Social distancing in George Square, Glasgow

Well here we are in B.C. just at the start of phase 2 of the restrictions and I am preparing another “special edition” of the newsletter.  I am normally thinking of ending the newsletters for the summer but maybe I’ll do one more after this one as not so many viewed the last one so maybe there usefulness is past.

I hope you are all well and staying dancing fit while staying at home.  It is amazing to watch the imagination of others on the web.  We get the RSCDS weekly class and many others are devising dances for one or two people that we can do at home – some with props.  We have friends who get dressed appropriately for the dance and then video themselves doing it.  They are very good but they are shy and do not want their videos broadcast to a wider public.

So here is another special edition, hopefully a cheery note to brighten your day with nothing but pictures, jokes and videos.  I hope it finds you all well and that this will lift your spirits.  There is a brighter end coming and the gloomy news will end soon.  Be positive, smile and talk with friends.  Worries are better shared – they are half d when shared with one other person and reduced further when shared by any one else.

Thanks to those who continue to send jokes, videos, etc. without which these newsletters would not be the same.

Path to Balmedie beach


Barvas beach, Lewis

♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

♦America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.

♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you love someone?  That’s your common sense leaving your body.

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.

♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she’s been Googling my name on her computer. I  saw it through my telescope last night.

♦ Money talks … but all mine ever says is good-bye.

♦ You’re not fat, you’re just easier to see.

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.

♦ I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters.  Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?”

♦ I can’t understand why women are OK that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named,  “Sag Harbor.”

Bridge at Perth lit to thank the hospital workers
Lighthouse at Lossiemouth lit blue to honour hospital workers


Connel Sound near Oban


A windy day at Findo Gask – see the crow having fun


A magazine ran a “Dilbert Quotes” contest.  They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers.  These were voted the top ten quotes from the Dilberts we work for in corporate America, circa 2004:

“As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards.  Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.”

“What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.”

“This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.”

“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day!  We’ve been working on it for months.  Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.”

“We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.”



Holy Isle

The Irish are always the first ones to come to the aid of their fellow man…Shortly after take-off on an outbound, evening Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service. I don’t know how this has happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, and unfortunately, we received only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience.”  When the muttering of the passengers had died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat, will receive free and unlimited drinks for the duration of our 10 hour flight.

Her next announcement came about 2 hours later: “If anyone is hungry… we still have 40 dinners available.”


Hume Castle


There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down in one swig.

“Well, whatcha’ gonna do about it?” he says, menacingly, as I burst into tears. “Come on, man,” the biker says, “I didn’t think you’d CRY. I can’t stand to see a man crying.”

“This is the worst day of my life,” I said. “I’m a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen
and I don’t have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife with another man … and then my dog bit me.”

“So, I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all. I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in it and I sit here watching the poison dissolve. And then you show up and drink the whole damn thing!

But, hell, enough about me, how are you doing?”


Straighten these lines!!  Potato crews near Kelso



Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link. Sound on, full screen:

Nina & her granny

Nina Conti And Granny

Don’t ask how they do it just enjoy




Golf loving engineers

Wise dog

Great idea

Some girls are hard to impress

Very expensive and very well-engineered designed fireworks to get these effects of hearts and variations of planets in a solar system. Sixty-four seconds of fireworks in Japan at Mount Fuji. This show is said to be the first of its kind in the world (spherical pyrotechnics).Likely the world’s best fireworks display you will ever see

How to get an O.B.E.

fooling around

Scottish husband



Lamlash Bay, Arran



Loch Bi, South Uist

Thanks to Alison for the Eightsome Reel

All events have been cancelled or postponed but you should check first.  Check up on your neighbours, friends and those in need.  A kind word will help their troubles.  There is much to be thankful for and we are blessed.  I hope you are all well and if not get better soon.  I would love to hear from you – drop me a line at 


Hope this newsletter brings a smile to some faces.  Please forward it to all your friends. I am about to try to devise a dance for 2 people keeping a social distance.  Maybe I will make a video and include it in a future newsletter!!

Take care and be safe, I miss you all, but we’ll dance again

River Nith at Dumfries

May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

Duncan MacKenzie