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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

From amber to zeolite, the shop presents an interesting range of natural history related gifts for all ages. Animal carvings, bookends, candle-holders, and jewellery abound in the new hand-picked geological range. For long evenings we offer kits for model makers, and reference and activity books. There's Christmas and animal stationary, and, amidst a widening choice of Dodo items, there's still room for the traditional Dodo Pad Diary and its new companion for 1999—the Dodo Wall Pad. Do call to see the rest! Open during Museum hours, 12 noon–5 p.m., Mon.–Sat.; admission free.

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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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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.

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.

A well-designed garden can increase your pleasure and add to the value of your property. Let me help you with a short consultation or a full-scale design. Judith Walton, tel.: Oxford 735179.

Woodstock bookshop: 3 Market Place, Woodstock. Open 7 days a week. Second-hand and review copies, academic books, literature, literary criticism, and others.

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.

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Situations Vacant

Magdalen College School: a part-time permanent secretary is required, 4 hours per day, Mon.–Fri., including school holidays and occasional Saturday mornings. Normal holiday entitlement applies. The duties include supporting the secretaries to the Master and Bursar with routine typing and generally assisting in the school office. We are looking for an experienced secretary who is computer literate. The post may become full-time in Sept. 1999. For further details please contact The Bursar's Secretary, Magdalen College School, Oxford, tel.: Oxford 242191.

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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.

Semi-detached family home in Oxford (Marston), 2 bedrooms and large study, light and airy rooms, south-west-facing back facade with garden, c.h. and gas fire in sitting-room. Pleasant walk or cycle through parks to city centre, also close to Oxford Brookes University and John Radcliffe Hospital; easy access to London commuter coach (runs 24 hours/day). Available to non-smokers for 3 weeks over Christmas/New Year (approximate dates 15 Dec.–6 Jan.); rent £150 p.w. or negotiable for 3 weeks. Tel./fax: Oxford 434727.

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.

East Oxford furnished house, close to amenities; 2/3 bedrooms, sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom. Good back garden with glass porch, shed, street parking. £450 p.c.m. Tel.: 01452 813282.

Charming 18th-c. cottage, 7 miles north of Oxford. Two double bedrooms. Living room, open fire. Bathroom, w.c., bath, shower. Utility room, washing machine, tumble drier. Kitchen, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher. Secluded garden, off-street parking. £850 p.m. Tel.: 0181 248 6434 (evenings).

Short let, central North Oxford. Lovely detached house, light and spacious, furnished with all mod. cons including c.h. Four bedrooms, 2 reception, kitchen/dining room, 2 off-street parking spaces, large private garden. Walking distance to shops, community centre, university buildings, and indoor pool. Available 14 Dec. 1998–10 Jan. 1999. Tel.: Oxford 513321 (home) or 284238 (work).

Two-bedroom Victorian terrace, Iffley Fields. House with great character and interesting decor, owned by two artists. Two reception rooms, large kitchen, large bathroom, c.h., garden. Quiet, friendly neighbourhood. Available 18 Dec. 1998–25 Mar. 1999. £675 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 727269.

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Flats to Let

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. forrrr 1 year. Tel.: 01993 811488 until 31 Nov.

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.

Summertown: 2 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/study; £500 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 556877 or 01482 466548 (answerphone).

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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.

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.

Good-humoured female wanted to share bright, spacious flat, Woodstock Road (washing machine, stripped floors, shared garden) with D.Phil. student (female), now writing up. Might suit visiting academic/JRF. Rent £250 p.m. plus bills and Council Tax (if appropriate). Available Dec./Jan. onwards. Tel.: 556225 (after 6 p.m.).

Stanton St John. Spacious and interesting, newly-converted, self-contained annexe, with own front door, parking, garage (possible), c.h. One double bedroom, living-room, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, separate study area, no garden. Suit single mature student(s)/couple; no children or pets. Rent £600 p.c.m. plus gas. Tel.: Oxford 351566 for details.

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Accommodation Sought

Woman university professor seeks house to sit, care of pets, plants, etc. in Oxford or nearby during any period between 1 Dec. 1998 and 1 Jan. 1999. Also small 1-bedroom apartment available for holiday sublet in Santa Barbara, California same period. Tel.: Oxford 512747, e-mail: Moyabren@aol.com.

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.

Academic family seeks furnished 2-bedroom flat or house in North Oxford or around central Oxford from 6 Dec. 1998–9 Jan. 1999. Please reply to Professor David Pettifor, tel.: Oxford (2)73751, e-mail: david.pettifor@materials.ox.ac.uk.

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

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

House or apartment wanted near central Oxford for academic year 1999. Exchange offered for 10-acre ranch 10 minutes from downtown Boulder Colorado: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, barn, office, views of Rocky Mountains, etc. E-mail: bilham@stripe.colorado.edu.

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

Tuscany: small traditional farhouse 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.

South-west France, Tarn, close Albi/Cordes, convenient Toulouse: 18th-c. farmhouse and cottage with beamed ceilings, terra-cota floors, wood- burning stoves, and c.h. Beautifully-restored and furnished. Sleep 6 and 4. Two-plus-acre garden with pool, in lovely country setting. Available year round. Rented to only 1 party per period. Tel.: (UK) 01536 330573 or (USA) 907 346 8350, e-mail: akscott@alaska.net.

Greece: Island of Hydra. Furnished family house to let, sleeps 5. Terraced garden. Ideal for writers or painters. Available from 1 Dec. at £200 p.w. (reduced rent for long lets). Contact Mrs Diana Holland- Martin, Sunnybank, Overbury, Tewkesbury, GL20 7DB.

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 accessible 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.

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, tel.: Oxford 513935, e-mail: L.Lust

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Houses for Sale

Bletchingdon: attractive semi-detached stone cottage (c.1890) with easy access to Oxford (6 miles). Downstairs: kitchen, cloakroom and utility room, sitting-room with original brick fireplace and wood-burning stove, dining-room. Upstairs: 4 good-sized bedrooms, bathroom. Large rear garden with mature apple and walnut trees. Garage and additional parking. £175,000. Tel.: 01869 350136 (after 7 p.m.).

Modern 4-bedroom detached house in quiet North Abingdon cul-de-sac with easy access to A34. Downstairs cloakroom, main bedroom with shower en suite, double garage, good-sized garden. West- facing corner plot. £134,950. No chain. Tel.: 01235 543092.

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Flat for Sale

Grandpont, Oxford. Brand new apartment by Berkeley Homes. Two bedrooms, private parking. Within half a mile, by foot, of shops in city centre, river walks, and nature reserve. Show apartment open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Prices from £110,000. Joint agents Andrews Land and New Homes; and Carter Jonas. Tel.: Oxford 241026.

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For Sale

Pictures of Oxford, collected by the late Professor David Lewis. Various engravings of Christ Church and Corpus. Framed engravings of Christ Church by Edmund Hort, New 1916. Original painting by Nina Carroll of Oxford Market (framed). Tel.: Oxford 515440, fax: 511568.

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