You could be forgiven this week for thinking there was nothing more important going on in the world than the unveiling of semi-nude photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. On one side of the world, our future queen kept a never fading, gracious smile fixed for the cameras, as her nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific came to an end. On the other, her lawyers, magazine editors, media commentators and every one in-between had their say on the rights and wrongs of publishing the now infamous topless snaps.
There's been an awful lot written about women's bodies recently. What with the endless articles devoted to Kate's boobs, the revelation that the 'average' woman spends 17 years of her life on a diet, not to mention the ongoing political battle about who gets to decide when she keeps or doesn't keep her unborn child. All in all, that's a lot of column inches devoted to fatness, thinness and everything in-between. No wonder we're all so f*cked up about our figures.
The Huffington Post UK's very own Carla Buzasi was named Online Editor of the Year at the prestigious Online Media Awards
Thanks to smartphones, Twitter and a team with a good, old-fashioned nose for news reporting, not only did we manage to track and follow the story, we quickly became the source of information spreading out across the web, radio and TV stations. At a time when social media is getting a bad rap for spreading mis-information, Twitter - or more correctly the journalists using Twitter - proved that when combined with traditional methods of reporting, it can also be one of the best way of updating and correcting as you go, instantly adding to the story as more information becomes available.
Britain might be in recession, or on the brink of it, or just recovering from it, depending on which economist/s you're inclined to believe, but that didn't stop the nation reaching into its collective pocket on Saturday to have a flutter on the Grand National and FA Cup Semi-Final. According to the bookies, nearly half the British adult population will have had a flutter of some kind this weekend, with nearly £300 million placed on bets. The £1 I threw into the office sweepstake suddenly seems rather miserly, although as someone who grew up obsessed by ponies and practically weaned on National Velvet, the thought of a woman winning this year's race meant there was even more reason to tune in. If we are a nation of gamblers, we are also a nation that loves to moan. Let us count the things that have collectively upset us this week.
This week, hundreds of the globe's greatest brains descended on Oxford for the Skoll World Forum, which annually celebrates social entrepreneurship, and this year set out to discuss how we can seize momentum to drive change. As I mingled with other attendees over drinks in the Ashmolean museum, I was asked repeatedly by non-Brits, "what's the big news in the UK right now?". I found myself, much to my embarrassment and their hilarity, attempting to explain what a pasty is, and why the entire country is talking about them, and then why our newspapers are covered in photos of queues of cars outside Esso garages.
Today I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost UK Sport, the latest channel on our ever-expanding site. With London gearing up for the Olympics and Euro 2012 only a few months away, it couldn't be a better time for us to add Sport into the mix of topics we cover. Being British, we fully expect there to be plenty of footie written about in our blogs, however, we're also aiming to be a destination for niche sports, where everyone from synchronised swimmers to curling champions can debate the merits of their favourite pastime with other dedicated fans. In keeping with this wide range of sports, we have a real mix of voices from different walks of life blogging for us today, including Lord Coe on the Olympics, Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet on cycling, and Kevin Cahill - founder of Sport Relief alongside Will Carling and Andy Murray.
Across the world today we celebrate the 101st International Women's Day. Back when it started, women didn't have the vote, didn't have equal pay and certainly didn't have the freedoms we currently enjoy, but it's unfortunately as relevant today as it was then, and here's just a small example of why. 24 hours before International Women's Day and I'm at the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference. An event designed to 'examine the most pressing issues and opportunity' in our changing media landscape, to 'debate what the future holds for digital media'. Before I've even arrived, Twitter kindly informs me that of the 42 speakers appearing during the two-day event, only one is a woman.
Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post UK, has said that tax breaks for local newspapers are not the answer
It's not every week that you find yourself part of the news you're usually reporting, but on Wednesday, rather than watching the Leveson Inquiry, I was in front of it instead. Leveson (the inquiry, not the man) is one of those strange soap operas: an almost perfect concoction of sombre celebrities, humble and not-so-humble newspaper editors, criminal action and, at its very heart, an investigation that could yet change the face of the media landscape.