Christmas is coming and there are plenty of things to do in Birmingham to get into the festive spirit. Aside from pantos and Santa grottos - and we will bring you all the details of those soon - there's a whole host of Christmas activities across the city. They include markets, shows and concerts, along with so much more. Here's our pick of the ones we know about so far. Check back for updates - as more festive events are announced, we will add to this list.
Baltimore rockers All Time Low are coming to the UK. They're going on a six-date tour including a gig at Arena Birmingham - the former Barclaycard Arena - on February 13, 2018, it has been announced today. Tickets go on pre-sale on September 20 and on general sale on September 22, priced at £32.50It's the band's biggest UK tour to date. All Time Low hail from Towson, a suburb of Baltimore in the US state of Maryland. Their new Back To The Future Hearts tour starts in Cardiff on February 10.
We all know youngsters love the chance to have a sleep-over with friends or family. But chances are they haven't been to one where they can meet a famous astronaut - and see the robot that's being sent to Mars. That's what the National Space Centre in Leicester is offering as part of the celebrations of World Space Week.
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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".