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Essay Competition

Essay competition in association with The Times Higher Education Supplement: topic—`Women's contribution to the development of society'. Prizes: £1,000, £700, £500, £300, £100. Entries to be received by 30 Apr. Application forms and further details from the OUSU Office, or the Menerva Educational Trust, 4 Slayleigh Avenue, Sheffield S10 3RD. Tel.: 0114 230 4098.

Services Offered

Professional IT solutions: KGH Computing Solutions offers expert advice on all PC requirements. Particular expertise in database design and implementation (Access, dBase, FoxPro); Local Area Networks (Novell, WFWG, Windows 95) and connection to TCP/IP (University Network); consultancy and specification for new PCs and upgrades. Contact Keith Hatton. Tel.: 01734 625707 (answerphone), or 0850 064387 (mobile); fax: 01734 625708; e-mail: 100415.314@compuserve.com.

Speech preparation and presentation support: big speech? We'll help you structure and prepare your speech to suit spoken word. Service includes: audience analysis, keyline extraction, graphics (OHP/slides), and coaching. Also professional preparation of manuscripts and theses, including illustrating (line art or photographic). Contact Harry. Tel.: Oxford 514220, e-mail: harrylts@globalnet.co.uk.

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, private dealers in Oriental carpets, rugs, and kelims. Tribal, village, and town pieces from Iran and Afghanistan in traditional sizes and designs. Some Anatolian and Old Chinese examples. Authenticity guaranteed. Goods on approval. University discount. Open 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 59396.

Garden design. Spring is coming: let me help you put your ideas for your garden into action. Short consultation or full- scale design. Judith Walton. Tel.: Oxford 735179.

Proof-reading service offered by experienced Mac-based copy-editor. Thorough checking for style, grammar, punctuation, and consistency. £10 per 1,000 words. Also fast, accurate typing service on Apple Macintosh. £3 per 1,000 words. Kate Taylor. Tel./fax: 0181-994 6313.

Carpentry, joinery, fitted cupboards, doors, etc., undertaken. Prompt, efficient, and sympathetic service at competitive prices. R.H. Sprot. Tel.: 01869 345060.

Oriental carpets: Persian, Turkish, Afghan, Caucasian, and Tribal Chinese carpets and kelims bought and sold, cleaned and repaired. We carry a good stock of varied sizes and runners in Oxford, and have access to bonded warehouses for larger and oversize pieces. Home trial service. We sell Anti-Slip for rugs and carpets–stops carpets creeping. Braziers of Oxford, 57 High Street, Oxford, and 24 High Street, Wallingford. Tel.: Oxford 246574.

Domestic Services

Children's day nursery—St Paul's Nursery (Somerville College), 119A Walton Street, Oxford, offers full- and part-time places for children aged from 3 months to 5 years within a 12-place nursery, set in a homely environment. For further information, contact Suzanne Hodgson. Tel.: 01543 416616.

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

Houses to Let

Two-bedroom house in central North Oxford, very close to Green College; beautifully furnished and superbly equipped, with landscaped garden and off-street parking. This is a real jewel of a house. Non-smokers only, please. Available from 1 Oct. for 1 year. Rent £800 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 511382.

North Oxford : superb size semi in fashionable road available shortly at £795 p.c.m., part furnished. Roomy and well presented. Early viewing recommended. To view telephone Premier, or call at 207 Cowley Road, Oxford, for detailed information. Tel.: Oxford 792299.

North Oxford , within the ring-road: new self- contained luxury accommodation available from 8 Apr. Very quiet with lovely views and patio. Near convenient bus route. Suit visiting academic, single or couple. Regret no children, smokers, or pets. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 515085.

Very peaceful, rural but accessible (Oxford 20 minutes) detached pretty 2-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage on ancient manor farm; insulation; c.h.; log fire; telephone; furnished/unfurnished; garage; garden; tennis; local pub; wonderful views and walks. Six months min. Tel.: 01993 822152.

