Palm Friday

29th September 2000 at 01:00
Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers by their palms. We let him read between the lines "This woman's hands are large and wide, denoting energy, good health and a charming disposition. She's very persuasive. The splay of the fingers shows an expressive quality and independence.

"Clear, deep lines show directness. She is an opportunist and a pragmatist with a tendency to idealism. She likes her food. Money is not an issue for her - it's how and on what you spend it. Home, possessions and love add security to her life. She is a good judge of human nature and has a drive to achieve. Her sensitive side is highlighted by the skin pattern loop between her third and fourth digits, showing sympathy for the underdog.

"The thumb print shows an inner toughness. She works hard, copes well with stress and hates to lose. A degree of stubbornness and secretiveness is indicated by the thumb angle and print, which also show originality. The arched index finger print shows a tendency to repress her own needs to benefit others. The downside of this is that she feels used at times.

"The ring finger loop and whorl show artistic versatility. Clear major lines show a fair degree of artistic talent and creative inspiration.

"The heart line shows a kind person with strong emotional drives. An upset (mayb a broken love affair) shows early in life. A later, strong marriage brings emotional and financial security.

"The head line shows a love of words - she is a stickler for detail. She has a detailed memory and sees justice as a mission.

"The life line shows successful career and relationship matters and a need for family life. She has two children. The fate line shows high aspirations, and steady and continuous achievement."

Sue Berryman is head of the colleges department at the lecturers' union Natfhe "On the personality traits it seems very accurate. I am energetic and have good health, I can cope with stress. Helping the underdog, judging human nature and having a detailed memory are all qualities I would identify with. And you can't be a negotiator unless you are persuasive, so that rang true.

"I do tend to suppress my own needs, but more at home than at work. I would like to think I'm artistic but I've never really developed that side of my personality.

"I don't think I'll marry again - maybe the broken love affair was my marriage, but as it lasted 27 years I don't think so. I have four children. Food and cooking and having the family round is a big part of my life so that's all pretty accurate."

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin.Email:

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