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Left Handers Club Newsletter – December 2010

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In this issue..


1. The advantages of being left-handed
2. Left-handed cricket batsmen excel in the Ashes Test
3. New left handed corkscrew available – great gift
4. Left handed block calendar and desk diary videos
5. Website tips and tricks
6. Last order dates for Christmas

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1. The advantages of being left-handed

We often end up complaining about the frustrations of being left-handed, but there are plenty of advantages as well. Here is a list that has been reported in various places recently – we have done features on most of these items before but it is nice to put them all in one place.

  • Being left handed is an advantage in many sports.
  • Lefties have a greater chance of being a genius- or having a high IQ.
  • Left handed men may make more money.
  • Left handed people adjust more easily to seeing underwater.
  • Lefties are better able to multitask.
  • Some left-handed individuals have better memories.
  • Generally, lefties are better at playing video games.
  • Left handed stroke victims recover faster than right handed stroke victims.
  • Left-handed people are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits.
  • Southpaw drivers are more successful at learning to drive than right handed people.

Use the link below to see our full article with links to the various bits of research to back these up and a chance to add your own advantages and comments.
Full article on advantages of being left-handed

2. Left-handed cricket batsmen excel in the Ashes Test

Andrew Strauss - left handed batsmanEngland selected a pair of left-handed opening batsmen in the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane recently. Lefthanders Andrew Strauss (left!) and Alastair Cook (below) had an opening partnership of 188 runs and both scored centuries in an impressive England innings.

Left handed batsmen have a certain advantages in cricket: As with most lefthanders, their right-brain to left-side wiring gives them enhanced spatial awareness and the ability the think and react quickly to objects in 3-dimensions – quite useful when a 5.5oz (155g) cricket ball with a hard leather cover is hurtling towards you at nearly 100 mph and you are supposed to hit it!

Alastair Cook - left handed England batsmanThe other advantage is that they are unusual in hitting the ball from the other side of their body and that changes the way the bowler and fielders have to play. The bowler has to change the angle of attack and sometimes changes to bowling from the other side of the wicket and the field has to be completely reversed as the batsman will be hitting the ball in different directions (e.g. the “slips” that are behind the bat to catch any edges all have to change sides).

cricket ball

When there a left-handed and right-handed batsman playing at the same time, the fielders have a lot of walking around to do to keep moving to the most effective positions.

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3. New left handed corkscrew available – great gift

We have recently commissioned a new left-handed corkscrew from one of the world's foremost manufacturers in Germany. It is a high quality unit that comes in two stainless steel pieces that fit one inside the other for storage or travel and fit together beautifully for opening bottles and, of course, we have had it fitted with a left-handed, anti-clockwise screw thread so you can remove corks comfortably in your natural direction.

Left handed pen set

The parts are beautifully engineered with the handle and the hole it slides into slightly tapered so they lock together into a solid unit for opening bottles and can then be slipped apart again and the screw unit screwed back into the handle piece for storage or travel.

The corkscrew comes in a padded gift box and would make a great present for any left-handed wine lover. We only have an initial order of 50 of these and will not get more until 2011 so get in quick if you want one.
Use this link to see more pictures and Keith's video on this product and to order your stainless steel corkscrew

Left handed corkscrew T patternWe have also just taken delivery from the same factory of a slightly different design of our left-handed T-Pattern corkscrew – again fully reversed anti-clockwise screw but with a wooden handle. Great value for a stocking filler and also excellent to leave around at parties for your right-handed friends to get confused by!!

Use this link to order your wood handle corkscrew

Click here to see our video about why left-handers need an anti-clockwise corkscrew

Also, if you want something a bit different, have a look at our
Left Handed Swiss Army Knife with left-handed corkscrew included.

4. Left handed block calendar and desk diary videos

left handed block calendar 2011 Left handed desk diary

We have had quite a few requests for more information on these products so Keith has produced a video about each of them with all the details. You can see the videos and some new pictures showing inside the diaries on the product information pages here:

Left handed block calendar 2011
Left handed spiral bound desk diary 2011

5. Website tips and tricks

A lot of the questions we get by email and from comments on our website are about the same subjects, so we have done some screen capture videos to show you through some common actions on the site.

left handed block calendar 2011

Currency conversion

We display our prices by default in UK Pounds Sterling but it is very easy to have our site display everything in your own currency – just click the flag or drop-down to choose your country
Click here to see the video on how to do it.


Changing the contents of your shopping cart

How to add or remove items from your shopping cart

Viewing full product information and images

How to see product pages, zoom images and additional product pictures

6. Last order dates for Christmas

We deliver our orders using the First Class Royal Mail within the UK and Air Mail overseas and we process and despatch orders on the working day after they are placed on our web site. Based on the last posting dates advised by the carriers, these are the last order dates for various areas:



Area
Last dates for orders to be completed on our website for delivery by Friday 24th December 2010
United Kingdom 16.00 UK time on Monday 20th December
Western Europe 16.00 UK time on Sunday 12th December
USA, Canada, Eastern Europe 16.00 UK time Thursday 9th December
Rest of World 16.00 UK time Sunday 5th December (we did send an email last week to remind you)

Note that these are the last recommended dates and we cannot guarantee them so so please get your orders in as early as possible.

