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The best of The Pretenders 

I only recently caught up with last year's Chrissie Hynde covers album Valve Bone Woe, undoubtedly a minor triumph for one of the finest and most inspirational frontwomen in rock. The inevitable outcome, of course, was that it rekindled my interest in The Pretenders' back catalogue, which in turn reminded me that it is now an unbelievable four decades since this great band first came to prominence. In fact, it is exactly 40 years ago that The Pretenders achieved the comparatively rare feat of topping the UK singles and albums charts simultaneously with the classic single Brass in Pocket and their terrific self-titled debut album.

Happy times: Janine on her wedding day

How Belfast woman Janine Howard overcame her facial deformity and got her smile back before tying the knot 

She is withdrawn at first, burrowed down into her parka jacket and trying to shield the right side of her face with her shoulder. It's a physical defence mechanism against the verbal abuse she has endured all her life, the taunts and cruel remarks about her scars and hollows caused by a rare flesh-eating virus she contracted in hospital, while undergoing chemotherapy for childhood leukaemia, at only three years old.

Kendall Glenn, secretary of Ballywalter Young Farmers’ Club

It survived the Second World War and Troubles, romances were born and friendships forged: how Ballywalter Young Farmers' Club has been a rural lifeline for 90 years 

The Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster have long been known to be the most crucial of lifelines for young people in rural areas of Northern Ireland. Members enjoy training, education and competitions that keeps farming youth at the top of their game. Clubs also offer non-farming activities such as swimming galas, public speaking competitions, fencing, group debating, choirs, photography and football among many others that bring rural youth together.


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