The great thing about travelling is leaving your life behind. But sometimes it can bring you back to life discovers our columnist. The call came as I walked back from the beach, pushing a bicycle I’d rented for the week. I was on a narrow strip of road with long grass growing on the edges, and on my left was a rice paddy and a water buffalo and beyond it a small house with red walls. When I go away I tell my family not to call should anything bad happen at home.
A wise old man, who has seen a lot of the world, gives our writer some timely advice. I was sitting with my Uncle John, telling him about my trip to England. Uncle John is 101 and has travelled the world. He has seen the sunrise over Pacific islands and watched the Northern Lights ripple and crack in the Arctic sky, and he likes remembering sights grand and small, and the smells and sounds of the places he has been, and the feel of the wind or the sun or the snow on his skin.
On a hot summer’s day, our columnist finds the coolest place in the city. It was Piano Day in the Borghese Gardens. I don’t know if Piano Day is a regular thing or if I was just lucky to stumble across it on a baking summer’s Sunday last month.
@ProvinceFan His bullying and his cowardliness in bullying someone so powerless, and his smugness about it enraged me, and so I allowed myself to swoon into the equally smug pleasures of self-righteousness. So that was my day.
@ProvinceFan I do regret doing it publicly, to be perfectly honest with you, but judging from the private messages I'm receiving from people who know him, I doubt a private reach-out would have yielded much, so that leaves me with the option of doing nothing. Maybe not a bad option, but still
@ProvinceFan Sorry, man, I make it a policy not to engage with anonymous twitter accounts. I know I already have, but my dander was up a bit. If your pal wants to take me to court and argue that he would have behaved like that if the minimum-wage worker was white, he is welcome.
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".