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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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Concerts

Oxford Bach Choir will be joining forces with the Britten Sinfonia (Nicholas Cleobury, conductor), to perform Handel's The Messiahon Sat., 5 Dec., at 7.30 p.m. in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Ticket prices range from £10–£27 (£7 students), and are available from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, tel.: Oxford 798600.

Christ Church Festival Orchestra will be performing Wagner, Rachmaninov, and Debussy, on Sat. 7 Nov., at 8 p.m. in Christ Church Cathedral. Advance tickets (£8, £5 concessions) are available from Oxford Playhouse, tel.: Oxford 798600, and Russell Acott's, 124 High Street, Oxford.

The Cherwell Singers will be performing Frank Martin's Mass for double choir, and Francis Poulenc's Mass in G on Sat. 7 Nov., at 8 p.m. in Merton College Chapel. Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) from Oxford Playhouse, tel.: Oxford 798600, or at the door. Proceeds to the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.

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Tuition Offered

French tuition and conversation based on grammar offered by experienced teacher. All ages, all levels; exam-oriented or otherwise. Walton Street. Tel.: Oxford 511879.

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

Dial A Fare Travel (Oxford): we offer a highly-customised service on all aspects of travel; flights, ferry, hotel, and villa holiday accommodation. Business or leisure, we are here to take the stress out of travel arrangements. Group bookings are a speciality. Retail agents for ATOL holders. TTA No. T7378. Tel./fax: Oxford 847357, e-mail: DialAFare@cwcom.net.

Oxford Booksearch: out-of-print titles, no advance fee required, no obligation to buy. Tel.: Oxford 553501, e-mail: hensa@btinternet.com.

Translations: English–French or English–German, by talented multi-linguist. Any text accepted inc. technical. Tel.: 01993 850658, e-mail: mallagui@yahoo.com.

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine have top quality hand-knotted Persian carpets for disposal at exceptionally low prices. Old Afghan carpets, marvellous reds in classic elephant's foot design, approx. 3m x 2m and upwards from £475. Some rugs from Iran, both old and new, starting at £89. Distinctive Baluch runners from around £275. Call 16 Linton Road, North Oxford, but please ring first, tel.: Oxford 559396.

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.

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 alternative;ly we now supply our own range of 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./fax: Oxford 461333.

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.

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.

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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.

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2–5 years, established 10 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half- days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities inc. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: Oxford 247877.

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Situations Vacant

The Bodleian Library offers daily tours of its historic buildings by volunteer guides. Full training is given. If you have up to 2 hours p.w. to give, please contact Dr Judith Thomas, Assistant Secretary to the Library. Tel.: Oxford (2)77224 or (2)77188, fax: (2)77189, e-mail: judith.thomas@bodley.ox.ac.uk.

Associate Director (Research), UK Cochrane Centre: this new position is now available. Applicants should have an excellent work record of research into methods of research synthesis and have a commitment to collaborative work. A history of involvement in the Cochrane Collaboration would be an advantage. Applicants can obtain a job description and application form from the Human Resources Department, Oxfordshire Health Authority. Please quote ref. V2229. Closing date: 13 Nov.; interviews on 27 Nov. Tel. Oxford 226554.

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Houses to Let

Fully-furnished Victorian house, c.h., close to the city centre, 5 bedrooms, sitting-room, dining- room, bathroom, 2 showers. Available now. Contact Mrs Ann White, tel.: Oxford 512865, fax: 310264.

Attractive well-maintained house available now in central Oxford until end June 1999. Rent £650 p.c.m. plus all bills. Furnished, 2 bedrooms, gas c.h. First come first served. Tel.: Oxford (2)78334.

Converted period farm cottage: 3 bedrooms, garages, beautiful 1.8 acre garden with small orchard and own wood and brook, adjacent to fields and woodland, 400 yards from the Headington roundabout. Very well maintained, fully furnished; c.h. Ideal for visiting academic. Rent £1,000 p.m. Please contact Jeanne Packer, tel.: Oxford 220970.

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.

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

Southfield Park: 2-bedroom, ground-floor, furnished flat available from mid-Oct. £550 p.c.m. Contact Miss S. Whitehead at Ferguson Bricknell, tel.: Oxford 241814.

