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. Trumpets and trombones are most commonly pitched at: C; G; F# (F sharp); or Bb (B flat)?
  2. A semi-circular protractor used in basic geometry has a scale of how many degrees?
  3. A manse is a traditional name for a house of what professional person: Teacher; Doctor; Undertaker; or Church minister?
  4. Which automotive corporation uses the marketing strapline 'The Power of Dreams'?
  5. Named after its inventor and significant electricity pioneer, a protective meshed enclosure giving electrical protection is called a 'what' cage?
  6. Which national leader took court action in 2012 against a highly publicized artwork depicting him with exposed genitals? - bonus point - Leader of which nation?
  7. Spell the drug/plant: Cannabis; Canabis; Cannibis; Canibis?
  8. Name the UK Culture Secretary accused in 2012 of bias and rule-bending in approving News Corp's 2011 takeover of BSkyB?
  9. The famous Mesquita Mosque, within a Roman Catholic Cathedral, is in which country?
  10. Name the English artist/sculptor famous for large public bronze works including 'Two Large Forms' and many reclining figures and mother and child abstracts?
  11. A major 2012 trade agreement for the Meera Brewery company marked the thawing of commercial relations between which two adversarial nations, partitioned in 1947?
  12. In what sport did Swede Oscar Swahn become the oldest gold medallist at 64 years (1912), and the oldest medallist, at 72 (silver, 1920)?
  13. Which late-1900s significant UK multinational corporation was known as 'The Royal Ratcatcher'?
  14. Pop star Lady Gaga enraged many people of which nation when tweeting on arrival in May 2012 that she planned to buy a fake Rolex in its capital city's market? - bonus point - What is the country's internet top level domain suffix?
  15. What is the common medical name for the increasingly popular recreational drug referred to as a 'horse tranquillizer'?
  16. In which country did the mayor of Taranto, Ippazio Stefano, cause a fuss in 2012 after attending rallies with a pistol tucked in his trousers?
  17. In chemistry a solution is a: Liquid only; Gas or Liquid only; Solid or Liquid only; or Any of these (i.e., Liquid, Gas, or Solid)?
  18. Hegemony means: Leadership; Insurance; Deceit; or Danger?
  19. What vast (originally Spanish state monopoly) corporation owns the O2 and Movistar communications brands?
  20. The IPO (Initial Public Offering, or first share issue) of Facebook valued the company at how many million dollars: 14; 104; 1,040; or 104,000?


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