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Oxford Chamber Music Society

Liam Abramson, cello, and Charles Wiffen, piano, will perform the following works at 2.45 p.m. on Sunday, 16 February, in the Holywell Music Room: Beethoven, Sonata in F, op. 5, no. 1; Schubert, Sonata in A minor, D.821 (Arpeggione); Brahms, Sonata no. 2 in F, op. 99. Tickets £8 in advance from Blackwell's Music Shop, £9 at the door; students and juniors £4.

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Tuition Offered

The Alexander Technique can help relieve stress and tension. For more information and a brochure please telephone Janet Sherbourne, MSTAT. Tel.: Oxford 770272.

English language. Academic writing, grammar, pronunciation, etc., flexible timetables including evenings, Saturdays. Conversation hour, Cambridge exams., general English are best value in Oxford. Writing up? Private tuition available with experienced tutors. Free test/advice from the Director of Studies Mon.--Fri. 1--5 p.m. Oxford Language Training, 9 Blue Boar Street (off St Aldate's by Christ Church), Oxford. Tel. Oxford 205077, e-mail: OLT@dial.pipex.com.

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Services Offered

We sell, buy, exchange, repair, and clean all types and sizes of oriental rugs and runners. Visit our gallery/warehouse without notice in business hours 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat. Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, Persian carpet merchants, Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

Braziers of Oxford: curtains, loose covers, blinds, soft furnishings, sofas, and chairs made to order. Traditional reupholstery and antique restoration. Bookcases, radiator covers, and bespoke cabinet-making. Broadloom carpet supplied and fitted. Oriental carpets bought and sold, cleaned and repaired. Accompanied visits to bonded warehouses. We supply and hang wallpaper and attend to internal and external painting. 57 High Street, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 246574.

Psychotherapy and counselling available through the Oxford Centre for Human Relations with qualified practitioners. Low-cost service (£5–£15 per hour's session) also available with trainees and graduates under supervision. There is no waiting list. Tel.: Oxford 202775 (OCHRe), 510362 (Nick Owen), or 01926 311356 (Margaret Godwin).

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

General assistance is offered to an elderly person in return for lodging by a 25-year-old Danish fifth- year medical student while she is working as a volunteer in an Oxford hospital. Three to four months from Mar. Sofie Vetli Hjorth Madsen. Tel.: 00 45 42 89 10 51.

Balliol College morning playgroup has vacancies for children 18 months–4 years. For further details contact Pat Jones. Tel.: Oxford (2)77752.

Blue House is a small, intimate nursery for children 2½–5 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre- school activities. Our aims are to encourage independence, self-confidence, and social skills. Safe secluded garden. Afternoon vacancies from Easter and a waiting list is available. Tel.: Oxford 247877.

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

Trinity College: part-time general assistance required in the College Office two afternoons p.w. Contact the Academic Administrator, Trinity College. Tel.: Oxford (2)79910.

Maison Française: the Director urgently requires a graduate Personal Assistant/Secretary. Candidates should have some professional experience and be dynamic, motivated, flexible, and of British nationality. Excellent French and word-processing essential. Knowledge of Word 6, PageMaker 5.0, and databases an advantage. Good salary, 9 weeks' annual holiday. Write to the Bursar enclosing a c.v. and the names and address of two referees. Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE. Tel: Oxford (2)74225.

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Volunteer Sought

The University Alumni Office, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford, requires a volunteer to help for up to 4 hours p.w., to be worked on either Mon. or Tue., to assist with mailing, photocopying, and general clerical work. Contact Rodney Buckton, University Alumni Officer. Tel.: Oxford (2)78184, fax: (2)78180.

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Houses to Let

Furnished central North Oxford for rent from 11 June. Walk to colleges, train 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. £950 p.m. Contact (a) J. Mackrell, Oxford, or (b) A. Gaston, Canada. (a) Tel.: Oxford 775567 (evenings); (b) tel.: 613 745 1368, fax: 613 745 0299, e-mail: Tony.Gaston@EC.GC.CA.

Charming thatched cottage to rent in quiet village location (Oxford c.12 miles), £550 p.m.; sitting-room with inglenook fireplace, kitchen/dining area with Rayburn stove, small pretty garden, bathroom, upstairs one/two bedrooms (smaller room has convertible bed/desk). Available from end Feb. MacInnes. Tel.: Oxford 790593.

Jack Straw's Lane, Headington, near centre, hospital, universities: detached house, furnished, 4 bedrooms (one with en-suite), study, large kitchen and living room, 80-ft front and 110-ft rear garden with summer-house. Available from Aug. while owner is on leave. £1,500 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 308362.

Charming cottage on edge of village 12 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. Garage. Suit caring non-smoking couple. Tel./fax: Oxford 510542.

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

Wytham Abbey, Oxford: spacious 1-bed apartment in 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. Shared use of secluded walled garden. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 247200, fax: 724762.

