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Public Meeting

`Genetically improved biopesticides: are there risks?'—open meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, 13 November, in the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology (part of the Natural Environment Research Council). Risk assessment of genetically improved viral pesticides as alternatives to chemical pesticides for crop control is being carried out by the IVEM. The open meeting will provide an account of current research, to be followed by questions. Tickets may be reserved by writing to the Secretary, IVEM, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3SR (tickets will also be available at the venue, space permitting). Tel.: Oxford 512361, fax: 59962.

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Bodleian Shop

The Bodleian Shop will remain open until 6 p.m. every weekday evening until Christmas. New: Cats in Oxford desk calendar, silver Radcliffe Camera earrings and cufflinks, and lots of other gifts and cards. Entrance in Old Schools Quadrangle. Open 9–6 weekdays, 9–12.30 Sats.

Hadrian's Wall Walk

Volunteers are sought by the Alumni Office to assist with the planning of the Oxford University Hadrian's Wall Walk, 15–20 April 1996. Please contact the University Alumni Officer, Rodney Buckton, External Relations Office, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB. Tel.: Oxford (2)78128, fax: (2)78180.

Alumni Office

Volunteers are sought to assist the University Alumni Officer in a variety of interesting projects. Please write, telephone, or fax to: the Alumni Office, University of Oxford External Relations Office, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB. Tel.: Oxford (2)78128, fax: (2)78180.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC's Oxford office is organising return coach trips to Stratford evening performances. Each £18.50 ticket includes a free upgrade to best Stalls or Circle seat---a £15 saving on usual RSC seat prices. Coaches depart St Giles' at 6 p.m. for the following performances: Taming of the Shrew, Thurs., 2 Nov.; Romeo and Juliet, Mon., 6 Nov.; Richard III, Thurs., 9 Nov.; Julius Caesar, Mon., 13 Nov. Bookings (RSC Oxford): Oxford 511434.

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Cherwell Singers

The Cherwell Singers will perform the following at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 11 November, in Magdalen College Chapel: Dvorak, Mass in D; Janacek, Otcenas; Bernstein, Chichester Psalms. Tickets £7 (concessions £5), from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door.

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Volunteers sought

Volunteers are sought by the Director of the Aviation Health Institute for setting up a medical database and providing secretarial support. The Institute is a medical research charity for passenger health. Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee. Please contact Farrol Kahn, AHI, 8 King Edward Street, Oxford OX1 4HL. Tel.: Oxford 739681, fax: 726583.

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Tuition Offered

English Language teaching and conversation offered by a qualified teacher, BA (Hons.) Modern Languages and TEFLA RSA Cert. B, at £10 per hour (individual). Price negotiable for small groups (2–6) and for 3 or more hours per week. Tel.: Oxford 514399.

English as a Second Language: individual and small- group tuition available for the families of visiting academics. Specialist tuition in Academic English also available. The English Tutorial Centre, 39 Kennett Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7BH. Tel. and fax: Oxford 63065.

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Services Offered

Going away for Christmas or the New Year? Retired Oxford graduate lecturer is available for dog-sitting. Early booking advisable. Tel.: Oxford 52740 (evenings).

Jeanne Bliss, garden designer, Oxford and California; Rewley House gardener 1985–90. A two-hour initial visit: £30. Tel.: Oxford 515379.

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, dealers in Persian, Turkish, and Afghan carpets and rugs, runners, and kelims. Wide selection of tribal, village, and workshop pieces in stock. List available of extra-large carpets and runners in store. Extremely generous reductions until new goods arrive end Oct./early Nov. Browse without obligation 10 a.m.--6 p.m., for 7 days a week. Old Squash Court at the rear of 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 59396.

Original joinery: beautiful bookcases, cabinets, and fitted furniture, individually designed and hand-made in hard- and softwoods. Restoration and architectural joinery for period buildings; interior design and construction. For original designs and traditional skills, contact Original Joinery. Tel.: Oxford 741754, or 0367 2402125.

Social science research assistance offered: experienced research (grade A), with own transport, office, and PC will among other things: do literature searches and prepare bibliographies; do quick summarising translations from French, Spanish, German, and Dutch into English; advise on software to be used to collect, analyse, and report research data; design tailor- made databases and applications and do training; check and clean datasets; do qualitative and quantitative analysis; do interviews and write them up; solve Windows problems. No job is too small; no overheads; reasonable rates. CV and references available. D. Hermans. Tel.: Oxford 56575.

Garden design. If the dry summer left you dissatisfied with your garden, let me help you re-plan for next year. Short consultation or full-scale design. Judith Walton. Tel.: Oxford 735179.

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

Serious academic summer program in Paris seeks Director. Candidates should have 10 years' experience in secondary school education, fluent French, and a good knowledge of Paris. Advanced degree preferred. Send references and c.v. to: the Executive Director, Academic Programs, 601 W110th St., Suite 7R, New York, NY 10025, USA. Fax: 212 663 8169.

Canterbury Cathedral: Director of Works and Estates. There is an immediate vacancy for an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor who would have overall responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the Cathedral, including the Precincts and associated buildings, and (in conjunction with the Surveyor to the Fabric, who is an architect) the restoration and conservation of the fabric. He would also have responsibility for the management and administration of the Chapter's investment properties let to commercial and residential tenants. The Director will be assisted by the Clerk of Works (who is responsible for the management and supervision of the directly employed labour force) and an Estates Officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of the investment properties, the letting and marketing of which is arranged through outside agents. While a full-time appointment is envisaged, it is possible that a part-time basis could be arranged which would be suitable for a surveyor who has already taken, or is contemplating, early retirement. The salary for a full-time appointment would be £30,000 per annum (pro rata for part-time). Accommodation, on favourable terms, could be made available if required. Further details can be obtained from the Receiver General (or the Estates Surveyor, E.A. Vallis) and applications should be submitted by 6 Nov. Cathedral House, the Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH.

