This is taken from Sgorr Ruadh looking towards An Ruadh Stac and Maol Chean Dearg on the south side of Glen Torridon

Less than 2 weeks until the next Ceilidh Dance on Friday, March 31st and I hope you are all planning to attend along with many friends.  You all know what a fun night it is and it is pretty reasonable too at $15 or students $10 plus refreshments for a donation.  Spring will have sprung and an evening break from studies, work, etc. is needed and the Ceilidh Dance is the perfect thing to clear the mind and refresh the soul

Ceilidh dances are held 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.

If you have a group of 8 or more then the cost is $1 less for each of you.  You have to choose a password, make sure everyone in the group knows what it is then contact me at at least two days before the dance & let me know you have a group and what the password will be, then you do not need to all arrive together.

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.


Here is some cheery upbeat Scottish Dance music to enjoy.

Golden Bracken        Andrew Lyon & His Band          RSCDS Graded Book II.


Aircraft Tracking

Read through this whole item before clicking on the red link…

You might be impressed.

Every day, we see planes in the sky, sometimes very high..with or without contrails. and we ask ourselves questions.

what type of plane, airbus A320, 330, 350? Boeing…..or other.

where does it come from, where is it going, what altitude, what speed, what company etc.

You can see all the information instantly on your screen. but before clicking on the link:

some tricks……

on the map you will see all the planes in the air.

To view your region or town, you can zoom in by tapping with your mouse.

click on a airplane, and on the left screen you will get all the info.

airline, type, speed, altitude in real time, re calculated every 10 seconds.

on some you can also click on ‘view from the cockpit


A group of 15-year-old  girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner.
Finally, they agreed  to meet at the Dairy Queen, next door to the
Ocean View restaurant,  because they had only $6.00 among them and
Brad Johnson, the cute  boy in Social Studies, lived on that street.

10 years later,  the group of 25-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner.  Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View restaurant, because the  beer was cheap, the restaurant offered free snacks, the band was good,  there was no cover charge, and there were lots of cute  guys.

10 years later, the group of  35-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally,  they agreed to meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because the cosmos  were good, it was right near the gym and,
if they went late enough,  there wouldn’t be too many whiny little kids.

10 years later, the group of 45-year-old  girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to  meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because the martinis were big,  and the waiters wore tight pants and had nice buns.

10 years later,  the group of 55-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner.  Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because  the prices were reasonable, the wine list was good,  the restaurant  had windows that opened (in case of hot flashes),  and they served  fish which is good for your cholesterol.

10 years later,  the group of 65-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner.  Finally, they agreed to  meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because the lighting was good,  and the restaurant had a senior citizen discount.

10 years  later, the group of 75-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for  dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because the food was not too spicy, and the restaurant was  handicapped-accessible.

10 years later, the group of  85-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally,  they agreed to meet at the Ocean View restaurant,
because they had  never been there before.



Funny orchestra

Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran (for Hamish on his recent birthday)

We enjoyed the dance at the Love to Dance unfortunately we did not feel up to participating in the Workshop but I heard lots of very favorable comments.  It was great to see the hall filled with dancers from all airts and to meet and greet many friends.  The music was terrific and made you want to dance.

Now we look forward to the Burnaby dance and the Deep Cove dance and then the Heather Ball with musicians from Scotland.  Get your tickets at



This is what a major intersection with no traffic lights looks like.  How they are able to avoid accidents is quite remarkable.  In this time lapse video we see the intersection at Meskel Square, the nerve center of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

While the square is a primary site for the city’s large festivals and celebrations, it is also a chaotic crossroad for thousands and thousands of vehicles daily.

This is organized confusion at its finest. Pedestrians, walk  with care!




The day finally arrives.   Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven.   He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself.  The gates are closed and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.

St. Peter says, ‘Well, Forrest, it’s certainly good to see you.   We’ve heard a lot about you.   I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast and we’ve been administering an entrance examination for everyone.  The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.’

Forrest responds, ‘It sure is good to be here, St.. Peter, sir, but nobody ever told me about any entrance Exam.   I sure hope the test ain’t too hard.   Life was a big enough test as it was.’

