Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ian Hamlin, A Gifted Artist From New Zealand.

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One of the wonderful things about blogging
is that you get to meet some real great people
from around the world.

As it now happens many of the people I regularly
keep in touch with and collaborate on my various projects
are people I have met, via blogging, over the Web.

Ian Hamlin falls into that category.
He happened to ‘like’ my post about fellow artist Stephen Hodecker.
I clicked on his name and I LIKED, very much, what I saw.
My type of work.
Way outside my budget and we no longer have any wall space left!

So check out Ian’s work.
What a talent.


Use this link to access Ian Hamlin’s Website.

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Happy To See The Cavalier Bangladesh Cricket Team Come Of Age — Doing So With Aplomb.

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on Willow.
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bangpakc/ South Africa did not prevail.

d/ ICC WCC 2015 memorabilia.
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Picking SA over NZ in 1st Semi.
f/ SA v SL — match fixing?
  
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Click to ENLARGE and savor. From ESPN cricinfo.com (with thanks).

I first started watching the Bangladeshi, in earnest and in interest, last Fall during their series against the West Indies. A few of their players, e.g., Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal etc., caught my eye. You could see that they were awfully talented, very committed and loved the game. They reminded me of young West Indies players of yore. I followed them in the ICC 2015 World Cup — rooting for them to win their matches. They played with panache and that always appeals to me. I was glad they made the quarter-finals.

I just finished watching the 2nd Bangladesh v Pakistan ODI. That the two teams are playing, in Bangladesh no less, intrigues me. I am old enough to remember Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan. [Oh, I also did not know until that match that Bangladesh (too) has a female prime minister — and she looks impressive (and very gentle).] I watched the first ODI too. Yes, I know that they won the series 3-0 though I have yet to watch the 3rd ODI or the T20. Bangladesh played beyond themselves. It was electric. Loved it. They sure came of age.

Yes, they still, like Sri Lanka in the early 1980s, need a bit more exposure and experience. But this series will give them heart and confidence. It was very gratifying to watch them. Another national team making the transition to a true Test stature team. Bravo. I am looking forward to watching all the remaining matches, including each day of the Test matches, on Willow TV (via my Roku 3). I have to confess that I have a surfeit of cricket on hand. Who would have thought that I would ever live, in the U.S., to say that. Yes, of course, I watched the highlights of all 10 days of the Two WI v. Eng. Tests. That the West Indies lost, so pathetically, did not please me. What a contrast. The Bangladeshi play like what the West Indies used to do 30 years ago. How the tide, something the Bangladeshis know very well, has turned.

So, today, I salute the Bangladesh cricket team. Keep up the good work.


NOIEX, ‘Northern Income Equity Fund’: The ‘Income’ Part Is Becoming An Oxymoron.

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Following all of my coverage of NOIEX in December 2014, when we had that unprecedented and uncalled for $3.987 dividend, this blog has become a regular destination for those seeking genuine incisive information on this now moribund fund. So this is another post to keep you posted.

The April 2015 distribution, at $0.00446 per share, was, yet again, on the low side. 64% below the April 2014 distribution.

To help us all out I created this comparison chart. It, as you can see, is not that conclusive. I, however, continue to feel that NOIEX, post-December 2014, seems to be skimping on the dividends. For a fund that has ‘income’ in its name this seems incongruous.

But, to be fair, its overall performance is still fair. Not stellar, but it is hanging in there. Check out this from MarketWatch. The December ex-DIV NAV was $12.57. It has been up as much as $13.09. YOU definitely should keep a close eye on it. NOIEX is no longer a fund that you could buy and forget about — in the belief that it will quietly keep on doing what it should, i.e., doing reasonably well and generating some income. It definitely appears to have lost some steam if not its way. I am not ready to ditch it yet. It has served me well for a number of years. But, I check its performance rather carefully of late. OK? Hope this helped. If nothing else you won’t find this dividend comparison chart, in this easy to follow format, anywhere else. Enjoy.

Click to ENLARGE and read. From marketwatch.com.


We Join “British Cars Of New Hampshire”.

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Now that we yet again have, after over a decade hiatus, a British car — the Green 1968 MGB — we had no choice but to join the “British Cars of New Hampshire” club.

