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THE H FACTOR On the road with


he H Factor auditions were a huge success, thanks to the

enthusiasm with which

members responded, and the clever H Factor website built by our webmaster Jim Ewing. This allowed people not only to choose where and when they wanted to audition, submit their answer to one of seven questions but also to choose the size and colour of their free ‘I’ve Got The H Factor’ T-shirt (as long as it was black...) The first stop on our tour of

Scotland was in Edinburgh where over 40 people turned up. The youngest was 12 year- old Adam, who confidently asserted that he believed "all religions should be taught in schools, along with morality, ethics and basic philosophy". Several members of the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society also came along, as well as celebrants and no fewer than two convenors of the society. The heavily pregnant former convenor Juliet Wilson chose to answer ALL of the questions, and our present convenor, the nattily

be-suited Les Mitchell admitted he didn’t know the secret of happiness, but reckoned he’d found it through the framework that Humanism gives to his life. Because the auditions had been in The Scotsman, The Evening News and The Herald, we had quite a few strangers in our midst as well, who gave us some excellent contributions. Alex pointed out that, as far as he was aware, no Humanist had ever killed anyone for their beliefs, while Jonathan, who chose to answer the question on the best way to find happiness, suggested we shouldn’t look for it at all. "Happiness is here, now," he said, with an enigmatic smile. It all went so well, I was lulled into a false sense of security, which was rudely broken when we turned up at our venue in Dundee the next day to discover we’d been given a room directly below a dance studio where twenty willowy teenagers were stomping out a routine to the slap, slap, slap of the tom-tom. Luckily, the University found us an empty and, more


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