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Theatre production for charity: cast etc. sought

A funded production of The Merchant of Venice is proposed to finance the Homelessness and Poverty Network, Oxford, especially the Luther Street Medical Centre. Dates: 30 Mar.--8 Apr. 1998 (to be finalised). Venue: Newman Rooms. Cast and all production team required. Write first to the Artistic Director, c/o All Saints Convent, St Mary's Road, Oxford OX4 1RU. Mark envelope `Drama'. Details: relevant skills, experience, area of interest. No phoning.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club offers a warm welcome to the spouses of visiting academics. Call in at the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens on Wednesday mornings (10.30 a.m.--12 noon) to find out about this term's programme of events.

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Bodleian Shop

The Bodleian Shop at the entrance to the Old Library: see our new book-shaped cards, and pop-out cards for different occasions, as well as unusual Oxford-related gifts, including many exclusive to the Bodleian, at prices from 75 pence to £200. Entrance in Old Schools Quadrangle. Open 9 a.m.--6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.--12.30 p.m. Sats.

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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

Irish language classes every Thur., 8–9.30 p.m., starting 16 Oct. Barry Riordan. Tel.: Oxford 376107.

Professor of Philosophy from former Yugoslavia offers tuition in Serbian/Croatian language and literature. Tel.: Oxford 311614.

English for medicine: specialist courses throughout the year for people working or studying in the field of medicine. Designed to increase confidence in work situations. Conversation, grammar, writing, etc.; 30 lessons p.w. The Oxford Academy, 18 Bardwell Road (off the Banbury Road), Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 512174.

Tuition offered at all levels, in all subjects from Maths and English to Greek and Theatre Studies. Also specialists in university entrance advice, university interview training, etc. Sage Tutors. Tel.: Oxford 792372.

Piano tuition: experienced teacher of adults and children. All grades. Beginners welcome. Miss P. Read, BA (Hons.), LRAM. Jericho. Tel.: Oxford 510904.

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Services Offered

Make more of your work; professional typesetting, graphics, and design will transform the presentation of your work. Papers, brochures, reports, and any print material for publication can be presented more distinctively. This is more than `spin and glitz' and more than can be lifted off a desktop publishing package. Good design can encourage attention and focus the idea. Charles Barker. Tel.: Oxford 511262; mobile: 0956 324780; fax: Oxford 316465.

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine sell handknotted Persian, Turkish, Afghan, and Old Chinese rugs, runners, and carpets. We also buy and exchange oriental pieces of all descriptions and can arrange expert conservation repairs and specialist cleaning. Visit our gallery/warehouse in business hours 10 a.m.--6 p.m. Mon.--Sat. Ring first to be sure we have no other commitment or just take a chance. Out-of-hours appointments possible. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

Tax advice. Ex-KPMG chartered accountant specialises in assisting academics and other professionals with their tax affairs, including self-assessment. Convenient North Oxford premises. Tel.: Oxford 513381, fax: 558064, e-mail: 100430.145@compuserve.com.

For all curtains, blinds, bedspreads, valances, and other soft furnishings in your own fabric, telephone Leda Zanotti. Tel.: 0370 277768.

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

Seeking part-time help with child/nanny- share/mother's help for 7-month-old. Flexible schedule. Non-smoker. Jericho area. Tel.: Oxford 310908.

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children aged 2½--5 years. Open Mon.--Fri., 8.30 a.m.--5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities. Our aims are to encourage independence, self-confidence, and social skills. Safe secluded garden also conveniently situated close to South Parks. Vacancies. For further information, telephone Kimberley. Tel.: Oxford 247877.

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

Literae Humaniores Board: part-time secretarial work and research assistance. Professor of Classics seeks someone for approx. 5 hours p.w. during the next academic year (precise arrangements open to discussion). The work will be primarily concerned with correspondence, administration, filing, etc.; but there may also be opportunities for research assistance (a knowledge of Ancient Greek would be an advantage, but is not necessary). Skilled word-processing and an ability to take down dictation are essential. Pay £6.50 p.h. To begin as soon as possible. Apply to Professor O. Taplin, Magdalen College, by sending a c.v. and the names and addresses of two referees, by Fri., 17 Oct. Tel.: Oxford (2)76069.