Central Headington: large self-contained, fully-furnished one/two-bedroom flat; free parking; c.h., shower, washing- machine, telephone, TV and video, etc. Available mid-Feb., £130 p.w. plus bills. No DHSS, no housing benefit. Tel.: Oxford 60053 or 744908.

Top floor of lovely 17th-c. Cotswold stone house in Alvescot, west of Oxford, suitable for quiet non- smoker with references; good walking area; 3 rooms, and bathroom available on top floor. The tenant would have to share the kitchen with me and my two children but the kitchen, like the house, is huge. Long- or short-term available. Rent negotiable. Tel.: 01993 845578.

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Accommodation Offered

Short let, North Oxford: independent male graduate to share quiet house on the edge of Port Meadow. Rent £54 p.w. inc. Tel.: Oxford 515379.

Bed-and-breakfast available in the home of a semi-retired academic couple. 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. and fax: Oxford 557879.

Premier: properties to rent all over the city, from £500 one-bed properties to £700 p.c.m. luxury apartments and £1,000 p.c.m. family houses. Tel.: Oxford 792299, fax: 798087.

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Accommodation Sought

House-sitting: Oxford University employee available for house- sitting at the end of Feb. onwards. Reliable, mature, and totally trustworthy with previous experience of house-sitting. References available. Tel.: Oxford (2)70325 (work); fax: (2)70324.

French female academic on sabbatical leave for 6 months looking for well-sized, quiet and sunny study/bedroom to rent in the Oxford area, Apr.–Sept. Tel.: 01227 787 441.

Visiting law professor (non-smoker) teaching at Oxford requires flat/house in Oxford, approx. end Apr.–mid-June. Professor W. Barker, USA. Tel.: 717 240 5263, fax: 717 240 5126, e-mail: wbarker@dsl.edu.

Visiting American professor and wife seek furnished house or flat to rent in central Oxford for a.y. 1997–8 (1 Oct.–30 June). Local references furnished on request. Contact Charles Shaw, Assistant Registrar, University Offices. Tel.: Oxford (2)70036, e- mail: charles.shaw@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Visiting Polish woman scientist (postdoctoral) coming to the Department of Zoology for 3 weeks from about 27 May, wants a bed-sit with some cooking facilities, and preferably within easy reach of South Parks Road. Contact Dr John Clarke, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS. Tel.: Oxford (2)71234 (office), or 558055 (home).

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

Edinburgh/Oxford exchange for 5–6 month sabbatical. Central Edinburgh third-floor flat, peaceful and airy, fully furnished, with stunning views of Castle, Arthur's Seat, and Pentland Hills; 20 minutes' walk through the Meadows to university and libraries, 5 minutes from theatres, concert hall, cinemas, swimming-pool, excellent local shops. Double bedroom, single bedroom, study-bedroom, spacious kitchen, bathroom, drawing room with open fire. Available late Mar.–late Sept. in exchange for similar house/flat in central Oxford. Non-smoking. Suit academic/professional couple. Tel.: 0131-229 8154.

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Holiday Lets

Provence: luxury 3-bedroom apartment in 17th-c. château. Swimming-pool, tennis, river, lakes, sailing, wind-surfing, fishing, wonderful walking in magnificent scenery. Near Lac de St Croix and Gorge du Verdon. Year-round lets (heating, log fires, driveable skiing).Wonderful sabbatical retreat. Tel./fax: Oxford 510542.

Verona outskirts. To let in exceptionally beautiful 15th-c. villa, self-contained ground-floor flat; large double bed-sitting room, kitchen/dining rooms, and bathrooms; garden area, parking, frequent buses from door to city centre. £300 p.w. inc. all services and weekly cleaning. Contessa da Sacco. Tel.: 00 39 452 6499; or 01844 238247 (Moore).

Well-appointed 3-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencós (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. Sleeps 6; on 2 floors, each a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/dining area; ground floor has large double bedroom, upper floor similar bedroom plus 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: 831748, e- mail: charles.mould@st-cross.ox.ac.uk.

Tuscany: small traditional farmhouse in olive groves overlooking unspoilt valley and Siena (20 minutes). Sleeps 5; simply but comfortably equipped; cleaning included; car essential. No pool, but idyllic surroundings. Tel.: 0171-607 0117.

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House for Sale

Large Edwardian house in Divinity Road, with 4/5 bedrooms, lounge, book-room, breakfast-room, family room and 2 bathrooms. Attractive garden. Easy access to Brookes University, John Radcliffe and other hospitals and to central Oxford. We are emigrating so the house is ready for immediate occupancy. Tel. (London): 0181-997 3029/8556.

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Flat for Sale

Spacious south-facing studio flat in co- ownership housing scheme (Ritchie Court, North Oxford); living area approx. 16 by 12 ft., bed recess 9 by 9 ft. inc. fitted wardrobes, fitted kitchen 9 by 9 ft., hall, bathroom, and walk-in cupboard. Facilities inc. restaurant, guest rooms, and laundry. Tel.: Oxford 510334.

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For Sale

Clavichord for sale. Sperrhake, Passau. £600. Tel.: Oxford 715298 or 276126. n

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