For two decades money raised by National Lottery players has been re-invested in local communities and national projects to the tune of an eye-watering £32billion. Anyone who has ever bought a National Lottery ticket has helped to combat homelessness, tackle the stigma of mental health illness, inspired filmmakers, kept museums open and parks appealing.
As The Huffington Post has expanded around the world, I have used this space to introduce each of our new international editions. But none of the announcements I've made has had as much significance for me personally as what I have to share today: the launch of The Huffington Post in my native Greece.
This is a political and economic scandal, not to mention a human tragedy. And progressives should be saying so. But the left in the UK has ceded all the Eurosceptic terrain to the xenophobes and the "Little Englanders", to Ukip and the Tory right. We were wrong then. Let's not be wrong now.
While no human rights treaty is more widely ratified than the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and while governments are required to report on their compliance on children's rights once every five years, little is done in practice to end the violation of children's rights. It is time for an International Children's Court.
We live in a contingent world and do not have the luxury of choosing our friends; we share a seat with anyone who offers. And we must never lose our focus on the individual amid the complexity of the global.
Nigel Farage describes himself as a "radical", but how radical can he be with his two new MPs hailing from one of the big three parties? Ukip's newest ex-Tory recruits are canny operators, dragging the party towards the centre as their price for carrying its message into the House of Commons.
You shouldn't be able to get rich because you bought a house for a pittance in 1974 that's now, all of a sudden, worth a fortune. Property in the UK today is a lottery that doesn't sell any tickets to the poorest. That's unfair, and, mansion tax or no mansion tax, it ought to change.
I started my journey to publicise the book in New York. Everyone tells me they love New York, to me it's a gang rape on the senses. I want to confess war crimes after being kept up all night listening to trash trucks clanging. I took the subway late one night after a show, waited two hours for the right train and witnessed bedlam; feral people were howling like wolves...
A car and driver are outside to take us to the convention center, so we head out. We arrive a few minutes early and are led by security through the convention center floor. On the way, I spot the stage where I'll be speaking and the attendees who are already seated and waiting for my appearance to begin...
It's time for a break, an adventure. Time to trek up a mountain and feel tiny and insignificant. Time to lay under the stars and watch the sun set and rise. The everyday beautiful things that we take for granted because we're eyes down, focused on career, money and the next big opportunity. Time to refresh the brain and get some fresh perspective.
Dying isn't a decision, and the fight for survival is not a fight, where the more pugilistic are destined to win. I think of Sunny now with her rosary beads, as I last saw her - staunchly convinced that her God would show her mercy. But it doesn't matter how relentlessly optimistic you are - just as it doesn't make any difference how many chia seeds you eat.
For a spectator, the atmosphere is remarkable but if you haven't been to a race before, the idea of betting can be slightly daunting. With the winter racing season firmly underway, the next big race is the longest running partnership of its kind and an institution within the British horse-racing circuit, The Hennessy Gold Cup...
What is it about the senior entrepreneur that is so oxymoronic? Surely an older person is the most likely candidate to invent bifocals. I doubt that many 20-somethings (today as much as in the 18th century) have ever stopped to consider the greatness of a lens with two distinct optical powers.
There are some parenting mistakes you make time and time again. Taking them out for a meal and expecting not to get indigestion. Assuming they heard you the first 10 times you asked them to put their school shoes on. Expecting them to have a two-hour nap as you have loads to do...
The nights are drawing in, temperatures are dropping and many of us are starting to feel less energetic - I know I am! Fatigue is something we all struggle with at some point in our lives, and dealing with it regularly can cause real distress - particularly when despite your best efforts, you just cannot seem to improve your tiredness levels.
Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind....
The problems that men and boys face can potentially impact any one of us. Losing a loved one to suicide or cancer; or seeing a man we love suffer as he struggles with addiction or unemployment or separation from his kids, isn't a situation any of us would choose.
It is a national scandal that over half of the families living in poverty in the UK are now working households, and if the Government wanted to tackle the problem of in-work poverty they would legislate to put an end to such exploitative employment practices.
This International Men's Day, don't take it for a joke, think about the men in our society who face real, life-changing issues every day of their lives and feel they should suffer in silence. They'll be your fathers, brothers, colleagues and best mates, and they need your help.
In some ways I have remained evangelical but sustained by liberal querying and exploration. I have formed good partnerships with evangelical colleagues and in my own church which have enabled successful collaborations. However, I have not gone back to the evangelical places of my youth...
I've heard horror stories of hotels who are blackmailed by guests into getting a discount or otherwise they will receive a bad review, and those who get bad reviews find that it does impact their business. No great shakes if you're the Hilton maybe, but for a small business owner it can be devastating.
To the paparazzi who took it upon themselves to get up in Solange's face for the money shot, the one where the panic-stricken newlywed is being covered up by her sister, Beyoncé, in the back seat of a car? I loathe you and your total disregard for her privacy. l refuse to acknowledge the grainy photos that highlight her discomfort, because, you know what? It's mean.