While most of the country was enjoying festivities over Christmas, James Dunn and his mother were sifting through hundreds of pieces of paper. The former City analyst at RBC and co-founder of a funeral price comparison website had recently completed an exhaustive survey of the 800-odd funeral directors around the country owned by Dignity, one of Britain’s biggest providers.
Ten days ago executives from Carillion gave a presentation to almost 200 people in London. Held at the offices of Clifford Chance, a law firm, in Canary Wharf, it was a crucial meeting. The company had been under financial strain, had issued a profit warning six months earlier and was now asking banks to put millions more into the business as part of a restructuring plan. After the meeting Keith Cochrane, the interim chief executive, had reason for optimism.
Poor Sir Vince Cable. Was it only on Friday that the Lib Dem leader was springing heroically into action — and from the Sainsbury’s car park in Hampton, no less? Within 90 minutes of the news that Melrose had launched a £7 billion tilt at GKN, the MP for Twickenham had fired off his press release, explaining he’d be writing to the business secretary, Greg Clark, “asking him to intervene and ensure this damaging takeover does not happen”.
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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".