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2008-07-28 06:00:45

By GARETH EDWARDS YOU could say he is the florist of Arabia. An Edinburgh botanist has just been honoured by the Saudi government for decades of conservation work in the country. Tony Miller, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's specialist on the flora of Arabia, was presented with a honorary plaque from Prince Bander Bin Saud Bin Mohammad, on behalf of the country's National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD). The ornate centrepiece is a model of the head...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'