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 internet/computing term derives from Old Norse hlekkr, related to Old German gelenk, meaning joint?
  2. What letter and colour/color denote the national motorway network roads/signs of Germany's Bundesautobahnen (BAB 'federal expressways') (two answers required)?
  3. What medical Latin term, literally means 'stiffness of death'?
  4. The famous Castilian military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-99) is better known by what name?
  5. Banana Island is the most expensive property in a special edition of monopoly based on which Nigerian city?
  6. In 2012 Shinzo Abe became which nation's eighth prime ministerial appointment in six years, 2006-12?
  7. PSV (Polished Stone Value) is a technical measurement term used by: Jewellers; Architects; Archaeologists; or Roadbuilders?
  8. What, having extremes of 'thick' and 'thin', is the measure of a fluid's internal friction/resistance under stress?
  9. Eugenics refers to optimizing: Animal pedigree; Human population genetics; Plant disease resistance; or Anti-freeze technology?
  10. Name the famous guitarist whose collaboration with the Gibson company produced their first and eponymous solid electric guitar in 1952?
  11. What rejection is shared by LS Lowry, John Lennon; Philip Larkin, Benjamin Zephaniah, and Danny Boyle? Chivalric order; US-visa; Blood donation; or Driving licence?
  12. Visceral refers to a human response of what sort: Intellectual; Group; Violent; or Internal?
  13. Name Facebook's photo-app company which controversially announced it would begin commercially exploiting users' photos/content on a no-fee no-permission basis with effect from 16 Jan 2013?
  14. The name Benedict, as used by popes, etc., is from the Latin meaning: The Blessed; The Wise; The Old; or The Wine-loving?
  15. Cosmetology refers to study/profession in what field: Space; Puzzles/Games; International Culture; or Beauty/Hair?
  16. What is Mexico's largest state, and also a famously small dog breed?
  17. Optics is a branch of physics specifically concerning: Waves; Light; Radiation; or Lenses?
  18. In what two modern countries was the Roman province of Lusitania?
  19. What expression referring to admitting a mistake, humility and shame, derives from an old English peasant dish made with the offal of a deer?
  20. The globally widely used Wechsler Scale assesses what in children: Genetic predisposition to disease; Bone growth; Intelligence; or Teeth formation?


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