Emma Bache

Media Archive

In addition to regular contributions to National television and radio productions, Emma provides handwriting studies for a range of international media companies. A selection of work can be viewed below.

The Telegraph

Blair blames Gates for 'day-dreamer' doodle

By Andrew Sparrow

As Prime Minister, there is no escape from the investigations of Fleet Street's finest. Even a casual doodle by Tony Blair is likely to be examined for what it reveals about his inner thoughts. Except that, it seems, newspapers got the wrong man. Which is what happened last week, when a reporter from the Daily Mirror got hold of notepad jottings from a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at which Mr Blair appeared on a panel with Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bono and Thabo Mbeki.

The Mirror obtained an expert analysis and on Friday it published its scoop, claiming that the jottings revealed Mr Blair as "a bit of a daydreamer hoping for the best". It quoted Elaine Quigley, a graphologist, saying: "He is struggling to concentrate and his mind is going everywhere, but he knows he will get to the bottom of the problems in time. That's Teflon Tony. "The most readable of his doodles are the points that he believes will catch the public interest."

The following day The Times, with its own handwriting expert, claimed that the jottings revealed "an aggressive, unstable man who is feeling under enormous pressure". Another newspaper claimed that the scribbling was done by someone who was "not a natural leader". Which was all quite fun for those involved until Downing Street put out a statement yesterday stating that Mr Blair had nothing to do with it.

Instead, the aggressive, distracted incompetent analysed by the experts was Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder who could make a case for being the most successful businessman the world has known. Downing Street went on: "We look forward with amusement to explanations by a variety of psychologists and graphologists of how various characteristics ascribed to the PM on the basis of the doodles, such as 'struggling to concentrate', `not a natural leader', 'struggling to keep control of a confusing world' and 'an unstable man who is feeling under enormous pressure', equally apply to Mr Gates." In a further dig, the statement went on: "We are astonished that no one who ran the story thought to ask No 10 if the doodles were in fact Mr Blair's, particularly as it was obvious to anyone the handwriting was totally different." Last night the experts, who were all asked to comment on the understanding that Mr Blair definitely was the author, were unrepentant. "I find it very strange to think that it was by Bill Gates as it does not seem the sort of thing that he would do," said Mrs Quigley, who had to be assured that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had backed up Downing Street's version of events.

Emma Bache, the graphologist quoted in The Times, emerged with the best record because she said the script showed "marked differences" from Mr Blair's normal writing. She told the paper: "He is feeling very much under pressure so an obsessive-compulsive nature is coming out, the pressure he is putting on the pen is also quite heavy, which is an indication of stress and tension." Yesterday she said: "From the little I know of Bill Gates, it now makes sense." Nina Ashby, a clairvoyant who was reported in another paper as saying the doodles showed that Mr Blair was "not a natural leader", claimed that she had been misquoted.

This article originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph, January 2005.

Big Brother 2003

The following samples are taken from the 2003 Big Brother book - 'Up Close and Personal'. Emma was invited once again to analyse the handwriting of that years 'inmates'.

Big brother - Handwriting sample 1     Big Brother - Handwriting sample 2

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The corridors of power...

A few weeks ago, The Times signed up a graphologist, Emma Bache, to analyse the handwriting of business luminaries.

It's not as wacky as it sounds. For years, SG Warburg insisted that job applicants submit a sample of their writing for analysis as the final stage of recruitment. The slant of your letters, so they say, can reveal whether you are a compulsive liar, have a drink problem or are suffering from depression.

Bache was sent samples of handwriting without knowing the identity of the author. She summed up her first victim as a no-nonsense, energetic individual, if a little moody at times, who mistrusts woolly thoughts. Why, of course! It could only be Bhs owner Philip Green! A couple of weeks later, Green was ranting and raving at The Guardian for having the audacity to question his company finances.

About the next candidate, she said: 'The writer is extremely adept at persuasively getting others to support them and see their point of view.' That's right: former Asda chief Allan Leighton, who quit to 'go plural'. Subsequent victims have included company doctor David James, and ICAEW president Peter Wyman, who is clearly a far more complex character than many of us assumed. Wyman said Bache was uncannily accurate in many respects.

Not everyone is sold on the idea. One reader wrote in to say that his former chairman had used a graphologist's report to cast him in a bad light, forcing his removal from the company. Few companies would hire someone on the strength of what their handwriting says about them. But as an adjunct to interviews and psychometric tests, graphology may not be such a bad thing. It has a huge following in France.

But then, that's not saying much.

Article by John Ashworth, 11th April 2003

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Blair shows strain as he signs off Commons Leader

Blair Shows Strain as he signs off Commons Leader

This article first appered in The Times, March 18th 2003

Emma Bache, the resident graphologist at The Times, tracks the changes in Tony Blair's signature.

THE first specimen under consideration, the letter to Geoffrey Robinson, sees Mr. Blair in an almost jaunty mood. He's optimistic, he's quite outgoing, he listens to other people. The way he's written it is relatively well balanced and quite speedy.

The real change is when you get on to Ron Davies, because he's become suddenly more aggressive, much more assertive, but slightly depressive. It's as if he's putting on an act of being in charge. He's slightly bending under the weight of it all.

Keith Vaz is approached less aggressively. He's become more resigned and slightly more pathetic.

With Frank Dobson he is very angular, very poised, very matter of fact, quite aggressive, glad to see the back of him. There's no problem here, no emotion: goodbye.

With Peter Mandelson, it's much, much slower writing. He's written it with faltering strokes, a sure sign of someone who's not really sure about what they're writing. The Y is cradling, almost a maternal thing, and he's saying: 'don't go', He's probably had a drink. It's emotional, much more unstable.

Writing to Robin Cook, the Yours is sloping right down then he picks himself up again for Ever. The funny thing is he's never regained the aggression, the assertion, that he had when he was writing to Ron Davies. There's more irritation.

The Yours is bending right down, which is what you do when you're either under stress or you're very tired. The Ever is slightly going up again; he's suddenly realised that he has to get a grip. The Y of Tony is quite foreshortened, and ends in a blob of pressure.

He's certainly more introspective than he was when writing Dear Geoffrey or even Dear Ron. He's definitely more resigned.

Yesterday's signature

With the Yours Ever, you get what graphologists refer to as retracted garlands, with a clothesline effect for the U an the R and the S. It's somebody who is finding it difficult to be themselves. Repressed socially and often, i'm afraid, somebody who you can't entirely trust. They're more cunning; they're not particularly spontaneous.

Extreme pressure comes through in very heavy pressure of the writing, some blobbing of the ovals, the base line of the writing slopes down.

The Yours Ever to Geoffrey Robinson and Keith Vaz was much clearer and it was legible. This is all sham niceness - glossing it over. He feels he's now had to resort to pretence.