Thanksgiving vegetariansCeilidh for Stuart and Cancer  help

As mentioned last week the next Ceilidh Dance on October 24 is being dedicated to a wonderful person, the late Stuart Somerville, and it is to be a fund-raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.   Now I need lots of help to make this a success and I still have not been flooded with offers so I really hope some folk will contact me to volunteer.   I do not want to increase the admission price as that may inhibit some people from attending so we need to look elsewhere for ideas to raise money. 

I have to applied for a gaming license so we will hold a 50/50 draw.   That would need 2 teams of 3 people to sell the tickets (1 to collect the money, 1 to cut the tickets off the roll and 1 to rip the tickets apart so the purchasers get their portion etc.   Then we need a team of 2 people to collect everything, count the money and ensure all tickets have been separated.   I will bring the tickets, a bucket or two and maybe an apron with pockets for the money.   Ticket sales should start about 7:45 and the draw about 9 p.m. 

I would also like to have a silent auction for which we need donations such as some bottles of wine, a gift basket, gift certificates, etc.   I think the maximum value should be about $200 for each auction item.   Paul has offered to prepare the bidding sheets.   Now we need your donations and a team of 2 or 3 volunteers to put everything in place.   Auction should close about 10 p.m.

Lets make this and event we can be proud of.   It is a great cause and Stuart was a wonderful person.

Of course if you are from out-of-town or are for some reason unable to attend you could always send a cheque – donations of $25 or more will get a charitable receipt.   Make cheques payable to BC Cancer Foundation and mail them to:

c/o Duncan MacKenzie
Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver   BC   V6P 4N2



After the early morning heavy rain it turned into a nice day yesterday but I got stuck in front of my computer trying to get the financial statements for the Highland Games completed.   Unfortunately I still need a few more answers so it will have to wait until Tuesday now.   I did move the deck furniture under cover as well as the outdoor heater, which we never used this year, into the garage (the propane is in the shed!)    I also cleared the deck and path of the first coating of leaves


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The next regular Ceilidh Dance is on Friday –  October 24, 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.


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 Fall - Dunottar Castle from the air

Dunottar Castle from the air


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.


There are some Thanksgiving specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s two stores.  Check them out at


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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 – .   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 are presently in the midst of painting and sprucing up the main hall and hope that this will be completed in the next few weeks..

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.


 Two young raccoons were on the deck last night but they seem to have left the lawn intact – maybe Mum hasn’t shown them how to look for grubs or maybe there is enough food around so they don’t need to bother.

when I went down the path to get the mail the other day I noticed a whole bunch of feathers on the lawn and when I went to investigate some more feathers dropped from the cedar above me.   They were body feathers and were beautiful and bluish gray with an eye on each one.   Then I noticed another lot of feathers at the other side of the “lawn” (it really doesn’t deserve such a fine name!) and there were tail and/or wing feathers in that group.   It looked like a Flicker had been caught but not sure if it was one Flicker or 2 and no idea what the hunter is.


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The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, October 24th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and 20 people have now “joined” and many say they will come to the Ceilidh dance.   Note, as mentioned above, this Ceilidh will be a fund-raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Canada Day maple leaf line

My thanks to all those who have sent me e-mails this past year, I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that  needs sealing. Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.
I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.
I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels including the money ones, looking out for me, and St. Theresa’s novena has granted my every wish.
I no longer eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains. I can no longer buy petrol without taking a man along to watch the car so a serial killer won’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.
I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer use the ATMs because someone has put a false reader in the thing and will take my personal details and money.
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda,Singapore and Uzbekistan.
I can not read anything without changing the letters to make another word.
Thanks to you, I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my bum.
And thanks to your great advice, I can’t even pick up the £5.00 Ifound dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00 pm this afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back,causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next-door neighbour’s ex-mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s twice removed beautician.

Have a wonderful day!
Oh, and by the way – A South American scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain and sexual activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse. Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s TOO late

Fall - Trotternish Peninsula with Old Man of Storr Trotternish peninsula & Old Man of Storr

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.

