From an ethical documentary maker to a home-grown workwear business, we spoke to some of the standout brands at this year’s feel-good craft festival. Build your own bike, wear clothes made to last or eat chocolate sourced directly from an indigenous tribe in Peru. Today the most interesting brands don’t just sell products – they sell ideals and a particular way of life.
Jonathan shares this report from the first Island Forum event. EdThe Island Independent Association staged the first Island Forum Meeting, ‘The State of the Island Debate’, at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Wednesday 6th September. The event was a great success, attracting nearly 100 people who heard from speaker Martin Young and then engaged in active discussion and debate about the issues that face the Isle of Wight.
Now in its fourth year, The Good Life Experience festival is a carefully curated response to consumerist fatigue. “We’re not about wooly jumpers – we’re about people taking traditional crafts and making them into something that’s relevant in 2017,” says Charlie Gladstone, co-founder of The Good Life Experience festival. “We’re one of the foremost places now where really good craftspeople can come and demonstrate their work.”Gladstone’s confidence seems well-placed.
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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
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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".