Let’s Have a Ceilidh  – Don Bartlett –  Play Favourites


Well as you all should have heard by now the Ceilidh Dance scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021 has been CANCELLED.  It was the right thing to do under the current circumstances.

We hope that the next dance will go ahead as scheduled on October 29, 2021 This will still be subject to Provincial guidelines etc. but all, despite the Delta variant, is looking positive.  We will have to wait for Bonnie Henry’s and the Provincial Government’s announcements to be certain.  All those planning to attend will have to have a BC authorized vaccination passport showing you have had two jabs and masks will be mandatory to enter the building and must be worn in the common areas.

The dances will continue to be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver but, there is a slight change of time.  The class will be held in the large hall from 7;00 – 7:45 then we will all exit to give the band a chance for a sound check etc. and the dance will run 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 – CANCELLED
October 29
November 26
January 28
February 25
March 25
April 29
Mark your calendars now!

Let us all celebrate that we are getting back together for dancing and fun again.  Any questions?  please contact me.


Loch Voil
I hope this finds you all well and safe.

A lovely, typical west of Scotland day with the rain pouring down and our gutters barely able to cope.  I went for my daily walk and though I dressed accordingly I was still soaked by the time I returned in 30 minutes or so and that was before the heavy rain! A good day to sit in front of the computer and put together this newsletter!

Our SCD class resumed on Wednesday with 22 dancers all fully vaccinated turning up.  There were a few missing but it was still great for the first class since March, 2020.  The hall we have been using for 20 years or so booked the first Wednesday of the month to another group without contacting us!!  How could they do this?  But they did and so we will only be dancing 3/4 times a month unless we can find another suitable hall.

It is amazing that I can still move and more amazing that I could remember anything.  One thing we hadn’t forgotten – how to mess up a dance!!  Maureen, our teacher, is very patient and was easy on us for the first night.


Scottish Country Dance classes have started up again in various places across the Lower Mainland and beyond.
Check www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates.


Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers.

The first boy says, “My Dad scribbles a few word on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $100.”

The second boy says, “That’s nothing.   My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $500.”

The third boy says, “I got you both beat.   My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!”


Culzean Castle

Big Hands Piano Player















A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house:

‘Talking Dog For Sale ‘.

He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.  The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

‘You talk?’ he asks.

‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’

The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I
discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from
country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’

‘I was one of their most valuable spies for
eight years running…

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so

I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security,
wandering near suspicious characters and listening in I uncovered some incredible
dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’

‘I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.

‘Ten dollars?  This dog is amazing!  Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’

‘Because he’s a liar. He’s never been out of the yard’

How to get out of a parking fine


View from Kishorn

the beach at Gallanach on the Isle of Muck



Castle Stalker

Charleston Chaser  –  Luke Brady  –  2nd Book of Grader Dances


The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.


Chinese Restaurant


this phone box on the Ardnamurchan peninsula looked a bit lonely.







Barbara McOwen’s Ceilidh  –  Muriel Johnstone  –  Dancing Fingers 2



Sunrise from Struy over towards the Strathglass River

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