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The traditional Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance will be held on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – admission $10; raffle $2/ 3 f0r $5/ arms length for $10.   All proceeds from the event to be donated to BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Poppy Fund – please give generously.   A plate of food for the table would be much appreciated by this year’s hosts – the Demonstration Team.

The St. Andrew’s Ball has been held in Vancouver for many years.   It is not organized by the Vancouver Branch RSCDS but by the Saltire Society.  This year the committee is a new and younger group who are enthusiastically working to provide a great evening of entertainment and fun.   Of course there will be some dancing but the dances are more the Ceilidh style of dances and the dance programme does not vary much from one year to the next.  There are classes for the dances and these are listed on the events list below and under “Events” on the webpage

This year the ball is being held in the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus   Street, Vancouver from 6 — 11 p.m. with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $99 (30 & under $75) — info at    It is unfortunate that the Ball conflicts with Delta’s Dance but this could not be avoided.

An article in last weekends National Post is applicable to the Ball and to Scottish Country Dancing in general.   Check out    Thanks Gill for the tip.


Local news — New Dance Competition for Book 49 Have you written a dance? Do you fancy trying your hand at writing a dance?   The Vancouver Branch has been invited to submit one (1) dance into the world-wide competition for dances to be published by the RSCDS in Book 49.

If you wish to submit a dance into the competition it must be emailed to not later than December 10, 2013.    To enter the competition you must be a member of the Vancouver Branch.   A Vancouver Branch jury will review the submissions and submit the winning dance to headquarters in Scotland. Submissions must never previously have been published in electronic or paper form or submitted for Books 47/48. They should follow RSCDS terminology as closely as possible. Devisors may make only one submission.

Full instructions and guidelines can be found at    We hope to have a lovely lot of dances from which to choose THE Vancouver Branch Submission.   If you have any concerns or questions do not hesitate to contact Fran Caruth at

Good luck  — We could get some great dances out of this!

Fran Caruth,  On behalf of the Branch


The Branch Demonstration Team will be dancing at the Christmas Market on the QE Theatre Plaza on December 7.   Normally admission to the market is $6 but we have been able to get free vouchers for that day only.   Download the vouchers at: GB Invitation – Nation Day at VCM 2013     Voucher – GB Nation Day at VCM 2013   The Team will be dancing at noon and again at 2 p.m.  Come along and give them your support and enjoy the Market as well.


At our recent meeting of the Highland Games Committee we identified some areas that we need volunteers for next year.  Overall, the Games went very smoothly last year with a large number of new recruits to help us run the show. So going forward, we have identified a few areas that we really need help with – can you please ask your contacts and organizing committees and members as we need to fill these positions:

Children’s Events Co-ordinator – organizing the line-up of events which is pretty easy to do, and day of just making sure everything runs smoothly

Programs – this job takes more work in the last couple of months prior to the games, making sure all copy is submitted, having it put into a program and submitted to a printer.

Sponsorship/Advertising and promotion – Cher is going to do the social media aspect, Mary Jane may be around to help out again for sponsorship and advertising, but we need extra help. Someone to develop an advertising plan, to find new advertisers and sponsorships, and to be responsible for writing requests for grants and sponsorships from a list that the City of Coquitlam has provided.

So could you please circulate and any volunteers can contact Jim – Joan –

or myself.   Glenna Urbshadt –


Hello Teachers,

I am moving and needing to clear out some school items.

I have a ladies long black and white tartan (Menzies?) ladies skirt.  Waist size 27 inches. great for evening ball or entertaining and a ladies grey dress Stewart tartan walking kilt or skirt Aljean = I think about size 12/14.

If you can use them, please let me know and if a small donation for them can be given to the school, that would be great, otherwise please just take and put to use if you can.

Sandra Crosby –

PS –  Also have 40 girls white dresses sizes 8 — ladies M  these were sewn by CFB Chilliwack for their 50th Anniversary Tattoo.  I can no longer store them, like new, hoping a children’s group can use them.

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Why we like the British 


Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, ‘We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.’
(The Daily Telegraph)

Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her underwear. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend.
(The Manchester Evening News)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like.
(The Guardian)


Have had a lot of work with the Cancer Agency this week driving patients from their home to hospital and back.   This week my pick ups were in Tsawwassen and South Delta and had to be in Vancouver for appointments at 8 and 9 so it was early starts for me.   As one of the appointments was going to last 4 hours I managed to get out to Coquitlam to meet an Entertainment Director in a Seniors’ Home that wanted the Dem Team to perform.   I was able to check the space available and other arrangements too.



Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are.    Last week’s picture brought confirmation that it was the Sligachan bridge on Skye so here is a new one for you to try and place.   Send your guesses to    You can look back at prior newsletters and see previous mystery pictures going to our website


The next Ceilidh Dance is the last Friday in November – the 29th so please  call all your friends and arrange to bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance following from 8 – 11 p.m. with the live music of Calanais.   Admission at the door is only $10 (students etc. $8).   No partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.


There were some very good pictures taken at the January 4, 2013 Ceilidh Dance which have been posted on the RSCDS Vancouver Branch Facebook page. If you do not want your picture on that page please contact The link for the pictures is:


SFU’s Tartan Day celebrations featured the launch of the long-awaited “Scots in BC” website with information on how you can add your family history to the site. The website can be accessed at: It is well worth a visit.


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Unknown Soldier

Some fun and interesting sites:


These are genuine answers from some of our 16 year olds…………and they WILL breed.

Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie

Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?
A. Nearby


Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances James Johnson []





Poppies and rapeseed at Pattiesmuir

Rape seed and poppies at Pattiesmuir

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 29.  Same time, same place, same price, same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc.  We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable.  Please do your best to spread the word.   Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.

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To skin sweet potatoes quickly : 

Soak in cold  water immediately after boiling.


A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though:


Fantastic – subscriptions are over the 400 mark at last. This newsletter will go out to 425 people in many cities, provinces & countries. Now my goal is to get to 500!! Please pass along the website to your friends and maybe they will subscribe –

The new mailing system comes with some interesting reports.   I can see who opens the newsletter and who doesn’t and how many reach different countries round the world.   You would be surprised that no newsletter goes to Myanmar but 1 goes to India, 5 to Hong Kong and 6 to Japan.   Just over 50% (last week’s newsletter was 53.1%) open the e-mail so I will have to do a study to see if most of those who do not open the e-mail each week don’t open it any week.

Note: the Celtic Treasure Chest has closed the White Rock store. For information on specials etc. call one of the stores – Vancouver 604-261-3688; Delta 604-940-5366


An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at


Of course I should be outside, getting some fresh air, good exercise and helping prepare the garden for winter but it is so nice and cosy inside and I have lots of work to get done.   Apart from lesson planning I have to get ready to be MC at the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra’s concert next Saturday which will include getting the bios for the various performers as well as all the tunes the VFO will play and maybe a joke or two.   Then as I am part of the Dem Team there are things to do for the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on Monday as we are hosting the event this year.   I did a bit of leaf picking up and blowing yesterday but most people would not see any difference as the ground is covered again.   Usually all the leaves are down from the deciduous trees by November 15 and although there has not been much wind that looks like being on target this year.  The Cedars though are another question.   They still have lots of brown on them that will come down eventually but they will just trickle down until we get a good windstorm to get the bulk of it down.

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Events happening in the immediate future include the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on Monday, November 11 and the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra’s Concert on the 16th.  – see website for date, time and location.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


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Wallace Monument



If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know –    Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail.   There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:   Note:   Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Nov 11 Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver BC this year hosted by the Demonstration Team.
Nov 12  5th   class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West   Vancouver (near corner of Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.
Nov 16 Vancouver   Fiddle Orchestra Concert
Welcome Everyone to an Evening of   Scottish Music and Dance, 7:30 pm Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont ,   North Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra, Vancouver Branch   Demonstration Team, De Danaan Irish Dancers, Ceilidh dancing and more…     Tickets $15 604-980-6071, or from VFO   members.
Doors open at 7 pm.  Come early!
Nov 16 Concert with Kiérah on Fiddleand Adam Dobres on guitar 8 p.m. in   the Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnstone Road, White Rock.  Tickets $24 604-538-9271; information at
Nov 20 6th  class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver —   7:30 p.m.
Nov 26 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance, Fort Langley Community Hall,   9167 Glover Road — 7:30 – $10.   Muisc   by Mary Ross
Nov 26 Last  class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Wescot   Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver (near corner of   Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.
Nov 29 Monthly Ceilidh Dance of the season at the Scottish Cultural   Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.     Class at 7 p.m. and dance following from 8 — 11 p.m. and all for the   fantastic price of $10 (students $8) — info 604-536-9481
Nov 30 Children’s & Family Christmas party, Capilano Room, Harry   Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Van 2:30 p.m.   Adults $5 Children FREE!!   Info   604-922-4406 or
Nov 30 Delta Borderers’ Dance, KinVillage Community Centre, 5430 10th   Avenue, Tsawwassen with Don Bartlett on keyboard.   7:30 p.m.    —  Tickets $20 from Mairi   604-946-2448 or Ruth 604-594-6807  
Nov 30 St. Andrew’s Ball in the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus   Street, Vancouver from 6 — 11 p.m. with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $99 (30 & under $75) — info at
Dance classes 7:30 at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street Vancouver   on Wednesdays, October 16, 23 & 30, November 6 & 20 and 7:00 at   Wescott Elementary, West Vancouver  on   Tuesdays, November 12 & 26.  $6   drop in
Dec  7 Vancouver Branch Children’s   Party changed to November 30
Dec  7 Inverglen Scottish Dancers and the Kerrisdale   Community Centre Dancers present a Celtic Christmas Celebration.   2:00 p.m. in the Seniors Centre of the   Kerrisdale Community Centre.  Highland, Scottish Country and Step dancing   will be presented in this concert. As well there will be a  Red &   White Wine Raffle Draw to help raise money for the dancers workshop and   costume fund.  Hope to see you there to   support our up and coming dancers.  Admission by donation.
Dec  7 The Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team will be dancing at the   German Christmas Market, on the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth theatre at noon   and again at 2 p.m.   Free admission to   the Market is available with voucher available on home page 
Dec  8 Gleneagles 50th Annual Grand Ball in the Fairmont   Hotel Vancouver.   Tickets (maximum   160) @110 from Susan or Norm 604-984-7458 or   Music   by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra
Dec  9 Vancouver Branch Party & Ceilidh Night 7:30 p.m. in the   Scottish Cultural Centre – $6
Dec 10 Glenayre Christmas Party, St. Laurence Church Hall, 825 St.   Laurence St., Coquitlam – $8
Dec 11 Last Programme Class

