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Book Fair

Oxford Book Fair: Randolph Hotel, 2 Feb., 2–7 p.m. (note: new opening time), and 3 Feb., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thousands of fine antiquarian, second-hand, and out-of-print books for sale by PBFA booksellers from all over Britain. Catalogue/admission £1.

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Oxford Chamber Music Society

The Endellion String Quartet will play the following at 2.45 p.m. on Sunday, 11 February, in the Holywell Music Room: Beethoven, Quartet in A, op. 18, no. 5; Webern,Six Bagatelles, op. 9; Wolf,Italian Serenadein G; Brahms, Quartet in B flat, op. 67. Tickets £7.50 from Blackwell's Music Shop, £7.95 at the door; students and juniors £3.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC's Oxford office is organising a return coach trip on Monday, 12 Feb., to the Barbican Theatre to Les Enfants du Paradis, directed by Simon Callow and starring Rupert Graves. Each £15.50 ticket includes a free upgrade to a best stalls seat—a £14 saving on normal RSC ticket prices. Coaches depart for London from St Giles' at 4.45 p.m. Tel. RSC Oxford for bookings: Oxford 511434.

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Services Offered

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, private dealers in Persian carpets and kelims. Traditional tribal, village, and workshop pieces in all sizes from Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Old Chinese sometimes available. Authenticity guaranteed plus unbeatable prices. University discount, goods on approval. Open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. every day except Sun. Old Squash Court at rear of 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 59396.

Mallam's: one of Oxfordshire's leading estate agents with an outstanding professional reputation. Major provincial fine art auctioneers holding frequent general and specialist sales, including books. Residential letting and management agents. Head Office: Bocardo House, St Michael's Street, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 241466.

Interior furnishing: curtain makers and traditional upholsterers. Upholstery tools and accessories, braids and trimmings, fitted and Oriental carpets. Wallpaper. A complete interior design service is available. Furniture restoration and chair repairs. Tailored loose covers. Wall panelling, bookcases and individual joinery designed and made. Quality interior and exterior decorating service; `no hassle' building work. Please enquire for further details. Braziers of Oxford—established at 57 High Street, Oxford, since 1896. Tel.: Oxford 246574.

Tax advice and accountancy. We specialise in assisting academics and other professionals with all tax and accounting matters. Fast, personal service at competitive rates. Contact Dr Charles McCreery. Tassano & Co., 118 Banbury Road, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 513381.

Oxuniprint, Oxford University Press—the University Printers: specialising in booklet and publicity material, typesetting, printing, and finishing; Output Bureau provides high- quality output from disk from all major DTP programs onto paper, bromide, colour-separated positive or negative film; high-quality specialist colour copier service. For service, quality, and competitive prices contact Oxuniprint, Oxford University Press, Walton Street, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514691, fax: 514010.

Book-search service: any author, title, on any subject—searched for all over the UK—no fee, no obligation to buy when book found. Send details, basic or precise, of wanted books with s.a.e.—wait 2–6 weeks to be contacted with offers or report. Fast and easy way to find books you have wanted for years. S.E. Owen Booksearch, 4 Cotswold Crescent, Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0SG.

Display cabinets made to any design—for objects from half an inch to half a ton. Some cabinets also available to hire for exhibitions and open days. In addition we sell a wide range of individual display stands and can custom-make any item to your requirements. Please phone for our brochure. Dauphin Display (Oxford) Ltd. Tel.: Oxford 343542.

Town and Country Trees: professional tree surgery, orchard and shrub pruning, planting, and hedges. Quality work at competitive prices. Fully insured. Locally based. For a free quotation, please call Paul Hodkinson. Tel.: 01993 811115.

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Domestic Services

Ambleside House Montessori Nursery, for 2–5- year-olds; 9 a.m.–3 p.m., term-time only; French and Spanish spoken; 3 minutes from the John Radcliffe Hospital. For details, contact Mrs Mariana Cassidy, Ambleside House, 11 Ambleside Drive, Oxford OX3 0AG. Tel.: Oxford 741033.

