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Jennifer Gilbert (violin) and Joan Gilbert (piano) will perform works by Szymanowski, Van de Vate (first performance), Franck, and Beethoven, at 8 p.m. on Friday, 12 Dec., in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets £7, concessions £5, from Blackwell's Music Shop (38 Holywell Street; tel.: 261384) and at the door.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Come shopping at the OUMNH for an A to Z of Christmas gifts. The choices begin with a selection of Amber jewellery and Amethyst geodes, Bookends for Bibliophiles and attractive stone Candleholders and continue via a wide range of very Individual gifts through to handbooks for young eXperts, Yuletide decorations and stocking fillers, and the traditionally Zany Dodo pads. Mon.–Sat., 12 noon–5 p.m. Admission free. Closed 24–9 Dec. inc. Open New Year's Day. Sales enquiries: Oxford (2)72961.

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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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Ashmolean Museum Shop

The Ashmolean Museum Shop is the sole outlet in Oxford for Card-Aid charity Christmas cards. Over 100 designs are available from numerous charities including Crisis, Cancer Research, the Samaritans, WaterAid, Mencap, Shelter, Oxfam, and the Woodland Trust. The return is split between the Ashmolean and the individual charities, and the usual discount will apply to University employees. Museum Shop and Museum Café open daily (inc. weekends) throughout Dec.

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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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Services Offered

Oriental carpet dealers Frederick and Sudabeh Hine have additional stock comprising: a good quantity of Persian and Chinese rugs made over 50 years ago, faded but little sign of use; a few Afghan and Persian tribal carpets approx. 3m by 2m, in good condition for 30-plus years of age; armfuls of small colourful Persian tribal bits and pieces for use as mats, seat covers, hangings; large numbers of Beluch runners and tent bag/cushions. Come and see the full display, inc. new and antique pieces, in business hours, 10 a.m.--6 p.m., Mon.-- Sat. Ring first if you can. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel./fax: Oxford 559396.

Editorial services: copy-editing, proof- reading, etc. For an initial discussion of your requirements, please telephone. Tel.: Oxford 513221.

Psychotherapy. UKCP- and BAC-registered psychotherapist offers sessions in English or Italian. Convenient Summertown address. Tel.: Oxford 513363.

Town and Country Trees: professional tree surgeons. All aspects of arboriculture undertaken including orchard and shrub pruning, planting, hedge trimming, stump grinding, etc. Quality work at competitive prices. We are fully insured. For a free quotation, call Paul Hodkinson. Tel.: 01993 811115.

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Domestic Services

Part-time housekeeper, central North Oxford, mid-Jan. To cope with school pick-up, hobby transportation of busy children (10 and 13 years), some cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc. Approx. 4 half-days p.w., flexibility important. Ideal second job. Single accommodation possible. Tel.: Oxford 512111 (evenings).

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

Relief receptionist required for one half-day each week during term time (11.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; hourly rate £5.09) with more hours available in Trinity Term. We need someone of smart appearance and confident manner, to deal with personal and telephone enquiries, receive deliveries and update noticeboards. Please write, with details of any relevant experience, availability, and the names of two referees, to the Clerk of the Schools. Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

Keston Institute, an Oxford-based ecumenical educational charity studying church–state relations in the former communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union, is looking for an Administrator/Researcher to join our small friendly team. The main task of the post is to administer and research our on-line information service, KNS, which is distributed between one and three times a week. Other duties inc. liaison with our Moscow office and designing and maintaining a Web site. An active interest in church–state relations in the region and the ability to read Russian are essential. Salary of scale £9,500–£11,000, pro rata, depending on age and experience. Applications by Thur. 8 Jan.; interviews in w.b. Mon. 19 Jan. For further particulars telephone Erika Cuneo, or write to the Administrator, Keston Institute, 4 Park Town, Oxford OX2 6SH. Tel.: Oxford 311022.

Able personal assistant needed, Jan. 1998. Working part-time from home and with the Development Director of National Children's Charity near Oxford. Interesting and varied work for someone with `Word' PC and printer. Initiative and organisational skills. Stephanie Wilson. Tel.: Oxford 511276.

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Houses to Let

Australia: 4-bedroom fully-furnished house, next to Monash University, to let Feb.--July. Suitable for visiting academic. 75 Beddoe Ave., Clayton, Victoria, Australia 3168. Tel.: 61-3-95449497.

