the harbour at  Oban showing the colourful and calmly moored boats at the jetties with the St Columba’s Cathedral in the background.

Thanks to Belinda we now have a presence on Instagram so you can follow us on

Please check it out, it makes Belinda happy!!

The next Ceilidh dance is next Friday May 31 – the last Friday of the month and yes it is an extra Ceilidh dance requested by you the dancers and as it is not advertised we really rely on all of you to spread the word. It will be the fifth one of the year and the last one until September 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 April dance where we had a record 150 who danced to the great music provided by our own Calanais with the dances taught and called by Alison.

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 ONLYRemember to bring some extra cash so you can donate towards the cost of the beer/cider/soft drinks/cookies etc.

If you are interested in moving to the next level up from Ceilidh dancing you should try Scottish Country dancing which is more refined than Ceilidh dancing but still lots of fun.  Weekly classes are nearing the end of the season but you could look them up and find one near you.   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

Of course there are the Scotfest BC Highland Games in June – – and Dancing in the Park (DITP) – – in the summer.  Check out these events.


Blair Castle in Perthshire


Tunes this week are from White Rock SCDC  70th Anniversary Tea dance

Bratach Bana           Iain MacPhail and his Band              Highlander Vol 5



Union Terrace Gardens to the lit up night time view of what remains of Triple Kirks in Aberdeen.


No one believes seniors . . . everyone thinks they are senile.

An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they’d shared, where Jerry had carved I love you, Sally.

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money – fifty thousand dollars!

Jerry said, We’ve got to give it back.

Sally said, Finders keepers. She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.

The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door. Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?

Sally said, No.

Jerry said, She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic.

Sally said, Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile

The agents turned to Jerry and began to question him.

One said: Tell us the story from the beginning.

Jerry said, Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday ..

The first police officer turned to his partner and said, Were outta here!



the Clansman ferry coming into Oban Bay looking down the Sound of Mull

Ever see an iceberg from top to bottom?
This is awesome!
This came from a Rig Manager
For Global Marine Drilling
In St. Johns, Newfoundland …..
They actually have to divert the path
Of these things away from the oil rig
By towing them with ships!
Anyway, in this particular case
The water was calm and
The sun was almost directly overhead
So that the diver was able to get into the water
And click this picture.
They estimated the weight at 300,000,000 tons.



Watch some stunning photos — turn on your full screen for a greater ride.

At times, you feel like you are on the helicopter…. especially when it’s travelling fast and down real low!

Pictures of a BC Ferry coming into Horseshoe bay, West Coast of Vancouver Island, Windmill on top of Grouse Mountain and looking down to the City, Cruise Ship Centre, Stanley Park – the Seawall…

Saltspring Air’s Beaver taking off….

Gosh, it’s a beautiful part of the world!



The view west at Lochgoilhead

Here is another tune for you to enjoy from White Rock’s dance programme

MacDonald of Keppoch      Jim Lindsay and his Band         RSCDS Book 49

View of Geal Charn near Dalwhinnie



Remember Stanley Baxter – great Scottish comedian?   This is hilarious……………………..



The next Ceilidh dance is by the dancers request and it will be held on Friday, May 31st.  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 –

May 31
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.


Find out the No. 1 song on the day you were born….bet you know the words.



The Northern Lights at Backwater Reservoir in Glenisla Angus.


Love this!!



Tiree – an aerial image and the colours in the water are stunning


Another good tune from the White Rock’s 70th

Starlight           Luke Brady & his Band            Take your Partners #4


Best set in the Hall       Kenny Thompson & his Band         RSCDS Book 46


Arrans Lamlash Bay in moonlight


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

May 31
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.

Glasgow’s Squinty Bridge


Blackness Castle near Linlithgow
NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, May 31, 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