september Summer - aftermath of hurricane Bertha at Kingussie

Aftermath of Hurricane Bertha at Kingussie

Well our little club came together and their hard work was rewarded with a great evening of dance, great music, good company and great food.   I think, though I may be a wee bit prejudiced, that I can say the 4th Annual Fall Frolic was a success.   The 50 – 60 folk who came were treated to some superb music by the Tartan Players.   The hall was not crowded – those who did not choose to come should definitely plan to come along next year when the 5th Annual Fall Frolic will be held on Saturday, September 5.   A big thanks to Mary Ann, Kerry and all the club members as well as to those who kindly brought a plate of food.

Thank you


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.


Summer - River Tweed near St Boswell

River Tweed near St. Boswell’s






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


Summer - Sandwood Bay
Sandwood Bay


One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill , the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you ‘ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill , the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Member of Parliament was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.



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The AGM of the Vancouver Branch RSCDS is to be held on Friday, September 19 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver at 8:00 p.m. – All members are urged to attend.   For Minutes, Reports, Financial Statements etc. see


Summer - Dawn over Fivepenny, Lewis

Dawn at Fivepenny, Lewis


My inconclusive travel plans 2014

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.   Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however , been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there.I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing.






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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.


It has been a QUIET week with no grandchildren asking this or that, needing to be walked down to lessons etc.   I did dismantle, clean and put away the trampoline and I have emptied the hot tub but still have to clean it.   We have put toys away, got rid of a few things they have all grown out of and loads of laundry has been done so that all the beds are ready again.   Ken & Kirsten are coming down from Terrace to stay for a few days again.

There was getting organised for the walk through on Wednesday night and the dance on Saturday, a trip to the office and the Cultural Centre and this week I start volunteering again as a driver for the Cancer Agency.   We also have canvassing to do in our neighbourhood and maybe will get started to that today and then there is the garden!!!





The next Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 26th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and 13 people have “joined” and most say they will come.  I will have to post some further notice nearer the time and maybe gather a few more interested folk.

Canada Day maple leaf line


Summer - posing on the Isle of Harris

Summer vacation family snap?

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


Summer - Heron fising on the Kelvin

Fishing on the Kelvin

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


Take this trip around the world with a smile on your face. Enjoy!    There ARE happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing.

At the top you can view the 360 degree view from the summit (move the mouse around).

Mt Everest Journey : Everest Avalanche Tragedy : Discovery Channel


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Summer - super moon over Edinburgh Castle

Super Moon over Edinburgh

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 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 227 subscribers or 57.8% 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 all classes starting up many in the week beginning September 8.   See www.rscdsvancouver for details of locations, start times etc.
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information. 


Summer - Fionnphort at low tide

Fionnphort at low tide


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.

Sep  8 Burnaby Class starts at Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby at 7:30 p.m.
Sep 8/9/10 Gleneagles classes start in Hollyburn School, 1329 Duchess, West Vancouver at 7:30 p.m..   Beginner/Intermediate on Mondays;  General on Tuesdays and Challenge on Wednesdays
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  9 Kerrisdale Seniors class starts in Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver at 1:30 p.m.
Sep  9 Glenayre classes begin at Burquest Jewish Community Centre, 2860 Dewdney Trunk, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m.
Sep  9 Richmond Reelers classes start in Minoru Cultural Centre, 180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond at 7:00 p.m.
Sep 10 White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club classes recommence – see – everyone welcome.
Sep 10 West Point Grey classes start in West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver at 7:30 p.m.
Sep 11 Thursday Thistles classes start at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver at 10:00 a.m.
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 16 Forth Langley classes start in Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley
Sep 17 Children’s Class starts at Sullivan Hall, 64th & 152nd In Surrey – Call Laurie 604-944-6678 or e-mail for information.
Sep 17 Wednesday Night Programme Class commences at the Scottish Cultural Centre – Drop in $6
Sep 18 Delta Borderers class starts at Tomsett School. 9671 Odlin Road, Richmond at 7:30 p.m.
Sep 19 Seniors’ Class at West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre, 21st & Marine, West Vancouver starts at 10:35 a.m.
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 22/23 Deep Cove classes start at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver – Advanced on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Beginner/Intermediate on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
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)
Sep 27 North Vancouver Children’s Classes commence at Mickey MacDougal Recreation Centre, 123 East 23rs Street, North Vancouver,   Call 604-922-4406 or e-mail for information

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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 a few of this year’s winners:

Karmageddon (n): it’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.


 Summer - Jura from Islay

Jura from Islay

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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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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 Cultural 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.


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

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.

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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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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.



It was mealtime during a flight on a British Airways plane:   “Would you like dinner?” the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row.  “What are my choices?” the man asked.   “Yes or no,” she replied.



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 - Drumlanrig Castle gardens

Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

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