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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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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions