Happy Victoria Day – pity it is not quite so nice but my body could do with a rest although I really did not do that much out in the garden but I really am getting old as I get sore and stiff very easily (maybe it is just me trying to get out of some good honest work!)

The long weekend got off to a super start with a delicious dinner and enjoyable evening with friends so we got off to a later start than planned on Saturday morning.   Off to the nursery to get more plants etc. then home to get them planted, potted, hung or whatever but first we had to move an old table and 4 chairs we had inherited when we bought the house.   The table was very wobbly and in need of major repairs while the wood slats in one of the chairs had sprung loose so we took them up to the road and left them there hoping some handy man would see they had some potential.   Later in the day two chairs were taken but the rest is sitting there so they might become firewood!!

That left a hole in our deck so off we trotted to Canada Tire, Home Sense, Pier 1, some other store, the Brick, Walmart and Home Depot.   Of course none of the stores had exactly what we wanted.  The chairs didn’t stack, it was only available in bright orange, they were too big, they were not comfy, etc.   We came home to think about it and as Margaret got on with planting our earlier purchases I started to power wash the back deck which I managed to get finished just before darkness but of course was soaked through so had to shower and change before we ate.

Continued later …..

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

Loch Maree

Loch Maree

Yesterday I was up reasonably early and got dressed up in my formal kilt attire and was off to get photographed with a cute 10-year-old ballerina.   It was a promotional shoot for an upcoming multicultural dance event.   This took much longer than I thought so it was lunch time by the time I got home and changed.   The deck looked much better but some boards needed to be replaced so I started to pull up the boards – not easy without damaging the adjoining boards.  I also had to replace a cracked spar on one of the Adirondack chairs.   Margaret had been busy checking out the internet and we decided, despite the colour, that the best patio set was one, which, I had thought, the chairs did stack although the internet said they didn’t.   Off to check on that and maybe purchase it and to the lumber store to get wood for the deck and chair.

The chairs did stack so a purchase was made but they did not have the matching umbrella.  The lumber store was helpful in advice but apparently things have changed since our deck was built and they no longer stock the size we need and very few places do.   I did get the piece for the chair which they cut to size for me.

Back home to see if the umbrella was available elsewhere.   Online was out of stock but there was one in North Surrey.   I phoned to ask them to hold it and we rushed up there but that took some time of course.   Now we had to try to decipher the assembly instructions for the table and chairs.   The table was not bad but my first attempt at a chair ended up being back to front.  They, the chairs, are a two person job.   We got two done before frustration, exhaustion, hunger took over so I have two more to do sometime.

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 Meadie

Loch Meadie

Note a new series of classes on various nights over the summer – 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

A note from the Celtic Treasure Chest that they are still  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.

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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 Ness

Loch Ness


Corduroy pillows are making headlines.

 I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car. 


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Jokes about German sausage are the wurst kind.

 I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.


Loch Roe

Loch Roe

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

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The enlarged Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team squeezed into the small hall at the Cultural Centre last Thursday.   There are still a few people away but thanks to a few dancers who volunteered as spares we had 46 dancers so were able to at least dance each dance on the programme which helped get us all a bit more at ease as the notes are quite scary!!   We meet at the Cultural Centre this Thursday and after that we will move to the gym at Laurier School.

Because of a double booking the final Massed Dance class on Wednesday, June 18 will also have to find a different hall so I will try tomorrow to see if Laurier is available for that night as well.


Loch Shiel & Glenfinnan Viaduct

Loch Shiel


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 Tay

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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  Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car.  When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!  Works better than a cloth!


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 Torridon

Loch Torridon

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


Mad About PLAID on Pinterest



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We have a friend coming for lunch today and the weather is brightening up so we might get to sit out on the deck BUT I only have two chairs assembled!!


Loch Trool

Loch Trool

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.



I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

‘This is the 21st century, old man,’ my son said. ‘We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.’

I can tell you, that bloody fly never knew what hit it… 


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 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


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Events happening in the immediate future include the Programme class on the 21st, a lecture at Douglas College on the 22nd and the Fort Langley Whisky Tea Dance on the 25h.   Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

loch tulla

Loch Tulla


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 21 Programme class at the Scottish Cultural Centre — 7:30 p.m. — dances   for Fort Langley
May 22 A   Play, a Pie & a Pint   10:00 – 11:20 am, Room 1614, New Westminster Campus, Douglas   College
Deborah   Neville, Theatre Director and Instructor at Douglas College, takes us into   the world of contemporary theatre in Scotland.
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 — Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m.
May 29 Scottish   Myths and Stereotypes 10:00 – 11:20 am,   Room 1614, New Westminster Campus, Douglas College Karen Cowan, Instructor of English   and Women’s Studies at Douglas College, highlights the way “Scottishness” is   branded in art, literature and popular culture.
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 a location to be announced 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:

Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavoured mouthwash.


  Loch Vaich and Meall a' Chaorainn

Loch Vaich

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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 Voil 3

Loch Voil

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.

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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).

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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


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_faskally Pitlochry

Loch Fascally

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.



Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not Happy.
Paddy says, “Mick, I’m thinking of buying a Labrador ” .
“Bugger that”, says Mick, “have you seen how many of their owners go blind?”
A wife says to her husband, “You’re always pushing me around and talking behind my back.”
He says, “What do you expect? You’re in a wheelchair.”


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 Tummel

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