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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.

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

Painting in traditional English water- colours with Rebecca Hind. One-week intensive courses for spring and summer; weekly part-time courses thoughout the year. Tel. for brochure: Oxford 340633.

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

Gardens creatively designed–constructed—planted and maintained. Knowledgeable service with 25 years' experience. Portfolio available. Colin Broad. Tel./fax: Oxford 882711.

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.

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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

Picture librarian required for friendly team at specialist garden picture library in Charlbury. You will talk to clients, choose images, and do some administration. You will need good organisational and computer skills. Plant knowledge vital. Andrew Lawson Photography. Tel.: 01608 810654, fax: 811251.

National Association for Able Children in Education: general manager required (salary £16,000–£19,000). The association's main is to help teachers and other professionals to develop provision for able pupils in state schools. The manager is responsible for day-to- day running of the association's activities, including its research centre. S/he supervises an administrative assistant and reports to the executive committee. Ideal candidate will have substantial previous experience of financial and database management, desktop publishing, conference organisation, office administration, marketing and sales, preferably in an educational environment. Job-share candidates considered. Closing date: 24 Mar. Letters of application with c.v. to: NACE Centre, Westminster College, Oxford OX2 9AT.

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Houses to Let

City centre house with view of Thames available for 3 months, mid- June–mid-Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 250462.

18th-c. thatched cottage, in village 8 miles from Oxford and close to Thames; 3 double beds, 2 reception, conservatory, modern kitchen, c.h., garden; oak beams, open fires. Long and short lets. Tel.: 0171- 625 1219.

Quiet modernised terrace house, fully furnished, central North Oxford; c.h., 2 bedrooms, garden. Suitable for visiting academics. Available to let to one or 2 persons only from beginning of Aug. for following academic year. Tel.: Oxford 512747.

Mallams is a long-established independent company offering a letting service tailored to the needs of the discerning landlord. If you would like further details or professional advice on any aspect of the letting market please call our Summertown office. Tel.: Oxford 311006, fax: 311977.

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.

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).

Finders Keepers has over 60 members of staff in 5 offices throughout Oxfordshire dedicated to offering an unparalleled standard of service. Voted the best Letting and Management Company in the UK for the second consecutive year. Why not find out for yourself why the best is not the most expensive. 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

Available for summer: light, spacious, well-furnished one/two- bedroom apartment in North Oxford. On second floor of modern block set in well-maintained, attractive private grounds. Lounge, kitchen with large fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker, all only one year old; large main bedroom, second bedroom fitted as office with shelves and computer desk. Available end June–Sept.; to view from end Apr. £575 p.c.m. Will let for single month. Chris Townsend. Tel.: 0973 158812 (mobile), e-mail: C.Townsend@sussex.ac.uk.

Two-bedroom flat in central Oxford available early May–mid-Sept. Double and single bedroom, bathroom, L-shaped lounge/kitchen/dining- room. Would suit couple or small family. £485 p.c.m. exc. bills. Contact Domestic Manager, Worcester College. Tel.: Oxford (2)78334.

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 Offered

Room to let in large quiet house on St Margaret's Road; own bath, own fridge, use of kitchen, garden, sitting-room. Until the end of June only. £75 p.w. exc. utilities. Not suitable as a place of work. Tel.: Oxford 557995.

Accommodation offered in North Oxford. Academic family visiting USA in the summer are looking for a non-smoking house sitter from early July to early Sept. The accommodation is a large modern sunny detached house in North Oxford. Would suit student finishing thesis. References required. Tel: Oxford (2)74305 (office) or 553617 (home).

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

Flat or small house (close to Radcliffe Infirmary) wanted to rent for Imperial Cancer Research Fund for visiting academic family (2 adults, 2 children), 1 Apr. 1997–31 Mar. 1998. Contact Sarah Jones. Tel.: Oxford 302202, e-mail: joness@icrf.icnet.uk.

Young Frenchwoman lawyer seeks a bedsit with cooking facilities or temporary flat-share while using libraries in Oxford. Preferred dates 6 Apr.–17 May (some flexibility). Tel.: Oxford 559181.

Going away for Hilary or Trinity 1998? Retired US academic couple will take care of your Oxford house/flat and pay expenses; multiple Oxford academic references. Talk to us while we're here, until 4 Apr. Tel.: Oxford 245586.

American professor seeks to let furnished 2- or 3-bedroom house or flat in the Oxford area, 26 June–10 Aug. Eric Neisser. Fax: 001 201 648 1445; e- mail: neisser@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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 academic seeks furnished flat or house in Oxford, June–Sept. House exchange possible in San Luis Obispo, CA (midway between LA and SF on central CA coast). Two bedroom, 2.5 bath town house, garage, pool. Car exchange also possible. Russ Cummings. Tel.: 805 545 9808, e-mail: rcumming@calpoly.edu.

English/Italian couple seek house (with garden) to swap or rent in or near Oxford from Aug. for 1 year. We offer Umbrian farmhouse, recently restored to high standard; 3 double bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, 2 reception rooms with open fireplaces, large kitchen/dining-room. Full gas c.h. Olive grove adjacent to house. Peaceful surroundings and spectacular views of Umbrian hills and 12 km from Attiliano giving rail and motorway connections to Rome and Florence. Contact Serena Fry-Ferretti, c/o 59 Lakeside, Oxford OX2 8JQ. Tel.: 0039 64461585 (evenings), or 0039 744903683 (weekends).

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

Recently retired academic couple seek to exchange 3-bedroom home in mid-town Toronto for home in Oxford/Cotswold area. Would inc. dependable auto and references. Suit academic on study leave or similar for 3–10 months, from Sept. or later. Tel.: 416 481 8140, fax: 416 482 9341, e-mail: hcolman@gbc.gbrownc.on.ca.

Retired non-smoking academic couple seek house or apartment exchange in Oxford, preferably starting in June or July and flexible as to length of exchange, for 7-room house in Los Angeles, CA (San Fernando Valley); completely air-conditioned, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; all appliances. Also wish to trade cars—Olds 88 automatic, AC, sedan. Have lived in Summertown in past and have references. Edward A. Reese, 22201 Schoenborn Street, West Hills, CA 91304. Tel.: 818 703 6585.

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Holiday Lets

North Pembs. coast, cottage to let; ideal 2/3 but can sleep more. Stove, books, walks, peaceful surroundings. Reasonable rates. Tel.: 01348 872080.

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.

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.

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

Summertown: pretty Edwardian terrace house, 3 bedrooms, excellent condition. No chain. c.£140,000. Tel.: Oxford 554278 or (2)77419.

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. n

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