Charming cottage on edge of village 15 miles north-west of Oxford; double bedroom plus spare bedroom/study; furnished and equipped to a very high standard; beams, inglenook fire; south-facing; very private walled patio garden. Suit caring non-smoking couple. Tel.: 01608 684700.

Well-appointed North Oxford 3/4-bedroom house with garden leading to canal available for let from mid-Apr. for 15--18 months. Spectacular views over the country balance easy access to the city via Kingston Road. Furnished or unfurnished lease considered. £1,350 p.c.m. J. Noel. Tel.: Oxford 310000 (day) or 58414 (evenings).

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.

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.

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Flats to Let

Self-contained studio flat in central North Oxford, very close to Worcester College. Large bed-sitting room with integral kitchen and separate bathroom. Superbly furnished and equipped. Non- smoking visiting academic ideal. Available from 1 Aug. for 1 year. £470 p.c.m. to inc. cleaning and laundry. Tel.: Oxford 511382.

North Oxford : fully-furnished 1-bedroom flat overlooking water meadows; sitting-room with telephone and fax, kitchen with washing-machine and tumble-drier, shower/bathroom; parking facility. Available Apr.–end of Sept. £550 p.m., exc. council tax. Tel.: Oxford 730771.

Wytham Abbey, Oxford: spacious 3-bedroom apartment on 2 floors, part of grade 1 manor house situated 3 miles from city centre and set in 3,000 acres of park and woodland. Fully equipped and luxuriously appointed. Available July. Tel.: Oxford 247200, fax: 724762.

Attractive new well-furnished first-floor flat off Abingdon Road, 3¼ miles Carfax; double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, sitting-room with balcony and rural views, attic study/spare bedroom. £575 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 510950, e-mail: pavelin@aladdin.co.uk.

Central North Oxford: luxury fully-furnished flat, available now. Large double bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; c.h.; off-street parking; large garden. Quiet, civilised large family house converted into flats. Ten minutes' walk from city centre. Regret no children or pets. Reasonable rent. Tel.: Oxford 52400.

Attractive 2-bedroom fully-furnished and superbly equipped stable flat (building listed grade II) in beautiful rural setting 10 miles from central Oxford; parking for 2 cars; close to main bus route. Available now. £725 p.m. (6 months min.). Tel.: 01844 339650.

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Summer Let

Live in comfort near the Thames only 5 minutes from the city centre: 4-bedroom Victorian house, attractive, modernised; bathroom with w.c., bidet and sunken bath, shower-room and w.c., large split-level living-room, well-equipped kitchen, c.h. Price negotiable. Available 20 July--4 Sept. Single bedsit available before and after these dates. Tel.: Oxford 725193.

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Accommodation Offered

Bed-and-breakfast available in warm, comfortable house in exclusive central North Oxford, within easy walking distance of city centre, all main university buildings, parks, river, shops, pubs, and restaurants. Every room has tea- and coffee-making facilities, microwave, and colour television. Very moderate terms. Tel.: Oxford 57879.

Room to let in lovely shared house with garden, off Iffley Road. £200 p.c.m. plus bills. Available from 1 Apr. Non- smokers only. Tel.: Oxford 721640.

Room to let in beautiful 350-year-old listed cottage in Cowley, with one other person. Available immediately for up to 4 months. £250 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 712185 (evenings).

La Maison Française d'Oxford has rooms to offer to French-speaking postgraduate students for the academic year 1996–7. If you are a student of the History of Science or the Social and Human Sciences, contact the Maison. Tel.: Oxford (2)74220.

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Accommodation Sought

Bosnian girl aged 15½, with professional parents now in Vienna, would like to spend July and Aug. with an Oxford family. Accustomed to looking after children and helping with housework. Contact M. Fillenz. Tel.: Oxford (2)75908 (day), or 58055 (evening).

Are you going away? Two women professionals recently back from Canada are looking for temporary accommodation in the Oxford area while seeking work. Animal lovers and keen gardeners. Do you have a house (and pets) which need looking after while you are away? Excellent references. Mrs E. Benn. Tel.: Oxford 722924.

