Palm Friday

13th October 2000 at 01:00
Palmist and occasional Ofsted inspector Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers by their palms. We let him read between the lines Large, wide hands denote high energy levels. He is an independent thinker with a strong streak of good old-fashioned values. Sober, but with a strong ego.

A traditional dresser who likes an audience, he has a sarcastic streak and a tendency to over-sensitivity. He is calm in a crisis. A large thumb ball suggests a love of food, wine and debating. Skin pattern suggests a vegetarian, or childhood allergies.

Unusual patterns below the head line indicate an inspirational writer, good at championing a cause. He likes the outdoors. The ring finger whorl translates as teacherly and gifted in exposition. He loves to study social sciences.

The major lines show a good problem-solver. Many minor lines show a love of luxury and a need for security. He has a good car, or maybe a bike - this man is eco-conscious.

The heart line indicates a passionate man with a strong and enduring partner. He may have had a change of diet recently but is prone to weight gain.

He needs intellectual stimulation, plans in detail and is not afraid of conflict. He should be more outspoken as he has leadership qualities.

Life line and fate line show someone healthy, enthusiastic and motivating. He doesn' suffer fools gladly and makes lasting attachments. Fateline shows a career in establishment circles. A change in fortune or career at age 50 allowed more freedom and travel.

Phil Willis is the Liberal Democrats' education spokesman This is highly accurate - high energy levels, independent thinker, strong ego, traditional dresser, likes an audience. And I do have a strong sarcastic streak and am over-sensitive.

I do love good food, wine and debating. I'm not a vegetarian and I have no allergies although I had glandular problems as a child. And I love the country.

Social sciences were my subject as a teacher. Home security is important to me and I have always liked sporty cars - I drive a Honda Prelude. I have a bike and an organic garden.

I have been married for 26 years, I plan all my speeches meticulously and I thrive on conflict.

I don't suffer fools gladly and I do form strong attachments - my best man, whom I have known for 40 years, and I went walking together last week. I entered Parliament at 55, which meant more freedom and travel. I am prone to putting on weight - I spend a lot more time sitting down since I became an MP.

I did have ambitions to be leader of the LIberal Democrats but it was not to be.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin.Email:

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