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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

While visiting the current (until 7 Mar.) BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, do call at the shop where the souvenir portfolio (£2) and the full range of related postcards are in stock. Any remaining wildlife calendars and diaries now at reduced prices. Museum open 12–5 p.m., Mon.–Sat. Sales enquiries: tel.: Oxford (2)72961.

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Bodleian Shop

Bargains in the Bodleian Shop; many items reduced to half-price in our annual sale which continues through Jan. and Feb. Please note opening hours in Jan., Feb., and Mar. are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Find us in the entrance to the Old Library, access from Radcliffe Square, Broad Street, and Catte Street.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC has received sponsorship to allow groups of young people, aged 14–25, to see its plays in Stratford for £10 each. The sponsorship enables the RSC to pay the group■s cost of hiring a coach to Stratford and to upgrade to stalls or circle seats. For details and performance schedule, please contact Kerra St John, RSC Oxford, tel./fax: Oxford 792200.

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Oxford Bach Choir

Oxford Bach Choir will be giving the second performance of Nicholas Maw■s Hymnus on Sat. 14 Mar. 1998; 7.30 p.m. in the Sheldonian Theatre. This work for mixed choir and orchestra was commissioned and first performed by the Choir on the occasion of their centenery year 1996 The programme also includes Elgar■s Overture: Froissart and The Music Makers, and will feature the BBC Concert Orchestra (Nicholas Cleobury, conductor), and contralto soloist Catherine Wyn-Rogers. Tickets from Oxford Bach Choir, PO Box 326, Oxford OX2 6UN, until 14 Feb. (sae); thereafter from Blackwell■s Music Shop, tel.: Oxford 261384. Press tickets and details from Ruth Durbridge, Marketing Manager, tel.: 01844 281279.

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Tuition Offered

A new option for co-education at the age of 13 in Oxford. Your son or daughter can now join d'Overbroeck's College at age 13 and go right through to A levels. To find out more, tel.: Oxford 310000, or come to our Open Morning on 14 Feb., 10 a.m.--12.30 p.m.

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Services Offered

Bespoke Garden & Landscape Design: `one off' consultancy visits, or sketch and scaled layouts, planting schemes, construction details, and site supervision, as desired. Nation-wide service from Oxford/Gloucestershire base. Chelsea Gold Medal 1996 and 1997. Jacquie Gordon BA Dip LA (Glos) ALI. Tel./fax: 01531 822743.

Persian rugs and runners direct from Iran, old and new. A hundred or so hand-knotted village and tribal pieces at honest prices. Some carpet sizes. Also Turkish, Afghan, and Old Chinese. Gallery/warehouse usually open 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. Ring first or take a chance. Expert conservation repairs and safe specialist cleaning. Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford, tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

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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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Situations Vacant

Elderly doctor in Oxford seeks help with housekeeping - driving, shopping, house management, perhaps some cooking, etc. Approximately half-time, but flexible, and role rather than job or time orintated. Might suit widow or retired person wishing to suppliment income or fill spare time. Please tel.: Oxford 768925.

Professor seeks part-time book-keeper and/or secretary for approximately half a day p.w., times flexible. North Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 515023.

The ELT Dictionaries Department of Oxford University Press seeks freelance lexicographers (mother tongue German) and freelance translators (English–German or German–English). Candidates with a background in lexicography and/or TEFL should apply with full c.v. to: Vicky Culling, ELT Dictionaries, OUP, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, by 19 Feb.

Secretary: Whitefield Institite (Oxford) for Christian Research in theology, ethics, and education requires secretarial support for Administrator and Co-Directors. There will also be contact with students, dealing with grant applications and accommodation. Wordprocessing and database essential (Word 6 and Access ideal). Send brief CV for details to Personnal Officer, UCCF, 38 De Montfort St, Leicester LE1 7GP, tel.: 0116 2551700.

