Christmas shopping: Behind the scenes at Sainsbury"s Waltham Abbey distribution depot

The final Christmas countdown: Behind the scenes at giant supermarket depot as millions of shoppers hit streets hunting for late bargains Depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, makes 1,800 deliveries a week to 90 stores in London and two other countiesAmazing pictures give backstage look at 700,000 sq ft centre as British shoppers hit high streets across the UKRetailers aim to lure shoppers out of their warm homes with discounts of up to 50% nine days before Christmas | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 16 December 2012 These pictures give a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a 700,000 sq ft supermarket distribution centre as Britain goes Christmas shopping crazy. Goods were in storage at a Sainsbury's depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, which employs around 1,200 people and covers the size of eight football pitches.

Christmas shoppers snap up one tablet computer EVERY SECOND with sales already up 1,000% on last year

Christmas shoppers snap up one tablet computer EVERY SECOND with sales already up 1,000% on last year Retailers brand 2012 the 'tablet Christmas'Frenzy put down to greater choice and wider price range | UPDATED: 13:25 GMT, 9 December 2012 Staggering demand for computer tablets has seen British shoppers buy one every second as the rush for Christmas gifts goes into overdrive. Some shops are reporting sales of tablets like the iPad and Google Nexus 7 are up by 1,000 per cent from last year, leading retailers to brand 2012 the 'tablet Christmas'. The frenzy began last week on Cyber Monday when a tablet was sold every second, and it is forecasted demand will continue to be high during the countdown to Christmas

2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a threat to frightened children and suicidal teenagers, says NASA

NASA warns Mayan apocalypse stories pose threat to frightened children and suicidal teenagersThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration warns that 2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a real-life threat to frightened children and depressive teenagersSome say they can't eat, or are too worried to sleep, while others say that they are suicidal, according to NASA astrobiologist David Morrison The apocalypse rumors began with claims that Nibiru, a rogue planet discovered by the Sumerians, will crash into Earth on December 21, killing everyone | UPDATED: 04:30 GMT, 30 November 2012 While some are throwing fantastical Doomsday countdown parties, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is issuing grave warnings that 2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a real-life threat to frightened children and depressive teenagers. David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, said on Wednesday that he receives a large number of emails and letters from worried citizens, most often from young people