Set in 1785, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock tells the story of Jonah Hancock, a widowed London merchant and ship owner. Hancock is a decent, unassuming man trying to earn a living and perhaps one day find a happiness that could fill the void left in his life by the death of his wife and baby son. One night the captain of his ship returns from a long voyage not, as Hancock hoped, with a nice fat profit, but with the news that he has swapped the ship, lock, stock, and valuable cargo, for a mermaid.
A few years ago I went to New York in early January. It was below freezing and snowing, and while it was fun to see the city for the first time, it was kind of miserable to walk around. Your toes can only handle so much freezing snowy slush! This year, I was so excited to ditch the cold and head somewhere with a little more sun; CABO! It was my first time to this part of Mexico (and my boyfriend Brent’s first time out of the country! ), and it was more beautiful than we could have imagined.
If you enjoy a drink, there are many words you might associate with sobriety. “Blessed relief” might be the reaction of anyone doing dry January after a heavy Christmas. Your next-door neighbour may see not drinking as a boring fate worse than death, but wherever you are on the sobriety spectrum, one word you probably don’t associate with it is “joy”. So Catherine Gray’s book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, makes for, well, sobering reading.
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".