Factotum: part-time, residential (self-contained). Help sought by elderly Oxford couple in large old house, approximately 10 miles from Carfax, aiming to sort, tidy, store, or chuck away residues of 50 active happy years. Tel.: Oxford 300707.

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine: a Departmental Secretary/Library Assistant is required to provide support for staff and researchers in the Wellcome Unit, a small and friendly department within the Faculty of Modern History. Duties include wordprocessing, assisting in the organisation of conferences and seminars, acting as receptionist/telephonist, and dealing with enquiries from prospective students. Library duties total 1 day p.w., and include ordering and accessing new titles, maintaining the library, and dealing with its users. Training will be given in this area. Experience in dealing with the public, and excellent telephone manner are key requirements. Applicants should have a good secretarial training and knowledge of Windows 95. Applications, with names and addresses of 2 referees to be sent to: The Administrator, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 45 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. For further particulars, tel.: Oxford (2)74600. Applications close 14 Feb.; interviews will be held the following week.

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Houses to Let

Old Headington: award-winning spacious converted chapel in quiet and secluded position among beech trees. Pall oak and natural stone; 2 storey. Fully furnished; living-room, 1 double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, larder, fridge/freezer, garden, and parking; gas c.h. £750 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 437750.

North Oxford : furnished bungalow, available end Mar.--24 May. Four bedrooms (1 or 2 to remain closed), 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast, utility etc. Gas c.h.; gardens. Suits visiting academic couple. Tel.: Oxford 558790.

Exceptionally pretty listed Elizabethan stone cottage (discreetly modernised) in area of outstanding natural beauty. Open fire, beams, etc. Garden, garage, wonderful views, peace and quiet. Reasonable rent to careful considerate tenant. 20 minutes Oxford, 30 minutes Cheltenham. Ready now. Tel.: 01993 822152.

Three-bedroom Edwardian terrace house; furnished, garden, fireplace; in quiet street near shops. Available end Mar./Apr. Tel.: Oxford (2)71074.

Beautiful old stone cottage in Headington Quarry: fully furnished; large garden. Ideal for family; 5 minutes from John Radcliffe Hospital. Available now for approximately 18 months. £1,400 p.c.m., includes gardener. Contact Philip Goulder, e- mail: goulder@helix.mgh.harvard.edu, or Charlotte Runyards, tel.: Oxford 723557.

Attractive mill cottage in Wootton, Woodstock: 2 bedrooms, bathroom, well equipped kitchen, large sitting room, garden, garage. £525 p.m. Tel.: 01993 811351.

Yarnells Hill, west Oxford. Traditional detached family house with lovely views south on the edge of Oxford. Available Feb.–May only, furnished or part-furnished. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, breakfast room, 2 bathrooms, shower room. FPD Savills, tel.: Oxford 726000.

Family house, Jericho, Oxford. Walking distance of city centre and bus/train stations; peaceful, quiet, characterful house near Port Meadow. Two living, 2 studies, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, farmhouse kitchen, walled garden, patio. Available 18 Jul.–12 Sep. Minimum 4 weeks. £450 p.w.

Oxford Waterside, Jericho. Brand new house on prestigious development available mid Feb. Two bedrooms, 1 en suite shower room, family bathroom, living/dining-room, beautifully fitted kitchen with ceramic tiled floor, downstairs cloakroom. Furnished to high standard. Small garden, views over Port Meadow. Allocated off-street parking, 10 minutes■ walk to Radcliffe Infirmary and many University departments, also shops, theatres, etc. £875 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 311124, fax: 311125, e-mail: anae0002@nda.ox.ac.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 764533, fax: 764777.

Summertown: large comfortable home close to shops and city centre. To let 4–25 Apr. 1998. Responsible couple sought; must be prepared to feed and scratch affectionate cat. £500 plus utilities. Tel./fax: Oxford 516556.

