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 word prefixes the words ball, board, code, core and hearted to make five new words/terms?
  2. Approximately how many gallons of blood is pumped by the average 'at rest' human heart per day: 2.5; 35; 180; or 2,000?
  3. In which decade was Mount Everest first climbed: 1890s; 1910s; 1930s; or 1950s?
  4. What is the English translation of the German carmaker's name Volkswagen?
  5. Erich Kästner's famous 1929 children's novel set in Berlin is called 'Emil and the (What?'): Soldiers; Sailors; Tailors; or Detectives?
  6. According to majority scholarly opinion, what was Jesus Christ's main spoken language: Greek; Hebrew; Aramaic; or Latin?
  7. The aromatic compound phenol, used in detergents, plastics and an old eponymous disinfectant soap, is also known as (what?) acid?
  8. What Belgian city boasts the famous urinating boy fountain called 'Manneken Pis'?
  9. What heteronymic word has different meanings associated with court process, cricket, and boating or flying emergencies?
  10. Batwing, Corkscrew, Hammerhead turn, Heartline roll, Horseshoe and Immelmann are elements of what form of entertainment?
  11. What sugar substitute, also known as glucitol, is named after the sorb fruit of the sorbus tree?
  12. Name the English naturalist, and US president, each born on 12 Feb 1809 (two answers required)?
  13. South Africa, Vietnam, and Thailand are considered the only three nations to have produced what distinctively haired muscular type of dog?
  14. What are the fatty compounds/derivatives which store energy, signal, and provide structure in the cells of living things?
  15. The western part of the US/Mexico border runs through which desert, named after the Mexican state it adjoins?
  16. A neat bedsheet fold/tuck around a mattress corner is called a '(What?) corner', alluding to traditional method: Navy; Army; Hospital; or Hostel?
  17. From the Latin for 'godlike' what is the traditional word for the academic study of religion and its ministry?
  18. What pleasingly diffracting sodium potassium aluminium silicate gemstone is named after a celestial body of the Solar System?
  19. The 'degree' symbol ° indicates what variation of a musical chord: Diminished; Augmented; Suspended; or Major seventh?
  20. A chalice - as in the expression 'poisoned chalice' - is literally a: Goblet; Potion; Arrow; or Letter?


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