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Bilingual children

We are a group of more than 30 families with (potentially) bilingual children aged 0--12, speaking more than 10 different languages. We meet once per month to discuss various aspects of bilingualism, including practical details (nurseries, schools, reading and writing, strategies of language separation, motivation problems) as well as insights from academic research in relevant fields (psychology, linguistics). The next 2 meetings: 11 Dec., 15 Jan., will feature contributions from psychologists. Contact: Michael Gross, Oxford Centre for Molecular Sciences, New Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford OX1 3QT. Tel.: Oxford (2)75951 (day), or 435813 (9--11 p.m., from 1 Dec.); e-mail: mgross@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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Appeal: typewriters and books for Zimbabwe

I am appealing for portable manual typewriters in working order, and hard-cover books suitable for schoolchildren to read, for a charity in Zimbabwe. Such things are desperately needed. The proceeds of an earlier appeal had to be donated to Oxfam because of lack of transport and customs facilities, but these now exist. Contact: Professor Ngwabi Bhebe, St Antony's College, 68 Woodstock Road. Tel. Oxford: 513150 (after 8 p.m., until 31 Nov.); 556285 (after 31 Nov.).

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Collection of Oxford college graces

Graces Old and New from Oxford: this small booklet is a compilation of Oxford college graces, with translations, plus a selection of formal and less formal graces. Cost £5.50, inc. post and packing. Cheques with order made payable to Canon N.M. Ramm. Canon N.M. Ramm, Fairlawn, Church Lane, Harwell, Oxon. OX11 0EZ.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Early birds can help to save the Dodo Pad Diary (£8.50), now in its 31st year, from extinction. Meanwhile, Richard Bawden's dodo tea-towels (£3.75) continue to thrive and are joined by exclusive new wooden dodo key-rings (£1.99) and children's coat-hooks (£5.75—dinos and dolphins too). Also, in association with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, cards, calendars, posters, diaries, address books, and the Nature Photographer's Handbook. Museum and shop open Mon.–Sat., 12 noon–5 p.m. Admission free.

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Ginge Brook Pottery

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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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---Persian carpets direct from Iran, old and new, most sizes, all affordable. An inexpensive selection of Beluch and Turcoman tribal rugs. Some antique Caucasian pieces, faded and worn, at ridiculous prices. Usual opening hours: 10 a.m.--6 p.m., Mon.--Sat. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

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.

Get a headstart with your research project. Let me do bibliographic searches on the Internet and if need be in person I will present you with documented (so you know where I searched and what keywords I used), printed lists to choose from. Refs. available. D. Hermans. Tel.: Oxford (2)89104.

Furniture: individual pieces and fitted furniture designed and made by Richard Kay and Piers Roberts from local workshops. From tables, chairs, cabinets, desks, to fitted bedrooms, kitchens, studies. For the home, office, or garden. Tel.: 01844 238112.

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Volunteer sought

The University Alumni Office, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford, requires volunteer 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 Margaret Whitehouse. Tel.: Oxford (2)78128, fax: (2)78180.

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Situations Vacant

Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga, Oxford: Vacation Organist required for university vacation periods (Christmas, Easter, summer). For details of duties and remuneration, contact the Director of Music, Edward de Rivera. Tel.: 01844 338393.

Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga, Oxford: Soprano and Bass vacancies now exist in the Oratory Choir. Must be good sight-readers. For details of duties and remuneration, contact the Director of Music, Edward de Rivera. Tel.: 01844 338393.

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Houses to Let

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.

East Oxford: terrace house to let, Jan.--Mar.; city centre 1 mile; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, kitchen/diner; all mod. cons.; garden and patio; open aspect to rear; 2 good bikes available. Shops nearby. £600 p.c.m. plus utilities. Tel.: Oxford 247343.

Wolvercote (north Oxford): town house backing onto Port Meadow, with wonderful `spires' views. £797 p.c.m. Premier. Tel.: Oxford 792299, fax: 798087.

Southmoor Road, Jericho. Family house available, Jan.--July. £1,000 p.c.m. Premier. Tel.: Oxford 792299, fax: 798087.

