Read this article I’ve just had published today on Christianised versions of Keep Calm and Carry On:Tweet
The other week I wrote a guest blog post for Richard Littledale:
With a background in historical communications and teaching, I’m well aware of the importance of different learning styles, and after years of trying to conform to the expectations of others, I’m seeking out ‘ways of being’ that allow me to engage fully.
In the Second World War, many different poster styles and messages were used to get the message across, as the government sought to offer a shared sense of national identity that people were prepared to fight (and die) for. Some used humour, whilst others were more didactic. In the early days of the war it was clear that what had worked in the First World War would not work. Messages from ‘on high’ were not appreciated as this was ‘The People’s War’.
Before war was declared a set of three posters was prepared: ‘Freedom is in Peril’, ‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory’, and ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’ (kept in reserve for a real crisis, such as invasion). There were so many complaints about the first two posters, that Keep Calm and Carry On never saw the light of day during the war. by the time the Blitz occurred it was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’. Keep Calm and Carry On, however, has found its time as a message of the 21st Century, specifically the recession, as it has appeared in many different guises over the past few years – pushed by social media - I’m currently wearing ‘Keep Calm and Pray On” (Phil 4:6), which, combined with Matthew 6:34 (‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’), have been the verses I have been reminded of at many times in my life, particularly when I returned from travelling in November 2008, with no job, no money, and facing a recession!
Read the full post here.Tweet
Can’t remember who sent this to me… but I screenshotted it on my phone!Tweet
Thanks to @edaross. I’d been hearing about this t-shirt doing the rounds at Spring Harvest, and been trying to find an image of it, and here it is… I still don’t have the real thing though, but can track it down to In Yer Faith (they haven’t quite got going with Twitter yet!).
P.S. I have quite a lot of photos of variations collected over past few weeks, should be up before too long!Tweet
I got chatting to Simon, Editor of Third Way Magazine, at Greenbelt, and was talking to him about options for publication – a few days later, I had a request to write this article (within 3 days), and with a final bit of editorial polish, very happy to see it in this month’s edition, which popped through the door this morning (see p34).Tweet
Because of the press coverage, we have been talking about the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan at church over the past couple of weeks. Last week someone told me that they had just travelled across Europe (Austria, I think, funnily enough), were entering a new location and were very nervous, and someone had placed the poster on the wall, and that kept her going through that weekend (it felt as if it was a message from God).
Meantime, on listening to San Sharma giving a presentation on Wednesday, he commented that the message on my t-shirt had kept him going! For years, people have been giving me Matthew 6:34 as a verse: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”, and this seems to chime in very much with “Keep Calm and Carry On”.Tweet