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'Cheer up, the worst is yet to come'

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We are forever being reminded that we should "keep calm and carry on", but what is the genesis of this now well-worn phrase?

Nigel Rees, author of Don't You Know There's a War On?, explains why catchphrases sometimes "have to be minted to take care of the situation".


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