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Oxford Bach Choir

Spiritual Songs for Summer: Sat. 20 June, 7.30 p.m., at Keble College Chapel. Vocal and choral music by Dvorak, Stanford, Howells, Kodaly, Tchaikowsky, Bairstow, and Tippett. The programme explores Eastern European sonorities and their English echoes and will ensure that the Keble acoustics will be heard at their best. David Lowe (conductor), Adrian Partington (organist), Giselle Allen (soprano). Entry by programme, available from choir members, at the door, or from Oxford Bach Choir, PO Box 326, Oxford OX2 6UN (s.a.e.).

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Tureck Bach Research Foundation

Third Annual International Symposium, Sat. 9--Sun. 10 May 1998, at Worcester College. Sat. 10 a.m.--12.30 p.m.: Dr Rosalyn Tureck (`J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations: Structural Analysis and Musical Illustration'), Dr Robert Sherlaw-Johnson (`Structure in the Music of Messaien'); 3--5.30 p.m.: Prof. Stephen Jay Gould (`Structural Laws as Constraints and Opportunities in Science and Art'), Prof. Henk Barendregt (`Structure, Intuition, and Mathematics'). Sun. 10 a.m.--1 p.m.: Dr Tureck (`Situating Concept in Music'), Prof. Gould (`Percepts without Concepts are Blind'), 3--5 p.m. Dr Jeremy Ramsden (`Paracelsus, Concept, and Realisation'), Prof. Robert Stevenson (`Challenges to Friends of Authenticity'). For more information, tel.: Oxford 515760, fax: 512620, e-mail: rosalyn.tureck@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk.

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Museums Week

Museums Week, 16–24 May: conservation events in Oxfordshire. For the full programme of open conservation studios and tours, conservation exhibitions and lectures, see URL: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk.boris/conservation/oxuniv.musw eek.htm.

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Faculty of Mathematics, Cambridge

Mordell Lecture 1998. Prof. Johan de Jong, Princeton, will lecture on `Curves over finite fields and Galois representations' at 5 p.m. on Thur., 7 May, in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Green Street, Cambridge.

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Tuition Offered

Summer Arts Course for 10 to 14 year-olds; range of media inc. photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, computer graphics. Suitable for all levels---beginner to advanced. Small groups and experienced tutors. d'Overbroek's College, 1 Park Town, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

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

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Services Offered

Oxford University Newcomers' Club. The club exists to welcome to Oxford the partners and families of academic visitors and graduate students. Come along to the Club rooms at 13 Norham Gardens, and sample our programme of events and outings; we are open each Wednesday morning, 10.30--12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term, also throughout the summer vacation.

Long established Oxford builder (25 years). Property maintenance, renovations, extensions. Every aspect of the building trade covered. Free estimates. Academic references available. Richard Edwards, tel.: Oxford 343562.

Tax advice: ex-KPMG Chartered Accountant specialised in assisting academics and other professionals with their tax affairs, inc. self-assessment. Convenient North Oxford premises. Tel.: Oxford 513381, fax: 558064, e-mail: 100430.145@compuserve.com.

Wise Owl Educational Software: the only UK children's shareware library, est. 1991. Specialising in educational programs and games (DOS, Windows 3.1 and 95) for all PCs (XTs to Pentiums). 800+ titles for ages 2--16+. 3.5" and 5.25" media. Free newsletter and advice. Tel.: 01235 529808 (Mon.--Fri., 9 a.m.--5 p.m.), e-mail wiseowlsw@aol.com, Web site http://members.aol.com/wiseowlsw/index.html.

Simple Kitchens and Furniture: kitchens, free-standing and fitted furniture made to suit you. Using traditional furniture-making techniques and the finest materials, our work is built to last. Our friendly, personal service is second to none. Contact Thomas Heidkamp, tel.: 01844 353338, for a no-obligation consuatation.

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.

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.

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Domestic Services

Italian girl (21), driver, non-smoker, speaks English, experienced with children, seeks au pairemployment for part or all of summer period 1998 (available June--Sept. and flexible). I know her well and recommend her unreservedly. Please tel.: Oxford 557789 to discuss, or contact her directly on e-mail: autoborgo@mail.arcadiatel.it (subject: Fabrizia Duchini).

Paulina (19), a first-year student of Economics at Prague and daughter of Prof. V. Ptak of Prague University, would appreciate spending her summer vacation (22 July--31 Aug.) as an au pairin the family of an Oxford academic. The opportunity to practise (in moderation) on the piano would be appreciated, but is not essential. Contact address: Horovice, Ticha Ulice 489, 16800 Czech Republic, e-mail: ptak@math.cas.cz.

