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 base of Pimm's No1 Cup liqueur is: Vodka; Gin; Brandy; or Rum?
  2. Pales, Fesses, Canton, and Saltire are types of designs of what?
  3. Carborundum and Corundum are compounds/minerals traditionally used in: Cooking; Abrasives; Fuels; or Beekeeping?
  4. Langlauf (literally 'long-term' in German) refers to an endurance form of which sport?
  5. Pavilion, girdle, table, and culet are aspects of a what?
  6. What is the traditional trade surname for a person who made or sold (typically knitted) legwear and socks?
  7. When joining two pieces of any given metal, put these methods in order of highest to lowest temperature: Soldering - Brazing - Welding?
  8. Quark, clabber, twaróg, and viili are international variations of a food made from: Milk; Honey; Cabbage; or Lentils?
  9. The musical notation symbols for the treble and bass clefs represent respectively which two letters?
  10. What term for a structure in maths, science and human organization is from Latin 'breeding woman'?
  11. What creature features in the coat of arms of Iraq: Lion; Dragon; Horse; or Eagle?
  12. The beef cut called brisket comes from where on the animal: Back; Chest; Leg; or Neck?
  13. What technical process term refers in food preparation to the softening of solids by soaking, and in organic waste handling to the chopping of solids in liquids to form a slurry?
  14. The verb word stymie, meaning to obstruct something, originally referred to a now obsolete rule in which sport?
  15. What popular tourist destination was reported in 2008 to have the most high-rise buildings per capita: New York City; Hong Kong; London; or Benidorm?
  16. Which famous current Nestlé confectionery brandname, established 1936, was named after J M Barrie's popular London stage comedy, originally unsuccessfully launched on Broadway in 1901?
  17. In 1908 psychologist Alfred Adler cited which leader in proposing an inferiority complex in short people, which became known as the ('What leader?) Syndrome'?
  18. What is the South African style of dried meat named originally in Dutch meaning 'rump strip'?
  19. Cadence in music and language technically and originally referred to rhythmic or tonal effect associated with a: Surprise; Beginning; End; or Silence?
  20. Nephrite, Ca2(Mg, Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2, is one of two minerals more commonly known as what anciently treasured green gemstone, and once considered China's 'imperial gem'?


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