A small fortune has been paid to Z-list celebrities for turning on Christmas lights across Britain. Bosses at hard-up councils spent at least £171,000 on so-called stars. Four-figure sums were given to reality TV contestants, soap actors, former pop stars and kids’ TV characters. Blackburn with Darwen Council paid X Factor 2014 winner Ben Haenow £6,500, pop duo Phats and Small £2,500 and CBeebies presenter Mr Bloom £2,500 – hiring all three acts as part of its £50,000 Christmas programme.
Apart from their celebrated visual-art holdings, many museums double as vital concert venues, providing live music across a broad span of styles. Here is a short list of concerts you won’t want to miss this season. Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Cross your fingers for another unseasonably balmy evening — when NOLA icon Toussaint sings “Southern Nights,” just one of his timeless hits, you’ll want to feel it both inside and out.
In March 1965, The Rolling Stones undertook their first European tour. Last Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, with 74-year-old Mick Jagger continuing to defy nature by dancing up a storm for a full two hours, the band kicked off its No Filter Tour, its 18th invasion of the continent, reports Britain’s Mirror. This new 14-date tour runs through the end of October, wrapping with the band inaugurating the new 40,000-seat U Arena in Paris with trio of gigs.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".