Remember when you were a child and relatives sent you money in birthday cards, just because you were you? Imagine that happened every week. Every Friday morning the government handed you £150 to spend however you wanted. Why? Because you’re worth it. This is the basic premise of the universal basic income, an idea that has been around since the days of Thomas Paine and which will be trialled this year by the Scottish government in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and Ayrshire.
Iam a sucker for those slim volumes they keep at the till in bookshops in a not very subtle attempt to squeeze a few more quid out of you. You know the kind of thing: an essay by George Orwell on the power of language; a meditation on the joys of book-buying; a short story by that novelist everyone is talking about. They’re like the chocolate bars you find strategically placed at children’s eye level in supermarkets.
A few months ago I sat in a Glasgow pub trying to console a distraught 70-year-old man who had tears streaming down his face. I was interviewing Peter McDougall, the screenwriter whose work includes Just Another Saturday. He was recalling the savage beatings he received at the hands of his mother when he was a child in Greenock. Six decades on from the abuse, McDougall was still at the mercy of each blow. “She f***ing battered me,” he said.
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".