Left-Handers Club Newsletter - September 2004

In this issue...

1. Left-Handers Day Report
2. New website now fully operational
3. Tell a friend and get a 20% discount
4. Eating left-handed.. surely that's right
5. New! Spiralbound Left-Handers Notebooks now available

Newsletter archive index

Left-Handers Day Report

What a great day it was! When our last newsletter reached you, the team here at the Left-Handers Club were busy finalising arrangements for our Left-Handers Day event on 13th August, and we are delighted to say that it was one of our most successful events ever. Great fun was had by all, there was lots of interest from the public at our event in Sutton, Surrey and the newspapers, radio and television coverage was widespread across the UK and overseas.

You may remember that in our last newsletter we were urging you to join in the celebrations by marking the day - and loads of you did! It was brilliant to hear from so many of you, telling us how you intended to spend the day and we have included a selection of your emails in our report on Left-Handers Day 2004. Even more of you supported us by visiting the Left-Handers Day website, and taking part in the games and competitions online.

The Club team at Times Square shopping centre,
Sutton, Surrey, UK

A huge thankyou to all of you for your encouragement and support, and we are delighted that, with your help, we have been able to raise awareness of left-handers' needs in such an entertaining way. The winners of our Quiz, Celebrity Hunt and FrogPad auction have been notified and received their prizes - Sorry if you participated and did not get a prize, but we will be doing it again soon!

See the full report on the Left-Handers Day website

New website fully operational

Our new website has now been completely redeveloped in-house using the latest version of the Actinic Catalog software and our own design templates. We have recreated all the functionality that you had requested for the site and avoided the problems that some of you identified with the site that was previously developed by a specialist company.

Please have a look at the new site and let us know what you think or any ideas you may have for improvements
http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk (see the next section for how to get a 20% discount on anything you buy)

Look out for the following features we have added:

  • Fly-out product menus on the left so you can go straight to the products category or sub-category you want - mouseover the menus and click at any level to see more details
  • Quick-view product listings for each category with a "More" link to a full page of information about each product, including why it is left-handed and other products related to it
  • "Zoom" images of all products so you can get a really close look at them
  • Tabs at the top of the screen for all information pages with drop-down menus for more detail
  • Shopping basket summary at the top of each page, showing quantity and value
  • Payment using credit or debit cards via a secure third-party specialist, Protx
  • Option for payment via PayPal, or contacting us direct with your card details
  • Site search engine on all information pages which covers both information and products
  • Shop search engine on shop pages that shows small images of products in the search results

We now have far better facilities for maintaining the site and will be adding a lot more content over the coming months.

We look forward to hearing what you think - please email keith@anythingleft-handed.co.uk with your comments

Tell a friend about us and get a 20% discount

We also have a great new facility for you to tell other left-handers about us if you like what we are doing - you can see it on the left of all our pages. If you click on the image to the left (or on the web site) you will see a short form to fill in and, when you submit it, we will automatically send emails to your friends and a thank you to yourself.

We really want you all to try this so, until the 7th October, everyone who makes a recommendation will see an online "Coupon" code on screen. Make a note of this and then when you purchase anything in our shop you can enter the code and receive a 20% discount - you enter the code at the checkout stage after your address to see your discount calculated before paying. Please give it a try and see what you think!

Eating left-handed .... Surely that's right!

In a previous newsletter, we discussed the way left-handers tend to eat, the majority of us using our left hand consistently to feed ourselves. The commonly held belief that all left-handers "switch" their knife and fork round at the table is actually untrue - only a very small minority of lefties do this, most of us preferring to feed ourselves, both with the fork at dinner and the spoon at desert, in our left hand. In fact, Keith and I were amused to note that our daughter Katie, the only right-hander in our family, was the only one to switch her cutlery at dinner, so she could consistently feed herself with her right hand!

This article set Club Member Lynn Robertson thinking, and prompted her to share her thoughts on eating etiquette in the U.S. with our members. She writes :

In Europe, everyone tends to eat the same way , with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right. Here in the U.S (I live in Denver, Colorado) everyone holds the fork in the left and the knife in the right for cutting, but right-handers put the knife down and switch the fork to the right hand to actually eat. Lefties put the knife down, but keep the fork in the left hand. So, your daughter's method is truly unusual, but is definitely smarter than the cut-and-switch way of most righties!

I notice a lot of this stuff, as I'm the lone child out of five who's a lefty. Dad was born left-handed, but was forced to change to right-handed (in the unenlightened olden days!), so I had no noticeable left-handed influences around me - like your daughter's right-handedness, I was definitely left-handed from the start, not by influence or training. I've enjoyed feeling special for being different - my family never made fun of my left-handedness. Too bad society as a whole hasn't always accepted left-handedness. It's a minority trait, but appears to be evident in all species, not just man. For that reason alone, I think it's largely genetic. . Hope you enjoyed the point of view of a "Yank!"

Lynn Robertson, Denver, CO

We always love hearing your comments, so do email us with any thoughts you would like to share with other members.

New! Spiralbound Left-Handers Notebooks now available

The new spiral notebooks are now in stock and if you emailed to have one reserved we have kept it aside for you.

These 100 page lined pads are spiral bound down the right side for left-handers' comfort, with card cover and heavy card backing. The have feint lines printed on both sides of the paper.

Available in 3 sizes: (cover colours may change)

  • A4 (297 x 210mm) Price GBP 4.99
  • A5 (210 x 148mm) Price GBP 3.99
  • A6 (148mm x 105mm) Price GBP 2.99

You can place your order directly on to our web site
Click to go to Stationery section of shop

The 20% discount for recommending us to a friend can be used on these notepads as well, so to take advantage of it
Click here to make a recommendation
Then place you order and enter your Coupon code in the basket

We'll be in touch again soon,
Best wishes

Keith and Lauren Milsom
and all at the Left-Handers Club

Please email your comments or ideas for our newsletter to keith.nl@anythingleft-handed.co.uk

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