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Survey on newsletter content and frequency

We normally send our newsletters once a month and we format them with all the main stories in full and links to additional information elsewhere as appropriate. We think this gives people the chance to read all the content in one place and you can skip the bits you are not interested in. We have had various suggestions from members about how we do this and, of course, they are all different and conflicting!

Her are some of the main suggestions and we would be very interested to know what you think about them as we are here to inform and entertain you and want to do it in the way that you prefer (but we can only do it in one way overall – we cannot produce personalised newsletters for individual members!).

  • Produce shorter newsletters but do them more often
  • Produce the newsletter as just a list of links to the full articles as posts on our website
  • Create short summaries of articles linking to the main stories

We have produced a short survey and would very much appreciate it if you let us know your views:

How often would you like to receive our newsletters?

How many articles should we include in each newsletter? (we will link this with your thoughts on newsletter frequency)

How would you like us to present the email newsletter content?

Let us have any other thoughts below, including anything on formatting, images, videos and any subjects you think we should cover

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter by writing articles, researching subjects you are interested in, or answering specialist questions, please let us know your area of interest here

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17 comments on “Newsletter content survey
  1. Bridget says:

    I have a problem with hugs. Whenever I give someone a hug, I usually put my head to the left, but they put their’s to the right (my left) so it ends up being an awkward, head bumping hug. Has anybody else encountered this? Or is it just me?

  2. rachel says:

    I’m a left handed 45 year old. At school my writing was simply terrible. I managed to persuade a teacher that forcing me to write with an ink pen was ridiculous and they finally allowed me to use a biro!!! The following year I won a handwriting competion for neatness.
    Whilst on holiday recently I was discussing with my right handed sister that most ‘lefties’ have had to become ambidextous just to participate in a lot of things. This conversation started during a game of cards when I announced I had a pack of left handed cards. After she had wiped the tears of laughter away I demonstrated the natural ways left and right handed people would hold cards. As my sister is an intelligent person (!) she saw the dilema immediately and her teasing opportunity was removed. (All family fun)
    As regards scissors I am unable to use a left handed pair. I have become so use to the right handed world. My left handed bread knife is however wonderful! As is my left handed cheque book.
    I don’t see being left handed as a problem. I’m much better at using both hands for a lot of tasks. My right handed daughter eats left handed, whilst I, as a leftie eat right handed! It’s all fine and comfortable for the pair of us.
    Be who you’re meant to be regardless of left / right handedness.

  3. Wendy says:

    I am not entirely certain whether I am in fact amidextrous or left handed, although I do like this site as it increases awareness of the trials and tribulations that some lefties face, particularly with use of implements. I personally am left ear dominant, operate a calculator and keyboard with both hands either/or. And which hand I used depends to some extent upon the mind set that I am in at a given time. As a child I was very clear about hand preference my right-hand I had decided was for drawing and my left-hand should be for writing. Sadly it didn’t quite work out that way, an unsettled start in life due to parents break up and subsequent divorce and lots of two-ing and throwing, with time spent living with a highly superstitious grandmother meant that by the time I started school I was very ‘right’ indeed. I also attended a C of E school and about half-way through (perhaps 7/8yrs of age) talked to my teacher about the possibility of changing my writing hand, which was met with some degree of scorn. As time went by, I forgot, although I recollect I having some issues with being overly anxious and suffering from low self esteem, which may not necessarily have had anything to do with handedness. I was in fact a good all-rounder at school excelling in all subjects but with particular talent in Art. I am now a practicing engineer (not my first choice, but one I grew in time to enjoy) and work in the construction profession, however my artistic bent is very much prevalent in my life, I am hands-on, love making things, can paint and draw with either hand. Although I would say, I sometimes flip imagery about in my head, and draw back to front if I donot pay enough attention. This website is great and I do enjoy your newsletters because in a sense it enables me to acknowledge existence of my left-hand which societies prejudices nigh on thirty years ago meant I lost. I also, sometimes muddle right and left but I think that this has more to do with mirroring and image reversal.
    Leftie joke: (student to lecturer)
    If I told you I was ‘left-handed’ and I did my entire ‘Uni-degree’ right-handed, which was a bit like doing a degree with my feet, what would you say? Lecturer: ”You got a first-class honours”.
    Sadly no, I only got a second. But life is certainly colourful.

