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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

A timely visit to the OUMNH shop may satisfy your need for non-calorific stone eggs (from £1.55). March has seen the arrival of new jewellery lines, an invasion by soft toy dinosaurs (£6.99), and the landing of a small flock of fanciful ceramic dodos (£16.75) from the Chilterns. Several new activity books have been joined by an extended range of colourful BGS geology guides (£1.95) to South Coast and Lake District holiday areas and to some of London's tourist spots. Museum closed 9–12 Apr. (inclusive), but otherwise open Mon. (inc. Easter Mon.)–Sat., 12–5 p.m., free of charge. Sales enquiries: Oxford (2)72961.

Burton Taylor Theatre

Leading Tokyo-based theatre companies, Théâtre du Sygne and Haiyu-za Company, will be visiting the Burton Taylor as part of the Oxford University Dramatic Society Japanese exchange programme which is taking place this summer. They will perform August Strindberg's A Dream Play, on Sat., 2 May (7.30 p.m.) and Sun., 3 May (2.30 p.m.). The performance will be in Japanese, with an English synopsis available, and will, it is hoped, include the opportunity to meet members of the company. For further information about the company and project, please contact Holly Kendrick, Burton Taylor theatre, tel.: Oxford 791577. With only 2 performances, it may be wise to book tickets in advance, from The Oxford Playhouse Box Office, tel.: Oxford 798600.

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Bodleian Shop

New in the Bodleian Shop now: book- shaped cards: A Girl of Distinction, The Cleverest Chap in the School, and 6 more! Please note opening hours for 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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Contact Sought

James Fletcher, c/o Balliol College. FA Cup Party, Chelsea Supporters Association, May 1997, Auckland NZ. Some of your Kiwi mates want to get in touch again! Please contact Claire, tel.: 01244 348106, e-mail: black@sheep.u-net.com.

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Tuition Offered

Are you interested in a different kind of teaching experience this summer? St Clare's, Oxford is running an International Summer School for 16–19 year-old students this summer, and admissions are going so well that we need to recruit extra teachers and supervisory staff. If you are free from 20 June–3 July 1998, or 8–21 Aug. 1998, and are able to deliver courses in subjects such as Development Economics, Historical Methodology, or Ecological Crises and Sustainable Development, or would like more details, please contact Maria Andrews, tel.: Oxford 552031, fax.: 310002.

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Services Offered

Afghan carpets: 30 per cent off our usual modest prices for a limited period to reduce large stocks of these elegant traditional pieces in elephant's- foot design. All are 25–50 years old, in a full range of sizes from 2.54 x 1.97 up to 3.93 x 3.06. Any colour as long as it's red, ie. pale claret, deep burgundy, pink, rose, scarlet, or crimson ground. From only £499 per piece. Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, tel.: Oxford 559396 (North Oxford).

J.A. Neil Building, established in Oxford since 1981. Construction, restorations, and new projects using traditional materials. Quality stonewalling, masonry, brickwork, paving, and repointing. Tel.: Oxford 761581.

Fine Furniture: we specialise in restoration, and design and make pieces to your requirements. Furniture for restoration is surveyed free of charge. We will take a brief with no obligation for bespoke pieces in the fine art of cabinetry, where true inspiration and experienced skills can come together at affordable costs. Please contact Forman Fine Furniture, tel./fax: 01844 238389, and speak to Danny Forman.

Persian carpets imported directly from Iran; new, old, and antique; all sizes. We sell handknotted Eastern rugs, runners, and cushions of every description, and offer expert repairs and safe cleaning. Gallery/warehouse usually open 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat., but ring first if you can. Frederick and Sudabeh Hine, Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 559396.

Cross Counties Counselling and Psychotherapy Service. Offices: Oxford, Stratford-upon- Avon, Cirencester. Individuals, couples, families, groups. Psychoanalytically trained, holistically oriented, eclectic approach; specialising in trauma (PTSD), depression, life crisis, relationships, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, school-related problems. Free half-hour consultation with treatment (see brochure). Barbara A. Martino BA, MSW, CTS, (licensed/trained UK, USA), tel.: 01386 438010.