They were no strangers to us as we have been to a number of their shows — most recently the “Show of Dreams” in 2013, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

A number of the members had also been extremely helpful to me when I posted on “The MG Experience” forum. They urged me to join — though in reality no urging was required per se. I always intended to join. Now we have — and by we I mean Devanee & I, since the MGB is going to be Devanee’s car and she plans to start driving it in about 10 months. 

Another British car seems to be in our future. I have already started making phone calls about handing in our leased KIA Sportage in May — a month ahead of its lease end. Appears that that is permitted. I can return it any time after May 28, though the lease doesn’t end till June 27 (Deanna’s birthday). No, no … not a question of miles. It is a 36,000 lease and it hasn’t even done 30,000 yet. Doubt whether we can put 7,000 in the next 4 weeks. I just had it with KIA. Just want to see the back of it and get a British car.

The next British car will more than likely be an OLD Jaguar. Inexplicably I have never owned a Jag. How could that be. Yes, I came within 90% of owning an E-Type in 2001 — but that was when I lived a different life. E-Type are now beyond my dreams. Over the years I have owned (or had given to me as company cars) Triumphs (x4), Rover (x2) and MGs (x2) but never a Jag. Going to rectify that. Stay tuned. 


The Incomparably Brilliant, Celtic Goddess Loreena McKennitt Will Be At The Concord ‘Capitol Center For The Arts’ In October 2015.

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Click to access the ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’ Webpage for this concert.


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One of my all time favorite songs, “The Lady Of Shalott”. Click to listen on YouTube. You WILL thank me.

 


25th Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) In Laconia, Sat. October 24, 2015 — Déjà vu Stirred & Shaken?

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Click to access, mostly disabled, ‘official’ Website — which still mentions Keene.

After I wrote my initial post yesterday I picked up a copy of “The Laconia Daily Sun” and got to read about all the details — and they would know given that their Editor/Publisher, Ed Engler (of ‘University of Whales‘ fame) is, of course, the most honorable mayor of Laconia.

I guess I hadn’t really thought about it BUT I had not realized that the Laconia event would be organized and run by the SAME FOLKS that have been doing the Keene festival. Hhhmm!

I had just assumed, maybe hoped, that the Laconia festival was a fresh start and that it was being run, entirely, by Laconia folks.

I had some mixed feelings yesterday about it being in Laconia and now I am even more disquieted. I don’t know. Yes, of course, they have the experience, the contacts, the contracts and the know-how. But, from what I know they also have some baggage. Weren’t there some serious unpaid bills?

I had not realized that the N.H. Festival is essentially a franchise — owned by a group of people, who can SHOP it to various cities for the best offer. It is also now clear that Laconia is just getting ‘it’, initially, just for 2015 on a ‘suck it and see’ trial basis. I do not know. Doesn’t sit well with me. I was hoping that the whole event, say like the Laconia “Multicultural Festival“, would be organized and managed by a conglomerate of Laconia entities, e.g., Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and say Laconia Rotary.

And that it is being billed, categorically, as “Downtown, Laconia“, also makes me uneasy. I do not think Downtown Laconia has the ‘expanse’ required to stage this festival like it was in Keene. Keene is blessed with a wide and long Main Street with bustling businesses and eateries. Laconia — not as much. [SMILE!] I do not know. [Have I said that before.] There is also the unsaid message. Laconia, these days, alas, has issues. Bike Week is one thing, Pumpkin Festival is another. Hhhmmmm. I will TRY to keep a close eye on this.

The most ironic thing (so far) — Deanna told me, as soon as we started talked about this “I don’t want you to go and volunteer us to volunteer in Laconia. I don’t want to volunteer in Laconia”! Wow. And I had already said that I was planning to volunteer. That is the problem with Laconia. Some people, like Deanna, are extremely leery of Laconia.


ANZAC Day 2015, 100th Anniversary, Remembrance Services From ANZAC Cove & London (Videos).

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Click to access U.K. SkyNews coverage with video. Very good. First one that I watched today.


BBC Coverage.
Click each image to access video.

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Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) Coming To Laconia, New Hampshire In October 2015.

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Related posts:
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Keene 2014: the riots!
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Keene 2014 schedule.
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Keene 2014 preview.
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

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See April 26, 2015 Update.



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Google Map view of downtown Laconia, NH.

Just heard that the troubled Keene, N.H. pumpkin festival is moving to Laconia, New Hampshire this October. That is great news.

