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Left Handers Club Newsletter – October 2013

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1. Backwards Calendar for 2014

Each year we produce a backwards” calendar running from right to left as a lot of people seem to enjoy it and ask for it. Like anti-clockwise watches, lefthanders find it a lot easier to read than right-handers so it is nice to confuse them! Our Backwards Calendar has now been updated for 2014 and you can download it in various formats using the link below.

(we produce it in two versions, with Monday first and also with Sunday starting week and you can get both using the link below)

Backwards Calendar

Download the 2014 Left Handers Club calendar

We produce the backwards calendar in a very simple format so you can download it, print and stick onto your preferred background. If there are any design geniuses out there who can do a better job of it I would be interested to see your work and could make a gallery of calendars available for download if you send them in. More details on the download page.

2. Left Handers Block Calendar and Desk Diary for 2014

We have now got the 2014 versions of these calendars in stock, but we only have a limited number and will not be getting any more so be quick if you want one! There are more images of the products and videos of them on the product pages.

2014 Left Handed Block Calendar
2014 Left Handed Diary
Celebrate what it means to be a left-hander with trivia, facts, quotes, anecdotes, legends and more about left-handers and handedness.

Each tear off page of this daily calendar includes a little known fact, quote, bit of trivia, or tale about left-handedness, or information about a famous left-handed person. It also recognizes the birthdays of famous left-handed people (a lot of them American).

Left-Handers day-to-day Calendar is a block design with a tear-off page for each day. 365 pages. Size:5.5 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches; 140 x 140 x 43mm

This is a spiral bound desk diary tailor-made for us lefties. To make it easier to use, it features planning pages on the left side of each weekly spread and ample space for notes. The right side features an interesting fact about left-handedness. The calendar also recognizes the birthdays of famous left-handed people.

Following much pressure from us and Club Members, the publishers have now reversed the printing so that it opens from left to right – the proper direction for us lefties.

52 double-page spreads, one for each week of the year.
Size: 7 x 9 x 0.5 inches; 178 x 229 x 13 mm

Left Handed Block Calendar £10.99 / $17.44 Left Handed Desk Diary £9.99 / $15.85
3. Christmas Gift Ideas and last order dates

Christmas 2014 posting datesGet ahead of the game and make sure you have all your left-handed presents ordered in plenty of time for delivery before Christmas. You can see recommended last ordering dates for various parts of the world here but why wait and risk getting caught up in the Christmas rush?

Not sure what to order? Our Essentials Sets make perfect presents and you can see our current offers and discounts here.

4. Left handed typing

qwerty keyboard layoutRight-handers may have won the pen-and-ink battle, but we left-handers win the typing war. The “QWERTY” keyboard (named after the six letters at the top left of the layout), invented by Christopher Latham Sholes in the 1870s, is good to the left-hand and shuns the right. His machine used metal bars with the letter imprints on the end that were pushed up to strike the ink ribbon by pressing a letter key. If two letters near each other were pressed in fast succession, the bars would clash and jam so he experimented with moving letters commonly used together to different parts of the keyboard. In 1874 Remington & Sons manufactured the first commercial typewriter, called the Remington Number 1 and it used Sholes' key layout.

It may have banished the lesser-used keys to the left of the layout, but the fact is there are around 3000 words that can be typed solely with the left hand on the QWERTY keyboard, as opposed to a measly 300 or so that can be typed with the right (“The Curse Of QWERTY” by Jared Diamond). Lefthanders are at a definite advantage when it comes to typing on a QWERTY keyboard.

Over the years, many alternative layouts have been proposed that purport to be more efficient and easier to use, but the QWERTY standard is so deeply entrenched that is is virtually universal, even though most keyboards are electronic and the issue of clashing typebars is no longer relevant.

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3 comments on “LHC NL October 2013
  1. Douglas A. Harper says:

    Years back whenI was into hunting, my best friend freaked out on how I was target shooting. I “ed line up the front and back sights with my left eye and shoot with the shell casing ejecting across my face. Here I was using a right hander gun and shooting left handed. Now they do make left-handed guns (rifle type) but boy, they are expensive. I just didnt know it at the time.

  2. Steve Wennington says:

    About 40 years ago (when I was 12) I got told that as a left hander, I would be a good goalkeeper. Was told this by a couple of gypsies we were playing football with, there were about 3 years older than me and my friends. have always remembered this, and now notice most premiership goalkeepers are left handed/footed, and the same thing in rugby, many of the top flyhalfs are also left handed/footed – far higher % than you would expect. No idea why, and no idea how these guys knew – but if you have a young left handed sportsperson in the family, might be worth seeing how they are in these positions…..

  3. Donna Jo Currie says:

    My watch recently died and I had to by a new one. Before I could ware my watch I had to take it to a jeweler and have the clasp switched or I could not put it on. This is the same for all my jewelery that have clasps that can not be turned around. djc

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