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Palm Friday

Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers - and people who use their hands for their work- by their palms. We let him read between the lines These hands are small yet wide. The tilted palm and high index finger indicate a strong and impatient ego, and a dramatic, artistic temperament.

She finds it difficult to accept advice and, unless self-imposed, discipline. She has a strong faith in human nature and loyalty. TV or radio hold a fascination and pull her to work in the media industry in some way. She works well in bursts or nocturnally, and functions best with time for reflection and in a lively, creative work environment.

Her hand width shows a humanitarian, friendly and kindly nature. She is well organised, practical and good at planning and managing. She may have strong religious beliefs. The thumb print shows adaptability.

She works enthusiastically and instinctively but is prone to anxious moments. Some stubbornness is indicated by the thumb length and angle. The high index finger means her self-image, manner and style of dress are all important to her. Her self-confidence has grown from a low ebb in childhood to give her a strong dignity today. The arched index finger print denotes reliance of others on her judgment, and a tendency to repress her own needs to benefit others. The downside is that she sometimes feels used.

The major lines are mostly cear and long, showing a direct manner. The head line shows some stressful and emotional times from age 30 to 35, leading to a career and personal life change about two years ago.

The lifeline is healthy with high aspirations. A strong family orientation line at the base of the life line indicates a need for family life. But minor lines show that separations or difficulties have been handled in a cool, organised way. Whatever the career direction of this person, she will always remain a frustrated theatrical director or actress. Success seems dependent on independence and determination. But her emotional support structures indicate more success from now into her 40s.

Roz German works for the Royal National Insititue for Deaf People and is a sign language tutor

Most of it seems pretty accurate. I am artistic and used to go to art college but I don't think I'm a frustrated artist. I am not religious. My confidence has grown over the years and I am stronger than I used to be. This is because society is getting better at understanding the needs of deaf people like myself. The major lines bit is fairly true - I had a career change two years ago and now work more directly for deaf people while teaching hearing people sign language. I do have a lot of satisfaction in the work I now do.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin

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