  4. Maheswaran says:

    I had the problem of smudging the pages whenever i had to write with a fountain pen. Not only did the pen failed to work properly, the pages always end up ruined with print marks! I had some very bad teachers, who failed to understand i was a left hander. My book often get tossed out of the class, or even worse, pages torn off and make me write again. Ah, the horror of a leftie!!!!

  5. Heather Hodges says:

    I had trouble learning to tie shoelaces as a young child. My mum and dad were both right handed and I simply could not understand. When I had children of my own (both right handed) I taught them by sitting in front of them rather than side by side so that they could learn by using a “mirror” image. It worked!
    I should add that my mum taught me to knit right handed when I was five years old but I sew left handed!

    • Val says:

      Don’t remember having trouble tying shoe laces, but everyone who watches me says it looks “funny”. I also taught my kids by having them face me! It works well as a method. I too knit right handed, as taught by my mum, but sew with the needle in my left.

  6. Rosemary Mills says:

    I am 58. There was a far as I can remember only two problems that I had, in secondary school, firstly with writing, at this time the teaching was to slant the letters forward and of course for left handers it is more natural to slant backwards therefore like many others my handwriting is pretty bad unless I make a real effort and write slowly. The other was in needlework when heming I would work the other way round and my stitches would slant in the oposite direction and it was in this lesson that for the time I came across a teacher who was less than sympathetic and called me ‘awkward’ and pushed me and my work away when I needed help. I took up knitting instead. However it left me hating anything to do with a needle and thread.

    I would also just like to say how over the years things have been made easier for us with the introduction of specialist or unihand items, rather than having to adapt to a right handed world.

  7. Mrs H Lyall says:

    I’m a lefty and was brought up in Germany in the ’60s until I was 10 years old as my father was a British soldier. I remember being embarrassed by a right-handed teacher when being taught to write with a fountain pen at the age of 5 years old. I went to her desk to say that my pen wouldn’t work and she asked me to show her. Of course, I picked it up in my left hand and tried to write. In a loud voice she said ‘you silly girl, of course the pen won’t work, you’re left-handed’. I can still remember feeling so stupid, but I had no idea that I was left-handed or that it would make a difference.
    I now have left-handed students in my class and I encourage them to feel proud of their left-handedness.

  8. Anita Yovanovich says:

    I am 76. When I was in 7th grade my penmanship teachr terrorized me. She woud walk up and down the isle with her ruler. Every time she came to my desk she would loudly tap the desk and make me change the pencil to my right hand. As soon as she passed it went right back to the hand I felt comfortable with while writing, my left hand. Left, right, left, right etc.
    As a child, for many years I thought my left hand was my right hand. When asked to “raise your right hand” in school, I naturally raised my left hand thinking it was my right hand. Years ago they really used to confuse left handed kids.

    • sinister sister says:

      Your story is my story, 20 years later.

      I still write on vertical surfaces with my right hand; and my penmanship hasn’t progressed beyond 4th grade, when the school ceased forcing me to be right-handed. I became mostly ambidextrous, and have struggled with self-esteem issues because I was/am often slow (to write an assignment or note) and I still mistake my left for my right. When I must get it “right”, knowing my right from my left, I look at my hands for which one has the writing callous (the left hand).

      I also still struggle with a huge block in all forms of creative expression except poetry. I yearn to draw, paint, sculpt and write short stories and novels, but all creative paths are blocked in actual expression save the poem. I’m not sure why I manage to let out my creative juices through poetry, but I do know that if it doesn’t rhyme and have meter (I know, that’s a limited and outdated idea of poetry) then I just can’t get my thoughts on paper.

