I once interviewed Ricky Martin and he told me he’d just been backpacking in India and had totally blended in. “Really?” I said, dubiously. For I, too, had been recently been backpacking in India, and most of the men had been Indian and 5ft and had moustaches, rather than being absolutely massive and Ricky f***ing Martin. I just couldn’t believe he hadn’t stood out, somewhat. Whether he had taken his clothes off and gone dancing in the rain or not.
Why aren’t the dads helping? Bloody dads. This week, we learnt that fewer than 1 per cent of those eligible are exploiting new rules which allow them to share parental leave with their other halves. Mums, good old lovely mums, are spending months at home, probably wearing Breton tops, blissfully spooning green goo made of peas and — hang on, pears? Really? — into their babies’ mouths, and dads just aren’t. Nick Clegg, who fought hard to let them, will be terribly upset.
Bromans may be the stupidest thing I have seen on television. Yes, I know that’s a high bar. It’s The Crystal Maze meets Love Island, but confines itself to the stupidest bits of each. It’s a show about couples, but they periodically pretend it is mainly about the men entirely so as to justify the “Bro” bit. It is presented by a man called Roman Kemp, of whom I am supposed to have heard, apparently solely because he is called Roman. This show wasn’t even dreamt up on the back of a napkin.
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".