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Concert: The Oxford Italian Association

Rossella Bondi Blumberg (mezzo-soprano), Paolo La Rocca (guitar), and Mark Hooper (piano) will give a recital of traditional Neapolitan songs and music by Wolf, Fauré, Chopin, and Villa Lobos, at 8.30 p.m. on Fri., 15 Mar., in Wolfson College Hall. The recital will be attended by HE the Italian Ambassador. Tickets at the door £5 (students £2) in aid of the Dorothy Rowe Scholarship Fund.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Summer-time returns on Easter Sunday. The OUMNH Shop stocks unusual dendritic limestone wall-clocks alongside attractive baskets of small gemstone eggs. Individual polished stone and pyrite eggs in a variety of sizes are also available while the toy dinosaur eggs continue to hatch. Life-sized Birdmobiles and the range of activity and reference books offer holiday entertainment, and lovers of soft toys will welcome the newly-arrived fledgling owls up from Cornwall. Museum open Mon.–Sat. (inc. Easter Monday, 31 Mar.), 12 noon–5 p.m.; Easter closing 27–30 Mar. inc.; admission free.

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United Oxford and Cambridge University Club

The London club for all University members. Special rates for those with college or University appointments or University residence. Modernised and reasonable bedroom accommodation. Excellent library facilities. Restaurant and squash courts. Full service at weekends. Reciprocal arrangements with over 125 clubs world-wide. Further details from Derek Conran, Hertford College, or Membership Secretary, 71 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD. Tel.: 0171-930 5151, fax: 0171-930 9490.

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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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Services Offered

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine are Persian carpet merchants in particular and dealers in oriental rugs and runners in general. Visit their gallery/warehouse without notice during business hours 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat., and you will find everything from show-off antiques to everyday furnishing pieces. Also specialist cleaning and expert conservation repairs. No parking problems. The Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

Garden design. Short consultation or full-scale design. Let me help you solve your problems and create a beautiful and individual garden. 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.

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

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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Research participants sought

Participants needed: we are looking for healthy men and women to help us with our reseach on appetite, sleep, and mood. If you are aged between 18 and 65, please telephone or write. Participants (AS), Research Unit, Littlemore Hospital, Oxford OX4 4XN. Tel.: Oxford 223130.

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Situations Vacant

Wanted: temporary research person with basic WP skills (Word for Windows) to prepare simple lists and documents. £4 per hour. Based in office at St Edmund Hall. To begin immediately. Apply to Mrs Nancy Giles. Tel.: Oxford (2)79091, or (2)79055 (messages).

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Houses to Let

Available for short summer/holiday lets from June, short or long-term from Aug./Sept. Charming luxury cottage 14 miles north-west; beams, inglenook fire, country antiques, gas c.h., walled south-facing garden, garage; double bedroom plus second bedroom/study. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Family house in Oxford (Jericho): peaceful, quiet, and characterful; walking distance of centre, station, and Meadow; 2 living rooms, 2 studies, 4 bedrooms, farmhouse kitchen; walled garden with patio. Available 9 Aug.–13 Sept. for let of 3 weeks min. £500 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 511212, fax: 516236, e-mail: dugstod@patrol.i- way.co.uk.

For rent in July/Aug., a Victorian Oxford home in historic conservation area 15 minutes from centre; 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, large eat-in kitchen, study and living room. Walled garden. £1,200 p.m. inc. utilities. Tel.: Oxford 556942.

June–Sept., Oxford: 2-bedroom house in quiet neighbourhood with books, garden, and friendly cat. £550 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 751295.

Furnished central Oxford house for rent: available 1 July–25 Sept. or for not less than a month. Within 10 minutes from bus and rail stations; 4 bedrooms, fully equipped, small rear garden, not suitable for children under 6 years. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 515547.

St John Street: Regency town house in the heart of Oxford, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen; extensive basement area and first-floor drawing room. Small garden with 2 private parking spaces. Available now, at £1,800 p.c.m. For further details contact Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Summer let in Oxford: live in comfort near the Thames. Centrally heated, 4-bedroom Victorian house. Large split-level living-room; bathroom, bidet, and w.c.; shower-room, power-shower, and w.c.; fully-equipped kitchen; south-facing garden. Available for 6 weeks, 18 July–31 Aug. Price negotiable. Tel.: Oxford 725193.

Headington: 4-bedroom house, convenient for shops, schools, and hospitals. Fully furnished, gas c.h., garage, gardens front and rear. Available from 1 Sept. 1997 to 15 Aug. 1998. £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford (2)76202 (day), or 61316 (evening/weekend).

Make finding accommodation a pleasure, not a chore. Finders Keepers is dedicated to making it easy for visitors to Oxford to find the right property. Browse through our Web site for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), welcome food pack, personal service, and much more. Call us and you will not need to go elsewhere. For further information contact Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet site: 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

East Oxford, Sidney Street: modern first- floor furnished flat; 2 bedrooms, lounge/diner, bathroom with shower above bath; modern kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, and washing machine; Economy 7 heating; security access and off-street parking for 1 car in residents' car- park area. £650 p.c.m. exc. council tax and water rates. Jones. Tel.: 01564 776861.

