Charming success: The 15th international worm-charming championship in the village of Blackawton, Devon, was won by a team called "Bulls of Silver" who lured 79 worms from their 12-square-foot patch of earth in 15 minutes. The record, set in 1989, is 149 worms.

Pi man: David Thomas, a fireman from Yorkshire, broke the British record for memorising the digits of pi when he successfully recited 22,500 digits in Halifax at the weekend. The world record is 42,195 digits, set by Hiroyuki Goto of Japan in 1995.