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I went to a céilidh recently. In contemporary terminology, a céilidh is a gathering for people wishing to partake in traditional Scottish dancing (or Irish, if spelled céilí). However, I am told by Wikipedia that the term originally referred to any kind of social gathering, not necessarily involving dancing. There’s a parallel in belly dance … Continue reading


April Showers

For weeks now the weather has been completely, utterly, and typically British.  Staunchly.  Proudly, even.  It’s been changeable though mostly wet, windy, and colder than expected for the time of year.  While not very pleasant to inhabit, something about being immersed in the kind of weather where we grit our teeth and go for bracing … Continue reading