Give us a hand

27th April 2001 at 01:00
What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains The complicated movement in the signature picks up the theme of the text, showing someone who is keen to impress, has high aspirations and wishes to catch people's interest. The writing has a strong upper zone, indicating that goals, plans and ideals are more important than mundane matters.

Mr James enjoys talking and tends to be fairly straight with people, saying what is on his mind, rather than processing everything first. He never intends to be hurtful, but sometimes he gets something off his chest rather than waiting for the right moment. Because he is full of ideas and likes to enjoy what he does, he gets away with it and it is forgotten in the distraction of subsequent events.

The only readable letter is the one that starts his first name, a presentational style that has a sense of royalty. This is not a man who likes to graft. He prefers to offer thoughts, advice or directions. He will have good reason for what he wants to do and will persuade those around him by getting them on his wavelength.

Until recently, Leigh James taught thinking skills at Highfields school, Lethworth. He now works for a classical music record label and runs his own video production company The first paragraph is totally accurate. In the second, I do say what's on my mind but not to the extent that I don't think about what I'm saying.

I liked the bit about royalty. I am in the English Civil War Society and I have got a royal costume. I have two signatures - a formal one and my artistic one - it's certainly meant to create an impression.

The bit about not liking graft is true if it means not getting my hands dirty- I don't do the painting and decorating - but I am working extremely hard at the moment.

I do have goals - I keep files with my goals for fitness, finance and the company, and that is something I encouraged the kids I was teaching to do. I enjoy what I do - in my email address I'm happymrjames.

Elaine Quigley and Leigh James were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - including signature - on unlined paper with contact details to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W1BX. You can email Elaine Quigley at

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