Ben Chonzie

What a great turn out for last Friday’s Ceilidh Dance – 117 dancers which is the most since March 22, 2013 when we had a whopping 145 which, I believe, is the record attendance for a Ceilidh dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre.  It was a lively evening which Alison led with her usual grace and humor and Calanais rose to the occasion with some splendid tunes.  It would be fabulous if we could have the same great attendance at the February 24th Ceilidh dance.  If you each brought someone else we would break to 200 mark and we would open up the partition!

Scottish Country dance classes have started up again so check which classes fit your schedule and come along – many first nights are free – check out the new beginner class on the North Shore.

Do not forget the Ceilidh Dance on Friday February 24 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  There is a free class at 7 pm then the dance follows from 8 – 10:30 pm with live music by Calanais.  All easy dances that are taught and called and everyone has lots of fun and great exercise.  Tell your friends and make it an outing – it only costs $15 ($10 for students) and there are refreshments (including cider & beer) for a donation.  Remember it is “cash only” both for admittance and the refreshments.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the fun.

Here is some cheery upbeat Scottish Dance music to enjoy.

Fight about the Fireside        Muriel Johnstone & Keith Smith      Todlen Ham

A  man was dining alone in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous  redhead sitting at the next table..He had been checking her out since he  sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.
Suddenly  she sneezed, and her glass eye came flying out of its socket towards the  man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it  back.

‘Oh my, I am so sorry,’ the woman said, as she popped her eye  back in place. ‘Let me buy your dinner to make it up to  you.’
They enjoyed a wonderful dinner  together, and afterwards they went to the theatre followed by drinks…  They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared  his. She listened to him with interest.
After  paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place  for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful  time..
The  next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy  was amazed. Everything had been so incredible!
‘You  know,’ he said, ‘you are the perfect woman.. Are you this nice to every  guy you meet?’

‘No,’ she replies. . ..

Wait  for it … ….

It’s  coming ….. ….

The  suspense is killing you, isn’t it?

She  said … …:

‘You  just happened to catch my eye.’

(Oh  shut up, and just forward it!)

Loch Clair near Torridon

The Burns Supper is over and I received many plaudits for an excellent evening.  I bask in the glory which was the result of all the hard work of my committee but I get all the praise!!  Over 160 enjoyed dinner, entertainment and dancing to the music of Mary Ross and there were smiling faces everywhere.  The one big downer was that the gates of the Airport Square parking lot remained closed and I had requested they be open for that evening and had advertised that the lot would be open and free.  Many folk were left to look for a space on the street.  That was my main job and I failed.  I wont be asked to head the committee again.  Some say I planned it all!!

The next thing on the RSCDS calendar is the Love to Dance Workshop and Dance which is also held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on March 4 with two great teachers – Rebecca Blackhall-Peters and   – plus music for the dance by Mary Ross.  Prior attendance at Scottish Country dance classes is required.  Registration at

Glasgows Old Fruit Market was looking suitably atmospheric for the Treacherous Orchestra gig during the opening weekend of Celtic Connections

An oldie with Stanley Baxter


The 2023 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

February 24
March 31
April 28
September 29
October 27
November 24

Mark your calendars now!

The dances will be will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  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.

Help us spread the word – I am not into social media but I am sure somebody can promote the Ceilidh Dance(s) there for me especially out at the Colleges and Universities.  Tell all your friends to come along – it really is a fun (and cheap!) evening.


Sunrise at Pathhead Sands Kirkcaldy

Doug Smith is on his  deathbed and knows the end is  near.

His nurse, his wife, his  daughter and 2 sons, are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses.”

“My daughter, Sybil, you  take the apartments over in the east end.”

“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Centre.”

“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says,

“Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.


Sarah replies, “Property ? …. The a**hole had a paper round”.


Loch Leven looking towards the Pap of Glencoe


I just wonder how many Airline Points he had to cash in &/or pay $$ to make
up the difference in order to take advantage of this. Need a Lotto win for this  !!

SGD 23,000.00 = USD 18,037.62

At the Chicago Bulls Basketball team home games they have a Kiss Cam. The idea is that couples images are displayed on the big screen over the basketball court and if your image is shown you should kiss your partner.  That’s the theory.

Watch ’till the end; it’s less than 2 mins. – It’s something we’ve all wanted to do to certain cell phone loving people.

Click Here…

Spot the stag in this picture of Glencoe




Here is another tune;

Fife Ness            Ron Gonnella Quartet         A Fife Fairing

Barges in the Union Canal which runs from Falkirk to Edinburgh could not move as it had frozen

Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

I’m Gonna Be Dancing

For dog lovers



Murphy applied for a fork lift  operator post at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin.

A Norwegian applied for the same job and, since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet room with no interruptions by the Manager.

When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.

The manager went to Murphy and said, “Thank you for coming to the interview, but we’ve decided to give the Norwegian the job.

Murphy replied, “And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish, surely I should get the job.

Manager, “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you got wrong.

Murphy, “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than another?

Manager “Simple; on question number 7, the Norwegian wrote down,
‘I don’t know.

You put down, ‘Neither do I.

On the Fife Coastal Trail
and another great tune
 Father Connelly’s Jig            Glencraig Scottish Dance Band               Ah’m askin’?
Stirling Castle taken just after sunrise


NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, February 24, 2023 
alert all your friends and acquaintances.
Hope to see many of you there 

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

Duncan MacKenzie