | Autocar


US-based Saleen Automotive revealed its first performance electric car, the FourSixteen, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.Based on the Tesla Model S, the FourSixteen features several aerodynamic and mechanical tweaks that have been carried out by the California-based company, which is best known for the hugely powerful S7 supercar.“Tesla has created an entirely new class of American automobile,” said company founder Steve Saleen. “There are many similarities to this and how Ford created the ‘pony car’ class in 1964 with the Mustang, which is how these vehicles stand out from the rest of the pack.”Saleen has optimised the airflow over the car’s body by adding a redesigned front fascia, aero vents, a bespoke V-shaped hood, carbonfibre rear diffuser and high-downforce rear-mounted spoiler.The FourSixteen possesses the same power and torque outputs as the standard Model S, at 410bhp and 443lb ft. However, the car’s electric motor is mated to a Saleen drivetrain which includes an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quicker acceleration. The FourSixteen also has a locking differential to maximise traction and grip.All of the Saleen-engineered driveline components increase efficiencies in torque management, give a track capable throttle response, and provide faster acceleration. A Saleen high-efficiency drivetrain cooling system has been fitted to assist engine cooling and help maintain consistent temperatures in high-performance situations.

via Saleen unveils performance EV based on Tesla Model S | Autocar.

West Yorkshire Boltmaker beer crowned best in Britain

Timothy Taylors Boltmaker was crowned the best beer in the country at the Great British Beer Festival in London.The Keighley brewed real ale was judged to be the finest ahead of a host of other finalists across seven different beer categories.The Campaign for Real Ale Camra competition involved bitters, ales, milds and more from small microbrewers and large regional brewers.Timothy Taylors head brewer Peter Eells said: “Im speechless. We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.” This years silver medal went to Oakham Citra, from Peterborough, while the bronze award went to Salopian, Darwins Origin from Shropshire.

via BBC News – West Yorkshire Boltmaker beer crowned best in Britain.

Seven cool things that Dundee gave the world | STV Dundee | Dundee


Dundee has given the world a whole host of things that most people probably don’t know about.So, in an effort to try to enlighten the world, we’ve compiled a list of seven pretty cool things that you probably didn’t know have their roots right here in Dundee.

via Seven cool things that Dundee gave the world | STV Dundee | Dundee.