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March 2015

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In this edition:

  • Springing Forward
  • Left-handed garden pruners
  • Why are some people left-handed?
  • Famous left-hander birthdays

Springing Forward

March is here and for many of us (except our readers in the North East of the US perhaps), the sun is feeling a little warmer and the first bulbs and blossoms are starting to peek out. It is also the time of year when the clocks go forward to give longer evenings in the summer, which got us thinking about clocks: specifically we started wondering “why do clocks go clockwise?” Is it another example of right-handed bias? Does having the hands travelling over the top of the clock from left to right echo the way that righties prefer to write?

We did some research on it and it turns out that in this case, the only thing with a right-handed bias is the sun! Before clocks came along, people used sundials and the shadow of the sundial would always move from left to right as the sun moved across the sky. Of course, this is only in the northern hemisphere. Maybe if people in the southern hemisphere had invented clocks, they would go anti-clockwise, just like the fantastic backwards clocks and watches in our online store.

And while we start watching the garden coming back to life again, it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new set of pruners. We have a great special offer this month on all our pruners. And for our UK readers, it would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for any left-handed mums out there who like a bit of gardening!

Left-handed garden pruners

A left handed pruner is similar to a left-handed scissor in having the blades reversed so the left blade is on the top.  This allows you to see your cutting point clearly and also to get a clean cut without twisting or tearing at the target and causing damage. Also, the lever that locks and unlocks the blades from the closed position is positioned on the right so it can be operated with the left thumb.

Darlac Expert left-handed pruner

Two of our most popular garden pruners, or secateurs, are the Professional and Expert pruners produced by UK manufacturer Darlac.  Both top quality tools with a 20mm / 0.8 inch cut capacity, the Expert version has blades of SK5 high carbon steel for extra toughness and ability to hold a sharp edge. It also has a wire cutting notch and shock absorbing buffers.

Left Handers Club members can get 20% off either of these pruners for all orders placed up to 31 March 2015.  Just enter Coupon Code LHCDC into the shopping cart below your pruner once you have selected it and click the Update button to see your discount calculated.

Use this link to find out more and order your pruners

Why are some people left-handed?

Why are some people left-handed? We love this TED video on left-handedness by Daniel M. Abrams. He looks into 500,000 years of human evolution and makes some fascinating suggestions about why there have always been left-
handed people (and why we haven’t taken over the world quite yet). Check it out at

Famous Left-Hander Birthdays

 Famous left-hander birthdays in the next few weeks:
  • 03-Mar – Ronald Searle, Cartoonist
  • 05-Mar – Rex Harrison, Actor
  • 06-Mar – Michaelangelo, Artist * (more info)
  • 07-Mar – Mauricio Ravel, Composer
  • 07-Mar – Sir Edward Landseer, Artist
  • 08-Mar – Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Composer * (more info)
  • 11-Mar – Douglas Adams, Author
  • 14-Mar – Bob Charles, Golf
  • 19-Mar – Bruce Willis, Actor
  • 21-Mar – Ayrton Senna, Formula One driver
  • 23-Mar – Rameses II, Egyptian Pharaoh
  • 24-Mar – Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Designer
  • 24-Mar – Steve McQueen, Actor
  • 30-Mar – Celine Dion, Singer

* These famous left-handers are often included on lists but there is some doubt about whether they were natural left-handers. The links above give more information.

Best wishes
Keith and Lauren Milsom
and all at The Left-Handers Club

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