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Jane Clinton

Reporter and feature writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a journalist with more than 20 years' experience including 14 years as the senior feature writer and news reporter at the Sunday Express.
Now a freelance journalist, I work at the i newspaper as a reporter and also have features published in this title as well as my local paper the Camden New Journal.

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High performing comprehensive schools in England, Scotland and Wales take only half the number of poorer pupils as the average school, according to new research by the Sutton Trust. Analysing the number of children eligible for Free School Meals attending top state schools, researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) found that in [...]
Sales of eco-friendly cars overtake diesel in the UK for the first time

Sales of eco-friendly cars have overtaken diesels for the first time in the UK with 33,000 pure electric and hybrid cars registered between April and June. This compares with 29,900 diesel cars, according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT). The green cars registered included 20,200 different hybrids and 12,600 pure battery-powered cars.
Some printer inks more expensive than champagne and 32-year-old Scotch whisky, research finds

When it comes to printer ink, images of high-end champagne and the heady fragrance of Chanel No 5 do not immediately spring to mind. But it turns out the humble home office staple is more expensive than both - and even 32-year old Scotch is cheaper - according to research by Just one set of replacement cartridges for the Epson Expression Premium XP-900 costs £96.
Venice gondola tours to cut capacity because of 'overweight' tourists

Gondoliers in Venice have had to reduce the number of passengers they can transport because some tourists have become too heavy for their boats. They said that over the past decade the increasing girth of some passengers made it feel "like bombs loading on" when they boarded, and that their vessels are increasingly taking on water.
Lottery winner honours 28-year-old handshake pact and shares £17m jackpot with friend

Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney vowed in 1992 that if either one of them ever won the Powerball jackpot they would split the money. Fast forward nearly three decades, and that informal handshake agreement was suddenly tested when Tom, from Wisconsin, bought the winning ticket at a shop in his hometown of Menomonie and landed the $22 million (£17 million) prize.
BBC3 looks set to return to our television screens after five-year hiatus

The BBC is poised to reinstate BBC3 to television screens after a five-year hiatus. It is expected to return to a linear channel, which means it would go back to the more traditional way of viewing, where audiences watch a scheduled television programme at the time and on the channel it is broadcast .
New citizen scientist study will look at the link between nature and our wellbeing

A new nature study launched today will investigate how wellbeing is affected by our connection to the natural world. Called 'Nature up close and personal: A wellbeing experiment', it is inviting thousands of people across the UK to sign up for the simple, 10-minute, nature-based activities for five days across a week.
First black female qualifies as US Navy tactical jet pilot

It certainly is a soaring success - for Madeline's achievement means she has now entered the US Navy record books. It has only taken...110 years. Madeline, who is from Virginia, and is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, will receive her "wings of gold" on 31 July.
Noah Lyles' 200m 'world record' dismissed as he had actually only run 185m

Due to an error by the organisers at the Inspiration Games, Noah Lyles, the reigning 200m world champion had in fact only run 185m when he clocked a time of 18.90 seconds. For a fleeting moment, it appeared he had beaten the 19.19sec record set by the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in 2009.
Alison Steadman admits making puppets for her grandson helped her through lockdown isolation

It appears that one of our best-loved and most versatile actors has been crafting to her heart's content during lockdown. Initially, Alison Steadman, who is 73 and in the higher risk category for Covid-19, was dreading the enforced isolation. But she admits that her hobby, which includes making puppets, has helped her through the difficult days.
Container shipping operator emits 'more carbon' than Ryanair, suggests study

A container shipping operator has overtaken several coal plants and an airline in a list of the EU's top carbon emitters, according to official data. The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has moved to seventh place with 10.72 metric tonnes (Mt) CO2 emissions in 2019 making it a larger emitter of carbon than Ryanair with 10.53 Mt CO2 emissions.
Iron Age funeral site discovered at HS2 route near Solihull

An Iron Age funeral site found along the HS2 route could shed "tantalising" light on how the dead were treated 2,000 years ago. Several dozen sites, placed on funeral pyres, indicate a settlement existed on the riverbank at Coleshill, near Solihull in North Warwickshire.
Great-grandmother Mary Catterall, 102, survives coronavirus

