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Oxford Chamber Music Society

Karine Georgian, cello, and Stephen Gutman, piano, will perform the following at 8 p.m. on Sunday, 5 May, in the Holywell Music Room: Stravinsky, Suite Italienne(Pulcinella); Kodaly, Sonata in B minor for solo cello, op. 8; Shostakovitch, Sonata in D minor, op. 40. Tickets £7.50 from Blackwell's Music Shop, £7.95 at the door; students and juniors £3.

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Oxford Art Society Associates Lectures

The Oxford Art Society Associates Lectures are held on Mondays twice during each term at the Maison Française, Norham Road. Wine 5.15 p.m., lecture 5.45 p.m. Annual subscription £10. Enquiries regarding membership to the Hon. Secretary. Tel.: Oxford 58603.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC's Oxford office is organising return coach trips to Stratford evening performances. Each £25 ticket includes transport and a free upgrade to best stalls or circle seat. Coaches depart St Giles' at 5.45 p.m. for Macbethon Mon., 13 May, and for As You Like Iton Thur., 17 May. Tel. for bookings (RSC Oxford): Oxford 511434.

Tuition Offered

French refresher courses at all levels in beautiful village close to Montpellier, south-west France. Expert tuition by university lecturers with emphasis on conversational French. Pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Tel. for further information: 0181-341 4081.

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Services Offered

Tax advice and accountancy. We specialise in assisting professionals and small businesses 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.

Jeanne Bliss, landscape designer. A two-hour initial visit: £30. Garden plans. A two-year phased programme. Garden design with colour slides. Tel.: Oxford 515379.

Furniture: individual pieces and fitted furniture designed and made by Piers Roberts from workshops in Thame. From tables, chairs, cabinets, desks to fitted bedrooms, kitchens, studies. For the home, office, or garden. Tel.: 01844 218929 or 201325.

Finders Keepers à La Carte—a new concept: a selection of services available to tenants of Finders Keepers rental properties, designed to enhance comfort, convenience, and enjoyment whilst renting Finders Keepers' properties. Call us for your menu. 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.: Oxford 200012, fax: 204844, e- mail: stclements@finders.co.uk).

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Stella Campion, gold and silversmith; Goldsmiths' Crafts Council first prize winner 1994. I can design a unique hand- made piece for your anniversary, gifts, or awards. A friendly and efficient service. Gold work and repousséea speciality. Tel.: Oxford 790867.

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine. Persian carpet dealers. We specialise in large and extra-large hand-knotted oriental carpets and runners and our list includes over 100 such pieces from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and China; we can search other importers' stocks for hard-to-find items if necessary. We also keep quantities of traditional hand-made nomadic and village rugs and kelims at warehouse prices. Business hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 59396.

Gardens creatively designed, planted, and maintained. Portfolio available on request. Colin Broad. Tel.: Oxford 882711.

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.

Micro Instruments Ltd. are an Oxford-based company whose prime business is in the sales and servicing of optical microscopes and micromanipulation equipment. Holding agencies for Carl Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Narashige, De Fonbrune, and other leading manufacturers, we have for the past 35 years been able to assist in the selection and supply of equipment for microscopy all over the UK and overseas. For further information and assistance please contact us. Tel.: 01993 883595, fax: 01993 883616.

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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Domestic Services

Au pair girl wanted, for 9–12 months from Sept. We are a family of 3 (our daughter will be 5 in Nov.), living in an old farmhouse near Göttingen, an old university town in northern Germany. Driving licence essential, and sharing some of the family's interests—classical music, sports, good food—would be nice. Dr J. Schmidtke, Professor of Human Genetics, Hannover Medical School, D-30623, Hannover. Tel.: 49 (0)511 532 3200, fax: 49 (0)511 532 5865, e-mail: schmidtke@humangenetik.mh-hannover.d400.de.

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.

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Houses to Let

Very peaceful, sunny, detached Cotswold stone cottage (Oxford 20 minutes) on ancient farm in Windrush valley. Wonderful views and walks. Furnished/unfurnished; 2 bedrooms, study, oil-fired c.h., insulation, log stove, shed, garage, tennis. Six months min. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 822152.

17 June–8 July: 4-bed, 2-bath detached house in North Oxford cul-de-sac ending Cutteslowe Park; large lounge overlooking lovely garden; large kitchen; washing-machine, drier. Close to buses. Utilities inc. £200 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 515119.

Headington area: house available, professionals only, from July for 6 months; all modern conveniences; off-road parking; very large garden overlooking golf course. £700 p.m. inc. of bills except telephone. Tel.: Oxford 69609.

