Critics of Wagner, Michael Gove once wrote, assume it is for people “who think Norman Tebbit is a lefty sell-out and the Village People insufficiently camp”. It is also a way for Tory grandees to bury grievances. The environment secretary was seen at the Wagner festival in Bayreuth yesterday chatting merrily to George Osborne, who was cast out of Valhalla after Gove betrayed him in the referendum.
What brings about change? Sometimes politicians follow shifts in attitudes in the world around them, and sometimes they lead them. Fifty years ago today the Sexual Offences Act was passed. It partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. A lot has happened in the past half century: we now have same-sex marriage, gay couples able to adopt and a clearly more tolerant society.
The Kia Oval hosts its 100th Test match today but its sporting significance goes beyond cricket. It staged the first FA Cup final and England’s first seven home rugby internationals. Now it is revealed that the ground has another claim on sporting history. The writer Charlie Connelly has found that the Oval hosted an endurance walking event in 1851 in which a Richard Manks covered 1,000 miles in 500 hours, walking round the Oval outfield. The final few laps attracted 3,000 spectators.
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".