500 people dancing in the sky…

The latest riding masterpiece from Danny Macaskill is out. Even though we’ve grown to expect crazy stunts, army tanks, sculpted jumps, and even Playboy Bunnies, the newest video from Danny is au naturel. After making his way back home to the Isle of Skye, Danny jumps on a mountain bike instead of his trusty trial rig and tackles a crazy line though the Cuillin Ridgline. Fortunately for us, Cut Media was there to document it, and the result is a winner.

Baby Bear Circus Act on Golf Course – Fairmont Hot Springs

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, October 24, 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.


And, as advertised, this dance will be a fund-raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation in memory of a big supporter of the Ceilidh dances.


 I have sent a note to some 106 addresses that have not opened the last 5 newsletters asking if they wish to remain on the subscriber list – they have until October 15 to respond.   So far I have received e-mail requests from 27 people wanting to remain on the list while a few others have already unsubscribed or wish to opt out.  Subscriptions are therefore down to 392 and with the upcoming purge they will drop down to nearly 300.   I 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 233 subscribers or 59.6% 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.) the Ladies Step dance workshop on October 18 and later that day the Gleneagles dance also on October 18.   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.

Fall - Corrour Railway Station

Corrour railway station


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.

Oct 15 St. Andrew’s   Ball dance class – Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC with Duncan MacKenzie.  8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $6
Oct 16 St. Andrew’s & Caledonian Society’s annual lecture presents Dr. Kevin James from U of Guelph whose topic is “The Highlander is glad to see the tourist as the hunter is glad to see the game – The Victorian traveler in Scotland.” 7:30 p.m. in Room 7000, SFU harbor Centre, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver – cost FREE!!!
Oct 18 Bairns Ball — 2pm – 4:30pm at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall in Pitt Meadows. cost $7.00 adults $3.00 children. Refreshments served – Music by Mary Ross.
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 20 FREE gaelic language seminar to promote a full gaelic language course in the spring.  8 – 9 p.m. Saywell Hall 10051, Burnaby Campus, SFU – info 
Oct 21 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road (NW corner Taylor Way & Upper Levels), West Vancouver with Duncan MacKenzie 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – $6
Oct 24 Ceilidh Dance and fund-raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation in memory of Stuart Somerville 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 29 White Rock Halloween party
Oct 29 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC with Duncan MacKenzie.  8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov   1 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.   
Nov   5 St. Andrew’s Ball dance class – Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC with Duncan MacKenzie.  8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $6
Nov   8 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.   
Nov 11 Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance at 1:15 – 4:45 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver hosted by Deep Cove SCD Club – Adults $10/ Children $5 – raffle with super prizes.   All proceeds to War Amps and Heart & Stroke Foundation. A donation of a food plate would be gratefully received.

March was when our son celebrated his 17th birthday, and we got him an iPhone.  He just loved it. Who wouldn’t?

I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.

Our daughter’s birthday was in August so we got her an iPod Touch.

My wife celebrated her birthday in September so I got her an iRon. It was around then that the fight started.  What my wife failed to recognize is that the iRon can be integrated into the home network with the iWash, iCook and iClean.

This inevitably activates the iNag reminder service.

I should be out of hospital next week!! 


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Summer - Loch RannochLoch Rannoch   


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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Thanksgiving Dancing turkeys

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, October 24, 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.

Fall - Ryder Cup, Gleneagles

Action at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and 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).

Thanksgiving turkey dance 2

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 –



Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

The earthquake in Washington was obviously the government’s fault.


For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, October 24, 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!!!

Remember this is an extra special event as it will also be a fund-raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation in memory of Stuart Somerville .  I need  help

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 —

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 - view over the Quiraing

View over the Quiraing

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.


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Summer - Loch Earn with statue by Mulholland called Still

Loch Earn with statue by Mulholland called “Still”


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 –

Thanksgiving turkey run

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