The agreed national line on the royal wedding is: "Good luck to the youngsters, I hope they're happy, but I'm not very interested." That is what everybody says. The engagement was announced to a roar of benevolent apathy. I have encountered neither republican fervour nor royalist excitement since this whole thing began, only a vague and indifferent goodwill.
All I seem to be doing at the moment is arguing about Adam Johnson. I bickered about him over dinner at a friend's house. I rowed about him in a poker game, where it's bad form to have a difference of opinion about anything other than the likely outcome of a sporting event.
Christmas is upon us and normal rules are suspended. This is not a column so much as a Yuletide story. So settle down by the hearth, dear readers. Butter yourselves a crumpet, pour yourselves a glass of something warming and prepare yourselves for a tale of twists and turns, shadows and deceit, plotting and revenge.
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I'm not going to the WSOP this year. From the looks on some friends' faces when I say that, you'd think I was announcing I was starting treatment to become a man. Not horror, not disapproval, just total surprise. I've been to Vegas every summer for the last five years.
At the end of the article below we described Roland de Wolfe as "the first player in the world to win a hat-trick of titles on the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas" but he is actually one of two people with this considerable achievement.
Last week at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid, I gave some advice to an opponent on the final table of the €500 women-only tournament. She was a likable young Greek player who had won her seat in a satellite on the PokerStars website and I suspected she hadn't played many live events.
Does God want you to be a spin doctor? If so, tweet the Archbishop of York immediately. Dr John Sentamu has posted on his Twitter page: "I am seeking a director of communications. Is God calling you?" It would be very unexpected of God, and very modern, to use His holy voice to summon a director of communications.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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
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".