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Research into eating habits and body image

The eating disorders research team at the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, is looking for people to take part in a variety of research projects. You may be eligible to take part if: (i) you are currently restricting your eating for shape and weight reasons OR (ii) you are vegetarian OR (iii) your weight is above or below average for your height. You will be paid research expenses and the research project will take approx. 90 mins. For further information about the projects please contact Dr Roz Shafran, Psychologist, without obligation, on Oxford 226385, or by e-mail:

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Information wanted

H.L.A. Hart, Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 1952–68, Principal of Brasenose College, 1973–78. Nicola Lacey, who is working on his biography, would be grateful to hear from anyone who has information about, interesting memories of, or correspondence with Professor Hart. Please contact her at the Law Dept., London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE; tel.: 0171 955 7366; e-mail:, until July 2000, or,, thereafter.

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Volunteer required by the Oxfam Archive

The Oxfam Archive needs an assistant to help sort and organize its photographic collection in Summertown. The collection has been partially sorted but further work needs to be done—photographs require rehousing in suitable archival quality holders and stored separately from negatives and contact sheets. Some listing work will be necessary. Applicants for this voluntary position should possess a thorough, accurate and methodical approach to the work. They should be available to work for at least 3–4 hours per week; hours are flexible. Expenses are refundable, tea and coffee are provided. If you would like to help or require further information please phone Rosie Dodd on Oxford 313764, or e-mail:

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`Liberty on the Waterfront: the American Maritime World in the Age of Revolution, 1750–1850'

American History lecture by Professor Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma, week 8, Thurs. 9 Mar., at 5 p.m. in the Beit Room, Rhodes House, South Parks Road.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

`The Oxford Dodo' bone china mugs newly commissioned by this museum are now on sale (£5; £5.50 boxed), as are CDs (£10) of baroque music played by the EUBO and launched at their recent recital here. To coincide with the BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (30 Jan.–5 Mar.), portfolios (£2), the full range of related postcards (35 p, 12 for £3.50) and greetings cards (£1.25) will be stocked. Open daily 12 noon–5 p.m.; admission free. Telephone orders, Oxford 272961.

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Tuition offered

From 24 June–1 July, on the unspoiled Greek island of Kithira, a course will be given on `Scriptwriting: Creating Theatre'. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in writing for theatre, film, television or radio, and is appropriate for beginners and more experienced writers alike. The emphasis will be on the practical process of writing: the island offers an ideal environment, both for writing, and for testing out of dramatic material. Course tutor: David Mowat. For further details and brochure phone: 02392 830312. E-mail:; website:

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Services offered

Town and Country Trees, arboricultural contractors. Tree surgery, felling, planting, hedges, orchard and shrub pruning, stump removal. Fully qualified, fully insured. Tel.: 01869 351540, or 01993 811115.

Personal computer consultants, offering 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 also supply our range of personally built, to your specification, KTec computers. We will also supply or source software to match your requirements. For a quality service, matched with competitive prices, tel.: Chris Lewis on Oxford 461222, fax: 461333, e-mail:

Software Training: I can offer training and help with many Windows applications (Windows 95, Word for Windows, e-mail, etc), one-to-one or in small groups. If you are struggling to get started, or want to get the best possible use from your PC resources, contact me and we can see where I can help with filling in knowledge gaps, suggesting short cuts, and turning software use into an enjoyable and meaningful activity. Janet Caldwell, Oxford Software Training, 23 Squitchey Lane, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 511566, e-mail: Janet.Caldwell@Virgin.Net.

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24 hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24 hour access, and mail forwarding worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail:

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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.

Do you need a nanny? All Counties Nannies, qualified and experienced staff. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary. Newborn, toddlers, school age. Our aim is to provide the best possible care for your family. Tel.: Lynda on 01235 524462, mobile: 0402 068165.

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Situations Vacant

Part-time job for students and post-graduates, working from home. English native speakers required to conduct conversations in English by telephone with foreign people. Teaching experience is a plus but not a pre-requisite. Applicants must have a personal telephone line. Rate of pay from £4.50 to £7.00 p.h. For application and/or more information, call Oxford 727243.

