The insurance industry faced ridicule this week when it emerged that a clown was unable to obtain insurance cover owing to his use of, wait for it, not knives, or a cannon, but bubbles.

Barney Baloney, real name, Tony Turner, was told by his insurer that he must stop using a bubble-making machine in his act because of health and safety fears.

The insurer claimed youngsters could slip and hurt themselves.

While the insurer at the centre of the bubble controversy has not been identified, the ABI has helpfully pointed out that there may have been “bubble accidents” in the past.

Whatever next? Conkers games being banned?

Oh, that’s happened already.