Three-bedroom house north of Summertown to let for the a.y. 1997--8 (Oct.--June); 30-ft lounge, separate dining-room, downstairs closet, separate bathroom, kitchen with microwave, dish-washer, washer-drier; front and rear gardens; car parking space; gas c.h. Suit visiting academics. Refs. essential. £800 p.c.m. Tel./fax: Oxford 559421.

Charming luxury cottage, 12 miles north-west of Oxford; beams; inglenook fire; lots of character; 1 double bedroom, 1 spare bedroom/study; furnished with country antiques; c.h.; garage; walled garden. Suit careful, caring non-smoking couple. Tel./fax: Oxford 510542.

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

Spacious 2-bedroom flat with garage and car-parking, set in quiet gardens, but close to city centre. To let furnished from Jan., £550 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford (2)72258 (day), 723482 (evening); e-mail: frueh@atm.ox.ac.uk.

Attractive self-contained furnished second-floor flat; 2 bedrooms, sitting/dining-room, balcony, c.h., fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, lock-up garage, security entry, telephone and answer-phone; overlooking Cutteslowe Park. Available now for 1 year or more. £575 p.c.m. Tel.: 01367 860253 or Oxford 557458.

North Oxford : quiet, modern, furnished flat available Jan.--summer; bedroom, sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom plus second w.c., garage. Suitable single person (£480 p.m. inc. utilities) or couple (£550). Non-smokers only. Tel.: Oxford 554256, fax: 513723.

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Accommodation Offered

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 Sought

Visiting American professor seeks furnished flat or house, 15 Aug./1 Sept.--30 Nov./15 Dec.; within walking distance of central Oxford or convenient to bus routes. Jane S. Zembaty, University of Dayton, Philosophy Dept., Dayton, Ohio 45469, USA. E-mail: zembaty@checkov.hm.udayton.edu.

Fully-furnished 1-bedroom apartment with kitchen and private bathroom and w.c. sought for 3 months, Jan., Feb., and Mar., for a university professor. Preferably within 2--3 miles of St Catherine's College. Write: Dr A. Akkerman, Dept. of Demography, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Prague 2, Czech Republic. Fax: +422 2491-5817.

Well-trained family of 4 seeks accommodation to house-sit/rent in Oxford area, 15 Dec.--6 Jan. Can tend pets, plants, etc. References available. Robbie/Sarah. Tel.: Oxford 793378.

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

Oscar-winning film director seeks 4-bedroom family house, swap or rental, Oxford area, for 1 year from July. Prefer house near primary school and railway. Our home is on a British Columbian island--- mildest climate in Canada; unique house has 2,000 sq. ft. of decks; magnificent Pacific Ocean, mountain views; easy ferry access to Victoria and Vancouver; primary and secondary schools and hospital locally. Perfect for academic or creative work. Tel./fax: 001 604 653 4502.

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Holiday Lets

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.

McCasker's farm cottage, Donegal, Ireland: traditional farm cottage with open fires, sleeps 6--8, set in 5 green acres, overlooking a lough, surrounded by the mountains of north-west Ireland. Golf, fishing, sandy beaches, horse-riding, walking. From £200 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 510919.

Mojacar Beach, Almeria: charming 2-bedroom flat, all mod. cons.; two terraces with magnificent views of sea and mountains; swimming- pool; walking distance to beach, shops, and restaurants. £150--£280 p.w. Reduction for long stay. Tel.: Oxford 373995.

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House for Sale

Substantial detached house in no-through- road just north of Summertown; 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast-room and sun-room on ground floor, 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on first floor; south-facing 100-ft rear garden; includes carpets, curtains, and appliances. £300,000. Tel.: Oxford (2)75406 (office hours).

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Flat for Sale or to Let

Elegant, light, airy, 3-bedroom flat in quiet, broad, leafy street in North Oxford (Summertown), 5--10 minutes from city centre; c.h., fitted kitchen, period fireplace, carpets and curtains; attractive garden; on- and off-street parking; very near library, shops, bus routes; urgent sale, therefore very reasonable price: £110,000. If not sold immediately, available for rent from late Nov. for about 3 months: £600 o.n.o., p.m. Tel.: 0171-389 2403 (day), or 0171-235 8251 (evenings).

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