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. 'George' is a common nickname for what aviation system?
  2. Racerback, Balconette, Bandeau, and Shelf are types of what?
  3. In what language do the words 'zajecie', 'sprawa', and 'przedsiewziecie' refer to notions of business?
  4. Diverticulitis is a common disease of what human system: Nervous; Skeletal; Immune; or Digestive?
  5. What French phrase refers to the 'left bank' of the river Seine in Paris, and by extension to the artistic/creative/anti-establishment lifestyle which characterized the area and much of its population in the early 1900s?
  6. According to Encyclopedia Britannica 2012, a skyscraper is very loosely defined as having at least how many storeys/stories: 15; 40; 65; or 100?
  7. Willis-Ekbom disease is more commonly known as: Restless leg syndrome; Leprosy; Syphilis; or Ear-ache?
  8. The Latin term 'intra muros' means: Public; Not public; Under review; or Parliamentary privilege?
  9. The Henri Delaunay trophy is awarded in which sport?
  10. What two rhyming words, originally old English, each mean 'from a place or position'?
  11. From what is the J derived in the brand name 'J-cloth'?
  12. What Latin word for 'straight' gave its name to a part of the human body?
  13. What north-eastern state of India (at 2012) accounts for more than 50% of the nation's tea production, and is said to be the world's biggest tea-growing region?
  14. What was the first chartered corporation of the US: Harvard University; Kellogg Company; Quaker Oats Company; or Bank of New York?
  15. Where in the human body is the sacrum bone: Ear; Pelvis; Knee; or Hand?
  16. Pangaea, Laurasia and Gondwana are: Diseases; Supercontinents; Harry Potter characters; or Flowering herbs?
  17. A 'wherry' is a Drink; Cheese; Wind; or Boat?
  18. The UK-founded communications technology company O2 started as joint venture between which two large corporations?
  19. What area of achievement originally linked the US 'Ivy League' universities: Sport; Academic; Politics; or Military? - bonus points, one for each - name the eight Ivy League universities?
  20. The metric prefix nano means 10 to the power of: -6; -9; -10; or -100?


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