German academic visitor (mathematician) with wife and baby seeks partially furnished little house or 2-bedroom flat in Oxford for one year beginning Sept.; non-smokers, no pets. Dr Stefan Kuehnlein, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Str. 13, FRG-51427 Bergisch Gladbach. Tel.: 0049 2204 24396, e-mail: stefan@math.uni-sb.de.

d'Overbroeck's is always looking for more good family and self- catering accommodation in North Oxford for A-level students. Our academic year runs from Sept. to the end of June and we would be particularly interested to hear of any self-contained flatlets within family houses which might become available for students to share. Rents are paid through the college. If you think you can help or would like more information, please telephone. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

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.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Exchange

House exchange, Sept. 1996--June 1997: six-room suburban home on golf course in Tucson, Arizona (university town) with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all appliances, use of two cars, for non-smoker house in Oxford--Cambridge area with ground-floor bedroom, bathroom. Carey Womble, 1403 Via Ronda Oeste, Tucson, AZ 85715, USA. Tel.: 520 296 7388.

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Holiday Lets

South-west France: tranquil roof-terraced luxury apartment within tiny walled hill-top medieval village; 2 double bedrooms, excellent bathroom and kitchen; 30-ft south-facing roof terrace, half shaded, high above rural valley and completely private. Mrs C. Laird. Tel./fax: 00 33 53.70.46.80.

Boston: one-bedroom fully-furnished flat in Boston's attractive Beacon Hill district. Suitable for visiting academic or couple. Available to rent July–Aug. at £450 p.c.m. (inc. utilities). Tel.: Oxford 58763, e-mail: gcram@sable.ox.ac.uk.

Lake Garda---Dolomites, near Riva-del-Garda in peaceful hillside villa with spectacular mountain panorama, self-contained accommodation for two, May--Oct. Separate garden entrance with patio; private facilities. £45--£50 per night. Excursions to the Dolomites, Verona operas, Trento. Wine-tastings. English spoken. Tel./fax: 0039 464 518559, or 0171-359 1629.

Portugal: Obidos. Attractive self-contained house/apartment in lovely, quiet, unspoilt rural area 90 kms north of Lisbon overlooking lagoon and 2 miles from sea; ideal for bird-watching, walking, horse- riding. Rent c.£50 per person per week. Tel.: 00 351 62 979534, or 0171-352 3144.

Provence holiday/sabbatical lets. Luxury 3-bedroom apartment on two floors in 17th-c. château; spectacular views to the Gorge du Verdon; swimming-pool, tennis, boules; lake for sailing, wind-surfing, etc., close by; unspoilt area, wonderful walking country. Priced for 2--6. Long or short lets. Available year round---great place for winter sunshine with open fire/c.h. too. Tel.: 01608 684700.

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.

Houses for Sale

Iffley Fields: a high-quality small modern house with double bedroom, living-room, kitchen and bathroom, own private garden and garage in a small, quiet, and secure courtyard development with open views, yet within a half-mile of Magdalen Bridge. Gas c.h. and fully carpeted. Available immediately. £62,500. Tel.: Oxford 739713 (p.m.).

Italy: enchanting Tuscan retreat; 400-year-old detached rustic cottage, requiring restoration; 2/3 bedrooms and 3 other rooms, terrace, and dry cellars; mains water and electricity. Superb panoramic views of chestnut forests and Ligurian mountains. Tranquil setting with small secluded gardens and sun all day, vines, and flagged patio. Magnificent walking with safe woodland trails on doorstep leading up to the Appenines. Excellent location, Riviera coast 25 miles, A15 autostrada 10, Pisa and Lucca 60, Florence 80. Local golf, riding, swimming, and skiing. Freehold £25,000 o.n.o. Alan and Jennie. Tel.: 00 39 187 427022.

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For Sale

Panafax UF-300 fax machine for sale; 5 year old and in very good condition. £300 o.n.o. Contact the Nissan Institute. Tel.: Oxford (2)74570.

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