Furnished central North Oxford house to let from 1 Oct.; walk to colleges, train station and bus station; near Port Meadow; c.h., recently redecorated, 3 desks, filing cabinets, several large closets, secluded garden, garden furniture, terrace, 3 bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms, washing-machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. £870 p.m. Tel. (J. Mackrell): Oxford 775567 (evenings), or (A. Gaston, Canada): 613 7451368, fax: 613 7450299, e-mail: gastont@nwrc.cws.doe.ca.

Berkeley, California, USA, Sept. 1996–May 1997: house with garage and small yard, 10 minutes' drive from the University of California; 1½ blocks from bus line; 2 bedrooms, living-room, dining-room, 1 bath, washer-drier, porch; fully furnished in quiet, tree-lined neighourhood in walking distance of shops, stores, bookstores, restaurants. Weather moderate all year round. No pets or smokers. Rent $1,300 p.m. Lynn Rhodes, 726 Neilson Street, Berkeley, CA 94707. Tel.: 510 525 2643.

Only the best is good enough for Finders Keepers' clients and tenants. We aim for 100 per cent in everything we do; on call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to offer a caring, comprehensive service. We are an `Investor in People' and National Winners of the Best Letting and Management Company Award for the second consecutive year—call us to find out why the best is not the most expensive. 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.: Oxford 200012, fax: 204844, e-mail: stclements@finders.co.uk).

Four-bedroom semi-detached house available for 1 year's rental from late May/June; in friendly neighbourhood in east Oxford, c.1 mile University and hospitals; ideal for a family; in excellent condition throughout with all mod. cons. £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 240017 (evenings).

Modern 3-bedroom detached house, 2 miles city centre; kitchen/family room, dining-room, lounge; fully furnished; cat in residence; secluded garden, off-road parking. Available 22 July–4 Sept. Non-smokers. £250 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 744232.

Pleasant furnished house in Risinghurst; 1 single and 2 double bedrooms, lounge-cum-diner, study, gas c.h., appliances; good decorative order; small secluded garden; off-street parking. £595 p.c.m. Dr Basu. Tel.: 01734 860630 or 01734 875123, ext. 4344.

Osney: 3-bedroom terrace house in excellent condition 10 minutes' walk from central Oxford in secluded district by the river. Fully furnished and equipped, gas c.h., fitted kitchen, washing-machine, freezer, fridge, phone, TV, garden with patio and seats. Available July for 1 year. Only visiting academics considered. £700 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 862347.

Headington, close to hospitals, shops, schools, and buses: 3-bedroom bungalow; 1 master bedroom with en-suite shower and w.c., 1 single bedroom, other bedroom/study, family bathroom, gas c.h., attached garage, telephone, security system, sun-lounge, modern fitted kitchen with automatic washing-machine and drier, waste disposal unit. From 1 Aug., £625 p.c.m. Fully furnished. Unsuitable for sharers. Tel.: 01993 881667 or 01993 704858.

Premier offer a fine selection of property for long or short let. Similar properties always required. Competitive fees and the friendliest service in the city. Call Jan Bartlett at Premier, 207 Cowley Road. Tel.: Oxford 792299, fax: Oxford 798087.

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).

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

Spacious well-equipped 2-bedroom modern furnished flat, with garage, etc., to let; North Oxford, near Cutteslowe Park and buses to city centre. Available from late June. £600 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 53100, e-mail: gittins@stats.ox.ac.uk.

Central North Oxford: 2-bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms, lounge, kitchen-diner, well placed for the academic and business centre; best suited to professionals and mature academics. £675 p.c.m. Available 20 May. Tel.: Oxford 516144.

Spacious sunny 1-bedroom flat; large sitting-room, luxury kitchen with dish-washer, clothes washer and large fridge, good-size bedroom with much hanging space, bathroom with jacuzzi and shower; gas c.h. Available 1 May. £475 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 724840.

North Oxford , near Cutteslowe Park: fully furnished ground-floor flat in modern block available for single person or couple, for up to 1 year from July (min. 3 months); 3 rooms, kitchen, bathroom, garage; only non-smokers acceptable; references required. £500 p.c.m. plus council tax and utilities. Tel.: Oxford 54256, fax: 513723.

