Keep Calm and Carry On
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Over the holidays I was having a look at the special features on the DVD of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and saw Rupert Grint sporting a t-shirt with this Keep Calm slogan and I kind of loved it. It actually dates back to the British government’s ministry of information from 1939. Back then, 2.5 million posters were printed – most of them were ultimately destroyed but a surviving copy found its way into a bookshop and now it’s become ionic once again, with even more surfaces to slap it on.

And the itsy-bitsy book offers “good advice for hard times” which is definitely timely. A collection of quotes, the first half is the “Keep Calm” portion, broken up into sections like: The Economy, Debt, Greed, Work and so forth. The “Carry On” half offers more cheery sections like: Happiness, Friendship and Change. Good stuff like Herbert Hoover’s line “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” and Honoré de Balzac’s “Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.” On the upswing, there’s stuff like Benjamin Disraeli’s “There’s no education like adversity,” or the Chinese proverb “To be happy for an hour, get drunk; to be happy for a year, fall in love; to be happy for life, take up gardening.”

See? Sometimes little things make all the difference!

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