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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.

Monty Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide as Alastair Cook looks on

Ashes 2013-14: Opportunity knocks for Monty Panesar to revive career following retirement of Graeme Swann

Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

Grace Dent on TV: Lucan, ITV

Another great Lucan mystery: how could ITV make this story so boring?

Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

Foxlow/Rextail: Restaurant reviews - It's behind you!

It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay wants to make three new signings in January

Cardiff could dismiss Malky Mackay today after he misses press conference following Vincent Tan 'resign or face sack' ultimatum

Tan has already expressed his unhappiness at Mackay's public admission that he wants to spend more money in January but assistant manager David Kerslake appeared to address the media this morning

Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party

The Gunners' squad are given the night off to celebrate their Christmas party in style

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Oakland: San Francisco's cooler cousin

This is an insulting account of Oakland's history. How about the shipyards that produced the ships that fought in the Second World War? Or the rise of the Black Panther movement that put Oakland at the centre of the political unrest of the late Sixties and Seventies?

East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

My Life in Travel: Rachel Khoo

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

Adrian Sutil has been confirmed as a Sauber driver for 2014 after he was replaced at Force India by fellow-German Nico Hulkenberg

F1: Adrian Sutil confirmed as Nico Hulkenberg's replacement at Sauber after Force India exit, dealing another blow to Paul Di Resta's hopes

Straight-swap for Sutil and Hulkenberg with Di Resta battling with Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin and current driver Esteban Gutierrez for final seat with the Swiss team

Last year, an average of £7.80 went on wine, beer and spirits brought from the off licence or supermarket

Stay-at-home drinking and socialising on the rise as Britons avoid paying premium of being served food or drink in pubs and bars

Going for a coffee is now the third most popular leisure outing beating attending a concert or hitting a night club, according to study

American student 'attacked in Cambridge by thugs who thought he looked like Harry Potter'

Quinn Coan, from LA, was attacked by a group of men laughing at his university gown

Life's a beach: 'fingers' on Playa Brava

A big hand for Punta del Este

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', discover Uruguay's jet-set beach resort, an Atlantic enclave with plenty of art and culture to explore on the side

Lady Gaga arrives at the Jingle Bell Ball on Sunday 8 December, two days after her performance at Annabel's

Lady Gaga, gig review: 'A proudly ridiculous self-creation'

Annabel’s, London: Gaga proves herself a master of the small club performance during this 150-capacity Christmas party

Luis Veliz, centre, who owns the Fashion Bar Habana, speaks to transvestite performers before their drag show at his cabaret club in Havana

Nightclubs and markets flourish as Cuba slowly embraces capitalism

The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes

Natalie Coleman: The 'MasterChef' winner on pigeons at dawn, animal rights and why celery is the devil's food

'MasterChef' is not a competition; it's an obsession It took over my life [earlier this year Coleman became the third woman to win the competition]. I'd wake up in the night with Gregg Wallace in my dreams, then I'd sit up and worry about what I'd cook next. So I'd be up at 5am, cooking and eating pigeon, celeriac and lentils. I'm a bit geeky and obsessive with anything I get into.

Spree and easy: the Modern Houseboat’s interior

Stay the Night: Modern Houseboat, Berlin

You can dance all night at the German capital's legendary clubs, then retreat to the River Spree, says James Litston

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