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I remember what else I meant to mention. When I was standing around in Euston station waiting for my train back up here, I saw a Church of Scientology preacher, for the first time in my life. It was a very haggard and miserable looking guy, and he was mumbling incoherently. Say what you want about those wacky Scientologists but you have to respect their truth in advertising on this one.

I contemplated going to engage him in conversation for the humour value, to pass the time before my train came, but then I remembered the maxim "do not debate with idiots: they will bring you down to their level and then beat you by virtue of greater experience". Plus, Scientology scares me.

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I encountered Scientologists for the first time on my trip to Hollywood (of course). My friends wanted to go down to the red carpet – it was Oscars weekend – and one of Scientology's churches (?) was right across the street. I kept trying to get over there so I could pop my head in just to say I'd done it, but my friends wouldn't let me. Probably a good idea, come to think of it.

I ended up in the hospital the next day – coincidence, or something sinister? – and two days later was moved to a room with a view of a giant, bright blue, genuinely hideous-looking church with a cross on it. I thought maybe it was some strange rite Catholic church, but on the way out, I discovered it was a Scientology church. And there were about 7 others right in the same neighborhood. It must've been an entirely Scientologist neighborhood or something, because I've never seen that many churches from the same religion clustered so closely together.

I guess none of this is all that interesting, but for someone from a Catholic and Jewish area who isn't normally exposed to this stuff, it was notable.

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