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Barmy

 

a valuable shoulder garment decorated with religious drawings. Prince Ivan Kalita of Moscow was the first to have them in Russia (14th century). They were worn by Byzantine emperors and Russian princes (and by tsars from the middle of the 16th to the beginning of the 18th century) during coronations and ceremonial outings.

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Bonhomie, barminess and the chap from accounts who insists on buying one for the road, all contribute to possible accidents and a far from happy Christmas.
The event has been organised by BAFTA, who promise a brilliant night of Brummie barminess spliced with just the right amount of Liverpool wit and wonder.
There isn't one - and that is the fault of the constant shifting of philosophies, management and style that has come with lurching from Martin O'Neill's pragmatism to Paolo Di Canio's full-throttle barminess and then to Gus Poyet's wish for a patient, passing game that relied on percentages.
By the early 1990s I had progressed to full blown barminess.
Unstoppable decline into middle age means I long ago stopped resenting the royal meeting, and have enjoyed it vastly since going with the flow of its benign barminess.
impersonations and the downright barminess of an increasingly eccentric John Motson might consider the alternative on Germany's free-to-air channels.
It's the height of barminess to have a successful team financially penalised for their efforts, especially when it's the team that either saves your life or restores the quality of that life in the face of disease.
We cannot simply dismiss every example as an isolated case of stupidity or zeal or plain barminess.
But for sheer barminess and cruelty to his fellow man, the mad, mad, unpredictability of his fourth-round win over David Nalbandian yesterday just about takes the biscuit.