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Keep calm and carry a pint: London photo shows city’s spirit

With all the devastating news coming out of Saturday’s terrorist attacks in London[1], one photo shared on Twitter offered inspiration instead. In a photo apparently taken from video footage aired on Sky News[2], people are shown being evacuated after the two terrorist attacks in England[3] that left at least seven people dead. Some people are running, some are walking, but one man wearing a red shirt drew the attention of social media.

He’s evacuating, sure, apparently from a pub, but he hasn’t gone alone — he’s taken his pint of beer along with him. The photo was seen by many on Twitter as a symbol of the indefatigable spirit of Londoners, famed for their “Keep calm and carry on[4]” slogan from World War II. And the man’s not alone — though the screenshot is blurry from motion, it appears that other people in the shot took their drinks along too — the woman next to him seems to be holding a bottle.

As many pointed out, drink prices in this part of the city aren’t cheap.

It’s London bridge ffs he’s paid ?5.50 for that pint

— m i l l e r (@DrCMiller) June 4, 2017[5]

British as children taught to run while balancing an egg on a wooden spoon…

Gives us the skills required for times like this

— G??nerjay (@Goonerjay86) June 4, 2017[6]


  1. ^ Saturday’s terrorist attacks in London (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Sky News (news.sky.com)
  3. ^ two terrorist attacks in England (www.cbsnews.com)
  4. ^ Keep calm and carry on (en.wikipedia.org)
  5. ^ June 4, 2017 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ June 4, 2017 (twitter.com)

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