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 tool has the varieties including: round nose, chain nose, flat, and ring?
  2. What is the common name for the northern hemisphere tree genus Betula, having catkins, winged nuts, and bark that peels in strips?
  3. Which female agricultural trade enabled Edward Jenner to devise his smallpox vaccine in 1796?
  4. What capital city lies at the coordinates 53 20N 6 15W?
  5. Name the prehistoric 'humanoid species' found near Lewes UK 1912 and shown to be a hoax in 1953?
  6. What South Honshu city in Japan, associated with international climate change agreement, was its nation's capital 794-1192?
  7. The advanced 'maglev' vehicle propulsion technology takes its portmanteau name from which two key features?
  8. What 'Age' is considered to have occurred around the world between 3600-300BC: Stone; Bronze; Iron; or Middle?
  9. What common chemical compound type, including many natural fats and essential oils, results from replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl or other organic group: Ester; Mineral; Solvent; or Plasma?
  10. Kingda Ka, Takabisha, X2, Steel Dragon 2000, and Millennium Force are famous what?
  11. The US city of Memphis, Tennessee, was named after the ancient (c.3000BC) Memphis city capital of which nation?
  12. What original 1960s surfer's slang expression of thrill or delight was popularized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles children's cartoon?
  13. A drumlin is a: Musical instrument; Spoonbowl-shaped hill; Vegetable; or Drilling machine?
  14. Atoms of the same elements with the same number of protons and electrons, but different numbers of neutrons, are called what?
  15. The Arab food falafal is commonly made from: Chickpeas; Lamb; Aubergine; or Cheese?
  16. Whose book reportedly kept eleven translators in high-security for two months before global publication in 2013?
  17. Which famous English brewer of ale, established in 1787 next to London's Tower Bridge, has a cockerel as its emblem?
  18. What cooking metaphor refers to a low quality novel?
  19. Which children's TV animated character, named 'Pollux' in the original French version, is based on a 'drop-eared Skye terrier'?
  20. Which word, broadly synonymous with 'typeface', derives from French 'to melt'?


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