Summertown: wanted, 5 responsible sharers for high- quality apartment (single rooms); fully furnished and equipped; available immediately. £175 per person p.c.m. For further details please contact Finders Keepers Ltd., 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 56993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

North Oxford : 1 Sept. 1996–30 June 1997, £520 p.m., fully-furnished ground-floor flat; dining-room/study, hall, living-room/study, bedroom, shower-room, kitchen; dish-washer, washing-drying machine, electric stove, etc.; c.h.; car-port; garden. Stone, 266 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes from city centre: two delightful and very comfortable flats in quiet, civilised family house: (1)—available May: large double bedroom, single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom; (2)—available now: large double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel.: Oxford 52400.

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Accommodation Offered

Central North Oxford: Victorian house available July for 6 months plus; comfortable family accommodation; sleeps 6; £200 p.w. Also central North Oxford, studio flat; suit couple or single person; available shortly, for 6 months plus. £100 p.w. Apply: 123 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon.

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.

Alternative medicine centre. Space available. Therapy and treatment rooms. Consulting and counselling rooms. Every facility. Very moderate rates. Central North Oxford. Tel. for further details: Oxford 511111 (9 a.m.–12 noon).

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Accommodation Sought

Visiting professor seeks small reasonably central furnished flat Sept. 1996–June 1997. Write: Dr E. Sapadin, 512 South Union Street, Burlington, VT 054011.

Two D.Phil.s/part-time lecturers (non-smoking, quiet and tidy women) seek nice, spacious, reasonably-priced, 2-bedroom house; all modern conveniences; prefer central to North Oxford. Tel. Kim: Oxford (2)81600, or Debbie: (2)71670/514326.

Last week in Aug.: parents (University of Glasgow), bride (Brasenose), and bridesmaids need accommodation in Oxford to prepare for wedding. Min. of 3 bedrooms required; meticulous care taken. Contact John or Stella Money. Tel.: 0141-334 3813 (h), or 0141-330 6719 (univ.).

Visiting American professor with family (sister, brother-in-law) seeks to rent 2/3-bedroom furnished house/flat in Oxford (within walking/cycling distance of Queen's College), for 5 weeks, 24 June–29 July. Dr Albert Koppes. Tel.: 001 310 338 7301, fax: 001 310 338 1976, e-mail: akoppes@lmumail.lmu.edu.

Academic Spanish family of 4 (daughters aged 5 and 7) require flat or house to rent 30 June–18 Aug. The family always spend their summers in Oxford and know it well. Tel.: Oxford 513788.

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.

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@post.cis.smu.edu.

American professor and wife seek to exchange 3- bedroom, 3-bath house in New Orleans, close to Tulane University, for a 2- or 3-bedroom house close to city centre for 1 year beginning 1 July or 1 Aug. References available. Professor James Kilroy. Tel.: 001 504 865 5261, fax: 001 504 865 6723.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Sydney: family on UK sabbatical Jan.–June 1997 seeks house-swap or rent. We offer lovely detached house on quiet street; 2 large beds, 2 small beds/study, kitchen/family/dining area, double living-room, 2 baths; best appliances f & f; large garden; pool. Lovely inner harbourside suburb, close shops, schools, bus, ferry, 10 minutes drive/bus downtown. We require well-equipped 2–3-bed/study house in Oxford/area, close to shops, primary school, rail station. Douglas Tomkin. Fax: 00 612 330 8877, e-mail: douglas.tomkins@uts.edu.au.

Visiting professor, wife and son seek quiet, three-bedroom house in North Oxford or surrounding area, Aug.–Jan. Off-street parking and washer-dryer preferred. Non-smokers. No pets. British, now based in US. Looking to rent or exchange our well-appointed house in quiet neighbourhood 30 minutes north of New York City. Will take good care of your home. Tel: 1-(914) 365-6631, fax (until 26 April): 1-(914) 365-8150, e-mail: ncb@lamont.ldeo.columbia.edu or (after 26 April) kottie_christieblick@socsd.lhric.org.

Visiting Spanish academic and family (wife and 2 children aged 11 and 9) require accommodation in Oxford area, mid- July–end of Aug. Exchange is a possibility in Lleida (Catalonia, Spain): a new 3-bedroom flat with all mod. cons. Contact Dr Josep Galceran or Dr David Gavaghan. Tel. (DG): Oxford (2)83574, e-mail: gavaghan@comlab.ox.ac.uk; or e-mail: galceran@etsea.udl.es.

Married couple from Pennsylvania State University, USA, seek 1–2-bedroom flat in Oxford or surrounding area for 1 year from mid-Aug. A swap with home in State College PA will also be considered. E-mail: tavener@math.psu.edu; local contact, Tom Mullin: tel. Oxford (2)72337 (w), or 881876 (h); e-mail: mullin@vax.ox.ac.uk.

