The news that Big Ben, the bell that chimes from within Elizabeth Tower by the Houses of Parliament, will soon be silenced has been viewed in some quarters as positively apocalyptic. “Symbols matter at times like these – Big Ben should keep chiming,” spluttered the Telegraph. The hammers that strike the 13.7-tonne bell will be locked while the tower and its clock undergo maintenance and refurbishment, to protect the people working on it.
The main ingredient in the BBC’s new cooking competition show seems to be hugs. And the main giver and receiver of those hugs is Nadiya Hussain. At one point Zoe Ball, Hussain’s co-presenter in The Big Family Cooking Showdown, puts an arm around her; Hussain hugs the contestants, they squeeze her back. After winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Hussain’s rise has been as swift and sweet as a fairy cake’s – we gobble up her other shows and her books.
One Monday evening in January 2016, a Cambridge student came out of a meeting looking pale and shaken. He was Julian Sutcliffe, a history student at Peterhouse and veteran quizzer (he had been on a University Challenge winning team). That night in Cambridge, he was acting in the Jeremy Paxman role at quiz practice, questioning teams from several of the university’s colleges who were about to appear on the TV show.
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 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".