The calendar of events is always being updated so you should check it out from time to time on our website at




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The wife was counting all the nickels and dimes out on the kitchen table when she suddenly got very angry and started shouting and crying for no reason.     I thought to myself, “She’s going through the change.”

When I was in the pub I heard a couple of guys saying that they
wouldn’t feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the pilot was a woman. 
What a pair of sexist guys. I mean, it’s not as if she’d have to reverse it! 



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Kilconquhar – Pittenweem


Mother Superior called all the nuns together and said to them, ‘I must tell you all something.    We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent.’

‘Thank God,’ said an elderly nun at the back. ‘I’m so tired of chardonnay.


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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun.  Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park.   We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.

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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 29, 2013 with live music by Calanaish. You have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through. The price is only – $10 or $8 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain — everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner.  Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.

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Poppies and Buttercups

For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want. Andy is asking everyone to send in their requests so if you have a favourite Scottish tune, song, recitation, band, performer, choir or whatever send an e-mail to


The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and well any time is a great time to do it. You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either or www, for a list of class locations and times.

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime which is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing. It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle). There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below.

Come along — check us out — the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at or

Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations

as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details –


Riddles (answer next week)

last one:
Reaching stiffly for the sky,
I bare my fingers when it’s cold
In warmth I wear an emerald glove
And in between I dress in gold

Answer:   A deciduous tree

This week:

Kings and queens may cling to power
and the jester’s got his call
But, as you may all discover,
the common one outranks them all


For upcoming events see and

Remembrance Poppies


Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at

A monthly Challenge Class is held on the 2nd Friday each month in the upper building, Room 7, Phinney Neighbourhood Association, 4532 Phinney Avenue, North Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Info at

Next class:   December 13

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver, We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 12 or more and we can give them a discount!!! This will be the second regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2013/14 season and it would be great if we could double the attendance of the dance last month.

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!!

It only costs $10 ($8 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link or the Face-book page to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Thanks to good attendances the finances for the 2012/13 season will still allow the cost to be the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost.  However if attendance remains as low as this season’s first two Ceilidh dances then either the price will go up and/or the dances will have to be cancelled.

We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone! Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn! There is a FREE class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. with music by Calanais.

Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!


The schedule for the 2012/13 season shapes up as follows:

All on Fridays of course –2013

November 29
January 10
February 7
February 28
March 28
April 25

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We are still working on improving the strength of the smile muscles as well as the bows and curtsies! Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is. We need to attract students from UBC, SFU and all the other colleges and universities. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. Please do all you can to help us.Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($10 or $8 for students.)  You should check the website – – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc.  On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc.  I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website. You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.

Remembering Tommy Cooper:

1.  A man walked into the doctors, he said, ‘I’ve hurt  my arm in several places’
The doctor said, Well don’t go there anymore 

2.  Ireland s worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night. 



Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – and ask them to subscribe. If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page.

If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.

This newsletter reaches out to some 425 subscribers (at long last we are over the 400 mark!) from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.

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These fit so well they should be in a dictionary. 

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

See Coming Events on the website for info –

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