Left Handers Club Newsletter – September 2010
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- Felipe Calderon Left Handed President of Mexico (0)
- Laura Chinchilla Left Handed President of Costa Rica (0)
- Left handed backwards calendar for 2011 ready (6)
- Left handed radiologists (35)
- Eating with the left hand – embarrassing? (44)
- Left-handers angry and emotional? (33)
- Currency conversion and currency rates (10)
In this issue..
1. Are left-handers more angry and emotional?
2. Left-handed leaders update
3. Helping left-handed children guides
4. Left handed language
5. The embarrassing left hand?
6. Left handed calendars and diaries for 2011
7. Left handed keyboard, numeric keypad and mouse
8. Currency conversion and Tell A Friend
9. Lefty bits and pieces
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Lauren was contacted by the Daily Mail last week for her opinion on some new research that has surfaced, suggesting that we lefties are angrier than the average right hander.
The new study, ledt by Ruth Propper a psychology professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts USA found that among left-handers, the two hemispheres of the brain communicate more with each other so have more interaction with the parts which produce negative emotion.
The study, published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease suggests that this makes us more moody. The article sites grumpy Bob Geldof and hot-tempered tennis legend John McEnroe as prime examples of angry lefties.
Lauren commented that in her experience, left-handers are on the contrary very easy going, especially considering all the frustrations we deal with on a daily basis, using equipment badly designed for us. “Perhaps if lefties in general were a more militant bunch, we would have lobbied more vociferously for left-handed equality many years ago” .
She also took issue with the simplistic supposition that the connection between the two halves increased the feelings of negative emotions. Surely such enhanced connections would also serve to transmit positive emotions just as easily? Perhaps it would be fairer to surmise that left-handers are simply altogether more emotional!
We have looked at the many videos of John MacEnroe going crazy during his tennis matches and this is the best compilation we found – enjoy! (though we are sure this can't be a left-handed thing, can it?):
Following our piece last month on left-handed leaders we have had lots of feedback and information on other people to add to our list. We have included some that are not national leaders to show the spread of lefthanders in senior political roles around the world.
Our piece on President Obama created a storm of comment that was more politcal than anything to do with him being left-handed. We are not a political site, so it would be best to direct comment that are not directly related tothe handedness of any of left-handed leaders to more appropriate forums.
How many more 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.
We have had some requests to include other famous left-handers in our newsletters, especially sportsmen, and we will pick a couple to include in each newsletter in future so if you have anyone you would like us to include, use the link above to send us details and any images you can find.
We have written some short guides that have been very popular on our lefthandedchildren.org site so we have now made them available on our main website and you can order them through the normal shopping cart with payment by card or paypal. These are not physical books but download books that you can print on your own printer so you can reprint the practice sheets as often as you want.
They also have the great advantage that there is no postage charge if you only order download items! As soon as you complete your order you will receive an email with the download link to your products so you can obtain them immediately to use with your child.
Left Handers Club Members offer
We have created a single download with all three of the guides plus both the writing mats at a much reduced price of £6.95 / $10.80, saving 30% and we are making this set of all the guides available to Club Members only at an additional £2.00 discount – Only £4.95 / $7.69 for the 3 guides and 2 mats – less than half the normal prices.
Use this link to order the set of guides and when you place your order, enter the code LHCGD into the coupon code box in our shopping cart and click the “Update” button and you will see your extra discount calculated.
Latest updates on lefy language – as usual, not many of them are nice about us!
We are still looking for words and language that are positive to left-handers – let us know iof you find any.
You can use this link to see our full page of left-handed language information and please add a comment on that page if you have any more information.
In Sri Lanka as in most South East Asian countries most
but have always used my right hand at meal times. Both my sons are
Bob from Honolulu reported on the same subject, but a bit more forthrightly…If you are ever invited to a Middle Eastern sit-down dinner.. truly sit-down.. on the floor.. and find no utensils.. make absolutely certain that you use your right-hand to dig in to the platters.. as in Arab culture.. the left-hand has one important function.. to wipe one's rear!
If you have any views on this or have any other situations where using your left handed can be embarrassing or unacceptable, please let us know by making a comment on this article in our blog.
We have just had delivery of the 2011 ring-bound desk diary and the block calendar, both with left-handed themes. The desk diary opens from left to right and has the writing pages on the left so you do not end up with your hand resting on the spirals. Both have left handed information on each page. Use these links for more information or to order your diaries.
There are videos about each of the products on those pages.
We have also updated our own simple wall calendar with the dates running backwards and that is now available for free download – Use this link to get details and download.
We are often asked about keyboards with the numeric keypad on the left hand side but we have had difficulty finding them made to a reliable standard. Frank added a comment on our blog suggesting that a separate USB Numeric Keypad would be a good idea and we agree – using that you can position it on the left of your keyboard for when you want to enter a lot of numeric information with your left hand but also keep the keypad on the right of you computer for when you are entering numbers and writing left-handed at the same time.
If you do want a full left-handed keyboard, you can see some links to suppliers here, (they are all in the United States).
We have also been advised of a new left-handed mouse that has been released and is suitable for gaming and high-end use.
If you know of any other sources for these items or have any other suggestions of computer equipment that would help left-handers, please add a comment to our blog posts on the USB Numeric Keypads and the Razer Mouse
We get a lot of emails asking us about prices for our products in various currencies so we have implemented a system that allows you to choose a currency then see our whole shop and checkout in that currency, calculated at current rates
Just click on one of the flags or click on the “Change Display Currency” link to select your country.
We are also testing a new “Tell A Friend” system and we would really appreciate it if you passed on the message about Anything Left Handed to all the people you know. Once you click on the button (which is on the top right of every page), you can send a link to the page you are viewing either to individual addresses you type in or, much easier, allow the application temporary access to your email address book and just tick the people you want to send it to.
You can edit the subject and content of the default email that will be sent to your contacts. Please give it a try – we are sure your friends will appreciate it!
This is where we put the bits of news and comment that don't fit anywhere else. if these stories are of interest or you have more information or views on them, add a comment on the blog article and we may expand on them in future issues.
That's all for this month – we will be in touch again soon
Keith & Lauren
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