Would someone who earned £365,000 a year – that’s about €415,000 – spend his days and nights glued to a screen, gambling huge amounts of money on the William Hill betting site? Most of us would think it highly unlikely, but not, apparently, staff at the bookmaker. Ignoring money-laundering and problem-gambling regulations, they allowed one punter to deposit the astonishing sum of £541,000, or €613,000, in their machines over 14 months.
The biggest surprise about the weekend reports that Tesco is secretly planning a cut-price chain to rival Aldi and Lidl is that it’s taken Britain’s biggest retailer so long. It was over 25 years ago that Aldi set up shop in the UK, opening its first store near Birmingham in the Midlands in 1990. It entered the Irish market nine years later.
British retailers have a long history of making a hash of overseas expansion, from Tesco’s costly foray into the US with its now defunct Fresh & Easy chain to Marks & Spencer’s disastrous takeover of preppy clothing retailer Brooks Brothers and B&Q’s failed attempt to conquer China. But it works the other way too, and the acquisition of the Homebase do-it-yourself chain by Australian retail group Wesfarmers must rank as one of the worst retail deals ever.
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".