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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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Public discussion on Shakespeare

`Working with Shakespeare': a public discussion. The RSC's John Barton, an acknowledged authority on Shakespeare and verse-speaking, talks with Michael Billington of the Guardian. Sun. 11 Feb., 5 p.m., St John's College Garden Quadrangle Auditorium. Admission free; all welcome.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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Situations Vacant

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.

Cochrane Schizophrenia Group: a part-time secretary (twenty hours per week) is required. This is a new post funded by the MRC for two years. The Group is based at the Institute of Health Sciences, Headington. The work involves facilitating searching for randomised trials, ordering, indexing, data extraction, data entry, and general secretarial duties.The post will be on the Whitley Council administrative and clerical grade IV scale (salary pro rata to £10,542–£12,788 per annum). Closing date: 16 Feb. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Clive Adams (telephone: Oxford 226777, e-mail: ceadams@vax.ox.ac.uk). Applications by letter with a c.v. (two copies of both), including a day-time telephone number and the names, addresses, and telephone/fax numbers of two referees should be sent to Ms Rochelle Seifas, Administrator. Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, Institute of Health Sciences, PO Box 777, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF.

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Houses to Let

June–Sept., comfortable house in Oxford with lawned garden and friendly cat. Both need attention, so rent (£450 p.c.m.) is lower than average. Easy reach of city centre. Two beds. Two reception. Tel.: Oxford 751295.

Woodstock: newly refurbished semi-detached house in quiet residential area of the town (approx. 4 miles Oxford); on main bus route with regular services; 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, dining- room, downstairs cloakroom, large lounge with picture windows opening onto conservatory which opens onto attractive garden with mature fruit trees; newly fitted kitchen, integral garage, gas c.h., cooker, fridge. £500 p.c.m. Available from 1 Mar. Tel.: Oxford 241091 (Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology), or 01295 730311 (after 6 p.m.).

North Oxford : fully furnished house in South Parade, to let from from 1 Sept.; 4 bedrooms, reception room, kitchen, 2 w.c.s, garden. £820 p.c.m. Professor Willis. Tel.: Oxford 57601 (after 7 p.m.).

Terrace house in east Oxford, available mid- Mar.–July; fully furnished and equipped; 2 bedrooms, study, bathroom, living/dining-room, kitchen. £500 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford (2)77375, e-mail: batty@vax.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford (off Banbury Road): attractively presented house; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting/dining-room, conservatory/utility; washing-machine, etc.; pretty gardens; off- street parking; on bus route. Available 1 Mar. £650 p.c.m. References required. Tel.: Oxford 510835.

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.

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

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.

Spacious and pleasant 1-bedroom flat in quiet Summertown residential road; bedroom overlooks garden; sitting-room, kitchenette, adjoining bathroom, own telephone. Considerate non- smoker preferred. £450 p.c.m., plus share of gas/electricity. Available early Mar. Tel.: Oxford 53939 (Wed., or leave message).

Quality apartments to rent in North Oxford and Headington from £695 p.c.m. Fully furnished and equipped to extremely high standard. To view telephone Premier or call at 207 Cowley Road, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 792299.

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).

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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.

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

Visiting postdoctoral researcher (female) seeks a furnished flat from Mar. until Dec. inc., preferably close to the Science Area. Non-smoker. References available. Dr M. Nunez. Tel.: Oxford (2)71374 (day) or 277406 (evenings).

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.

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 Sought to rent or exchange

Cape Town-based family with three children require furnished accommodation for sabbatical period in or near Oxford. To rent or swap with house in beautiful Cape Town for at least six consecutive weeks any time between April and mid-July. Contact Sara Gibbs or Paul Ryder. Tel.: Oxford 201851.

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Accommodation Exchange

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.

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. Write: Fleeson, 1359 Snow Meadow Lane, McLean, Virginia 22102, USA.

Visiting American professor with family (sister, brother-in-law) seeks to exchange 2-bedroom, large sitting-room, 3- bath flat overlooking ocean in Los Angeles, California, suitable for 2 adults, one or two children of secondary school/university age, for 2/3-bedroom furnished house/flat in Oxford (within walking/cycling distance of Queen's College), for 5 weeks from 24 June to 29 July. Dr Albert Koppes. Tel.: 001 310 338 7301, fax: 001 310 338 1976, e-mail: akoppes@lmumail.lmu.edu.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Menorca: self-catering detached villa on outskirts of unspoiled village; palm-tree shaded garden; sleeps 4; 2 kms from quiet beach available June–Oct. £150 p.w. Dr Lawrence. Tel.: 0151-639 1843.

France: Cele/Lot valley, house to let in medieval village; sleeps 6; all bedrooms with en-suite facilities; garden; studio with terrace; magnificent views; 5 kms from Figeac. Available only Aug., weekly or monthly. £350 p.w. Dr Lawrence. Tel.: 0151-639 1843.

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House for Sale

Bladon: spacious detached stone cottage with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and cellar; charming private garden, several stone outbuildings and double garage; excellent decorative order; period featdures inc. beams throughout, inglenook, bread oven. O.i.e.o. £195,000. Tel.: 01993 811256 (evenings). n

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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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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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