CORPORAL Rod Breavington was a Northcote policeman when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941. He resigned immediately to join the army, aged 38, ending up in a workshops engineering unit of the 8th Division in Singapore. Then all hell broke loose - Singapore fell to the Japanese - and an extraordinary series of events led to Breavington becoming the first Australian executed by the Japanese in World War II. Acts of courage and strength characterised his last months.
Anne Hamilton-Byrne's notorious Melbourne cult, The Family, has been hit with legal action by a survivor in a bid to probe the group's shadowy finances, compensate victims and remove the dying leader's legal guardians. The action, which begins in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Tuesday, is the most significant development in the cult's 50-year story since Ms Hamilton-Byrne and her then-husband, Bill, were extradited from America to face charges in Melbourne in 1994.
My friend Mike had a heart attack and died in November. He was the same age as me. We were thousands of miles apart - he woke up in bed then died in Spain while I was picking one of my sons up from school in Bentleigh. Mike was 46. Maybe he had already turned 47. It doesn't matter … after the things we did together and the things we learnt, all that matters in relation to him and I is that he is gone forever and the world is different now. Was it love? Probably, yes.
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".