It was full steam ahead for Wainfest 2019 as Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, along with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School Raphoe launched this year’s programme at Oakfield Park on Tuesday.Wainfest is Donegal’s Children’s Arts and Book Festival, which is developed each year by the energetic and inspirational team at Donegal County Council’s Culture Division.This year’s festival takes place from 5 – 13 October where schools and families can “Expect to Connect” with 54 family events and 105 school events in over 30 locations over an 8-day period. Donegal County Council Cultural Services staff pictured at the official launch of Wainfest in Oakfield Park yesterday. L-R Rita Chapman, Denis McGeady, Sinead McLaughlin, Rory Gallagher, Donna Cavanagh, Kevin McCaul, Noelle Sandilands, Aideen Tighe and Belinda Glackin.Speaking at the launch, Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services explained how the festival had transformed since its inception in 1996 into “a festival which has proven its ability to engage, enlighten and involve children in high quality cultural events in their community.”She added “this year we are delighted to announce a visit from best-selling children’s author, Holly Webb, who has published well over 100 books and has agreed to happily answer any questions our budding young authors might have. We have magic with award winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings, virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops, yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events and a range of events for babies and toddlers.”Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian with Donegal County Council Cultural Services speaking at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Perrin the Elf entertaining pupils from St.Eunan’s N.S, Raphoe at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Launching the programme, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan commented on the wonderful opportunities for the young people of this county to connect with culture and creativity first-hand and making it an accessible and welcoming event.“This year’s festival has a range of events for children on the Autism Spectrum, in fact 20% of the programmed events are ASD Friendly this year. This has been made possible by The Dormant Accounts Fund, for libraries to support marginalized, socially excluded and disadvantaged communities, and I hope that this will become a stepping stone to the development of an ASD-Friendly Library Service in Donegal, over the coming years”. Cllr Crossan also endorsed the partnerships which have been key to the success of Wainfest over the years saying “I am delighted to see a strong collaborative approach continue in 2019. Without partners like Eclipse and Century cinemas, Oakfield Park, Inishowen Maritime Museum and An Grianan Theatre and more we could not provide such a comprehensive programme. It is this sort of commitment, ingenuity and collaboration that emphasises the important role local authorities play as providers and enablers of culture and creativity.”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the official launch of Wainfest with Professor Peartree, Perrin the Elf and pupils from St. Eunans N.S, Raphoe. Also pictured are Eileen Burgess, Donegal County Librarian and Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian, Donegal County Council Cultural Services.Pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School, Raphoe were treated to a ride on the steam train and stories from Perrin the Elf and Professor Peartree – a taste of what to expect from Wainfest 2019.For the second year running, Oakfield Park has partnered with Wainfest Arts and Book Festival for a special Harry Potter Experience. Taking place across two weekends (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October), this not-to-be-missed event for Harry Potter fans will include a host of magical and exciting events.To see all that’s on offer in 2019 visit wainfest.ie or pick up a programme from your local library or Council office.It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for Wainfest 2019! was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:wainfest 2019
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Groundspeak Lackeys to Attend Mega-Events in Eight CountriesGroundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. this year to share smiles, shake hands and make geocaching memories at more than a dozen Mega-Events worldwide. We’d love to meet you and to hear your geocaching stories! Come find a Lackey at one of these Mega-Events:Illinois, USA – MOGA (Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure)Bussum, Netherlands – Geocaching Multi Event 2011Oeiras, Portugal – 11 Years! Oeiras – PortugalNew York, USA – ASP GeoBash 6Ontario, Canada – COG Spring FlingSalzburg, Austria – Pinzgau 2011Pennsylvania, USA – GeoWoodstock IXOhio, USA – Midwest GeobashWales, UK – Mega Wales 2011Wisconsin, USA – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$hHQ in Washington State, USA – Groundspeak Block PartyNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Geocoinfest EuropaCatalunya, Spain – Mega Event CatalunyaSouth Carolina, USA – GeocoinfestWe hope to attend even more Mega-Events next year!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community”A Lackey’s “Thank You” after Attending a Mega-EventApril 1, 2011In “Community”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community”
Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#Google#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Software Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Two rays of light have pierced a so far gloomy winter for Microsoft: the company signed big software deals with both Chicago and the Pentagon, two wins neither Google nor the Federal Trade Commission can dampen.Chicago Buys Office 365, The Department of Defense Gets That And MoreOn Thursday, the Windy City announced that it had signed a four-year deal with Microsoft for Office 365, shifting the company’s three email systems, documents and spreadsheets over to Microsoft’s cloud-based platform. Days earlier, the Department of Defense announced an even more sweeping deal, consolidating on Windows 8, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 in a three-year deal worth $617 million.For Microsoft, which had to sit by and endure what was essentially a slap on the wrist to rival Google by the FTC, the two announcements represented a reprieve of sorts. It’s still unclear how Microsoft’s holiday sales fared, but the conventional wisdom appears to be that the Windows 8 launch was disappointing, and that the complementary Windows Phone 8 launch, while appealing, still hasn’t caught fire with consumers, who still clearly prefer iOS and Android devices.The Business Division Remains Microsoft’s Profit EngineYear in and year out, however, Microsoft’s Business Division remains the keystone upon which Microsoft supports its other businesses. For Microsoft’s first fiscal quarter ending in October, the division was both the most profitable ($3.6 billion) and generated the most revenue ($5.5 billion). For all the talk about the Windows operating system, that was only Microsoft’s third-most profitable division, and also generated the third-most revenue out of Microsoft’s five business units.It’s little wonder, then, that Google has taken aim at Microsoft, with its Google Apps for Business, which only recently ceased offering its free services, essentially daring customers to switch to Microsoft. Check the Google Enterprise blog on any given day and you’ll find a list of recent design wins: K-pop sensation PSY’s label, YG Entertainment; Banshee Wines; First Team Real Estate and so on. Pricing Pressure From Google?Microsoft is still getting wins, too, though Google’s pricing pressure has undoubtedly had an effect. The DOD’s deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, “demonstrates the best pricing DOD has received to date for Microsoft desktop and server software licenses”, officials said, and representing a $70 million per-year savings. That means that, for whatever reason, some of Microsoft’s traditional revenue stream has dried up.The question, of course, is why the DOD received preferential pricing: military reluctance to use Windows 8? Pricing pressure from Google Apps? And since the package has been customized to meet the specialized needs of the Defense Department, does the DOD’s package use the Windows 8 interface and Start screen? It’s rather hard to believe that military personnel would be swiping in from the sides of the Windows 8 screens, sharing battle plans and other sensitive documents via the Windows 8 charms.Meanwhile, the City of Chicago did not publicly disclose how much money it spent on the contract with Microsoft, and the contract is not (yet) on the city’s website. The City of Chicago claimed that it saved $400,000 per year for its 30,000 government users. “This strategy is an innovative solution for the City, making our operations more effective and secure and saving taxpayer money,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a statement. “We are leveraging new technologies to streamline and modernize the way we do business in order to provide the residents of Chicago with the best service at the best price.”Cloud… And No CloudThe contracts also reveal some hidden gotchas for customers, too. The City of Chicago said that all of its email and desktop application users would migrate to the cloud “by the end of 2013,” meaning that the city will require a full year to make its transition. And at the end of the contract, what then? Will Chicago switch back to a locally hosted email system? Of course not – the cost would be prohibitive. From now until eternity, Chicago will be stuck in the cloud, with really only Google and Microsoft to choose from as hosted email.But while Chicago has bought itself a cloud solution, the DOD has not. Microsoft may be charging less for Office 365 in an attempt to convince users to switch, but the DOD appears willing to pay more for both security and flexibility.