Left Handers Club Newsletter – August 2010
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- David Cameron Left Handed (52)
- Barack Obama Left Handed President (64)
- Left handed gestures – good or bad? (34)
- Lefties around the world (104)
- Back to school (6)
- Stabilo Easy Gel Rollerball Pen left handed (9)
- Stabilo Easy Colouring pencils left-handed (0)
- Pencut folding scissors (4)
- Pencil grip left-handed (6)
In this issue..
1. We are back!
2. Left-handed leaders
3. Left handed gestures – good or bad?
4. Lefties around the world
5. Back to school
6. New products
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After a long period of absence due to other commitments and financial constraints we are going to re-start our monthly newsletters and hopefully make them better than ever. We recently sent an email to members explaining why we have been out of touch for so long and we want to thank all of you who replied with good wishes, feedback and ideas – it seems an awful lot of people like what we do, which encourages us to keep doing more of it!
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There has been a long history of American Presidents being left-handed, with Barack Obama the latest, but we now have a left-handed British Prime Minister as well in David Cameron.
Nice to see the lefties in charge and let’s hope they can be creative in sorting out some of the problems we face in the world today.
How many other world leaders are left-handed? If you come across any, let us know and send us details plus any images of them being left-handed and we’ll start a gallery.
In laboratory tests, left- and right-handers associate positive ideas like honesty and intelligence with their dominant side of space and negative ideas with their non-dominant side. To find out whether people link ‘good’ with ‘dominant’ beyond the laboratory, Casasanto and co-author Kyle Jasmin examined spontaneous gestures during positive and negative speech in the final debates of the most recent US presidential elections.
Across many cultures, expressions in language link ‘good’ with right (the right answer) and ‘bad’ with left (two left feet). Likewise, classical treatises instruct politicians to gesture mostly with their right hand, and only to use their left hand when delivering bad news.
‘Right’ and ‘left’ are also linked with political views, but the candidates’ spontaneous gestures did not follow party lines. Both right-handers showed the ‘good is right’ pattern, and both left-handers the ‘good is left’ pattern. The association of good things with one’s dominant side is something Democrats and Republicans appear to agree on.
So, the hand people use to make most of their gestures with may be a clue to whether they think what they are saying is good or bad, as long as you know their dominant hand. As us lefties are in a minority, is it possible that because we mainly use our left hand for gestures about good things, the righties may actually get the impression that we think it is actually bad?
This is getting too complicated but it is an interesting thought! If you want to know more, this is a link to the original research paper.
We had a lot of responses to our recent email from lefties all round the world wanting to participate in some way in our newsletters. We thought it would be good to feature a short article each month from a member in a different part of the world telling us about their experiences and how lefties get on in their country. If you would be willing to share your thoughts, please contact us using this form and attach your article as a text file plus send us a picture of yourself and any other relevant images.
Tell us about:
We look forward to hearing from you and sharing with other members.
We have produced a big page of information about left-handed language and these are some of the most recent comments on it:
September sees the start of the new school year and lefties of all ages are stocking up on study essentials. Here are some links to the most relevant sections of our online shop for you to have a browse through:
We have had quite a few product changes over the past 6 months so do have a look around our site. We will highlight some of our favourites over the next few newsletters and have discounts on them for Club Members.
The Stabilo Easy range of ergonomic pens and pencils have been a huge hit with children of all ages and now they have released a more adult version of the pens in a gel rollerball model with a click action rather than the removable cap – and there is a special left-handed version with left-hand rubber moulded grip finger positions!
Available in Blue, Lilac and Green it comes with blue ink and there are refills available in blue or black.
That’s all for this month – we will be in touch again soon
Keith & Lauren
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