Zella Compton

REVIEW: Flashdance The Musical at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

If Pickfords did musicals, this would be it.

Zella is hoping the new poling booth ID trial will put Gosport on the map

ZELLA COMPTON: New voting ID trial will put Gosport on the map

With local elections just around the corner it’s time for us in Gosport to get out our ID.

Zella loves the atmosphere of Indian railways

ZELLA COMPTON: I love India’s railways – despite the annual massacre

The runaway train sounds rather like the title of a children’s book – probably several – but it’s not something confined to the imagination of authors.

Zella will continue on Facebook

ZELLA COMPTON: Amazon knows me better than Facebook

The revelations about Facebook and its data breaches has kept us all on our toes – what does the company know about us, how can that information be used, exactly what personal secrets have been appropriated for business and political gain?

Bradley Wiggins celebrating his gold Olympic medal Photo: Team Sky

ZELLA COMPTON: Legal, maybe, but Wiggins’ actions have stripped him of his hero status

I bet mine isn’t the only household that’s gutted by this week’s report that Sir Bradley Wiggins was unethical when participating in the Sky Team’s approach to medication during cycling competition the Tour de France.

Showstopper! The improvised musical

REVIEW: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Nuffield Campus, Southampton

How do you improvise a musical?

Lost in space the Tesla car before blast off. Picture: SpaceX/Elon Musk

ZELLA COMPTON: Space, the final frontier... for corporate litterbugs

While we’re still discovering how much we’ve polluted the oceans because we let our governments allow big business to ride roughshod over the voices of scientists about the effects plastic would have on the environment, how is it right that we’re celebrating a massive littering?

Emmeline Pankhurst (second left) being arrested in London

ZELLA COMPTON: Will Tour de France now follow suit and ban grid girls?

They dared to act. That could be the tagline of any blockbuster, but it’s a quote from a newspaper article which relates to the women’s suffrage movement, the ladies who set about staking their claim to the right to vote.

Inquisitor: John Humphrys

ZELLA COMPTON: Why does John Humphrys still have a national platform?

There was almost quiet for a few months and wasn’t it lovely? But now Nigel Farage has realised how insignificant he is and is making a ridiculous bid for someone, anyone, to notice him and give him coverage and is talking of a second referendum.

So, just how much does this lot weigh?

ZELLA COMPTON: St(r)ains of the wash-day blues

Things that you might think about asking when buying a new washing machine include size of the wash, and how kilograms translate to the number of pairs of jeans and jumpers?

A marriage of two cultures - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Alexi Lubomirski

ZELLA COMPTON: You say two-mate-oh, I say tomato: let’s call the whole thing off

Having married a man from overseas, a migrant, I feel in a special place to offer Prince Harry advice on his pending nuptials.

Why does everything break down at once?

ZELLA COMPTON: Dear Santa – I’m dreaming of a white goods Christmas

About 10 years ago we ended up buying all new electrical appliances. Everything we had was second or third-hand and so run down. So we invested in our future. And wouldn’t you know? Ten years later, everything is again falling apart at the same time.

The music to The Snowman made a lifelong impression for one young woman

ZELLA COMPTON: The joy of receiving that changed a life

I love this time of year when small Christmas stories stir into life and beat the adverts at emotional shredding.

If he'd traded down he would have had change for a cheeky kebab

ZELLA COMPTON: On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – a £12,500 Wedgwood house

We’re on the cusp of advent calendar season, and what a season it could be.

No crib for a... sausage roll

ZELLA COMPTON: A 21st century curse – how does a family manage the TV recorder?

You know those days when you look through the seventy-seven million channels on your telly and you still can’t find anything to watch? Yes, you do.

Lucie Jones and David Barrett in Legally Blonde. Picture by Robert Workman

REVIEW: Legally Blonde at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Legally Blonde tells the story of pseudo-ditzy Elle Woods who goes to law school to try and re-snag her boyfriend who’s left her for a more serious future.

Sky's Christmas ad

ZELLA COMPTON: I am 16 going on 26, 46, 66...

The Christmas adverts have struck, and at the top of the pile for me is Sky and its depiction of watching the Sound of Music through the years.

Women have inordinate problems buying jeans - allegedly!

ZELLA COMPTON: Revealed – why women take so long to buy clothes

Men, here’s a question or two for you. If you had to go shopping for a new pair of trousers and the store only sold them in one length, no matter what your height was, would you accept it?

Keep calm and merge in turn

ZELLA COMPTON: Merge in turn – it’s not that difficult

Okay, this is not hard to figure out. If there are two lanes going through roadworks, or coming off a roundabout, or whatever, that generally means they are there to be used.

Wonder Woman

ZELLA COMPTON: I was inspired by the female superhero of my childhood

I’ve been looking forward to seeing the new Wonder Woman movie for a very long time.

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