Town and Country Trees: professional tree surgery, orchard and shrub pruning, planting, and hedges. Quality work at competitive prices. Fully insured. Locally based. For a free quotation, please call Paul Hodkinson. Tel.: 01993 811115.

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

Blue House: a small intimate nursery for children 2–5 years. Established 10 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities, inc. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Our aims are to encourage independence, self-confidence, and social skills. Safe secluded garden, and conveniently situated next to South Parks. Details from Kimberley, tel.: Oxford 247877, or come and visit us.

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

Merton College: Appointment of Welfare Adviser. Applications are invited for the newly created post of Welfare Adviser (beginning 1 Oct. 1998), to facilitate liaison between SCR, MCR, and JCR welfare officers. Applicants should already be, or expect to be, engaged in academic study at Oxford University at postgraduate or postdoctoral level. The appointment will be made for 1 year in the first instance, with possibility of renewal for up to a maximum 3 years in total. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an appropriate course of training in welfare issues. The position will carry free board and lodging and a stipend of £1,500 p.a. together with some SCR rights. Applicants should write to the Warden's Secretary not later than Fri., 1 May, enclosing c.v. and the names of 2 referees, and should request their referees to send references direct to the Warden's Secretary, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD before Fri., 1 May 1998. Particulars available on request.

St Anne's College: Library Assistant. Applications are invited for this full-time post, to start as soon as possible after 4 May. General library duties including enquiry desk work in this large and busy college library. Salary scale £11,802–£13,491. Further particulars on request. Applications and enquiries to David Smith, the Librarian, St Anne's College, Oxford OX2 6HS, tel.: Oxford (2)74810, e-mail: david.smith@st-annes.ox.ac.uk. Closing date: 20 Apr. St Anne's is an equal opportunities employer.

Group 4 in association with Jesus College, Oxford is looking to recruit 2 full-time security officers to work nights and Sundays. £5 per hour for 48 hours p.w. You will display excellent communication skills and a professional manner. Reception skills an advantage. You must also be aged 21–64 and have a 10 year checkable work record. To apply, please contact Katherine Jones, tel.: Oxford 244999.

School Governor required for Milham Ford Upper School. Taking girls from year 9 (age 14 upwards), this is an interesting school, being the only state girls' school in the city. No particular qualifications required apart from an interest in education, particularly that of girls. The work is voluntary and unpaid. Commitment is a minimum of 2 evening sessions per month in term time, but there is scope for more involvement. For an informal chat, please contact the Head, Mrs Gloria Walker, tel.: Oxford 243468. We would particularly welcome enquiries from the ethnic minorities.

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Houses to Let

Furnished Victorian terrace house with garden; North Oxford; quiet street close to city centre. Two bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, fully-equipped kitchen, gas c.h., coal fire. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 556152 or 554722.

North Abingdon: 5-bedroom, detached, fully-furnished house. Large sitting-room, dining-room, study, 2.5 bathrooms, gas c.h., garage, gardener included. Very convenient for bus to Oxford. Available 1 Sept. for 12–13 months. £1,200 p.m. (negotiable). Tel.: 01235 523340 (answerphone).

Well-situated, furnished, terrace house in south Oxford. Close to city centre, park, and reservoir. Double bedroom, single bedroom, bathroom, sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, and sheltered south- facing garden. Washing machine, c.h. Suit couple or 2 tidy sharers; non-smokers only please. Available beginning May for 1 year. £650 p.c.m., inc. Council Tax but exc. bills. Deposit and references required. Tel.: Oxford 310806.