Mary, who celebrated her 102nd birthday at the end of February, tested positive for the virus at the end of May. It was a worrying time for family and friends given Mary's age, but now five weeks later she is well and truly back on the road to rude health.
Travel insurance advice during lockdown and why overseas trips could make it invalid

The Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) currently advises against all non-essential overseas travel for British nationals, but this advice is under constant review. People with travel plans in the immediate future are advised by the FCO to contact their airline, travel company, cruise line, or other transport and accommodation providers as well as their insurance provider for an update.
LBC caller made co-host overnight after challenging station on lack of diversity

This was the introduction from LBC's Iain Dale's to the caller who spoke about the Black Lives Matter protests in Hyde Park. The conversation then broadened out to the "lack of diversity" at among other places, the radio station. While the pair disagreed on occasion, the exchange between them was good-natured and made for compelling radio.
A new election would just lead to a new hung parliament, says pollster Curtice

In brief Labour could rustle up a government with a rainbow coalition of SNP, Plaid, Lib Dem and Green MPs Both major parties could be vulnerable to clear Brexit messaging on either side of the divide Polls expert Professor John Curtice has warned that holding a general election now would lead to a hung parliament and even greater political chaos.
Sir Elton John calls on boycott of Brunei-owned luxury hotels over gay death penalty laws

Sir Elton John has urged people to boycott Brunei-owned luxury hotels over the sultanate's new death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Read more: Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery It comes after actor George Clooney called a boycott last week listing on hotels in the United States, Britain, France and Italy, which includes London's Dorchester Hotel, 45 Park Lane and The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Queen fears being dragged into Brexit chaos

In brief Two experts say the Queen could be drawn into the Brexit row They blame firmly at the feet of 'rogue Speaker' John Bercow The Queen is reported to be worried she could be dragged into the Brexit row and, in doing so, sparking a constitutional crisis.
People's Vote march: Claims 1 million attended anti-Brexit protest dismissed by experts

Claims that there were 1 million people on the People's Vote march at the weekend have been dismissed by experts who argue the figure was closer to 400,000. Organisers of the anti-Brexit protest last Saturday said they estimated the size of the crowd using information from staff and volunteers as well as examining aerial pictures from helicopters.
Revoke Article 50: the constituencies with the most Brexit petition signatures

The anti-Brexit petition which is calling for Article 50 to be revoked and for the UK to stay in the EU has garnered more than 5.6 million signatures. Parliament will consider any parliamentary petition that reaches 100,000 signatures or more for debate. Those parliamentary petitions that reach 10,000 signatures or more will receive a response from the government.
Top state secondary schools are taking only half of poorer pupils compared to the average

High performing comprehensive schools in England, Scotland and Wales take only half the number of poorer pupils as the average school, according to new research by the Sutton Trust. Analysing the number of children eligible for Free School Meals attending top state schools, researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) found that in all three nations the best state schools' intakes are markedly different from the average.
Terrifying state of adult social care in the UK

Occasionally it has been brilliant but it has also been deeply frustrating. My father, John, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 17 years ago when he was 55. He attended Netherwood, a fantastic specialist dementia day centre in north-west London. It gave him freedom and gave us, the family, a break from the rigours of looking after someone with dementia.
Dementia: Singing away the pain

AS SOON as the music begins a chorus of sensibly shod feet begin to tap perfectly in time. A smile appears on one woman's face, another man gently nods his head to the beat, content and relaxed. "One teatime in September. . ."
'There is more to life than being successful'

With a high-profile job in the City as well as a large family, Nicola Horlick was hailed as proof that women could 'have it all'. Here she tells JANE CLINTON who's to blame for the recession and explains why, in these lean times, we have to realise what is truly important.

Camden New Journal
Theatre's half-century in Hampstead

As Pentameters prepares to celebrate 50 years of putting on poetry, music and theatre, Jane Clinton talks to its founder, Léonie Scott-Matthews

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