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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The museum shop offers one-stop shopping for dodophiles of all ages. The habit-forming Dodo Pad Diaries are now joined by matching address books in two sizes. Also stocked are cheerful dodo key-rings, ties, screen-printed tea-towels, soft toy dodos, and finger-puppets. June-Anne Hare's silver-plated teaspoon is a newcomer while Lesley Reeves' hall-marked brooch lives on as a special, locally-made gift. The shop is open during museum hours, Mon.--Sat., 12 noon--5 p.m. Admission free. Sales enquiries: Oxford (2)72961.

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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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Charity event: auction of promises

An Auction of Promises will be held at 8 p.m. on Sat., 22 Nov., in St Edward's School, Woodstock Road. The auctioneer will be Humphrey Carpenter. Tickets, costing £5, inc. a glass of wine, canapés, live musical entertainment, and cabaret, plus the chance to bid for all sorts, from the practical to the creative, from Christmas food to holiday fun. The event is held to support the Clive Project, the first service for younger people with dementia in Oxfordshire. Tel. for tickets: 01993 774080 or Oxford 552983.

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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

French conversation and tuition at all levels offered by Oxford graduate (British national, French-educated), experienced coach and teacher. Walton Street. Tel.: Oxford 511897.

Irish language classes every Thur., 8–9.30 p.m., at St Clare's, Banbury Road, starting 16 Oct. Barry Riordan. Tel.: Oxford 376107.

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

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

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.

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

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Domestic Services

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.

Family problems? Family mediation may offer a way forward. We are Oxford's longest-established firm of solicitor-mediators. For further information or a confidential discussion contact Monica Payne or Linda Glees of Faulkners Solicitors. Tel.: Oxford 724977.

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Volunteers sought

Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust is looking for volunteers to act as Mental Health Act `Managers' with the important responsibility of reviewing the compulsory detention of people under the Mental Health Act 1983. The duties of the Managers are: to hear patients' appeals against detention when requested by the patient; to review detention of patients where appropriate; to consider Renewal of Authority notices. Time commitment: variable, on average 2 appeal hearings a week of 1--2½ hours' duration involving 3 managers drawn from a panel. Training sessions are arranged. Status: voluntary, but with travel expenses paid. Anyone interested should contact Mr Mark Underwood, Deputy Director of Information, Littlemore Mental Health Centre, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4XN. Tel.: Oxford 223060.

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Situations Vacant

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).

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Houses to Let

Headington: 3-bedroom bungalow, close to hospitals, schools, shops, next to bus service into centre; 1 double bedroom, 2 single bed or one single study/bedroom, conservatory, fitted kitchen; gas c.h.; integral garage; small garden; telephone and intruder alarm; all modern appliances. No sharers. £650 p.c.m. Tel./fax: 01993 881667.

Summertown: modern town house, 2 double bedrooms plus third galleried bedroom, central patio, small south-facing garden, close to shops, off-street parking and garage. Available immediately, c.£925 p.c.m. Tel.: 01772 321496 (day/evening).

Old Marston: quiet end-of-terrace house in centre of old village; 2 bedrooms, study, sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom, integral garage, small garden; gas-fired c.h.; fully furnished and equipped inc. crockery, cutlery, and linen. Available now for at least one year. £630 p.c.m. plus council tax and utilities. Tel.: Oxford 351607.

Cumnor Hill: period farmhouse, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge with open fire, kitchen diner. Highly recommended. Available 1 Nov. Unfurnished. £1,300 p.c.m. inc. gas heating. E. Gordon Hudson & Co. Tel.: Oxford 244089.

Completely refurbished and unfurnished 4-bedroom detached house in Headington; suitable for family or postgraduates; £950 p.c.m. Apply: Ellis. Tel.: Oxford 725870.

18th-c. thatched cottage, in village 8 miles from Oxford and close to the Thames; 3 double beds, 2 reception, conservatory, modern kitchen, c.h., garden; oak beams, open fires. Short lets. £190 p.w.Tel.: 0171-625 1219.

Extremely small, but well situated furnished terrace house in south Oxford, close to the city centre, park, and reservoir. Double bedroom, single bedroom, bathroom, sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, and sheltered south-facing garden; washing-machine; c.h. Would suit couple or two tidy sharers. Non-smokers only please. Available Dec. for min. period of 6 months. £650 p.c.m. inc. council tax but exc. bills. Deposit and references required. Tel.: Oxford 310806.

Boar's Hill: in sought-after area, luxury 4-bedroom furnished home available Nov. for 10 months; gardener supplied; located in small private road; early viewing advised. £1,000 p.c.m. Premier. Tel.: Oxford 792299.

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.

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

Horton-cum-Studley: picturesque village location approx. 7 miles north-east of Oxford, easy access to A40 and M40; 2-double-bedroom apartment occupying the first floor of an attractive Victorian property, with views over Otmoor. Well presented, in good order throughout. Large well-proportioned rooms inc. a living-room andn kitchen/breakfast room, with space for adding to existing furniture. £575 p.c.m. inc. oil-fired c.h. Tel.: Oxford 200012, e-mail: stclements@finders.ox.ac.uk.

Large, 1-bedroom flat, ground floor; excellent condition, newly furnished; near Summertown; fully-equipped kitchen, shower, c.h., parking, and communal gardens. Would suit single person or couple. Available mid-Nov. £595 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 514340.

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

Two rooms available in spacious house in east Oxford, to share house with owner (postdoc). Large (with double bed) £260 p.c.m., small (single bed) £210 p.c.m. plus gas/phone. Would suit non-smoking postgrads/postdocs. Tel.: Oxford 240836 (evening), or (2)72513/(2)72495 (day); e-mail: jfc@physiol.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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

Five-bedroom Victorian house in central North Oxford with shower-room, bathroom, sitting-room, dining-room, sunny kitchen/breakfast-room opening onto to 110-ft south-facing garden, available for exchange, 4--5 weeks July--Aug. 1998. West Coast of America or Canada preferred. Tel.: Oxford 557383.

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Holiday Lets

Charlbury, near Oxford---Christmas. Four weeks' holiday let from 18 Dec. Spacious house with fine views over river Evenlode. Fully equipped and heated. Sleeps 4/5. Good local facilities and walks. Frequent trains on main line to Hereford, Oxford (15 minutes), and Paddington. Mature non-smoking professional or academic couple preferred. Resident cat so no pets. £750 to inc. all bills except phone. Tel.: 01608 810051 or 0171-606 5843.

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Houses for Sale

Divinity Road: stone-mullioned, semi-detached, 4-bedroom house with cellar, near top of Divinity Road. Gas c.h. Three original c.1905 fireplaces. Large roof space suitable for conversion. South-east facing garden with apple trees, lilacs, and a smoke tree. Two reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, downstairs w.c. and bathroom/w.c. upstairs. £175,000---no chain. Peter Liell, 184 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LR. Tel.: Oxford 242176.

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.

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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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Car for Sale

Honda Accord, `B' registration; long mileage but runs well; 6 months' road tax and MOT. Suit short-term visitor. £290 o.n.o. Tel.: Oxford (2)72507 (w), or 351641 (h); e-mail: dmoore@physiol.ox.ac.uk. n

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