History is complicated. Prince Albert usually gets the credit for introducing the Christmas tree to Britain, though it would be truer to say that he popularised a custom pioneered in royal circles 40 years earlier by Queen Charlotte, the German wife of George III. In 1800, she erected a yew tree covered with baubles and fruit in the middle of the drawing room at Queen’s Lodge, Windsor, where it delighted the children considered good and grand enough to have been invited to her Christmas party.
Like millions of others, I first saw the Houses of Parliament in the picture on the HP Sauce bottle, fondly remembered because the label also introduced us to our first words in French: Cette sauce de haute qualité est un mélange de fruits orientaux, and so on. The idea that this sluggish brown condiment subtracted from the dignity of a great institution didn’t occur to me until much later. The sauce seemed to me a fine thing that, as promised, enhanced the flavour of ragoût and poisson.
Britain isn’t yet an industrial wasteland. The traveller on the train from St Pancras to Yorkshire can certainly see evidence of abandoned production: the water-filled hollows that once supplied Bedfordshire’s brickworks with clay; the distant outlines of the great airship sheds at Cardington, built when that mode of travel had a future; the eroding embankment of a mineral line that once took ironstone from the Northampton quarries to the smelters at Scunthorpe.
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".