Wanted: well-qualified Organist and Choir Director for St Margaret's Church, Oxford, to continue and develop the high standard of music the church has enjoyed for many years. Well-established mixed RSCM choir. Supportive clergy and congregation. Two Sun. services and one weekday choir practice. Occasional other services inc. major festivals. The ability to train and enthuse members of the choir is essential. Salary negotiable based on RSCM rates in the range £1,200–£1,500 p.a. depending upon qualifications and experience. For further details and a short application form contact Brian Davey, 346 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PP. Closing date: 7 Nov. Tel.: Oxford 554286.

Oxford City Council (Central Services), Legal and Committee Services. Democratic Services Officer (ref. no. 1382GZ); 22 hours p.w.; £22,524–£25,761 p.a., pro rata. Key duties/responsibilities: to co-ordinate the Council's `Talkback' public consultation programme in partnership with the Health Authority and the Police; to ensure the scheme delivers robust market/social research data; to develop the scheme's impact and effectiveness; to maximise the extent to which the Council's decision- making mechanisms are influenced by local people's views as expressed through Talkback activities. Key essential criteria: effective written and oral communicator; experience of co-ordinating work across agencies and departments; experience of drafting technically accurate market research questionnaires; experience of applying and explaining basic statistical methods; able to use Microsoft Office and market research software. Applications are particularly welcome from Black and other Ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the area of work. Section 38(1)(b) of the Race Relations Act 1976 applies. Application forms and further details are available from the Human Resources Division, Second Floor, St Aldate's Chambers, 119–113 St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DS. Closing date for receipt of applications: 4.30 p.m., Fri. 24 Oct. Tel.: Oxford 252465 (answer-phone service) or 252032 (Minicom service).

Join a winning team: Clearwater Hampers are an award winning company specialising in mail order food and drink hampers. We market on a world-wide basis and turn over nearly £2m, of which 90 per cent is in Nov./Dec. A bright young person is required to assist our IT specialist from now until Christmas. Must be diligent, fit, hardworking, and pay attention to detail. Prepared to work long hours in a lively team atmosphere. If you have a good working knowledge of Windows 95 and FoxPro, would like a challenge, and want real experience on your c.v., telephone Wolfgang. Tel.: 01235 833732 (day or evening).

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Houses to Let

Victoria Road, Summertown: detached Edwardian family house with enclosed rear garden and alarm system. Three good-size bedrooms and 2 reception rooms. Available immediately at only £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 302312.

Cumnor Hill: architect designed 3- bedroom, 2-bathroom property with 4 reception rooms. Well equipped, heated swimming pool and alarm system. Rent of £850 p.c.m. includes gardener and cleaner. Available until the end of the year. Tel.: Oxford 302305.

Old Headington: award-winning spacious converted chapel in quiet and secluded position among beech trees. Pale oak and natural stone. Fully furnished. Living-room two storeys high, double bedroom, kitchen, larder, fridge/freezer, bathroom, garden, and parking; gas c.h. £785 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 768775.

Hayfield Road---canal side---midway Jericho/Summertown; furnished terrace house, 2 bedrooms plus study; suit family with older child (unfenced garden backing onto canal). No smokers/no pets. Available to July/Aug. 1998. £760 p.c.m., deposit required plus references. R. Sawyer, 5A Langstone Avenue, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1RU. Tel.: 01705 470520, after 5 p.m. (or leave message).

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.

Two-bedroom house in Jericho available to let, beginning of Jan.-- end of Aug. 1998. Would suit visiting academic couple with (or without) one or two small children. Quiet street. Recently modernised with gas-fired c.h. and small pleasant garden. £750 p.c.m. plus bills. Steve Hesselbo. Tel.: Oxford (2)72029 (w) or 553489 (h); e-mail: stephen.hesselbo@earth.ox.ac.uk.

Very peaceful, rural but accessible (Oxford 20 minutes) pretty 2- bedroom old Cotswold stone cottage---also 1-bed flat. D.g., c.h., etc. Garden, garage, tennis. Wonderful views and walks. Six months min. Available soon. Unfurnished/part furnished. £600 and £450. Tel.: O1993 822152.

Sydney, Australia: house available from Jan.; 4 bedrooms plus family room and study, swimming pool, in leafy suburb, easy drive to universities. Photos available on request; can be viewed on the Internet. Diana Harrington. Tel.: 0171-794 1739.

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.

