Left Handers Club Newsletter October 2008

In this issue...

1. Changing your membership details
2. Left-handed calendar and diary 2009
3. Left Handers Day quiz answers
4. New left-handed peelers
5. Left-Hander of the Year - your feedback

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1. Changing your membership details

We get lots of emails from members who want to change the name or email address on their newsletters or, occasionally, to remove an address from our list.

We do include a link at the bottom of every email we send that allows you to do this yourself - you can find it right at the bottom of your newsletter and it looks like this:

Change your member details

Sorry about the long link but it includes all the details it needs to display your particular member details (aweber.com is the secure emailing service we use to send out our newsletters). Just click the link and then click on the (change details) link at the top right, make your changes and click the submit button.

2. Left-handed calendar and diary 2009

We now have stock of the 2009 Left-Handers Calendar and Diary. They are in the same format as last year and still the same prices. We only have limited stocks of these and are not sure we will be able to get more when they are gone.

The BLOCK CALENDAR has a tear-off page for each day of the year. Celebrate what it means to be a southpaw with trivia, facts, quotes, anecdotes, legends and more about left-handers and handedness as well as famous left-handers birthdays. Block design with a tear-off page for each day. 365 pages. Size:5.5 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches; 140 x 140 x 43mm. GBP 9.99 (USD 16.18) Use this link to order yours while stocks last

left handers block calendar 2009

The Left Handed Desk Diary is tailor-made for us lefties and printed in reverse to open left to right. It features planning pages on the left side of each weekly spread and ample space for notes.

left handed desk diary 2009

The right side features an interesting fact about left-handedness and the calendar includes the birthdays of famous left-handed people.

52 double-page spreads, one for each week of the year. Size: 7 x 9 x 0.5 inches; 178 x 229 x 13 mm GBP 9.99 (USD 16.18)

Use this link to order yours while stocks last

diary for left-handers

3. Left Handers Day quiz answers

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our quiz - we had more than 2,000 entries. If you did not already see the quiz, it is here:

These were the questions and the correct answers plus links to more information:

Q1. Mothers between the ages of 30 and 35 have an increased chance of having a left-handed baby - how much higher?
25% - more info here

Q2. Why do we wear wedding rings on our left hand?
Romans believed a nerve ran directly from there to the heart

Q3. Which of these are NOT words for left-handed?

Q4. True or False: There is a college in the USA that
offers a scholarship for left-handers?
True, but it is very limited, more info here

Q5. Which TV show did a team from Left-Handers Club appear on last year?
The Eggheads Quiz, more info here

Q6. What percentage of left-handers reported having
problems with smudged work at school?
88%, more details here

Q7. Which left-hander once held the world record for fastest tennis serve of 149mph in 1998?
Greg Rusedski

Q8. Which film included an army of left-handers wielding
sub-machine guns?
Star Wars, more details here

Q9. Who said " All the decisive blows are struck left- handed?"
Walter Benjamin

Q10. Which famous wild west gun slinger had his picture
reversed to make him appear left-handed?
Billy the Kid

There were lots of people with all 10 answers correct so we did a random draw in our office to select the winners and they have been notified by email.

4. New Left Handed Peelers

We have been trying for a long time to get a new left-hand only peeler made - one that you have to hold in your left hand if you want to use the normal action of peeling towards yourself. We have now found one that works really well and is also good looking and comes in a great range of colours.

left handed peeler

left handed blade of peeler   using a left handed peeler

We only have a limited number available from the initial production run but if you like it as much as we do we will get some more made.
Use this link to order your peeler now and please do let us know what you think of it one you have used it for a while. GBP £4.25 (USD $6.89)

5. Left-Hander of the Year - your feedback

We had a bit of controversy about whether we should include people who are famous for using their left-hand at their chosen area of endeavour but are actually natural right handers - people like tennis player Rafael Nadal or golfer Phil Mickelson.

We also received a view that the whole idea of a Left-hander of the Year was a waste of time.

You can see the original feature and the correspondence about it here

left hander of the year

Being an open minded Club and trying to give our members what they want, we opened it up for your comments and we got a lot of feedback!

As expected, there was a great mix of views and some people felt really strongly about it. Here are a few comments that show the range of responses we received:

Include people who are right-handed writers Only include "true" lefties and they have to write left-handed as well
  • Big deal. Nadal swings the racket left-handed. He's a lefty
  • He's famous for playing tennis and he plays it left handed.  Likewise, if a left-handed person was renowned for doing something right-handed, then I'd not expect them to be in the list
  • I don't have a problem with it. Plenty of us left-handers do some things right-handed. If Rafa didn't have some left-handedness to him, he wouldn't be able to play left-handed tennis as well as he does.
  • I think as long as they are doing what they have been chosen nominee for left handed it is alright to include them
  • Left handers can use both hands but I believe a person has to write left handed to be truly left handed.
  • A 'leftie of convenience' is not a true leftie, after all I use scissors with my right hand (left handed scissors were not generally available when I was a child) but do not consider myself right handed
  • They do not count !!!!
  • Bah. Posers. Unless of course they were subjugated to right-hand-hegemony as children, in which case I'll consider the case, subject to appropriate documentary evidence of willful suppression of a bound left hand longing to be free.

Overall, there was a roughly even split of views, but those against felt more strongly. There was some feeling that we should make allowances for people who were forced to write right-handed or ambidextrous people but that all gets a bit subjective. It seems that if we include natural right-handers it will upset a lot on members but if we excluded them it would not really matter too much, so we are persuaded that only natural left-handed writers who also do what they are famous for left-handed should be included in future - lucky Rafa did not win the vote!

As to whether the whole idea of a Left-Hander Of The Year is a good thing, we got a lot of strong views on that as well and 99% were in favour of the award, seeing it as a bit of fun and a way to raise awareness of left-handers.

In favour (there were loads more like these) Against (we struggled to find many views against)
  • Absolutely fantastic to have a Left Hander of the year; we get put down by so many right-handers for being different, it's time to rebel! And hey, isn't it a fun thing, lighten up Elaine, be happy!
  • Brilliant idea - why not? We are special people so the best of us deserve to be praised.
  • I believe most of us can separate fun from serious issues. "Left hander of the year"- It's just fun stuff. Don't get in a twist over it.
  • Totally amazing! You should make more great ideas such as these :)
  • I don't really have an interest in who is left hander of the year - there's way more significant things in life than that. I agree with Elaine's email.
  • I don't think that we need a "Left Hander of the Year".

So, we WILL run the Left-Hander Of The Year vote again in August 2009 but only include nominations for "true" left-handed writers.

That's all for this month - we will be in touch again soon

Best wishes

Keith & Lauren
and all at the Left Handers Club


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