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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (3D) — Spectacular, But I Could “Take It, Or Leave It”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access “imdb.com” listing for this movie.


No denying that it is indeed quite spectacular. Some of the beasts and sequences really are fantastic and engrossing. Very clever, very dramatic. Kind of over the top. But, cute and some really touching bits.

Not really my cup of tea. I was never a big “Harry Potter” fan. So I was not their target audience. The girls loved it. 

The 3D was STRANGE! Oh! Some very impressive, in-your-face effects. But, other than center, foreground everything else was out-of-focus and blurred. We all noticed and commented on this. Now this could have been the equipment at the cinema we went to, viz. “Regal Concord 10“, in Concord, N.H. We have had issues with their 3D in the past — and once even got a full refund from the manager. 

Lavish, no expenses spared production. Amazing sets, amazing scenes.

If you like this genre of entertainment, this has to be up there — top drawer. You might want to think hard about the 3D. It might be BETTER without 3D!

P.S., Loved the Platypus. BEST part of the movie. Best character. I want one.

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New Hampshire (N.H.) 2016 – 2017 Property Tax Rates: Highest, Lowest & Everything Else.

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As I did for last year, i.e., 2015 – 2016, I am going to do just this ONE post and update it as more and more towns report.

So ideally anybody and everybody looking for 2016 – 2017 New Hampshire property tax information will always end up at this post. OK? Clear? Thanks.


As of December 12, 2016, 225 towns had published their 2016 – 2017 Property Tax Rates. (As always I have excluded the (exotic) N.H. Townships, Grants, Locations and Purchases that had $0.00 tax rate for the year. Wikipedia has a list of all these N.H. ‘exotics’. The other, non-zero exotics have a grey background and a (U) notation.)

This 225 list (marked ‘Final’ by the State) constitutes our ‘full house’.


PLEASE note that these property tax rates in isolation are MEANINGLESS unless you also factor in the relative property values of the towns. Please read this post. Click image on right to ENLARGE.

All the data used from the NH Department of Revenue Administration Tax ‘page’.
For 2015 – 2016 they have a new Website. The data provided and the format is a bit different.
They have included a ‘dashboard’ to try and make it easier IF you understand their lingo.

Click here to access the official N.H. Website page.


2016 – 2017 New Hampshire Property Tax Rates

December 12, 2016.

225 Towns Reporting.

[Towns in ‘grey’ rows are non-zero ‘exotics’ — possibly uninhabited.]


Sorted by Name.

Click here to access entire PDF file.

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Click to ENLARGE and view the first ‘few’ entries, in alphabetical order.


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Sorted HIGHEST to lowest.

Click here to access entire PDF file
sorted highest-to-lowest.

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25 towns with highest tax rate.


Sorted LOWEST to highest.

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sorted lowest-to-highest.

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25 towns with lowest tax rate.



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Bernie Sanders Cashing In (Already) — ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’, Concord, N.H.!

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Click to access the official ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’ Website to BUY tickets.


I appreciate that it is the American thing to do.

But didn’t Bernie rail against this when it came to Hillary. That she cashed in on her fame and made millions in speaking fees.

Confused by the HUGE “Donate” button. So buy tickets, buy the book and DONATE too?

What for?

Who or what am I donating to?

Bernie Sanders’ Private Wealth Fund?

I looked. Couldn’t find mention of ‘giving to charity‘.

If I recall he gave 4% of their income to charity last year.

Just thinking.


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‘Finding Dory’ (3D) — Splendid, Touching Kid’s Movie.

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Click to access “IMdb.com” page for the movie.


Disney • PIXAR know the formula and were unlikely to get it wrong. A splendid kid’s animation. Just as it is meant to be. Well crafted story with neat twists and turns and a lovable cast of characters, especially ‘Hank‘ the octopus (or septapus, given he lost a tentacle). Cute, touching and heartwarming. Just when you think you have the ending worked out they throw in a neat, ingenious twist. Slightly educational too — kids are unlikely to forget that octopi have 3 hearts. Lots of positive messaging for kids about aspirations, goals, coping with limitations etc.

The 3D was muted. Nothing dramatic for the sake of showcasing the 3D. But the 3D adds to the presence and texture of the characters. The bulging of Dory’s eyes would not be the same outside of 3D.

Not sure whether it was as good as “Finding Nemo” — but “Nemo”, 13 year ago, was groundbreaking on so many fronts. In the intervening years we have become attuned to the technological and storytelling magic. That it is essentially a sequel to “Nemo” is neat.


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Click to access “IMdb.com” page for “Piper” the PIXAR short.

Piper” the de rigueur 6 minute PIXAR ‘technology preview’ short that accompanies “Dory” is also incredibly cute. As always stunningly showcases PIXAR’s technological mastery.

Full Disclosure: I am a Disney shareholder and owned PIXAR for a very long time before it was acquired by Disney.

P.S., We saw it at the Concord, N.H. “Regal Cinema“, 7:10pm show. Other than us there were just 5 others in the theatre. 


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Rochester, New Hampshire Used Car Dealership’s “Buy A Car, Get An AR” Promotion!

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Click here to access the original from “The Boston Globe”.


Just to be fair (as I am wont to be), this promotion, from what I can see, started in May 2016 prior to the Orlando shooting. But they are continuing with it despite ‘Pulse’. So flags are flying in N.H. at half-staff for Orlando while travesty continues. 

I refer to this as the “Trump Effect“. We will see more of this. A shame.

The only consolation to us is that this is Rochester (which happens to be the nearest ‘BIG Town’ to us). Rochester! Yes, this is what you can expect in Rochester.

Perfectly legal. Pity that there are no laws against poor taste.

Ah, dear! “Only In New Hampshire“. Trump


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“Hotel Transylvania 2” — Très Bien, What A Kid’s Cartoon Is Supposed To Be.

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Click for ‘IMDb.com’ listing.

Teischan (9) loved the first ‘Hotel Transylvania‘. She had been asking for a while whether we could go and see the second one. Yesterday I was able to fulfill her wish. We saw it at the ‘Regal Concord 10’ in Concord, N.H.

It was good. Very good — but I knew it would be. Uncomplicated, unadulterated entertainment — which is what these movies are supposed to be.

The quality and rendering, though very good, was not as good as Disney/Pixar (and as a Disney (and Pixar) shareholder I have to say that) and the dialogue lacked the inevitable Disney adult innuendo. But it was fast paced, amusing and cute. Kids loved it and to me that is all that matters.

It was not in 3D. We made the 4pm show, which is, in theory, a matinee. But it still cost, just for the 3 tickets, close to $32. That can get expensive.

But definitely all thumbs up. Go take the kids. They will love it.

Reminded me of “Grand Budapest Hotel”.


New Hampshire (N.H.) Tax Rates, On Average, Little Changed In 2016, Jaffrey Sees 11.35% Hike.

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2015 – 2016 New Hampshire Property Tax season is underway — with tax bills being sent out in December 2015.

So far only 76 towns (31% of the 229 ‘Full House’) have reported. That is down from this time last year. But there will be a flurry of filings in the next 2 weeks.

On average, across, all 76 towns the difference between last year and this year is 2.36%.

But, that is the average and averages don’t tell the full story. There are a few significant hikes, e.g., Jaffery with 11.35%. But rates in Windam went down 10.5%.

Check the data at this MASTER post for 2015 – 2016. OK?

Towns such as Alton, Wolfeboro, Gilford, Meredith have yet to report.


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