You might already be thinking about what costume to send your little one to school in for World Book Day on March 1. Hundreds of children across Merseyside will be taking part in the annual celebration of reading and it’s a good chance for you to get a bit creative. If the thought of making something from scratch brings you out in a cold sweat, don’t worry - you don’t need to be an expert seamstress to put together something impressive.
Later this year, new legislation will come into effect which changes the way we look after our children, drive and even smoke. The next 12 months will see plenty of changes - some of which, we're sure, you've probably already heard of. We've already taken a look - and these are the laws it's imperative you know about over the course of 2017 - and, more importantly, how they are set to impact your day-to-day life.
A worrying number of motorists underestimate the amount of time they need to wait to drive after drinking alcohol the night before. Road safety charity Brake found that one in five drivers admit to driving the morning after drinking heavily the night before, reports the Liverpool Echo. We would never even think about getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, but some people believe they’re all right to drive if they’ve been to sleep. However, the reality is that they’re still way over the limit.
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".