Philip Pullman has finally chopped off his ponytail. The novelist (71 today), whose final book in his best-selling fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials was published in 2000, had decided, out of superstition, that he wouldn’t cut his hair until he finished his second trilogy, The Book of Dust. He’s cheated a little: the series isn’t all at the publisher yet but instalment one will be in readers’ hands today. Platitudes such as “highly anticipated” and “long-awaited” don’t do it justice.
In Greek mythology, Philomela was a Princess of Athens who was raped by her sister’s husband, King Tereus. He wanted her silenced, so he threatened her. When she wouldn’t stay quiet about what he had done, he cut out her tongue. Then he hid her away. Today, monster moguls — whether in Hollywood, business or the media — have a new tongue-cutting method. They call in the lawyers. Gag orders and confidentiality clauses are the rich man’s “get out of jail” card.
A tights firm hit out at Transport for London’s advertising rules today after it was forced to cover up part of a model’s back in a campaign image. Heist Studios, which launched its first advertising campaign on the London Underground this month, was told by TfL’s agents to add a bandeau top to its image of a dancer leaping through the air in a pair of tights. The model is facing away from the camera and no part of her chest is visible in the shot.
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".