Palm Friday

6th October 2000 at 01:00
Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers by their palms. We let him read between the lines "These are large, wide hands showing an instinctively creative person with high energy levels and an intense personality. Mark is an extrovert with a wacky sense of humour. He can be very quiet and responsible at work but at other times he won't stop talking.

A strong, healthy hand equals a body that recovers quickly after a night at the pub, but one prone to dislocating joints. He likes the countryside and simple pleasures but is frustrated and moody if his freedom is controlled by others.

The thumb-ball shows passionate likes and dislikes. He is contrary and will argue just because he loves it. He likes outward-going people. The thumb print is a double loop, meaning he is sometimes indecisive but able to see both sides of a question. The thumb structure shows a willingness to work hard and cope well with physical stress.

He is practical with his hands (he likes gardening or flowers) and may be interested in martial arts. The major lines show a direct manner - trouble-shooters such as ambulance drivers, firemen or soldiers often display these kinds of lines. He has few minor lines, showing some samaritan tendencies.

The lines mostly point to his ability to apply himself, take responsibility and reach a senior position by his mid-frties. The heart line shows a kindly person who may suffer from strong emotional drives. The head line shows a practical, clear thinker who likes challenges but prefers to be left alone to do a job.

At the age of 26 Mark started a very focused and responsible phase in his life. His fate line shows a change of financial fortunes around 35. A break in the life line shows a life rethink around 42. He may have reached a point of decision regarding work and a hobby may become a main line of work."

Mark Palmier, 42, is a builder. He lives in Tooting, south London "It's pretty good, apart from I've never dislocated any joint and I have no connection with martial arts. He's right about being good with my hands and hard physical work. But I would have thought from my hands he would have been able to tell I was a manual worker.

I'd like to think I am extrovert with a wacky sense of humour. I'm definitely a bit of a samaritan - I always give to charity and try to help people out.

I had my son when I was 26 so that's quite a big thing. I didn't really have a change in my financial fortunes when I was 35 - I was skint before then and now I'm semi-solvent. I don't think a hobby is going to turn into my main line of work- unless I get into some serious drinking!" Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin.Email:

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