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Old 08-01-2008, 12:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: Lightfoot painting by Liam Jones

Interesting. there is quite a large proportion of the population who are not so sinister and are sometimes referred to as being "gauche".Up until my stroke in 2000 I was firmly left handed although as a youth I had often tried writing with both hands simultaneously the left hand normal and with the right creating a mirror image.My stroke was caused by a blood clot in my right carotid artery in my neck which cut off the supply to the right side of my brain, thereby killing a heap of brain cells on that side which controls the left side of the body, so I was temporarily paralised on my left side and my left shoulder dropped. this still causes me problems in using my right arm and hand.However the brain's left side controls functions such as speech . OK I mumbled before the stroke too.Although I recovered most of the use of my left side I can no longer write left handed and my right hand writing is barely legible. being left handed was no real problem. there were a few major awkwardnesses though, which I'll recount in case it helps Harrison
In junior school when first writing with an ink pen instead of a pencil I had to use a blotting pad towed along under my left hand palm (else I tended to smudge the ink before it dried)
Using a pair of scissors (you actually only use one at a time!!) was a pain and although you can buy left handed ones I could never adapt to them.
As a young cadet in our school army cadet force I found the right handed bolt levers on standard rifles hard to use when reloading
When I borrowed a friend's guitar in the 1960's to try to learn I omitted to restring it left handed and by the time I realised that restringing might have helped my totally inept right hand finger picking and strummimg it was too late, because my more agile left hand fingers had got used to their use as chord clampers. Nowadays my relatively stiff left hand fingers simply cannot get around the fret in a reliable fashion
If Harrision ever plays cricket he would find that batting left handed can cause consternation for the fielders!!
Similarly there is some advantage in being a south paw for confusing opponents in tennis and badminton games
Cricket what's cricket???

The Rules of Cricket
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in (the pavilion).
. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. This process is carried out twice , each occasion being called an "inning"., not an "outing"!

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice (the first and second innings obviously) after all the men have been in twice , including those who are not out, that is the end of the game, Oh yes at some convenient time when they are all "out" or should that be in?
they stop for tea
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