It’s been a year since Dad died. This Christmas just gone was strange, my first without either parent. Last Christmas Dad had been in the care home, and we’d worried about how it would work out, though in the end things passed off smoothly enough. A quiet few days marked by visits from each of us in turn, the skirting around any mention of bottles of Scotch, the giving of a plush new dressing gown he’d never wear.
“Don’t mess with me, don’t hurt my babies,” Tracey Thorn threatens on Sister, a nine-minute disco jam, that’s mindful of the kind recorded by Grace Jones with Sly & Robbie at Compass Point in Nassau. “I’ll come for you, you’ll find you’ve bitten off more than you can chew,” she admonishes. Thorn, the former Marine Girl and one half of duo Everything But The Girl, is on fine form.
It never stops being exciting hearing yourself on the radio. Often, for me, that means walking into a shoe shop where “Missing” is playing. I don’t notice at first, as I’m too busy concentrating on looking for an ankle boot with a zip, but then I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and I’m metaphorically sniffing the air, thinking, “What is it? I detect something, but what? Where? Oh, it’s me.”At the moment, though, I’m having the joyful experience of hearing something new on the radio.
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".