Thursday 13th August saw the 2015 Left Handers Day (#lefthandersday) and if you are one of the 13% of the population around the world afflicted or blessed (depending on your point of view) like myself then a slightly belated 'happy left handers day'.
The awareness day is organised by the Left-Handers Club and has run every year since 1992 and aims to help left handers celebrate been left handed and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.
In past years there has been a whole range of activities that have included left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated.
The day is celebrated worldwide and has contributed in a number of ways to raise the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers can experience in everyday life, and has successfully led to improved product design for left handed people - all of which are available from anythinglefthanded.co.uk
Left-handers days also highlight’s famous left-handers past and present, including amongst many more current US President Barrack Obama, founder of the NHS Nye Bevan, Winston Churchill, Robert De-niro and actress Scarlett Johansson. You can see more by clicking here, alas as with all good things there can be some bad, with the details that David Cameron is also a leftie - although obviously not politically !
There's also a whole host of fun left-handed facts, from 5 of the last 7 US presidents being left-handed, to Left-handers adjusting more readily to seeing underwater, to 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed, and of course the view that Left-handers are generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative and multi-talented than right handers – based on discussions among members of the Left-Handers Club! 🙂