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Situations Vacant

Horse (and pony if needed) for restricted use in return for horse-care and love; weekdays, at Hampton Poyle (approximately 5 miles from Oxford). Horse is not a novice ride. Tel.: Oxford 557932.

Christ Church, Oxford: Clerk/Typist. Full time vacancy within the Treasury department, 8.45 a.m.--5 p.m., in a friendly but professional environment. Applicants should be computer literate, with good word-processing skills. Salary £9,117--£10,881 depending on qualifications and experience; 5 weeks annual leave, plus bank holidays and free lunches. Applications with up-to-date c.v. should be addressed to the Assistant Treasurer, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP. Closing date Fri., 17 Apr.

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.

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Houses to Let

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.

Small, comfortable house with large garden and parking, near shops, restaurants and bus route, in Woodstock (just north of Oxford). Fully equipped for visitors, with dishwasher, etc., but suitable for couple or single only, with Unversity references or similar. 8 months minimum let, longer preferred. Dates flexible. £500 p.m. Tel.: 01933 813127 or (USA) 217 488 3680.

Comfortable, semi-detached house in Marston, available May. Newly refurbished. Fully furnished to a high standard. Three bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, fitted kitchen, gas c.h., bathroom with power shower, garden. Quiet position with views of central Oxford; close to JR Hospital and cycle track across Parks to city centre; good bus route. £750 p.c.m., plus bills and Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 874310, e-mail: mark.chapman@ripon-cuddesdon.ac.uk.

Luxury, unusual, spacious 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 or professional couple; regret no children, pets, or smokers. £895 p.m., inc. Council Tax. Available June 1998. Tel.: Oxford 515085.

House available for rent next academic year. Large sitting-room, dining-room, modern kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 studies, 1.5 bathrooms, walled garden, c.h., washer-drier, dishwasher, fridge, china, linen, etc. Bottom of Headington Hill, 15--20 minutes' walk from Bodleian. Available late Aug. 1998--late May 1999. £900 p.m. Contact Prof. Grundy, 11 Cherwell St, Oxford OX4 1BG. Tel.: Oxford 242966, e-mail isobel.grundy@ualberta.ca.

Oxford Waterside, Jericho: brand new house on prestigious development. 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. Ten minutes' walk to Radcliffe Infirmary and many University departments, also shops, theatres, etc. Available for weekly lets or longer as required, sometimes at short notice. Tel.: Oxford 311124, fax: 311125, e-mail: anae0002@nda.ox.ac.uk.

Central Oxford, Rewley Park, near rail station (London--Paddington 52 minutes), bus station (Heathrow 70 minutes), and city centre. Brand new 5-bedroom town house, built to high specification; 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen, downstairs w.c., conservatory, small garden, parking, river/canal view. Available from June. £2,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01844 208315, fax: 201511, e-mail: 100574.451@compuserve.com.

Furnished central North Oxford house to let for one year or less from 15 Sept. Walk to colleges, rail and bus station; near Port Meadow; c.h.; recently redecorated; desks; filing cabinets, several large closets; secluded garden; 2 bathrooms, washing-machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. 2 bedrooms, £950 p.m.; 3 bedrooms, £1,250 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate entrance). Contact: J. Mackrell, Oxford 775567 (27 May--1 June: 553679); or A. Gaston, Canada: tel. 613 745 1368, fax: 613 745 0299, e-mail: Tony.Gaston@EC.GC.CA.

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.

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

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, available mid-May for short/long let: exceptionally well-furnished second-floor flat in quiet, civilised Victorian family house with large, light, airy rooms. Double bedroom, drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

Wolvercote: comfortable ground floor flat, overlooking small shared garden and millstream. One bedroom; newly refurbished. Conveniently located near regular bus service to city centre. Suit either single person or couple. £550 p.c.m. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 514328, e-mail: kate.field@continuing-education.oxford.ac.uk.

Modern city centre flat, convenient for University. Two bedrooms, large sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom, ample cupboard/storage space. Available for eight week let, 4 July--29 Aug. £650 p.m., inc. heating and lighting. Tel.: Oxford 433146 or 430595.

Luxury, unusual, spacious 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 or professional couple; regret no children, pets, or smokers. £895 p.m., inc. Council Tax. Available June 1998. Tel.: Oxford 515085.

Upper Wolvercote: spacious 2-bedroom flat with lovely rural views in quiet location yet on regular bus route to city centre. Fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchen, c.h., garage, etc. Non-smokers preferred. Available 1 June for long-term let. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 559802.

Central North Oxford: spacious 1-bedroom flat in quiet road. Shared garden. Suit postdoc. couple or similar. Available now. Tel.: 0171-794 8965.