Charming period cottage: 7 miles south of Oxford, near Marcham (Abingdon), detached brick and stone cottage in quiet rural location; fully furnished; double bedroom, sitting-room, kitchenette, large shower room. To let from start of Michaelmas Term, £125 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 390941.

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Flats to Let

Central Oxford: beautiful new 2-bedroom ground-floor flat near station; fully equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, double bedroom, single bedroom/study, large living-/dining-room; private parking. No pets. Available 1 Jan. £900 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 289104.

Central North Oxford: good quality 2- bedroom apartment within walking distance of St Antony's and university departments. Available immediately until the end of June. £695 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 302304.

Central North Oxford: elegant 2-bedroom flat (1 double, 1 single), on 2 floors, half-mile from Cornmarket; gas c.h.; fully furnished and equipped (inc. linen, washer/drier); living-room/kitchen; access to garden. Non-smoking. £580 p.c.m plus council tax and utilities. Available immediately for one year or more. Tel.: Oxford 556085.

Iffley Fields: pleasantly furnished centrally heated first-floor flat in quiet position overlooking fields within a mile of Carfax. Bedroom, good-size sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom, telephone. £530 p.c.m. inc. gas, electricity, etc., some cleaning, and licensed television. Suit quiet professional(s). Non-smokers only. Tel.: Oxford 433977.

Central North Oxford, just off the Banbury Road within easy walking distance of city, schools, and Science Area. Newly decorated, quiet, attractive and well-furnished flat; 2 bedrooms, large living-room with balcony facing south over communal gardens; immaculate new bathroom and kitchen; c.h.; washing machine; private parking. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford (2)70929 (day), 552069 (evening).

St Clement's, available now: attractive self-contained studio flat with washing-machine, microwave, telephone, and fax. £475 p.c.m. inc. council tax, gas, and electricity. Also single room with own shower and basin, use of kitchen, £220 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 721052.

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Accommodation Offered

Headington Quarry: room available in comfortable, large period cottage, sharing facilities with single mother and son. £250 p.c.m. plus bills (normally £50). One month's rent deposit required. Tel.: Oxford 742251 (weekdays after 8 p.m.).

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.

Two rooms for graduate couple in attractive house just outside Oxford. Own bathroom, use of kitchen, c.h., garage, use of garden. Until 20 June. £75 p.w. Telephone, bills extra. Tel.: Oxford 326458 or 0467 353115.

Rooms to let in North Oxford. Bedroom and study plus use of bathroom and kitchen. Ideal for non-smoking academic. £225 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 553850.

North Oxford : we require young professionals, delegates or postgraduates for the academic year or shorter residence; basic Continental breakfast is offered and full c.h.; otherwise self- catering. £50 per room p.w. Tel.: Oxford 511657 (after 5 p.m.).

Bed-and-breakfast available in the comfortable home of a semi- retired academic couple in exclusive, leafy, 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 facilies. Refrigerators available. Very moderate terms. Tel. and fax: Oxford 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

Space for a hired piano? Visiting Japanese research fellow and his wife seek self-contained accommodation in Oxford, ideally near the John Radcliffe, for 1 year (possibly 2 years) from Nov. Ideally, no more than £550 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 222322, e-mail: neurosciences@imm.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 764533, or fax: 764777.

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Accommodation Exchange

Edmonton (Canada)--Oxford house exchange: attractive family house, conveniently located to the University of Alberta and driving distance to the Rocky Mountain Parks, offered in exchange for similar or lesser accommodation in Oxford area, Apr.--Sept. 1998; 4 bedrooms, all appliances, modern kitchen; superb south-facing yard with large tree-house. Non-smokers. Car exchange possible. Fax: 1 403 492 9828, e-mail: jel-1@bones.biochem.ualberta.ca.

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House for Sale

Headington, close to major hospitals, schools, bus-stop, shops: 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalow; 1 double bedroom, en-suite; 2 single, of which one is a study bedroom; gas c.h. and also ceiling electric heating; family bathroom; conservatory, large lounge, fitted kitchen, integral garage, small garden; inside wood panelling. £120,000. No agents. Tel./fax: 01993 881667. n

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Flat for Sale

Iffley village: charming 2-bedroom flat in listed Georgian house; outstanding bay-fronted window to 20-foot reception room; fully modernised with many original features; shared garden. £140,000 leasehold/share of freehold. Tel.: Oxford 395101 (answer-phone) or 0181-789 9702.

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