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. 'Liquor amnii' is normally found in: Pregnant women; Cuban bars; East-London pie shops; or Catholic churches?
  2. What colour/color is the second 'O' in the standard original Google logo: Blue; Green; Red; or Yellow?
  3. Spell: Seperater; Separator; Separater; or Seperator (meaning a thing that separates other things)?
  4. The fuel injection system replaced what traditional device for blending air and fuel in car combustion engines?
  5. Plovers or dotterels are a type of birds classed as a: Hawks; Waders; Ducks; or Cranes?
  6. How many square feet is a full sized (doubles) regulation tennis court (excluding the space around the marked lines to run about): 1,104; 1,456; 1,728; or 2,808?
  7. A Pelton wheel converts what power into usable energy?
  8. A phot is a unit of measurement of: Camera shutter-speed; Light brightness; Radioactivity; or Colour/color intensity?
  9. What factual UK radio show at 2012 is the world's longest running and has featured guests' choices including a blow-up doll, suicide pill, and (misheard), 'a penis'?
  10. The Kowloon Peninsula forms the southern part of what 'special administrative' territory? - bonus point - what is the other SAR of C?
  11. As at 2012 what 115-island Indian Ocean nation has the smallest population (about 86,000) of any African country?
  12. Which country has the international telephone dialling code 27?
  13. A TRS connector (tip, ring, sleeve) is more commonly known as a (what) plug?
  14. What length is the shortest side of a right-angled triangle whose longest sides are 4cm and 5cm?
  15. A framework beam - a fink - that supports a wide-spanning roof is also known as a '(what nationality) truss'?
  16. The Turbans, The Five Satins, and The Diamonds helped establish what musical style: Glitter-rock; Doo-wop; Reggae; or Heavy metal?
  17. How many cross-stars feature in the Subaru automotive badge logo?
  18. What connects the terms Parliament, Murder, Exaltation, and Unkindness? - and a bonus point for what each term refers to?
  19. Spell the Russian composer's name Pyotr Ilyich ... : Tchaichovsky; Tschaikofsky; Tchaikovsky; or Tchaikovski?
  20. What psychological condition was named after Greek legend of a beautiful hunter who fell in love with his own reflection?


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