The first time I heard about Joy Lofthouse, the Spitfire pilot who spent World War Two flying supply planes for the army, my friends and I were having the worst summer of our lives. My friend John was in hospital, awaiting chemotherapy, and I was sleeping in his bed. I slept in his bed because his girlfriend, Ella Risbridger – who wrote about the experience for The Pool in a series of lipstick and poetry columns – is my best friend.
Bathrobes have haunted the press as sexual allegations against famous men continue. The only thing left to do is to demonise the bathrobeIf there’s anything we’ve learnt over the past few weeks, it’s that it’s dangerous to put things on pedestals. It is dangerous to assume that, because something seems cosy and familiar, because you have so much knowledge of it culturally and because it has been a reassuring presence throughout your life, it is safe and without suspicion.
It’s been a busy week. Not just for the news – I’ve not had a chance to look at that, but from what I gather, we can no longer trust any famous or sort-of famous man over 50. I mean for me, personally. But, news aside, my ladmin – my life admin – has been through the roof. I had to cancel my PureGym membership, because who the fuck was I kidding with that thing, and that involved a series of complex steps that ended with me screaming “I WANT TO QUIT THE GYM!”, Chandler Bing-style, into the abyss.
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".