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 Mr Men character is orange with ridiculously long arms and a blue hat?
  2. What notable ex-politician became the first female member of USA's Augusta golf club in 2012?
  3. What, meaning 'gentle way', did Jigoro Kano create in Japan in 1882?
  4. What does a lux meter measure?
  5. Prior to Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world in 2012 (at $619bn) what corporation had held the record since 1999?
  6. Spell the Russian composer's name: Tzchaikovsky;Tchaikovski; Tchaikowski; or Tchaikovsky?
  7. Used in the beauty industry, what is the most abundant protein in mammals, mainly found in flesh and connective tissues of vertebrates?
  8. What weapon was named by Finnish people after the Soviet foreign minister responsible for the partition of Finland during the Winter War between the two nations 1939-40?
  9. What word prefix makes new words when added to: sale, food, meal and some?
  10. Heuristic refers to learning or processes entailing: Self-discovery/trial and error; Trainer intervention; Strict theory; or Indoctrination/brainwashing?
  11. What corporation pioneered the use of coupons in consumer marketing, beginning in 1887, so that by 1913 over eight million Americans had sampled its product for free?
  12. What large and complex nation contains varying geographical/ethnic/political regions called 'krais', 'oblasts', 'okrugs' and 'republics'?
  13. What famous toy has been produced with special versions including (Hitchcock's) The Birds, Poop Scoop, Pregnant, Wheelchair, Star Trek, and Bald?
  14. The disgraced fraudulent head of failed monster corporation Polly Peck, Asil Nadir, fled to what country in 1993?
  15. The 'Occam's Razor' (or Ockham's Razor) principle asserts that reliable theories and explanations tend to entail minimal: Words; Rules and Laws; Assumptions; or Complexity?
  16. What is the three-horse-abreast sleigh traditionally seen as an icon of Russia, and derived from this a technical term for a three-member panel or leadership?
  17. Name the e-book reader product brand launched in 2012 by Barnes and Noble/Microsoft?
  18. Moletronics is a portmanteau word combining electronics and what?
  19. What word, equating to check, is given to the amplified sound system for performers at a concert venue?
  20. What is Europe's largest island?


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