Two-bedroom cottage with bathroom, kitchen, and sitting room. Rural position, but only 10 miles south of Oxford. Suit mature person. Available immediately. £550 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 821768.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in North Oxford: 4 bedrooms; fully equipped. On bus routes; 25 minutes' walk to town. Available July and Aug. Tel.: Oxford 511825 (eve. or Sun.), e-mail: l.lyons1@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Headington: available 1 Aug.–end Dec. 1998. Comfortable 4-bedroom family house. Kitchen, dining-room, sitting-room, downstairs cloakroom, 2 bathrooms, box room, large garden, off-street parking. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 762450, e-mail: c.foot@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Luxury, unusual, modern house in quiet road in North Oxford, within ring road, close to bus route. Stunning views to open countryside. Open plan design with separate double bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Small patio garden, off-street parking. Suit visiting academic/professional couple; regret no children, pets, or smokers. £1,000 p.m., plus services. Tel.: Oxford 515085.

Central North Oxford: attractively- furnished, four storey Victorian house in quiet street, 15 minutes' walk from city centre, quarter of a mile from river Thames and Port Meadow. Two double bedrooms and 1 single; 2 bathrooms, 1 with new shower, both with w.c.; double reception room with wood floor, oriental rugs, desk; modern pine kitchen/diner with large table. Dishwasher, fridge, freezer, gas c.h., washing machine, drier; TV, video, stereo, fax, 3 phones. Garden with picnic table, chairs, hammock; 4 bicycles. Free street parking. £950 p.c.m., inc. utilities and Council Tax. Available 3 Aug.–5 Sept. Dr Josephine Reynell, tel.: Oxford 513933.

Woodstock: delightful small period cottage in quiet location close to Blenheim Park and town centre. Recently refurbished and furnished to high standard. One double, 1 single bedroom; bathroom and separate w.c.; sitting-/dining-room; fully-equipped kitchen; conservatory area leading to small walled garden. Gas c.h., telephone. Length of tenancy by agreement. £675 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 812639.

Charming cottage on edge of village 15 miles north-west of Oxford. Double bedroom plus spare bedroom/study. Furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Beams, inglenook fire. South facing; very private walled patio garden. Suit caring non-smoking couple. Available from late Apr. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Old Boar's Hill: country cottage to let from Oct. 1998. Delightfully situated, quiet, 3 bedrooms, fully-furnished, c.h., all amenities, large secluded garden. £650 p.c.m. Contact K. Solomon in Italy, tel.: 39 444 324729. Local contact: tel.: Oxford 512332.

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. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: Oxford 764533, fax: 764777, e- mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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.

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Flats to Let

Delightful first floor 1 (double)- bedroom mews flat, 7 minutes' walk Carfax. Available Apr. for 4–5 months or longer. South-facing terrace, recently built and furnished. Covered off-street parking for small car. £500 p.c.m., plus bills and Council Tax. Suit visiting lecturer or senior research student. Tel.: Oxford 241845, after 1 Apr. only please.

Wootton, near Boars Hill: superior spacious first floor apartment, to let unfurnished. Two large double bedrooms, spacious living-room, fully-fitted kitchen/dining area with fridge and dishwasher, utility room with washer-drier, bathroom with bath and shower, gas c.h., off-street parking, 2 TV and 3 telephone points. Rear garden. On regular bus routes to Abingdon and Oxford centre. No smokers, no pets, no children. Available May 1998. £595 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 735660 (eve./weekend), e-mail: ajmaun@mail.nox.ac.uk.

Recently-refurbished, fully-furnished, luxurious 1-bedroom ground floor flat, in quiet part of central North Oxford, very near Port Meadow. Convenient for shops, schools, and university. Oak-floored dining- room and sitting-room, large carpeted bedroom, basement, fully-furnished kitchen with dishwasher, separate washing machine/drier, bathroom with separate shower cubicle. Gas c.h., 2 telephone and 2 TV points. Charming, secluded, paved garden front and rear. Available from 1 Apr. £950 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 559614.

