We found our rooms down a set of whitewashed stone steps, doors painted the distinctive deep blue of the Greek islands. Inside were bounteous beds, a bathroom bigger than my London garden and a vast sunny terrace perched directly over a slice of beach, flapping with striped parasols and manned by a discreet army of deeply tanned beach boys. But this was not some secret island retreat or an exclusive enclave on the Côte d’Azur.
Pre-parenthood, I never quite understood the appeal of the resort hotel. But five years after my daughter was born, I was begging for an easy holiday with optional childcare and a well-sprung mattress. Enter Chia Laguna, a discreet resort on Sardinia's unspoilt south coast, less than an hour from the capital, Cagliari.
As the bell tolled, the clan gathered, shivering on the stone stairway that leads up to the grand entrance hall of Airlie Castle. The six-year-old bell-ringer and lookout sprinted into position and we lit giant sparklers to create a glittering makeshift archway to welcome my dad to his surprise birthday party - for one night he was to be king of the castle.
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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
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".