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 to the White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club

for a super party.  And what a celebration they had and what a lot of effort all the club members put in to ensure that everything was done just right.   They made everyone feel welcome and the approximately 160 who attended the Dance on Saturday night had a great time.   I am starting this week’s newsletter on Sunday afternoon but I doubt if I will finish it today.   We got home about 3:30 after a great after party and tonight we are entertaining some 20 or more people for dinner including the band so I will have to help Margaret a wee bit!!

The three band members arrived on Tuesday evening and Marian & Max have been staying with us while Jim stayed with the Lowes.   Marian hails from Whitsome

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but now lives in California!!

 California - Marian A

California 2 Marian A

Max on the other hand comes from Penicuik

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and Jim from Pathhead

Pathhead, Midlothian Jim Nicol

They were super people to host and were absolutely nae bother at all and well what can you say about their music other than it was just brilliant.   They were kept busy as they played for the class on Wednesday night where they had to use the upstairs portion of the hall for some sets and then for the Ceilidh on Friday where it was a shame only about 60 folk came along and then, of course, for the big dance last night where 15o + tickets were sold.

The dance was a huge success with a varied programme of dances and the super selection of tunes to accompany them.   It was great to see many former dancers who came along for the celebration and to listen to the music and watch us “dancers” struggling at times but having loads of fun none-the-less.   The floor was filled all night and the programme was completed in time to get all the tables out for an amazing “tea.”  All the crew in the kitchen had done an amazing job and there was food for twice as many.

Many, many thanks and congratulations to President David, Teacher Maureen (33 years as White Rock’s teacher which in itself is quite the milestone) and to all the White Rock Club members.   Many of the members had made a centrepiece for the tables representing a dance and the effort put into these was indicative of the love for the club.   Once I have got some time I will download some pictures and let you see some of these works of art.   It is now Monday morning! and I probably won’t get this finished until tomorrow, Tuesday.

And here it is on Tuesday morning as I scramble to see if I can get this letter out before lunch as I have to go in to the office, the Cultural Centre then on to my class in the West End.   We had a pleasantly lazy last day with our guests and they should be arriving home shortly.   They were excellent guests and very nice warm people and will be very welcome to come back any time.

The next regular Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.    Start to 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. Of course there is one other Ceilidh Dance coming up on Saturday, May 31 in the Scottish Cultural Centre.  This one is a fund-raiser for the BC Lung Association.   You are encouraged to get your tickets beforehand  – see info in Coming Events below or on the website.




A note from the Celtic Treasure Chest that they are having a Spring cleaning with many items below wholesale.    Note that, despite rumours to the contrary, the two stores are not for sale, nor are there any plans to close either store.


It is hard to wind down after all the whirl and excitement over the past week and I have many things that I need to catch up on.   First though is this week!!

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Money isn’t everything but it sure keeps the kids in touch. 

 Red meat is not bad for you.   Fuzzy green meat is bad for you. 


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Earthquake in Washington obviously government’s fault .

I used t think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure .


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An article in a recent edition of the National Post is applicable to the Ball and to Scottish Country Dancing in general. Check out

Thanks Gill for the tip.

=========================================================== Bike 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 $4,755 to do so.  If you can spare a few dollars for this excellent cause please go to his web page at

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Obviously we were busy entertaining our guests last week so very little else done although we did plant a very nice yellow azalea which is being named MariMax after its donors.   I can see it out my window as I type and it will always remind me of the super time we had together.   This is another busy week as there is dancing every day with a practice last night, class tonight, Dems on Wednesday and Friday and Dem class on Thursday.   I have office work to get back to, the Highland Games Team to organise, lots of paper work to get off my desk not to mention the garden where the weeds (and plants) are thriving in this warm, wet weather.   It might help if I can get to bed before midnight too!!!


Leog in Lerwick, Shetland


 A man suffered a serious heart attack while shopping in a store. The  store clerks called 911 when they saw him collapse to the floor. The paramedics rushed the man to the nearest hospital where he had emergency open-heart bypass surgery.

He awoke from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at the Catholic hospital.  A nun was seated next to his bed holding a  clipboard, loaded with several forms, and a pen. She asked him how he was going to pay for his treatment.

“Do you have health insurance?” she asked.

He replied in a raspy voice, “No health insurance.”

The nun asked, “Do you have money in the bank?”

He replied, “No money in the bank.”

Do you have a relative who could help you with the payments?” asked the irritated nun.

He said, “I only have a spinster sister, and she is a nun.”

The nun became agitated and announced loudly, “Nuns are not spinsters!

Nuns are married to God.”

The patient replied, “Perfect. Send the bill to my brother-in-law.”


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




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Lilias Day, Kilbarchan

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 – . 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.


Music Notes



 Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety-pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … TA DA! .. Static is gone. 



