So what lesson do we take from a week which appears to have been written as part of a spy novel? May I suggest that kowtowing to brutes and bullies is no way for the UK to behave… and that Brexit is no excuse for doing so? Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are poisoned with nerve gas while residents of quiet Salisbury try to go about their business. Emergency staff, innocent workers who rushed to their aid, fall ill. A policeman ends up in intensive care.
Scotland’s landscape will change in a small yet seismic way on Thursday. It will happen outside an underground station at Glasgow’s Govan Cross, near the bus station. The site is appropriately ordinary, a place ordinary people go about their lives, travelling to and from work, heading back and forth between their safe, warm houses - things that ordinary people have the right to take for granted.
I’ve just lost my sister. You’d think I’d get used to saying that. I’ve had to say it so often over the past few weeks. But it still sticks in my throat. My big sister Linda passed away while my mum, my brother and I sat by her bedside. We hope she knew we were there. Yet we also want to believe she wasn’t aware of what was going on. And we tie ourselves up in contradictory consolations and struggle to find comfort in any of them.
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".