Why is Dún Laoghaire so desolate, my friend wonders as we head down George’s Street on a late summer’s evening. Swimmers are bobbing in the waves at high tide at Seapoint. There’s a sky and seascape out there to gladden the heart. Yet this strip has the feel of the coastal towns of Kent where I spent my student days. Fun is happening elsewhere. We’re stirring the Complan and brushing Digestive crumbs off the antimacassars. But then we step into a bubble of un-Dún-Laoghaire.
In a world where matt lipgloss exists it’s easy to feel we’re hurtling towards peak nonsense. Snow-blindness and tone-deafness set in as we’re jabbered at and sold to at every turn. When a quiet news nanosecond breaks, the futurologists of food tell us that dinner is done. The old French restaurant model – starter, main course, dessert – is withering on its ancient vine. Small plates are the future, coming to the table in an order decided by the kitchen, not the diner who’s paying for them.
The new monks of Clondalkin have arrived. Converts form an orderly queue. Twin brothers, Stephen and David Flynn, are the brains behind The Happy Pear, the Greystones food phenomenon taking over the food scene one mung bean at a time. They’re the Jedward of food, emojis in human form with two best-selling books, a Youtube channel and a fanatical following. For two men who swear off refined sugar, their public persona verges weirdly on an eight-year-old jacked up on pick’n’mix. With added yoga.
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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
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".