‘I have always been a dog person,” people say. “You just are, aren’t you? You’re either born a dog person, or not.” Sometimes, that’s not true. We were dog people, and then we were not dog people. Our first dog was, scientifically, the best dog in the world – Christmas. “I called her Christmas, so you could have Christmas every day,” Dad explained, mistily. She was half-collie, half-spaniel – round as a barrel, silky, black with a honey and clover face and bib.
One of the most underrated ways to be a parent – and, let’s face it, all ways of being a parent are underrated; there’s no automatic OBE for getting stitches in a second-degree tear, and it’s all downhill from there – is watching trashy TV with your teenage kids. With certain kinds of parenting, letting your children watch TV at all is seen as sloppy.
Why am I dressed up here, in the pages of The Times, as Sir Winston Churchill, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Baroness Thatcher? Well, partly because it’s enormous fun. I’ve learnt that, to be Nicola Sturgeon, you just have to make your mouth very small; that my Churchill is half-statesman, half-insurance dog – I spent most of the afternoon going, “Defeat the Nazis? Yes yes yes yes” – and that, in many ways, Margaret Thatcher’s look is simply Rizzo from Grease, 30 years on.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".