Two separate flats available unfirnished in wing of country house, 7 miles from Oxford. Each has 2 bedrooms and large living-room, with well-fitted kitchen. Lovely outlook and use of common gardens. Rent £695 and £895 p.c.m. respectively. Please tel.: 01869 350236 and leave message, or fax: 351119.

Attractive 3-bedroom furnished house with attic study, c.h., and garden, south of Hinksey Park and 20 minutes' walk from Carfax. Available from mid-Nov. £850 p.c.m. plus utilities. Tel.: Oxford 240673 or 0171 832 9211.

High-quality, fully-furnished, ground- floor flat. One double and 1 single bedroom/study. Sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h., garage. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 331289.

Summertown: modern self-contained first- floor flat. Two bedrooms, third bedroom/study/dining-room, large sitting-room, bathroom with separate shower cubicle, kitchen/diner, all mod. cons. Double glazed, fully carpeted, linen provided, parking space, gardens all round. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 515301.

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Accommodation Offered

Non-smoking female professional to share large furnished period house in centre of Woodstock with existing female tenant. Available immediately. Rent £415 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01993 813929 or 0973 380 513.

Weekday house share: fully-furnished terrace house in central quiet location (Osney Island), 15 minutes to town centre, available Mon.–Fri. during term. Exclusive weekday use of 1 bedroom, study, large sitting/dining-room, fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, gas c.h., garden. Rent negotiable but likely less than £100 p.w. Suit visiting academic who returns home at weekends. Non-smoker preferred. Tel.: Oxford 240051, e- mail: murray.hunt@4-5graysinnsquare.co.uk.

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.

Large, light, furnished room in thatched cottage on edge of historic village, 9 miles Oxford, regular bus service. Facilities shared with owner. Single person, must be non-smoker. £295 p.c.m. plus telephone. Tel.: 01993 881310, e-mail: JACorlett@aol.com.

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Accommodation Sought

Academic family seeks furnished 4-bedroom North Oxford/Summertown or other Oxford area home for 3 months, Apr.–June 1999. Please reply to Steve Mashnick, tel. (USA): 734 647 2406, e-mail: meshnick@umich.edu.

House wanted for rent for 1 week only by a professional family of 5 during the Christmas holidays. Either in Oxford or the surrounding countryside. References provided. Tel.: 01628 418647.

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.

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. n

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Holiday Lets

Christmas/New Year rental in beautiful mountain village house high in the Sierra Nevada, Spain. Superb views down to the Mediterranean; terraces, open fires. Sleeps 8. Contact Emma and David Illsley, e-mail: dillsley@moebius.es, or Jerry Lambert, tel.: Oxford 766315.

France: Entre-deux-Mers, St Emilion 15 km. Chambres d'hôtes (B&B) in renovated 18th-c. wine- growing property. Three rooms all with en suitebathroom. Anglo-French hosts, open all year. Evening meal by arrangement. Morris, tel./fax: 00 30 557 84 69 08.

Windrush valley: detached garden cottage available next to Minster Lovell Church. Holiday lets. Tel.: 01993 775630.

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Houses for Sale

Iffley: in quiet leafy location, less than 2 miles from Carfax and close to excellent bus service. Modern four-bedroom house with an attractive light sitting- room, spacious kitchen-diner, study, bathroom, shower room, and laundry. Garden with shrubs, herb bed and mature trees. Parking for 2 cars. £270,000. Tel.: Oxford 715941.

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 w.c.; kitchen/dining-room, living-room, conservatory, downstairs w.c. Extremely convenient location on bus route, in village atmosphere close to Port Meadow and city with its amenities. Tel.: Oxford 451770.

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Flat for Sale

Five minutes' walk from St Giles: maisonette for sale. Two bedrooms, sitting-room with nice view, fitted kitchen, bathroom, ample storage space, garage, c.h. Good decorative condition. £120,000. Tel.: Oxford 554015 (evenings).

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Properties for sale at Oxford Waterside

Central North Oxford/Jericho. Classically styled homes built by nationally renowned quality house-builders, Berkeley Homes. Properties available include: 2-bedroom apartments from £118,500; 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom houses from £169,500; 4-bedroom, 3-storey houses with garages from £275,000. Marketing suite and show homes open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 311449, or 726000/515000 (joint selling agents, Savills and Thomas Merrifield).

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For Sale

Ten rolls of William Morris hand-printed wallpaper. Current retail price approx. £200 per roll. Offers invited. Tel.: Oxford 244168.

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