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 highly influential movement of artwork is considered established by Picasso, Braque, Metzinger and others in Paris, 1911?
  2. Nuclear 'What?' and 'What?' refer respectively to splitting an atom and joining two atoms (two answers required)?
  3. The UK-based ASOS corporation is a leading international online provider in which sector: Education; Fashionwear; Holidays; or Mapping?
  4. In which modern nation was the city-state called in Hebrew: Babel?
  5. Apples, plums, cherries, apricots, raspberries and strawberries all belong to which plant family: Honeysuckle; Lily; Magnolia; or Rose?
  6. D'addario, Elixir, Rotosound and Ernie Ball are leading makers of what musical accessory?
  7. The terms crutching, wigging and ringing refer to elements of which animal process, prevalent in Australia and New Zealand?
  8. The term 'mondegreen' refers to: Gardening; Climate change; Cooking; or Misheard lyrics?
  9. The AZERTY keyboard layout is standard in: France; Germany; Denmark; or Wales?
  10. The expression 'sour grapes', from one of Aesop's Fables, involves which creature?
  11. From what fruit is perry traditionally made?
  12. The term 'cytoplasm' originated in: Star Wars; Dr Who; Batman; or Biology?
  13. What creatures were trained by Croatia's Zagreb university in 2013 to detect landmines: Pigs; Bees; Cats; Rats, or Bats?
  14. In motion-detection and automated lighting sensors what does PIR mean?
  15. What metaphor aptly refers to the marketing of US multinational US corporation Bausch and Lomb: Focus; Target; Concentrate; or Penetrate?
  16. The Japanese food word sushi referred originally to: Raw; Rice; Cold; or Conveyor-belt?
  17. The words vagary/vagaries refer specifically to unpredictable: Vagueness; Change/changes; Unhappiness; or Problems?
  18. The diacritical mark resembling a wavy hyphen (here shown above the letter ñ) is called a: Streg; Bolle; Tilde; or Cedilla?
  19. What is the hardest working muscle (i.e., total power output) in the lifetime of the human body?
  20. What homonymic word refers both to a pit and a hunted animal?


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