Let me begin this month’s column in praise of the East of England Co-Op and its public-spirited decision to support free car parking in the town. The provision of free parking unquestionably helps to support the many small independent traders in Harleston, for which the town is well known. However, it is also the case that the parking isn’t actually free in the widest sense; the car parks still have to be maintained and kept clean and tidy.
There is now widespread recognition that our housing market doesn’t work properly. Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford a place of their own. The very title of the government’s own White Paper – Fixing Our Broken Housing Market – acknowledges the problem. The Right to Build Task Force has been set up to implement the new Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act, which I steered through Parliament. I am pleased to be working with the new task force as one of its ambassadors.
It will come as no surprise to readers that Diss has long-standing problems with road infrastructure that need addressing. This is especially true of the junction at Victoria Road and Vinces Road. Anyone sat waiting in traffic at the Vinces Road junction can be forgiven for wondering whether things will ever get any better. In fact, over the years, there have been several bids for funding to upgrade the junction, but, so far, without success.
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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
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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".