Keep Calm and Carry On by VariousKeep Calm and Carry On was a World War 2 government poster discovered in a dusty box nine years ago. Though it never saw the light of day in 1939 (it was only supposed to go up if Britain was invaded), it has suddenly struck a chord in our current difficult times, now we are in need of a stiff upper lip and optimistic energy once again. Gordon Brown had one up in 10 Downing Street and James May wears a Keep Calm T-shirt on the telly - it is suddenly everywhere. The book is packed full of similarly motivational and inspirational quotes, proverbs, mantras and wry truths to help us through the recession, from such wits as Churchill, Disraeli and George Bernard Shaw. Funny, wise and stirring - it is a perfect source of strength to get us all through the coming months.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain Mark Twain
Its a recession when your neighbor loses his job; its a depression when you lose your own Harry S. Truman
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didnt happen today Laurence J. Peter
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine Lord Byron
Better bread with water than cake with trouble Russian Proverb
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Bring it up in conversation with a Brit and you'll probably be met with an eye-roll — as noted in Fraser McAlpine's new book, " Stuff Brits Like. But McAlpine, who lives in Cornwall , says the British secretly love the phrase because of its history. The phrase originated as a slogan in the spring before World War II. Anticipating the dark days ahead, the British government designed a poster to hang in areas being targeted by German bombers. Around 2.
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The third, and now iconic, poster flashed Keep Calm and Carry On in white, capital letters underneath an image of a crown on a bright, grabbingly red background. Who, exactly, coined the slogan is unclear. The British government printed nearly 2. It never did display the posters, and most were recycled in during a wartime paper shortage. The Keep Calm and Carry On poster languished in number and obscurity until Stuart Manley discovered a copy in tucked away in a box of old books for his bookshop, Barter Books, in Alnwick, England.
Around eight years after it started to appear, it has become quite possibly the most successful meme in history. And, unlike most memes, it has been astonishingly enduring, a canvas on to which practically anything can be projected while retaining a sense of ironic reassurance. It is the ruling emblem of an era that is increasingly defined by austerity nostalgia. I can pinpoint the precise moment at which I realised that what had seemed a typically, somewhat insufferably, English phenomenon had gone completely and inescapably global. I was going into the flagship Warsaw branch of the Polish department store Empik and there, just past the revolving doors, was a collection of notebooks, mouse pads, diaries and the like, featuring a familiar English sans serif font, white on red, topped with the crown, in English:. As a logo, it was nearly as recognisable as Coca-Cola or Apple.