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Left Handers Club Newsletter – November 2009

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1. Xmas posting dates – don't miss out!

Here are the important dates for placing your orders for left-handed gifts in time for Christmas delivery:


Region Last dates for orders to be completed on our website for delivery by Thursday 24th December 2009
United Kingdom 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 18th December
Western Europe 12.00 midday UK time Thursday 10th December
USA, Canada, Japan, Eastern Europe 12.00 midday UK time Wednesday 9th December
Rest of World – South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Far East, Asia, New Zealand and Australia 12.00 midday UK time Thursday 3rd December


2. Top gift ideas

If you have left handed friends or family, a truly left-handed item makes a thoughtful and unique Christmas present.     We've put together some suggestions to inspire you, and you can find these items plus many more gift ideas in our online shop.

Firstly, we're delighted to announce that our range of Leather Goods is back in stock and there are more details below!

Anything that makes writing easier has got to be good,   and if it stops that left-handed smudging its even better!     Our pens range from funky and fun to elegant and timeless, and are all excellent quality and value.   The Mitsubishi range of non-smudge pens are always popular, and make a great stocking filler.

The ergonomically designed Yoropen Executive ( £33)   is the top of the popular Yoropen range.   A sleek, modern pen in brushed steel with padded grip, the Executive is as attractive as it is practical, and makes a really special gift.     It also has a matching refillable pencil ( £28) and together these are ideal as an executive writing set.   To see our full range of pens click here

We have loads of stocking fillers for little lefties, including pens, rulers, sharpeners, books and t-shirts the Back to School pack is one of our best sellers.

Click here to see our childrens products section

We know from your blog posts that there are lots of keen left-handed   guitarist, so if you want to inspire a young left-hander to   start playing,   take a look at Left-Handed Guitar – The Complete Method. This brilliant guide comes complete with photos, diagrams and grids designed especially for the left-handed player, and includes CD with 99 tracks for demo or play-along.   Great value at £9.95.

For a real   guitar enthusiast,   Uncommon Sound: The Left-Handed Guitar Players That Changed Music is one of the most beautiful books ever produced on the subject.   This is the ultimate coffee table book set for anyone interested in left handed musicians and guitars, or just the history of music in general. It is a truly beautiful production put together by left-hander John Engel over many years.

There are plenty more gift ideas throughout our online store so please do have a good look around

3. Left handed leatherware back in stock

Our range of left-handed wallets, purses and conference folders has been sadly depleted recently as we could not get the manufacturer to make any more for us (they are all completely unique and designed and made exclusively for us).   The good news is they have relented and (after a 6 month delay from placing our order) we have just taken delivery of the items in a range of colours so we have a wide range of great leather gifts for you.

Club Members can get a 10% discount on all leatherware up to the end of December using the Coupon Code LHCL – just enter it in the box in the shopping cart page after selecting your item.   Click here to see a short video about using coupon codes on our site.

With a fully reversed design so left-handers can open it naturally without everything being upside down or falling out. Made in top quality soft black leather. Available in Black only.Click here for full information and to watch our video demonstration
This is the standard quality leather purse.   Made from soft black or light brown leather, this attractive and functional purse has a fully reversed design so it opens without everything falling out when opened by a left-hander! 180mm x 100mm closed.   Available in Black and Light brown. 

Click here for full information

The exclusive design of this soft leather wallet makes it unique, with the whole layout reversed so a left-hander can open it out in their natural direction from right to left without all the contents falling out. It features a coin pouch with popper closure and a fold out flap with a tranparent pocket for your favourite photo or other personal items.   Available in Light brown and Black.Click here for full information
Made to a high standard in top quality soft leather with stitched edging, this unique conference folder has a spring clipboard notepad holder on the left for comfortable and efficient writing, whilst 2 insert pockets and business card holder are comfortably supported on the right, so they will all be the correct way up and none of your papers will fall out when you open it in your natural left to rightdirection (contents for display only, not included). External size is 12.5 in x 9.5 in (316mm x 240mm).This folder will take pads of paper in either A4 size (210 x 297mm, 8.25 x 11.8 inches) or US Letter size (216 x 279mm, 8.5 x 11 inches).
This size is available in Black, Dark brown and Burgundy red.

Click here for full details and to see our video demonstration

This folder is also available in Black or Burgundy in the specific US Letter paper size (slightly too short for A4 paper).   The US size is available in Black and Burgundy Red
Click here for the US Letter version details

Designed for ALH owner Keith’s personal requirements and used by him on a daily basis, this luxury padded conference folder with an all round zipper that can be opened in either direction is ideal for safely transporting your papers, and is conveniently laid out with the writing pad space on the left for ease of writing. Your papers, cards etc. are easily housed on the right side, so nothing falls out when you open your case. External size: 14in x 10.5in (350mm x 270mm).
Available in Black, Light brown, Dark brown and Burgundy RedClick here for full product details


Don't forget to claim your 10% discount – you need to enter coupon code LHCL in the shopping cart.   Click here for instructions.

