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As the mother of a left handed dyslexic I praise this shop for making life a little easier!!!! Control of a pair of right handed sissors is bad enough for the leftie but add to that being dyslexic and its a receipe for disaster. We at least now stand a fighting chance that the line might be cut straight, and I didnt realise just how much easier a left handed ruler would be.... now all we need is left handed shoe laces and we might be onto a winner.... joking. Seriously these two items have made a fundemental change to my daughters approach to tasks that I cant thank this shop enough as she grows and the need for other items turned around im sure I will be shopping more frequently.... its not until you have found the solution to one issue that you realise that the answer to others is also there
For those that cant get to the shop like myself the online service is great goods arrive well packaged and quickly and what you ordered.
so not just the lefties of this world but also the dyslexics and dyspraxics take a look and those that live with a leftie ... make life simpler take a look I seriously think that if they havent got it even a leftie doesnt need it!!!
First, a confession. I'm not left handed.
However, I do live with two left handed people, my OH and my eldest daughter, and it was I who first found this shop when it really was a shop (near Carnaby Street in London) about 20 years ago.
There was no online shopping then but they had a very good mail order catalogue and the first thing I bought was a bread knife for my partner. It hadn't previously occurred to me that the reason he always cut the bread wonky was because the serrations on a 'normal' bread knife are the wrong side for a left handed person. Obvious when you think about it but it really is a right handed world to which left handed people have simply to adapt.
The bread knife was (and still is after two decades) brilliant and while it didn't bring permanent peace to the household, it did remove one minor irritation and that, as any couple knows, is something to be thankful for.
Since then, I have bought additional knives, both for us and for left handed friends, as well as a variety of other kitchen implements, scissors, and even a left handed fountain pen when my daughter started 'joined up' writing. Again, I just hadn't spotted that pen nibs are cut on an angle that favours right handers. The left handed pen made my daughter feel special but also genuinely helped her writing.
I also bought my daughter a book about left handed people and left handed facts which she adored.
All of these have been excellent quality and brought an identifiable improvement to my left-handers' lives.
I'm less enamoured of what I see as the more gimmicky things. A clock that goes backwards is an amusing subject for conversation for about ten minutes and then it's just irritating (for left handers as well as right handers). A pack of cards still sits unused because even the left handers in the family can't see the point.
Something else I like about Anything Left Handed is the fact that it's a family run business and, even on that most impersonal of outlets, a website, there is a real sense of community. The London shop closed down in 2006 and now all their sales are via the website.
However, there is still a feeling that you are getting personal service. It's not all about selling something. There are lots of pages explaining how the products work and why they are useful for left handers. There are also videos so that you can see how the product is used by a left handed person. And there is a Left Handers Club, a blog and regular updates on new items and news that affects left handers.
All good. The one drawback is the postage cost which is £4.95 whatever you buy. Now I'm not saying that isn't fair, it's just that so many online sites reduce the cost if you buy over a certain amount that it now seems to be the norm. I think it says something that several hundred words on the website are devoted to justifying the postage costs.
It's worth noting that Anything Left Handed will deliver to virtually anywhere in the world. The exceptions are listed on the site and are generally places where UPS doesn't operate. They will only use courier delivery to some countries and that bumps up the postage cost to nearly £18.95. Again, the countries are clearly listed.
There are lots of things in life which make being a leftie rather more awkward than it needs to be. In a rightie world and more importantly a rightie household every passing day seems to bring one more thing that I take for granted but which my eldest struggles with.
There are all the obvious things like scissors and can openers but there are hundreds of niggly little things which my right-handed youngest does with ease but the eldest finds hugely complicated. Odd things like corkscrews, not that I'm encouraging them to drink, which spiral in the "wrong" direction, then theres the computer mouse it sits neatly in the palm of her hand all right but its the wrong hand, shifting it to the otherside of the keyboard then means that the button she double clicks with her index finger is the one which allows her to bookmark pages or stop or go back in fact anything other than immediately launching the link shes clicked on.
There are of course simple ways around all these things but they all require time and money and we end up with two of everything. The biggest headache is actually finding these things which is where shops like Anything Left Handed come into their own. When they say Anything Left Handed they actually mean pretty much everything left handed, I've yet to come across something that she needs which they don't stock and with a very easy to use website crammed full of things we didn't know she'd ever need but seem so obvious once you realise they exist its very easy to spend a small fortune in no time at all. Still as they offfer a flat rate delivery of £4.95 per order regardless of size it seems silly not to. Being a specialist shop everything tends to be quite pricy in fact expect to pay double what you'd pay on the high street for the right-handed version.