Park Town, available mid-July: semi-basement, comfortably furnished; double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette with electric cooker and fridge, tiled bathroom with shower; c.h. throughout; telephone available. Very quiet house. Prime location, 1 mile from Carfax. Tel. for appointment: Oxford 557400.

North Oxford: available 1 Sept. 1998--31 May 1999, £550 p.m., fully-equipped ground-floor flat suitable for 2 adults; dining-room/study; living-room/study, double bedroom, shower-room, kitchen; dish-washer, washing/drying machine, electric stove; c.h., car-port, small garden. Stone, 266 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. Tel.: 609 921 2717.

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Summer Lets

Sunny Victorian terrace house, Iffley Fields: 2 reception (period fireplaces), modern kitchen, bathroom, second w.c., large double bedroom, bedroom/study (double sofa-bed), utilities cellar, antiques, stripped bannisters, sanded floors, nice garden. Mid-June--Oct., £725 p.m. inc. council tax. Tel.: Oxford 798069 or 01873 810982; e-mail: ayers@wadham.ox.ac.uk.

City centre house with view of Thames available for 4 months, June--Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £975 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 250462.

Very attractive semi-detached house in north Summertown; 3 bedrooms, 2 studies, 2 living-rooms plus kitchen and large conservatory; generous garden with play equipment. Easily sleeps 5. Ideal for children. Easy access to Summertown shops and central Oxford. Use of 2 adult and 2 child bicycles. All modern conveniences. Available 18 Aug.--2 Sept.; some flexibility over dates. £325 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: Oxford 556655.

Summer let in Oxford, live in comfort near the Thames; c.h.; 4 bedrooms; large split-level living-room, south-facing garden, dining-room, fully-equipped kitchen; bathroom with bidet and w.c.; shower-room with w.c. Available 6 weeks, 22 July--2 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: Oxford 725193.

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Accommodation Offered

Stylish, but basic, loft room to rent in a separate period building in the garden of our house in North-central Oxford. Ideal as artist's or writer's studio; own entry, tiolet, and large sink. Not living accommodation. Rent negotiable (£175--£200 p.c.m.). Tel.: Oxford 557932.

Very spacious west-facing room with balcony, Woodstock Road. Ideal for city centre, Radcliffe Infirmary, and University. Non-smoker. Available now until 30 June 1998. £80 p.w. Tel./fax: Oxford 513688.

Available now, 2-bedroom home on the riverside. River views from most rooms. Large sitting-room, newly-fitted kitchen, auto washing machine, microwave. Suit non-smoking couple. £735 p.c.m. plus deposit. Tel.: Oxford 245563.

Walton Manor: tastefully-modernised 2-bedroom period house in Plantation Road, a short walk from the University departments. £950 p.c.m. Also available: brand new 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, unfurnished apartment with spacious drawing room. £1,000 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers, tel.: Oxford 311011, e-mail: oxford@finders.uk.co.

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

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.

Accommodation needed for July by US law professor, teaching at Magdalen. Wife and 2 boys (7 and 10) will accompany for part of stay. Pleasant family setting is most important. Please reply to Prof. Weiner, tel.: 517 339 1751, fax: 334 5714, e-mail: weinerw@cooley.edu.

Three-bedroom furnished flat or house sought by academic couple with 2 children (11 and 9), visiting Wolfson College; early Aug.--mid Jan. 1999. Preferably North Oxford. Reply to Prof. David Wood, Law Faculty, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. Tel.: +61 3 9344 6192, fax: 9347 2392, e-mail: d.wood@law.unimelb.edu.au.

Visiting academic seeks 2-bedroom furnished flat to rent, 22 June--5 Aug., preferably close to Pembroke/St Peter's. Wife and child (3 years) visiting part time. Non-smokers, local references available. James Basker, Columbia University, tel.: 212 531 3732, fax: 663 9169, e-mail: oxbadmin@interport.com.

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.

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.

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

Vancouver family (Univ of British Columbia professor, wife, and 5-year-old daughter) seeks to trade houses with another (non-smoking) family for approx. 3-month period, Apr.--Aug. 1999. We have a lovely, spacious California-style house, 5 minutes from UBC, 15 minutes from the downtown, 20 minutes from Vancouver International Airport, and a short block to a beautiful sandy beach (Spanish Banks) and other recreational amenities. We would need a house or large flat, in Oxford or close by, with reasonably good access to public transport. Dr T.A. Hutton, 4554 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, V6R 1C4, British Columbia, Canada. Tel.: 604 228 9592, fax: 604 822 6164.

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 (with children 9 and 13) seeks 2/3-bedroom furnished house or flat, inside ring road, central preferred. Sept. 1998--Mar. 1999. Can exchange 4(+)-bedroom luxury home with large private pool and amenities in Phoenix, Arizona. Fax: 0101 602 5436004, e-mail john.corrigan@asu.edu.

