Glen Coe in the sunlight

The next Ceilidh dance is next Friday February 23. It is the second one of the year so you will all want to come and enjoy a great evening of dancing, fun and social interaction after all the fun that was had at the January dance where we had 154 noisy revelers dancing to the great music provided by our own Calanais.

The dances are held in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver which is a block north of SW Marine between Granville & Oak in Marpole.  The evening starts with a free class from 7 – 7:45 and the dance with the live music of Calanais follows from 8 – 10:30.  Admission is $15 (students $10) and there are refreshments available but remember it is CASH ONLY.  Remember to bring some extra cash so you can donate towards the cost of the beer/cider/soft drinks/cookies etc.

This latter sentence was something that many forgot about in January.  Usually the cost of the food and drinks is covered by donations but in all the fun and excitement of a busy dance many must have forgotten to make a donation or maybe you did not have cash?  Please remember to bring some extra cash.  We try to provide a variety of drinks pop, coolers, non alcoholic beer, juice, cider and beer along with crips, cookies and other goodies.

Most Scottish Country dance classes will be starting up again – why not give one a try, you never know you might enjoy it.  You’ll be made welcome wherever you go and it is good exercise too!

To help everyone find a convenient class here is a link to all the classes in and around Vancouver and the start time if known;

2023-24 Class List

My electric car would not start today so I had to call Emergency Roadside Assistance.  They arrived about an hour later but too late to give Margaret a ride to her bridge game.  She had to call a lady we were supposed to be picking up to pick her up instead.  The fault was in the 12 volt battery which apparently had run low.  I had to take it in to the dealership in Richmond and they have kept the car overnight as they were too busy and they also did not have a spare car so I had to call my son for a ride home.  That means we are carless and will not be able to get to class tonight.

Between the rain showers I managed to rake the lawn(?) of leaves, twigs and other cedar droppings  Now I am stiff and have a blister on my hand!  The joys of having a garden.


A tune to chase the blue away

Father Connelly’s Jig      Marian Anderson & her Band       Highlander Scottish Dances 12


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Cabernet Sauvignon is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.  You will notice the benefits of Cabernet Sauvignon almost immediately and, with a regimen of regular doses, you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.  Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living.

Cabernet Sauvignon may not be right for everyone.  Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it. However, women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include: Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.

Warnings: The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may make you think you are whispering when you are not.  The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.  The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to think you can sing.  The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

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The sun setting on an icy Castle Semple Loch in Lochwinnoch.


Farewell to Balfour Road              Jim Lindsay              RSCDS Book 52


Just in time for Chinese New Year



Glen-Rosa with snow capped mountains Isle of Arran.


A grand evening was held last Saturday night to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s poet of the common folk.  The hall was filled with 182 people for the annual Burns Supper which began with the Toast to the Haggis and followed by an amazing dinner of haggis, roast beef, bashed neeps and tatties along with many other choices.

Then came the speeches – The Immortal Memory, the Toast to the Lasses and Reply.  The hall was cleared of tables etc. and there was a demonstration of both Scottish Country & Highland dancing and the rest of the programme was taken up with everyone enjoying some easy Scottish country dances.  All in all a very enjoyable evening.  Tickets for the 2005 Burns Supper will go on sale on November 11, 2004 – get yours early!!

Here is some Burns tunes to enjoy

Ae fond Kiss                    Marian Anderson & Her  Band        Burns Songs

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, and then forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears   I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerfu’ twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.
I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy,
Naething could resist my Nancy;
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love forever.
Had we never lov’d sae kindly,
Had we never lov’d sae blindly,
Never met—or never parted—
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.
Fare thee weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare thee weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears   I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee!


Glen Quoich


Life summed up in a short video


We don’t have to wait too long  for the next Ceilidh dance as February is the shortest month – it will be help on Friday, February 23rd.  The same admission prices but Remember it is Cash Only both for admittance and for the refreshments.

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.  Check the website for more details.

The 2024 Ceilidh Dance dates are all on the last Friday of the month –

February 23
March 22  — note the change the last Friday is Easter!
April 26
September 27
October 25
November 29

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.


Walking can add minutes to your life.
This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month.

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60.
Now she’s 97 years old and we don’t know where the hell she is.

The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks.
Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there. 

I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
…………..And last but not    least,

You could run this over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!



These short ones are always hard.


Glen Feshie





Isle of Arran


Another good tune

Farewell to Balfour Road       Jim Lindsay        RSCDS Book 52


Largs as the sun was coming through the clouds


The 2024 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

February 23
March 22   – note change
April 26
September 27
October 25
November 29

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.  DON’T FORGET IT IS CASH ONLY.

View from Mallaig high school


NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, February 26, 2024
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