The Hot Things are back with new music from Grimes, Sylvan Esso, Joni and Kelly Lee Owens, blasts from the past, Repeal the 8th and plenty of chat.
You can check out the playlist on Spotify:by
What do you do when you’re mad about music and love chatting with your friends about it? Start your own podcast, that’s what. The Hot Things are Fiona McPhillips (me), Colette Woods, Emma Kennedy, Kate Butler and, all the way from the US of A, Dorothy Kelly.
Colette brought prosecco, Emma brought cherry vodka and would you believe it, they go perfectly together. Just like us. So, without further ado, here is the first Hot Things podcast featuring The xx, Public Enemy, Kate Tempest, Brian Eno, Austra and many more.
You can check out the playlist for our first show on Spotify:by
(First published in the Herald on 19 December 2012.)
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Do you think that men and women should be treated equally?
Do you think that sexism prevents this?
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Before I became that statistic, I never thought too much about it. Although infertility was a fear, it was not something that bore heavily on me – at least, only to the extent that I didn’t want to put off having children for too long, just in case. I didn’t know anyone who was infertile so I could only guess at how hard it might be. Continue Reading →by
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When the Irish Paralympic team returned from Beijing in 2008 with three gold medals, one silver and a bronze, the public started to take notice. Expectations were high for London 2012 but very few people predicted the final tally of sixteen medals – eight gold, three silver and five bronze. Double gold medal winners, Mark Rohan, Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop became household names last summer while the whole Paralympic team stole the hearts of the Irish public. The 2012 Sports Sentiment Index (a survey that looks at attitudes to sport) found that the Irish Paralympics team was the public’s “Team of the Year”. Continue Reading →by
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Infertility is a medical condition. If you have not conceived after 12 months of trying, you can go to your GP, get a referral to a specialist, have some tests done and get a diagnosis such as low sperm count, blocked tubes or polycystic ovaries. At this stage, your specialist can recommend fertility treatment for your medical condition but only if you stump up your own cold, hard-earned cash. Our public health service can bring you as far as a diagnosis of infertility but it will not treat it. If you don’t have the money, your diagnosis is simply the end of the line. Continue Reading →by