The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014 but you can come to the Ceilidh on May 31 and then every Monday evening, weather permitting, come down to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park near 2nd Beach starting June 16 from 7 – 9 p.m.  If it is wet at 5 p.m. the dancing will be cancelled but you can call 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751 or try or .  

Dancing in the Park is FREE!!! and no partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.   Check the Coming Events listing as there is a theme for each night so join in the fun.

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 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 The link for the pictures is:


 Thanks for the tips on how to get pictures etc. from my e-mails to the newsletter.   I have downloaded Irfan View which seems to work very well


Linlithgow Palance in Spring

Linlithgow Palace

Some fun and interesting sites:  – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.

You might get a surprise –

A bit of fun – How fast are your reactions:






There was a raffle at the Gleneagles Spring Dance 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.   Unfortunately Simon still has not called me to tell me I won or with the winner’s name!


Spring - lambs Pentland Hills Regional Park

Pentland Hills Regional Park

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 26, 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.

Spring - sunrise on River Ugie

Sunrise on River Ugie

Did you know

The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here’s a little fact for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and
developed the first automobile air-conditioner.  On July 17, 1946, the
temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.    The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.

They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.  They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted
the recognition by having a label, ‘The  Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the
dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way
he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Fords..

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4
million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air

on the controls.

Control yourself !!!


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


Subscriptions are still fairly stable with a few new additions but some also unsubscribing.   This newsletter will go out to 390 people in many cities, provinces & countries. The same as last week and I had hoped we would have reached higher after all those folk at the last Ceilidh dance promised me they would go to the website and “subscribe.”   So now it is still 10 short of my goal to get back to 400.

Can you help to find these 10 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!! At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by 238 subscribers or 61.% of the total list which is much 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



Events happening in the immediate future include Burnaby’s Spring session starting on May 5th .  Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

Spring - sunrise over the Grey Corries

Sunrise over the Grey Corries


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.

May  5 Burnaby Spring session, Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540   Thomas Street, Burnaby at 7:30 p.m.  –   $6
May 10 Bellingham social
May 12 Burnaby Spring session, Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540   Thomas Street, Burnaby at 7:30 p.m.  –   $6
May 25 Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance — 2 p.m. in Fort Langley Community   Hall with music by Ken Natrass & Ron Krug.   Tickets limited to 100 are $15 at   604-576-6371 or
May 28 Last Programme class
May 31 Ceilidh Dance for the BC Lung Association with music by the   Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver — tickets $20 from or call 604.842.5044There   May be tickets available at the door but better to order in advance – silent   auction/ 50 50 draw, door prizes, cash bar all proceeds to the Lung   Association Bicycle Trek.  Dances   called by Duncan MacKenzie
Jun  4 Highland Games practices at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.   Open to everyone — no charge!   Sign up now call or e-mail Jean at   604-464-8103 or   Lots   of fun — come help celebrate the Branch’s 50 year celebration at the Games
Jun 6 – 8 Midwest Scottish Weekend at Beloit College, in Beloit, WI.   Information about our fifth annual Midwest Scottish Weekend is now available   on our website at  Registration materials, including a   PayPal link, are also set to go.  Our   music this year is by “A Parcel of Rogues” — Calum Pasqua on fiddle and   Susie Petrov on piano and accordion. Our primary teacher is Rebecca   Blackhall-Peters from Vancouver & Susie Petrov will also teach dance   classes, showing another of her talents.
Jun 11 Highland Games practices at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.   Open to everyone — no charge!   Sign up now call or e-mail Jean at   604-464-8103 or   Lots
of fun — come help celebrate the Branch’s 50 year celebration at the Games
Jun 16 Dancing in the Park starts with a bang as the host is the   Burnaby Club and the music will be by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra — Sit   & listen/ Dance have fun
Jun 18 Highland Games practices at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.   Open to everyone — no charge!   Sign up now call or e-mail Jean at   604-464-8103 or   Lots   of fun — come help celebrate the Branch’s 50 year celebration at the Games
Jun 21 BC Highland Games Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam BC  – Admission:  Adults $15; Seniors/students $10 Children   (6-12) $5 all info at
Jun 22 The inverglen Scottish Dancers annual recital “Dance with your   Soul” at Magee Secondary Theatre, 6360 Maple Street, Vancouver at 2 p.m.   Tickets: Adults $14; seniors 65 + &   children 12 – $10   All info from   604-605-0890 or 

““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““` “ Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest,in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

The winners are:

Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.


  Spring - Triplets

Spring triplets

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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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Nardini’s & St. Columba’s in Largs

The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26, 2014 with live music by Calanaish.    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: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: 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 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.

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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 –

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For upcoming events see and  



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:  May 9, 2014


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 26, 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!!!

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

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

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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 —


September 26
October 24
November 28
January 9
February 6
February 27
March 27
April 24

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 – – 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.

lismore view at dusk


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 390 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:

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church
basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.


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 –  

Loch A'an

Loch A’an

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