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University Museum Shop

The Oxford University Museum Shop for tempting non- calorific Easter eggs in polished stone. Toy hatching dinosaur, tortoise and ostrich eggs, and a range of reference and activity books and kits to occupy the holiday can also be purchased. Until Sat. 13 Apr., readers brandishing this copy may claim a 10 per cent discount on purchases over £5. Museum open Mon.–Sat., 12 –5 p.m. (inc. Easter Monday); Easter closing 4–6 Apr. inc.; admission free.

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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.

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Oxford Friends of Welsh National Opera: concert

`Donald Maxwell sings'—riotously, irreverently, to amuse. St Edward's School Hall, Sat. 30 Mar., 8 p.m. Tickets £12.50 from Lady Williams, 94 Lonsdale Road, or Dr Peet, 4 Stephen Road, Headington. Tel.: Oxford 515199 (Lady Williams), or 61763 (Dr Peet).

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Services Offered

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Domestic Services

Au-pair position in Oxford sought for year beginning Sept. Qualified nurse wanting to learn English, willing to look after children, clean, etc. Local reference Cathy Kennedy. Tel.: Oxford 267673 (day), or 358860 (evenings); e-mail: kennedyc@oup.co.uk.

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.

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Situations Vacant

Choral conductor required: Jubilate!, a chamber choir of approx. 25 voices, is looking for a new conductor. This is a challenging and enjoyable opportunity to work with an enthusiastic, auditioned choir, a unique mix of singers from both town and gown. We put on three concerts a year, covering a wide range of music, and rehearse one evening per week, at present during term-time only. No fee is available, but reasonable expenses could be paid. Send musical c.v. and name of referee to Denise Amos Parish, Choir Manager, c/o Rights Department, Oxford University Press, marking the envelope `private'. Tel. for further details: Oxford 267755 (day), or 712496 (evening).

Secretarial/Clerical assistant: Director of Graduate Studies Office, Modern History Faculty. Good standard of education and secretarial skills required, inc. shorthand and word-processing, and good communication skills. Would suit a responsible and sympathetic person able to maintain confidentiality and work without close supervision, with the flexibility to contribute where appropriate to the general work of the faculty. Previous experience of working in an academic environment would be an advantage. The post is tenable until July 1998 in the first instance, subject to review. Hours 40 per cent of full time (31 weeks per annum), salary pro rata to scale £8,610–£10,276. Further details from the Administrator, Modern History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD, to whom applications, with a detailed c.v., should be sent by Fri., 22 Mar. Applicants should arrange for two referees to supply confidential references by the same date. Tel.: Oxford (2)77253.

Mature Apple Mac amanuensis and secretary sought by solicitor/author. Familiarity with Apple Mac 5.1 and tip-top typing accuracy essential. Hours by arrangement. Remuneration generous. Please write to: Peter Liell, 184 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LR. Fax: Oxford 200950.

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Houses to Let

Aug.–Dec.: terrace house, east Oxford, c.1 mile from city centre; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, large kitchen/diner, garden; friendly neighbourhood; all mod cons. £600 p.c.m. plus utilities. Tel.: Oxford 793378 (evenings) or (2)76595 (day).

North Oxford : 3-bedroom fully-furnished semi- detached house; sitting-room, separate dining-room, modern kitchen with washing-machine, drier, etc., easy access to city centre, available from 1 May (min. 12 months), £600 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 512012.

Wheatley, in village, 6½ miles from city centre, fully-furnished annexe cottage in listed building; large bedroom, living-room with inglenook fireplace, bathroom, kitchenette. Prefer single professional person. No smoking or pets. Tel.: Oxford 873464.

Osney Island, Oxford: fully furnished, fully equipped, 2-bedroom riverside house on tranquil Osney Island, 2 minutes' walk from railway station; towpath leads to Port Meadow and Folly Bridge; city centre 10 minutes' walk; would suit a quiet academic or academic couple who seek tranquillity and a village atmosphere. Elegant wood-and-glass conservatory leads to tree- shrouded garden. £700 p.m. T. Mostyn. Tel.: 0171-229 0517, fax: 0171-221 4322.

Semi-detached furnished house in Headington, newly decorated, rewired; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, bathroom, kitchen, small garden. Close to central Oxford and the hospitals. Available from Apr. £700 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 288147.

