august Highland Games - 2014

Massed demonstration at the 2014 BC Highland Games – photo by Simon Scott

Welcome back to a new Season of Ceilidh and Scottish Country dancing.   We have had a wonderful summer and Dancing in the Park did not miss a night although one night had to be cut a bit short.   I hope you all have had a great time and have been able to enjoy the super weather.


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.   See below for more information.


Commonwealth Games action

Commonwealth Games action

A walk through for the Fall Frolic will be held in the Scottish Cultural Centre on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 —  $6





A tartan shoe bag at the Scottish Cultural Centre or ????   Was beside some nitro spray with Keith’s name on it.


Summer - roadside entertainment on Lewis
Roadside entertainment on Lewis


I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey but I turned myself around.



The Kelpies


The 4th Annual Fall Frolic hosted by the West End Scottish Country Dance Club will be held in the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver on Saturday, August 30 (Labour Day Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. with music by the Tartan Players.   Admission is $15 and a donation of a plate of food would be very much appreciated.  Denise, Duncan and all the members of the club look forward to seeing you there.   The programme of dances and Crib notes are on the Branch website and you can find all the dances on YouTube.


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Summer - Loch an Eilein near Aviemore

Loch an Eilein near Aviemore


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. We have just finished replacing the roof which was a major expense.  We also plan to paint and spruce up the main hall but that will not take place until September at the earliest.

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.


Dancing in the Park with its weekly theme nights proved to be a big success with lots of dancers and many from the audience joining in.   Thanks to all the Teachers and helpers who put a lot of effort into making these nights such a success.

There was a reasonable turn out of dancers to dance/march in the Canada Day parade and we were well received.   Many thanks to Cathrine and Francis for all their organization.

We have had a super summer with our grandchildren but all good things have to come to an end when it is time for them to go back to school.   We have been up and down to the Crescent Beach Swimming Club (CBSC) pool and tennis courts many times and attended  swim meets and water polo matches.   The U14 team, including Ryan, won gold at the Provincial Summer Swimming Championships in Kamloops and his relay team won a silver medal too.

The LA contingent all left separately with Caitlin, who was a first year swim coach, being required at school for field hockey practise so she left a week ago; Ryan joined his cousins to fly back east last Thursday to holiday with his other grandparents and Eileen started her drive down south early on Friday morning.   That leaves the HK crew who flew out at 2 a.m. this Monday morning.   We took them to the airport – 2 car loads – at midnight.   The wee ones had been up since 7 a.m. and each swum in 6 races with Taryn winning trophies in two events.   I only had to swim (well somehow I got from one end to the other) in one relay.

Now our house will be so quiet which is lovely but I will miss them all tomorrow!!.   I have to turn off the hot tub and when it cools empty it out and I have to dismantle, clean and store the trampoline.   I have some children’s bikes, toys, etc. to give away and then it will soon be time to put all the patio stuff away again.   Our life’s are never dull and never without something to do!


                  Summer camping

These days are past for us now – thank goodness!!


The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and there has already been some response so I will try and see how it goes.   If it works well maybe I will try it for SCD classes too.

Canada Day maple leaf line


Summer - Glen Affric

Glen Affric

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 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


2014 Commonwealth flotilla on the Clyde

The Commonwealth flotilla on the Clyde

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

Absolutely great ad from McDonalds in honor of the World Soccer Tournament.

This is the actual answering-machine message for the Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia. Click here to hear the message:






 The Dublin mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in-law, Paddy, in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase. “What happened Paddy?” she asks anxiously. “What happened!!  I’ll tell you what happened. I sent an email to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home… and guess what I found?

Yes, your daughter, my wife Brydie, naked with Frankie O’Naught in our marital bed!  This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage. I’m done. I’m leaving forever!”

 “Ah now, calm down, calm down, Paddy!” says his mother-in-law.

“There is something very odd going on here. Brydie would never do such a thing! There must be a simple explanation. I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened.” Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile. “Paddy. I told you there must be a simple explanation …….

She never got your e-mail!!”


Summer - Tarskavaig, Skye

Tarskavaig, Skye

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.


Remember  “I” before “E,” except in Budweiser. Professor Irwin  Corey


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 did not make my goal of 400 and I will shortly do a purge of those who have not opened the last few editions of the newsletter.  This normally means quite a few deletions so I will need your help to get the subscriptions back up again.   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 initial notice was opened by 204 subscribers or 52% 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 the walk through on Wednesday August 27th and the 4th annual Fall Frolic on August 30.   Then all classes will be starting up mstly in the week beginning September 8.
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information. 