4. Left Handed myths

Left-handers and the left hand side tend to do badly whenever there is any talk of superstition or things that cannot be understood.   Here are some examples:

  • Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder – throw salt over this shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable commodity, giving rise to the word salary” and was considered a form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.
  • A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you. In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning you.
  • It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.
  • A left-handed toast is tantamount to a curse on the victim
  • Studies have shown that left-handers are more likely to have allergies than right-handers

Click here to see our page of left-handed myths and misunderstandings and please add any more you know about as comments.


5. Writers – thanks for the offers

We asked last month for any writers who would be willing to help us with producing content.   There was a very enthusiastic response and thank you to everyone who sent us their details.   We will be working on this over Christmas and will work out a way to get you all involved early in 2010.

Click here to complete the web content contact form that goes to Keith – please tell us a bit about yourself and your area of expertise.

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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This set of 2 beautifully designed and printed books is the ultimate reference guide to left-handed guitars and the people who have played them.   These oversized books are 14  by 10 inches by 2 inches this, each, and weigh in at nearly 20 lbs.   With over 2,500 photographs and more than 1,500 album covers it covers everything to do with the history of left-handed guitarists and the left handed guitars they have played.An absolute delight to dip into at random or to work through section by section, it will be something you will want to leave on the coffee table!
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17 comments on “LHC NL November 2009
  1. Peter Mac says:

    One can only quote confucius – Its not “who`s right” that wins a war, its “Who`s left” Keep up the battle folks- Try to avoid the word “right” use the word “Correct” Never use the word “writing” use the word “scribing or printing”or my favourite “Lefting” Annother gem I use is to have the “Left side” and the “wrong side” In other words, upset as many “wrong” handers as possible. It makes them stop and think what they are saying.

  2. ash says:

    hi i am a lefty from staffordshire in the uk, there used to be a left handed shop near to us in ironbridge near telford, though this closed some years ago. it is really good to have found this left handed site where we can read about other leftys and various lefty facts. i work in construction management. without blowing my own trumpet i have worked for several employers and always ended up as the most sought after manager when jobs are being allocated. i believe this is down to me being left handed, my thinking and logic seems to be wider and more varied than that of my righty colleagues. and decision making is definitley easier being a lefty. i would not change for the world.

  3. Donna says:

    I always wondered why my photos were often blurry, it never dawned on me that because I was using my right hand to point and shoot, it wasn’t as strong nor as stable. I am going to try holding the camera upside down and holding the camera in my left hand, I am excited to discover I might be able to take a decent photo. Too bad I just returned from a trip to Russia and many of my photos are blurry.

  4. Musayeva Lala says:

    Hi, my name is Lala. I’m from Azerbaijan. I’m so glad to receive your letters. when I see that I’ve got a letter from Left Handers Club, I really feel that I’m not only lefty in the world. Great thanks for your newsletter and for your hospitality. I appreciate it very much and looking forward after your news and letters. Thank you again….)))))

  5. Doaa says:

    thx for care a bout us
    but…….i have a problem i’m from arab so can you make a copy from a this site in the arabic ????????

  6. Kathy Lehane says:

    Thanks so much for your newsletter and catalog items. I was one of two lefties in my grade school, and probably through the fear of the nun’s wrath I tried extra hard and had good penmanship, much to their surprise! Interestingly, I really only write and do a few sports left-handed, and my daughter is the mirror of that – writes right-handed and everything else is left. It’s so nice there are more lefties and products to use these days, we’re not so freakish afte all! (We are the only ones in our right mind, right?!)

  7. Trevor says:

    My wife and I are both lefties but the three kids are right handed. The only thing I do Right handed is eat. My sister is right handed but eats left.
    I cant begin to tell you the problems I’ve had being a leftie. Teachers at school persisted in trying to make me write right and caused me to stammer which I still do now. I joined the army and everything is by the right there. It was impossible to fire a rifle left handed as the rifle was self loading and the empty cartridges would fly out to the right and take your eye out.
    Still I have got by for nearly sixty years, but would still love to be able to handle a camera properly, use an iron where the lead comes in from the left and a thousand other things that people take cfor granted.

  8. Ronald Andrew says:

    Great informational web-site, thanks. Just a few things in my life being left-handed.

    What’s with the TP thing backwards? When I was brought up my parants divorced
    when I was 2 or 3 and we moved to the farm in Napa raised by grandparants on Dad’s
    side. My grandmother would tie my left arm behind my back during meals and of
    course the results I ended right-handed for eating purposes and also other things
    like opening a door such as a shopping center always.
    Of course writing left-handed, batting left-handed prevailed. Had brain surgery for
    tumor removal eight years, guess what started eating with my left-hand, it was just

    Ron Andres

  9. Kristina Cliff-Evans says:

    Thanks so much to Sharon and Penny for answering my questions! You’re both right, of course, and I shall certainly value myself and make a few lefty purchases.

