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Burns Edition

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

Hope you enjoyed Burns Day yesterday. 

For those of you who were unable to join us on Zoom last evening, we have an edited version of the virtual Burns Social.

Also included are a couple of Covid related items.

The first is a Stay Home – Save Lives piece narrated by Grant Stott .  It features lots of views of my home town Edinburgh.

The second is someone’s take on the poem on Covid as it might have been written by Burns.

If you have an interesting past time let me know and I can feature it – the branch is full of members with all sorts of past times.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

STAY WELL

 

Happy New Year

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

 Happy New Year to you and yours.

2020 is over and hopefully sometime in 2021 we can get together and dance again!

Since ancient times, households across Scotland have welcomed strangers through their doors with the aim of bringing good fortune for the year ahead.

First footing, which stems from the Gaelic practice of “qualtagh”, 

Traditionally, the first footer should be someone who was not already in the house when midnight struck – hence the Scottish party tradition of having one guest leave just before the bells so they can knock on the door as the new year begins.

The first footer will usually come bearing gifts.

 

Traditionally, they would arrive loaded with a coin, bread, salt, a lump of coal, and whisky – gifts representing all the things the new year would hopefully bring, such as prosperity, food, flavour, warmth and good cheer. 

So here is my virtual first foot for you. 

Included in today’s offering is a continuation of the answer to the question “What do members do in their spare time when not dancing”.  Hugh Carter explains his other hobby – model railways.

We have the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s virtual hogmanay party full of all things Scottish. Enjoy.

And finally some groaners on that other subject.

Finland has just closed their borders.

No one will be crossing the Finnish line

So many coronovirus jokes out there. It’s like a pandemic

Due to the quarentine, I’ll only be telling inside jokes

Now is not the time to surround yourself with positive people

The will be a minor baby boom in 9 months and one day in 2033 we will witness the rise of the quaranteens.

I’ll tell you a COVID-19 joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you get it.

Saint Andrew’s Day

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at a safe distance!

Today, we have a feast of items.

We start with a Saint Andrew’s Day message from the Branch Chair, Wayne Greer.

Then carrying on the theme we have a dance medley devised by John Drewry named “Saint Andrew’s Square”.

For those of you who might be rusty on the origins of Saint Andrew we have Shaun from Edinburgh with his own unique presentaion about Scotland’s patron saint.

This is followed by a item contributed by Jim Kirkhope with a new twist on Laurel & Hardy.

And finally a poem that seems to sum up 2020 as we ease towards Christmas.

If you have an interesting past time let me know and I can feature it – the branch is full of members with all sorts of past times.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

Happy Saint Andrew’s Day

STAY WELL

 

 

 

Xmas 2020⛄🎅🎁🎄
 
T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
 
The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.
 
They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
 
Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.
 
Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
 
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their verve.
 
From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
 
When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.
 
Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
 
Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.
 
This virus is awful,
This COVID-19.
We hope for a cure.
A choice of vaccine.
 
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
 
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
 
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No-one but me.
 
But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
 
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
 
Christmas ain’t cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.
 
So for those staying home,
Safe out of sight,
Merry Christmas to ya all,
May it be extra bright!
 
~Author unknown.

 

Remembrance Day

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at a safe distance!

Today, with Remembrance Day in mind, we bring you the Chair of Teachers, Marion Hamiltion, with her reflections on Remembrance Day.

We also have a medley of dances using tunes associated with the military.

And finally, a section from this year’s Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, London with Marisha Wallace singing the White Cliffs of Dover and a socially distance choir.

If you have an interesting past time let me know and I can feature it – the branch is full of members with all sorts of past times.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

STAY WELL

Are we all going to the dogs?

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at a safe distance!

Today, this blog highlights our secretary, Phil Worthington from the level 1 class.

Phil has another interest as well as SCD. (Don’t we all!). He’ll tell you something about it.

We also have a medley of two dances by the dem team video in 2002 (same digits as this year in another order).

And finally, Ian Fraser sent in a Rant from “The Oldie” a Scottish publication.

If you have an interesting past time let me know and I can feature it – the branch is full of members with all sorts of past times.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

STAY WELL

Keeping in Touch at Thanksgiving

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

Here is the Thanksgiving edition of “Staying in Touch”.

Today we have an interview with Iris Waung of the Level 3 class who has used the pandaemic time to be very ceative as you will hear.

And of course we have some Scottish country dancing and some dancing from the movies to keep you entertained on this long weekend.

I’ve also included the latest digital version on the Society newsletter for any of you who didn’t receeive it.

You are invited to send requests of items you would like to see in this space in the future. Also if you would like to submit items or videos of yourself, please feel free.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

Happy Thanksgiving and stay well!

Time for some art

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

This week we have a visit with Richard Hatherill our treasurer who will update you on his responsibilities and then presents an artistic video of where he and Kathy have been spending their Covid time.

This is followed by an Covid art show contributed by Wayne.

Just in case you had forgotten about how great SC Dancing looks, we have a set from Tartan Day 2012 with a medley of Kamo Karousel and Joie de Vivre.

Coming soon, an interview with Iris Wuang about one of her Covid projects, the second book in a series of childrens’ book she has written.

As you have seen in the past few editions of Keeping in Touch, many members have taken up new interests or have expanded on existing hobbies.  If you would like to share them with the rest of our members just get in touch with me by replying to the email you received with this link.

Again, there is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

STAY WELL

Feeling a bit jiggy?

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at a safe distance!

Today we catch up with Mary Bridson who has been using this pandemic time to do a whole host of things which she will tell you about in her video.  Mary is truly a renaissance woman.

Mary will also read from one of her short stories about a Newfie mouse.

On a personal note, I would like to welcome Mary to the half-century club. something I joined last year.  The half-century I am referring to is since immigrating to Canada.

The other offering today, forwarded by Gillian Huntley, is sure to make you feel jiggy this Friday morning.

STAY WELL

Staying in Touch Too (2?)

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

Here I am with the second in our occasional series of  “Staying in Touch”.

Last Friday would have been the Welcome Dance and classes would have started this week.  I have compiled a video of three events to remind you of the fun we have and to see some of our dancers again.

During the summer Gillian Huntley, co-convenor of the Level 3 class, was busy  and this shows you the fruit of her labours with a garden tour from her home.

You are invited to send requests of items you would like to see in this space in the future.  If you would like more of the edited sessions of the RSCDS on-line class I would be happy to include that.  Also if you would like to submit items or videos of yourself, please feel free.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

STAY WELL

Staying in touch

Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

Hello again – hope you enjoyed the summer which seems to have morphed into early Fall.

The branch executive would like to keep in touch with our membership even though we won’t be physically together in classes or socials for some time to come.

Today we have a video greeting from our Chair, Wayne Greer, with a description of what the executive are planning in the near future.

Also we have a covid offering from the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.

 

STAY WELL