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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...12 cuddly dinosaurs, 11 dodo neck ties, 10 amber jewels, 9 dolphin carvings, 8 creepy-crawlies, 7 crystal pendants, 6 fossil fishes, 5 fools-gold nuggets, 4 wildlife windchimes, 3 gemstone eggs, 2 agate book- ends...and a Dodo Pad diary. The museum shop to fulfil these needs is open Mon.–Sat., 12 noon–5 p.m. Admission free. Closed 23–29 Dec. inclusive. Open New Year's Day. Tel.: Oxford (2)72950.

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Ashmolean Shop

The Ashmolean Shop is open Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. During the course of Dec. it will also be open on Mon. The shop is currently stocking a range of some 40 Card-Aid charity Christmas cards. In addition, the Shop has a large range of the Museum's own Christmas cards together with gift wrap, diaries, calendars, jewellery and exclusive giftware. Please present University staff card to qualify for discount. A mail-order catalogue is available on application to the Publications Department, tel.: Oxford (2)78010, e-mail: publications@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.

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The Bodleian Shop

The Bodleian Christmas cards have arrived! Six new cards and some old favourites, as well as a big range of bookish gifts—many exclusive—on sale now in the Bodleian Shop, open: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Find us in the entrance to the Old Library, access from Radcliffe Square, Broad Street and Catte Street.

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Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society is an informal social society for Postdocs/JRFs and Research Assistants. Events range from trips to Stratford to greyhound racing! Further details can be found on the Internet at: http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~rph/RSS. Alternatively, contact Steve Culliford, tel.: Oxford (2)71860, e-mail: steven.culliford@pharm.ox.ac.uk.

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Tuition Offered

Piano tuition. Experienced teacher of adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) LRAM. Jericho, tel.: Oxford 510904.

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Services Offered

Tax advice. Ex-KPMG Chartered Accountant specialises in assisting professionals and small businesses with tax problems including self-assessment. Convenient North Oxford premises. To receive further information please tel.: Oxford 513381, e-mail: 100430.145@compuserve.com.

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.: 01869 351540.

Shipping? Abyssinia to Zanzibar, New York to Newmarket. Today, tomorrow, next week? All the best options are at Mail Boxes Etc. Will collect from college, home, factory, or elsewhere. Also 24-hour photocopying, secure mailboxes, computer workstation, high-grade colour photocopying, faxing, laminating, binding, etc. 266 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DL. Contact Justin Brookes. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

Puzzling for a present? A clue for you! The Cryptic Factor devises once-off, personalised, and special occasional crosswords—expertly prepared from your brief, and attractively presented (with a sealed solution)! Free details and specimen: s.a.e. a.s.a.p. to Cryptic Factor, 12 Short Furlong, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7SH. Tel.: 01235 814241.

Bespoke furniture by Jason Mansell MA (RCA). Contemporary and traditional furniture made to order. For a consultation to discuss ideas, please tel.: 0976 707367.

Persian carpet dealers Frederick and Sudabeh Hine stock handknotted rugs, runners, and carpets, both old and new. We import direct from Iran and offer guaranteed provenance at unbeatable prices on all Persian tribal, village, and workshop pieces. From time to time we also have genuine Old Chinese, Afghan, and Turkish goods, including kilims and cushion bags, which come to us indirectly from various sources. Home trial. Repairs and cleaning. House calls and out-of-hours appointments without obligation. Our usual business hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat. Ring first to be sure or just drop in if you are passing. Side gate, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford, tel.: Oxford 559396.

Fully-furnished serviced offices and board room, computer-compatible, available to rent by the hour, day, month, or longer at Clarendon House, Cornmarket Street. Catering and other services available. Contact Julian Cooper, tel.: Oxford 304000, fax: 304001.

Personal Computer Consultants: we offer expert advice and tuition for both hardware and software. On-site service at home or in the office. We provide upgrades for most computers, or alternatively we now supply our range of personally-built to your own specifications K Tec computers. We will also supply or source software to match your requirements. For a quality service matched with competitive prices, contact Chris Lewis, tel.: Oxford 461222, fax: 461333.

English tuition, proof-reading, copy- editing. English graduate (first class Honours) with TEFL qualification and publishing experience offers help with all aspects of written and spoken English to overseas academics and students. Advice given on essays, theses, and manuscripts, plus tuition in business and general English at all levels. Reasonable rates. References available. Contact Julie Highmore, tel.: Oxford 241059, e-mail: JPHighmore@aol.com.

Oxuniprint, Oxford University Press—the University Printers: specialising in booklet and publicity material, typesetting, printing, and finishing. Output Bureau provides high-quality output from disc 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

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.

Stepping Stones children's nursery (open 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. throughout the year) accepts children from 2–5 years (nursery grants for 4-year-olds). A delightful nursery situated 5 minutes from the city centre, offering a variety of pre-school activities (including music and French). Qualified infant teachers. Mrs A. Hamilton, tel.: Oxford 717139.