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Switzerland scored early and twice shortly after halftime to keep alive its impressive run in qualifying.Forward Haris Seferovic netted his fourth goal in the qualifying campaign with a neat flick from close range, and Blerim Dzemaili and Ricardo Rodriguez added to the lead in the second half.___STAYING CLOSEPortugal kept pace with Switzerland with its seventh straight victory since an opening 2-0 loss to the Swiss.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Andorra has four points from a win over Hungary and a draw against the Faeroe Islands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters An Oct. 10 showdown between Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon will likely decide which team wins the group to automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Three days earlier, Switzerland hosts Hungary and Portugal plays at Andorra.Earlier Sunday, the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 for its second win, securing its best ever qualifying campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening___PERFECT SWISS Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili celebrates scoring, during the World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Switzerland and Latvia, at Skonto Stadium, in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal edged 10-man Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.With two games left, Switzerland has 24 points, three more than defending European champion Portugal. Third-place Hungary stayed on 10 points and is out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT Andre Silva scored the winner with a header from close range after a cross by Ronaldo just three minutes into the second half in Budapest.“It was a difficult game from start to finish,” Silva said. “We had to give everything we had. I’m glad I scored the winning goal.”Hungary played with 10 men from the 30th after Tamas Priskin was sent off for an elbow on Pepe.“We were always in control, but it was always a difficult and uncertain match,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.___HISTORIC CAMPAIGNGilli Soerensen scored a first-half winner and the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 to guarantee its best qualifying campaign ever.With two games left, the Faeroe Islands is in fourth place and out of contention for a World Cup berth, but it already has eight points — one more than it achieved ahead of the 2002 World Cup.Lars Olsen’s team beat Latvia earlier in its campaign, and drew with Andorra and Hungary.Its final games are against Latvia and at Hungary.
Sri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.It was an absolutely contrasting performance by the Indian batsmen from their last match, as they were bundled out for a paltry 138 in only 33.3 overs.Chasing a target of 139, which isn’t good enough for even Twenty20 format, Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (59 no, 60 balls) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (50, 49 balls, 5×4) added 119 runs as the islanders hardly broke sweat while racing to the target in only 19.5 overs.The win also means that India won’t get a shot at No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings, for which they needed a 5-0 margin in the current series.Although the second ODI was played on a different strip, it was inexplicable as to how a team, which scored 314 a couple of days back, showed complete lack of application to get out inside the 34th over.Save opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a fighting 65 (96 balls, 4×4), the other batsmen paid heavy price for their indiscretion on a pitch that demanded judicious shot selection. Thisara Perera (3/14) and Angelo Mathews (3/19) ran through the Indian top-order.Although there was a greenish tinge, the pitch, which was primarily on the lower side, also produced the odd deliveries that reared up from the three quarter.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and expectedly decided to bat despite windy conditions that aided swing bowlers.The visitors got off to a brisk start courtesy Virender Sehwag (15) as he blasted debutant Isuru Udana for a couple of boundaries as they raced to 31 in just three overs.After Udana went for 16 in his first over, Mahela Jayawardene had no option but to turn to Perera whose slower delivery did the trick after Sehwag committed to the shot early for the bowler to take a sharp reflex catch.Failure is a rarity for Virat Kohli (1) these days but today was different. He chased a delivery from Perera that was wide outside off-stump and the faint nick gave Kumar Sangakkara, first of his four catches.Rohit Sharma (0), who is lucky to be still persisted with — purely