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Summer Let

Summertown, North Oxford: spacious and beautiful 3-bedroom house, all modern facilities, sunny garden, quiet residential area, 5 minutes from Summertown shops; near frequent bus service to city centre. Available for holiday let 29 Jul.–31 Aug. (with some flexibility). £350 p.w., inc. all services. Contact Professor G.A. Dover, tel.: Oxford 554300 (any time Thurs.–Sun.), or 0116 2523983 (day, Mon.–Wed.).

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Accommodation Offered

Rose Hill: between Rose Hill and Iffley village: 1 room in a spacious fully-furnished house shared with 1 tenant. Garden, washing machine, gas c.h., living-room, dining-room. In quiet road near shops and bus stop. Non-smoker only. £295 p.c.m. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 718909, e-mail: joseme@earth.ox.ac.uk.

Rewley Park, Central Oxford. A selection of brand new homes available immediately, ranging from 2- bedroom, 2-bathroom luxury apartments (available fully furnished and equipped) to 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom family house (available furnished/unfurnished). Rewley Park is an exciting new development close to Castle Mill stream and within an easy walk of the university and city centre; would be ideal for visiting academics. Rent from £850 p.c.m. (short lets may be considered at a higher rent). Please contact Finders Keepers for more information. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk.

Lovely double room to rent in large barn conversion. Quiet village 12 miles west of Oxford. Bathroom, own TV, ample parking. No smoking. Preferably weekdays only. Short or long term. £16 per night. Meals extra by arrangement. Tel.: 01235 868973.

Delightful Woodstock coach house adjoining Blenheim Park and within easy reach of Oxford. Available immediately for let up to 1 year. Double bedroom with breathtaking view, sitting-room, bathroom, kitchen, parking space. Recently refurbished and fully equipped. Suit non-smoking academic or professional couple. £475 plus bills. Tel.: 01993 813569 (eve.).

St Clements, available now: comfortable self-contained basement studio flat. Own bathroom and kitchen, telephone, fax, washing machine, microwave, fully equipped, use of garage. £475 p.m. inc. gas, electricity, and Council Tax. Available Apr.: attractive single room with own shower and basin, use of kitchen. £250 p.c.m., inc. bills. Non-smoking woman preferred. Tel.: Oxford 721052.

College-owned properties, available 15 July–11 Sept., centrally located near to university, well equipped, serviced by college scouts. Can be let as single properties or individual rooms, sharing facilities. Tel.: Oxford (2)79082, e-mail: janet.mead@seh.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Superb new hotel, 1.5 miles from city centre. 16 en suitebedrooms; telephone, TV with Sky, fridge, kitchenette, mini-bar. Parking. Tourist Board—highly commended; RAC—highly acclaimed; AA—4 Qs. Single £59.50, double/twin £69.50, per room per night. Discounts for long-stay guests. Marlborough House Hotel, 321 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NY, tel.: Oxford 311321, fax: 515329, e-mail: enquiries@marlbhouse.win-uk.net, Web site: http://www.oxlink.co.uk/oxford/hotels/marlborough.html.

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Accommodation Sought

Academic couple with 2 young children, planning a 1 year sabbatical in Oxford from November 1998, seeks furnished house with garden, preferably in North-central Oxford, but other locations considered. Monthly rental up to £800. Local references available. Contact Dr Quentin Sattentau, 9 Traverse des Zephyrs, 13007 Marseille, France, tel./fax: +33 491 26 9494, e-mail: sattenta@ciml.univ-mrs.fr.

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home or investment. We have celebrated 25 years in Oxford letting and managing properties—try us first! Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are delighted with our service—why not pop in and read their comments? Contact Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxfordd 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Returning Oxfam staffer seeks 3-bedroom furnished house to rent, 3–6 months, from May. Marston, Summertown, or Headington areas. Chris Bailey, tel.: 0171 221 0745, fax: 0171 229 1336, e-mail: michael@oxfam.org.br.

