Each day I am inspired by the story of JK Rowling and Harry Potter as told by tour guides. As I work in my atelier in Covent Garden, London I, along with each tour guide’s enthusiastic group (who always stop outside of our bow fronted window) listen to why they come to be in a very old tiny mews with gas lighting that was the genesis of Knockturn Alley. And why am I inspired? The guides tell their story in many different languages of defiance and belief and this resonates with me.
At 12 years old, Dr. Gina Posner found herself at a ritualistic pig killing in Indonesia. Her parents enjoyed traveling abroad and took her to the small province of Papua where she witnessed the killing of three pigs, during a ceremony meant to honor a local person who had recently died. After the incident, Dr. Posner eliminated pork from her diet and by the age of 18, she had dropped meat altogether. Today, she is raising her two young girls as vegetarians.
The final week before Christmas can be a stressful time; thereâ€™s those last-minute gifts still to buy, mountains of wrapping to be done, final decoration to be hung and groceries to be brought. But the festive period is the perfect time to experiment a little and to help you get into the festive spirit weâ€™ve compiled a list of our most favourite holiday cocktails. So, take a load off this week and enjoy a Christmassy tipple while you fiddle with your tinsel!
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".