Orchids are notoriously the cause of passion and crime and their protection is among the closest in the plant world. That hasn't always been successful, but it has worked with the wild Lady's Slipper orchid which was thought to have become extinct towards the end of the First World War. As so often happens, given the relatively small number of people who knowledgeably look out for such things, it was then rediscovered - in 1930 at a site in the Dales which remains secret.
Mud, rain and battles with the authorities have all failed to stop Glastonbury: it has endured them all and carried on regardless. But it seems the humble toilet has put paid to the festival – for one year at least. The cost of portable lavatories has emerged as the reason for the festival taking a year off in 2012. Huge demand for toilets – and police – at the London Olympics decided the issue for Michael Eavis, the Somerset farmer who founded the festival.
I've just been invited on to BBC Radio Leeds to celebrate the 30th anniversary of breakfast TV with my Guardian colleague Martin Kelner. The reason being that he has written elsewhere that I am the man who saved TVAMOld men forget. But Martin's kind invitation gradually brings it all back; two weeks in the summer of 1983 when even the Sun was nonplussed that a Guardian journalist giggling nervously on the infamous sofa was the elixir for the beleaguered station. Beleaguered was the word.
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".