Canadian house in North Bay, Ontario (4 hours' drive to Toronto or Ottawa): faculty member and family (2 adults, 2 teen girls) wish to rent or exchange house for 1–4 weeks, mid- July–mid-Aug. House is between 2 lakes, close to wilderness terrain and parks. Will provide car, canoe, bikes, and friends who will give sightseeing, canoeing, and hiking advice. Alan Sparkes, Nipissing University, PO Box 5002, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 8L7, Canada. Tel.: 001 705 474 3461, ext. 4270; fax: 001 705 474 1947; e- mail: alans@einstein.unipissing.ca.

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Holiday Lets

Casa Quintino: old Tuscan farmhouse in peaceful countryside with distant views of ancient Etruscan town of Volterra; 20 minutes from San Gimignano, 1 hour Florence, Siena, Pisa; 3 bedrooms (sleeps 7 comfortably); fully equipped kitchen. Available from 15 June, £250–£450 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 727394 (evenings).

South-west France (Tarn-et-Garonne), traditionally restored farmhouse and outbuildings in peaceful hilltop hamlet with fine views over unspoilt countryside, close to medieval market town; sleeps 8+, small pool, semi-circular garden facing south with trees and some shade. Tel.: Oxford 242034.

Holiday family accommodation, central North Oxford: charming Victorian house, sleeps 6, £280 p.w. Also studio flat for couple, £170 p.w. Both residences centrally heated, washer/driers, microwaves plus conventional cookers, fridge/freezers, colour TVs, linen; telephones optional. Tel.: Oxford 59911.

Coastguard cottage: comfortable, quiet, and fairly isolated cottage on edge of coastal path overlooking Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay at Langton Herring; sleeps 4 + cot; colour TV, record- player, radio. £150–£250 p.w. inc. of electricity for heating, cooking, lighting. Tel: 01608 810563, or write: D. Simon, Little Orchard, Charlbury, Oxon. OX7 3RL.

Italy, outskirts Verona, charming ground-floor flat in fine 15th-c. villa: own entrance, large bed-sitting room, ditto kitchen dining room, secure parking, use of garden area. £250 p.w. inc. all services and weekly cleaning. Vacancies June, July, Aug. Tel. (Moore): 01844 238247, or, in Verona, Contessa Da Sacco: 00 45 526 499.

Peleponnese: unique, recently reconstructed house in the Byzantine Castro of Monemvasia; sleeps 4 (1 double, 2 singles), fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, verandah with views of Cape Malea; under-floor c.h.; open fire. £400 p.w.. Adjacent apartment sleeps 4 also available, £300 p.w. For brochure, tel.: 0181-977 3490 (evenings), or send postcard to: Kate Rendall, Monemvasia 23070, Lakonia, Greece.

Czech Republic, for a holiday full of pleasant surprises; fairy-tale woodland cottage available May–Oct.; 30 minutes Prague; sleeps 4+; wood fires, lake, views, walks, mushrooms, castles, sunshine; abundant food and wine; low prices; English- speaking owner. From £225 p.w. Tel.: 0171-373 0667.

Villa with garden and wonderful views, 40 minutes from Florence; all mod. cons.; swimming and sports facilities nearby; sleeps 8; available late July–mid-Sept. £325 p.w. Lukes. Tel. (Italy): 00 39 55 8428317.

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Houses for Sale

Portland Road, Summertown: attractive 1930s family house with south-facing garden, in very popular area close to excellent schools, bus route to town, and local shops; large sitting- room, dining-room, big kitchen, 4 bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, bathroom, study in large insulated wooden cabin in garden with own radiator, phone, etc.; period features; gas c.h.; also workshop in garden which is well planted, with a mature walnut tree, pond, flower-beds, lawn, terrace. Possibility of extension. £220,000. Tel.: Oxford 54058, or 226490 (day).

Stanton St John: attractive and comfortable stone- built (1843) detached cottage for sale; 2 double bedrooms, sitting-, dining-, and entrance/breakfast rooms; rural views; gas c.h.; substantial studio/workshop and garage; small secluded garden. £147,500. Tel.: Oxford 351765.

Bungalow overlooking golf course, with beach beyond, 8 miles north of Aberystwyth (where the National Library of Wales is situated) and close to Snowdonia National Park; 3 bedrooms, integral garage, good-size garden. Railway station in village. £79,000. Contact Dr E.A. Livingstone, 15 St Giles', in the first instance. Tel.: Oxford 52867.

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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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