What do you get when you cross two prostitutes of a certain age with a videocamera? A vlog like no other, of course, capturing the daily lives and adventures of Amsterdam’s oldest and certainly most colorful ouwehoeren or “old whores,” as they call themselves. Louise and Martine Fokkens are 75-year-old twins who dress alike, finish each other’s sentences, and gush about a collective century of experience as sex workers in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District.
Like many cities, Amsterdam dresses up during the year-end holiday season. Throughout town, sparkly fairy lights and seasonal decorations illuminate buildings, bridges and streets. A giant Christmas tree presides over Dam Square. Weekend markets scented with the heady aromas of glühwein and oliebollen attract holiday revelers. On Museumplein, tourists join locals at ICE Amsterdam, an outdoor skating rink in the shadow of the stately Rijksmuseum.
Few folklore heroes have inspired as much controversy as Sinterklaas and his energetic helpers, the Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes). Based on St. Nicholas of Myra, patron saint of children, sailors and Amsterdam (among other things), Sinterklaas is the forerunner of North America’s Santa Claus. Like Santa, he’s an elderly gent with a mane of white hair and a flowing beard. He comes from far away, wears a bright red outfit and bears gifts for good children. But the similarities end there.
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".