I can’t live without a dog, and two years ago, a month after the death of our last one, my wife Lucy and I got Gussie, a cockapoo, from kennels in South Wales. He’s quite stubborn, but a marvellous companion and keeps me company when I’m in the sitting room of our five-bedroom home. We’ve lived here 30 years and this room holds so many memories of my family, as well as having a lovely view of the surrounding countryside.
Actress and comedian Meera Syal, 56, is best known for the series ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, which she helped create, and as the granny in ‘The Kumars At No 42’. She is married to Sanjeev Bhaskar, and has two children. What is your earliest memory? Walking through a cornfield with my dad in Essington, the mining village where I grew up. What sort of child were you? From quite a young age I would line up all my toys in our back garden, tell them stories and make them act out plays.
We’ve lived in this four-bedroom house for nearly ten years, and this room is my haven because the sun streams in first thing in the morning. These two photos are of me with my brother Tim, the comedian, and my sister Sonya who’s a painter. The one at the top was taken at our home in Cheam, Surrey, in 1970, the year Sonya was born – I was five at the time – and the one below was taken about ten years ago. I’m pleased to report that nearly 50 years on we all get on really well.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".