Stuart at the Falls of Rogie

Stuart Somerville at the Falls of Rogie (picture courtesy of Meg Barrowman, Bearsden)

I reported Stuart’s passing in the special notice.   I don’t think there is going to be any service.   If I get enough support and approval I am floating the idea of dedicating the Ceilidh Dance on October 24 to Stuart and making it a fund-raiser for the Cancer Foundation.


Well they voted “No” but it seems the Scots won anyway with all the things they have been promised.   It was an interesting night to watch the various regions reporting the results.   Typically the only trouble seems to have been in George Square, Glasgow but it looks as if the police were expecting something there.   Any excuse for a wee bit of a Donnybrook!


6 dancers from the White Rock club danced yesterday afternoon for the Deaf Outdoors Club.   It was a very quiet organised affair with a Scottish theme.   They had a piper that most of them could not hear nor could they hear our music.  They were having a completion and were divided into 3 teams.   For our part of the competition the idea was they would watch us dance and then try their best to emulate our moves etc.   We chose to dance “It’s Nae Bother” but after the first team tried we decided to split up and each of us took a partner, walked and tried to dance.  There was an interpreter who could communicate to them in sign language but it was a lot harder than you think to get someone to dance round you and chase back to their own side etc.

They all seemed to have fun and we learned how to sign our appreciation as they cannot hear clapping.   I came away feeling I had done something good for a change and appreciating how fortunate I am.


sheep & fisherman


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is THIS  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.

For well over 10 years Jock & Cathy Laidlaw have been baking the apple squares, currant squares (known as fly cemeteries) and shortbread which they have provided (and delivered) at a very low-cost for the monthly Ceilidh dances.   Unfortunately Jock’s health no longer permits him to continue so I will have to look elsewhere for our monthly refreshments.   Many, many thanks to Jock & Cathy for their support of the Ceilidh dances over all these years. 




 Summer - Glencoe!!!

The picture was entitled “Glencoe” but I am sure that is not right.  Any guesses?

I think the correct title should be looking up Loch Linnhe to Fort William (thanks, Dave)


The AGM of the Vancouver Branch RSCDS was held last Friday, September 19 in the Scottish Cultural Centre.   The new Chair is Gerry Stensgaard and we wish him a successful 2 years.   The Vice chair is Peter Richards   For Minutes, Reports, Financial Statements etc. see

Our many thanks to Jennifer for being an excellent Chair for the past two years and also to those others who are retiring from the Board – Drum, Stewart & Vicky.   We owe a lot to many others who work hard for the Branch etc.

There is a need for an Editor for the White Cockade as Eleanor has indicated this will be her last year and there is also a need for someone to help with the Facebook page.


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. —


Sheep clouds


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 – .   The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & 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 October.

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.


For the last weekend of summer, which officially ends on Tuesday afternoon, the sunshine and warm weather has returned.   It has been a glorious weekend and promises to be the same again tomorrow and maybe a few more days.   That would be normal as all schools will re-open again after the long teacher’s strike was settled last Thursday.   It always seems to be good weather when the holidays are over though this year the holidays were 3 weeks longer than they should have been.


                  Sheep dancing



The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, September 26th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and 15 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 - Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle

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.

My grandchildren loved these two.   Let me know how many tickets you want for the bus and how on earth did they film the second?


The next Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS 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 back down by one so this newsletter will go out to 395 people in many cities, provinces & countries.   After you have had a few days to open this newsletter I will do a purge of those who have not opened the last few editions.  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 newsletter was opened by 201 subscribers or 50.8% 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.


Events happening in the immediate future include all classes starting up (See www.rscdsvancouver for details of locations, start times etc.)  and the Ceilidh Dance on Friday September 26.   Note that the Gleneagles club have recorded videos of some dances on the October 18th programme so all the dances are now available on YouTube.   Let me know if you have any trouble locating one of the dances.

The St. Andrew’s Ball will be held in the Hellenic Centre on Arbutus Street on Saturday, November 22 – please keep the date free and watch for more announcements.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information. 


Summer - Corgarff Castle Strathdon

Corgarff Castle


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 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 23rd 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 Ball and workshop in Redmond, Oregon with teacher Monica Pollard and music by A Scottish Heart – info by e-mail to or try website
Oct 4 Join the Gaelic Society for another night of great music. Gaelic singing, bagpipes and other Celtic instruments are always part of the program. Scottish Cultural Centre; Doors open: 7:30pm, Ceilidh begins: 8:00pm
Oct 18 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.
Oct 18 Ladies Step Workshop in Seattle taught by Ron Wallace. Some of you have already received a notice about this if you attended the last Seattle Workshop. Info from Kay at
Oct 24 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)
Oct 25 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.
Oct 25 Bellingham Masquerade Ball in the Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N. Forest Street, Bellingham with music by Calum MacKinnon, Deby Benton Grosjean, Andy Imbrie and Ginny Snowe. Contact Mary Anderson 360-933-1779 or
Oct 26 White Rock Fall workshop in Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd Street, Surrey with Maureen Lyon – $10. Advanced class 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon; Intermediate & Beginner class 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Bring own lunch; tea, coffee & juice provided. Contact Laurie 604-944-6678 or Paul
Oct 28 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.

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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:

Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

And the pick of the literature:

Ignoranus (n): A person who’s both stupid and an a-hole.



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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Sheep farmer jump

The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS 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.


Counting sheep doesn’t help everyone!

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).

sheep jump 100

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 –



I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

I dropped out of Communism class because of lousy Marx.


For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS 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 - Balvenie Castle

Balvenie Castle

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 395 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.


 Amazing, simple home remedies:

1. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.

2. Avoid arguments with the females about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

3. For high blood pressure sufferers ~ simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins – remember to use a timer.

4. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

5. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. then you’ll be afraid to cough.

6. You need only two tools in life – wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the wd-40. if it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

7. If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.

thought for the day:

Some people are like slinkies – not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when they’re pushed down the stairs.


Joke 6


Joke 7 


Summer - Gargannock Burn

Gargannock Burn


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 - Edinburgh Festival fireworks

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

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