Fall - Wood near Strathyre
Wood near Strathyre

Here are link another two Canadian regiments which were part of the decorations at the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on November 11, 2013.

Lady Aberdeen 3     Lady Aberdeen 2

Alison commented “The information was gathered off websites etc. It is only the basics of the wealth of historical and current information available. I included only the older ‘regiments’ – there are many other corps and units, plus naval ships and Air Force squadrons – and Engagement or Battle Honour information up to World War II. There is much more about each regiment’s more recent activities in Korea, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and many Peace-keeping duties.”



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 www.vancouverceilidh.org 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 standrewsball@shaw.ca   I have heard that there are close to 150 tickets sold already!

It is unfortunate that the Ball conflicts with Delta’s Dance but this could not be avoided. An article in a recent edition of the National Post is applicable to the Ball and to Scottish Country Dancing in general. Check out https://life.nationalpost.com/2013/11/02/jane-macdougall-it-battle-of-fun-vs-the-gym-scottish-dancing-wins-every-time/ 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 book49@rscdsvancouver.org 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. Divisors may make only one submission. Full instructions and guidelines can be found at www.rscdsvancouver.org 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 dancing@rscdsvancouver.org 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 – james.e.bain@gmail.com Joan – jdrabyk@shaw.ca or myself. Glenna Urbshadt – gurbshadt@shaw.ca


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 – inverglendance@shaw.ca 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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Fall - Mugdock reservoir

Mugdock reservoir

Why we like the British:


At the height of the gale, the harbour-master radioed a coast guard and
asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn’t
have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land
Rover off the cliff.

( Aberdeen Evening Express)



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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 no guesses so I will leave it up for another week. In these days of face recognition someone must have come up with software that recognizes places!! This almost looks like a hotel.   Send your guesses to ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org  You can look back at prior newsletters and see previous mystery pictures etc.by going to our website www.vancouverceilidh.org.



The next Ceilidh Dance is the on Friday November 29th (which is just one week from tomorrow) 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 web@rscdsvancouver.org. The link for the pictures is: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316825198419573.56421.149674745134620&type=3


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: https://www.scottish.sfu.ca/scots_in_bc_project It is well worth a visit.


Fall - Aurora Borealis from North Uist

Aurora Borealis from North Uist

Some fun and interesting sites:


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

Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.                             (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)

Q. What is a terminal illness
A. When you are sick at the airport.                 (Irrefutable)


Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances James Johnson [auldcountrytours@gmail.com]




Edinburgh & Pentland Hills from the Castle

Edinburgh & Pentland Hills from the Castle

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.

Fall - Kelvingrove Art Gallery & GU in background

Kelvingrove with Glasgow University in background


Father O’Malley answers the phone. ‘Hello, is this Father O’Malley?’
‘It is!’
‘This is the Tax Department. Can you help us?’
‘I can!’
‘Do you know a Ted Houlihan?’ 
‘I do!’ 
‘Is he a member of your congregation?’ 
‘He is!’ 
‘Did he donate $10,000 to the church?’ 
‘He will.’


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


Fantastic – subscriptions are over the 400 mark at last. This newsletter will go out to 427 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 – www.vancouverceilidh.org

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 51.8%) 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. I know some of you go direct to the homepage so that would increase the statistics.

Note: the Celtic Treasure Chest has just received large orders of Christmas items. For information on specials etc. call one of the stores – Vancouver 604-261-3688; Delta 604-940-5366 www.celtictreasurechest.ca. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

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


There are still quite a lot of cedar droppings to come down.   You can see the brown among the green but the bulk is down, raked up and gone or waiting to be collected next week.   Now that the first frost has been there is a lot of pruning to do and I will need to take down the fuchsia baskets, cut them back and store them in the garage to try to over-winter them.   It will depend how cold it gets as things in the garage do freeze but I have been successful for two winters in a row so I can’t complain.

Leaves blowing

This is the last weekend I don’t have any commitments so that is why the newsletter is early.   We are off to check up on family for 4 nights.


Events happening in the immediate future include the Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance next Tuesday, the 26th and then 3 events all on the 30th – Children & Family Christmas Party; Delta Borderer’s Dance and the St. Andrew’s Ball. – see website www.rscdsvancouver.org for date, time and location. Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

Fall - New Lanark

New Lanark


If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org 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.


Nov 26 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance, Fort Langley Community Hall,   9167 Glover Road — 7:30 – $10.   Music   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 delbrookdancers@yahoo.ca
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   standrewsball@shaw.ca
Dance classes 7:30 at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street Vancouver   on Wednesday, November 20 and 7:00 at   Wescott Elementary, West Vancouver  on Tuesday, November 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 www.vancouverceilidh.org 
Dec  8 Gleneagles 50th Annual Grand Ball in the Fairmont   Hotel Vancouver.   Tickets (maximum   160) @110 from Susan or Norm 604-984-7458 or normhaug@shaw.ca   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
Dec 13 — 14 Workshop and Grand Ball in Bologna, Italy with Muriel Johnstone   and Bill Zobel.  Check out their   website for all the information at www.rscds.it
Dec 14 Bellingham Social
Dec 28 Betwixt & between Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre with   music by Mary Ross — 7:30 p.m. FREE for all RSCDS Members – $15 for non   members.   A small offering of seasonal   fare would be appreciated.
Dec 28 — Jan 5 New Zealand Branch Summer School in St. Peter’s School,   Cambridge, NZ — info wayne.mcconnel@rscdsnzb.org.nz

Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

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


leaf falls green

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A teddy bear is working on a building site. He goes for a tea break and
when he returns he notices his pick has been stolen. The bear is angry and
reports the theft to the foreman. The foreman grins at the bear and says
“Oh, I forgot to tell you, today’s the day the teddy bears have their pick


Fall - Oban harbour


King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years 
of war with the Hittites.  His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world.
Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.

Croesus said, “I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.”

“But I paid a million dinars for it,” the King protested.  “Don’t you know who I am? I am the king!”

Croesus replied,  “When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are.”


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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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Fall - Rouken Glen Park

Rouken Glen Park

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9MsThe 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.

Fall - Sunrise over Carrbridge

Sunrise over Carrbridge

For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try www.andysceilidh.co.uk/ 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 andyrossbw@aol.com


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

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 www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org 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 www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org. 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 – www.rscdsvancouver.org


Riddles (answer next week)

last one:
Every dawn begins with me
At dusk I’ll be the first you see
And daybreak couldn’t come without
What midday centers all about
Daisies grow from me, I’m told
And when I come, I end all cold
But in the sun I won’t be found
Yet still, each day I’ll be around

Answer: the letter “d”

This week:
Kings and lords and Christians raised them
Since they stand for higher powers
Yet few of them would stand, I’m certain,
if women ruled this world of ours

For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.

Sunset over Loch Tay

Sunset over Loch Tay

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org 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 www.rscds-seattle.org Next class: December 13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held one week on tomorrow – that is 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 third 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760

Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Thanks to good attendances last year 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 —
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 – www.vancouverceilidh.org – 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 – www.rscdsvancouver.org – 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 ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.

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Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org 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 427 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.

These fit so well they should be in a dictionary.

HANDKERCHIEF:     Cold Storage.

INFLATION:               Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

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 – www.vancouverceilidh.org

Ben More

Ben More

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

Duncan ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org