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An ageing musician suddenly developed loss of hearing, pain in their wrists and high blood pressure. He went to see a palm reader who told him he was soon going to die. He made changes to his lifestyle, more exercise better diet and within some months the symptoms ceased. A friend who knew he disliked fortune tellers asked why he sought one out earlier. He answered that clairvoyants like music critics often bring out the best in me because they tell you things as though they are all knowing – which is hilarious. So if they say something flattering it reminds me how foolish I would be to believe them but if they say something about my dire circumstances it is like commanding all of my most rebellious genes to organize and concentrate. Enjoy the pleasure of proving them wrong.

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