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. How long (kilometres/miles) was the Berlin Wall: 4/2½; 8/5; 28/17½; or 140/87?
  2. Where in the human body are glial cells?
  3. Name the smartphone app devised by a London teenager bought by Yahoo for reportedly £18m in 2013?
  4. What reductive metaphor refers to a percentage subtraction from the market value of an asset, which became a description for the EU-imposed tax on Cyprus bank deposits in 2013: Trim; Shave; Crop; or Haircut?
  5. Which US corporation sold its personal computer business including Thinkpad brand to the world-leading Chinese manufactuer Lenovo in 2005?
  6. Opprobrium refers to a deep form of: Wisdom; Respect; Criticism; or Denial?
  7. What Caribbean dance shares its name with a religious concept of somewhere between heaven and hell?
  8. Orogeny refers to the process by which what are created: Quicksands; Wormcasts; Molehills; or Mountains?
  9. What medical/industrial sterilization equipment is named from the meaning 'self-fastening'?
  10. If you were a mounted soldier in medieval times what would two men called Sperrin and Homer each make for you (two answers required - the words sound a little like what they refer to)?
  11. What term refers to an edge-strike in both drumming and basketball?
  12. What item of apparel metaphorically (with colour prefix, usually black or white) refers informally to an internet hacker: Hat; Coat; Cape; or Cap?
  13. What fruit is a metaphorical business term for a sub-standard product, especially a faulty car: Lemon; Berry; Plum; or Banana?
  14. What is the project/brand name for Google's computerized spectacles: Lens; Glass; Spec; or 4i?
  15. Cosa Nostra refers to what organization: Catholicism; Ferrari; Guggi; or The Mafia?
  16. Founded as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, which football club (later renamed) will occupy the London Olympic Stadium from 2016 (a clue is in club nickname and badge)?
  17. Which famous smoker is associated with the expression 'three pipe problem'?
  18. In 1998 who was the first 'First Lady' to appear on the cover of Vogue?
  19. The unrecognized state of Biafra existed from 1967-1970 in the south-east of which country?
  20. Which long-standing anthropomorphic ursine creature did Dennis the Menace replace on the Beano comic's front cover in 1974?


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