  9. Kath McKenzie says:

    I’m 59 years old. At primary school when I turned my paper to write, my teachers would put it straight, so I would turn it back! The teachers would put it straight, I would turn it back…………………I cant remember if or when they stopped doing this, but I still write with the paper at an angle now! At secondary school, when we first played tennis, the games teacher would show us the fore-hand or back-hand stroke and then say “for the left handed people in the class, there were two of us, reverse what I’m saying!!!” This wasn’t really much help. Also, when we played hockey, the two of us were ‘told of’ for hitting the ball with the back of the stick!!!!!!! At least there are left handed hockey sticks now.

    • Moira mcCullough says:

      Wow! Are there really left handed hockey sticks? only once was I picked for a school team and that was because I turned up for all the practices and that was for rounders.
      I now play table tennis but only for fun and against my older son, who is right handed.
      I remember joined up writing in the 50’s and 60’s. i wasn’t allwed to do ‘Italics’ in Art, “because you left handed people ruin the pens”. Luckily, my Dad (right handed) did a lot of old english writing, signs and such like for people, and he taught me by using mapping pens. Then I realised that anything right handed people could do, I could also do and in most cases, better!
      About 10 years ago, I went to an evening class to learn about quilting and using a rotary cutter- hopeless. The teacher moved away from my friend and put me on the end of the group- “You’re left handed and you’ll be working in the opposite way to the rest of us!” I’ve never liked that lady since.
      I have a left handed bread knife, purse and paring knife. Bliss

  10. Jean Murdoch says:

    i am 88 years old. When in grade school I had to write with my right hand. I could write well with my right at the blackboard. I tried to sit at the back of the class so the teacher could not see me writing with my left, but she often caught me. One day when a friend of my parents came to visit, a doctor, she strongly advised my parents to tell the teacher to allow me to write the way I wanted. It was like handcuffs had been taken off me. It made my school days much happier. I entered grade 7 at the age of 11, maybe due to my freedom.

  11. Duncan Pohl says:

    Fortunately, I was never forced to change hands, but my one experience I took upon myself. When I was in the six grade I kept wondering why my hand always got smudges after writing with the soft lead pencils, while the other students’ hands did not. After observing the way they wrote compared to the way I wrote, I realized it was because, like most left-handed people being taught to write by right-handed people, I was hooking over the line while writing which caused the side of my hand to drag across the page and hence picking up the smudge. I decided to fix that and forced myself to learn how to write below the line “like right-handed people”. That was when I discovered teachers were teaching left-handed people to angle their paper the same way as right-handed people, which is totally wrong. It wasn’t easy to change the way I wrote, but I did it. But I remember all through the sixth grade I got terrible marks for my “penmanship” and even to this day do not consider myself as having good writing. Teachers really need to adapt the way they teach writing to accommodate left-handed students.

    • Pauline says:

      I really can’t agree more. It was at junior school – age 10+ – that I realised my writing could look far better than it did. There was no acknowledgement that left handed children needed a little more support, at the time. However, as far as I know, no left-handers were made to change to their right hand.
      We were taught “joined-up writing” in the 60’s – does anyone remember this? Large squares in which we “filled” an italic letter. I enjoyed this as I loved art, but it wasn’t until I went to senior school and met a girl who had attended a convent school where the nuns had taught italic writing. I copied some of her work and my writing evolved from there. I literally made myself write with my hand “under” the line, and that is how it has been – no smudging or angling the paper.
      I work in a library and see many left-handed staff come to register and fill in their forms – nearly all either write from above, with a fistlike grip to the pen, or angle the paper quite alarmingly.
      It would be interesting to hear if children today have the same problems.
      Interestingly, it is only recently that my colleagues have become aware of the minor irritations I have at work as a lefthander – nothing changes!

  12. Jenny Beattie says:

    re the schools experience; in my primary school days (mid 60s to early 70s) being left handed wasn’t much of a problem. If I was at a ‘partner’ desk I just sat in the left-hand seat. My High School days were slightly different – academic subjects weren’t a problem but I had a lot of trouble with art and ‘domestic science’ as it was known then – I had one cookery teacher in particular who absolutely hated left-handers, constantly reprimanding me for stirring the ‘wrong way’ (I eventually dropped cookery in favour of a fashion module, scoring a high C grade in the O level), and more than 30 years later I’m still not very keen on anything to do with kitchen stuff!

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