What Happened to Britain's Stiff Upper Lip?

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Britons used to impress the world with their displays of resilience and sangfroid. But recently, they express themselves as much by crying as by grinning and bearing it. Should the stiff upper lip be consigned to history? Plus, the origin of 'Keep Calm and Carry On,' and a Belgian take on that slogan.
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