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Houses to Let

Superb, modern, architect-designed h ouse in North Oxford. Four bedrooms. Fully equipped; excellent c.h. On bus routes; 25 minutes' walk to town. Available Apr.–Aug. 1999. Tel.: Oxford 511825 (evenings or Sundays), e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Wantage: 3-bedroom semi-detached house with own garage and ample parking space, gas c.h., double- glazed windows throughout, lounge, dining-room, kitchen, 2 double and 1 single bedrooms, rear and front gardens. About 15 miles from Oxford centre. Suit couple/family. £550 p.c.m. Please call 0171 3782492 or 01892 823061, e-mail: zhuj@anz.com.

Three-bedroom, semi-detached, North Oxford family home. Two reception rooms, kitchen, ground-floor w.c., study/utility room, large bathroom, tastefully decorated and fully equipped, c.h. and open fires, south- facing enclosed garden, off-street parking. Available from Jan. 1999 at £750 p.c.m. (neg.) Tel.: Oxford 873936 (work) or 01235 537444 (evenings).

Central North Oxford, available Feb. 1999, £950 p.c.m. Superb furnished Victorian terrace, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, living-room, study, maple-fitted kitchen/diner, wooden floors, c.h., all mod. cons., garden, perfect location. E-mail: sandra.pyne@ibm.net for full details.

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.

Comfortable, semi-detached, family house, available 1 Jan. 1999. Fully furnished. Three bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, bathroom, separate w.c., gas c.h., small garden front and rear, off-street parking; close to hospitals and cycle track/path across parks to to city centre. Good bus routes, easy access to ring road. No pets, no smoking. £650 p.c.m. plus bills and Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 288134 (day), 249515 (evenings and weekends), e-mail: fiona.floate@regents.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

Very pleasant flat, 1 mile Oxford city centre. Double bedroom with en suiteshower, single bedroom, living/dining-room, newly-refurbished kitchen and bathroom. Furnished or unfurnished. suit professional couple or 2 professional sharers. Rent £700 p.c.m. Tel./fax: Oxford 512149, e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

For long let (flexible) commencing 10 Jan. 1999. Spacious flat in Summertown, very quiet location, modern apartment block. Living-room; bathroom; good-sized study; fully-equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, large oven/small oven, clothes washer, dishwasher, double drainer. Private hall, car port, entry phone, bicycle store, private laundry in building for residents, communal garden. First-floor apartment, looks south onto mature trees. Abundance of linen, duvets, crockery, dinner service, etc. Tel.: Oxford 516140.

Spacious Jericho flat: 2-bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living-room/kitchen. Centrally located. Fully furnished and equipped, with green views. No pets. Available 13 Dec. 1998–16 Jan. 1999. Rent £100 p.w. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 514597 and leave a message.

Summertown: two self-contained, furnished flats with gas c.h. in detached house in quiet cul-de-sac. Shared gardens; parking spaces. (1) Ground floor: 1 double bedroom; £400 p.c.m. plus bills. (2) First floor: 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom/study, £500 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 556877 or 01482 466548 (answerphone), e-mail: d.v.bagchi@theol.hull.ac.uk.

Summertown—Woodstock Road. Modern, purpose-built, first-floor flat. Two double bedrooms, third single bedroom/dining/study-room. fully furnished, all mod. cons. Carpeted, double glazed. Crockery and linen provided if desired. Parking space, gardens all round. Suit academic visitors on long or shorter stays. Rent £895 p.m. (long stay); higher for shorter terms. Available now, tel.: Oxford 515301.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings, and parks, and very close to the river. Available now for short/long let. Two exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. (1) First-floor: double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) Grounf floor: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchne, bathroom, Off-street parking; large secluded garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

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Accommodation Offered

Bed-and-breakfast available in the warm 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 facilities, c.h., and independent heating. Refrigerators available. Very moderate terms. Tel./fax: Oxford 557879, mobile: 0374 434489.

Delightful rooms, North Oxford. Smallest room £30 p.w., telephone, shower, c.h., all mod. cons. Available from 10 Jan., short stay up to 3 months. Located near Woodstock Road roundabout. Tel.: 511657.

Attractive double room in very modern, comfortable, 2-bedroom house. Gas c.h., double glazed, washing machine and drier. Small garden. Pleasant East Oxford location. Suit professional. Non-smokers please. £345 p.c.m. Contact Dave, tel.: Oxford 724189.

North Oxford , available Jan.–Mar. Single room plus own lounge available in spacious house. £350 p.c.m. inc. bills except phone; deposit required. Tel.: Oxford 510623.

Central London: London University professor seeks academic tenant to rent superb large 2- bedroom flat in sought-after area of Notting Hill. Available spring/summer 1999 to autumn 2000. Rent negotiable to right tenant. Tel.: 0171 272 9750.

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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.

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.

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.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Visiting Franco-German academic couple (non-smokers), with 1 son (8), seeks furnished accommodation in quiet neighbourhood, preferably a house, in Oxford/Abingdon area, mid-Mar.–Sept. 1999. contact Prof. H. Gustav Klaus, Frielinger Str. 17, D-28215 Bremen, tel.: 0049 421 3761497, fax: 0049 381 4982594.