St.. Peter continued, ‘Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions.
First:   What two days of the week begin with the letter T?
Second:   How many seconds are there in a year?
Third: What is God’s first name?’

Forrest leaves to think the questions over.

He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, ‘Now that you’ve had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.’

Forrest replies, ‘Well, the first one — which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’, Shucks, that one is easy.  That would be Today and Tomorrow..’

The Saint’s eyes open wide and he exclaimed, ‘Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I didn’t specify, so I’ll give you credit for that answer.   How about the next one?’ asks St. Peter, ‘How many seconds in a year?

Now that one’s harder,’ replies Forrest, ‘but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.’

Astounded, St. Peter says ‘Twelve?  Twelve?   Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds In a year?’

Forrest replies, ‘Shucks, there’s got to be twelve:  January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd…

‘Hold it,’ interrupts St. Peter, ‘I see where you’re going with this, and I see your point, though that wasn’t quite what I had in mind.  However, I’ll have to give you credit for that one, too.  Let’s go on with the third and final question, can you tell me God’s first name’?

‘Sure,’ Forrest replies, ‘it’s Andy.’

‘Andy?’ exclaims an exasperated and frustrated St Peter.   ‘Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?’

‘Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,’ Forrest replies.   ‘I learnt it from the song……………


St. Peter opens the Pearly Gates and says,  ‘Run, Forrest, run!!!.’

Lord, give me a sense of humor.  Give me the ability to appreciate a clean joke, To get some humor out of life, and to pass it on to other folk!

Taken from the top of the Quad lift at Nevis range overlooking Caol area of Fort William




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

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.


Castle Stalker on Loch Laich stands on a small rocky tidal islet known as Rock of the Cormorants..

How Did the Fight Start?

I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car.  You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny?  Yeah, well I couldn’t believe it… he was a DWARF!!!

He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, “I AM NOT HAPPY!!!’

So, I looked down at him and said, “Well. then which one are you?’

And that’s how the fight started….=


The village of Ardmair and Isle Martin just north of Ullapool.

 After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling.

When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married.

On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched – with a raised eyebrow.

The woman shut up and quietly sat down in a daze.

The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?”

“Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays,

But I fish on Fridays.




Portpatrick Lighthouse planets and the lights of Northern Ireland coastline


Here is another tune;

The Golden Ring – Bobby Brown & Scottish Accent – From Scotia’s Shores We’er Noo Awa’

The Kyle of Sutherland at Invershin on a bright and cold morning

“I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.”

“I’ve written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn’t fit it into my set.”

“Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief.”

“I was given some sudoku toilet paper. It didn’t work. You could only fill it in with number 1s and number 2s.”

“Money can’t buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal.”

“I’ve been married for 10 years, I haven’t made a decision for seven.”

“This show is about perception and perspective. But it depends how you look at it.”

I know I have shown this before but it is still quite amusing and fits with the Irish time




The beach on Reef Isle of Lewis

I have spent many hours in the garden this past week.  It has been very pleasant and quite warm.  There is so mush to clean up that I ran out of room in the green bins – I have 4 large ones.  I have filled them all for at least the past 3 weeks.  They come tomorrow so I will be able to fill them up again.  I am down to less than 10 ferns to cut back ( I think we have more than 200).  Most of the garden now looks bare and pristine ready for all the new spring growth.

I tried thinning some of our crop of snowdrops.  The videos I watched show them doing it while they were still flowering as ours are but my wife and son say I should wait until the flowers are dead.  Who knows I will wait and seen if the replanted ones survive and maybe try some more in a week or so.  They have been flowering since early January.

Our Ukrainian family finally went somewhere.  They were taken by other Ukrainians to the zoo yesterday and today they are at the Aquarium.  Tomorrow I am taking Arsenii and his school friend go karting as a birthday present – he is 15 and Tuesday I take then all into Vancouver where Hanna has an appointment to get a BC Identity Card and then I will drop them at Science World.


and another great tune  — 
 Goat Fell Gallop             Muriel Johnstone & her Band                   Haste Ye Back
Ledmore river near Elphin in the Scottish Highlands in the background are Cam Loch and the mountains Suilven and Canisp


Wallace Monument with blue & yellow floodlights in support of Ukraine
Paisley Abbey sound and light show
NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, March 31, 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