Premier: luxury flats, all areas of the city, some furnished, others part furnished, from £695 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 792299.

Summertown: fully-furnished 3-bedroom flat in Cunliffe Close available now. Would suit a visiting academic family or 3 professionals. £850 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 554015 (evening).

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre: delightful and very comfortable flat, available April, in quiet, civilised family house: large double bedroom, single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel.: Oxford 552400.

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Accommodation available for academic year 1997–8

The Maison Française d'Oxford invites applications from postgraduates for rooms at the Maison in 1997–8. As a Franco-British research centre working in the social and human sciences, we particularly welcome applications from British nationals. The Maison is currently the base for research seminars in the History and Philosophy of Science and in Western European Politics. Applications to be received by 1 May. Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE.

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Accommodation Offered

Premier: houses for sharers, some available now, many more from summer 1997. Phone us today for more details. Tel.: Oxford 792299.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

American academic family of 4 seeks 2+ bedroom house or flat for any 4-week period 1 June–9 Aug. Can provide Oxford references. Dr Trent Foley, Davidson College, Box 1719, Davidson NC 28036, USA. Tel.: 704 8922263, fax: 704 8922005, e-mail: trfoley@davidson.edu.

American academic on sabbatical (non- smoker) seeks furnished flat/cottage, 1 Apr.–30 June, or, preferably, 1 Apr.–31 July. Local references available. Tel.: Oxford 200358.

American university professor and wife seek house or flat to rent in North Oxford for Michaelmas Term (15 Sept.–15 Dec.). Oxford references available. Dr Hamilton Hess, 255 Ursuline Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA.

Visiting Canadian family (no children) seek to rent a 3/4-bedroom house in Oxford (central/North preferred), or the Cotswolds, 19 July–4 Aug. Contact (i) Angus Stevenson or (ii) Jan Russell. (i) Tel.: Oxford 556767, ext. 4074 (day)/725465 (evening), e-mail: astevenson@oup.co.uk; (ii) fax: 604 263 4664.

Visiting distinguished academic and wife, from Wisconsin, require accommodation for the month of May. North Oxford or convenient to the city centre; fully furnished and equipped flat or house. Tel.: Oxford 72869, e- mail: vivien@stats.ox.ac.uk.

Canadian professor and family wish to exchange attractive character 3--4 bedroom home in Vancouver for a 3--4 bedroom home in Oxford or outlying areas. The time-period sought is Sept. 1997–June 1998. Owen Underhill, 2016 Kitchener Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5L 2W8. Fax (Canada): 604 291 5907, e-mail: underhil@sfu.ca.

Visiting academic couple with the University of Texas Programme at Brasenose seek furnished house or flat in Oxford from 15 July to 15 August. Contact Professor Elizabeth Cullingford, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin, Tx 78712, USA. Tel.: 512-472-0741, fax: 512-482-9339, e-mail: eifk561@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

We'll house-sit while you're on vacation and pay you for it. Old Member Univ. We've rented for past 17 summers, sometimes from Masters, Vice-Masters. References. My wife's a fanatical housekeeper. July–Aug. wanted, but we could patch 2 lets together. Up to £350 p.w. In/near Oxford. Prof. P.C. Stangeby, University of Toronto, 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto M3H 5T6. Will visit Oxford 7--12 April. Tel.: 1 416 667 7729; fax: 7799.

Professional family (university employees) seeks 2/3-bed house to rent in North/central Oxford from the end of Apr. for 3–6 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 728738.

Visiting professor and her family (4 people) require furnished apartment or house in Oxford, 1 June–31 July. Contact Dr Paul Buckley. Tel.: Oxford (2)73156 (office) or 552224 (home); e-mail: paul.buckley@eng.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 Sought to Rent or Exchange

Visiting American family seeks furnished 3–4-bedroom house or flat in Oxford, Sept. 1997–Aug. 1998. Possible house exchange in Amherst, Mass.: 3–4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2-car garage, spacious contemporary design, wooded hillside setting, easy access to university, local colleges. James K. Boyce. Tel. (USA): 413 256 1853, e-mail: boyce@econs.umass.edu.

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Accommodation Offered to Rent or Exchange

Oxford–Berkeley: family house in Oxford offered in exchange for similar in Berkeley, CA, area, July–Dec. Three bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single), 1.5 baths. All appliances, south-facing garden. Car exchange also possible. Tel.: Oxford 726919, e-mail: cvph2@lboro.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Exchange

Yorkshire Dales/Oxford: 3-bedroom house/flat wanted in Oxford town from mid-Aug. for 1–2 years in exchange for 17th-c. cottage with garage in Upper Wharfedale (ideal for writing, sabbatical, walking); within easy reach Leeds/Bradford airport, Lake District. Tel./fax: 01756 760265.

