I am obsessed with the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster from World War II-era Britain. It's such a reassuring little motto and I try to say it over and over to myself like a mantra. (If there's one thing I've never learned to do it's "keep calm".) I've mentioned before that I want to have Obama's Zen-like calm, but my inner Rahm Emanuel gets the better of me and shoots my middle finger skyward against my will.
I recently read an article on BBC America's Anglophenia blog about this poster and it included the most charming video. I knew the basic origins of the poster, but seeing this incredible second-hand bookshop, Barter Books in northern England, just increased my enthusiasm for this bit of propaganda. (Plus, as a confirmed bibliophile, I'd give my right boob to visit that bookstore.)
I must admit that, yes, I did purchase the iPhone app (and if my husband is reading this he can quit clutching his chest like Fred Sanford. It only cost $.99). With the app, though, I can join the thousands who have created their own slogans for this iconic poster. I'm partial to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-inspired one that reads "Don't Panic and Carry a Towel" or the knitting one urging me to "Keep Calm and Carry Yarn." I now add to that my own creation:
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