Saturday, 4 July 2015

Heading East


Lone crusader ... A winter's knight ...

I took this photo of a landmark familiar to Dunedin-ites. Well, two actually. Both the snow on the hills landmark and the wee horseman.

The horseman was at one time the Arthur Barnett's store's neon advertising logo. Now he's just part of the Dunedin landscape. It seems no-one has had the heart to take him down. He gallops on and on through the days, heading east, but never arriving. (which apparently is a feature of heading east). Maybe he should have heeded the more well-known advice; "Go West young man".

Here is the history of the well-known phrase. (Info. taken from Wikipedia).

'First stated by John Babson Lane Soule in an 1851 editorial in Terre Haute Express. "Go West young man and grow up with the country".

It was later used by Horace Greeley in an editorial in 1865 in which he was encouraging Civil War veterans to take advantage of the Homestead Act and colonize the public lands.

'Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.'

Horace Greeley

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