Mining accidents, such a regular part of life in industrial communities in decades gone past as to provide perfect plot twists in modern-day novels, became headline worthy again this week due to the tragic events in Swansea. I'm sure I wasn't the only one somehow naively expecting a repeat run of the jubilant scenes played out in Chile almost exactly a year ago. If only real life ran with such Hollywood-perfect endings. Calls for an enquiry have already been made, while Neath MP Peter Hain is appealing for donations to help the bereaved families of those brave men who lost their lives.
The Times on Saturday described Keira Knightley as 'the cinema equivalent of Marmite'. Whether you admire or admonish her acting skills, editors seemed united about one thing this week: the British starlet makes for a rather more glamorous front-page photo than the riot splashes and Libya pictures of August. Seemingly starved of upbeat, positive things to write about, the British press looked to Venice this week and its A-list-littered film festival. Not, of course, that every article filed from the red carpets was positive.
As I type this, the British government has just pledged to financially support the International Committee of the Red Cross as it steps up essential help for those injured during Libya's week of conflict, with aid for up to 5,000 wounded, along with food and household essentials for another 690,000. The announcement comes as a quiet reminder that in amongst the headline-grabbing images of rebels waltzing their way round Gaddafi's glitzy mansion, this uprising, like the others that preceded it across the Middle East and Africa this year, this has not been a conflict without horrific casualties.
The riots may be long gone, but the aftermath still dominated the front-pages this week, as the nation wrung its collective conscience and pondered whether harsh sentences that made an example of the guilty would dissuade copy-cat activities in the future. For thousands of sixth-form students, however, the only stats worth knowing were the percentages of those successfully making the grades necessary to secure them their first choice of university. With student fees set to rocket next year, unsurprisingly record numbers of would-be undergraduates were fighting for one of the coveted uni places - or just fighting to get a connection to the UCAS website, which crashed under the collective weight of the clearing scrabble.
Today, we launch HuffPostUK Universities & Education, not just to give those undergraduates a place to make their voices heard, but also the naysayers. I'm well aware paying for all those students costs the country dear.
When Arianna and I first started talking about launching HuffPostUK, in my infinite wisdom, I promised there was absolutely no point launching before September and "there'd be nothing to write about" during the summer.
It arrived on my desk at work yesterday. A shiny red envelope addressed to 'Carla Buzuki'. And so it begins, a lifetime of people misspelling, mispronouncing and generally misunderstanding my surname. It could be worse.