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Lecture

Oxford Asian Textile Group: Stephanie Bunn will lecture on `Central Asian felt from Kyrgyzstan', at 5 p.m. on Friday, 13 December, in the Pitt Rivers Museum Research Centre, 64 Banbury Road (opposite Gee's Restaurant). Visitors welcome; admission £1. Tel. for further details: Oxford 554281 or (2)78076.

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Tuition Offered

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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Retail Services

The Ashmolean Museum Shop: extended hours in Dec. (until 22 Dec.), in line with Café opening hours: 10 a.m.--5 p.m. weekdays inc. Sat.; Sun. 2--5 p.m.; Mon. 16 Dec., open all day. The shop stocks Christmas cards (inc. charity cards), calendars, diaries, gift-wrap, books for all ages, jewellery, and general giftware. Reopens after Christmas on 28 Dec. Tel.: Oxford (2)78010, fax: (2)78018.

Bodleian shop: new `Arts End' gift-wrap for books, 75 pence; jolly animal woodcuts boxed rubber-stamps set, from early children's books, £14.95; medieval cats `post-it' notes, £2.99; and of course our new Christmas cards. Open 9 a.m.--6 p.m. Mon.--Fri., 9 a.m.--12.30 p.m. Sat.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History: come Christmas shopping in the Museum. We've got lots of unusual gifts for adults and children, inc. a brand-new selection of amethyst geodes, carved Chinese fluorite, marble candle-holders, natural stone ornaments, fossils, minerals, and sterling silver jewellery. Open Mon.--Sat., 12 noon--5 p.m.; admission free (closed 21--9 Dec. inc.).

Ginge Brook Pottery, 23rd annual exhibition. Genuine craftwork for Christmas: pottery, woodwork, watercolours, jewellery, quilts, rocks, etc.; all at the Mill, Mill Lane, East Hendred, near Wantage. Open Fri., Sat., Sun., 11 a.m.--6 p.m., 15 Nov.--22 Dec. Tel.: 01235 833484.

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Services Offered

Editing service offered by local Oxford social studies D.Phil., formerly on national financial daily. Also experienced copy-editor of longer manuscripts. Can convert abstruse or clumsy language into clear, elegant writing. Economics, history, politics, sociology refined. Tel.: 01993 832092, e-mail: 100555.132@compuserve.com.

Oriental rugs update: we have increased our range of top-quality Eastern hand-knotted woollen rugs, runners, carpets, and floor-cushions plus kilims, silks and antique pieces. Recently arrived are contemporary Turkish Kars rugs and mini-carpets with antique Caucasian designs realised in light pastel colours to suit modern interiors. Also some 1920s Old Chinese small rugs in timeless blue-on-blue and blue-and-white. In transit from Iran are older Persian tribal and village rugs and runners 25--60 years and ageing gracefully. Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UL. Visit without notice in business hours, 10 a.m.- -6 p.m., Mon.--Sat. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

Anthony Reid, furniture designer and maker. Beautiful hand-crafted furniture made and designed by an experienced and qualified craftsman. All furniture is made from sustainable timber, predominantly English hardwoods. Commissions taken on free-standing and fitted furniture. Free home consultation available to discuss your personal design requirements. Clients are welcome to visit my workshop to see example pieces and experience the craft environment. Tel.: 01844 218929.

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.

A La Carte? Finders Keepers' latest idea to enhance service to their tenants. If you seek a property to rent, call us first. Our 24 Oxford staff are dedicated to offering exceptional service. Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (tel.: 311011, fax: 556993, 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: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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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Domestic Services

An Au Pair is required from the beginning of the new year by an academic family situated in North Oxford. Duties are to help generally in the house and to look after two children, aged 9 and 11, after school and in the holidays. Tel.: Oxford 512329 (after 6 p.m.).

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Situations Vacant

Small research institute requires part-time receptionist. Suit person finishing a D.Phil. thesis. Hours 9 a.m.–12 noon, Mon.–Fri., office work; 1–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat. free, subject to answering doorbell and telephone. Free lunch in institute's canteen. £100 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 558787 (before 2 p.m.).

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Houses to Let

Beautiful period family house in Old Kidlington (5 miles Oxford city centre); 4 bedrooms, bathroom, large farmhouse kitchen, large sitting-room, garden, c.h. Available mid-Jan. £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 513816 (office hours), or 842103 (evenings and weekends).

Osney Island---2-bed house available for 6 months. Fully furnished early Victorian house overlooking the Thames available Jan.--July; 5 minutes' walk to railway station and 10 minutes to city centre; 2 bedrooms (1 with en-suite bathroom), sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, shower-room, study, garden. £650 p.c.m. plus bills (no council tax). Susanna Lob. Tel.: Oxford 722858.

Fully-furnished cottage in Wheatley, newly refurbished to a very high specification; c.h., d.g, burglar alarm, large garden; 3 bedrooms (double, twin, single), bathroom, 2 reception, dining-room and kitchen, utility room and outdoor w.c.; close to excellent primary school and good bus service. Available now. £800 p.c.m. (neg.) plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 875281.

Rent our home for Jan. (or part). In quiet street within walking distance of colleges and city centre. Sitting-room, large kitchen/dining-room, downstairs cloakroom, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and shower-room, garden, c.h. Professional couple/person preferred. Non-smoking; no pets or children. £700 for the month. Tel.: Oxford 512913.