    And Christine, I hope you find a camera for your son. People don’t realize that infants can have strokes. My husband’s niece’s little girl (a twin) had a stroke in utero. She’s doing great, but despite therapy her left hand is still pretty limp. Good luck with your son. I never thought about cameras, but I believe they do have that shutter button on the right. Have you checked with any of the major camera companies to see if there’s something available?

    Best to all, lefties and others,


  10. Penny says:

    Hi, Several members of my family are lefties so I have always been aware my kids may be lefties as well especially as I married one. So yes one of my sons is a leftie, as each of them arrived and started to learn to pick things up I put things directly in front of them and allowed them to use the hand they prefered. We moved to Worcestershire from Somerset and found while wandering around the city of Worcester the only Left handed shop outside London it was great, wes a little expensive compared to buying the usua; right-handed versions but the freedon=m it gave my hisband, brother, father and father-in-law when we treated them to things was great. When my son started to learn to write I brought the Alf and Bet writing books and taught myself to use my left hand to form letters so I could show him how to do it, why didn’t my husband do I hear you ask, the answer is he as a child in school was forced to write right handed by a sadly ignorant teacher so his writing is illegible and even now many years on he writes using block capitals that are tiny and themselves hard to read but at least with his left hand. Once our son was confident with his basic writing we took him into the Worcester store where the assistant showed him the finer skills of writing as a left hander and he was able to fly on his own with confidence and comfort.
    Our eldest a right hander but got cramps writing after a scafoid bone injury in his hand so we tried the Yuorpen this worked well and now he can again write with ease and without pain. The Stalibo pen is great too as the ink dries before the hand smudges it sadly still not so easy to find in the shops having been hijacked by the stores who stock the right handed version more than the left but at least we have the anything left handed site to come to.
    So thank you all for your inovation of creating the site and all the aids to help lefties live a normal life without the struggle to overcome the drawbacks of the righthanded led society.
    To the lady from the US the pencil sharpners do work and pick whichever you fancy they are all great some items are quirky and fun but most are practical and make life so much easier for you lefties, my dad is in his mid 70’s and started using the things we brought him and yes it took a while for him to get used to them after so many years of making do with right handed tools and utensils, but those he has tried he loves, my brother a teacher loves the folders and note pads as he can write in them without having to fight the discomfort of having his arm over his pens and other items. So go for it you are never to old to enjoy the freedom the lefthanded tools and utensils will give you.
    Penny, a righthanded mum, wife, daughter, sister of loved ones given a new lease of life by anything left handed.

  11. Christine says:

    My son really needs a camera made for a lefty. He is only a left because he had a stroke 2 days after birth that affected his right side. No one in the family is a lefty. Thanks.

    • Mick says:

      Hi Christine,

      I do believe your son can use a normal (right handed) digital camera in an upside down fashion, using his left thumb instead of right index finger to activate the shutters. The pictures, which will appear upside down, can be easily ‘rotated’ on the computer.

      I personally do that on my digital camera too, but i have no experience with SLR cameras.

      Mick, southpaw.

      p.s. sorry to hear of your son’s plight.

      • tony whatling says:

        dear christine,
        i to have had a stroke and lost the use of the right, as to your question about left handed camera no there is (not one) made now. there used to be one made in russar, the only thing i can say is to take him to camera shops and handle and try out all and everything. the one ive got and fine very useable left hand is the fujifilm S5700 which is very ease held in left hand the right way up but your thumb is inbetween lense and handgrip, but all the buttons are in ease reach of fingers.
        yours tony

  12. Sharon says:

    Dear Kristina,
    I am a 66 year old US member. I will tell you “why bother now?”. You will not believe the difference! I ordered a small left-handed knife. The difference is unbelievable. When I was young, my mother would not let me peel potatoes because “half the potato is gone”. With this knife, I feel like a magician. I have not purchased the pencil sharpener yet, but it is on my list. I always break the points when I sharpen pencils. Right handers do not understand the difference. You owe it to yourself. You are worth it. I know I am…LOL.
    Sharon, all around klutz…but now I know why…

  13. Kristina Cliff-Evans says:

    Hi Keith & Lauren,

    I’m a US member who loves reading your newsletter and often contemplates ordering, but has never done so. It’s just for me, you see, and I’ve struggled through 65 years without these great tools, so why bother now?

    But I’m thinking now of taking the plunge. I’d love a couple of those Yoropens, a pack of pencils, both rulers and especially scissors!

    I’m also intrigued by the pencil sharpeners I’ve never noticed before. But why three different types, all the same price (kind of high!) and no reviews on any of them? I can’t tell what would make one better than another and don’t know for sure if they even work. I’d like a couple, but $7 is a lot to pay for a handheld pencil sharpener that may or may not work. Sounds silly, perhaps, but help me out here. Do they work? Which one is best? Is the silver one metal and hardier? Does anyone like them?

    If I finally order, a pretty big order, do I spend an extra $14 for 2 of these pencil sharpeners that no one has reviewed? Please give me some guidance!

    And thanks for a great website and newsletter.

    Kristina, LH hook-writer, one-time mirror-writer, longtime scissors-battler and constant-pencil-point-breaker-when-sharpening 😉

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