Vancouver Police at the PalaceWith many thanks to Paul & Janice here is a picture of our adopted Pipe Band being the Vancouver Police Pipe Band leaving Buckingham Palace.   They were the first non military band to play for the Changing of the Guard.   Sandy, who also dances on the Demonstration Team is the lead piper on the right.   The Vancouver Police Pipe Band will be playing at the Gala Night at the Park on Monday, July 14.

We danced at the Canada Day celebrations in Port Coquitlam on a lovely but hot afternoon then I joined 35 or so others for the Canada Day parade in Vancouver in the evening.  It was a great turnout but it could have been even better.   Here is a link for Shaw TV’s coverage of the parade.   The RSCDS are about 2/3 of the way through and the commentator mentions Ceilidh Dancing:

Today we also danced in Port Coquitlam in Leigh Square where, despite the rain, there was a reasonable crowd who stayed to watch us.   We followed some younger children and we thought all the parents would disappear when they had performed.   The next Dem Team performance will be at Stanley Park on Monday, July 14.

This will be the last newsletter of the season although if there are any important announcements I could still send out a notice.   Hope you have all enjoyed the pictures and the news.



Hope our US subscribers had a great Independence Day

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.


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Isle of Canna looking to Rum

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





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Old Man of Storr

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Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?


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Rocks on the Summer Isles

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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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.





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Rum from singing sands beach on Eigg

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 are in the middle of replacing the roof which is a major expense. It is expected it will take at least another week to complete this large project. We also plan to paint and spruce up the main hall but that will not take place until September.

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.


Well where did the week go?  Dancing in the Park with Deep Cove on Monday then of course Canada Day on Tuesday.   That meant I was at work on Wednesday while Thursday I accompanied my youngest as he rode down to the beach and the pool on his bike while I vainly tried to keep up.   He is pretty good though and waited for me at each stop sign!!   Watched their swim lessons then it was a quick shower and change plus a piano practise and a snack before tennis.   Back up the hill for lunch and back down again for swim training.   Then it is trampoline time while I collapse.   They have endless energy – I forgot that Taryn also has a synchro class  first of all but I have not had to get her there yet.

Friday was pretty much a repeat while yesterday, as mentioned, I danced after doing a few chores.  Today I was “volunteered” to be in charge while Granny and Mummy were off doing other things.   All this cuts into my time watching the recorded World Cup and Wimbledon which we record and try not to let anyone tell us the results.   Canada did very well at Wimbledon with one champion, one runner-up, and two semi-finalists.




The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014 but you can dance every Monday evening, weather permitting, come down to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park near 2nd Beach.   THIS MONDAY, July 7  from 7 – 9 p.m. and the theme is “Scots Dance the world o’er.”  .    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 .

Future Mondays in Stanley Park are:

July 14           Gala Night with the Pipe Band and the Dem Team
July 21           Music, Music, Music with a surprise programme from Delta Borderers
July 28           Family and Friends night
August  4        Ceilidh night – Summer by the Sea – Wear a Hat
August 11        Beach Party Night – wear your brightest beach outfit
August 18       Last night in the Park – wear kilts and sashes

Canada Day maple leaf line

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.

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Sailing through the Kyles of Bute

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!!


You can join 117 or more on the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link:


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


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Scarinish Harbour

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

A bit late but …..

Clever street art



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Newport-on-Tay view

Newport on Tay

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.




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


Subscriptions stayed the same so this newsletter will go out to 393 people in many cities, provinces & countries. I guess I am not going to make my goal of 400 especially as I should do a purge of those who do not open it.   Will do that before next season starts.   Thanks for all your support.

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 which was not sent out until Thursday was opened by 220 subscribers or 56% of the total list.   I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is probably much 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

I also gather that TartanTown in Coquitlam stocks dance shoes by Seniors of St. Andrews.


Events happening in the immediate future include Dancing in the Park tomorrow (Monday night) and Mondays thereafter until August 18.   Of course there is the 4th annual Fall Frolic on August 30.    Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.



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South Ballachulish


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COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Jul  7 Dancing in the Park hosted by the Glenayre Club with a special performance
Jul  9 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
Jul 14 Dancing in the Park GALA NIGHT hosted by the Branch with entertainment by the Vancouver Police Pipe Band which is celebrating their 100th anniversary fresh home from their visit to Her Majesty in London as well as the Branch Demonstration Team
Jul 21 Dancing in the Park hosted by the Delta Borderer’s – music, music, music
Jul 27 – Aug 3 TAC Summer School – Greeley, Colorado with Candidates classes.   This is a workshop for all dancers of all levels.   Teaching staff: Helen Russell, Marjorie MacLaughlin, Graham Donald, Keith Bark & Tim Wilson Incredible music by: Marian Anderson, Keith Smith, Isobelle Hodgson, Judi Nicolson, Max Ketchin, Graham Bell & Steve Carcary.   Registration forms now available with all information at
Jul 28 Dancing in the Park Family and Friends night – Families dancing together.
Jul 30 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
Jul 31 Please join us for an evening of English and Scottish country dancing on Sat July 26th on Mercer Island. For further information please visit our website:
Aug  4 Dancing in the Park hosted by the West End Club and the Ceilidh Dancers – Summer by the sea.  Wear a hat, get a boater or a staw hat with flowers.
Aug 11 Dancing in the Park hosted by the New Teachers – It is a Beach Party – wear your brightest beach attire!!
Aug 13 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
Aug 18 Last night of Dancing in the Park hosted by the Gleneagles Club – wear kilts, tartan sashes or anything with tartan.
Aug 28 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
Aug 30 The 4th annual Fall Frolic hosted by the West End SCDC in the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver with music by the Tartan Players.   7:30 – $15 parking available please enter off Denman Street – a small donation of food would be very much appreciated

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The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

 Here are this year’s winners:

 Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.


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South Erradale

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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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Stavanan Bay looking to Arran

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.

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 –


A minister was completing a temperance  sermon. With great emphasis he  said,   ‘If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and  pour it into the river.’  With even greater emphasis he said, ‘And if I had All the wine in the world, I’d take  it and pour it into the river.’ And then finally, shaking his fist in the air,  he Said, ‘And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d  take it and pour it into the river.’ Sermon complete, he sat down…

The song  leader stood very cautiously and announced With a smile,  nearly laughing, ‘For our closing  song,   Let us sing Hymn #365,    ‘Shall We Gather at the  River.’

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.

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View from Dunfermline

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.

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Summer Isles

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 393 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.


A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. Father said he’d make a deal with his son,”You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study our Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.”   The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.   After about six weeks his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.”   The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”  

(You’re going to love the Dad’s reply!)              

“Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?”

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said, “Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. “Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?”

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters , smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don’t you think?”

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”


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 –

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