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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

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.

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. 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. [ multiHRt]

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.

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.

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

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

St Clare's, Oxford—required as soon as possible, a well-qualified tutor of Croatian to prepare a student for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants should be native speakers who are able to teach literature in their mother tongue. 1½–2 hours p.w. Send c.v. and covering letter to Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. St Clare's, Oxford, 139 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AL. Tel.: Oxford 552031.

Small research institute requires part-time receptionist. Suit retired person or someone working for an exam. 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

Furnished 2-bedroom house to let in William Street; 5 minutes' cycle ride from Science Area; gas c.h., shower, large rooms. Suit academic/professional couple. £525 p.m. Available Jan., for 6 months initially. Tel.: Oxford 722072 (evenings).

The Old Mill, West Adderbury—an attractive listed mill property, peacefully situated on the edge of this popular village. Entrance hall, sitting-room, dining-room, study, kitchen/breakfast-room, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Garage and garden with mill-pond. Oxford about 20 miles, Banbury about 3 miles, M40 (Junction 11) about 6 miles, London about 71 miles. Furnished, £1,250 p.c.m., for 6 months. Lane Fox. Tel. (Banbury): 01295 273592.

Headington Quarry, near hospitals, universities, schools, shops: refurbished semi-detached house, newly equipped; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, garden. Quiet, countryside close. From Feb. £700 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 288147.

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).

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).

Ground-floor flat: sitting-room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, shower, telephone, garden, etc. Furnished. Very close bus/rail. City centre 1 mile. Available now. Rent £450 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811488.

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Accommodation Offered

Accommodation suitable for non-smoker: professional female to share with one other female; large double room in charming 3-bedroom bungalow in Old Headington; modern fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, quaint garden, off-road parking, lounge, dining, cute dog. Quiet and attractive area. Close to JR hospital, shops, and convenient for public transport. Available immediately, long-/short-term considered. £400 plus bills p.c.m. Karen. Tel.: Oxford 308390, or 0378 415071 (mobile); e-mail: 101324.1711@compuserve.com.

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.

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 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.

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

Home exchange sought, Berkeley (Calif.)–Oxford, approx. dates 10 April 10–15 June. We seek a 2-bedroom furnished flat (or something larger) within public transportation reach of Oxford University. We offer our house in Berkeley: 2 bedrooms, 2 offices, 3 bathrooms, 2-car garage, large high-ceiling living room, dining room, TV room, kitchen, sauna, jacuzzi, small garden (gardener comes each month). Our car is a Toyota Camry VLE 1994. Telephone: (510) 843 1835, e- mail: parlett@math.berkeley.edu.

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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.

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Houses for Sale

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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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For Sale

Broadwood model 8F upright piano (number 267279—mid-1970s), with the last ivory keyboard used by Broadwood. Musician's carefully used piano. £1,750 o.n.o, to inc. matching, deep-buttoned, leather-covered, adjustable stool. Tel.: Oxford 514622.

Renault Espace, 1989, G reg., good condition, 7 seats. £5,900 or offers. Tel.: Oxford 515033. n

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