Left Handers Club Newsletter – August 2009
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This is the Day when we celebrate how good it is to be left-handed and raise awareness among right-handers of what it is like to be left-handed in a right-handed world, including the little frustrations we face in everyday life.
Every year we do press releases and promotions to the Media and encourage left-handers to have a bit of fun with it as well. There is lots of information about The Day on our Left Handers Day website.
Media interest in the Day
We always get a lot of interest from newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio stations around the world and often they want to talk to a local left-hander to get some more information for their stories.
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BBC Newsround needs your help
One that is very urgent is a request from the BBC Newsround programme – this is a national UK programme that has a very high profile so if you are planning any child-related event for Left-Handers Day you could get it reported on Newsround.
We all know that there is much more to being left-handed than just writing, and a new study published today suggests that we left-handers actually do think differently. The author of the study Daniel Casasanto, goes so far as to suggest that handedness may influence our decisions on everything we do, from the cereal we buy to whom we vote for.
He says “If righties write the textbook and create the exercises and set up the classrooms, they’re likely to arrange things according to this implicit â€˜right is good’ preference,â€ Casasanto said. Maybe that’s going to make learning math or going to school and sitting in the classroom just a little bit less pleasant or more disconcerting for lefties. Potentially, sensitivity to this could create better learning environments for lefties.â€
Scientists who played with 42 pet cats for weeks on end conclude that, like humans, moggies are left or right “handed” reports John Bingham in the Telegraph this week.
Psychologists from Queen's University Belfast set the cats three tasks.
The first involved retrieving a piece of tuna from a jar too small for their heads.
In the others, the pets pawed at a suspended toy mouse.
In the trickier jar test, there was a clear line between the sexes, the journal Animal Behaviour reports. All 21 males favoured the left paw for the task, while 20 out of the 21 females used the right.
The researchers likened the pattern to the way in which humans would use either hand for a simple task such as opening a door but one or the other for writing.
“The more complex and challenging (the task), the more likely we're going to see true handedness,” Dr Wells was quoted in New Scientist as saying.
Read John Bingham's full article in the Telegraph
Sometimes our manufacturers stop making popular items and it takes us a bit of persuasion to get them back. After much arguing with the supplier, we have now got hold of more stock of two favourite left-handed scissors.
The children have just broken up from school for the long summer break but school will soon return and we always have a flurry of parents making panic orders in early September for things they had forgotten. Get you order in early to make sure you don't miss out. We have put together 3 different “Back To School” Packs that may help or you can have a browse around our Children's Products section to choose the items you want for your left handed child.
For the month of August only, get 10% discount on your whole order by entering Coupon Code CHILD in our shopping cart page after you have added your first item (it needs to be all in capitals with no spaces before or after it).
You will see your discount calculated when you enter the checkout and click Next after entering your delivery country
The picture is of left-handed European Tour professional Chris Gane testing out a pre-production sample of the shirt at the Glenbrae factory – he has now endorsed the shirts and will wear them on Tour.
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That's all for this month – we will be in touch again soon
Keith & Lauren
and all at the Left Handers Club
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