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Last month’s news that the Inchindown oil storage tanks in Scotland have entered the record books as the man-made structure with the longest echo – a resonating 112 seconds – is very largely due to the author of this book. Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, embarked on a quest to find not only the longest echo (or more correctly, reverberation) in the world, but also the noisiest, the quietest and even the most musical places around the globe.

Pietersen: 'How stupid would I be to hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw?'

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen furious over tale of the silicone tape

ECB demands apology from TV station after batsman is accused of trying to cheat Hot Spot

How can he spin this one? Monty Panesar collared by police for urinating in public

Panesar given a fixed penalty notice after it was reported he urinated onto doormen at a Brighton nightclub

Ruby Wax will invite an audience of 150 people to sit on hay-bales

Oxfordshire festival invites you to live in the NOW

A festival intent on ridding us of the myriad modern-day distractions that stop us from embracing the fullness of the present moment will use unconventional artistic methods to cajole audiences into “mindfulness”.

Man about town: Whoah! We're going to Ibiza

It's truly an island of extremes

People hold signs as they celebrate the Italian Supreme Court's sentencing of Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi, in front of the Cassation building in Rome

Humiliated ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi rages at Italian court that declared him a tax fraud

Former premier faces community service or house arrest after judges uphold jail term

Sir Anthony Bamford has donated £5m to the Conservative party

'Money is polluting Parliament' as line-up of new peers includes major business donors to major parties

New peers could cost the taxpayer about £1.2m, plus travel and other expenses, leaving PM with awkward questions over promise to cut cost of politics

James Palumbo, nightclub founder

Page 3 Profile: James Palumbo, nightclub founder

So they’re installing disco lights in the Upper Chamber?

Diageo’s luxury brands mask Guinness slump

Britons are splashing out on upmarket spirits like Ciroc vodka — a favoured tipple of Prince Harry — even as Guinness sales struggle, the world’s biggest drinks company said today.

Inverdale says he was interested in the reporting of sport from an early age

Colin Murray, John Inverdale, Alan Shearer: Which BBC pundit irritates you most?

Imagine you have been offered the position of BBC Director General for a single working day. Filling your in-tray - dozens of CVs, a few latent scandals, and the latest in ongoing pay disputes. But one burning desire fills your mind. (No, there won't be time to commission that ideal period drama). There will be time, however, to give your least favourite BBC sports presenter a dressing down - so, prepare your best Sir Alan Sugar impression, who's it going to be?

UK bars are increasingly joining the Russian vodka boycott

No equal rights, no vodka nights: gay clubs boycott Russian imports

Popular British gay bars and nightclubs have joined a global boycott of Russian vodka brands following allegations of human rights abuses by Vladimir Putin’s government.

Grint in his eye? Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is to make stage debut in Mojo.

Ron finds his Mojo: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to make stage debut as pill-popping gangster

He might have hit the big time as a character more likely to pop frogs into his mouth than pills, but Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is set to make his theatre debut as a drug-addled gangster.

Teenager who killed policeman with one punch detained for three and a half years

PC Chris Findley was walking home after a night out when he was knocked down in 'unprovoked attack'

Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant is denied access to the United States for the second pre-season in a row

The midfielder's previous criminal convictions mean that he'll have to remain in the UK while the rest of the squad head off on a three-match tour of America

Man About Town: Lobster is everywhere and these crustaceans couldn't get any cooler

This mass-marketisation of one our most highly-prized foods is now in evidence

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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style