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre- occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

Situations Vacant

Photographer: occasional work as news photographer for University Gazette available. Applicants must be free to attend 5 p.m. lectures. Contact Helen Howgego on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays for further details. Tel.: Oxford (2)78465.

Hadrian's Wall Walk—minibus driver. The University is organising a guided walk for its alumni, with accompanying archaeologist, from Carlisle to Newcastle, 15–20 Apr. The Walk Director requires a person to drive the 15-seater minibus which will accompany the walkers. He/she must be a safe driver with minibus experience, be fit, articulate, reliable, and possessed of a sense of humour. Ideally an Oxonian interested in archaeology, the person selected should be willing to work long hours and must be available from early a.m. on Sat. 13 Apr. (start Oxford) until late p.m. on Sun. 21 Apr. (finish Oxford). All board and lodging expenses will be paid plus £30 pocket money. Contact Mr Rodney Buckton, University Alumni Officer. Tel.: Oxford (2)78184, fax: (2)78180.

Summer jobs in Hong Kong 1996. The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong has a list of summer jobs available in Hong Kong for the Long Vac. 1996. These jobs are intended primarily for Hong Kong-based students, or for people with friends or family in Hong Kong. Air fares are not provided, nor accommodation, which is very expensive in Hong Kong. Internet: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/rbunker.

Caretaker/chef: post available 1 April (no joke). Two-bed cottage. Previous services experience an advantage. Applications to the Administrative Officer, OUOTC, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ. Tel.: Oxford 242488.

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Houses to Let

Delightful, furnished cottage in converted eighteenth-century barn, in quiet village 15 minutes from Headington and main hospitals, 20 minutes from city centre; very good condition, c.h. and d.g. throughout; 2 bedrooms, reception room with log fire, bathroom with shower/bath, modern kitchen (fridge/freezer/washing-machine), garage, small garden. Available from now to Aug., with possible renewal of lease to Aug. 1997. £600 p.m. Dr Martyn Bracewell. Tel.: Oxford 331407.

Botley: unfurnished modern 4-bedroom house to let (min. 6 months) from end of Feb. En-suite and bathroom, fitted kitchen, garage, and garden; on main bus route. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford (2)70794, 790706, or 514542.

Light, sunny, 2-bedroom (1 double, 1 single) flat available, central North Oxford, St Margaret's Road area. Large living-room with telephone, kitchen with washing-machine, bathroom with shower; electric off-peak c.h. Available 10 Mar.–31 May, and also 1 Sept. for 1 year. £550 p.c.m. inc. electricity. Tel.: Oxford (2)74872 or (2)79017.

Comfortable house to let in Warnborough Road, Oxford. Available for four full months (Sept.–Dec.). Would suit visiting academic. For enquiries telephone Professor and Mrs Cohen. Tel.: Oxford 514606.

Detached large North Oxford house—central North Oxford, near University Parks. Available July, Aug., Sept. Seven bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and shower, 3 living-rooms, etc.; large garden; fully equipped for academic home. Suit sabbatical family; fax, bicycles, and all mod. cons. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 58743.

Converted 16th-c. dairy in centre of pretty village (Church Hanborough), 7 miles from Oxford: 4 bedrooms, study, utility room with washer/drier, gas c.h. plus wood-burning stove; walled garden; parking; fully furnished; on bus service, near Cotswold rail line. Tel.: 01993 882065 or Oxford 310000 (Mrs Hurst).

Desirable furnished mill house cottage to let, in pleasant village near Woodstock; bathroom, 2 bedrooms, large sitting- room, well-equipped kitchen, garden, garage. £500 p.m. Available end of Feb. Tel.: 01993 811351.

At Finders Keepers each and every caller receives a personal service—fast, experienced, and efficient; for overseas applicants we offer a Priority Reservation System to ensure a suitable property is ready for arrival—meeting individual needs is our speciality. Try us first. Call, write, or e-mail for further information. Finders Keepers Ltd., 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 56993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; also 27 St Clement's, Oxford OX4 1DJ (tel.: 200012, fax: 204844, e-mail: stclements@finders.co.uk); Internet site: http://www.oxlink.co.uk/business/finders.html.