on the basis of potential rather than performance — once again flattered to deceive as he played on while going for an ambitious cut off a very wide delivery from Mathews.Suresh Raina (1) dragged one from Perera back onto his off-stump. Dhoni (11) hit a couple of fours but then went for a non-existent cut shot off a Mathews delivery. The ball reared up from short of good length and there was virtually no room to play the square cut and Sangakkara took the edge.With all the top-order batsmen save Gambhir back in the pavilion before completion of first 15 overs, the Delhi left-hander had an onerous task of saving his wicket as well as scoring some runs.Irfan Pathan (6) too didn’t stay long but Ravichandran Ashwin (21, 15 balls, 3×4) did throw his bat around during a 28-run eighth wicket partnership after which the burly Tamil Nadu offie was needlessly run-out.Gambhir, meanwhile, got to his 32nd half-century with No 10 batsmen Pragyan Ojha for company. He ultimately ran out of patience as he tried to steer a Lasith Malinga delivery, only for Sangakkara to effect a brilliant one-handed catch.Defending a small target was always going to be difficult irrespective of the conditions and India needed early breakthroughs. However, the pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav presented the opening duo with a lot of width as they raced to 64 for no loss before break.When Ashwin finally got rid of Dilshan, the contest was as good as over. It was Dinesh Chandimal whose streaky shot through second slip helped Lanka reach the target with 181 balls remaining.advertisement
Lucknow: Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh won the gold but failed to touch the World Championships qualifying mark on the second day of 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Arpinder managed the season’s best jump of 16.83m, 12cm short of World Championship qualifying standard of 16.95m under hot and humid conditions at the PAC Stadium here. Karnataka’s U Karthik and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammed Salahuddin took the silver and bronze respectively with jumps of 16.0m and 16.79m. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 26-year-old Arpinder, who has a personal best of 17.17m (of 2014), will have another shot at World Championships qualification in the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on September 5. None of the Indians could come close to the qualifying marks of the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. Balakumar Nithin and Alex Antony won the men’s 200m and 400m gold respectively in the absence of top runners. Having won the sprint double in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune earlier this year, Nithin’s winning time of 20.91 seconds here was the third-best on the list among Indians over the 200m this year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOnly Arokia Rajiv and Muhammed Anas Yahiya both 400m specialists — have run faster in 200m than the bespectacled sprinter from Tamil Nadu. The 200m qualifying time for the World Championships is 20.40. Kerala runner Alex, who first gave glimpses of his potential with a 46.66 second run in the Indian Grand Prix V in Patiala earlier this month, improved his personal best with a 46.17 second effort. It’s creditable that he won a race that included runners of the caliber of Ayyasamy Dharun (400m hurdles national record holder) and Tamilarasan Santhosh. Dharun and Santhosh finished fifth and seventh while Haryana’s Harsh Baljeet Singh and Karnataka’s Sachin Roby took the silver and bronze respectively by finishing inside 47 seconds. Kunhu Mohammed, who has been part of the Indian 4x400m relay team, was unable to go past the semifinal run in the morning, clocking 47.69 to finish third in his heats. Iranian Mahdi Pirjahan won the men’s 400m hurdles in new meet record time of 49.33 seconds. The Athletics Federation of India had invited some foreign athletes for the meet. P U Chithra won the women’s 800m in her personal best time of 2:02.96 while Mohammed Afsal pocketed the gold in men’s 800m in the absence of Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson with the year’s best by an Indian, clocking 1:48.35. The Results (all finals): Men: 200m: 1. Balakumar Nithin (Tamil Nadu) 20.91 seconds; 2. Akshay Nain (Delhi) 21.39; 3. Abhinav Panwar (Delhi) 21.47. 400m: 1. Alex A Antony (Kerala) 46.17 seconds; 2. Harsh Baljeet Singh (Haryana) 46.64; 3. Sachin Roby (Karnataka) 46.96. 800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Kerala) 1:48.35; 2. Mujamil Ameer (Tamil Nadu) 1:49.03; 3. Ankit (Haryana) 1:49.95. 400m Hurdles: 1. Mahdi Pirjahan (Iran) 49.33 seconds; 2. Jagdeesh Chandra (Karnataka) 50.85; 3. Jithin Paul (Kerala) 50,92. Triple Jump: 1. Arpinder Singh (Punjab) 16.83m; 2. Karthik U (Karnataka) 16.80; 3. Salahuddin Mohammed (Tamil Nadu) 16.79. Shot put: 1. Inderjeet Singh (Haryana) 19.73m; 2. Jasdeep Dhillon (Punjab) 17.77; 3. Shakti Rathore (Rajasthan) 17.20.
