They say you are never too old to learn something new. But I exceeded my wildest expectations when I achieved a Distinction in my Grade 3 ABRSM Viola exam just 10 months after taking up the instrument. It all started when inherited a much loved but well-worn viola from an old family friend. Even though I had learned the piano as a child and sung in choirs I’d never played a stringed instrument before. But when I opened that battered case, a sad forlorn viola seemed to call ‘learn to play me’.
The thrill Ken Mills experienced when he pulled back the bow and let the arrow fly was palpable. “It was such good fun,” says the 72 year-old. Most participants at Grove Place had never held a bow before, let alone tried archery. “There were about 30 of us, most pulling a bow for the first time,” says Mills, who owns a two-bedroom flat at the LifeCare Residences retirement village near Romsey in Hampshire.
A retirement village can breathe new life into old bones, offering a fresh start – and an increasing number have even had this treatment themselves. The most charming and characterful of developments are often those with a past life: an old abbey, a former theatre, an abandoned school or a grand home with a catalogue of famous owners.
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".