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Houses to Let

Headington Quarry: well-furnished detached house in peaceful position near bus route. Master bedroom (en-suite), two other bedrooms and bathroom, living/dining-room, study, breakfast room, kitchen, utility room, double garage. Non-smokers only; no pets. Min. let 6 months, renewable. £750 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 741197.

Furnished terrace house in Temple Cowley to let for 4 months or less, approx. Nov.–Feb. Suit 1 person. £95 p.w. Heather Wilson. Tel.: Oxford 776309.

Near Banbury: available from 1 Nov., 2½-bedroom cottage, partly furnished; garage; small garden. Suit professional persons. Also poss. work available helping neighbour with house/dogs. Currently being repainted. Tel.: 01874 754 340.

Furnished central North Oxford house to let, from Oct. 1995 (dates flexible); walk to colleges, train station, bus station; near Port Meadow; c.h., recently redecorated, secluded garden, garden furniture, terrace; 3 bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms, washing-machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. £830 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 775567 (J. Mackrell, evenings); or tel. (A. Gaston, Canada): 613 7451368/819 6710348, fax: 613 7450299 , e-mail: gastont@nwrc.cws.doe.ca.

House, north of Summertown, 2 double bedrooms, large study/third bedroom, separate dining-room, 30-ft lounge, attractive gardens, fully furnished (microwave, dish-washer, washing-machine, drier, TV), available mid-Dec.–end of Mar. or part of that period. Suit visiting academic. £750 p.c.m. Tel. or fax: Oxford 59421.

Two-bedroom period cottage to let in Witney, approx. 9 miles west of Oxford. Fully furnished, fitted kitchen, small conservatory, living- room, washing-machine, TV, telephone, linen, charming garden. Available immediately for 12 months in the first instance. £500 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 65629, fax: Oxford 224378.

Finders Keepers: Finders Keepers are the current holders of the Best Letting and Management Office in the UK. For over 25 years Finders Keepers has specialised in serving the needs of Oxford's academic landlords and visiting tenants and has developed tailor-made services: a choice of 5 for home owners; advance Priority Reservation System with comprehensive booklet and maps for academic visitors. Call, write, or e-mail for further information and fast personal service. 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).

Coming to Oxford? QB Management are one of Oxford's foremost letting agents with a range of good quality flats and houses in the Oxford area. We specialise in lettings to visiting academics, medical personnel, and other professionals and our aim is to provide 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 to help without obligation. Tel.: Oxford 64533, fax: 64777.

Mallam's Residential Letting and Management Department offers a complete letting and management service. If you are considering letting your property please call for a professional consultation without cost or obligation. Tel.: Oxford 241466.

January until mid-Apr.: architect-designed single- storey home: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 living-rooms and a heated swimming-pool and garden. £1,000 p.c.m. (inc. a cleaner). Tel. Finders Keepers: Oxford 311011.

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Flats to Let

Summertown: spacious flat with character for 1/2 people in convenient quiet location. Bedroom, sitting-room (period fireplace, stripped pine, etc.), large sunny kitchen/diner; all mod cons. and most are brand-new. Use of garden. References required. Tel.: Oxford 58775.

Central Headington, close to hospitals, available Nov., recently converted 2-bed flat; spacious, tastefully furnished, fully-fitted kitchen, large living-room, bathroom with bath and separate pumped shower; gas.c.h.; d.g. Professionals and academics only. Rent £590 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 68504 (evenings).

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes from city centre, delightful and very comfortable flat available now in quiet, civilised family house: 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

Shared house: independent male graduate to share a quiet house, facing Port Meadow. Rent £58 p.w. inc. Tel.: Oxford 515379.

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.

Accommodation Sought

Professional married couple, both doctors, non- smokers, required furnished 2/3-bedroom house/flat to let for minimum of 12 months from Dec./Jan. Preferably Jericho/North Oxford/Old Marston areas. Dr S. Curtis. Tel.: Oxford 715920.

Apartment sought, 2 bedrooms or 1 large bedroom, for Apr.-- June 1996 (Apr.--Aug. also possible). North Oxford preferred. Responsible academic couple on leave, 1 older child, non-smoking, no pets. W. Zwicker, Math. Dept., Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308. E-mail: zwickerw@gar.union.edu.

Royal Society Visiting Fellow from People's Republic of China needs 2-bedroom flat in Oxford, from Dec./Jan., for 5--6 months, when his wife and 6-year-old daughter join him. Rent less than £400 p.c.m. Dr Shisong Jiang. Tel.: Oxford 222327 (day), e-mail: jshisong@immsvr.jr2.ox.ac.uk.

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

Swap houses: we have a beautiful house and garden from the 17th century surrounded by lovely nature, 1 km from beach; also two wing buildings and stable. In Gotland, Sweden. We wish to swap with someone in London, Oxford, or anywhere within 2 hours of Reading. Mar.–Aug. 1996. Tel. (Sweden): 0998 483833. n

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House for Sale

Beautifully presented and individual 3-bedroom detached house at Garsington (10 minutes' drive Oxford, easy access M40/London); in quiet location with views to open countryside front and rear; good decorative order; large lounge overlooking garden; separate dining-room and kitchen overlook front garden; downstairs cloakroom and access to adjoining garage; upstairs 3 bedrooms, bathroom; gas c.h. Designed and built with interesting features for present owners. £139,000 ONO. No chain; some flexibility possible over completion date. Tel./fax: Oxford 735540.

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