Yes it is April 6 and that means it is Tartan Day so I hope you wore some tartan sometime today (I wore my kilt to church). It is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320 – see English translation at https://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&docid=nE_WeHdwTJpw3M&tbnid=cb9ubMT86lIwfM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.docstoc.com%2Fdocs%2F2653728%2FThe-Declaration-of-Arbroath&ei=He1BU8TTF8iWyAGVoYHgAg&bvm=bv.64125504,d.aWc&psig=AFQjCNF7AQZrwahTbFAk-8ZbGgNXWH7MAA&ust=1396915811143034
I understand that the meeting organised by the SFU Scottish School of Studies yesterday with the Scottish Minister of External Affairs was a big success and I was sorry to have missed it.
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 25, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. While that seems a long way off it really is only two weeks on Friday so please make plans to come along as we really need all of you. This is a fun and inexpensive way to have an enjoyable evening out with family and friends. Tell at least 2 friends to join you, forward this e-mail to more friends and encourage them to sign up for the newsletter and to come to the Ceilidh Dance. Think of the great exercise you get as well.
Even though it was good attendance at the last Ceilidh Dance we still need an even larger attendance as numbers have been low and that means we are not covering our costs. Please help by spreading the word, rounding up as many as possible to come along – it really is lots of fun and very inexpensive. Remember if you have a group of 8 or more call or e-mail me and I will arrange for a discount of $1 for each of your group but you must contact me in advance – email@example.com
A note from the Celtic Treasure Chest that they have quite a few specials but most importantly they are not for sale and they are not closing either store.
There are Scottish Country Dance workshops coming up around the Province with one in Nanaimo on April 12 and another in Vernon on April 26. Check out the information listed under Upcoming Events
When your gecko is broken you have a reptile dysfunction.
I’d tell you to go to hell but I work there and I don’t want to see you every day.
I have kleptomania but when it gets bad I take something for it.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest .
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx .
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.
Thanks to many of you who have helped by sponsoring my son Ian who is, once again, planning to join the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This will be his fifth year and in the 4 years he has raised a total of $44,280 – how good is that? He would like to get that total over the $60,000 mark this year and he just needs another $5,695 to do so. If you can spare a few dollars for this excellent cause please go to his web page at
Quite the week of contrasts from a dancing viewpoint. On Wednesday I was part of the Branch Demonstration Team performing at the Biltmore Cabaret in a show being recorded for Shaw Cable. The Biltmore Cabaret feels like you are in a cellar as it is quite dark. The stage is small but we did our best and even did an audience participation dance. The audience who paid $10 to watch us were young and enthusiastic and gave us a big cheer. It was a true cabaret with two excellent hosts who were full of energy, a house band and we were followed by a comedienne. I will let you know when the show will be aired but it will not be until sometime in June.
Last night the Tam O’Shanters performed at a fund-raiser for the RCMP Pipe Band at the Riverside Ballroom in Richmond. It is advertised as a ballroom but the wood floor is only about 20 x 20 and the rest of the large room is carpeted. The Stave Falls Dancers were also on the programme and they also put on a very good show.
I managed to spend a good part of two days in the garden working on cleaning out two small areas where plants had not survived and weeds had taken over. The areas look much better but need to have some new plants. Yesterday I got started just before the rain came but kept going until I had completed the section. Now I am stiff. It is that time of year when we remove all the fall and winter kill from the garden and fill many cans for the garden recycling programme – we have 5 full cans this week – and then cart new soil back into the garden. This will go on for another month or two!!
Aurora Borealis over Castletown
BRAINS OF BRITAIN (these are real) UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2) UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Er… …. …
It’s got two syllables . . . Kor . .
Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . .
OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . .
Hello everyone. The Highland Games will be on Saturday June 21st this year. Anyone that would like to volunteer again please let me know. I know a lot of people compete and have set schedules for the day, so let me know the times you would be available and I will try to make a schedule for the day that will suit. Thank you very much Duncan Campbell — 604-944-2977 DCampbell@designroofing.ca
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The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . Any person may join USCS and Scottish Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved then Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information. At the present time we need to replace the roof which will be a major expense and quotes will be requested from roofing contractors. Upgrades to the Centre are also being considered so it is particularly appropriate that dancers join USCS. No final decisions on these upgrades will be made before Members of USCS are fully informed.
Berries, particularly super-fresh berries, are just wonderful, aren’t they?
But they’re also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There’s nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.
Wash them with vinegar.
A friend of mine shared this tip with me a few weeks ago, and it really, really works. When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted I find you can’t taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila!
Raspberries will last a week or more, and I’ve had strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 25th, 2014 and there will be a short performance by the Branch Demonstration Team. Please call all your friends and arrange to bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver to 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) but unless we get a big increase in attendance the price will have to go up. No partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.
Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc.
Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!
A new link has been added to the contacts page – Scottish Canadian Business Association of British Columbia. ScotCanBC seeks to expand trade and investment between Scotland and B.C. The website is www.scotcanbc.org where you can find details about the organization, membership etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The link for the pictures is: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316825198419573.56421.149674745134620&type=3
A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again The boy asked, ‘What is this Father?’ The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is. While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened, and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blond stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son…..
“Go get your Mother”
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.
There will be a raffle at the Gleneagles Spring Dance on April 26 with the proceeds going to help support young people to attend the Gleneagles Ball in December. The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel has again very kindly donated an “Art of Romance Package” at their hotel. The raffle tickets can be purchased even if you cannot attend the dance by contacting Simon at email@example.com
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20
Achmore near Kyle of Lochalsh
The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Same time, same place, same price (so long as there is a big attendance), 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.
CLEVER IDEAS WORTH KNOWING
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip t o pick up the small shards of glass you can’t
A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com
Subscriptions are still fairly stable with a few new additions but some also unsubscribing. This newsletter will go out to 384 people in many cities, provinces & countries. This is only 16 short of my goal to get back to 400!! Can you help to find these 16 people to make my total? If only everyone who says they will sign up (including relatives!) would do so we would be there. Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!! www.vancouverceilidh.org
At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by some 225 subscribers or 56.9% of the total list which is lower than recent weeks. I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is even higher. Please keep opening the newsletter!! Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at www.avriel.com lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll]]]]]]]]
Events happening in the immediate future include both the Children’s Easter Party dance in the afternoon and the Deep Cove dance in the evening of April 12 and the Nanaimo workshop the same day . Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sheep raised for kilts
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|Apr 12||Children’s Easter Party & Dance, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver 2 — 4 p.m. Adults $5 — Children Free|
|Apr 12||Deep Cove Dance in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. with music by Mary Ross – $15|
|Apr 12||Bellingham Social|
|Apr 12||Nanaimo workshop & Tea Dance with teachers Ruth Jappy & Rebecca Blackhall-Peters plus musicians Alex Jappy, Deborah Jones & Julie Smith. Workshop (3 classes), lunch & Tea Dance $55; Tea Dance $15; Lunch $10. Info etc. at www.nanaimoscd.com or Hazel 250-758-6224|
|Apr 14||We’re Celebrating and everyone is invited for the start of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Vancouver Branch Party & Ceilidh night at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver 7:30 — 10:30 p.m. — Free admission!! For details go to www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Apr 25||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|
|Apr 26||Gleneagles Spring Dance in Christ the Redeemer Church, West Vancouver at 7:00 p.m. – $10|
|Apr 26||Vernon Scottish Country Dancers Annual Workshop with guest teacher Maureen Lyon from White Rock with music for the dance by Kristi and Friends. For more information contact Ruth Hurst at email@example.com or 250 545 2626|
|May 2||White Rock Ceilidh featuring Marian Anderson and many other performers at 7:30 in Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey Tickets $15 (Students $8) from Gerda 604-531-4595 or Margaret 604-536-9481|
|May 2-4||Youth Weekend West at Western Washington University for those 18 — (Under 18 with adult supervision) Teachers Eileen Hsu, Jim Maiolo & Katherien Shearman and music for the Ball by Calum MacKinnon & his Ceilidh Band — see www.youthweekendwest.com for all information.|
|May 3||White Rock 60th Anniversary Dance with Marian Anderson’ s Scottish Dance Band. Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Wine & appetizers at 6:30 — a late buffet will follow the dance. Tickets $40 from Laurie 604-944-6678 firstname.lastname@example.org or Gerda 604-531-4595 email@example.com or by PayPal at www.wrscdc.org|
As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Stephen Harper is our Premier and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%.
But, since we cannot increase our prices right now, due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off 60 of our employees, instead. This really has been bothering me, since I believe that we are family, here, and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go.
So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lot and found 60 ‘Harper bumper stickers’ on our employees cars and have decided that these folks will be the ones to let go. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change, so I gave it to them.
I’ll see the rest of you at the annual company picnic!!!
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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, April 25, 2014 with live music by Calanaish. There will be a short performance by the Branch Demonstration Team about 9 p.m. You still 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=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/ The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
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: April 11, 2014
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 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 Eighth and last regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2013/14 season and it would be great if we could double the attendance of the last dance on March 28.
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
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. But low attendance this season might mean we have to look at increasing the admission in future. 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 2013/14 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —
Then the 2014/15 season will start on September 26
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 Universities and all colleges. 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 email@example.com Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.
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 384 subscribers 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.
They’re back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
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
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May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.