The February Ceilidh dance scheduled for next Friday (February 25) has been CANCELLED due to Covid.
The next dance in on March 25.

St. Bernard’s Waltz       Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent        Grandfather Mountain

Cul Mor from Stac Pollaidh

It was a difficult decision to make but with all the work required beforehand we couldn’t wait any longer.  As it turns out, with the new relaxed restrictions, we could have held the February dance but the decision was already made so we look forward with great anticipation to March 25.  We will still have to conform to the regulations of both the Provincial rules and those of the Scottish Hall.  Currently they will mean everyone attending will have to show a vaccine passport and proof of identification and mask wearing  will be mandatory except when dancing.   

RSCDS dance classes are starting up again but check the website for the various dates for the different clubs –

The 2021/22 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

March 25
April 29
Mark your calendars now!

The dances will be classified as a class as all dances will be taught and 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 class 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.

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


Glasgow at dawn from Queen’s Park.

Unusual friends

Drimnin Estate, Morven

In order to keep the Ceilidh Dances running it takes a number of volunteers to do various jobs such as: –
  • getting the liquor licence
  • re-stocking the supply of drinks and refreshments and getting them to the hall
  • Filling the water jugs before and during the dance
  • Checking the vaccine passports & identification of all attendees
  • Collecting the entrance fees, keeping track of the number of dancers, reconciling the funds collected, adding the donations, paying the expenses
  • Calculating the cost of the drinks used 
  • Etc.
  • Etc.
Is there anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the Ceilidh dances?   If so please send me an email – 

Be sure to hold on to the ‘railing’  the chain attached to the side

Keep an eye on the person in front of you.

Be very careful when passing someone going in the opposite direction.

Now just up a few steps. (they are on the left in the picture)

Gets a little steeper here – so put your toes in the holes .

A few more steps to go  You might want to hold on

Finally in sight.

‘THE RESTAURANT’           This restaurant is in China

If you manage to reach the restaurant the food is free

   Let me know how the food is. I’m not going.



Entering the Holy Loch – Near Dunoon.



The 5 Riddles….

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

5. This is an unusual paragraph.  I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it.  It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it.  In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though.  Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd.  But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!





1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead.  That one was easy, right?

2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung).

3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing.

4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.


A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife.
“You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 301 .
There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 301.
I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 3. When you get out, I’m on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell.”
“Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons
with my elbow? ………
“What . . . .. .. You’re coming empty handed?”


Erskine Bridge and the Clyde estuary with Dumbarton Rock the Argyll Hills.


Why Italian Fathers and Grandfathers pass their handguns down through the family.
An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, Guido, I wan’ you lissina me. I wan’ you to take-a my chrome plated ..38 revolver so you will always remember me.”
“But grandpa, I really don’t like guns.. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?”
“You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos. ”
“Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man.
“Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, ‘times up’ “?


The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland had an idea: Let’s bring a piece of art to the people and then, hopefully, they will come to see more – at the museum.

They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Guards of the Night and brought to life the characters in it, placed them in a busy mall and the rest you can see for yourself!


Findhorn Bay


A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in British Columbia when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in  Hamburg , Germany .

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,  miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Member of Parliament from Ottawa “, says Bud.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how di d you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment bought with taxpayers dollars trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter.

This is a herd of sheep. …….

Now give me back my dog.


Falls of Rogie



An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland, arrived at the casino. She
seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a
single roll of the dice.
She said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I feel much luckier when I’m
completely nude.” with that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled
the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, “Come on, baby, Mama needs
new clothes!”
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down
and squealed. “Yes! Yes! I won, I won!” She hugged each of the
dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.
The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded.
Finally, one of them asked, “What did she roll?” The other answered,
“I don’t know – I thought you were watching.”


Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb,
….. but all men…are men!



Findlochty harbour


This is undoubtedly one of the best ventriloquists ever.  It is an old show but still good.




Five Sisters of Kintail



Watch as Australian magician James Galeagoes on the Ellen DeGeneres show and pulls of one of the most sophisticated card tricks ever.  Another old one but still good.



Watch the right hand


Sounds of water and beer


St. Andrews of Brampton   David Cunningham & his SDB     All Set


Fyrish Monument



St. Andrews Fair       Ron Gonella & Bobby Crowe       A Fife Fairing

Glen Sligachan


Useful when you have forget where you parked

Car Key Experiment




Holy Isle, Arran

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 March 25, 2022 which is JUST NEXT month!!

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

Duncan MacKenzie