By Mamadou DemGambia’s Highest Court (Supreme Court) will on Wednesday 12th of November, 2014 determine whether to review or not to review the death sentence imposed on the applicants (Lang Tombong and others) by both the High Court and Appeal Court of The Gambia which was also upheld by the Supreme Court on the 19th of October,2013.Former Chief of Defense Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces, Lt. General Lang Tombong Tamba and six other death row convicts are challenging before a panel of seven judges headed by the Chief justice of The Gambia, Justice Eli Nawaz Chowhan, for the Supreme Court to review their conviction and sentence to death by the High Court upheld by both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of The Gambia.The six other applicants are Brigadier General Omar Bun Badjie, Lt. Colonel Kawsu Camara alias Bombardier, former Deputy Inspector General of, Police Modou Gaye, former diplomat Gibril Ngorr Secka and Abdoulie Joof, a businessman.Replying on the arguments raised by the defence, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Hadi Saleh Barkun informed the court that the applicants were charged under Section 35 (1) a , d and g of the Criminal Code, Laws of the Gambia and not under Section 35 (1) f as he earlier mentioned. He said even though the applicants weren’t charged under Section 35 (1) f, the death penalty handed over on them was appropriate.According to the DPP, even though the applicants were charged under section 35 a, d, and g respectively, what the trial court applied on the applicants was from the provision of Section 35 (1) f. He referred the court to Section 18 Sub Section 2 of the 1997 Constitution which he said talks about violence.“There is no way a legitimate government can be overthrown without the use of violence,” said the DPP. He added that before a country is invaded by Armed Forces or any other Force, violence must be involved.Talking on Convention and International Law, the Chief-Prosecutor submitted that Section 54 Sub section (8) of the Supreme Court Rules is very clear that the court can only review its Judgment on exceptional circumstances and opined that none of the circumstances cited by the defence prohibits death penalty. “Even if the laws cited by the defence are domesticated, they are not in any way contradictory or inconsistent with the laws of The Gambia,” he opined.According to the DPP, Section 209 C and D and Section 211 of the 1997 Constitution are very clear on International Law; adding that the essence of international law is to guide but they cannot in any way take precedence of the domestic laws.DPP finally argued that the defence did not furnish the court with sufficient reasons as to why the court should review its decision on the 19th of October, 2013.Countering DPP’s submission, counsel for the applicants Sheriff Tambadou said, “Whenever violence arise there is presumption of life.”At that juncture, the case was adjourned to 12th of this month for ruling.
From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. Pucker up for this faux first.FAKE FIRST KISSMeaning: Two characters cornered in an emergency kiss to hide their faces, provide a distraction.Usage in Doctor Who: Transfer Time Lord powers to an unsuspecting (but usually amenable) companionThere is nary a Whovian who would turn down a kiss from the Doctor.Or, in Russell T Davies’ case, nary a companion.The former showrunner had an affinity for the fake first kiss, sprinkling it over nearly everyone who traveled with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors. (Steven Moffat, on the other hand, subverts the trope when the Eleventh Doctor and River Song smooch on multiple occasions.)Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor started the trend when he and Rose Tyler share an intimate moment in the series one finale.Rose, having been bathed in the light of the TARDIS and temporarily transformed into the Bad Wolf entity, is burning up from the power she now possesses. After pleading her to let go, the Time Lord steps in (“I think you need a Doctor,” he quips), locking lips to draw the power of the vortex from her body into his.DailymotionThe reverse kiss of life saves Rose but depletes the Doctor, who suddenly bursts with light and energy from the regeneration process, and begins to change into his next incarnation—new teeth and all.A real romantic, the Tenth Doctor snogs his fair share of ladies—from Jackie Tyler, Astrid Peth, and Nurse Joan Redfern to Lady Christina de Souza, Madame de Pompadour, and Elizabeth I.But he’s also had his way with every companion to enter his TARDIS.Rose has the pleasure of playing tonsil hockey with the floppy-haired Time Lord in “New Earth,” when her body is possessed by the cheeky Lady Cassandra. And Martha Jones develops feelings for the time-travelling alien when he unexpectedly plants one on her as a genetic transfer meant to trick an alien DNA scanner. The budding MD, however, takes it as a hint that the Doctor fancies her.DailymotionEven Donna Noble, who follows a strict just-friends-with-absolutely-no-benefits policy, lays one on the Tenth Doctor—just the shock he needs to reverse the effects of sparkling cyanide in “The Unicorn and The Wasp.”Perhaps it’s the power of the Time Lord. Or maybe Davies just likes watching characters swap saliva on screen. Either way, the fake first kiss makes for some fun, if not uncomfortable, moments between the Doctor and his female friends.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.