See our ordering details pages for further information on our despatch process and charges.

We will continue despatching orders until Thursday 23 December so all orders placed on our website up to 07:00 AM on 23 December will be despatched before our Christmas break, but we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. After that our warehouse will be closed for the holidays and stock-taking and the next despatch day will be Tuesday 4th January 2011.


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

Best wishes

Keith & Lauren

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12 comments on “LHC NL December 2010
  1. Nosa says:

    I’m lefthanded & for 2 years now my girlfriend doesn’t know.she is very dear to me and I don’t want to loose her.i’m beginning to learn using right consequently, but is really inconveniencing.I love to tell her I’m southpaw, how do I do this?

  2. Gareth says:

    I am, what my wife calls, a ‘beligerant left hander’ and an archaeologist by trade. This is one profession where I meet alot of lefties and I guess it is because it is a visual discipline to a large extent, oftne having to think in more one than one dimension. Having survivied schooling where lefties where treated with mixed opinions, the discovery of a site where I can get left handed computer mice, scissors etc is a God send.

  3. Paul says:

    I am a leftie tool user and a shooter to boot. The term “right hand rule” does not refer to political agenda but the direction torque loads are required to crack screw threads from tight. Ways around this are electricians screwdrivers that have a heavier rubber skin that makes the handle larger and Proto makes triangular handles with soft grip ridges on the points of the triangles. Porter Cable power tools makes a leftie circular saw which is a delight to use. Those of you that follow the premis that we can “adapt” are off the mark. I have several left hand rifles and many of my fellow shooters maintain that I can easily master a right hand bolt action. However these same people given a lefthand rifle and asked to do the same are helpless. No way I am told. There are hand tools out there that are either ambi or favor leftie hands. Even tape rules that read the correct way. Parker T Ball refills make a pen into a leftie by reducing drag at the tip considerably. I use a pen all day taking orders and much prefer the smoother action.

  4. Paul says:

    I am a leftie tool user and a shooter to boot. The term “right hand rule” does not refer to political agenda but the direction torque loads are required to crack screw threads from tight. Ways around this are electricians screwdrivers that have a heavier rubber skin that makes the handle larger and Proto makes triangular handles with soft grip ridges on the points of the triangles. Porter Cable power tools makes a leftie circular saw which is a delight to use. Those of you that follow the premis that we can “adapt” are off the mark. I have several right hand rifles and many of my fellow shooters maintain that I can easily master a right hand bolt action. However these same people given a lefthand rifle and asked to do the same are helpless. No way I am told. There are hand tools out there that are either ambi or favor leftie hands. Even tape rules that read the correct way. Parker T Ball refills make a pen into a leftie by reducing drag at the tip considerably. I use a pen all day taking orders and much prefer the smoother action.

  5. Bernie Stewart says:

    Any correlation between lefties and poor sense of direction?
    Any correlation between lefties and autoimmune diseases?

    • Lanette says:

      As far as lefties having a poor sense of direction the answer is NO! It’s more like driving in another country on the “wrong” side of the road and having to reverse everything. I find myself compensating often because I’m ambidextrous and find doing some things easier with the right hand instead of the left.

  6. Neil Willerton says:

    Are we Lefties superior or just a bunch of Whingers? We live in a right handed world so we should adapt to it. Apart from carrying one around with you, where are you going to find a left handed corkscrew when you want one? The world is also clockwise and so should we be. Where will it end? Anti clockwise screws!
    I have lived for 70 years and, to me, hooked writing is crazy. However I do have difficulty cutting to a line with right handed scissors and I have never tried calligraphy. Left hand cheque books and writing cases are also good ideas, the problem with the latter being the cost.
    I once had to show a training officer how to perform a task that he said was impossible for left handers.

  7. Miriam Pia says:

    The other thing is for lefties to shake left-handed at least when it actually is another lefty.
    Again, right handed people all know what this is like. I have only shaken left handed with another lefty about 12, maybe 25 times in my entire life, but have used my subdominant had to shake with a right handers thousands of times. I usually feel like I”m missing something in the experience. Its only kind of the right idea.

  8. Miriam Pia says:

    It was nice to read these articles and to see lefty products. I did some advocacy work for us – just getting us started at political organizing in Indiana: petition to have all schools have to provide lefty fair furniture and to have left handed sports equipment for the phys ed programs.

    Here’re 2 more ideas I have: 1) All lefty sports leagues and teams, if only so that now and then, we can learn how it is to play when we’re all same handed, which presently we don’t even know whereas the right handed people all know what’s like. 2) All merchants begin to stock lefty handed goods at the same day and year. Public broadcasts to prepare merchants and consumers to change behavior when left handed goods become consistently available on the shelf.

  9. Miriam Pia says:

    Thanks. I enjoyed receiving this. Back in 2007 and 2008 I did a little advocacy work for us all; and put around a petition for lefty rights: I think it was asking for legislation to have all merchants stock left handed goods starting on the same date, or to have left handed sports equipment in schools or something like that.

  10. Roy Darlison says:

    Is there anything published on guidance for left-handers learning to tie knots? On a yacht and elsewhere it can be important.

    • Lanette says:

      I’m sure there has to be something published for tying knots,etc. left-handed because there are directions for both knitting and crocheting left-handed.

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