Another week has flown by and I am scrambling again to try to get the newsletter completed and out this evening (Mother’s Day).   It is a lovely day and despite still having a cough I joined other men to make up a male choir as is the custom for Mother’s Day in our kirk.   That meant an earlier start than normal as we had to have a quick sing through before the service.

This week I have a series of “Loch” pictures.   Get your maps out to find where they all are!!

Loch an Eilein Aviemore

Loch an Eilein

Margaret is out at Toastmasters so I managed to get a wee bit of gardening done including finally getting the lovely yellow azalea, that we were given by Marian & Max , properly planted.   We did have a formal planting with pictures before they left last Tuesday but it was all in a bit of a rush and I haven’t had time (or the weather was not nice) since.   I did a few other chores none of which will be noticed.   It is such a lovely day but I had to come inside to get this letter started.

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.


Loch Assynt 2 Loch Assynt

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.


This week sees our last class for the West End Scottish Country Dance Club on Tuesday.   Some of them are going to the Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance so we have been practising the dances on that programme and will do so again this week if anyone else would like to join us you will be very welcome – 7:15 start at the West End Community Centre on Denman Street and I think it is a $6 drop in fee.

A reminder about the Inverglen Scottish Dancers annual performance which this year is on Sunday, June 22 in the Magee School Theatre in Vancouver.   This is always a very enjoyable event and well worth the time and the cost.   See “Upcoming Events” for all the details.

Loch Awe

Loch Awe


I am having an out of money experience.

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.
Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on 280 Interstate. Please be careful!”

“It’s not just one car,” said Herman. “It’s hundreds of them!”


mouse dance 


Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too .


I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. Now it’s syncing.

When chemists die, they barium.


Loch Choire 2

Loch Choire

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.

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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




The Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team is still busy – we danced last Wednesday and will do so again this Wednesday and also at the Ceilidh on May 31.   The enlarged Team for the Highland Games starts practises this Thursday.   Unfortunately the main hall at the Cultural Centre is booked so we will have to try to squeeze into the small hall until I can find a school gym.   It will be very cosy this week!!   The Tam O’Shanter Dancers also performed last Friday and I think it is their wind up class tomorrow night.


Loch Creran

Loch Creran


For the 60th anniversary of the White Rock club members made table centrepieces representing different dances.   Some of you might not have seen these works of art.   They are all available, along with other photos, on the club website at under the tab photos & slide shows then under 2014 and 60th Ball centrepieces.


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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Loch Duich near Shiel-Bridge-LG

Loch Duich

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.


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  Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.  Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such As peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.


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


Loch Enoch

Loch Enoch

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

This is a most breathtaking rendition of The Lord’s Prayer as performed by Andrea Bocelli in honour of those who died in the train derailment near Santiago de Compostela ,  Spain , last summer (July, 2013). Andrea is accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and choir, and it is simply beautiful.



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I guess I can’t have won the raffle at the Gleneagles Spring Dance but I still don’t know who did!


Loch Fyne

Loch Fyne

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.

Loch Garten

Loch Garten


A Banker parks his brand new Porsche in front of the office to show it
off to his colleagues.    As he’s getting out of the car, a lorry comes speeding along too close to the kerb and takes off the door before zooming off.

More than a little distraught, the Banker grabs his mobile and calls the
police.  Five minutes later, the police arrive. Before the policeman has a chance to ask any questions, the man starts screaming hysterically: ‘My Porsche, my beautiful silver Porsche is ruined. No matter how long it’s at the panel beaters it’ll simply never be the same again!’

After the man finally finishes his rant, the policeman shakes his head in
disgust.    ‘I can’t believe how materialistic you bloody Bankers are,’ he says. ‘You lot are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else in your life.’

How can you say such a thing at a time like this?’ sobs the Porsche owner.

The policeman replies, ‘Didn’t you realise that your arm was torn off when the
truck hit you.’

The Banker looks down in horror and screams ……..’Where’s my Rolex????…


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 392 people in many cities, provinces & countries. This is a net increase of 2 from last week  – still 8 short of my goal to get back to 400.

Can you help to find these 8 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 222 subscribers or 57.2% of the total list which is much lower than recent weeks – but it was a short week as I did not get the newsletter out until Tuesday.  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 on May 12th .  Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

Loch Gilp, Ardrishaig

Loch Gilp


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 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 
Jun 23 Dancing in the Park hosted by the Fort Langley Club — Tartan   night
Jun 24 Puget Sound Crossroads — Dance in Friday Harbor
Jun 27 Summer   fun for experienced dancers at Harmsworth Hall, 7070 — 232nd   Street, Langley from 7:30 — 10:00 p.m. Drop in fee $5 info from Diane or 604-533-0023
Jun 30 Dancing in the Park hosted by   the Deep Cove Club — come celebrate the eve of Canada Day wear red &   white!

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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:

Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.


  Loch Hope deer

Loch Hope

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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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Loch Linnhe & Ben Nevis

Loch Linnhe

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.


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  

Loch Lochy

Loch Lochy

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at


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.



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.

Loch Loyal

Loch Loyal

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 392 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:

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last
Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.


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 cluanie

Loch Cluane

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