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 was the previous brand-name of the Nissan automotive corporation?
  2. As at 2012 the European Union comprises how many member states: 12; 17; 22; or 27?
  3. Loss of temper or sudden uncontrollable rage is called metaphorically as 'the (what colour) mist'?
  4. Name the new French president of 2012?
  5. The mariachi musical style/band belongs to which country?
  6. Name the Bosnian Serb army commander tried at The Hague in 2012 for war crimes against Bosnia 1992-95?
  7. What Latin term refers (literally) to a writer or composer's 'great work'?
  8. What is the international dialling code for Australia: 31; 41; 51; or 61?
  9. How many eighths are in one-and-three-quarters?
  10. What is the main metallic element in the core of the moon: Zinc; Iron; Copper; or Gold?
  11. Beyond the number five, prime numbers can only end in one of which four numbers?
  12. Anachronistic means from another: Language; Time; Culture; or Purpose?
  13. Cape Verde was until independence a territory of which European country?
  14. As at 2012 the official 'authorised version' of the Holy Bible is also known by what monarch's name?
  15. What is the cube root of 343?
  16. The Beau Sancy, sold at a Geneva auction in 2012 for £5.3m, is a: Painting; Diamond; Island; or Biplane?
  17. Insuperable means impossible to: Understand; Believe; Explain; or Overcome?
  18. Albedoza or albedo refers to a surface's what: Hardness; Springiness; Reflectivity; or Smoothness?
  19. What word, from French and Portuguese etymology meaning 'raised', in different variants refers to various peoples around the world who are born locally, of foreign origin?
  20. What royal house immediately followed the reign of England's King Richard III: Tudor; York; Hanover; or Windsor?


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