First, a touring update, if I may. I’m going to make this the ‘last call’ for our Grand Expedition of Great Britain tour. If you’re thinking of coming, please let me know in the next very few days. Any later and I literally will not be able to get hotel rooms for you. This is a true ‘tour’ in the sense of having a substantial traveling component – truly in this case, the journey is more than the destination. And, what a journey it is.
First, an exciting update on our 2018 touring schedule. I’ve now put up the dates and details for our New Zealand ‘Epicurean Extravaganza’ tour, running from late October through mid November. With a bit of care and belt-tightening on my part, I’ve managed to keep the price the same as it was two years ago, $2995 if we get 20+ people joining, and slightly more for smaller numbers. I love this tour, because it goes to all my favorite places in New Zealand.
This week has seen the annual tech lovefest take place in Las Vegas, with over 180,000 people from more than 150 countries getting together to buy and sell the latest in tech gadgetry at the Consumer Electronics Show. First held in 1967, CES has become the place to see and be seen, although there are always a few strange holdouts. Unsurprisingly, Apple shuns the show, even though, many years (but much less so this year) their products and competitive responses to them dominate.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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