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. The word nexus refers to a: Collection; Compression; Correction; or Connection?
  2. What does a philogynist like?
  3. The Italian word pizza originally referred to a: Pie; Pancake; Tomato; or Cheese?
  4. The name of what workwear was derived from the Dongri area in South Mumbai India?
  5. According to the Holy Bible (Luke 2:21) Jesus was circumcized: At birth; Eight days old; Age eight; or Never?
  6. What Greek-based word is the second most important character in a drama, behind the protagonist?
  7. Which pottery pioneer produced 'creamware' and 'jasperware' in the mid-late 1700s?
  8. The Mexican-Spanish spelling of Mexico includes what diacritical mark over the E: Circumflex; Umlaut; Accent acute; or Accent grave?
  9. The musical terms glissando and portamento refer to: Sliding from one note to another; Echo or reverberation; Tremolo or trill; or Shrill and piercing?
  10. What is a saury fish, a captain, and a South African long-sleeved shirt?
  11. The Roman settlement of Arausio in SE France later became what significantly named town and subsequent principality/emblem in Dutch, English, southern African and Irish history?
  12. The 1940-50s US 'amtrac' military beach landing/assault vehicle is a portmanteau term combining which two words?
  13. Conflate means: Clarify; Obscure; Inflame; or Combine?
  14. How many points are on Twitter's 2012-introduced tweeting flying bird logo (wings, tail and beak)?
  15. Pithy refers to communications, notably spoken words, which are: Concise and impactful; Extensive and vague; Soft and sensitive; or Acidic and hurtful?
  16. Which notable leader won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?
  17. The Chicxulub crater is a prehistoric impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in what country?
  18. What Portuguese word for a frenzied homicidal Malay person entered English c.1600s referring especially to a 'running' rioting crowd?
  19. Andorra is a small principality located between which two countries?
  20. What eponymous 1969 theory blames organizations for promoting managers to levels at which they are incompetent?


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