IMAGE Book Club: Read an extract from Liadán Hynes’ new release, ‘Courting’
IMAGE Book Club: Read an extract from Liadán Hynes’ new release, ‘Courting’

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The Grumpy/Sunshine trope: Why do we love the men who hate everyone but us?
The Grumpy/Sunshine trope: Why do we love the men who hate everyone but us?

Lauren Heskin

Sweetpea Cottage: Inside this dotey country home on the market for €289,000
Sweetpea Cottage: Inside this dotey country home on the market for €289,000

Sarah Finnan

Rituals and why they’re so important in times of increased anxiety
Rituals and why they’re so important in times of increased anxiety

Niamh Ennis

October: What to watch, stream, read and listen to this week
October: What to watch, stream, read and listen to this week

Sarah Finnan

The best street style from Paris Fashion Week 2022
The best street style from Paris Fashion Week 2022

Sarah Finnan

Supper Club: Moroccan-style lamb tagine with root vegetable couscous
Supper Club: Moroccan-style lamb tagine with root vegetable couscous

Sarah Finnan

Maximalists rejoice! House of Hackney x Anthropologie has landed, and it’s as fabulous as you would expect
Maximalists rejoice! House of Hackney x Anthropologie has landed, and it’s as fabulous as you...

Megan Burns

Social Pictures: The Synergy Collection MoMuse launch
Social Pictures: The Synergy Collection MoMuse launch

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The best black boots to strut your stuff in this autumn
The best black boots to strut your stuff in this autumn

Sarah Finnan

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Friendship break-ups and Robot Brothels: The Spill is live now


By Erin Lindsay
12th Oct 2018
Friendship break-ups and Robot Brothels: The Spill is live now

Have you ever had one of those days that screamed for a wine and chats sesh with your girlfriends? Enter Image.ie’s podcast, The Spill. The Spill is hosted by our very own self-proclaimed agony aunts Sophie White and Rhona McAuliffe. With a mix of discussion on current affairs, arts and culture and some healthy advice to our listeners, it’s the best place to unwind and deliberate the issues affecting Irish women today.


Have you ever had to break up with a friend? Have you been the dumper or the dumpee? Toxic relationships aren’t just reserved for romantic ones, and separating from a friend can be just as painful as any other type of breakup. Sophie and Rhona reminisce on times when they’ve had to cut the cord on close friendships, both in childhood and adulthood, and how difficult it can be to navigate the politics of female friendships. Devastating, vindicating, confusing – our hosts have been through it all, as have most people who’ve had to distance themselves from a toxic friend.

Our second topic of the show this week may cause a few double-takes, but we promise your headphones aren’t broken. A news story this week about a robot sex brothel in Texas, which will be the first of its kind in the US, got our hosts talking about how these unusual sexual outlets are becoming more and more common around the world. What are the ethic and moral implications of paying and having sex with a robot? Will this become the norm for people in the future, or should we be resisting the impending AI revolution when it comes to sex?

On Hit Me Up this week, our hosts are discussing the oldest story in the book. Juggling Act from Cork is running a business with her husband, which has proven to put a strain on the relationship. She and her husband have hired an au pair to help with the housework and looking after their children, but since their new nanny has come into their lives, our writer has been feeling uncomfortable with how she and her husband have been interacting. Is she being paranoid, or should she throw out the au pair for good?

This week’s new episode, and all the others you might have missed, are available here: