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Stark

1. Dame Freya (Madeline) . 1893--1993, British traveller and writer, whose many books include The Southern Gates of Arabia (1936), Beyond Euphrates (1951), and The Journey's Echo (1963)
2. Johannes . 1874--1957, German physicist, who discovered the splitting of the lines of a spectrum when the source of light is subjected to a strong electrostatic field (Stark effect, 1913): Nobel prize for physics 1919
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"Any company would be absolutely stark staring mad to decide not to have the Queen's head on its stamps," he said.
Cardiff council has gone stark staring mad. It's time it started listening to the people who operate taxis for a living, with taxi ranks almost non-existent, and taxi marshals who move the taxis on at the weekend so there is nowhere for them to park to make their business work properly.
Far more serious is stark, staring mad (which should really be stark staring mad, with no comma, since stark was originally an adverb), psycho, and ready for the laughing academy--the residence for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.