september Summer - Toberonochy


Have you ever had one of those days when all you plans “gang aft agley”?   I had one of those yesterday.   Lying in bed after class on Tuesday evening I went through all the things I needed to get done and, in my head, put them all in order so when I rose yesterday I was all set – at least I thought I was.   Almost all of my “chores” needed the computer and of course that was where the problem lay hidden waiting to strike!!   I opened my e-mails and started answering a few which took longer than planned but as we had been away for a few days (another reason this newsletter is late) I had 102 in my inbox.   I have my preferences set to automatically delete everything I put into the deleted folder and I noticed there were still two e-mails in that folder from the last time I was working.   I tried, unsuccessfully, to delete these e-mails manually so I temporarily moved them to a separate folder.

I then started on this newsletter and tried to open the folder where I keep all the e-mails I receive with items to be included only to find the folder apparently empty.   I searched high and low for these missing e-mails in all the other folders, all of which opened with no problems.   I tried sorting the folder in different orders and finally managed to get access to some of the older e-mails but none of the more recent ones I knew I had put in that folder.   All this very frustrating effort took far too much time so I gave up, unhooked my hard drive and took it to my computer store where they scratched their heads, tried various remedies and then told me they would try their best but it would take the rest of the day.   I got the hard drive back about 5 p.m. with, what seems, everything back where it should be.

By then it was too late as we had the first class at White Rock and when I came home I did answer quite a few e-mails before it was time for bed.   I have already spent quite some time this morning answering, deleting, forwarding e-mails and getting the pictures etc. chosen for this newsletter, updating the calendar of events with new items (including one for tonight!), answering telephone messages and before you know it most of the morning has passed me by.

That, in many words, is the reason this newsletter is late and I feel so mush better having got this all of my chest!!



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.


 Hong Kong first grade

 You should enjoy this.



Summer - Loch an Daimh



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


Anyone looking for new dance shoes? Direct Liquidation in Burnaby has lots of split sole and ballet shoes, all sizes from children up, Leo’s Dancewear and Capezzio, all 70% off. —


Train chuffer



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.


Already had three nights of dancing and my feet certainly know it.   Great turn out of new dancers in our West End class.   Now we need the magic potion to bring all of the nearly 20 in attendance back to class next Tuesday.   We tried our best to make the class fun and educational with lots of easy dances, including a circle dance, longwise and even a square set, where they learned new formations then used them again the next dances.   It would be wonderful if they all come back but I know the odds are stacked against that happening even though they all said they had a great time.   I will try and e-mail them all in hopes of encouraging them.





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 - Marischal College, Aberdeen

Marischal College, Aberdeen University

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:


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

Mind boggling concept becoming a reality….

Il Divo – Amazing Grace live at Edinburgh Castle – YouTube



Joke 2 


Summer - Eynhallow Sound with Einhallow on left and Rousay on right

Eynhallow Sound with Eynhallow on left & Rousay on right

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.


Subscriptions are up by 1 so this newsletter will go out to 394 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 230 subscribers or 58.4% 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.


Events happening in the immediate future include all classes starting up (See www.rscdsvancouver for details of locations, start times etc.)  and lectures re the Vote in Scotland tonight and another on Monday 15th.   
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information. 


Summer - Tarves Village

Tarves Village


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 11 ScotCan BC (the Scottish Canadian Business Association of BC) is hosting full panel debate on the issue of Scottish Independence ahead of the coming referendum in Scotland.  Moderated by Iain Black, President and CEO of the Vancouver Board of Trade, the debate will take place at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre on Thursday,  from 5:30pm-7:45pm. Tickets for ScotCan BC members are free (annual membership is $50) and tickets for non-members are $25. More information can be found here:     Order your tickets through eventbrite here:
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 15 7:30-9:00 pm, 3210 West Mall Centre (WMC), SFU Burnaby campus – This talk is free and all are welcome.On September 18, Scots will go to the polls to indicate their choice in a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country.  In this talk, Dr. Leith Davis goes back in time to explore the circumstances surrounding the 1707 Act that united Scotland and England in the first place.  Focusing on the propaganda of the time — printed pamphlets and political poetry — she examines how the Union was debated by Scots (and English) in the early eighteenth century and considers connections with contemporary debates over the referendum. At the end of the talk, members of the audience will have a chance to do a mock vote on the issue of independence for Scotland.  (Bring your mobile device to participate in the vote!)
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
Oct 3 – 5 The Saskatchewan Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society announces that Ruth Jappy will be the guest instructor at this year`s annual workshop, along with Ron Krug and Ken Nattrass, our musicians extraordinaire. As more details are finalized, they will be posted on our website:
Oct  4 Soft shoe Ladies Step dance classes Open House in Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    Contact Kay Sutherland <> if you have any questions.
Oct  4 SCD Baal and workshop in Redmond, Oregon with teacher Monica Pollard and music by A Scottish Heart – info by e-mail to or try website
Oct 14 Gleneagles Fall dance 7:30 p.m. in Christ the Redeemer Church, 595 Keith Road (just east of Taylor Way) West Vancouver.   The Dance is Titled “Vancouver Tribute to John Drewry” and all the dances on the programme were devised by him.

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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:

Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

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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Highland dancer 2

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.


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 –



Broken pencils are really pointless.

 I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.


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.

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 - Gael Cham near Laggan

  Gael Cham near Laggan

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 394 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 lady was picking through the frozen Chickens at a Woolworths store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family.   She asked a passing assistant, “Do these Chickens get any bigger?”  The assistant replied, “I’m afraid not, they’re dead.”

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 - Sunset over Glasgow University

Sunset over Glasgow University

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