It's 5pm in late October but it's still lovely and warm, so this indulgent aperitif is rather refreshing. At the end of a long day visiting ancient temples, ampitheatres, cathedrals and fortresses, nothing beats relaxing on the terrace with a cocktail. It was so very different to how I imagined cruising to be. I had visions of thousands of passengers elbowing each other out the way to get to the breakfast buffet. Voyages to Antiquity is altogether different.
Early last Wednesday a beautiful bright pink baby girl arrived and her mum, my wonderful little sister Nicole, named her Valentina Elise. To say I was honoured is an understatement. She’s perfect. A much-loved surprise third baby who hadn’t featured in her parents’ plans but welcomed with pure joy. In the days before the swim I checked the forecast every 30 minutes hoping the weather gods would smile on us for the cross-Solent to the Isle of Wight for Samaritans.
I finally invested in a ‘proper’ swimming costume for my big swim to the Isle of Wight for Samaritans. My two-piece outfit didn’t cut the mustard with my fellow swimmers. They were aghast that after weeks of training I still wasn’t in a practical all-in-one. I know it’s bonkers and a charity swim isn’t a fashion show but at least with a flattering 1950s-style bikini you can pull things in and push things out where you need to.
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".