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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 Years Day. Tel.: Oxford (2)72950.

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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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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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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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Musical Evening

St Columba's United Reformed Church (Alfred Street), the University Reformed Church Chaplaincy, is hosting a `sing-in' (Monteverdi, Britten, Tippett) on Sat. 20 Feb. Experienced singers welcomed. For further information, please contact Revd Dr Susan Durber, tel.: Oxford 554358, or write c/o St Columba's Church.

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Exhibition

`The Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak': this project, currently being undertaken by the Oxford Forestry Institute, is on temporary display at the University Museum of Natural History. Copies of original artwork commissioned under the project are available for purchase at the museum shop; these include packs of 8 illustrations from the flora which can be used as highly attractive, unusual Christmas cards.

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Tuition Offered

The d'Overbroeck's Easter Revision course for GCSE and A level students. Intensive five day courses to build subject knowledge, exam skills and confidence. Exam-focused teaching and plenty of past paper practice. Contact d'Overbroeck's College, tel.: Oxford 310000 for more details.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NNEB-trained nanny available to share with 5-year-old girl who is at school until 3.30 p.m. Excellent references. North Oxford preferred, but anywhere considered. To start any time in the New Year. Please tel.: Oxford 516474 (evenings) or (2)76853 (day).

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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Situation Vacant

Administrative Assistant required by Oxfam's Archive and Records Department. Part-time, 18 hours p.w., until end Apr. 1999. Work includes: sorting, packing, unpacking records; maintenance of computer records database; liaising with departments; dealing with telephone queries and other general office duties. Requires good numeracy and literacy, methodical, accurate approach with attention to detail; keyboarding and computer literacy; good interpersonal and communication skills; capacity for physical work e.g. lifting and carrying boxes, climbing ladders. Based 2 days p.w. in Bicester (lifts available from Oxford) and 1 day p.w. in Summertown. For job description and application form please contact: Oxfam IHR, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DZ, quoting reference OC/AA/ARC/AD/OG. Applications close: 13 Jan. 1999; interviews 22 Jan.

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Houses 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.

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).

To let from 1 Feb. 1999 (or possibly earlier), for minimum 6 months. Two-bedroom, fully- furnished, modern, well-equipped house; garden and off- street parking; set in secluded wooded close, 2 miles city centre (Iffley Turn). suit professional non-smoking couple. Tel.: Oxford 361494.

Quiet studio cottage to rent in North Oxford garden. Adjacent Dragon School. One double bedroom, living-room/kitchen, bathroom. Gas c.h. £550 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 554384.

Sunny Victorian terrace house, Iffley Fields. Two reception (period fireplaces), modern kitchen and bathroom, second w.c., large double bedroom, bedroom/study (double sofa-bed), utilities cellar, antiques, period pine features, nice garden. Suit couple, no children. Available late Mar. through Sept. 1999, rent £750 p.m. including Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 798069 or 01873 810982, e-mail: ayers@wadham.oxford.ac.uk.

Cottage to rent; 4 bedroom; fully furnished. In Benson. Available for up to 2 months, Jan./Feb. 1999. £600 p.c.m. o.n.o. Tel.: 01491 826701, mobile 0973 158239.

Furnished townhouse on Observatory Street available for short let (1 Jan.–31 Mar. 1999). Two double bedrooms; eat-in kitchen with washer; shower; drying closet; cellar. Garden and garage. £925 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 557505 (until 18 Dec.) or 201132 (after 18 Dec.).

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. Tel.: Oxford 511382, fax: 316245.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

One-bedroom flat in modern building, pleasant outlook with balcony, furnished, walking distance to coty centre, off-street parking. Rent £625 p.c.m. plus bills. Available now until Sept. 1999, or longer term. Tel.: Oxford 513326.

Elegant 1-bedroom ground-floor flat in St Margaret's Road, central North Oxford. Double bedroom, large sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom. Fully furnished, washing machine, gas c.h. Use of charming shared garden. Rent £725 p.c.m. plus bills. Available from 1 Feb. 1999. Let of 6 months or longer preferred. Tel.: Oxford 343384.

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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.

Two rooms available in quiet, professional, non-smoking house in Oxford Road sharing with one other. Facilities include kitchen, bathroom, sitting-room, full gas c.h., spare room for visitors, gardens. Rent £220 p.c.m. including water rates and Council Tax. but excluding other bills. Please contact Oxford 430595 for details and appointment to view.

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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.

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Accommodation Exchange

California house swap wanted, Silicon Valley area, with pool, to sleep 5. For 2–4 weeks during Aug. 1999. Our house is 8 miles west of Oxford in rural village. Has 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis court, large garden. Interested? Contact Sue Taylor, tel.: Oxford 821228, or Martin Taylor, tel.: 001 408 257 4647.

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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.

Academic on sabbatical, spending May 1999 in Oxford, requires accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children. House swap considered. Our house is situated on the edge of the Scottish Highlands (Trossachs area) and includes all mod. cons. plus facilities for young children (cots, high chair, etc.) Contact Dr Matthew Evans, tel.: 01786 467761, e-mail: mre2@stir.ac.uk. n

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Holiday Lets

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.

Rome: holiday apartments in historic centre and surrounding residential areas. Tel./fax: 0039 06 338 5348.

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.

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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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