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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 still harbours an ambition to be the world's best

Ashes 2013: Monty Panesar’s career in tailspin as Sussex show him the door

Spinner goes on loan to Essex for the rest of the season

Carnaby: One swinging street, 100 years of fashion

It wasn’t just hip in the 1960s. Carnaby has been synonymous with cool for a century, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Monty Panesar

England bowler Monty Panesar joins Essex on loan from Sussex

Spinner joins for the rest of the season

Gaming reviews: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist; Charlie Murder; The Drowning

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

The footage emerged shortly after police in the South American country said Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly had already confessed to attempting to traffic around 6kg of cocaine onto a plane bound for Madrid.

British women 'forced' to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Peru face court

The pair claim they were ordered to smuggle the packages containing cocaine at gunpoint

Eydie Gorme and husband Steve Lawrence performing together in 1974

Eydie Gormé: Singer who formed a formidable pop partnership with her husband, Steve Lawrence

In the UK, the husband and wife team of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé are best known for a succession of pop hits during the late 1950s and early 60s – but for many years, they were among the leading lounge acts in America and did much to preserve what we now call the Great American Songbook.

Get me out of here - Upmarket Lisbon, sailing the Ionian, seeing Senegal

NOW: For an upmarket escape this month, Kirker has three nights at the charming As Janelas Verdes hotel in Lisbon for £635pp. The deal includes easyJet flights from Gatwick, transfers, breakfast and a 48-hour Lisboacard. Kirkerholidays.com

Troy Deeney celebrates scoring against his boyhood-club Birmingham to give Watford a 1-0 win (Getty Images)

Transfer news: Watford striker Troy Deeney emerges as a shock target on Tottenham radar

Andre Villas-Boas is interested in the 25-year-old with Jermain Defoe likely to leave White Hart Lane

The footage emerged shortly after police in the South American country said Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly had already confessed to attempting to traffic around 6kg of cocaine onto a plane bound for Madrid.

'We were given no option': Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly say they were 'forced' to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Peru

Police say Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly informally confessed to attempting to traffic drugs onto a plane bound for Madrid

Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood wants to 'disappear and hide' following collapse of his marriage

Paul Hollywood has admitted that he is "upset and sad" about the collapse of his marriage - and that he might have been happier if he had not become famous.

Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra have a son

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood: Egomania and TV fame was recipe that killed my marriage

Baker reveals his sadness at separation as new series hits screens

Brendan Rodgers and Luis Suarez

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers opens door to Luis Suarez Liverpool return - but insists he must learn from his mistakes first

Reds' boss wants Suarez back with the squad once he has fallen back in line and insists Liverpool aren't fighting a losing battle in their attempt to keep him

Five-minute memoir: Philip Hoare recalls being catapulted into a world of punk and rebellion

'I was about to be admitted to a place out of my dreams and nightmares'

Pearson College

History: Pearson College is part of the Pearson family, the owner of the Financial Times and Penguin. The college began delivering its first course, the BSc (Hons) in business and enterprise in September 2012.

Drink and dribble: 21st century club etiquette

Don't be 'that' person in a club. The wailing drunk mess doesn't do any favours, least of all to attitudes surrounding club manners...

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