Summertown, easy access to ring road, shops, and city centre. Exceptional accommodation for family or professionals sharing; 3/4 bedrooms (one with shower), 3 reception rooms, patio, garden, off-street parking. Available 1 Mar. Tel.: Oxford 744555.

Central North Oxford: attractive family accommodation, available for 6–12 months plus. Victorian house; well equipped; gas c.h.; 28 ft sitting-room, 3 double bedrooms, kitchen/diner, bathroom; parking permit; good schools catchment area. Close to Port Meadow; 10 minutes■ walk to city centre. £950 p.c.m., exc. bills. Tel.: Oxford 559911.

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Flats to Let

Corner St Margaret's and Woodstock Roads: 2-bedroom flat; large living-room, kitchen with wash/drying machine, bathroom with shower. Available 20 Mar.--24 Aug. 1998. £550 p.c.m., inc. electricity. Tel.: Oxford (2)74872, e-mail: jean.dunbabin@history.oxford.ac.uk.

North Oxford : charming 2-bedroom first floor flat in North Parade; furnished. Available now. £655 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 513816 (office hours), 842103 (weekends).

Charming flat on Hilltop Road, East Oxford. First floor: fully fitted kitchen and bathroom; second floor: large tastefully furnished pine-floored bedroom/lounge studio; balconies overlook park; use of garden; free parking. Available mid-Feb. for 6 months or longer. £600 p.c.m. inc. Council Tac. Tel.: 0410 109349, e-mail: 100525.1044@compuserve.com.

Flat in Victorian house, Iffley Road, 1 mile city centre. Large sitting-room/kitchen, bedroom, bath/shower. Rent to include Council Tax, hot water, some c.h. £460 p.c.m.; low because not self-contained in daytime. Tel.: 01869 350372.

Warm, comfortable, ground floor flat in Marston with easy access to Science Area, JR2, Bodleian, etc. Own entrance, kitchen/dining-room, study/living-room, double bedroom, bathroom, covered patio. Fully furnished. Own telephone; use of garden. £100 p.w. Suit quiet non-smoking couple. Tel.: Oxford 241224, 6–7.30 p.m. (eve.).

Delightful self-contained flat in listed building in the heart of the Cotswolds. Train line to Oxford/London or Worcester. All mod. cons., quiet location. Suit couple or professional. 15 miles from Oxford. £400 p.c.m. Tel. (voicemail): 0118 9289500.

Flat on second (top) floor of purpose-built block, Osberton Road, Summertown. Fully furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils, crockery, etc., plus washer/drier, fridge/freezer, gas c.h., shower, garage, garden access. Living- room and 2 double bedrooms. Available to non-smokers from mid Feb. £620 p.c.m. for 1-year lease; £650 p.c.m. for 6-month lease. Tel.: Oxford 727650, e-mail: binney@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Complex of 4 rooms on one floor; large Victorian house in North Oxford on the Woodstock Road side near the Radcliffe. Telephone connections; c.h., parking. Ideal as a main working HQ or as an annexe to another location. Tel.: Oxford 554326.

Short-term holiday lets. Comfortable, well- equipped cottages, 12 miles west of Oxford, on good bus route, in attractive Cotswold market town of Witney. Tel.: 01993 703035, fax: 771014.

Bed-and breakfast available in the warm comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive central North Oxford; within easy walking distance of the city centre and all main university buildings; a stone■s throw from the river, parks, excellent pubs and restaurants, and a 9–9 corner shop. All rooms have colour TV, microwave, tea- and coffee-making facilities, c.h., and independent heating. Refrigerators available. Very moderate terms. Tel./fax: Oxford 557879, mobile: 0374 434489.

Horspath village: room to let, suit mature or postgraduate student, non-smoker, own transport advisable. Use of kitchen/dining-room and garden. Available 1 Feb. £60 p.w.. Tel.: Oxford 875854 (eve.).

Newly-furnished single room in pleasant house, quiet area close to University Parks and science area. Share kitchen/bathroom/lounge with one other. £250 p.c.m. inclusive (except telephone). Tel.: Oxford (2)70369 (day)/240196 (eve.).