There are some really wierd items that make you laugh out loud as they actually cause a child more problems than they solve, I'm thinking specifically of a watch with the numbers transposed so that 1 o'clock is in the 11 o'clock position. OK fine if thats the only clock the child ever uses but classroom clocks are all the righty way. It seems rather ridiculous to make a child learn to tell the time twice and then what happens when the clock is one of those arty farty ones without numbers? They'll be absolutely clueless.
Still other than a few oddities like that the remainder of their stock is incredibly well thought through. Especially the childrens back to school sets which include a left-handed ruler, Yoropen (although my children found these really difficult to use), a left handed pencil sharpener, pencils and a pencil grip and a triangular rubber. At £7.95 its quite sensibly priced although postage for that item alone makes it a rather expensive purchase.
Orders are well packaged and arrive within four days although I've had them within 36 hours before.
The Examiner T-G Long Range Metal and Gems detector from Rangertell is fine for left-handers and if it ain't they give you free net tuition!!Not bad I thought the first day. It swings a little to gold and silver and even gems. Later I found out by reading the CD that you are supposed to tune it so I did (duh) and it increased in response completely. I believe the left hand is a hard one to work out sometimes but I guess they have a good email serviceand are worth asking. Trial is a feature too in case you need some time. It's not too late to long range detect if you need help. Don't believe that Carl reports guy or Sam. They can't use them I've been told being lefties afaik but not asking for fear of rejection so they goof off.
For anyone that is left handed you know how difficult it is to find things that meet our needs. Growing up in a right handed world can be hard work and things that are readily available to other we have to hunt high and low for. One of the main things i had been looking for, for many years was a left handed watch, and for those of you reading this that aren't left handed it goes backwards, for you anyway. After going in many jewellers and asking for a left handed watch and getting the response "all watches are left as well as right handed, you just put them on the other arm" i was getting quite dispondent. Until i discovered Anything Left Handed. I had recently got on the internet and went onto a search engine and found it. There are only a few shops in the country but it is online at www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk. Their website is very easy to follow and everything available in the shop is available online. Orders over £50.00 are delivered free of charge and for orders less than this there is a nominal charge. Orders are usually dispatched on day of order. The range of products and the prices are very good, and as far as i can see fulfils the needs of us lefties. It is amazing the things that are for sale, things that a right handed person wouldn't even think of. The usual things left handed scissor, potato peelers but the more obscure things like playing cards, for people that are right handed they probally dont even realise that when you fan out the cards the corner with the suit and value of the card are obscured by the other cards. They have fountain pens, i have always like to use them but found that after a short while the nib became bent and therefore useless. Even as a left handed person i hadn't realised that the nib on an ordinary fountain pen was cut in a certain way which is the wrong way for a left handed person. As i was going to London I decided to visited
the shop, the directions on the website were easy to follow and there was a map which i could print out and take with me. On arriving at the shop i couldnt believe the size of it, it was tiny but on entering the shop it was like an aladdins cave. The range of products is amazing and there is was, the watch that i had been hunting for, not just one or two but a choice of 8, in different styles and colours. If you register an email address on the website they can send you updates about new products that they have. One of my favourite products is a bookmark they do. And for left handed people it should be a motto for all of us. "I maybe left handed but i'm always right"
Eat your hearts out - I've found the shop that proves my superiority (not that I needed independent confirmation, of course... but it helps!). I confess, I'm one of those immensely talented and rare objects of perfection in nature, otherwise known as left-handed individuals. Yes, I'm left-handed, and proud of it. We live in a world dominated by inferior creatively-challenged people, who go by the appellation "right-handed", condemned by nature to be impotent in their left hand and having to use the spare wheel, as it were, for their day-to-day functions. I feel sorry for you guys, really I do. Your lives are dominated by the left side (aka the boring unimaginative side) of your brain, while your creative, intelligent, versatile right side lies in disuse and ignorant abandon. But I'm one of the select few. I've been ordained to a higher order in the ladder of evolution. I am, if you like, what you guys could have become if you'd had the benefit of another 600 years of evolution and genetic fine-tuning. I pity you :( At long last, in my quest for adaptation to life among the inferior species, I came across a shop dedicated entirely to the royalty of nature - a shop by left-handeds for left-handeds. ANYTHING LEFT-HANDED has its head office in Surrey (18 Avenue Road, Belmont, Surrey SM2 6JD) in the UK. However, its best-known branch is perhaps that in London (57 Brewer Street). A small, unassuming corner shop, in the traditional mom-and-pop form, holds a veritable treasure-trove of paraphernalia for left-handed people. You might not be aware of the horrible injustices and discrimination perpetrated daily by all (yes, even by YOU - you're guilty too...) with all kinds of household utensils. Ever tried to use a knife with the left hand? Or a scissors? Or even a corkscrew? No? Then try it - not only is it atrocious torture, but it's ineffective too. No matter how hard we try, we can neve