Faculty of Music, part-time caretaker. Ancillary grade PO6: Salary £4.54 p.h. A caretaker is required to work for 12–15 hours per week. The duties involve routine maintenance of the furniture and equipment, setting up audio-visual equipment, monitoring keys, securing the building at night and dealing with the public. Applicants should be reliable and trustworthy. A reasonable level of physical fitness will be required. Some experience of general maintenance work would be desirable. The working hours are from Mon., to Fri., and either Sun., or Sat. The appointment is for one year in the first instance. Applications should be made in writing, enclosing a CV and the names of 2 referees, to the Administrator, Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, from whom further particulars can be sought. Referees should be asked to write directly to the Administrator. The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is Monday, 20 March.

One City Oxford. A new foundation dedicated to promoting social inclusion in Oxford seeks a volunteer founding Director. The founding director's role would focus initially on fundraising, organising and overseeing new projects, and liaison with relevant bodies in the city. The post would suit someone with experience of fundraising and managing, who is committed to combatting social exclusion and has an understanding of Oxford. Please contact the Warden, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NE.

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Houses to Let

Fully furnished 3/4 bedroom house in North Oxford, available from Sept., for one year. Gas c.h., pleasant garden, modern kitchen equipment. Suitable for visiting academic family. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 559827, or (2)79182.

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: 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:

Charming cottage, 12 miles north west of Oxford in quiet corner of the village. Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, bath/shower, small walled sunny garden, garage, double bedroom plus spare bedroom/study. Available from mid-April. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Pretty Edwardian house, newly refurbished to mix classic features with modern amenities. Central location in quiet residential area, close to University and riverside meadows. Three bedrooms, study, lounge, dining room, completely new kitchen, bathroom and garden. Furnished and equipped to high standard. £1,250 p.c.m. exc. bills. Domestic services can be arranged. Available from Sept. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 251003, e-mail:

A fully furnished, 2 bedroom maisonette in central North Oxford (Butler Close), is available from mid-March for 6 months. Telephone Oxford 554765 or 762972 for further details.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. E-mail: Internet site:

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Flats to Let

Bradmore Road (central). Two-bedroom flats available for visiting academics and new employees. Furnished to a high standard. Rents from £800 p.c.m. Please contact the Land Agent's and Accommodation Office. Tel.: Oxford 270400.

Jericho—Great Clarendon Street, Oxford: flat/maisonette suitable for 3 undergraduates; full c.h. (landlord's certificate, etc.); furnished. Tenants responsible for gas, water rates, electricity, and telephone. Available 1 July for 12 months. £845 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811614, or Oxford 557824.

Central North Oxford, Bardwell Road. Very attractive, ground-floor, 2-bedroom flat in Victorian conversion, furnished and equipped to a high standard. Open plan living room/kitchen, south-facing over garden. Double bedroom, single bedroom, bath/shower, c.h., washer/drier, dishwasher etc. Good storage, communal garden, parking, garage by separate arrangement if required. Available from mid-March. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

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 flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. First-floor flat available from 11 March, large double bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; ground-floor available from 1 June, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking and secluded garden. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

Butler Close, central Oxford. Two-bedroom, first-floor flat. £675 p.m. Apply: Carter Jonas, 269 Banbury Rd., Summertown. Tel.: Oxford 511444.

Murray Court, Banbury Rd, Oxford. Very spacious (200 sq yds.), quiet, first floor flat. Three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite). Fully furnished to high standard, gas c.h., garage, garden. Within short walking distance Science Area, University Parks and city centre. Non-smokers only. Tel.: Brooks Property Management, Oxford 728597, fax: 794606.

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Accommodation Offered

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home and investment. With our 27 years' experience we assure you of a high level of service from dedicated and professional letting and management teams. Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are still reaping the benefits of our high standards of property management. if you would like details of our services please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: Oxford 556993, e-mail: Internet site:

Room to let in very attractive, clean, modern house on Green Street. Share with 1 other (and 1 cat). Very convenient location; Cowley Road shops 2 mins., city centre 20 mins., on foot. All mod cons. Must be n/s, preferably female. Available now. £310 p.m. + bills. Tel.: Oxford (2)70241 (w), or 723621 (h).

