It has been a long time coming but I am excited to announce that we are planning on starting the Ceilidh Dances with the first one scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021.  This will still be subject to Provincial guidelines etc. but all is looking positive.

The dances will continue to be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with a class from 7;00 – 7:45 and the dance from 8:00 – 10;30 with live music by Calanais.  Alison will continue to be your teacher/caller so you are guaranteed to have a great evening.  No change to the admission – still $15 with students $10.

The 2021/22 season dances are scheduled as follows:-
September 24
October 29
November 26
January 28
February 25
March 25
April 29
Mark your calendars now!

There will be some protocols that we will need to follow but, we have lots of time to get to that.  Let us just celebrate that we are getting back together for dancing and fun again.


Summer Assembly (R 1×88) 1:46 –  David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band – All Set

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Another piece of exciting news:-

The 2021 BC Highland Games

ScotFestBC – The British Columbia Highland Games is back on Sept 3-4, 2021

Join us for all the fun of a great west coast highland games, with the SFU Pipe Band, caber tossing, lots of piping, dancing, singing, a whisky school, live Celtic music and a free evening Friday, Sept. 3 (5k Tartan Run, Celtic music, piping on main stage)

Purchase your tickets in advance and then come to Lafarge Lake Park on Saturday for the fun. Take the train to the Games. There’s a free bike valet. There’ll be activities for kids, food vendors (include veggie options), Scottish and other national foods, check out the British cars, listen to the performances on two stages, or watch the heavy athletes throw big objects all over the Lew Ross Field. Hang on to your seats for the massed pipe bands flowing down onto the fields around 5:30, and the pipers ceilidh in the big tent afterwards.

There are activities for the bairns, èildears and everyone in between.

So come for the pipes and stay for the haggis & bru. And maybe a pint or two with new and old friends.

For info go to –


As well Scottish Country Dance classes may be starting up again in various places across the Lower Mainland and beyond.
Check for updates.


On a sad note:

I’m sorry to advise those of you in our extended Scottish Cultural Centre family that Brett McMillan passed away in his sleep this morning.

His family is holding a Celebration of Life for Brett here at SCC in the main ballroom on August 14th at 3:00pm, and is asking all who would like to share a memory of Brett to write it down and send it to me or bring it with you on the day. A microphone will be set-up for those of you who would like to say a word or two.

For those of you who did not really know him, Brett was a caretaker/sound man/raconteur and general helper and the Scottish Centre for many years.  He succumbed to cancer and has been off work for 2/3 years.  An Australian he was always willing to tel a story, was a great help to many and was always very cheerful with a big smile.  He will be missed.



Pope’s Blessing :

The Pope was finishing his sermon. He ended it with the Latin phrase, “Tuti Homini” – Blessed be Mankind.

A women’s rights group approached the Pope the next day. They noticed That the Pope blessed all Mankind, but not Womankind.

The next day, after his sermon, the Pope concluded by saying, “Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini” – Blessed be Mankind and Womankind.

The next day a gay rights group approached the Pope. They noticed he Blessed Mankind and Womankind, and asked if he could also bless gay people. He said, “Sure.”

The next day the Pope concluded his sermon with, “Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini, et Tuti Fruiti.”

Glen Etive

I was in the ‘Six Item Express’ lane at the supermarket, quietly fuming.

Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries.  Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart and asked sweetly, “So – which six items would you like to buy?”

Wouldn’t it be great if that happened more often?

Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table.

“Young man, we’re both 90 years old,” the husband said.  “We may not have 45 minutes.”

They were seated immediately. 
The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would “hate” to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.

We really need some rain.  It is very nice but there are all these forest fires, people losing their homes, etc.  Spare a thought for all those affected.

A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Senility has been a smooth transition for me.


This has to be the world’s most complex and magnificent music box ever!

This is so interesting to watch and listen to!

Imagine the job of tuning this thing.





Now this is an incredible use of technology—like traveling back in time!

Left click and hold on each photo, and then drag your mouse gently from

left to right on the original photograph and will be become a photo of the

exact same location and view today – drag it back to the left and you are back in 1944!

Scroll down for more of the same.  Just fascinating!



These are really good.

Okay all you animal lovers, you are going to adore this one, watch and smile!

 You HAVE to see this!!!!!!!

See what Simon Cowell has to say about this dog.

Click here: Gin The Dancing Dog


Loch Maddy Ferry Terminal

Views and information about Lake Superior


A difficult situation along with stunning pictures of China



What did the salt say to the pepper?    Season’s Greeting!

If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do astronauts get?    Missle Toe

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?    A Mince Spy

On what side do turkeys have the most feathers?    the outside


Stornoway Harbour and the Red Arrows


Humerous view of the Royal Family





Summer On The Beach   R4x32   Ian Muir And His Scottish Dance Band     Rscds Book 51


Care Centre for tigers



I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce, and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza…. OK, I ate a pizza! Are you happy now?

I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.  ======================================================

Really is totally amazing….enjoy some magic

Kelso Abbey




Loch Moidart



Melon Udrigle

Summer School Peregrinations – 4 x 32 Jig  Kenny Thompson & the Wardlaw SD Band       Quick Here’s Anither Yin


Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.

If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.



Have you had both Jabs?  If not why?  What are you waiting for?  You will not be admitted to Ceilidh Dances unless you have had 2 jabs of the approved vaccines

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

Duncan MacKenzie