Central North Oxford, attractive family accommodation available soon, for 6 months plus; Victorian house, well equipped; gas c.h., 28- ft sitting-room, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/diner; excellent schools available; city centre 10 minutes' walk, plus Thames water meadows. £950 p.c.m. exc. bills. Tel.: Oxford 559911.

Central Oxford: recently renovated family house to let in Manor Road; 2 reception rooms, study, 4 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom, small rear garden and off-street parking; within 5 minutes' walk of Bodleian Library. Available Feb. Tel.: Oxford (2)76356.

Available for a min. of 6 months' let, from 1 Jan.: 2-bedroom fully-furnished 2-year-old house with garden, off-street parking, c.h.; situated in quiet wooded close; suitable for professional couple—non- smokers please. Tel.: Oxford 361494.

Four-bedroom house, very well appointed, garden, garage, parking for 2 vehicles undercover, close to shops and services, on bus route; 10 minutes to city centre. References essential. £950 p.m.; 1-year let. Tel.: Oxford 842125.

Iffley: light, large detached family house (gas c.h.) in leafy garden available for part or whole of 1998 calendar year; 4 double bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, w.c., kitchen, breakfast room, utility room, larder; all appliances; 10 minutes from centre; frequent buses. Convenient for health centre, shops, schools, and riverside walks. Peach. Tel.: Oxford (2)71932 (office), or 778321 (home); e-mail:

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:; Internet site:

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.

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Flats to Let

Self-contained studio flat, Iffley Fields: pleasantly furnished spacious bed-sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, own telephone, c.h. £380 p.c.m., inc. running expenses, rates, etc. Tel.: Oxford 433977 (afternoon).

Flat available now (long let only); modern decor and furnishings; 1 double bedroom, living- room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h., all facilities, private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location, half-mile from the city centre. Non-smoker. £575 p.m. plus council tax. Tel.: Oxford 511628.

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Accommodation Offered

Large light room in well-equipped, pleasant 2-cat house on Sunningwell Road (shared with academic owner) available on good terms to quiet, vegetarian, non-smoking person from Jan. Tel.: Oxford 725435.

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: 01993 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. and fax: Oxford 557879. n

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Accommodation Sought

Australian postdoc seeks furnished family accommodation for 1–2 years. Headington/eastern Oxford or nearby villages. £600–£700 p.c.m. Preferably close to transport, child care, shops. Dr David Whiteman, 38 Quinn Street, Toowong, Qld 4066, Australia. Tel.: +61 7 3371 5920, fax: +61 7 3818 5000, e-mail:

Wanted to rent, 3--4 months from 6 Jan., by Danish translator and wife: furnished cottage/house, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen with appliances, utility room, etc., within 15--20 mile radius of Oxford. £500--£600 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 316936 or 01256 892010.

Visiting Australian doctor and wife seek furnished 2- to 3-bedroom house or flat in reasonable proximity to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Mar.--end of June. Tel.: Oxford 220817 (day), or 510338 (evening).

Two visiting academics (from New Zealand) and their two daughters (aged 7 and 8) seek a house to rent, 24 Jan.--7 Feb. We are currently looking after a house in Kirtlington while the owners are overseas. Tel.: 01869 350150, e-mail:

Australian academic couple looking to rent or mind a small flat or house in or near central Oxford, Dec.--June (flexible). Price around £600 p.c.m. Contact Tony Roberts. Tel.: Oxford 283325, e-mail:

Mature Oxford graduate, professional, responsible, non-smoking, seeks quiet flat or reasonably independent house-sharing situation; preferably in North Oxford, but other areas considered. David Mowat, 7 Mount Street, Oxford OX2 6DH. Tel.: Oxford 310216, fax: 559298.

Woman university professor would like to house-sit, care of pets, plants, etc., in Oxford or nearby during any period between 4 and 31 Dec. Tel.: Oxford 512747, e-mail:

d'Overbroeck's College invites enquiries at any time of year from families in North Oxford who may consider offering accommodation to our A-level students. We offer excellent rates and are sensitive to individual needs. Telephone Christine Cox or Sylvia Hurst for further information. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

Going away for Hilary Term? Or renting a house or flat? Retired US academic couple will care for your home and pay your expenses. Multiple Oxford references. Or, furnished rental for Feb. and Mar., near bus route. Tel. (US): 607 754 1920, fax: 607 777 2408, e- mail:

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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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).

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