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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.

Signs of the times: Protesters against Mike Gatting’s rebel tour in 1990 were later met with teargas and rubber bullets

The Last Word: ‘Look son, baboons’ – the way it was before Nelson Mandela

Sport helped change things in South Africa even if it has not solved that society’s basic problems

Royal flush: a scene from 'Powder Room'

Stall talk: The arcane rules of chit-chat that take place in the gents'

Nearly 50 years after John Osborne and Arnold Wesker gave the world the kitchen-sink drama, a new dramatic form has entered the fray: the bathroom-sink drama.

Recalled Monty Panesar dropped George Bailey on 10 off his own bowling

Ashes 2013-14: Monty’s antics even manage to melt hearts of Australians

Foolish though Cricket Australia was, it perhaps showed how fondly he is regarded.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 3 December 2013

England dismiss Australia’s attempt to stir up trouble

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Ashes 2013-14: England dismiss Australia's latest effort to stir up controversy

Local paper's claim that tourists face reprimand for bar visit brushed off but Gooch tells batsmen to raise their performance

Alligator Blood by James Leighton

Book of the week: Alligator Blood by James Leighton

Is poker a sport? Well, like many of Great Britain’s medal-winning disciplines at London 2012, it’s done sitting down and there’s a great deal of skill involved, so let’s not quibble. Where it does differ, though, is that you can play it online for big money, which is where a teenaged Brisbane computer whizz named Daniel Tzvetkoff entered the picture.

A message to those who smoke in cars with children - there is no excuse for your selfish habit

If a person chooses to gulp down poisons, that’s their decision. But children, who have no choice, shouldn’t be subjected to smoke in the stuffy, airless environment of a car

Wilfried Zaha has played in four England Under-21 games this season – more than his appearances for Manchester United

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha seeks to use Under-21s game to remind loan arrangers of his potential

Fulham and Newcastle are among those to be linked

Silhouette of clubber dancing Hacienda nightclub

Mad for it? They’re livid. Manchester at war over new superclub Mayfield

Bitter battle fought over future of Victorian terminus and parcel depot, which developers want to turn into 'the biggest' nightclub in the world

Justin Bieber, here performing live in September 2013, left the stage early in Buenos Aires on Sunday

Justin Bieber leaves Buenos Aires concert early blaming food poisoning

The pop star tweeted a picture of himself lying in hospital with an IV drip

Phone-hacking trial: David Blunkett believed someone 'very, very close' was intent on destroying his private life, court hears

The extent of the anger and frustration felt by the former home secretary is revealed in a series of voicemail recordings

Australia full-back Billy Slater will face no further action after he was detained by police following a late-night incident in Manchester

Rugby League World Cup: Australia full-back will face no further action after late-night scuffle in Manchester

The two-time Golden Boot winner was detained by police after the incident which happened following Australia's victory over Ireland

The Weekend’s TV: Fake beards, silly characters...and a family classic is born

Last night on Sky1, a family television classic was born.

Worth a look: David Tennant as Will Burton in ‘The Escape Artist’

Grace Dent on TV: The Escape Artist, BBC1

A great drama... but how about some man-on-man violence for a change?

Clean lines: the rooms have a city apartment feel

Room Service: A city base that thinks it's the business

Ovolo Hotel, Melbourne

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