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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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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 Wed. morning, 10.30 a.m.–12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term.

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Concert

The Mulberry Bush School Golden Jubilee Concert with New College Choir, conducted by Edward Higginbottom. Readings by Prunella Scales and Timothy West. Tues., 8 Dec. at 7.30 p.m. in the Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £20, £15, £10 concessions, from the Oxford Playhouse, tel.: Oxford 798600. Reg. charity no. 309565.

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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 supplt 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.

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

Conference Secretary (part-time) required by Oriental Institute, to assist with the 13th International Patristic Conference (Oxford, 16–21 Aug. 1999; expecting 600 delegates). Salary 11,099–£12,847 pro rata (clerical grade 3). Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills. Some familiarity with Oxford University or ability rapidly to grasp its organisational structure is required. The successful candidate will be computer literate, keep meticulous records and have some conference experience. Duties include: correspondence; updating Access database; preparing conference programme and allocation of rooms; arranging accommodation for delegates. Hours: flexible, approx. 6 hours plus p.w., increasing from Jan. 1999 until the conference dates. To start immediately. Please send c.v. with covering letter and contact details of two referees to: The Administrator, The Near Eastern Studies Programme, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE. Closing date for applications Fri., 4 Dec. 1998.

Science and Spirit magazine requires an Associate Editor to oversee aspects of the publication under the supervision of the Editor. The position is based in Oxford. Specific responsibilities include: co-ordinating the writing and acquisition of articles, co-ordinating design and layout, and preparation of materials for each issue of the magazine and its companion Web site. The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent certification in a field or discipline applicable to publishing, significant experience in magazine publishing, strong written communications skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with personnel at multiple locations. Previous experience or familiarity with electronic publishing also desirable. Salary and benefits are competitive. Science and Spirit covers the broad field of scientific and spiritual thought to foster awareness and dialogue among an enquiring, expanding, interfaith, and world-wide audience, both scholarly and general. Please send letter of application, c.v., and two letters of reference to Dr. Kevin Sharpe, Editor, Post Office Box 1121, Oxford OX1 1FH. Applications close: 1 Dec.

Merton College requires a part-time Secretary (21 hours over 3 days) as soon as possible. The person appointed must have experience of working with Word 7 and Windows. Good audio skills and telephone manner are essential for this busy office. Please send c.v. to Mrs M. Wise at Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD. to arrive by 7 Dec.

Teacher of Physics required: two-term temporary appointment (common pay spine), to teach to GCSE and A-level. Jan.–July 1999. Please apply to Mrs Cynthia Bartlett, Headteacher, Bicester Community College, Queen's Avenue, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX6 8NS. Tel.: 01869 243331.

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Houses to Let

Superb, modern, architect-designed h ouse in North Oxford. Four bedrooms. Fully equipped; excellent c.h. On bus routes; 25 minutes' walk to town. Available Apr.–Aug. 1999. Tel.: Oxford 511825 (evenings or Sundays), e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

City centre period town house with parking at rear. Accommodation on 4 floors. Recently refurbished family house available from beginning Dec. £1,295 p.m. For details, tel.: Oxford 739340.

Two-bedroom Victorial terrace, off Abingdon Road near Hinksey Park. Two reception rooms, large kitchen with dishwasher, first-floor bathroom, c.h., garden. Available Dec. or Jan., duration negotiable. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 721457 (evenings and weekends).

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 bedrooms, 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.

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. n

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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.

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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 272 9750.

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Accommodation Sought

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.

Visiting academics from University of California, with 3 young children and nanny, seek 4/5- bedroom furnished house, preferably in North Oxford/Summertown area close to Frideswide/Cherwell schools. From beginning of Feb. to end June 1999. Please reply to fraser.armstrong@chem.ox.ac.uk.

Woman university professor seeks house to sit, care of pets, 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 Santa Barbara, California same period. Tel.: Oxford 512747, e-mail: Moyabren@aol.com.

Visiting Franco-German academic couple (non-smokers), with 1 son (8), seeks furnished accommodation in quiet neighbourhood, preferably a house, in Oxford/Abingdon area, mid-Mar.–Sept. 1999. contact Prof. H. Gustav Klaus, Frielinger Str. 17, D- 28215 Bremen, tel.: 0049 421 3761497, fax: 0049 381 4982594.

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

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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

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.

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.

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 accesiebl 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

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.

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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Flats for Sale

Grandpont, Oxford. Brand new apartments 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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