We are big fans of the Pumpkin Festival. We all volunteered in 2012 and I even made it to the HGTV TV show. We couldn’t make it last year because Devanee had a track meet — and as such, fortunately, missed the riots. Ditto the year before also.

I am delighted to have it in the Lakes Region. Laconia, with its long history of hosting ‘Bike Week’, is no stranger to holding big events. So that, at least, is good. But, I have some concerns — knowing both Keene and Laconia well. Laconia is no Keene! That could be an issue. Keene is handy to both MA and VT and I am sure that that played a role in the success of their festival. Laconia, dare I say it, also does not have the amenities. So it will be rather different. Yes, we will most likely get involved. I know a lot of people in Laconia plus I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA).

Given my experience at Keene I would think that Weirs Beach Boulevard, the focal point of Bike Week, would be the best spot to anchor the festival. The long, broad sweep, by the Bay would be the ideal place to place all the pumpkins. But Weirs Beach is a few miles from downtown Laconia. This will be much bigger than Laconia’s ever successful ‘Multicultural Day‘ — which is held downtown. The location, to me, will dictate the overall success of this new venture.

I will try to make this blog ‘Laconia Pumpkin Festival’ central — for YOUR edification. OK? So stay tuned. This was but a heads up post. This should be exciting and fun. Can’t wait.


150th Anniversary Of President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train In New York City & Albany, New York.

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51762_ng_lincoln_coverAs I have oft mentioned I (still) religiously read each issue of “National Geographic“, cover-to-cover, each month. The only magazine that I now read on a regular basis. Even the “Reader’s Digest” doesn’t make that list anymore, though I do read it, plus any and all photographic magazine I come across, more often that not.

I have been reading, with some interest, this month’s cover story on Lincoln’s funeral train. I knew some about the train and the voyage, but, of course, not to the level of detail in this article. It had an interesting ‘sidebar’ about race-relations in Buffalo, N.Y., over the century, including school segregation, and that was fascinating since I did attend High School, in Buffalo, during 1967 – 1968 — in what was a mixed school at the time. Kensington High School (which is now closed).

This morning I came across this photograph, on pages 44-45, and noticed the date on it. TODAY. April 25, 1865. 150 years ago. To me, an avid fan of the President, this seemed something worth commemorating. I had a very quick look. Didn’t see anything obvious. I can’t, to my horror, find a SINGLE Google Doodle for President Lincoln! How can that be? Yes, I know that they try to avoid political figures BUT President Lincoln, easily and incontrovertibly, transcends politics.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From the April 2015 issue of “National Geographic”. I am sure they will indulge me, in this instance, for trampling on their copyright — since this is for a good cause.


Click here to access original … which has lots of pictures and other information.


Lake Winnipesaukee 2015 Ice-Out Ici: Friday, April 24 At 4:34 pm.

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 Well, Lake Winnipesaukee 2015 Ice-Out as I predicted on Monday, and reiterated yesterday, happened on Friday, April 24, 2015. The official time was 4:34 pm. Shame that they did not take some poetic license with that so that we could all have said that 2015 ice-out ici was 4/24 at 4:24. C’est la vie.

Now, you have to please excuse me. Given that by nature and profession I am somewhat scientific — and have a love of dates and calendars — I can’t just go along that ice-out was on April 24. The problem, as I have oft stated, has to do with leap-years. This was not a leap-year. If it was, TODAY, April 24 would have been April 23. Get it. So I count ice-out in terms of actual days since January 1 of the year. So today, April 24, 2015, (not being a leap year), is day 113. OK? Are cool on that. Day 113.

I went through the numbers last night. But I will re-cap. 

Ice-Out has happened 12 times on the 113th day, in 1896, 1912 & 2008, which were all leap years, that having been on April 23rd. [In 1920, another leap year, April 24 was the 114th day!]

During the 128 years we know of ice-out has happened 82 times PRIOR to the 113th day; i.e., 64% of the time.

In 34 years the ice-out happened on the 114th day of later.

The record being the 132nd day in 1888; i.e., May 12, 1888.

The last time it was April 24 per se was 1997.

The last time it was the 113th day was much more recent, i.e., 2008.

Here are two charts. I might enforce copyright on both IF they are not attributed when reused. Click to ENLARGE.

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Fluctuation is THE pattern. A very nice “W” towards the end.

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From 1986, which is when I moved to New Hampshire.