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British Association Award Lectures

Does a colleague deserve recognition for their outstanding skills in communicating science, engineering, and technology to a non-specialist audience? Nominations for the prestigious British Association Award Lectures are now open. The 2000 lectures will be given at `Creating Sparks', a month- long festival of the arts and sciences in South Kensington, in Sept. 2000. For details/nomination form, contact Special Projects Office, BA, 23 Saville Row, London W1X 2NB, tel.: 0171 973 3037, e-mail: Meenal.Gupta@britassoc.org.uk. Nominations close: 31 Mar. 1999.

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Tuition Offered

Oxford Software Training: I can offer training and help over many Windows applications (Windows 95, Word, e-mail, etc.) for small groups and 1-to-1. If you are struggling to get started, or trying to get the best possible use from your PC resources, I can visit to see where I can help with filling in knowledge gaps, suggesting short cuts, and generally turning software use into an enjoyable and meaningful activity. Ask for further details: Janet Caldwell, Oxford Software Training, tel.: Oxford 511566, e-mail: janet.caldwell@virgin.net.

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Services Offered

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.

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.

Garden Design: Spring will be here soon—let me help you re-think your garden. Full design or short consultation. Judith Walton, tel.: Oxford 735179.

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

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

Bespoke Garden and Landscape Design. `One-off' consultancy visits, or sketch and scaled layouts, planting schemes, construction details and site supervision, as desired. Nationwide service from Oxford/Gloucestershire base. Chelsea Gold Medal 1996 and 1997. contact Jacquie Gordon, tel./fax: 01531 822743.

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.

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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.

Beech Tree Nursery School: taking children aged 3–5 years. High adult–child ratio, and set in idyllic surroundings. Write or telephone for a prospectus. Beech Tree Nursey School, Rye St Antony School, Pullen's Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BY, tel.: Oxford 229215.

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Situations Vacant

FDD are a young and rapidly expanding Internet Service Provider, and are looking for people with a broad range of Computing skills. Systems Administrator (Unix/Linux, NT, Internet); Junior Sys Admin (knowledge/experience essential); Technical Support (Internet troubleshooting). Apply to FDD, Clockhouse Barn, Sugworth Lane, Radley, Oxon. OX14 2HX. E- mail: jobs@fdd.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

To rent from Apr. 1999: an exceptional 4-bedroom town house in North Oxford. Recently furnished with IKEA and redecorated. All modern appliances. Ground floor: large study/bedroom, bedroom 3, shower room, separate w.c. First floor: lounge/dining-room, fully-fitted kitchen. Second floor: bedrooms 1 and 2, bathroom, w.c. Off-road parking for 1 car, small paved garden. Non-smokers only. £950 p.m. Contact Mr or Mrs Morris, tel.: Oxford 750375.

To let mid-June–mid-Sept. Three-bedroom house in central Headington. Affectionate cat and sunny garden to be cared for. References essential. £850 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 751295.

Attractive 3-bedroom stone cottage. Gas c.h. Furnished. Garden. Convenient for Oxford and M40. Available now, £700 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 728597, fax: 794606.

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, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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Flats to Let

Wytham Abbey, Oxford. Spacious fully-furnished 2-bedroom apartment with private courtyard and use of walled garden. Part of Grade 1 manor house, 3 miles from city centre, set in 3,000 acres of park and woodland. Fully equipped, luxuriously appointed. Available 1 June. Tel.: Oxford 725015, fax: 724762.

Central North Oxford, Bardwell Road. Attractive ground-floor flat in Victorian conversion. Two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), living-room with open plan kitchen, c.h., dishwasher, washing machine, etc., parking, maintained gardens. Short/long let from mid/late-Mar. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Comfortable warm flat. Recently-refurbished, tastefully- furnished, 1-bedroom flat plus basement in central North Oxford. Very near Port Meadow, convenient for shops, schools, University. Oak-floored dining-room and sitting-room, large carpeted bedroom, fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher. Washing machine, drier. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle. Gas c.h. Two telephones. TV point. Charming secluded paved garden to rear, small front garden. £950 p.m. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 559614.

Luxurious, bright, 3-bedroom apartment on 2 floors in central North Oxford. Near Port Meadow, convenient for University, schools, and shops. Sitting-room, dining-room, modern well-equipped kitchen. Two double bedrooms, 1 single; 2 luxury bathrooms (1 has separate shower). Terrace and paved, well- stocked garden. Beautifully furnished and carpeted throughout. Gas c.h., washing machine, drier, dishwasher, 2 telephones, TV points. Rent £1,450 p.m. Families only. Available from mid-Apr. Tel.: Oxford 559614.

North and central North Oxford. Two-bedroom apartments, fully furnished to high standard, good security, off-street parking. From £695–£725 p.c.m. Best suit professionals or visiting academics. Tel.: Oxford 516144.

One mile from city centre. Single-bedroom, self-contained flat. Very quiet. Private telephone. Sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom/shower, etc. £450 p.c.m. Very small garden in need of attention. Tel.: 01993 811488.

Newly-converted, self-contained basement studio flat with private entrance, in St Clement's area of Oxford; short walk to city centre. Bed/sitting-room with cooking facilities, gas coal-effect fire; shower room. Fully furnished. Suit professional/academic/graduate. £450 p.c.m. including gas, electricity, and Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 436381.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings, and parks, and very close to the river. Available for short/long let. Exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flat in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Ground-floor (available end Feb./Mar.): 1 double, 1 single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, 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.