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Accommodation Sought

American family–professor, spouse, and four well-behaved children ages 3 to 12–seeks furnished house in North Oxford area; 4/5 bedrooms, quiet room for study a must. One year beginning Aug. 1998. Contact W. I. Miller, e-mail: wimiller@umich.edu.

Considering letting? It might just be worthwhile telephoning us for an informal appraisal of your property. We have applicants waiting to rent in and around Oxford, from studio to large family house. Contact FPD Savills, Residential Lettings and Management, tel.: Oxford 726000.

Visiting Australian doctor and wife seek furnished 2/3-bedroom house/flat in reasonable proximity to John Radcliffe hospital, Mar.–end Jun. 1998. Tel.: Oxford 220817(day)/510338 (eve.).

Visiting scholar seeks furnished flat, Apr.–Jun. 1998, for 3 people. Prefer North Oxford or near St Ebbe■s CE School. Please contact Prof. Ivan Jaksic in the USA, tel.: 219 259 1938, e-mail: Ivan.Jaksic.1@nd.edu.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is 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 764533, fax: 764777.

Visiting Italian academic couple (both non- smokers) with baby (3 months) seeks furnished accommodation; 1/2 bedroom flat for Apr.–Sep. 1998; preferably central/North Oxford. Tel.: 00 39 40 676936 (work)/350075 (home), fax: 6763903, e-mail: geremia@univ.trieste.it Local contact: Prof. L. N. Johnson, Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Oxford, tel.: (2)75365, e-mail: jthorp@biop.ox.ac.uk.

Italian postdoctoral researcher seeks furnished accommodation for 2–3 years, from Mar. 1998, in or near central Oxford, ideally 1-double-bedroom flat in £400–£500 p.c.m. range. Please fax: 0039 6 8689 8859, e-mail: pazzaglia@casaccia.enea.it, or write to: Dr M. Axton, Department of Zoology, Oxford OX1 3PS.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

American professional family spending Michaelmas Term 1998 in Oxford requires house, at least 4 bedrooms, fairly central position, from Sep. Willing to rent or exchange for house in Atlanta, with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in historic district, minutes away from Emory University, US Center for Disease Control, and Georgia State and Georgia Tech. Universities. Please write to Deborah Scroggins at 1173 St Louis Pl., Atlanta, GA 30306, tel.: 404 249 9844, e-mail: deblane@msn.com. Local enquiries to Wendy James, tel.: Oxford (2)74677/559041, fax: 559200.

Visiting Italian academic couple (both non- smokers) with baby (3 months) seeks furnished accommodation; 1/2 bedroom flat; for Apr.–Sep. 1998. Prefer central/North Oxford. Tel.: 00 39 40 6763936 (work)/350075 (home), fax: 6763903, e-mail: geremia@univ.trieste.it. Local contact: Prof. L. N. Johnson, Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Oxford, tel.: (2)75365, e-mail: jthorpe@biop.ox.ac.uk,

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Student Vacation Exchange

Swiss academic family, resident in Berlin, seeks language visit for son, Niklaus (d.o.b. 11/6/83) Father is a professor at the Freie Universität Berlin; mother teaches German, French, and Italian as a foreign language. They would like their son to spend 2–3 weeks with a family in Oxford, preferably 4–24 April (but from 13 Jul. also possible). In exchange, they would offer hospitality in Berlin for a child of similar age who is learning German. Please contact Elizabeth Tucker, tel.: Oxford 331416 (eve. or weekend), e-mail: elizabeth.tucker@oriental-institute.ox.ac.uk.

