ome weather was coming; you could feel the skies ready to burst on Wednesday. Fortunately, I had a way to cool off. I’d learned to crawl and breast-stroke in the Northwest Arm, back in the days when Halifax kids did such things. But unlike many people who had grown up here, I had never actually gone swimming in Halifax Harbour, even though it is the geographical centre of the municipality and our reason for existing as a European settlement. I always theoretically wanted to take the plunge.
I know why I still get off on the Oxford Theatre, I said to myself lining up there the other day. I can remember those Saturday afternoons: Chronicle Herald paper route done, hockey sticks and ball gloves stowed away. Maybe, if it was the junior high years, we’d have finished gently tormenting the waitresses over milkshakes at the Ardmore Tea Room. In my memory, though, this was always the best part of the wondrous day.
John Simmons just sees this city more vividly than you or I. His pleasure is palpable driving south on Tower Road through a section of road coolly shaded by tree canopy. Halifax’s urban forester also likes what he sees heading east along Regina Terrace, past the lindens and maples, the Kentucky coffee tree, and, most of all, the spectacular, centuries-old red oak that has survived a major, recent household renovation.
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".