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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.

James Robertson deserves praise for stepping up to the plate

Review: The Professor of Truth, By James Robertson

As the 25th anniversary approaches, James Robertson is the first British novelist to tackle the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist outrage

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton?

Hugh Broughton's moving castle

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton? Cooler, as in designing Antarctic bases capable of withstanding temperatures of minus 55C and winds that surge to 100mph, and keeping researchers comfortable for the nine months of the year that they are marooned at their research bases without any prospect of flying or shipping out.

What's the point of keeping up with technology?

Stop worrying about buying the latest smartphone, says Eleanor Doughty. You're only going to lose it...

East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

UK prepares to bask in the hottest days of the year but rain and thunderstorms also expected

Temperatures will reach a high of 26C today and could hit 30C tomorrow

Diablo III set a new record for the fastest-selling PC game ever, clearing 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of release

Diablo III confirmed for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3

New versions to be released on September 3rd, RRP of £49.99

The Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955-1958, By Ronald Blythe

The great chronicler of East Anglian life returns to an era of hope and harmony

Review: NOS4R2, By Joe Hill

Like father, like son, like motorcar

Giro d'Italia: Stage 19 cancelled due to heavy snow

Italian Vincenzo Nibali is the overall leader of the race

Utility giant SSE made £410.1 million in the 12 months to March

Bitter winter sparks 28% profits rise for energy giant SSE

Energy giant SSE pocketed a 28 per cent profits boost as UK households turned up their heating to keep out the bitter winter weather.

(l-r) Phoebe Aldridge (LUCY MORRIS), Roy Tucker (IAN PEPPERELL), Hayley Tucker (Lorraine Coady) in The Archers

The Archers 'does not compete with EastEnders' for sensational storylines

The Archers' outgoing editor Vanessa Whitburn has denied that the drama has been competing with soaps such as EastEnders for sensational storylines.

The world's longest lift-served ski run, the Vallée Blanche, descends for 22km (13.6 miles) into Chamonix

British skier falls to his death near Chamonix in French Alps

A British skier has died after plunging more than 3,000 feet while tackling a famous off piste glacier in the French Alps.

If you're a lag on the lam, head for Chelmsford

We might have chosen the wrong town in which to film if we were looking for upstanding citizens

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Summer may be near but residents of Cornwall and Devon wake up to snow and winds of 65mph

The 'fairly unusual' weather for May left thousands without power and winds of 65mph

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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