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The Tay Bridge


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.

Aug 27 Walk through of dances for the Fall Frolic in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. $6 – all welcome.
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
Sep  9 West End Scottish Country Dance Club classes commence with a Free introductory lesson.   Class starts at 7:30 p.m. in the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver.   For information phone 604-536-9481 or e-mail 
Sep 10 White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club classes recommence – see – everyone welcome.
Sep 12 – 14 Fort Worden Ruby Weekend – – Do not miss out on this very popular dancing weekend.   Registrations due by May 31
Sep 15 Branch classes at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver commence the 2014/15 season – see
Sep 19 Vancouver Branch RSCDS Annual General Meeting in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver
Sep 19 Carlos Núñez is the undisputed master of Galicia’s signature musical instrument, the gaita, or Galician bagpipes. From northern Spain’s Celtic coast, Núñez connects the musical tradition of his native Galicia with that of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and beyond. The Guardian UK quotes “Pipe music as if played by a Coltrane or a Hendrix.”8:00pm   Location: Centennial Theatre North Vancouver
Sep 20 2014 TAC Island Workshop with Mary Murray as the Teacher.   New location is in the Bowen Centre, 5  Bowen Road, Nanaimo.   Workshop at 10:30 a.m. —  more details to follow.
Sep 26 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $10 (students $8)

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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:

Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)


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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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Daytime view of the Kelpies

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.

They are all held at the Scottish Culural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  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

This is a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as you will be starting at the same time as other “beginners.”    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.

frog dance line

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).

bird blue flying

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 –




His dizzy aunt ———————————————– Verti Gogh 
The constipated uncle ————————————— Can’t Gogh
The brother who ate prunes——————————— Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store ———- Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia —————————— U Gogh
His magician uncle ———————————- Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin —————————————- A Mee Gogh  
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother ————–Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach —————— Wells-far Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt ———————————- Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle ————————————–-Flamin Gogh
The gay cousin ———————————————- Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking —————— Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew ———————————– Poe Gogh
A sister who loved 60s music ——————————–Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV — Winnie Bay Gogh
I saw you smiling!  . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . there ya Gogh!


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 hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers and I might even try out one or two “new” dances.   Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.    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.

Summer - One of the 3 Kings at Cullen

One of the 3 kings at Cullen

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.

 Summer - Fionnphort at low tide Fionnphort at low tide

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.




Recently, when I went to McDonald’s I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked  for a half dozen nuggets. ‘We don’t have half dozen  nuggets,’ said the teenager at the counter. ‘You  don’t?’ I replied. ‘We only have six, nine, or twelve,’  was the reply. ‘So I can’t order a half dozen nuggets,  but I can order six?’ ‘That’s right.’ So I shook  my head and ordered six McNuggets (Unbelievable but sadly  true…) (Must  have been the same one I asked for  sweetener, and she said they didn’t have any, only Splenda and sugar.)

I was checking out at the local K-Mart with just a few items and  the lady behind me put  her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those ‘dividers’ that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn’t get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the ‘divider’, looking it all over for the bar code so  she could scan it.  Not finding the bar code, she said to  me, ‘Do you know how much this is?’ I said to her ‘I’ve  changed my mind; I don’t think I’ll buy that  today.’ She said ‘OK,’ and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened. ( But the lady behind me had a big smirk on her face as I  left)

A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the  Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM ‘thingy.’ (Keep shuddering!!)

I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car.  ‘Do you need some help?’ I asked.  She replied, ‘I knew I should have replaced the  battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can’t get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery  to fit this?’ ‘Hmmm, I don’t know. Do you have an alarm, too?’ I asked. ‘No, just this remote  thingy,’ she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.  As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, ‘Why don’t you drive over there and check about the batteries. It’s a long walk….’ PLEASE just lay down before you hurt yourself !!!

Several  years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, ‘I’m almost  out of typing paper. What do I do?’
‘Just use paper from the  photocopier‘, the secretary told her.

With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five ‘blank’ copies. Brunette,  by the way!!

A  mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl  and he should be fine, the mother says, ‘I just gave him some ant killer……’ Dispatcher: ‘Rush him in to emergency right now!’

Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid!!!! Someone had to remind me, so I’m reminding you too. Don’t laugh….it is all true…


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 –

Summer - windsurfer at Elie

Windsurfing at Elie

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