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2005-07-04 12:44:28

By Anthony Boadle TARARA, Cuba (Reuters) - At a beach resort near Havana,children with bald heads and skin lesions splash with joy inthe warm Caribbean sea. They are victims of radiation fallout from the worstcivilian disaster of the nuclear age -- the 1986 power plantexplosion in Chernobyl -- and are in Cuba for treatment. "I want to stay here," says Sveta, a blue-eyed 15-year-oldfrom Ukraine's capital Kiev whose eyelashes are beginning togrow back. Since 1990, communist Cuba has...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'