A Personal Message from Alan Chapman (Businesballs founder/owner)

My partner and soulmate Liane Ashberry died in April 2015. Shortly before Liane died we finished four years of writing and recording an album of original songs. The album is called Ploughed Heart, by Rude Angel (released 9th October) - we were a little amateur trio, now a duo. Our songs - especially Liane's beautiful lyrics and vocals - were mainly inspired by Liane's loss of her daughter Ella age 11 to bone cancer in 2009, together with Liane's extraordinary love, fun, spirituality and generosity in life. The songs are variously touching, uplifting, sad, etc., and some people seem to love them. After losing Ella, Liane raised over £60,000 for bone cancer research and children's cancer treatment facilities. She was the most selfless giving person I have ever known. Proceeds of our album will as far as possible go to Liane's charities, extended now to mental health and suicide reduction, because sadly Liane took her own life. The devastation is beyond words. If you can support us in any way I would be hugely grateful. See our band's website www.rudeangel.co.uk, and our facebook page. You can hear all the songs free at Soundcloud. There is a Youtube video of the single 'Rhythm of Sound' from the album. To promote the album, please sign up to our 'Thunderclap' which will announce the album on 24th October to all of your Facebook/Twitter contacts. Thank you so much. Love to you all, Alan Chapman xxx.

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quizballs 184 - free language diversity and general knowledge questions for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


Two answers are required for each question -

  • the 'non-English' word that was adopted into English, and
  • the language from which it came (directly into English)

How many do you know? Some of the source languages are surprising.


  1. Love it or hate it food brand originally an earthenware cooking-pot?
  2. Crazy, derived from a bovine/equine disease?
  3. Subject of Himalayan cryptozoology?
  4. Enthusiastic or enthusiasm, from military use and original meaning 'work together'?
  5. Celebratory or entertainment gathering or event, typically a suffix for words like film, book, arts, etc?
  6. Prohibition?
  7. High performance, notably of cars?
  8. Audacity or boldness, usually shameless, a word with Aramaic roots?
  9. Official person or body responsible for investigating complaints?
  10. Common sense or intellect, from a language ironically used jokingly to describe nonsense or the impossible to understand?
  11. Revived soulless corpse or mindless unresponsive person?
  12. A moving marker, especially digital, orginally runner or messenger?
  13. Low bed or mattress?
  14. (Take a) look (at something), typically "Let's have a .... at that", originally British army slang?
  15. Sour bacterial fermentation of milk?
  16. Spiritual teacher or expert mentor?
  17. Distinguished and sometimes self-important female singer?
  18. Inspirational aura or personality (of a person)?
  19. Long course bathsponge?
  20. Old woman or grandmother, also obscurely a headscarf, and (slightly misspelled) hit song for artist whose name is actually in the word (bonus point for artist name)?


See also:

Quizballs 182 diversity/words general knowledge quiz 1

Quizballs 185 diversity/words general knowledge quiz 3


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