'E 've gone far

I was in South Wales yesterday and I was talking to someone who went to the same school. As we were talking he said by way of self-deprecation "so as you can see I haven't gone far". It reminded me of the way in Wales "to go far" is often used as a synonym for success. The basic idea is that if you leave your home behind then you must be successful or rather that to be successful you need to leave home. Geography and success are intertwined. Firstly, it's not true and secondly, it's probably not a good concept to have either. You can learn a lot when you go far but there is no merit in the move itself.

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