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.

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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).

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.

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Flats to Let

Woodstock: fully-furnished ground-floor flat for annual rent; hall, kitchen, bathroom, bath and shower, sitting-room, double bedroom, private telephone, ample parking, etc. £450 p.c.m. Available 1 May. Tel.: 01993 811488, or write: Lyon, 1 Brown's Lane, Woodstock OX20 1ST.

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.

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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

Another female non-smoker required for lovely modern flat in Wheatley, in nearly new very attractive block of 12 flats; 2 minutes all bus routes, shops, etc.; all mod. cons.; large lounge, patio, garden, south-facing, views over country. £50 p.w. plus share bills. Wheatley is well situated for Oxford, on A40/M near Junction 8 of M40. Tel.: Oxford 873734 or 875657.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

Visiting fellow with wife and two children seeks a flat in Oxford for 6–8 weeks in July–Aug. Contact Dr Avi Shlaim. Tel.: Oxford 56244, or leave message on (2)74660.

American academic family of four seeks to rent house in Oxford for Aug. Oxford references available. A.T. Grafton, Department of History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Fax: 609 258 5326.

Swedish academic and family seek a 3–4-bedroom furnished family house for a year-long rental starting July or Aug. Local contact: Oxford (2)73887 (Dr A. Wathen), or e-mail: lina@tdb.uu.se (Lina Hemmingsson).

Young managing director (American), new to the area, looking for comfortable 2-bedroom flat or house in North Oxford, Grandpont, Iffley, or outside the city in nice area but within 10 minutes' drive of Oxford Science Park. Had enough with estate agents, believe I am a near-perfect tenant (professional, non-smoker, no animals, work long hours, reputable company, age 30, reliable, and clean). If you have a place in the £600–£800 range (inc.), please call. Also prefer: two personal phone-lines, maid cleaning, nice neighbours, access to gym and health food. Tel.: Oxford 784411 (day), or 0468 122241 (evening).

Visiting professor needs housing during month of June for family of five. Preferred location: Abingdon, otherwise Oxford. Tel.: 01235 520239.

Two-bedroom well-furnished accommodation required in central or North Oxford for visiting academic, Apr.–June. Contact the Centre Secretary, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Tel.: Oxford (2)78738, fax: (2)48942 (office hours).

We'll house-sit while you're on vacation and pay you for it! Old member Univ. We've rented for the past 16 summers, sometimes from Masters, Vice-Masters. References. My wife's a fanatical housekeeper. 1 July–24 Aug. let preferred, but we could patch two lets together. Up to £350 p.w. Twenty-mile radius of Oxford. Prof. P.C. Stangeby, University of Toronto, 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto M3H 5T6. Tel.: 1 416 667 7729; fax: 7799.

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.

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

Law student seeks Oxford accommodation, 23 June–4 Aug. Will trade house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, office, 2 living areas, sunroom, lovely yards; amenities. Inc. pool, tennis, and golf membership. 4315 Woodcrest Lane, Dallas, TX 75206. Tel.: 214 823 3098, e-mail: ldedman@smu.edu.

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

Attractive, secluded Pembrokeshire farmhouse to let, 5 miles from coast; set in 20 acres of private land with its own freshwater lake for swimming and boating. Sleeps 10/12. Two weeks remaining in school holidays, 24 Aug.–7 Sept., at £350 p.w. Off-season vacancies and rates on request. Tel.: Oxford 56244.

Port Charlotte, Florida—3-bedroom dream home with swimming-pool. Sleeps 6. A paradise to holiday-makers. Rent from £395 p.w./£1,400 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 66344.

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.

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.

House for sale or to let

An extended 3-bedroom semi-detached house in Marston, close to all amenities, school, bus-stop, shops; within easy reach of colleges through University Parks; c.h., part d.g.; 3 bedrooms/study, garage, garden. Reduced to £79,250 o.n.o. for quick sale. Would also consider short-term rental if tenant agrees to viewing for prospective buyers. Rent negotiable. Tel.: Oxford 66344.

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Retirement flats for sale

Finding cooking and housekeeping tiresome? For a person over retirement age £30,000 will purchase a single- bedroom service flat in a purpose-built block with 24-hour warden cover in Summertown area of Oxford. Contact R.A. Birchall, 20 Plantation Road, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 310091.

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