American visiting fellow, spouse, and boys 12 and 14 seek fully-furnished 3- or 4-bedroom house in Oxford or environs, from 19 June through 20 Aug. 1998. Children will be present for 3 weeks only. Please contact in USA: D. Matthews, 6514 Kalama Road, Kapaa, Hawaii 96746, tel.: 808 821 0479, fax: 808 821 1193, e-mail: dbm@aloha.net.

Visiting US Law professor seeks furnished accommodation 26 June–7 Aug. for self and 2 quiet, well-behaved daughters (5 and 9). Local references available. Jane Winn, SMU School of Law, Dallas, TX 75275, tel.: 214 768 2583, fax: 768 4330, e- mail: jwinn@mail.smu.edu.

House/animal/granny or other sitting offered by mature woman in exchange, or for reduced rent, self-contained accommodation; 6 months from Oct. or Nov. 1998. Barbara Ineson, tel.: Oxford 722432 through April (messages may be left thereafter).

Furnished 3-bedroom house or flat needed, May and June 1998, for tidy and responsible visiting fellow (Pembroke College) and family of 4 (children ages 14 and 10). Please contact Kate or Lowell Turner, tel.: Oxford 556063, or (2)76440.

Visiting German medical research fellow and wife seek self-contained 2-room accommodation in Oxford, ideally near John Radcliffe Hospital. From 1 May 1998, for 1 year initially. Tel.: Oxford 222322, e-mail: neurosciences@imm.ox.ac.uk.

Seeking home for 8–12 weeks: university professor and spouse, with 2 daughters ages 8 and 5, seek modest but comfortable 2/3-bedroom furnished cottage/flat near the colleges for Trinity Term (mid Apr. through June 1998). Exact dates negotiable. Doug and Dianne Geivett, 1405 Wickford Drive, Brea, CA 92821, USA. Tel.: 562 691 4289, fax: 903 4759, e-mail: doug_geivett@peter.biola.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: Oxford 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

Mallams Residential Letting is well placed to help with your letting and management requirements. Based in Summertown, we offer a professional service tailored to your individual requirements. If you are thinking of letting your property, please call us. Tel.: Oxford 311006, fax: 311977.

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Accommodation Exchange

Boston, Mass.: USA family looking to `house swap' with Oxford/Cotswold family; last week in June or first week in July (or combination). Our house has up to 6 bedrooms. Two dogs in house complete with dogsitter. We need 2 bedrooms—2 grown children and 2 parents. Tel. (USA): 001 781 237 3675.

Toronto exchange: spacious 2-bedroom, 2- bathroom flat. Centrally located, fully equipped, tastefully furnished, light and heat included. Seeking to exchange for house/flat in North or central Oxford for 18–24 months, beginning July/Sept. 1998. Fax (Moscow): 7 095 921 9491 or (Toronto): 416 972 9179, e- mail: ioccmoscow@glas.apc.org.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Visiting academic and family (3 children aged 6–10) seek furnished 3/4-bedroom house; North Oxford or close to John Radcliffe Hospital preferred. Beginning mid Aug. 1998 for approximately 1 year. Would consider exchange for 4-bedroom house in central Auckland, NZ. Tel./fax: 0064 9 6306723, e-mail: a.fraser@auckland.ac.nz.

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Accommodation Offered to Rent or Exchange

Summertown: lovely 3-bedroom Victorian terrace house, fully furnished/equipped, to let or exchange from summer 1998, for academic year minimum. Dates/length of let flexible. Two double bedrooms, office/third bedroom, eat-in kitchen overlooking pretty garden, 2 reception rooms, 1.5 bathrooms, gas c.h. Hardwood floors; even a Steinway piano. Near shops, bus, excellent schools, university, hospitals, etc. Family owners (professional mother, 2 children) ideally seeking exchange with New York City academic; require minimum 1 bedroom plus/doorman apartment in Manhattan. Otherwise £1,100 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 512847, fax: 515335, e-mail: 101642.2251@compuserve.com.

