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RSCDS London Branch eUpdate

11 January 2021


Dear fellow dancers

Although we had hoped to resume dancing in the first half of 2021 the impact of the new COVID variants and the resultant lockdown means that we cannot realistically plan indoor events and classes until much later in the year.
It's beginning to look unlikely that classes will resume before September. Whilst we have plans for a ‘big bang’ return to dancing with classes and the new season dance, this will be dependent upon the success of the vaccination programme.  Meanwhile we will continue to offer online events and will keep members up to date with news via the eUpdate, Website and The Reel. 

To start as we mean to go on, and following the success of the London Branch Christmas party, we are delighted to announce that the Branch will hold a virtual Burns Night from 5pm on Sunday 24 January.  The evening will feature music, poetry and dancing as well as vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus all the traditional Burns features, including the Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response.

As for the Christmas party, the Zoom chat function will be open throughout and we’ll keep it open for 30 minutes after the end of the party to allow extras time for conversations with dancing friends.

To keep things simple we're using the same webinar link as we used for the AGM and for the Christmas party.  Click on this link on 24 January, bring your own haggis and join us for a joyful evening of music, dance and good company.  

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Branch members' survey.  We had an excellent respond and are working on analysis now. We'll include an initial report in the forthcoming edition of The Reel and further information and actions as the year progresses.

Also in this eUpdate we bring you the answers to the Christmas Quiz, some new quiz questions to test your general knowledge and a picture puzzle in honour of Robert Burns.

If you have any item you'd like to see included in a future eUpdate please do let us know via 


24 January 2021


The Branch Picture Puzzle - Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

We thought we would celebrate the approach of Burns Night (25th January) by using a picture of Rabbie Burns for this week's puzzle. The portrait was painted by Alexander Nasmyth in 1787.

Click on the image below to begin the sliding puzzle. Once the puzzle opens, click on the individual tiles to move them to form the picture of Robert Burns
RSCDS London Branch Christmas at Home
As promised in our Christmas eUpate, here are the answers to our Christmas quiz. The answers are indicated in red.
What was the name of James VI’s wife?    
Mary Stewart / Anne of Denmark / Mary Queen of Scots

Which building houses Scotland’s National War Memorial?  
Balmoral Castle/ Blair Castle / Edinburgh Castle

What nationality was the architect of the Scottish Parliament?    
Spanish / English / Scottish

In which Scottish castle were the Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels) hidden as Oliver Cromwell’s forces advanced through Scotland?        
Eileann Donan Castle / Dunottar Castle / Glamis Castle
Which city has the nickname Auld Reekie?   
Aberdeen / Glasgow / Edinburgh

Braw     brilliant /large /cold

Dreich   unfair/wet or grey weather/angry

Reeking   going on a hike/very drunk/raining heavily

Peely-wally  unwell/a bus/happy or delighted

Carnaptious  roomy/disappointed/ill-tempered

Mawkit   incredibly dirty/very clean/slightly dusty

Dunderheid  of questionable intelligence/with long hair/unable to get up in the morning

Messages  letters or emails/errands/shopping/gossip

Broo  job centre/café/butchers

Foostie  coastal wind/football fan/mouldy

  1. Bridges: Clyde Bridge / Forth Bridge / Tay Bridge
  2. Castles: Glamis Castle / Balmoral Castle / Edinburgh Castle
  3. Viaducts: Glenturret Viaduct / Glenfinnan Viaduct / Glenmorangie Viaduct
  4. Horses: The Kelpies / The Sea Horses / The Krankies
  5. Skye: Neist Point, Skye / Quiraing, Skye / Sgurr na Stri, Skye
6.  Bridges (2): Clyde Bridge / Forth Bridge / Tay Bridge
7.  Galleries: Kelvingrove Art Gallery / Hunterian Art Gallery / Dunfermline Carnegie Gallery
8.  Castles (2): Dunottar Castle / Eilean Donan Castle / Cawdor Castle
9.  Arthur's ?: Arthur’s Mound / Arthur’s Rest / Arthur’s Seat
10. Falkirk Fit?:Falkirk Lift / Falkirk Wheel / Falkirk Rotary

What is the name of the witch in Tam O’ Shanter?    
Auld Reekie / Cutty Sark / Poosie Nancy

Who played Jean Brodie in the 1969 film ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’?
Deborah Kerr / Liz Smith / Maggie Smith

What hit BBC children’s TV series was filmed on Mull? 
Jackanory / Balamory / The Singing Kettle

Which city did Lulu hail from?  
Perth / Stirling / Glasgow

How many miles would the Proclaimers walk?  
50 miles / 500 miles / 1000 miles*
The words of the song are: 
"But I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door".


What type of fish is used in Cullen Skink?     
Cod / Mackerel / Haddock

Billy Connolly is also known as the………?     
Big Heid / Big Fit / Big Yin

Which Daniel Craig Bond film was set in Scotland?  
Goldfinger / Skyfall / Quantum of Solace

What name is given to the whisky that evaporates as it is being aged in barrels?  
Angels’ Share / The Waste / The Faeries’ Share

Where’s the best place to catch a haggis?   
Top of the hill / Foot of the hill / Supermarket
London Branch Quiz - Additional Questions

We did not have time to ask all of the quiz questions at our virtual Christmas Event in December. However, we have shared these additional questions below for those of you who enjoy a challenge.

The answers will be given in the next eUpdate.

In which century did the Scottish Reformation occur?   
15th / 16th / 17th

When students stole/reclaimed the Stone of Destiny, where did they put it?              
Arbroath Abbey / St Ninian’s Cathedral / Elgin Cathedral

What mode of transport did the Shetland Bus operate during World War 2?        
Trains / Buses / Fishing boats

Who is credited with discovering penicillin?  
Dr Watson / Alexander Fleming / James Young Simpson

 Where did the Vikings fight the Scots in 1263?   
 Largs / Brechin / Stornoway

Which band was Claire Grogan in?   
Run Rig / Altered Images / Bay City Rollers

What romantic comedy with a football vibe, did John Gordon Sinclair star in? 
Georgie’s Girl / Gregory’s Girl / Billy’s Girl

JM Barrie’s childhood adventures at Moat Brae inspired Peter Pan. Where is Moat Brae?  
Peebles / Dumfries / Gatehouse of Fleet

Which band had a hit with Why Does it Always Rain on Me?  
Parker / Travis / Fraser

Name the most recent Scottish Dr Who?   
Billy Connelly / David Tennant / Peter Capaldi
If you catch a ferry from Sconser on Skye, which neighbouring island would you arrive on? Raasay / Arran / Rhum

Where would you find Soldier’s Leap?       
Arbroath / Dunnet Head / Killiecrankie

The Royal Highland Show is held on the outskirts of which city?  
Inverness / Aberdeen / Edinburgh

What is St Andrew’s most famous golf course? 
New Course / Inter Course / Old Course

Which Highland Games/Gathering does the Queen usually attend annually? 
Gourock / Gordon Castle / Braemar


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