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Please telephone or fax us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: Oxford 64533, fax: 64777.

Flats to Let

Basement flat in north central Oxford: large and light bed-sitting room, kitchen–dining-room and bathroom, in family home; own entrance and telephone; non-smokers preferred; possibility of evening child-sitting to set against rent. Available end of Feb., rent £350 p.c.m. for one person (inc. heating and hot water). Tel.: Oxford 57932 (evenings and weekends).

Spacious and modernised flat; sound-proofed, fire proofing, fire escape; d.g, c.h.; well equipped; 2 bedrooms, lounge, shower-room, fitted kitchen, 2 possible study areas, parking for 2 cars. West Oxford, easy access to city and A34. Available immediately. Non-smoker. No children, no pets. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 863238.

Wheatley, centre village, annexe to listed building; 1 bedroom, large sitting-room, bathroom, kitchenette. Tel.: Oxford 873464.

Headington, convenient for John Radcliffe, Churchill, etc., and central Oxford: comfortable fully furnished studio flat, self-contained, with own entrance; single bed, kitchenette en-suite, and shower, w.c., etc.; own c.h. and telephone. Shorthold tenancy. Non-smoking. Very suitable for mature postgraduate, professional, or academic. £320 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 68925.

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Accommodation Offered

Bedsit in family home in North Oxford; en-suite facilities comprising shower, wash-basin, and w.c. Share kitchen. £55 p.w. inc. Tel.: Oxford 53161 after 6 p.m.

North Oxford : attractive, quiet, self-contained bedsitter with cooking facilities, fridge, etc., to let, £60 p.w. plus electricity. Non-smoker. Deposit and references needed. Arnold. Tel. and fax: Oxford 515264.

Bed-and-breakfast available in a warm, comfortable house in exclusive central North Oxford, within easy walking distance of all main university buildings and town centre; a stone's throw from parks, river, and several excellent restaurants. Colour TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities in all rooms; microwaves available. Very moderate terms. Tel.: Oxford 57879.

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Accommodation Sought

Apartment sought, 2 bedrooms, furnished, mid- June–early Aug. for American professor, 2 well-behaved children (7 and 3) and grandmother. Jane Winn, SMU School of Law, Dallas, Texas 75275. Tel.: 001 214 768 2583, fax: 001 214 768 4330, e-mail: jwinn@mail.smu.edu.

Yale professor on sabbatical seeks large, well- appointed furnished family house near Oxford centre for year-long rental or exchange starting July. Washer/drier/dish-washer preferred. Tel.: 203 432 4932; fax: 203 432 1040.

If you are thinking of letting your property Finders Keepers will be delighted to meet you to discuss your requirements—without obligation—and to offer expert advice based on over 25 years' experience of the Oxford rental market. Call, write, or e-mail for further information. Finders Keepers Ltd., 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 56993, e- mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; also 27 St Clement's, Oxford OX4 1DJ (tel.: 200012, fax: 204844, e-mail: stclements@finders.co.uk); Internet site: http://www.oxlink.co.uk/business/finders.html.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management are one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us. Tel.: Oxford 64533, or fax: 64777.

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Accommodation Exchange

American family of four seeks house- and car-swap in Oxford or environs for six or seven weeks in June and July. Our 5- bedroom house in McLean, Virginia, is 8 miles from the centre of Washington, DC, and very close to all the attractions of mid-Atlantic USA: Blue Ridge Mountains, Atlantic beaches, Chesapeake Bay, New York City. Garage, Toyota in excellent condition, neighbourhood pool and tennis, safe family-friendly subdivision. Tel.: 00 1 703 356 9457.

Edinburgh: charming house in quiet avenue at foot of Arthur's Seat; 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6/7), 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining- room, kitchen, secluded garden; 10 minutes from Prince's Street, Royal Infirmary, university; excellent primary school next door. Non- smoking visiting fellow and family seek similar in Oxford for exchange early Apr.–mid-July. Tel.: 0131-661 5704.