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Holiday Lets

Provence: sleeps 6—luxury 3-bedroom apartment in 17th-c. chateau with views to the Gorge du Verdon. Pool, tennis, gardens, lakes, river, sailing, walking, windsurfing, drive to skiing. Log fire and heating. Real home with books, satellite T.V., dishwasher, etc. Available year round. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Gaunt Hill Cottage and Fisherman's Loft offer charming accommodation; each sleeps 4, on the edge of the pretty village of Standlake, equidistant from Oxford and the Cotswolds. Situated in 4 acres of idyllic gardens by the river Windrush with resident kingfishers, swans, ducks, and moor hens. Private trout and coarse fishing also available. Tel.: Oxford 300227 or 01235 847494, fax: 01235 848204.

Keravel in the heart of Brittany. Cottages round the cobbled courtyard of a 15th-c. manoir. Hills, woods, silence. One hour from numerous beaches and harbours, and near the standing stones of Carnac. Details from Penny Allen, tel.: Oxford 556507.

Czech Republic: fairytale woodland cottage 30 minutes■ drive from Prague; sleeps 4. Lake for swimming/boating, views, walks, wood fires, mushrooms, castles. Good food and wine still a bargain! English speaking owner. Available May–Oct., from £240 p.w. Tel.: 0171 373 0667.

French Farmhouse in Aveyron, available from now until end May, also Jul., and from September. Four rooms plus bathroom and well equipped kitchen. Set in own grounds in small village. From £500 p.c.m., pluss phone and electricity. Dr D. Martin, tel.: Oxford 559061.

Pembrokeshire National Park. Escape the crowds! Holiday cottage in idyllic cliff-top situation overlooking St Bride■s Bay. Cliff walking, safe sandy beaches, simply but comfortably furnished; sleeps 8/9. Gas lighting, fridge/freezer, water heater, etc. Available Apr.–Oct. Tel.: 01562 777234.

Habla Espanol en Espana organises holidays for students of Spanish in very select family homes in Madrid and La Coruna, for 1 week or longer. Prices include air fares. CORUS Centro de Lengua Espanola. Tel.: Oxford 249558.

Nerja, Costa del Sol: luxury villa, sleeps up to 8. Walking distance pool, beach, amenities. Lovely mountain views. All mod. cons., inc. washing machine and satellite TV. Excellent value. Jan Chaundy, tel.: 01234 351554.

Rome: 5 minutes■ walk from Tuscolana station (linked to Fiumicino airport with a train service which runs every 15 minutes). Well-furnished apartment; light and airy; 4th floor with lift; 2 bedrooms, living/dining-room, bathroom. Sleeps 4; linen provided. Buses to Piazza Navona, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and city centre; underground station (5 minutes' walk) is connected to Spanish Steps (15 minutes) and St Peter's (25 minutes). £250 p.w. (whole apartment); £180 p.w. (1 bedroom); prices inc. bills. Tel. (Italy): 765 63518, fax: 765 63578, e-mail: v- lattea@fabaris.it.

Tarn-et-Garonne: fine old stone house, lovingly restored, many original features, large garden. Situated in friendly, rural village, with shops, post office, café, tennis court. Within easy reach of Cordes, Albi, Najac, Gaillac. Sleeps 6/8 in comfort. Separate bathroom and shower, up- and downstairs w.c., dishwasher, washing machine. Good walking, riding canoeing, restaurants, markets, and local colour. Colour photos. Tel.: Oxford 515311.

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House for Sale

Spacious, detached, chalet-style house in attractive south Oxfordshire village. Oxford 20 minutes■ drive, 10 minutes■ train; London 40 minutes (from Didcot). Three bedrooms, self-contained studio, superb views, no chain. £200,000 o.n.o. Tel.: 01235 512102.

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Properties for sale at Oxford Waterside

Central North Oxford/Jericho. Classically styled homes built by nationally renowned quality house-builders, Berkeley Homes. Properties available include: 2-bedroom apartments from £118,500; 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom houses from £169,500; 4- bedroom, 3-storey houses with garages from £275,000. Marketing suite and show homes open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 311449, or 726000/515000 (joint selling agents, Savills and Thomas Merrifield). n

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