Los Angeles/Oxford: family of 4, relocating to Oxford, leaving 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house on half-acre in Thousand Oaks, wishes to exchange for house/flat for similar accommodation (at least 3 bedrooms) in or near Oxford (acreage not a requirement). Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks area is approx. 20 mins. from Pepperdine University and Malibu, 35 mins. from UCLA, 50 minutes from downtown LA and USC, 1 hour from UCSB. We seek a professional who would be interested in a long-term trade. K. Brougher. Fax: 001 213 620 8674.

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Holiday Lets

Charming terrace house for short or long lets in conservation area of unspoiled Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bikes available), church visiting, bird-watching, or pub-hopping. Tel.: Oxford 513464 (evenings).

Provence: luxury 3-bedroom apartment in 17th-c. château near Lac de St Croix, with views to the mountains of the Gorge du Verdon. Pool, tennis, gardens at the château, sailing, canoeing, wind-surfing, angling on river and lakes close by, wonderful walking, driveable skiing (log fire and heating for winter stays). Available now. Priced for 2–6. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Holiday coastguard cottage overlooking Chesil Beach, between Weymouth and Abbotsbury at Langton Herring. Comfortably furnished and well equipped but not ultra-smart. Two bedrooms (2 twin beds in each, plus one cot); sitting-room; colour TV, radio, record-player; kitchen/diner, etc. £150–£260 p.w. inc. electricity. Apply Simon, Little Orchard, Charlbury, Oxon. OX7 3RL. Tel.: 01608 810563.

Northumberland, between the Cheviots and the sea: a stone-built cottage in a small unspoilt village, available Apr.–Aug., with 3 bedrooms, sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom; 5 miles to Alnwick Castle, and in easy reach of half-a-dozen more, and miles of beautiful sea- shore. Tel.: Oxford 351604.

Magnificent family house in south Oxford: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all appliances; views over lake and open countryside; 15 minutes' walk or short bus-ride to city centre; 2 minutes' walk from outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis courts. Available 21 July–18 Aug. £400 p.w. Also 4-berth camper van; 2-bedroom house in centre of Hay-on-Wye, July and Aug., £150 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 246194, e-mail: hutchi@compuserve.com.

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.

South-west France: tranquil roof-terraced luxury apartment within tiny walled hill-top medieval village; 2 double bedrooms, excellent bathroom and kitchen; 30-ft south-facing terrace, half-shaded, high above rural valley and completely private. Mrs C. Laird. Tel./fax: 00 33 5 53 70 46 80.

Dordogne valley: stone-built farmhouse and large terrace with 270-degree view overlooking wonderful valley. Swimming, tennis, golf, canoeing and numerous enchanting restaurants nearby. Great walking and cycling everywhere. Splash pool and all mod. cons. £175–£575 p.w. Tel. for more details and/or brochure: 01295 670320.

Czech Republic: enchanting woodland cottage only half an hour from Prague available May–Oct. Sleeps 4+. Lake for swimming, boating. Views, walks, wood fires, mushrooms, castles. Good food, and wine still a bargain. English-speaking owner. From £260 p.w. Tel.: 0171-373 0667.

Holiday in Umbria. Ideal for lovers of tranquillity, superb scenery, good food. Perfect for visiting Renaissance art treasures. Newly converted flat for two, large shaded terrace, magnificent view. Perugia 9 kms, Assisi 20 kms. For information telephone Willliam Urquhart. Tel.: 01252 877155.

Tuscany: Italian language/culture, cookery, wall painting, gilding, ceramics courses, at 17th-c. manor house/garden, medieval hamlet, half-hour from sea/mountains—or if you want simply to relax, try just B.&B. and our home cooking. Mario/Jane. Tel.: 0039 187 47 12 49.

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Houses for Sale

Traditional stone property with garden, comprising sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and loft for possible conversion; beautifully situated in the middle of a vineyard on the edge of a small village called Belves de Castillon, 4 km north of Castillon. Some modernisation needed, but recently reroofed. Price of property (including cost of modernisation) just under £50,000. For further information please contact Mr Geoff Hebblethwaite, Brandeau, Les Salles 33350, Clatillon La Bataille, France. Tel.: 00 33 557 40 6353.

Edwardian house, with many original features, in Hill Top Road, with 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining- room, morning room, conservatory, large kitchen/utility, bathroom/w.c., separate downstairs w.c. Attractive gardens. Well located for schools, Oxford and Brookes universities, John Radcliffe and other hospitals, and the city centre. No chain. Tel.: Oxford 815166.

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House purchase sought

Two-plus bedroom house sought within 1 mile of Oxford rail station. Garden and quiet location preferred. No chain. Reliable, genuine cash buyers. Tel.: 01491 613325, e-mail: dburgner@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk.

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