A hundred years ago, on November 20 1917, a Mark IV tank christened Deborah was emerging from the shelter of the village of Flesquières, northern France. The battle named after nearby Cambrai had roared into action at 6.20am that day. Unsure exactly where he was, the tank’s commander, 2nd Lieut Frank Heap, from Blackpool, had stopped the vehicle and, with his driver, got out to take bearings. The two moved a little way from the tank. As they did so, Deborah was hit by five German shells.
I stared Dorothy straight in the eyes. It’s not her real name but it’s close enough. If she is reading this, she will be in no doubt. I mention her not only in a spirit of revenge but also as a cautionary tale. Holidaymakers often seek to stay with friends or family abroad. It saves money - a wonderful thing when sterling is in the doldrums - and can be terrific. It can also be appalling. Dorothy stayed with us for four days. Previously, I had not seen her for 35 years.
My challenge was to go to Bordeaux and not think about wine. I don’t mean “not drink wine”. That would be like going to Melton Mowbray and not eating pies. I mean “not think about it”. In 30 years of visiting the city, I’d not yet managed that. Wine had always been the thing: tasting, analysing, discussing, writing, judging. Yes, judging. Some of those medals you see on bottles once resulted, in part, from my vote. That indicates just how phenomenally reliable the whole wine competition process is.
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".