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Holiday Lets

Germany: spacious modern family home (hall, large lounge-dining area, 4 bedrooms, study, 2.5 bathrooms) with extensive garden in leafy suburb of Hamburg. Available 27 May–27 Nov. A bargain, due to current exchange rate, at £500 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 558910 (afternoon/eve.).

Tarn, south-west France. Close Albi/Cordes., convenient Toulouse. 18th-c. farmhouse and cottage; beamed ceilings, tiled floors, stone walls, wood-burning stoves and c.h., beautifully furnished. House sleeps 6; cottage 4. Garden (2 acres) with swimming pool, in lovely country setting. Available year round. Rent 1 or both; let to only 1 party/period. Colour brochure. Tel.: 0161 434 5455 or (USA) 907 346 8350, e- mail: akscott@alaska.net.

Delicious Donegal cottage; open fires, Aga. Sleeps 4–6, overlooking lough, surrounded by mountains. Ideal for families or couples. Rowing boat, canoes, and bicycles included; within easy reach of golf courses, fishing, sandy beaches, horse riding and much more. From £200. Tel.: Oxford 390402.

Greece: Skopelos Island. Old house to let in quiet area of Skopelos village, 2 minutes' walk from the waterfront, with secluded terrace and lovely courtyard opening out from the kitchen. Two bathrooms. Sleeps 6–8 comfortably. From £50 per day. Tel.: 01280 848 250 or 847 849.

Idyllic water mill, central France. Sleeps 8–10. Recently restored; large open fireplace, ideal for retreat or holiday. Beautiful private riverside setting, own river swimming, fishing, woodland walks, tennis, riding, mountain biking nearby. Still available all year except Aug. Tel./fax: 0181 940 2395.

Northumberland, between the Cheviots and the sea: stone built cottage in small unspoilt village; 5 miles from Alnwick Castle, and within easy reach of half a dozen more, and miles of beautiful sea shore. Sitting- room, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom. Available June, July, Aug. Tel.: 01665 579292.

Provence: 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 TV, dishwasher, etc. Sleeps 6. Available year round. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

North Pembs.: cottage in secluded setting near coast. Stove, books, walks, wildlife, clean air. Ideal 2/3, but can sleep more. Available from Easter; reasonable weekly rates. For brochure, tel.: 01348 872080.

Château d'Oex, Switzerland: comfortable 18th-c. chalet, suit family (maximum 5 adults). Large south-facing veranda, garden, breathtaking mountain views. Ideal for skiing or walking; Alpine flowers. Available year round, minimum 10 days. From 130 Swiss francs per day, all inclusive. For further details, tel.: Oxford (2)76592.

Tuscany, Italy: charming 17th-c. farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised, with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Unavailable most Aug. and Sept. Tel.: 0181 446 4913.

Sympathetically-restored traditional Cretan house in heart of old Rethymnon; fully equipped, automatic washing machine, patio with barbecue, library with English books. Sleeps 4 (1 double, 1 twin). Very quiet location with views of fortress, but close to bus station, shops, beaches. £250 p.w., £900 p.m. Tel./fax: 00 30 831 56525.

Italy: Lake Como. Village house apartment, closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, kitchenette, dining-/sitting-room, terrace. 20 minutes Como City. Also: Umbria, Assisi National Park: 2 double bedrooms, kitchen/dining-room, big bathroom, own road. Superb views; wildlife. Rent for either: £300 p.w., £550 per fortnight, £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 763886.

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House for Sale

Secluded, very quiet, away from traffic: 1-bedroom house; unique, modern (1974), architect designed. Bedroom, sitting-room, bathroom, kitchen. Excellent central North Oxford location; easy walking distance colleges, labs, libraries. Small, low maintenance garden. Residents' street parking. £112,500. Tel.: Oxford 515625.

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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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For Sale

Piano for sale: Barratt and Robinson upright. Excellent condition, little used. £950. Tel.: Oxford 512964. n

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