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Stiff Upper Lip


We look at the growing trend of showing emotion in public and tell Captain Scott's story – he with the stiffest upper lip of them all…

It's All The Rage

Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip? Major national adversities, such as England’s performance in the 2006 World Cup, may bring out the self-controlled best in us as a nation, but in everyday circumstances, there is evidence that we are rapidly losing the knack of taking it on the chin, knuckling under and carrying on regardless. Not just public tears but explosions of rage suddenly seem to be our speciality.

It's All The Rage

Scott of the Antarctic

In November 1912, an Antarctic search party found a tent holding three frozen corpses. One was the explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who had written a last message for the public: "For my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past."

Moustache Mystique

Remaining perfectly calm and perfectly coiffed despite any dangers, the tips of his perfectly waxed moustache unflinching in the heat of the colonial sun – that tells you a lot about a chap. He’s the kind of man who won’t go to pieces in a crisis: whatever else happens, he’ll keep his upper lip stiff.

Ten Things…

Ten Things…

How many of these facts have you heard before? Remember to keep a stiff upper lip if you score badly!