Here's another sign the UK's housing market is beginning to suffer: the number of homes bought and have fallen to their lowest since October last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, just under 97,000 homes were sold in June this year, down from 100,270 in May, figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) showed today. The housing market is being hampered by lack of supply, with rising house prices making homes less and less affordable.
Feeling a touch bleary-eyed this morning? That's not surprising: it turns out Britons are the worst sleepers in the world. A survey by Avia Health found almost four in 10 Britons don't get enough sleep, compared with 35 per cent of Irish people, 34 per cent of Canadians - and just seven per cent of Indians. The survey found those aged between 35 and 44 were the worst insomniacs, with over half saying they don't get enough sleep. That's compared with just 27 per cent of over-65 year-olds.
London is now in the bottom five of the UK's largest 20 cities when it comes to house price growth, new figures have shown. Prices in the capital have grown just 2.9 per cent in the first half of the year, putting it just ahead of Newcastle, where prices have grown 3.6 per cent, but below Glasgow, where price growth was 4.1 per cent.
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".