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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  1. What capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh became famous for the 1984 gas poisoning disaster at Dow Chemicals' Union Carbide plant?
  2. What, according to Forbes magazine in 2011 "...achieved in 7 years what the CIA could not in 60, i.e., knowing what 800million people think, read and listen to..." ?
  3. The French term ligne (equating to 'line' in English) is used by makers of watches, buttons and hats as an expression of: Size; Hardness; Quality; or Circular perfection?
  4. The international SOLAS treaty, passed two years after after the 1912 Titanic sinking, stands for what?
  5. The word husband is derived from the ancient Old Norse meanings of 'house' and what activity: Farming; Hunting; Fighting; or Child-rearing?
  6. Who wrote The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, and The Boys from Brazil?
  7. Name the controversial guest character, subject to European extradition proceedings, appearing in the 500th edition of The Simpsons TV animation series?
  8. Cymraeg refers to what nation's language, in its own language?
  9. The European/Asian slow worm (Anguis) is what sort of animal: Snake; Lizard; Eel; or Earthworm?
  10. Spell the surname of the notable German writer and philosopher: Nietzch; Neitsche; Nietzsche; or Nietzche; or Neitzche?
  11. Piscine Molitor Patel is better known by what highly abbreviated name, being the central character of an eponymously titled novel?
  12. SOPA, the 2011/12 USA bill addressing internet copyright infringement stands for what?
  13. Name the UK government minister in the news in 2012 for his initiatives for schools bible distribution and a new royal yacht?
  14. The Venetian island of Murano is noted for its centuries-old traditional manufacture of what material in decorative form?
  15. 'Guerilla' street art attributed to 'Banski' became a notable feature of what capital city in 2012?
  16. The fashionable Belstaff clothing label was founded in Staffordshire UK in 1924 initially to produce protective waterprooof clothing for: Fishermen; Motorcyclists; Policemen; or Deep-sea divers?
  17. 'Data Pool 3' refers to millions of documents provided to police investigators by what organization?
  18. What mixed drink takes its name from the Spanish for 'bleeding'?
  19. What instrument is the basis of the occupational name for a stringed instrument maker, notably of violins and guitars?
  20. The printing/publishing term 'vox nihili' referring to a useles or redundant word, especially from an error, literally means what?


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