In London, just up form Piccadilly Circus, is a small shop that specialises in goods designed for left-handed people.
SV PAN "Beak St" sign to GV street
SV TILT DOWN EXT. Left-handed shop
CU Articles in window
SV INT. Customer entering and talks with shopkeeper. (5 shots)
CU Reporter speaking as he eats soup.
GV Card game in progress
SV & CU Card game ends with mock gun shot. (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPTS: SEQ. 4:
SHOPKEEPER: "Good morning."
CUSTOMER: "Good morning. I'm looking for a present for a niece of mine in America. She's only eight...".
SHOPKEEPER: "Only eight!"
CUSTOMER: "And she's left-handed."
SHOPKEEPER: "Well I think I've got something that might be of real benefit to her for the rest of her life. That's a left-handed writing set. You see she's just beginning to write properly. Now, if you give her the right sort of nibs, then she'll learn to write in the right way. She'll have a decent fist, and she'll get benefit all her life."
CUSTOMER: "Perhaps there's something else you could show me."
SHOPKEEPER: "Well what about this for the child's mother? "Teaching Left-Handed Children"; a lot of very good, practical advice in it".
CUSTOMER: "Very good. That'd be marvellous. Yes, lovely."
SHOPKEEPER: "What about a special left-handed greeting card to go with it."
CUSTOMER: "You seem to have so many things to choose from."
SHOPKEEPER: "Yes, we've a fair range. Here's a left-handed not--case. If you open it the right way your money's safe; the other way round, and your money falls out. All those peelers, slicers, playing cards and golf-clubs. Even a left-handed monocle.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: "Even things that people take for granted like eating soup with a spoon that's designed just for right-handers, it can be difficult for left-handers. But, with a left-handed spoon, it suddenly becomes easy. And the soup even tastes better."
Initials VS 9.30 VS 9.40
REPORTER: MIKE MCIVOR
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: In London, just up form Piccadilly Circus, is a small shop that specialises in goods designed for left-handed people.
The shop, "Anything Left Handed Limited", is owned by Mr. william Gruby, who, a few years ago decided to do something about the problems of being left-handed in a right-handed world.
With an estimated 300 million left-handed people in the world, including the President of the United States, Gerald Ford, he says its about time the left-handed side of the story was told.
Included in his vast stock are left-handed potato-peelers, knife-sharpeners, scissors, writing sets, playing cards, greeting cards and...left-handed wrist watches.
This film includes a conversation between the shopkeeper and a customer and a sequence carrying a reporter's commentary. A transcript of the conversation follows:-