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MRC Centre Oxford

The MRC Centre Oxford, headed by Diane McLaren, has opened at the Manor House, JRII, to support local MRC establishments and to provide information on MRC grants and training schemes for academia. Telephone Anna Roche or Jenny Brain for further information. Tel.: Oxford 222580.

Exhibition of paintings

Exhibition of oils and watercolours by Elinor Tolley, 17--22 Feb., at the Stables Gallery, Green College.

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Theatre discussion meeting

Janet Suzman and Juliet Stevenson: two of our leading actresses talk with Michael Billington of the Guardian. Sun., 16 Feb., 5 p.m., St John's College Garden Quadrangle Auditorium. Admission free, all welcome.

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Bodleian Shop

Bodleian Shop: you will find many bargains and special prices during Feb., and, of course, all our popular stock items such as the Bodleian Bookrest, the `Opie' jolly jotter-pads, and the Shakespeare note pad. Note: reduced opening hours until the end of Mar.: Mon.--Fri. 9 a.m.--5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.--12.30 p.m.

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Tuition Offered

Experienced teacher of adults and children. All grades. Beginners welcome. Miss P. Read, BA (Hons.), LRAM. Jericho. Tel.: Oxford 510904.

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:

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Services Offered

For all your typing and word-processing needs---letters, c.v.s, theses, leaflet typesetting and artwork. No job too small---any job considered. Contact Christy. Tel.: Oxford 820832.

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.

Tax advice and accounts preparation. Ex- KPMG Chartered Accountant specialises in assisting academics and other professionals with their tax affairs, including self-assessment. Tax returns from £125, accounts from £150. Convenient North Oxford premises with parking. Tel.: Oxford 513381, fax: 558064.

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, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514691, fax: 514010.

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Domestic Services

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

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.

The New Dictionary of National Biography is looking for keyboarders to work in-house to enter biographical and bibliographical data into the dictionary's database. Academic, publishing or bibliographical experience would be an advantage. £8.60 an hour. Write, enclosing a CV, to Rupert Mann, Data Manager, New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP.

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Houses to Let

Beautiful family house to let north of Oxford in delightful Old Kidlington. Four double bedrooms, bathroom, huge farmhouse kitchen/dining-room, utility room, large, sunny sitting-room, walled garden. Suit family with children. Possible shared school runs to North Oxford. Oxford centre 5 miles. Available immediately. Tel.: Oxford 5133816 (day), or 842103 (evenings and weekends).

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.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Offered

Rooms to let in Oxford: 4 rooms for postgraduates/professionals (non-smokers), in attractive Christian home, from 1 Mar., long let. Lounge, well-equipped kitchen/diner, drying-room with washer/drier; combination microwave, upright freezer, gas c.h., d.g., quiet gardens, off-street parking. Convenient location (near Morrell Avenue) for Brookes University and hospitals. £210--£250 p.c.m. (garden help included), exc. bills. Tel./fax: Oxford 722158 or 0181-896 0805.

Room available in graduate house (undergraduates welcome). Quiet, residential area north of Oxford, 10-minute cycle ride to city centre. Frequent, late-night bus service. Short walk to shops, video rental, park. Fully furnished. Available immediately. Approx £180 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 311398 (messages); e-mail:

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

Oxford academic family seeks 2--3 bedroom house or flat in Oxford, for 3 months, Apr.--June. Tel.: Oxford 66865/220968/221332.

Mexican professor seeks 1-bedroom flat, 9 June--13 July. Non- smoker. Colombian academic, visiting Oxford with family, seeks 2- bedroom house/flat for 10 days from approx. 28 June. Non-smokers. Contact Margaret Hancox, Latin American Centre. Tel.: Oxford (2)74484, fax: 558680, e-mail:

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:

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:

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

House-swap: 4-bedroom home in Provo, Utah, offered in exchange for 3- or 4-bedroom house or flat in Oxford. Close to Brigham Young University and within easy commuting distance of the University of Utah. Aug.--Dec. Tel.: Oxford (2)75467 (days), e-mail:

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. n

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Holiday Lets

Florida, Port Charlotte: luxury 3-bedroom dream villa with all modern amenities inc. solar heated indoor swimming-pool. Sleeps 6. Fabulous sandy beaches, palm-trees, in a paradise mostly unknown by the usual tourist rentals. Car hire essential. Airport nearby: Sarasota or Tampa. From £425 p.w. or £1,475 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 66344.

Tuscany, Italy: charming 17th-c. farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised, with lovely garden and swimming-pool. Easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8--10. Not available Aug. Tel.: 0181-446 4913.

13th-c. restored cottage, rural Dordogne, medieval character retained, antique furnishings, sleeps 6. Available May, July, Sept.-- Oct. £160--£260 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 773003.

South of France: family house in attractive village near St Tropez. Sleeps 10. Five bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, terrace. Available most of the summer. £300--£350 p.w. Tel.: Oxford (2)73611.

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.

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:

Lake Garda—Dolomites, near Riva-del- Garda in peaceful hillside villa with spectacular mountain panorama, self-contained accommodation for two, May–Oct. Separate garden entrance with patio; private facilities; £45–£55 p.n. Excursions to the Dolomites, Trento, opera at the Arena Verona. Botanic gardens. Wine tastings. Tel./fax: 0039 464 518559 or 0171- 987 5604 (English spoken).

Ambert, France: farmhouse with fireplace and apartment in small hamlet in the mountains of Livradois Forez. Prices from £145 (stg.) p.w. inc. heating. Also 2 farmhouses with pool in Gozo, Malta, from £185 p.w. Tel.: Malta 561392, fax: Malta 559313.

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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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