After months of gruelling training 15,000 runners will be pounding the streets of Reading today. Some will be raising money for charity, others try to beat personal records and some will just be hoping they can make it around the 13.1 mile Reading Half Marathon course without any drama. Despite worrying warnings of snow and ice from the Met Office earlier in the week, the run is thankfully going ahead, with thousands more people turning out on roads in Reading, Berkshire to cheer them on.
I've just looked back at the pictures of my meal at Namaste Kitchen and, while the food is far from pretty, my mouth is already watering. I can honestly say this is the best meal I've eaten in Reading. My husband and I visited on a Wednesday evening, just as it was starting to snow so it was bitterly cold outside and we needed some warming up. Despite glowing reviews from Edible Reading, I was slightly alarmed by how empty it was.
People in Wokingham are some of the happiest in England, according to a new index. However, Reading, Berkshire is falling far behind its neighbours, with Bracknell and West Berkshire also rating highly in the table. The Thriving Places Index assesses three main categories - local conditions, sustainability and equality - based on 48 separate indicators including health, education and work to see how well councils do at creating conditions for people to thrive.
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".