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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.

Transfer news: Lewis Holtby could leave Tottenham Hotspur after less than a year

German midfielder could be on the way out at White Hart Lane

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, on loan with Rayo Vallecano, in action against Real Madrid in August

Transfer news: Manchester United monitoring Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez after Phil Neville spotted in Spain - reports

The United coach was seen in the stands during Rayo Vallecano's 1-0 victory at Getafe

Eddie Irvine: F1 driver sentenced to six months in prison over Milan bar fight

Irvine is sentenced to six months behind bars in an Italian court

Juanita Moore: Co-star of 'Imitation of Life' whose touching, understated performance heralded a breakthrough for black actresses

The 1950s was a transitional decade for black actresses in Hollywood. Though good roles were scarce, in 1952 the death of Hattie McDaniel, Hollywood's favourite Mammy, coincided with Ethel Waters' bravura performance in Fred Zinnemann's offbeat drama The Member of the Wedding. However, though Waters' top-billed role was acclaimed by the critics, it was one of her last. A few years later, when the producer Ross Hunter remade the 1930s melodrama Imitation of Life, he considered Waters for the challenging role of Annie Johnson, Lana Turner's maid and confidante, but by then the actress was considered a has-been. It was the film's director, Douglas Sirk, who recommended Juanita Moore for the role.

Phil Everly dead: World mourns younger of US rock and roll duo The Everly Brothers

Everly died in California following complications from lung disease

Tall order: impressive canal-side buildings in Amsterdam

My life in travel: Sally Boazman

'Amsterdam has gorgeous architecture, endless canals and friendly local folk'

The conversation: Environmental activist Laurens de Groot on running from seal clubbers and why you don't mess with Russia

Sea Shepherd would aim to scupper missions by any means, whether it was throwing foul-smelling acid or sinking ships. At what point did you join?

The coastal resort of Mombasa is popular with tourists

Kenya: Grenade attack on Mombasa tourist nightclub leaves 10 injured

Area police chief says 'it cannot be anything else but a terrorist attack'

Corey Anderson celebrates after scoring the fastest century in history

New Zealand's Corey Anderson blasts fastest century in history of one-day internationals

Corey Anderson hit the fastest century in one-day international history for New Zealand against West Indies in Queenstown. The 23-year-old all-rounder took just 36 balls to reach three figures, beating the previous record of 37 by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi which had stood for 17 years.

Fortune was at his best in the Long Johns' sketches that poked fun at authority

John Fortune: Comedian and author best known for collaborations and sketches that poked fun at the powerful and self-important

John Fortune was the comedian and satirist best known for his work on the long-running television comedy series Bremner, Bird and Fortune, together with fellow comics Rory Bremner and John Bird, that ran for 16 series from 1999 to 2010.

DJ and radio host Pete Tong has been awarded an MBE for his services to music and broadcasting

Pete Tong 'proud' to be honoured with MBE

The DJ was awarded the honour for his services to music and broadcasting

Jack in the box: Jack Colback fires in the second Sunderland goal in injury time at the Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2 match report: Jack Colback stuns hopeful Cardiff with late leveller

Cardiff were cruising at 2-0 up but two goals in final stages gives Sunderland a share of the points

Asamoah Gyan

Transfer news: West Ham confirm interest in former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan

The Ghana international could arrive at Upton Park on loan

'young Britons, often in packs, go out to get thoroughly, blindingly and often violently drunk'

Northampton left reeling by exposé of binge drinking - courtesy of the New York Times

Young Britons, drinking in packs, often end up 'gloriously incoherent', according to The New York Times

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