Office suite available. Second-floor; Jericho St Barnabas Community Centre, Canal Street, Jericho. Includes 2 large rooms, kitchen, 2 toilets. Suitable for research, counselling, teaching, or small business. Parking arranged. Please tel.: Oxford 557902.

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Accommodation Sought

Academic family, 2 children (girls), seeks house to rent 3–4 weeks during July. Prefer East Oxford, but will consider elsewhere. Tel.: +1 510 527 7686, e-mail: aereed@ibm.net.

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, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Offered to Rent or Exchange

Summertown, Oxford: lovely, 3-bedroom, Victorian terrace house; fully-furnished/equipped; available from mid-July 1999. to let or exchange for 1 year minimum (longer if required). Three double bedrooms, eat-in kitchen overlooking pretty garden, 2 reception rooms, 1.5 bathrooms, gas c.h., hardwood floors, washer/drier. Near shops, buses, excellent schools, university, hospitals, etc. Family owners (prof. mother, 2 children) ideally seeking exchange with New York apartment in Manhattan. Otherwise, £1,100 or $1,800 p.c.m. exclusive. New York tel.: 212 663 2664, fax: 212 531 1224; London tel.: 0181 874 5909; e-mail: 101642.2251@compuserve.com.

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Holiday Lets

Traditional Andalusian house in mountain village. Sleeps 6. Immaculate and newly furnished, spacious with large roof terrace overlooking orange groves and hills. Dishwasher, washing machine. Sea 25 minutes; Granada 20 minutes. Sierra Nevada peaks 40 minutes. Summer: £380 p.w., otherwise £250 p.w.—both inclusive of linen and cleaner. Tel.: Oxford 515778.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming, seventeenth-century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised, with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Not available Aug. Tel.: 0181 446 4913.

Andalucia, Gaucin. Divided house with pool to let. Magical Medieval village with stunning landscape. Our house is at the front of the village with unobstructed views past Gibralter and the Med. to the Rif mountains of Morocco. Excellent walking and bird watching. Visit Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Seville, Cadiz, and Morocco. Reduction long let. Dr Campbell. For brochure, tel.: Oxford 513935, e-mail: L.Lustgarten@soton.ac.uk.

Greece: Hydra. Available from 1 Mar. for 6 months, or shorter lets. Old house with terraced garden. Sleeps 6. £250 p.w. plus electricity. Contact Diana Holland-Martin, Sunnybank, Overbury, GL20 7PB. Tel.: 01386 725370.

Catalonia: well-appointed 3-bedroom house in the unspoilt village of Regencós (about 60 miles north east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell. Available 1 Apr.–31 Aug. Superb beaches within 6-mile radius. House sleeps 6 on 2 floors, each of which is a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, lounge/dining area. Ground floor: large double bedroom; upstairs: large double, 1 twin. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sun., cooks delicious meals. £1,000 p.c.m., £550 per fortnight, £300 p.w. Dr Charles Mould, tel.: 01844 208234, fax: 202613, e-mail: charles.mould@stx.ox.ac.uk.

Pembrokeshire National Park: holiday cottage in idyllic cliff- top situation overlooking St Bride's Bay. Scenic cliff walks, safe sandy beaches, wild flowers and birdwatching. Simply but comfortably furnished; sleeps 8/9 in 4 bedrooms; children and dogs welcome. Tel.: 01562 777283.

Charming terrace house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church visiting, bird watching, and pub hopping. Tel.: Oxford 513464 (evenings).

Cyprus: very attractive fully-equipped holiday cottage sleeping 2 people, in a picturesque village in South Cyprus. Ideally suited for painting, walking holidays; access to mountains and sea. £120–£140 p.w. Discount car hire available. for brochure, tel./fax: 01624 862697.

You can write—you can paint: join us for a memorable experience in either Cyprus or Italy. The programme is fully inclusive of tuition, excursions, transfers, accommodations, and cuisine. Writing and Painting holidays: Dial A Fare Travel, tel./fax: Oxford 847357, e-mail: dialafare@cwcom.net. We can take bookings any time evenings or weekends.

Czech Republic, for the perfect town and country holiday! Fairytale woodland cottage, 30 minutes Prague, available May–Oct. Sleeps 4+. Wood fires, lake for swimming/boating, views, walks, mushrooms, castles. Abundant food and wine, low prices. English-speaking owner. From £260 p.w. Tel.: 0171 373 0667.

Tranquil Umbria, Perugia 20 minutes. Easy access to Renaissance art treasures. Luxury flat sleeps 2 in rural setting; stunning views, private garden, large shared terrace. Also available: attached double bedroom, en suitebathroom. Tel.: 01344 779 731 for further information.

Delicious Irish cottage, Donegal. Open fires, aga, sleeps 4–6, overlooking lake; rowing boat and scenery included; pets welcome. You are in the heart of Ireland's lake district, perfect country retreat. A place to dream and relax. Beaches, golf, fishing, good pubs, music, and much more. Tel.: Oxford 327154.

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 in the Crimea

Holiday cottage in the Crimea. Two hours drive from Simferapol International Airport. Stone cottage: 3 rooms, kitchen, verandas, separate bathroom, and flush toilet, in quarter-acre orchard. Six minutes' walk from the Black Sea, half and hour's walk from the mountains. Price: £16,000. Tel.: Oxford 515635, e-mail: karen.hewitt@conted.ox.ac.uk.

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For Sale

Woodstock Bookshop: 3 Market Place, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1SY. Alongside Town Hall. Second-hand academic books, literature, criticism, review copies, art. Some philosophy and theology. Oxford paperbacks. Books bought. Tel.: 01993 811005. n

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