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Michael Palin has said that more schoolchildren should be going on geography trips.

That’s a tricky one, isn’t it? Especially as geography is all about the surface of our planet (his words) so, theoretically, every field trip could contain an element of the geographical.

It seems to me that the children are always off on school trips, which is a good thing for their development and understanding.

But it’s not so great for the parental purse strings – especially when they come home with suggested pocket money spends to take (to them, no more than £5 always means exactly £5 and invariably that’s spent on small stuffed teddies).

I’m sure Mr Palin’s mementos from his trips are a touch more interesting.