We need to talk about Elizabeth. There’s a conversation taking place in secret – in rooms just off the corridors of power – about what happens when Her Majesty The Queen dies, as all must sadly do. “I can’t talk about this publicly,” one of those involved told me a while ago. “We’re not thinking about what happens next. It would be improper to do so while the Sovereign is alive.
'I was always nervous,’ admits Melvyn Bragg, despite having interviewed some of the smartest and most impressive people on the planet during 40 years of The South Bank Show. ‘I always am, even now.’That’s an incredible thing to hear from a legendary broadcaster who also happens to be Lord Bragg of Wigton in the County of Cumbria, and recently named as a Companion of Honour to Her Majesty. But the nerves before an interview are often so bad he flees to the toilet to pull himself together.
Come and say hello at one of the following live events, you’ll be most welcome. Belfast, Wednesday 7 February at 5.30pm. Talking about The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away at No Alibis bookshop, 83 Botanic Avenue, BT7 1JL as part of the 4 Corners Festival. Eastbourne, Friday 9 February at 7.30pm. Full premiere of The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away as a live presentation. The Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Rd, BN21 4EF. Tickets on sale now. Bloxham, Saturday 17 February at 10am.
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".