In the street where I live no one yet owns an electric car - because there are no driveways on which to charge them. Indeed nearly a third of car-owners in the UK have no off-street parking, as they live in a flat or a terraced house. Public charge points are not always an option either; even in big cities the nearest facility can often be a 20-minute walk away. It is a problem the government is doing its best to tackle, but the pace of change is slow.
As many as 245 members of the public have lost an average of £55,000 each, after falling victim to a series of pension scams. Among those who lost money was a couple from Hereford, who invested in a firm producing "truffle trees". Four people who ran 11 dishonest schemes have been ordered to pay back £13.7m they took from their victims. The High Court ruling followed an application from The Pensions Regulator (TPR).
Commuters returning to work this week found themselves paying the biggest rise in train fares for five years. Some, like nurse Nicki Weston, said they would be looking for new jobs outside London, as the journey was no longer affordable. Her experience underlines the dilemma for every commuter in south east England. How can you move out of the capital to find cheaper accommodation, but without paying a fortune in fares, or spending hours on the train?
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".