Academic married couple from Denmark, non- smoking, no pets, no children, is looking for an apartment/small house in Oxford from 1 Jan. 1999. Lont term rent preferred. Please tel.: 01223 301 324, e-mail: cw243@newton.cam.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Visiting fellow at St Antony's College seeks 3-bedroom house/apartment from Apr.–June 1999, for himself, his wife, and 2 children (12, 9), if possible in exchange for apartment in Berlin (proximity Free Univ., 20 minutes Humboldt Univ.). Maximum rent £800. Please reply to Werner Shiffauer, tel.: +49 30 843 09 546, fax: +49 335 5534 645, e-mail: schiffauer@euv-frankfurt-o.de.

Wanted: house or flat in Oxford, preferably with room for 2 separate studies as well as living-room, bathroom, kitchen, and at least some of the usual amenities. Required Sept. 1998–Mar. 1999, possibly June 1999. Or exchange for house in La Jolla (San Diego): large living-room (piano) family/dining-room, kitchen, 4 bathrooms, 2 baths, large library, and separate study. All amenities inc. jacuzzi. Walking distance UCSD; less than 5 minutes by car to beach. Close to school, shopping. Exchange starting times flexible: any time after 1 July. Prefer at least to middle/end Mar. 1999, also possible to end June 1999. contact Tracy B. Strong, UCSD 0521, Political Science, La Jolla, CA 92093. Tel.: 619 453 7672, e-mail: tstrong@weber.ucsd.edu.

Canadian academic and spouse from Vancouver BC area seek accommodation in Oxford or vicinity for 3 months during period Apr.–Aug. 1999. House swap most desirable, rental considered. contact Michael Kenny, fax: 604 291 5799, e-mail: Michael_Kenny@sfu.ca.

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Holiday Lets

Luxury ski apartment to let in Val Thorens. Available for 1 week only, 30 Jan.–6 Feb. 1999. Very quiet location. Sleeps 4. £350. Contact Anna Fraser, tel.: Oxford 723305.

Oxford: lovely terrace house for holiday lets on new prestigious development, walking distance of Oxford centre, most colleges, Ashmolean, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, shops. Available 11 Dec.–2 Jen., and again from 16 Jan.–29 Jan; please enquire for other dates. Two bedrooms, 1 shower (en suite), family bathroom, beautifully-fitted kitchen, sitting- dining-room, downstairs cloakroom; small enclosed garden; parking. Tel.: Oxford 311124, fax: 311125, e-mail: Lynneward@hotmail.com.

Magnificent old farmhouse in mid-Devon available for long or short lets. Set in beautiful countryside with easy access to Dartmoor, Exmoor and the coast. Log fires, antiques, piano, large garden. Pets and children welcome, sleeps eight. £30 per night (£35 in peak seasons). Tel.: Oxford 278908, e-mail: jude.douglass@dial.pipex.com.

Tuscany: small traditional farmhouse in olive groves overlooking unspoilt valley and Siena (20 minutes). Sleeps 5; simply but comfortably equipped; cleaning and linen included; small pool, idyllic surroundings. Car essential. Tel.: 0171 607 0117, e-mail: nmann@sas.ac.uk.

Dordogne Valley. Stone-built house in an acre of garden in Lostanges, a small hamlet in the eastern part of the Dordogne Valley, with a 270-degree view across a fabulous valley from a large elevated terrace. Swimming, lake club, tennis, and golf nearby. Great walking, cycling, and charming villages everywhere. Sleeps 8-10 people. Available from £200–£550 p.w. Peter Whitehead, tel.: 01295 670320 for more details and brochure with photos.

Comfortable Victorian stone villa in 3/4- acre garden; many original furnishings. Three sitting- rooms, 5 bedrooms, large games-room; sleeps 9+. Coal/log fires, electric storage heaters. Good walking, cycling; magnificent sea and mountain views. Adjacent well-stocked licensed shop; excellent sea-food pub half-hour by car and ferry. Lismore is accesiebl by car-ferry from Oban and passenger-ferry from Port Appin. Available Oct. onwards, inc. Christmas/New Year. £200–£350 p.w., inc. electricity and fuel. For brochure/booking, tel.: 0141 339 5433 or 01631 760 251.

Tuscany: family-owned farm, former Machiavelli property, producing high-quality wine and cheese, offers farmhouses (sleeping up to 14) and apartments, and pool. Half hour central Florence. Tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120, e-mail: pgklpoggio@FTBCC.it; Fattoria Corzano and Paterno.

Pantelleria: unspoilt island between Sicily and Tunisia. Traditional domed houses (dammusi) in peaceful seaside location. Available Apr.–Oct. Small (sleeps 6) from 3,000,000 lire p.m.; large (sleeps 9) from 3,800,000 lire p.m. (£1 = 2,700 lire approximately). Contact J. Johns, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD.

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House for Sale

Upper Wolvercote, Oxford. Sunny house in elevated position with garage and large pretty garden. Semi-detached with 3 bedrooms and small study. Upstairs bathroom and toilet; downstairs: spacious kitchen/dining- room, living-room, study, conservatory, toilet. Extremely convenient location on bus route; in village atmosphere close to both Port Meadow and city with its amenities. £162,500. Tel.: Oxford 451770.

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