Laurieston Castle

GREAT NEWS  – The Ceilidh Dance on November 26 is on – yes it is going ahead so get ready to join in some  fun exercise to the great music of Calanais.  Some 605 days after the last Ceilidh Dance on February 28, 2020 we are going to meet again on November 26, 2021 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the class at 7 pm followed by the dance at 8 pm.

All those attending will have to have a BC authorized vaccination passport showing you have had two jabs plus proof of identity and masks will be mandatory to enter the building and must be worn in the common areas such as corridors and washrooms.  We will be taking your names & contact info so you can be reached in the unlikely event that there is an outbreak.  You will be required to put on your mask when not dancing and wherever possible keep 6 meters apart.  

The dance, and future dances, will 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:-

November 26, 2021
January 28, 2022
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 –


Liathach mid climb
I am looking forward to seeing some of you on the 26th which is less than 2 weeks away so I better get busy as there is a lot of things to do.  Tell your friends (if they are vaccinated) it is a really fun evening and very reasonable.  There is beer, cider. soft drinks  and a few goodies to enjoy so long as you make a donation towards their cost.  We are going to have more control of the liquor in order to comply with LCB rules. 
We have lost one of out major volunteers due to work and family commitments.  Bonnie has been a volunteer taking money at the door, balancing the cash, paying any bills and the band, filling in when we needed an extra dancer, babysitting, filling water jugs, clearing up, getting the liquor licence, etc., etc.  We are going to miss Bonnie, not only for all the work she did but most of all for her always cheery, welcoming smile.  We hope that she will be able to drop by and visit at one of the Ceilidh Dances. 
Is there anyone who would like to volunteer for one or all of these duties?  If so please send me an email – 


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


Linn of Avon in Cairngorms


Father Connolly’s Jig  – 8 x 32 Jig  –  Colin Dewar & his Band  –  Special Requests 7



Little Gruinard



Loch Arklet


Signs, signs everywhere



Loch Awe


Grandfather and grandson… –

The grandfather is Arve Tellefsen. a top notch violinist in Europe. He was born in Norway in 1936 and is still performing at 85, including in the U.S.  His grandson is Joakim Robergshagen, born in 2000.  He was 12 when this performance took place.  Wonderful expressions on his face.


Loch Carron



Loch Clair, Torridon


Loch Fascally

Highlandman’s Umbrella (the)                    Reel       Bobby Brown Et Al           Ready… And!


Who said it couldn’t be done—and it won’t drain the electrical grid either!!


Loch Garten


Great ad!

Loch Leven looking east towards Glencoe


J.B. Milne         Alastair Fraser And Muriel Johnstone      Just As It Was 3

Loch Quoich


An Ode of English Plurals
                                 From Davya Cohen

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it, English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England.
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing,
Grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and
Get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out, and
In which an alarm goes off by going on.

And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother’s not Mop?


Loch Striven

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 – NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON NOVEMBER 26, 2021 which is JUST UNDER 2 weeks from now.

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

Duncan MacKenzie