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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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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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 a.m.–12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term.

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Lecture

`Revisioning evolution to accommodate spirit'. Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, will speak on Fri. 11 Dec. at Ruskin College, Walton Street, 7.30 p.m. Entrance £5 (£4 concessions, Friends £2.50). The Jupiter Trust.

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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.

Cross Counties Counselling Consultation Service. Treating all ages; individuals/families/groups/couples. Specialising: trauma (PTSD), depression, life crisis, relationships, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, school-related problems, career/personal development issues. Locations: N. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Swindon. Barbera A. Martino, BA, MSW, CTS, CQSW. Prin. Cons. Psychotherapist (UK/USA). International tel./fax: 44 01386 438010. Free half hour consultation with treatment.

Take a holiday without stress! Would you like to go away on a holiday and not think of who will look after the house, water the plants, stroke the cat, walk/talk the dog? Well, I am a mature and responsible lady, working part-time, who will live in and do all that for you. Full references. Enjoy yourself, don't worry. Contant Lizbet, tel.: Oxford 774333, e-mail: lizbettc@aol.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.

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.

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.

Short-term nursery place, available in the Baby group (4–18 months) at the Mansion House Nursery (Summertown) for the month of Jan. 1999. This is a university nursery, located in Summertown House (369 Banbury Road). The fee is £279.15 for the month. If interested, tel.: Oxford (2)78966 (9.30 a.m.–6 p.m.), e-mail: ivan.ermakoff@nuffield.oxford.ac.uk.

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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Situations Vacant

Elderly doctor in Headington would like to find someone willing to take over his domestic driving (e.g. for local shopping and occasional visits further afield) and perhaps some household management. Times would be a matter of agreement and arrangements could be exploratory. Might suit retired professional, graduate, or widow/widower, with time to spare and not averse to a variable but resonably significant addition to income. Please tel.: Oxford 768925, write to Advertiser, c/o 13 Quernmore Road, London N4 4QT, or leave answerphone message on 0181 341 3076.

Pembroke College: Accounts Assistant required (temporary 12 month post), to work as part of small team reporting to College Accountant. Requires computer-literate person with minimum 2-years' experience in an Accounts environment. Main duties include cashbooks, bank reconciliation, student-related administration, and purchase and sales ledgers. You will have a key role to play in the introduction of new computerised systems. Ideally qualified to Accountancy Technician Level or possessing equivalent practical experience, a high degree of accuracy and organisation is essential, as is the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Please apply in writing with c.v. to the College Accountant, Pembroke College, Oxford OX1 1DW. Tel.: Oxford (2)76424. Pembroke College is an equal opportunities employer.

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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.

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.

Fully-furnished, large, 4-bedroom house on side road in North/central Oxford (1 mile to city cente). Available Jan.–Apr. 1999; exact dates and rent negotiable. For more information, tel.: Oxford 553247.

Terrace house, quiet corner of Jericho, 2 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, bathroom; washing machine, c.h. Available now, part furnished. Rent £724 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 556147.

Two-bedroom house in central North Oxford, very close to Green College. Beautifully furnished and very well equipped, with landscaped garden and off-street parking. This is a real jewel of a house! Non-smokers only, please. Available from 1 Feb. 1999 initially until 1 Sept. 1999, but can then be available for another year.

Dorchester-on-Thames: 16th-c. house (originally coaching inn); furnished. Very large lounge, large kitchen/breakfast room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with w.c., shower room with w.c., utility, small cottage garden. In a beautiful village, which has village shop, post office, restaurants, pubs. Available for 1 year, Jan.–Dec. 1999. Rent £1200 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 722250.

Central Woodstock: 2-bedroom luxuriously-furnished flat in 18th-c. house. Hall, kitchen, sitting-room, dining-room, bathroom. £650 p.m. plus utilities. Available mid-Jan. 1999 for 1 year. Tel.: 01993 811488.

Warm, spacious, familt house, 2.5 miles city centre/colleges, on bus route; 12 minutes' walk to local supermarket. Available for just 4–6 weeks, centered around Feb. 1999 (dates flexible). Only £700 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 863651, e-mail: r.hursthouse@open.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, 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.

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Flats to Let

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) Ground-floor: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking; large secluded garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

Available from 8 Jan. 1999 (6 months/1 year/flexible). Spacious flat in Summertown, very quiet location, modern apartment block. Living-room; double bedroom; bathroom; good-sized study; fully-equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, large oven/small oven, clothes washer, dishwasher, double sink. 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. Rent: £700 p.c.m. plus utilities Tel.: Oxford 516140.

Studio flat, separate kitchen, separate shower, independent access, parking place, use of garden. Woodstock Road, convenient for city. Rent £275. Tel.: Oxford 728597.

Pleasant flat available early Jan. in Great Milton. One bedroom, bathroom, large living-room, kitchen, separate w.c., view over garden, small courtyard. Suit quiet tenant. Regret unsuitable for children or pets. References please. Tel.: 01844 279202 (evenings).

Woodstock: 1-bedroom flat in centre of town. Long or short let. £600 p.c.m. For details, tel.: 01993 813025.

Unique character first-floor flat in St Clement's area of Oxford, high-quality modern conversion; bright, sunny, and spacious; very short walk to city centre, colleges, parks and river. Two bedrooms, bathroom, utility/store-room, fully-equipped kitchen, large sitting/dining-room with coal-eddect fire place. Fully furnished including washing machine, refrigerator, microwave; gas c.h.; residents' parking; secure bike space; courtyard; quiet leafy outlook. Suit visiting academic/postgrad, or professional. Available after Christmas or sooner. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01600 860638.

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 727 9750.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Offered

House-share: Summertown. Large and very pleasant bedroom to let in nice and friendly house. Use of lounge, garden, and large kitchen; c.h., washing machine, microwave, TV and VCR, etc. Non-smoking female preferred. Tel.: Oxford 513453.

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.

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.

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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. n

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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.

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.

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.

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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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