Schatz, who’s a doctor, once told me a lot of Brits are left-handed. I’ve not checked that claim empirically. Nonetheless, I do feel that being left-handed is like being part of a slightly exclusive club. When I see politicians like Barack Obama and David Cameron signing treaties, acts and laws left-handed, I always raise my eyebrows and say to myself, “Ah, they’re left-handed, too.” When I once observed my GP signing a prescription for me, I said, “Ah, you’re left-handed, too.”
“All the best people are,” she told me. I’ll never argue with a doctor, especially a fellow left-hander. In fact, I should have noticed earlier in that appointment that she was a left-hander, as she had used her left hand to check out a very sensitive part of my body.
Does it normally hurt when someone squeezes your …?
Well, funny you should mention it, doctor, but yes it does. And after this appointment, I will not be cycling to work this morning.
So, how to amaze the younger generation? Easy:
- Be left-handed.
- Write with a fountain pen. I’m truly assimilated in this fine Teutonic land. I use a LAMY pen. See: http://www.lamy.com .
- Sit opposite a 9-year-old on a train.
- Write in your notebook. (No, not a small laptop. A proper paper notebook, with a hardback cover.)
Result: one young lady watching in amazement as I write left-handed, a bit like Obama in this picture. Even more amazement as I unscrewed the top of the fountain pain, inserted the nib into the ink bottle and filled the converter (not even a cartridge) with ink from the bottle. This must have surely been a talking point on Monday at school…