Single bedroom available in rural cottage to share with one person. Pretty village 10 miles south of Oxford. Easy access to Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot. Very spacious living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, separate shower and jacuzzi bath tub, study, patio style garden. Available 1 Apr. £345 p.c.m. Tel.:(Anne) 01235 446432 (lab), 01235 835742 (private), e- mail:

Delightful rooms, North Oxford. smallest room £30 p.w., telephone, shower, c.h., all mod. cons. Available now, short stay up to 3 months. Located near Woodstock Road roundabout. Tel.: Oxford 511657.

54B Walton Crescent. Student or young professional needed to share a charming 2 bedroom, 2-storey flat in Jericho. Well furnished and close to shops, pubs, school, etc. Asking £375 p.m. For more info. please call Oxford 513438, or 07720 346535, and ask for Liz (eves.).

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Accommodation Sought

Room wanted for considerate, non-smoking female student on work experience at Oxford University Press, from 7–30 Apr., preferably in the Jericho/Walton Street area. Ideal rent charge would be £65 p.w. incl. utility bills. Please contact Audrey Cadogan at Oxford University Press, Trade Books Dept., on Oxford 267270, fax: 267559, or e-mail:

Visiting Professor seeks furnished 1 bedroom flat or similar in Oxford, central location preferred, from 15 May for two months. Please contact Barbara McCabe (re: Prof. Portes), tel.: 00 1 609 258 4438, fax: 00 1 609 258 152, e-mail:

I am a considerate, friendly, professional female, non-smoker. I am looking for a room for a long term let in an easy going shared house. It will preferably have a washing machine. Headington, Summertown, or Marston areas. £200–£260 p.c.m. Ideally from mid-Apr. References can be supplied. Please call Oxford 558025.

Artist needs studio space in Oxford area. I am a mature, responsible artist, seeking a quiet place to paint. If you have an empty space that could work, please call. I am looking for a secure, lockable, private, work space. It should have natural light, some form of ventilation (i.e. windows that open), and be an insulated, heatable environment. I am flexible as to the kind of space (industrial, renovated garage, etc.), and will consider all reasonable possibilities, short-term or long-term. Please call Oxford 723024, or Oxford 278599 and leave a message.

Academic couple visiting Oxford University seeks apartment/house with 1 (or 2) bedrooms(s) during Trinity Term, May–June. Preferably quiet neighbourhood. Renting or house-sitting. References available. Non-smokers. Tel. (home) 00 32 14 46 00 86, (office) 00 31 13 466 8210; e-mail:

Swiss Professor and wife (non-smokers), seek a well appointed, centrally located, 1 bedroom, furnished flat or similar in Oxford for 4 months from June–Sept., 2000. Please contact: Professor Walter Gander, e-mail: Tel.: + 41 1 632 7430, fax: + 41 1 632 1620, or Shirley Day, e-mail:, tel.: Oxford 273885.

Swiss visiting scholar and partner wish to house-sit, or rent a furnished 1-bedroom apartment or studio for 1 or 2 years, commencing 1 Sept., 2000. £500–£650 p.c.m. Non-smokers. Laundry facilities required. Contact: Dr S. Besson,, fax: 0041 26 666 14 66.

New Zealand academic couple (non-smoking) on sabbatical leave, seek flat or house within cycling distance of city centre, from Apr., until Jan., 2001. Garden, character desirable. Tel.: 01223 741185 or e-mail:

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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Professor, wife and 2 girls aged 11 and 13 would like to live in Oxford for about 4 weeks between 9 July and 6 Aug., (exact dates are flexible). Would exchange their 4 bedroom house, with car and bikes, in Boston for similar situation in Oxford. Located on large wooded lot in a rural suburb of Boston, just minutes from beaches and public transport into Boston. Contact Karl Giberson, tel.: 001 617 745 3541, e-mail:

My wife and I, and another couple, will be attending Lincoln College from 1 July 2000–15 Aug. and seek a 2-bedroom apartment or house to share within a mile of campus for that time. We are interested in renting, or in swapping apartments for the summer—we have a wonderful 1-bedroom, free-standing apartment in Ross, CA, USA, in Marin County on the campus of The Branson School. Car available as well. Ross is centrally located 30 mins., between San Francisco, Berkeley, and wine country. Please e-mail Jeff Symonds at:, or PO Box 887, Ross CA, 94957, USA.

