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Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers by looking at their hands. We let him read between the lines "The long palms and fingers reveal their owner to be idealistic, thoughtful and analytical, fairly creative, especially with words, and not impulsive. This print also portrays a finely tuned individual - someone who adores beauty in music and the arts. Fingers and thumb positioning reveal a strong and forthright nature. A high index finger that juts out slightly indicates a strong ego - she is a good problem-solver. The unusual thumb print shows originality and a highly independent streak - she may be secretive or need to hold others' confidences. But she is also stubborn and at times downright dogmatic.

"Other finger prints are looped, denoting a good team worker who enjoys the stimulation of new ideas and will enjoy the arts, particularly dance or movement. The ring finger print could mean she is a bit of a faddy-eater andor have an interest in design and decor. Her favourite colour is red.

"The double life line means she has great resilience, can plan well and work long hours. Her weakness is a bit of a perfectionist streak. This person's pride in her work is high, and she hates to underachieve. She was successful at college or university with a slight doubt about direction at 19.

"The squaring of lines under the index finger often shows a teachery quality and the curving headline a love of language and books. This person would have an extensive and well-used personal library.

"Other lines around the life line suggest a marriage around age 24. Only one child line is discernible from the print. She probably took up other studies from 35 to about 40. The job she has had over the past two years has given her the independence and focus she had been seeking."

Mary Byrne, 44, is a lawyer and governor of Lark Hall junior and infants school in Clapham, south London.

"A lot of what he says seems right but then it's going to apply to most people. Like the slight doubt about the lack of direction at 19 - but that doesn't apply to me so he's just unlucky with that.

"He has got my favourite colour right and the emphasis on language. I used to be a book editor and my job now involves fiddling around with language - but I'm not creative at all. The other introductory comments are right though. I would say I am less impulsive and more thoughtful and analytical. And I would say I am a good problem-solver.

"I don't have an extensive library. I don't have children and I'm not that interested in music compared to most people. I'm not a faddy eater and I'm not secretive. But the bit about being a perfectionist in my work is spot on."

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin.

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