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Palm Friday

Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers - and others who use their hands for their work - by their palms. We let him read between the lines A mostly square and rounded palm with a high index finger shows a strong, lovable character who is caring and protective. Full hands such as this show someone generous who enjoys life and wants others to do so.

He was a mischievous child with a strong mother and difficult father. He is tireless and can be extreme in feelings and in his expression of them. A well-developed thumb shows kind-heartedness, a sense of humour and boyishness.

He has a charitable side, relates well to others and likes to work hard. He has excellent teaching qualities, but focuses on a specialist subject.

He is interested in the human body and its workings. A sports therapist or a hands-on manipulator who is practical and down-to-earth, he could have an interest in homeopathy and therapeutic use of exercise.

The unusual set of three fingerprint arches on his thumb and first two digits indicates the "mending" ability and selflessness common in committed nurses and doctors who work in children's or geriatric wards.

Clear, strong major lines show someone dogmatic and persuasive with a good business sense. He needs to control situations, leading and getting thingsdone by creating good relationships.

Between 38 and 40 he tried to redirect and change life goals. A mid-life crisis made him more security-conscious. At 45 he assumed a management position. He may well become a high-profile professional concerning body conditions and health. He would make a good spokesman on alternative health issues concerning recovery from gross physical injuries.

Martin Collins is principal of the British School of Osteopathy I'm amazed by the accuracy of this - with one or two exceptions. The bit about my mother and father rang true - although my mother had rheumatoid arthritis, she dominated the household. I was a difficult child - I wouldn't say mischievous, but I came from a working-class background and was quite academic and had strong ideas about what I wanted to do. I did change career in mid-life - at 40 I moved from being a physiologist to taking a course in osteopathy and working at the school. Although I don't practise any more, he has got my job right and many aspects of my personality. I would say I am charitable - I set up an osteopathy clinic for the homeless and I have worked with elderly people. The only thing that isn't right is the reference to children and sports.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin


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