A pint-sized symbol of defiance in London: he kept calm, and carried on drinking
People in the UK have responded to the deadly London Bridge attack with sorrow and distinctly British humour, hailing a man pictured departing the mayhem while holding a pint of beer as a tongue-in-cheek symbol of heroism and defiance.
Television footage of crowds running away from the attack that killed seven includes a man in a red top walking slowly with a mostly full beer in his hand.
A picture of the man was posted on Twitter by Howard Mannella, who tweeted : “People fleeing #LondonBridge but the bloke on the right isn’t spilling a drop. God Bless the Brits!” The comment received tens of thousands of retweets.
— Pearly Queen (@londonlass666) June 4, 2017
Brits at their finest. You can threaten our lives. You can terrorise our streets. We will take shelter, but we will never drop our pint. pic.twitter.com/qaNGxr5THk
— Charlie Cox (@charlcox6) June 3, 2017
Some joked on social media about London’s notoriously high prices. Twitter user Andrew Brooks said in response to the photo: “Evacuate? Well, OK. But this beer cost £6 a pint. I’m taking it with me.”
Others mocked US newspaper headlines claiming London was “reeling” or “under siege.”
Actor-comedian Chris Addison encouraged people to tweet ways in which they were reeling.
Responses included “Going to IKEA for meatballs and maybe a rug”, “I’ve just had some cornflakes. Off to the pub in a bit“ and ”Currently watching ‘Sing’ on DVD, might mow the lawn later, going to the local Turkish restaurant for tea.“