On many a day the sea off the North East coast looks a forbidding grey - but the pictures taken by diver Paula Lightfoot shows what a colourful world exists beneath the waves. Paula, from Whitley Bay, has been diving for more than 10 years and has been surveying and photographing the underwater world off Northumberland and County Durham. Her findings, along with those of a pool of around 30 divers, are fed into the records of the National Biodiversity Network (NBD).
A new record could be set at the weekend for a work by an artist who started work in the mines of County Durham at the age of 14. The painting by Norman Cornish is valued at £20,000-£30,000 in the sale on Saturday by Tennants auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. The painting is of a street scene in 1950 in Norman’s home town of Spennymoor in County Durham and was previously exhibited at Northumbria University. He became a full-time artist at the age of 47.
All but two of the North East’s 34 Bathing Waters have been rated as either “excellent” or “good.”Every one of the region’s coastal sites passed the water quality standards, Defra announced. A total of 25 of the bathing waters met the excellent standard, seven are classified as good, two as sufficient and none as poor. This compares to 2000, when only four North East bathing waters achieved the standards in place at the time.
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".