Left Handers Club Newsletter April 2009

If you were after the June 2009 newsletter, there was an error in the link but you can get to it using the link below:

In this issue...

1. Thank you for your support
2. Leather folders and U.S. paper sizes
3. Nail scissors - left or right?
4. From the Left-Handers' Club Archives
5. Left-handed molecules

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1. Thank you for your support

I will make this very brief but I just wanted to thank all the members who contacted me about Tom's music showing support and making some very kind and moving comments. It reminded us why we do this and that even though we do not have much direct contact with most members you are all out there enthusiastically supporting the club.

Click this link to find out what this is about and see some of the responses.

left handed thumbs up

2. Leather folders and U.S. paper sizes

We had a range of leather conference folders made specially for us some time ago in left-handed styles and they have been very popular. We have always had them made to fit the standard UK / European A4 paper size which is 210mm x 297mm (8.25 x 11.7 inches).

leather folder left-handed

In the last batch we received, our manufacturer has mistakenly made them to fit the standard US letter paper size which is slightly shorter and wider at 216mm x 279mm (8.5 x 11 inches). This is just a little bit too small for A4 paper but good news if you are in the USA or Canada!

The folders are made from best quality leather and feature a sprung pad clip, pen/pencil holder, clear business card pocket and 2 additional paper flaps.

These folders are normally £24.95 ($33.93) but we can offer the U.S. paper size to members for only £19.95 ($27.13) until they run out. We probably won't be getting this size made again so if you want one get in fast! The U.S. size is available in Black or Burgundy (dark red) leather colours.

Click here for full info and a short video demonstrating the folders

3. Nail scissors - left or right?

We have just taken delivery of a new range of nail scissors from our manufacturer in Premana in Italy (where we think they make some of the highest quality scissors we have seen).

There are straight and curved nail scissors and cuticle scissors and a set of two scissors in a folding leather case - one curved left-handed and a matching one in curved right-handed - so you can easily and cleanly cut the nails on either hand.

left and right nail scissors

You can tell the left-handed scissors because the left blade is always on the top whichever way you hold them up. Plus, to avoid any possible confusion, we have had them engraved "left-handed" and "right-handed" on the handles!

Click here to see our short video demonstrating the new scissors and to order a pair (or a set) for yourself.

4. From the Left-Handers' Club Archives

We promised last month that we would dig deep into the dusty corners of the Left-Handers Club office to find our old printed newsletters which started in January 1990. Success! We have found issues 1 to 32 which cover an eight year period from 1990 to 1997.

mirror writing postcard

We have scanned issue 1 and converted to a PDF file and you can read it using this link. Click here to see issue 1 - January 1990. It covered the following topics:

  • lefthandedness survey
  • calligraphy
  • Mirror writing (started by the card we were sent, above)
  • left-handed scissors
  • left-handed babies
  • lefthandedness and inheritance

We hope you enjoy this bit of history and we will add another old newsletter each month from now on. Note that offer references and phone numbers on these old newsletters are out of date and also that we can no longer deliver newsletters by post.

5.Left handed molecules

dna double helix

Did you know that left or right dominance relates to every single part of our make up, right down to the smallest molecule?

We are all familiar with the giant models of the DNA helix, regularly displayed on science programmes. Under a microscope, scientists can view this spiraling form and see whether molecules spiral clockwise or anti-clockwise. This denotes their handedness, or "chirality".

Handedness in molecules is when molecules come in two forms that are mirror images of each other, like right and left handed gloves. In living creatures, amino acids, which are the building blocks of life, are almost exclusively left-handed - and whether a molecule is left or right handed can be vital to how it performs.

For example, the right-handed version of the molecule Carvone smells to us humans like caraway seeds, but the left-handed one has a peppermint odor. The distinction is not always so benign, however. In the case of the drug Thalidomide, the left-handed form helps relieve morning sickness, while the right-handed form induces birth defects.

To find out more, read "How Life Shatters Chemistry's Mirror" by Michael Shirber

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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