r decently cut a loaf of bread with a knife. The reason is simply that the blade on a knife is placed on the left side, so that right-handed persons can cut the bread "from their side", as it were. The same holds for the blade on scissors, saws and the like. We, left-handed people, not only have to see our inherent superiority go unrecognised by the great unwashed, but also - throwing salt onto our collective wound - have to grow up thinking that we're not capable of using tools and any other physical object. It's a common plight for left-handeds to be told at school that they don't have a "knack" for art or crafts or DIY - all because they can't operate a knife, scissors, pen, saw or hammer properly. Little do the teachers know that the tools are improperly built (ie. built for right-handed people). Imagine a school where the classes are inaccessible to wheelchair-bound students. It would be unthinkable in this day and age. Yet, no allowance is made (with a few enlightened exceptions) for left-handed people. Actually, if we were to nit-pick, it's the right-handed majority who suffer from a "disability", not being able to use the nature-ordained left-hand. But life is unfair. ANYTHING LEFT-HANDED provides the solution for us: all possible and imaginable tools customised for left-handed people. Just to give you an idea, on my visit to this shop I bought 3 or 4 knives, a corkscrew (which turns to the left instead of right), a peeler (which peels the proper way... at last!) and various other household objects. My culinary skills seemed to improve ten-fold overnight... and no, it wasn't my exposure to Jaime Oliver on BBC that made the change - it was the utensils I was using. [Of course, you can imagine the stares of security personnel when I turned up at the airport to go back home, with a suitcase laden with sharp kitchen knives and a corkscrew!!!!!] Apart from kitchen e
ssentials, though, there is much much more at the ANYTHING LEFT-HANDED shop. For those of a younger age, there's a whole set of writing tools, from left-handed ball pens and fountain pens to left-handed sharpeners and rulers (the numbers start from the right, so we can see the measurements we're supposed to be marking - obvious when you think about it!). Unfortunately for me, in my school years I'd been made to learn to write in the abnormal right-handed way, so that this deformity is now ingrained in me. But for those lucky enough to treat and cure this disease at a young age, timely intervention with a left-handed pen can improve a left-handed child's handwriting and writing ability a hundred-fold. Believe me - I've seen it happen. I only wish I had those pens when I was a kid. Leisure equipment is catered for as well. ANYTHING LEFT-HANDED provide left-handed guitars, cricket gloves and thigh pads (whatever these may be - I'm reading from the catalogue here), computer joysticks and manicure sets. The whole shebang. Should you, like me, not live in the vicinity of one of their branches (there's a whole list on the company's very informative website, www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk), ANYTHING LEFT-HANDED operates a mail order facility with delivery to anywhere in the world. They produce an attractive catalogue (rigorously bound the proper way, ie. starting from the right and turning the pages forward in the way that you infidels would call "turning backwards") from where you may order any such item as tickles your fancy - or your necessity! Prices are reasonable, especially considering that the alternative is wallowing in a world of inferiors making do with their inferior tools and utensils. However, one word of warning - ordering by mail order you'll miss out on the fantastic community spirit in the shop, where the strictly left-handed staff provides an oasis of support and shelter in t
he midst of the right-handed oceans of people around us. I'll leave you with two definitions contained in the company's catalogue: "left-handed adj. 1. (person) more comfortable with & capable of using their left hand for complex acts eg. writing, cutting, drawing, but prone to discomfort, awkwardness and injury due to inappropriate (ie. right-handed) tools. 2. Belonging to the select 10% of the human population commonly considered more adaptable, creative, artistic & intuitive than their right-handed contemporaries (also, among themselves, agreed to be more intelligent, attractive and modest)." "anything left-handed n. 1. Specialist company which provides properly designed, fully left-handed versions of over 200 everyday items which, in their original and common form, are far easier to use in the right hand. 2. Sanctuary for left-handed people, where daily tasks can be performed without adaptation or deference to (right-handed) majority dictate." And here I rest my case. Geniuses of the world, unite!