all the noise that society makes. Having watched the Conservative Party discuss their Manifesto on TV today, I think the moment may have come for us all to simply take charge of our own lives and enjoy what we have around us... The strange way that politicians keep repeating that they have power to bestow on the people is certainly worth thinking about. Most people simply have power within their own sphere and immediate circumstances and do not think in sociological abstractions. Having survived the recession so far, many are dusting themselves off and looking at creative ways of moving forward. The persistent desire of the Irish media to drive us all demented also continues unabated. There must be some people who find life satisfactory out there. I cannot be alone?