Charming central North Oxford house, only one street from St Giles' and Radcliffe Infirmary. Just exended and refurbished to highest standards, luxuriously furnished. Two upstairs bedrooms, downstairs study or guest-room, living-room leading to large, light conservatory, dining-room/kitchen, basement study or bedroom; bathroom with shower and w.c. plus separate w.c.; pleasant garden; gas c.h.; fully carpeted; washing-machine, drier, dish-washer; burglar alarm system; 3 telephones; parking space at back of garden. Rent to include various services. £1,500 p.m. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 559614.

Finders Keepers, winners of the UK Best Letting and Management award for the second consecutive year, are dedicated to making it easy for visitors to Oxford to select accommodation. Up-dated, detailed information on the Internet, priority reservation system, welcome food pack, personal service, and much more---call us and you will not need to go elsewhere. Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (tel.: 311011, fax: 556993, 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: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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

Summertown: spacious, newly-decorated flat to let; large lounge, 2 double bedrooms, breakfast kitchen, balcony and garage; fully furnished, electrical appliances, gas c.h. Suit professional or visiting family. £630 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 554015 (evenings).

Available Jan., central Headington: spacious ground-floor 2-bed flat in pleasant private close; off-street parking; fully furnished, fitted kitchen, bathroom with garden to rear; very close to all hospitals. Professionals only. £575 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 68504.

Central North Oxford, basement flat with large bedsitting-room, large kitchen, shower room, c.h. Suit couple, non-smokers only. Available 1 Jan. £500 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 790640.

Large 1-bedroom flat close to city centre; very large south-facing sitting-room, double bedroom with extensive wardrobes, luxury kitchen with dish-washer, washing-machine, etc., bathroom, gas c.h. Available 1 Feb. £475 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 724840.

Beautiful, spacious, ground-floor flat in prestigious North Oxford. Suit on-smoking professional couple. Two double bedrooms, one with shower, bathroom, double drawing-room, modern kitchen, conservatory, large garden. Available Apr.--Oct. 1997. £1,400 p.m. Armitage, 9 Northmoor Road, Oxford OX2 6UW. Tel.: Oxford 558068.

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Accommodation Offered

Tenant wanted to share charming central North Oxford house, opposite St Antony's---near Radcliffe Infirmary and 5 minutes' walk from St Giles'; designed by an architect in the Regency style and refurbished to the highest standards with d.g., conservatory, courtyard garden, bathroom, shower-room, off-street parking; all mod. cons., e.g. dish- washer, washing-machine, microwave, and gas c.h. References required. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 872575.

Four-bedroom house in east Oxford to share with Continental academic in her thirties; recently modernised; gas c.h. and all mod. cons.; new bathroom and shower; some original features; all rooms modernly decorated; your bedroom and separate study overlook the garden. Available early Jan. £70 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 724178.

Bed-and-breakfast available in the comfortable home of a semi- retired academic couple in leafy, exclusive central North Oxford. Within easy walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, excellent pubs and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, microwaves. Very moderate terms. Tel.: Oxford 557879.

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Accommodation offered to rent or exchange

Oxford--Berkeley house exchange: attractive family house in convenient location offered in exchange for similar in Berkeley area, July--Dec. 1997; 3 bedrooms, all appliances, south-facing garden; non-smokers; car exchange possible. Tel.: Oxford 726919, e-mail: p.haves@lboro.ac.uk.

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Accommodation available for the elderly

The Abbeyfield Oxford Society has vacancies in two houses providing accommodation and care for elderly people. Apply: the Secretary, Arthur Garrard House, 288 Iffley Road, OX4 4EA. Tel.: Oxford 790439.

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Accommodation Sought

d'Overbroeck's is now looking for more good family and self- catering accommodation from Jan. for A-level students. Excellent rates and efficient service. Please telephone if you think you can help or would like more information. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

University lecturer/fellow of St Antony's College seeks 1--2- bedroom flat in central Oxford from Jan. for at least one term. Currently on sabbatical in California. Tel.: 00 1 310 394 5597, e- mail: awyatt@bcf.usc.edu.

Professional family (university employees) seeks 3-bed house to rent in North/central Oxford from mid-Dec. for approx. 6 months while completing house purchase. Non-smokers, animal lovers, and keen gardeners. Do you have a house (and pets) that need looking after while you are away for several months? Excellent references available. Tel.: Oxford 512067.

Political scientist visiting from Germany with spouse and two small children seeks furnished house or flat to rent, beginning Jan./Feb. for 9 or 10 months. Must be near the University. Hebert Dittgen. Tel. (USA): 619 550 0345, fax: 619 534 6447, e-mail: hdittgen@weber.ucsd.edu.

Mature professional seeks 1/2-bedroom flat or house, in North Oxford, from Jan.; unfurnished or will house-sit. Tel.: Oxford 514488 (evenings).

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. n

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Holiday Lets

Charming terrace house in Southwold (conservation area) available for short and longer lets. Sleeps 4 plus. Seconds from sea; fine views. Low rental to careful tenants. Tel.: Oxford 513464 (after 7.30 p.m.).

Black Mountains, Wales: to let Sat.--Sat., for Christmas week, the New Year, and throughout 1997: comfortable, well-furnished stone cottage on mountainside; splendid views; secluded garden. Reasonable rates, varying with time of year, for considerate holidayamakers who will respect adjoining farmland. Central solid-fuel heating, also electric heaters. Downstairs sitting-room with sofa-bed, bathroom/w.c., fully-equipped kitchen/dining-room, sun-room; upstairs sitting-room/study with double bed, 2 other double bedrooms. Apply (a) Thomas Braun, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD; (b) Andy Philpott. (a) Tel.: Oxford (2)76328, (b) 01509 233833 (answer-phone).

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.

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Flat for Sale

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

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