With summer coming to an end and politics whirring back into gear, we'll finally get some more Westminster podcast fodder soon, but for now we're still focusing on trivial things like the end of the world. Tune in below for an interview with a guy who sells nuclear bunkers, an update on Brexit and a dissection of the weird story of Activate, the so-called "Tory Momentum".
Ten weeks on from the Grenfell Tower fire in which at least 80 people died, the official response is still a farce. On Wednesday night a meeting of the Grenfell Response Team with the local community at the Al Manaar Muslim cultural centre showed local residents' ongoing frustration with what one called "this absolute disaster of a response". Grenfell Response is a combination of the council, the police and Public Health England.
Over the weekend, actor James Woods – famous for, among other things, his killer cameos in eight delicious episodes of Family Guy – tweeted a picture of some anti-fascist protesters. The protesters are all ballied up, linking arms, and one of them is holding a lump of wood with a nail through it. The tweet was part of a longer thread of picture tweets attempting to show that "antifa" are violent thugs. The tweet went pretty viral.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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