Few realize it, but the man who made Johnny Cash a superstar lived quietly in Victoria for years. That was Saul Holiff. Long forgotten by most, the music manager’s career recently gleaned international notice, thanks to Nanaimo journalist Julie Chadwick. The author of The Man Who Carried Cash (Dundurn, 392 pages), she has been interviewed by Fox News, Britain’s Daily Mail and other global news outlets.
When the former communications boss of the B.C. government told friends he was writing a book, many assumed it would be a tell-all exposé. Not at all, replied author Ron Norman of Brentwood Bay, who in 2011 left his $200,000-a-year job as head of the Public Affairs Bureau. Slouching Towards Innocence (Now or Never Publishing) is fiction. Although any similarities to real-life events are not entirely coincidental.
Nothing is duller than hearing about someone’s vacation. Unless it’s your own, which is invariably fascinating. With that in mind, here are a few observations about my recent trip to France and Spain:
In Europe, everything is essentially the same, but different enough to make things confusing. I found myself in an almost perpetual state of befuddlement. At our place in Spain, I couldn’t figure out how to operate the sliding doors to the balcony.
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".