Remembrance poem Flanders Fields



There are so many web sites you can go to that I had a very hard time picking one as the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an amazing thing.   Try googling “Tower of London Poppies” or start with

It is hard to imagine that many losing their lives and wonderful that all the 888,246 poppies have been sold at 25 pounds each with proceeds going to various military/navy/airforce funds.   I had uncles who fought in WW1 and my father was in WW2.


remembrance day unknown soldier

Unknown soldier

Please do not forget the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on Tuesday, November 11 at 1:15 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre.   This is a dance with a very long tradition and all proceeds are going to The War Amps and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.   If you can’t dance come along and enjoy the music, the company and the Tea alone is worth the $10 admission (children $5)

Thanks Pauline for the suggestion re the raccoons – I think we will follow-up on that.


Forget Newton and Galileo. Here are the real laws of nature:  

 Supermarket Law
As soon as you get in the smallest line, the cashier will have to call for help.

Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is Friday November 28, 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.


  Remembrance - Control Tower at Edinburgh Airport

Control Tower at Edinburgh Airport


 Poppies & Buttercups

Poppies & Buttercups


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 specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s two stores.  Check them out at

There is a sale of dance shoes – both ghillies and ballet


Poppies and rapeseed at Pattiesmuir


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 have also just finishing painting and sprucing up the main hall and hope you all like what we have done.

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.


 At the Gleneagles Fall dance, which was the tribute to John Drewry,  there were some interesting articles and pictures which Simon had put together.   He has kindly allowed me to use these in the newsletters so I will post one each week and hope you enjoy reading them.   This is week 2 in the series – you can view previous newsletters on the archives page on the website –

John Drewry JM1 

John Drewry

John Drewry

While still living in Cumbria another renowned dance devisor and mathematician, Hugh Foss, encouraged John to devise dances.

 The first of John’s dances to be published by the RSCDS, as a Leaflet, was the strathspey “Silver Tassie”.

This dance contained a new formation that he had written called the Rondel.

At that time, this formation was a departure from most of the standard and traditional patterns in most dances to date.

Its first appearance was in the “Silver Tassie”.

This led Miss Milligan to refer to John as “Mr. Rondel”.


Poppies Kilconquhar, Pttenweem, Fife

Kilconquhar – Pittenweem


The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 28th, 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.  

Canada Day maple leaf line

Why I Like Retirement !!! 

Question: How many days in a week? 
 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
Question: When is a retiree’s bedtime? 
 Three hours after he falls asleep in the recliner. 
Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? 
 Only one, but it might take all day.



poppies monument


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.


He is adorable! KLM’s new lost & found service KLM’s dedicated Lost & Found team at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is on a mission to reunite lost items as soon as possible with their legitimate owner. From a teddy bear found by the cabin crew to a laptop left in the lounge. Locating the owners can sometimes be a challenge, so special forces have been hired…

A different way to deal with this problem

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 28, 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 still only 337.   I really 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 223 subscribers or 66.4% 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 the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on the afternoon of the 11th; St. Andrew’s Ball class on Wednesday the 12th and the Ladies Step class on Saturday the 15th. 

The St. Andrew’s Ball will be held in the Hellenic Centre on Arbutus Street on Saturday, November 22 – please keep the date free.  You can buy your tickets, your wine and your whisky online at  .

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.



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COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

