Santa Monica residents complain about sea of fitness fanatics clogging up their parks PUBLISHED: 22:24 GMT, 30 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 GMT, 30 December 2012 Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the city's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable. All along the 420 acres of greenery paralleling the Pacific Ocean are groups of a dozen or more people furiously pumping iron, doing sit-ups, stepping on and off little benches and stretching on mats.
The cute Christmas pictures that will melt even the coldest heart: Adorable snaps of kittens, puppies, and lambs in festive hatsPhotographer Mark Taylor, from Guildford, has earned himself the title 'Master of Cuteness' for snaps like theseHe follows in the footsteps of his renowned photographer mother Jane Burton who passed away in 2007 | UPDATED: 01:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 Even the coldest-hearted Scrooge would be melted by these adorable Christmas animals.
'Sorry, kids but Santa's not real': Parents' fury after primary school teacher tells pupils aged EIGHT that Father Christmas doesn't exist Teacher told children 'cover your ears if you don't want Christmas spoilt'Pupils were writing letters to Santa when teacher told them he didn't existChristchurch Junior School headteacher issues official retraction 'Scrooge' teacher is 'absolutely mortified' and 'could not be more sorry' | UPDATED: 17:12 GMT, 7 December 2012 A school teacher has been blasted by furious parents after he told junior school pupils that Santa Claus did not exist as they wrote their letters to him. The teacher was taking a literacy lesson which involved the children, aged eight and nine, writing a letter to Father Christmas. During the class he told the youngsters that the man bringing them presents just wasn't real – and the Year Four pupils were left devastated