Well they lost but I think the Scottish Rugby team can stand proud and tall. It was just a last minute (soft?) penalty that allowed the tournament favourites to win by the slimmest of margins. With 3 minutes to go all Scottish folk were rejoicing but, as so often seems to be the case, it was not to be. But the really surprised the Aussies who, I am sure, were prohibitive favourites to win this match. It was an exciting and enjoyable match and I watched it twice. So now it is all Southern Hemisphere teams that are left.
Bedlormie near Blackridge
It hasn’t taken too long to get back into the swing of things and this week will see me at dancing every day. Last week I had Monday, Friday and today off! Filled up more cans with leaves and I will have to rake, brush, blow again tomorrow. Of course it is Election Day in Canada so please get out and cast your vote.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
I did not get to the Gleneagles Fall Dance last night but I am sure it would have been lots of fun. I was teaching Ceilidh Dancing at a 50th birthday party and the guests were enthusiastic pupils. I have high hopes that some will come to the Ceilidh Dance this Friday.
Looking to the Arrochar Alps from Ben Lomond.
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, October 23, 2015 (the second last Friday of October to avoid conflicting with Halloween.) You are encouraged to dress up as there will be a prize or two. I have been contacted by two groups who say they are bring lots of people so it looks as if it will be a super evening. I look forward to seeing you there.
Unfortunately, mainly due to rising costs but also because of some lower attendances, I have been forced to increase the admission price for this season to $12 ($10 for students) so I really hope this does not stop people from attending. Remember that if you have a group of 8 or more you can all qualify for a discount but you have to contact me beforehand.
Flying Truths (including a few repeats)
- Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man, landing is the first!
- Everyone already knows the definition of a ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away; but very few know the definition of a ‘great’ landing, it’s one after which you can use the airplane another time.
- The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
- IFR: I Follow Roads.
32 Strange Things You Likely Didn’t Know
19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
20. The phrase ‘rule of thumb’ is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:
There are always some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s stores. Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com
Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com
(I went on holiday here when I was 14 and became a life member of the Brora Rangers!)
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 – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . 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.
The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, October 23rd, 2015 arranged so you can still hold your Halloween parties!! I am hoping Louise (and friends) will be there to help me again. Time for you all to get yourselves and your friends organized to come along for another fun filled evening.
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!!
If you receive an email from the Department of Health telling you not to eat canned / tinned pork because of swine flu………….. Ignore it. It’s just spam.
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/451447541666799/
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.
Subject: Fw: Ahhhhhh… animal fun for your kids?
Good for a chuckle………
Mind boggling and well worth watching!
> Beluga is intrigued.
The next Ceilidh Dance will be on THIS Friday, October 23rd, 2015. Same time, same place, small increase in 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.
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Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|Oct 21||2nd class for the St. Andrew’s Ball in Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 8 – 10 pm. Come for a fun evening and learn the dances for the Ball which will make the Ball even more enjoyable.|
|Oct 23||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. – ; – admission at the door $12 (students $10) all dances walked, talked and called|
|Oct 24||Vancouver Soft Shoe Step Dance class|
|Oct 24||Bellingham Ball|
|Oct 26||Branch Halloween party|
|Oct 28||3rd class for the St. Andrew’s Ball in Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 8 – 10 pm. Come for a fun evening and learn the dances for the Ball which will make the Ball even more enjoyable.|
|Oct 28||White Rock Halloween party|
|Oct 28||lecture: Dr. Katie McCullough — Rescuing from Oblivion: The Highland Society of London and the Preservation and Promotion of Highland Culture in the British Empire sponsored by St. Andrews and Caledonian Society — 7:00–9:00 pm, free
room 1440, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver registration: eventbrite.com/e/ lecture-meet
|Oct 31||Vancouver Soft Shoe Step Dance class|
|Nov 1||White Rock Fall workshop and dance wear sale|
|Nov 4||4th class for the St. Andrew’s Ball in Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 8 – 10 pm. Come for a fun evening and learn the dances for the Ball which will make the Ball even more enjoyable.|
|Nov 7||Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra concert – Highland United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd. North Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. – (Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 available at the Church 604-980-6071; VFO members; Gliga Violins Canada 778-386-0209 or (if any left!) at the door. Info at www.vancouverfiddleorchestra.ca|
|Nov 10||5th class for the St. Andrew’s Ball in Wescot School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver from 8 – 10 pm. Come for a fun evening and learn the dances for the Ball which will make the Ball even more enjoyable.|
|Nov 11||Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance 1:15 p.m. in the Scottish Cultural Centre hosted by the Burnaby SCDC – $10|
|Nov 13 – 15||The San Francisco RSCDS Branch is gearing up to launch our upcoming 2015 Asilomar Weekend registration. We, of course, would love to invite your members to come dance down & at Asilomar this Fall! Join us for a magical weekend of Scottish Country Dancing on the spectacular Monterey Peninsula with world class teachers and outstanding musicians. Workshops and Ball at Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, USA Teachers – Jimmie Hill, Ruth Jappy, Elaine Brunken, Jeff Corrigan, Alan Twhigg – Musicians – Fiddlesticks & Ivory, Judi Nicolson & Andy Imbrie The Asilomar Conference Grounds and State Beach are renowned as the Monterey Peninsula’s ‘Refuge by the Sea’. If you are travelling from afar or nearby, there is no better time to start planning a memorable and unique autumn trip & come enjoy the magic that is Asilomar! Follow us on Pinterest for trip ideas https://www.pinterest.com/SFRSCDSDance/. More details & registration information available at www.asilomar.rscds-sf.org Questions? Please contact: Asilomar Weekend Chairman: Patti Cobb firstname.lastname@example.org Registrar Julee Montes email@example.com|
|Nov 14||Vancouver Soft Shoe Step Dance class|
|Nov 18||LAST class for the St. Andrew’s Ball in Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 8 – 10 pm. Come for a fun evening and learn the dances for the Ball which will make the Ball even more enjoyable.|
|Nov 21||St. Andrew’s Ball with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra to be held in the Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver. Reception at 6 pm; Grand March at 6:45 pm followed by Banquet with Scottish fare, Scottish Country dancing, entertainment, etc. Highland, formal or business attire; tickets $110 ($85 for 30 and under) at class or online https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-ball- You can also order drinks. Come join one of the classes and learn the dances to make the evening even more enjoyable – 8 – 10 pm in Scottish Cultural Centre on October 21, 28; November 4 & 18 or in Wescot School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver (NW corner of Upper Levels and Taylor Way) on October 13 and November 10|
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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances. This is the first year in quite some time that there were no cancellations of Dancing in the Park
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The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, October 23, 2015 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/ 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 – $12 or $10 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. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org
October is still a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as they will be starting up again. 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 www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.
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.
Classes will have started up again at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond but it is never too late to come along and join in the fun. Check for location, start date and time at www.rscdsvancouver.org
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 on the website. 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 www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org. 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 – www.rscdsvancouver.org
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.
Other announcements etc:
New Challenge Class season
1st Sunday of the month from 1 – 3 p.m. at University Heights, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle, 98105 – Room 109
– info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS Friday, October 23, 2015 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 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!
We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $12 ($10 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org 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 2015/16 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —
February 5 & 26
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 and maybe Daniel and/or Michelle 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 would like to attract more 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 ($12 or $10 for students.)
You should check the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org – 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 – www.rscdsvancouver.org – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.
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 www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org 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.
I love this Doctor Dingum
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
This newsletter reaches out to some 336 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.
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 – www.vancouverceilidh.org
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.