Bodesbeck Law in Moffat Water Valley

We are in a wait and see what happens again because of Covid.  The next dance is not until January 28, 2022 but with the spread of Omicron we will have to wait and see if the Provincial restrictions will be lifted or extended – please watch for updates as we get closer to the date.

It will be too bad if it is cancelled as it will be a great way to work off all the goodies you have indulged in over the festive season. If it is on then it will be 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:-

January 28, 2022
February 25
March 25
April 29
Mark your calendars now!

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


Aberfeldy golf course
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 to help at the Ceilidh dances?   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.


Ailsa Craig at sunset


Hogmanay Jig –   Marian Anderson & her SDB  – Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol 12



Alva Glen


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?”

Angus Glens from Gateside


I’ve used this before but is it worth seeing again?

The Magical Rope Trick


Applecross Bay




Sunset at Arbroath


Be grateful for your spouse (the curses of having a mathematician spouse!)


Quite clever editing – hope you enjoy it.



Ardheslaig, Loch Shieldaig



Mick and Paddy had promised their Uncle Seamus, who had been a seafaring gent all his life, to bury him at sea when he died.

Of course, in due time, he did pass away and the boys kept their promise.

They set off with Uncle Seamus all stitched up in a burial bag and loaded onto their row boat.

After a while Mick says, ‘Do yer tink dis is fer enuff out, Paddy?’

Without a word, Paddy slips over the side only to find himself standing in water up to his knees.

‘Dis’ll never do, Mick. Let’s row some more.’

After a bit more rowing Paddy slips over the side again but the water is only up to his belly, so they row on.

Again Mick asks Paddy, ‘Do yer tink dis is fer enuff out Paddy?’

Once again Paddy slips over the side and almost immediately says, ‘No, dis’ll neva do.’   The water was only up to his chest.

So, on they, row and row and row and finally, Paddy slips over the side and disappears.

Quite a bit of time goes by and poor Mick is really getting himself into a state when suddenly Paddy breaks the surface gasping for breath.   Barely able to speak, due to coughin’ and splutterin’.

‘Well is it deep enuff yet, Paddy?’


‘Aye ’tis,


NOW, hand me dat shovel.’


Arran from Troon

New Year Wedding   –   Scotch Mist  –  Coast to Coast


Perhaps you have seen this 29min BBC video before, but you might like to have the direct link to save and view again.


Ben More Stob Bininian


A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat.
She asked him if it was dead or alive.
“Dead.” She was informed. “How do you know?” she asked her pupil.
“Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,” answered the child innocently.
“You did WHAT?!?” the teacher exclaimed in surprise.
“You know”, explained the boy, “I leaned over and went ‘Pssst!’ and it didn’t move.”

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was  tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?” The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.”
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”


Ben Lomond


New Year Jig  –  Ian Muir & His SCB  –  RSCDS Book 51

A bit of Canadian trivia!
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that **their** ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brit’s, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York Times:

“American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that **their** ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”.

One week later, Canadian Dept. Of Mines and Resources in Newfoundland reported the following: “After digging to a depth of 30 feet in Newfoundland, Canada , Jack Lucknow, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Jack has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Canada had already gone wireless.”

Just makes a guy bloody proud to be Canadian, eh!

Ben Nevis summit



I think you will enjoy this,

Bikers Movie Theatre


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 January 28, 2022 which is JUST NEXT YEAR!!

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

Duncan MacKenzie