A lot has changed in rugby in the last 20 years, but some things remain the same. This was evident in Dublin last Sunday. Glasgow were in the match for almost 20 minutes. Then they were right out of it. In that opening quarter Glasgow’s Ali Price was buzzing and full of vim; but it was his opposite number Luke McGrath who was named man of the match. Well, we’ve always known that in attack a scrum-half is dependent on the quality of ball he receives.
Alan Parks’s first novel comes festooned with praise from a number of writers of Tartan Noir. This will understandably encourage many to buy it. John Niven, himself a bestselling novelist, says it’s “taut, violent and as close as you’ll get to 1970s Glasgow without a Tardis.” He adds that Parks is “a natural successor to William McIlvanney”. Well, every man to his own opinion.
When I remarked last week that injuries come in training as easily as in matches, I was thinking of Stuart Hogg’s damaged hip which caused him to limp off the field during Scotland’s warm-up for the Test against Australia. Yet, soon after I sent the column off came word that a weight had fallen on Zander Fagerson’s foot in the gym with the result that he will miss most, if not all, of the Six Nations. Troubles for Scottish props seem to come in battalions.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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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
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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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".