Walking along the Trongate in Glasgow my eye was caught by a makeshift sign with an arrow pointing up an alleyway. Underneath the arrow were the words: “Britannia Panopticon, open this afternoon, 12-5.”The alley was dingy and malodorous. It led to an unpromising doorway that led to an even less promising staircase. After two flights there was an unpainted chipboard door. I admit I hesitated. A less auspicious overture was hard to imagine. But what a show inside.
There is no sign of Adrian Wiszniewski’s trademark floppy-haired young men on his new and largest ever canvas in Glasgow Times photographer James GlossopIn a studio high above Glasgow’s Trongate, Adrian Wiszniewski shows me the painting he is currently working on. At six metres long it is his largest ever work on canvas and is unlike anything he has done before. Wiszniewski is best known for pictures of languid youths in dreamlike gardens lush with flowers.
Those of us in middle age are advised by doctors to do crosswords and sudoku to keep our brains alert. Tests of mental agility are the best way to keep cognitively nimble, we are told. I have an alternative strategy. Read a newspaper. Turn on the radio and listen to the news. And try to get your head around the three-dimensional chess game otherwise known as Brexit.
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".