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Summer Lets

Family home to let from 8 July until middle–end Sept. North Oxford, within ring road, fully furnished, 4 bedrooms, off-street parking for 2 cars. Interested in either letting to a family or having one person or couple house-sit for considerably reduced rent. For further information telephone or fax Oxford 553617.

Fully furnished Victorian house, North Oxford, near St Anthony's College and Port Meadow, 15 mins. walk from city centre. One double and 2 single bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, study. Nice garden. Small friendly cat. Available 30 July–26 Aug. £1,100 for whole 4 weeks. Tel.: Oxford 515077, e-mail:

Recently renovated house in St John St., central Oxford, available from 13 May–15 July. Four bedrooms, 2 studies, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, well equipped kitchen and utility room, garden. Willing to consider shorter periods. Tel.: Oxford 513009 or e-mail:

Family home to let for July and Aug. Fully furnished and sleeps five. Includes large, west facing family room opening out onto patio, and into large garden. parking spaces in driveway. Rent £1000 p.m. For further info. tel./fax: Oxford 513688, or e-mail:

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Easily looked-after garden. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room. Large living room uptairs, to take advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture. Fully equipped. Available July and Aug. Prefer non-smokers and no children. Tel.: Oxford 511825 (eves., or Sundays); email:

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Holiday Lets

Spring in the Quantocks. Share in the tranquillity which inspired S.T. Coleridge. Garden wing of Tom Poole's house (Grade II listed) offers s.c. self-catering character accommodation. Tudor inglenook (functioning). Sleeps 2. Acre walled garden. Nether Stowey village centre. Tel.: 01278 732392. Website:

North Cornwall. This lovely old farmhouse (c. 1800) has been caringly divided to provide 2 holiday cottages of great character. A wonderful setting for nature lovers, the River Allen, which is a designated site of `special scientific interest', flows past the meadows of this 10-acre smallholding. Only 5 miles from the coast, a short drive will take you to the lovely old fishing village of Port Isaac. Polzeath and Boscastle are within 9 miles. Walkers and cyclists cana enjoy Bodmin Moor and the Camel Trail is just a short drive. Lounge with woodburner, well equipped kitchen/diner, 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), bathroom/w.c. Full night storage heating. Linen, cot/high chair provided. Regret no pets. £166–£419 p.w. Tel.: 01208 850280 for more details.

Mainland Greece-Gulf of Corinth. Self-contained 1 room apartment in converted stone building in charming seaside village, sleeps 2. Close to Delphi, Mt Parnassos and Peloponnese. Available May–June, and Sept.,–Nov. £125.00 per week. Tel.: 01491 824657, e-mail:

Greek island retreat. Charming Rondavel, near Temple of Aphaia on Aigina. Independent, self-contained accommodation for 2, situated in terraced gardens of private house. Superb views, easy access to beaches. Ideal for walking holiday or longer term writer's retreat. For further information tel.: Oxford 516446.

France. Beautiful old farmhouse high above the Sorgue valley in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Millau, Montpellier, Albi. Enormous stone-flagged living area with mezzanine. Magnificent kitchen. Huge beams and fireplace. Five bedrooms (sleeping up to 11), utility room, barn. Orchard garden with hammocks, stunning views, river bathing. Excellent restaurants. Completely unspoilt area. Not available Aug. £250–£450 per week. Tel.: Oxford 244619.

South of France, Languedoc-Roussillon: 4 architect-designed apartments with private patios (3 for two persons, 2 for four) set in grounds of old country house; splendid garden, large swimming-pool; located in a peaceful corner of village with shops nearby; between Beziers and Narbonne, close to Canal du Midi and 20 minutes from the Mediterranean. Situated in an area of great cultural interest, producing wine among the best in France. Brochure from Paradix/Glennie, 2 Impasse du Presbytère, F-34440, Nissan-lez-Enserune, France. Tel.: 00 33 4 67 37 63 28, fax: 00 33 4 67 37 63 72.

Czech Republic: fairytale woodland cottage only half an hour from Prague, available May–Oct. Sleeps 4+. Lovely lake for swimming, boating, surf-boarding. Views, walks, wood-fires, mushrooms, castles. Good food and wine still a bargain. English-speaking owner. From £260 p.w. Tel.: 0171-373 0667.

