A nice, calm (except for the windy, wet days), normal week with a wonderful dance halfway through.   Weather a bit mixed with one nice, dry day followed by a wet windy one.

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Dusk coming down into Tillicoultry

Dancing class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings, demonstrations on Thursday and Friday afternoons and a free (well dance free) weekend.   Then there was the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on Wednesday and what a great event it was.  The Burnaby club were the hosts again this year carrying on the tradition of having a dance on Armistice Day with all proceeds going to Veterans Charities.   There were at least 180 in attendance and maybe a few more than that so it was a crowded hall but we had room to dance.

The Hall was tastefully and very nicely decorated, the programme of dances didn’t give us too many fits, the music chosen was perfect and the food at the Tea break – well it was just indescribable as there was so much and such a variety too.  Many, many thanks to all the members of the Burnaby club who obviously had worked hard beforehand and worked even harder on the day of as well as afterwards.

I had a very enjoyable time as did the dozen or so of the members from the West End class some of whom have only been dancing for a short time.  We were invited to an after party which was the icing on the cake so to speak and because it was an afternoon dance we got home at a reasonable hour.


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The Burnaby club, who hosted the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance last  Wednesday afternoon want to thank all those who brought a donation of a plate of food.


Ian Rankin will be in Vancouver on November 16 as a pre-festival event for the CUFFED Vancouver Crime Fiction Festival. Tickets are available for the Ian Rankin pre-festival event through Tickets Tonight 

Check for more information


Two silk worms had a race.  They ended up in a tie.


Dear Scottish community,

Please join us for a film screening of the BBC documentary “Pipers of the Trenches” on Wednesday November 25th at 7 p.m. West Mall Complex 3210, SFU Burnaby Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

“Without glorifying war, this British Broadcasting Corporation film shows the outstanding bravery of the British and Commonwealth regimental pipers who led soldiers across no-man’s land during World War One. The pipes have been played in battle for hundreds of years, but trench warfare was new as was the accompanying ear-shattering artillery barrages. Of the 2500 pipers deployed at the front, 500 died and 600 were wounded. The film ends with Delta Pipe-Major Garth Newlands playing his grandfather’s pipes at the Vimy Memorial.” 

Following the film there will be discussion and viewing of artefacts from the collection of the Regimental Museum of the RHQ Seaforth Highlanders, including pipes that were played in the trenches, with Ray Eagle and curator of the museum Robert John MacDonald.

Parking instructions here:

Centre for Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is Friday, November 27, 2015 (the last Friday of  the month) which is just before St. Andrew’s Day so lets all wear blue.   I look forward to seeing you there.   Remember if you have a group of 8 or more and you contact me no later than November 25 then everyone in your group will get a $1 discount.


Flying Truths  (including a few repeats)

  • Flying is not dangerous; crashing is very dangerous.
  • An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won’t surprise him.
  • Any pilot who relies on a terminal forecast can be sold the Brooklyn Bridge. If he relies on winds-aloft reports he can be sold Niagara Falls.


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Fall tree colours


Windy day


 32 + 1 Strange Things You Likely Didn’t Know  

  1. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  2. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
  3. One portion of information sent by a computer at a time is called a byte. A byte consists of 8 bits. 4 bits or half a byte is called a nibble.


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     Christmas stock has now arrived.

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to


Fall - Trees at Loch Rannoch

Loch Rannoch

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.  


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 Fall - View from East Lomond Hill

View from East Lomond Hill


The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 27th, 2015.   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!!



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.

Flight of the Bumblebee superb  vocal rendition.​   Rimsky Korsekhov    Acapella !

Think this will happen?

China: You really gotta think BIG!!!

The Official Lancaster UK Tour Trailer


The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, November 27th, 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 pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!!

Please keep opening the newsletter!!  Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


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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.

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 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
Nov 21 Vancouver Soft Shoe Step Dance class
Nov 21 Vancouver Island SCDS St. Andrew’s Social
Nov 21 Seattle RSCDS Dance Party & pot luck
Nov 21 The Barra MacNeils are performing at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1012 Nelson street, Vancouver Doors at 7pm, concert at 8pm
Nov 24 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance, Fort Langley Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley with music by Mary Ross at 7:30 p.m.- $15
Nov 25 White Rock St. Andrew’s Social
Nov 25 BBC documentary “Pipers of the Trenches” on Wednesday November 25th at 7 p.m. West Mall Complex 3210, SFU Burnaby Campus. This event is free and open to the public.   – see newsletter for more details
Nov 27 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 $12 (students $10)
Nov 28 Vancouver Soft Shoe Step Dance class
Nov 28 Delta Borderer’s Dance – Kinsmen Centre, 5410 – 10th Avenue, Tsawwassen with music by Don Bartlett at 7:30 p.m. – $25 – info Mairi 604-946-2448
Dec  5 Children & Family Christmas Party
Dec  5 Come celebrate a Celtic Christmas with the Vancouver Gaelic Choir, along with gusts Ed MacIlwaine, piper; The Kaleyarders; Bob Collins and the Jocely Petit Band and folksinger Tom Hawkins.   All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak, Burnaby at 2 p.m.  $15 (seniors/children $10) — Call Roberta for info 604-433-3326
Dec  7 Branch Christmas ceilidh night 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Drop-in $6:50 Info Gill 604-224-6751
Dec  7 Gleneagles Ball Walk Through of the “easier dances.”  FREE class –  7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Braemar School, 3600 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver.   Note videos of most dances are available online at “Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary.”
Dec  8 Glenayre Christmas party St Laurence Church Hall, 825 St. Laurence Street, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m. $12
Dec  9 Glenayre SCDC Christmas dance
Dec  9 Gleneagles Ball Walk Through of the “other dances.”  FREE class –  7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Braemar School, 3600 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver.   Note videos of all dances are available online at “Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary.”
Dec  9 White Rock Christmas social
Dec 11 Louise Murphy will be teaching dances on the Gleneagles Ball programme at the West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre, on 21st Street just off Marine Drive from 10:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Members $6 others $9
Dec 12 Inverglen Scottish Dancers present their Celtic Christmas Concert in the Seniors Centre of the Kerrisdale Community Centre at 2:00 p.m.  Free Admission.  Tickets for the Red & White Wine Raffle may be purchased.  Proceeds towards the dancer’s costume fund and dancer’s activities.
Dec 12 Vancouver Island SCDS Christmas Social
Dec 12 Seattle RSCDS Ceilidh/Silent auction/Dance Party
Dec 13 Gleneagles 52nd Ball in the Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra
Dec 28 Betwixt & Between Dance in the Scottish Cultural Centre
Dec 31 Vancouver Island SCDS New Year’s Eve Social

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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 on Friday, November 27, 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: 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 – $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.

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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

November 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 or www, for a list of class locations and times.

St patrick's Day Dancers

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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.

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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

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).

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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 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 –


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Fall - view near Melrose

near Melrose


For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc:
Seattle Branch
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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Rain dancing

The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 27, 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 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.

 Fall - view to west from the Cobbler

view from the Cobbler

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 —

November 27
January 8
February 5 & 26
March 25
April 29

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.

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Waverley Station, Edinburgh

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 – – 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.

Fall - Wigtown Bay sunset

Wigtown Bay

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.


  I love this Doctor Dingum

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me? 
A:  Are you crazy? HELLO   Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

This newsletter reaches out to some 345 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.



Fall Ailsa Craig & Culzean Castle

Ailsa Craig & Culzean Castle


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 –

Fall- Applecross to Skye

view from Applecross to Skye


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

Fall Bridge of Feugh

Bridge of Feugh