Professional academic couple seeks house or flat with minimum 2 bedrooms in central Oxford, for 1 year sabbatical from Sept. 1998. No children, no pets, non-smokers; mature and responsible adults. Would also consider house/car exchange with persons coming to the Chapel Hill/Durham area of North Carolina for similar period of time. Contact Dr Valerie King, 1624 Hadley Mill Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA. Tel.: 919 542 2328, fax: 966 3811, e-mail: vking@med.unc.edu.

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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/3rd 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

Enjoy a holiday in a charming villa or cottage on the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos, and Alonissos. Many with enclosed yards and close to the sea. Weekly prices start from £76 per person in May. For brochure, tel.: 0030 424 22947, fax: 424 23057, e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr.

Burgandy (Morvan National Park): 19th-c. stone cottage in quiet hamlet. Sleeps 5+. Enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own large meadow with streams. Spacious sitting-room, 2 double bedrooms, study, bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, c.h., telephone, log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in nearby lakes, wine-tasting and sight-seeing in Burgandy (half hour from Vezelay and Avallon). Available 9 Aug.--3 Sept. £250 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 556626.

Fisherman's cottage on the saewall at Newport, Pembrokeshire. A family holiday home, child- and dog-friendly; the front door opens onto the coastal path and beach with wonderful views across the estuary. Good for sailing, walkin, and golf. Electric heaters and open fires. Sleeps 6. Good local shops and restuarants. Rates (inc. electricity) from £115--£290 p.w. or £25 per night off-season. Tel.: Oxford 714943.

Alentejo, Portugal: traditional farnhouse situated on hilltop with splendid views over surrounding countryside and the nearby seashore. A few minutes' drive from a number of unspoiled beaches and 2 hours' drive from Lisbon (nearest town Santiago do Cacem). Recently refurbished and fully equipped. Sleeps 4. £200 p.w. Contact F. Figueira, tel.: 351 1 7584322, fax: 351 1 2189259, e-mail: fugueiraf@yahoo.com.

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

France, Lot region. Comfortable, spacious house in Medieval village; sleeps 6, all en suite. Magnificent views over Cele valley; 5 miles main town Figeac. Mar.--Sept., £300--£450 p.w. Same village: 1-bedroom cottage, available same period, £150--£225. Tel.: 01295 276156.

Umbria, Italy: luxury flat in tranquil rural setting. Sleeps 2--4. Large terrace, private garden, stunning views. Perugia 15 minutes, Assisi 30 minutes, Florence and Siena 2 hours. Tel.: 01252 877155 (eve.).

Provencal fortified farmhouse in tiny rural village surrounded by lavender fields offers B&B or half-board. There is also a 3-bedroom apartment with kitchenette and sitting-room---ideal for writer/artist or academic on sabatical leave; short or long stays possible. Contact Karolyn Kauntze, Montsalier, 04150 Banon, France. Tel./fax: 00 33 4 92 73 23 61.

Cadouin, Dordogne. Large village house, sleeps 12+. Not luxurious, but comfortable. All amenities. Suitable for 2 families. Beautiful scenery; perfect swimming nearby. £150--£250 p.w. Tel.: 01743 359726.

Verona outskirts: in exceptionally beautiful 15th-c. villa, self-contained ground-floor flat; large double bed-sitting, kitchen/dining and bath rooms; garden area; parking; frequent buses from door to city centre. £300 p.w., inc. services and weekly cleaning. Available from 1 May, except Aug. Tel.: 00 39 452 6499, or (Moore) 01844 238247.

Fethiye, Turkey: new apartments 5 minutes to beach sleeping max. 4; pool, bar/restaurant, entertainments; English/Turkish owners. From only £140 p.w. per apartment. Tel./fax: 01202 737202.

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.

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Houses for Sale

Three-bedroom Victorian terrace house in East Oxford, close to city centre and near bus route. Sitting-room, kitchen-diner, large cellar and roof space. Gas c.h. with new boiler. Good decorative condition. £110,000. Tel.: 01404 841591 (eve.).

Cottage for sale in France: Montsoreau, near Saumur. Superb view over the Loire in an attractive small village near shops. Downstairs: large living-room/kitchen, bedroom, washroom/toilet, shower, workroom/storage space. Upstairs: large bedroom with study area, en suite bathroom/shower/toilet. Attic (could be developed); double cellar cut into hillside. Vacant possession. £30,000 o.n.o. Contact Prof. and Mrs B. P. Reardon, 6 Impasse des Jonquilles, 14780 Lion-sur-Mer. Tel./fax: +33 2 31 36 08 56, e-mail: bryan.reardon@wanadoo.fr.

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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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