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.
Nov 12 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
Nov 15 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    
Nov 15 Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Concert & Ceilidh – an evening of Scottish music & dance featuring the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra; RSCDS Vancouver Demonstration Team; Emily Helsdon, fiddle virtuoso; Kim Reid, piper & Shot of Scotch, premier Vancouver highland dancers.   7:30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.  Tickets $15 available from the Church, VFO members; Gliga Violins Canada (778-386-0209) or, if there are any left, at the door.
Nov 15 Bellingham social
Nov 15 Vancouver Irish Ceili Society Victoria Drive Community Hall 2026 E. 43rd Ave  – Steps taught: 7:45pm   Dance: 8 – 11pm  Tickets available at the door Adults $20, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & under free
Nov 18 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
Nov 19 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 22 Ladies soft shoe Step Dance class  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver – 1 – 3 p.m.    
Nov 22 St. Andrew’s Ball, Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver at 6 p.m. (grand march at 6:45) with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.  Scottish Country dancing; full formal dinner, whisky tasting and much more.   Tickets $99 ($75 for those under 30) at    Contact for more information.   Come and learn the steps for all the dances at classes in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street on Wednesdays Oct 15 & 29 and Nov 5 & 19 at 8:15 p.m. or in Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver on Tuesday Oct 21; Wednesday Nov 12 & Tuesday Nov 18 – $6 drop in fee.
Nov 22 North Shore Celtic Ensemble concert – Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam – – Tickets $25 (seniors, students & children $15)
Nov 25 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Party Dance in Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley at 7:30 p.m.    music by Mary Ross   Tickets $15  604-576-6371
Nov 26 White Rock St. Andrew’s (blue & white, no refreshments!!)
Nov 27 SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies presents the 2014 St. Andrews Day Celebration featuring the Jocelyn Pettit Band, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. All are welcome. A $10 donation is suggested.  Free for student members of SFU’s Scottish and Celtic Club.
Nov 28 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)
Nov 29 Delta Borderers’ Dance at Kinsmen Centre, 5410 – 10th Avenue, Tsawwassen at 7:30 p.m.  with a surprise – Don Bartlett from Toronto will provide the music – tickets $20 Mairi 604-946-2448 or Ruth 604-594-6807
Nov 29 North Shore Celtic Ensemble concert in Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver — 604-984-4484  Tickets $25 (seniors, students & children $15)
Dec  6 Children’s & Family Christmas Party – Capilano Room, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver at 2 p.m.   Adults $5 (Children free) – call 604-922-4406 or e-mail  for info
Dec   8 Branch Christmas Ceilidh in the Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m.  —  $6 drop in
Dec   8 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver
Dec  9 Glenayre Christmas Party in St Laurence Church Hall, 825 St Laurence Street, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m.   $10
Dec 10 White Rock last class for 2014 – bring Christmas treats & Food Bank items   7 p.m. in Sullivan Hall, 63rd & 152nd in Surrey
Dec 11 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver
Dec 13 The Inverglen Scottish Dancers present a Celtic Christmas Celebration at the Seniors Centre of the Kerrisdale Community Centre at 2 p.m.   Highland, Scottish Country and Step Dancing will be performed. Admission by donation. Tickets may be purchased for the Red & White Raffle, proceeds to the dancer’s costume fund.  We hope to see everyone out to support our up and coming young dancers.
Dec 13 Bellingham Christmas social 7:30 p.m. in YMCA, Bellingham –
Dec 13 Irish Benevolent Fund An Irish Christmas SAVE THE DATE   St. James Hall 3214 West 10th. Ave. Featuring The Irish Wakers, The Eire Born Dancers and Special Guests or 604-671-3365   Get your tickets early as last year was a sold out performance
Dec 14 Gleneagles 51st Annual Ball in the Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 1:30 p.m. with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $110 or 604-984-7458

My memory is getting worse and worse.   Take Thursday for example.   I was up early to drive to Tsawwassen to pick up a nice lady and take her to the Cancer Clinic in North Surrey, waited for her and drove her home again.   So far so good.  I got home, turned on my computer and went though my e-mails, replies to some, deleted most and started working on my next project.   Margaret from ?? and asked if I would like to go to the Deli for soup and sandwich and I said fine but I would like to get to a more convenient stopping point.

Off we went to the Deli and had an enjoyable, if a bit late lunch then back home again to get on with my project.   About an hour later it suddenly dawned on me that I was supposed to be dancing with the Tams at a Seniors Home in White Rock and I was supposed to have been there at 1:30 and it was now 3:45!!

Can you imagine how stupid I felt.   Of course I sent off an e-mail to all the Tams with my apologies.   They were very nice BUT they are never going to let me forget it.

I got many e-mails and her is a sample;

Should Duncan’s absence be forgot,
And NEVER brought to mind?
Should all who danced his place this day
Feel that he owes Big Time?
A faithful dancer sure he’s been –
And always dead on time,
A lapse in memory for once –
We’ll give for auld Lang Syne!   (Anonymous)

I am working on a technical solution to Duncan’s problem.  It is based upon the airline industry flight  boarding pass process.  An e-mail message will be sent to members 24 hours before each event.  Fire bells will be installed in the house of each Tam.  If members have not re-confirmed before 2 hours prior to the event, the fire bell will sound and a PayPal payment of $25 will have to be made on-line to silence it.  I am also working on Mark II which involves a car immobilizer, cell phone jamming software, etc.  I am confident that the problem can be solved.

And speaking of memory failure, have you ever forgotten your password?   Well the solution is easy.   Just change your password to “incorrect” and if you enter the wrong password the computer will tell you “your password ins incorrect!”

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Remembrance Poppies


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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remembrance poppy field

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 28, 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.

remembrance poppy UK

A British Poppy

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).


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 –


Wish I’d Said That!

Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day.  Give him religion and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.             ~ Timothy Jones

When the white missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land.  They said, ‘Let us pray.’  We closed our eyes.  When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.             ~ Desmond Tutu

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real, but the moon landing was faked.             ~ David Letterman


For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 28, 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 —

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 we might even have Louise to help with the calling.  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.


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 337 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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Lane near Craigluskar


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 –

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Loch Duich & Glenelg

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