OPINION: Author and comedian David Downs shares his experience with cancer in this series 'A mild touch of the cancer'. Since I wrote my last column, there seems to have been a major outbreak of hay fever. I don't know how else to explain it – many people I see now get a bit sniffly and teary-eyed when they talk to me; they must be pollen sensitive. They look at me strangely too – I imagine the dust is playing havoc with their sinuses – and ask me how I am holding up.
OPINION: Author and comedian David Downs shares his experience with cancer in this series 'A mild touch of the cancer'. I had this week's column all plotted out in my head; I was going to tell you all about how I'd started my stem cell transplant with a new chemotherapy called BEAM. Maybe make some 'Beam me up Scotty' references, get a whole Star Trek theme going. But no, my cancer has had other ideas, and instead it's Cancer Wars 3 – Return of the Tumour.
OPINION: Author and comedian David Downs shares his experience with cancer in this series 'A mild touch of the cancer'. I feel like I am living two separate lives at the moment, like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Only one of them was evil from memory and I don't think I am evil – but then, do evil people know they are evil? They probably think they are quite nice and approachable and that incident with the axe was just a misunderstanding.
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".