School student exchange

We are an English-speaking Czech family (husband a writer, wife a journalist) looking for an English friend to help improve our 15-year-old daughter's language skills. We would like to set up an exchange between the Czech Republic and Britain. We can offer hospitality in Prague and a mountain house (north-western Bohemia) this summer. We also speak Russian, French, and German. Hana Stepánková, Charlese de Gaulla 11, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic. Tel.: 0042 2 3119278.

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Holiday Lets

Sicily: holiday home, 1 hour Siracusa, 1½ hours Noto; fairly Spartan conditions but right on the sea-coast between last 2 lighthouses in Europe. Tel.: Oxford 52876.

Tuscany, Italy: large farmhouse, fully modernised with pool and large garden; mountain village near Lucca; stunning countryside; one-and-a-quarter hours Pisa, one-and-three-quarter hours Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Not available Aug. Tel.: 0181-446 4913.

Torehill Cottage: comfortable and quiet country cottage on the edge of Abernethy Forest in Cairngorm foothills, available to colleagues and academics; sleeps 5, and well-suited to family use, seclusion for writing, etc. £160 p.w. (reduced out of season). Tel. for details and dates available: Oxford 68925.

Catalonia: well-appointed 3-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regençós (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell; several superb beaches within radius of 6 miles; sleeps 6; on 2 floors, each a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, lounge/dining area; ground floor: large double bedroom, upper floor: similar double bedroom and further twin-bed room. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sun. and will cook delicious meals.£1,000 p.c.m., or £300 p.w. Dr Charles Mould. Tel.: 01993 831747, fax: 01993 831748, e-mail: charles.mould@st-cross.ox.ac.uk.

Lot-Dordogne border: chambres d'hôtes(very reasonable rates) with our French friends in a picturesque hamlet a few kilometres from Souillac. Quiet countryside away from the tourist rush but with easy access to a wide range of facilities and interesting sites. Tel.: 00 33 65 37 60 24, or Oxford 57242.

Italy, outskirts Verona (frequent buses to city centre): apartment for two people in fine fifteenth-century villa in large garden; large bed-sitting room, kitchen/dining-room, bathroom; separate entrance; parking; garden area reserved for guests. £250 p.w., inc. all services and weekly cleaning. Available from May. Tel. for further information (Moore): 01844 238247; or owner, Contessa da Sacco: 00 45 526499.

Tarn-et-Garonne: lovely old stone house, many original features, fully modernised, situated in small, friendly village with shops and post office. Sleeps 6/8. Within easy reach of Albi, Cordes, Najac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue. Walking, canoeing, riding, butterflies, birds, and beautiful countryside. £200–£475 p.w. (not Aug.). Tel. for details and photographs: Oxford 515311.

South-west France: comfortable village house in small ancient village, Herault, near Bezier; close to shopping and to lake, mountains, river, and sea; 3 bedrooms, small garden and large terrace, kitchen, bathroom, grenier, and cave. £200 p.c.m. Not available during summer. Tel.: 0171-927 2079.

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House Purchase Sought

Recently-appointed professor seeking family home in central North Oxford in the region of £200K. Preferred area around Phil and Jim and St Barnabas schools. Should have at least 3 bedrooms, convenient social space, and garden. Have sold own home; cash in bank and can accommodate a quick settlement. No chain please. Tel.: Oxford (2)71930 (office). n

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Flat Purchase Sought

Retired Oxford don wishes to buy ground-floor flat in central North Oxford, with 2 or 3 bedrooms, and garden. Tel.: Oxford 57175.

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Flat for Sale

La Plagne Centre, Savoie: 3-room furnished flat, sleeps 6; large south-facing balcony, panoramic view; skiing starts at door; satellite dish. Offers in the region of £85,000. Tel. for details: 0171-221 3676.

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Car For Sale

Citroën BX 19 TGD, H reg., dark metallic blue, 71,000 miles, 1 previous owner; new gearbox and suspension system; just serviced; electric windows and sunroof; stereo; power steering; full cloth trim; f.s.h.; taxed till Apr.; never broken down. £5,100. Dr Robert Smith. Tel.: Oxford 59499.

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