#781 Not So Lonely This Christmas

2nd July 2021 in An 80s Tale
#781 Not So Lonely This Christmas
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FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 12:00 AM
What's this, an Xmas themed strip in July?

There won't be any Monday updates this month as I've been falling behind schedule. Apologies, etc!


GoodKaptainKook 2nd Jul 2021, 12:01 AM
The sentimental romantic idiot in me is smiling seeing this little story of how Tony and Belinda Harvey came together. I'm just a fricking sap at heart :D

I suspect the ending of this strip saw the twins being conceived, but I could be wrong lol
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:07 AM
You suspect correctly ^^
Long Tom 2nd Jul 2021, 12:22 AM
Long Tom
Somehow I don't get the impression that everybody loved Bob Geldof even years ago, when Live Aid was at its height.
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:07 AM
Certainly not Rupert Rodent!
Long Tom 2nd Jul 2021, 10:59 PM
Long Tom
If the Wikipedia article tells the truth, Adam Ant regretted performing in it, and Andy Kershaw was unimpressed with it, saying that raising the money failed to do anything about the underlying causes of Africa's problems.

The article also implied that Geldof tried to get everybody he could to participate, often claiming certain performers agreed to be in it before he actually asked them.
GoodKaptainKook 3rd Jul 2021, 3:13 AM
One thing I've always wondered is how many artists who participated in stuff like Live Aid/We Are the World/charity benefit concerts and the like actually gave a crap about what they were raising money for and how many were only interested in them because of the positive PR/reception they'd get for doing it or the money they themselves would make...
Long Tom 4th Jul 2021, 1:23 AM
Long Tom
I agree that the truly charitable don't need to make a big splash of how much they care, but are willing to do so quietly without worrying about public adoration.

If I were Rupert, I'd be kissing Bob Geldof's feet for saying that I wouldn't be part of Live Aid.
Fox-Jake 2nd Jul 2021, 12:26 AM
No shame it in that, Dude.

Die Hard was released in the Summer of '88, yet it still goes down in history as one of the greatest Christmas films of all time.
Same with "The Long Kiss Goodnight"
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:07 AM
Can't get enough of Die Hard :)
kennethsarmstrong 3rd Jul 2021, 1:43 AM
Die Hard 2 was pretty good as well. The other three films were not as good. Live Free or Die Hard had its merits concerning massive hacking and terrorism.
FreyFox 3rd Jul 2021, 7:51 PM
Yeah DH2 is great fun
kennethsarmstrong 4th Jul 2021, 4:27 AM
I wish that Fox Twentieth Century Pictures had done better with Live Free or Die Hard. TCP was trying to get a PG-13 rating for the film, so it toned the film down to get it.
Fox-Jake 4th Jul 2021, 7:52 PM
Glad I’m not the only one who enjoys Die Hard 2. It’s probably the most underrated of the franchise and raises the stakes higher to make the conflict more interesting.

Plus the movie is a Hell of a lot of fun. :D
WaxBadger 2nd Jul 2021, 12:47 AM
Here comes the comic strip.
Thisa Lucas 2nd Jul 2021, 12:49 AM
Thisa Lucas
Merry Christmas in July!
kennethsarmstrong 2nd Jul 2021, 2:00 AM
Do what you can. Your comic is not worth making yourself sick over.

Please catch up when you can.
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:08 AM
Thanks :)
Section79 2nd Jul 2021, 2:43 AM
Christmas in July? It wouldn’t be the first time. But we do get a romantic moment between Russ and Reg’s folks! <3

Also, no worries on the delays. You’re not in any hurry to get these things out! We’re a patient bunch!
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:08 AM
Glad to hear :)
Tom Jankowski 2nd Jul 2021, 3:36 AM
I wonder if this was when Russ and Reg were conceived?
FreyFox 2nd Jul 2021, 6:08 AM
Looks that way!
kennethsarmstrong 2nd Jul 2021, 2:00 PM
I wonder whether this is the beginning of the end of Trevor's father's involvement with Rupert & the Rodents. It was fun while it lasted either way.
Excelsior_Thirty 2nd Jul 2021, 5:55 AM
Simply put, this would be a great Christmas gift for them to exchange! (You know, after seeing a game show-very likely in the USA, Christmas is that perfect time to propose.)
Prince Puppycorn 2nd Jul 2021, 6:11 AM
Too bad we couldn’t get the panel that followed where Zara and Simon try and revive a passed out Trev while Tony says, “Just give Trev a moment! He always faints when I tell this part of the story where Bel and I first…acquainted ourselves that way!”
WCP 2nd Jul 2021, 6:16 AM
I guess Tony liked unwrapping his Christmas gift that year!

And then some!
FreyFox 3rd Jul 2021, 7:53 PM
Very much so!
Shaggy 3rd Jul 2021, 1:48 AM
I love “Father Christmas” ;-) XD
GoodKaptainKook 3rd Jul 2021, 3:15 AM
Also, Christmas in July...is far more popular than you think. More than a few TV networks in the US run blocks dedicated to that very idea. I distinctly remember the US version of Cartoon Network had such a thing in the late '90s! (Christmas is such a big holiday it's a wonder that Christmas stuff doesn't go up in the stores in July these days, lol)
ZsewqTheWolf 3rd Jul 2021, 6:34 PM
look like he gone cheap with the wrapping on the gift
FreyFox 3rd Jul 2021, 7:53 PM
It would appear so!
Long Tom 5th Jul 2021, 12:45 AM
Long Tom
One genuinely positive result of Live Aid was that in the USA, there were celebrities who decided to act locally and perform a concert in 1985 to raise money to help family farms which were in trouble at the time. Farm Aid would be held every year since then, with money hopefully actually helping family farms. At least some Third World dictator wouldn't steal the money!

I don't know how or how well it helped, but at least this was an example of charity beginning at home.