Cevennes, Gard/Lozere/Ardèche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park; vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms (sleeps 8+); bathroom and 2 shower-rooms. Set at about 1,000 ft., in over 2 acres of mature gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet—near a village with shops—in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming. Available Apr. onwards, from £200 p.w. Non-smokers only. Longer winter lets at lower rates. Full c.h. Tel. (evenings): 01527 541360.

Self-catering accommodation 5 minutes' walk to city centre. We have 4-bedroom self-contained flats to let from July to Sept., fully equipped kitchens for groups or families. Close to shops, restaurants and buses. A 24-hour lodge with CCTV. Pleasant gardens in tranquil surroundings. Use of the adjacent sports ground. Washing machines on site. Free off-road parking. For rates tel./fax Oxford 725364.

Brittany. Lovingly restored stone farmhouse, in rural position near Concarneau, Quimper. Cathedral ceiling, huge fireplace, beautiful garden, comfortably furnished with antiques. Sleeps 7/8. Good walking, cycling, sightseeing, markets, restaurants, and within 1/2 hour of wonderful sandy beaches. £350 p.w., £1,100 p.m. Tel.: 00-1-(716) 381-6134, e- mail:

What price Paradise? Three bedroom, 2 bathroom family house on Sydney Harbour. Patio, barbecue, garden, leading on to Forty Baskets Beach for sailing, swimming, bush-walking. Close to Manly for surf, restaurants, and ferries to Downtown Sydney (30 mins.,). Available June, July, August, Sept., 2000. £4,000 (£1,000 p.c.m.). Tel.: 01264 772334 or e- mail:

Charming terraced 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 (eves.).

Catalonia. Well appointed, 3-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available 1 April–31 Aug. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 6, is on 2 floors, each of which is a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/dining area. The ground floor has a large double bedroom, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a further twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sunday, and will cook delicious meals. £1,000 p.c.m., £550 per fortnight, or £300 per week. Ring Dr. Charles Mould, 01844 208234, fax: 01844 202613, or e-mail:, for further particulars.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming 17th-c. 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 in Aug. Tel.: 0181 446 4913.

Umbria/Tuscany border. Delightfully restored, spacious farmhouse for rent, 2 double bedrooms sleeping 4. Also cottage nearby sleeping 2. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845, fax: 01923 354174.

Algarve. A well furnished, modern, spacious ground floor apartment at Praia da Luz near Lagos, with 2 twin bedrooms, lounge/dining room with double sofa bed, a well equipped kitchen including microwave, bathroom with bath and shower, 2 balconies with sea-views, and small garden with barbecue. The apartment is adjacent to the Ocean Club to which full membership is available, offering 3 swimming pools, children's splash pool, tennis courts, Jonathan Markson Tennis Centre (courses and private coaching available), and restaurant. The apartment is within 200 metres of the centre of town, which has a good variety of restaurants and bars, and 300 metres from the beach. There are 3 golf courses within 10 mins. drive. Maid service 3 times per week, linen, towels, electricity and gas are all included. Tel.: 01582 761510, or e-mail:

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals. Stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France with a fabulous 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10). Also Rome, Italy, marble floored flat (4/5), and 19th.-c., country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes from Rome and 2 hours from Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–£550 p.w. Private owner. Tel.: 01223 357981 for details.

Italy, Umbria. Twelfth-century San Orsola, a short distance Perugia, Todi. Combines charm and comfort in a beautiful settiing of sunflowers, and rolling Umbrian hills. Bed & breakfast, or self-catering. Fresh eggs and veg. Tel.: Maria McCourt 0039 075 8748997.

Crete. A traditional Cretan house in old town Rethimno, superbly renovated to provide space and comfort in beautifully furnished surroundings. Elevated, vine-covered, sitting area with brick barbecue—perfect for alfresco dining. It is in a quiet area, and close to long, sandy beach, taverns, shops, and the many interesting sights in and around this historic area. Sleeps 4 (1 double, 1 twin). Available all year round. £280 p.w., £1000 p.m. All linen, electricty and cleaning inc. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail:

Tuscany. Family-owned Wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese, offers ancient farmhouse and apartments, accommodating 2 up to 12 plus. Pool, secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Tel./fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: `Fattoria Corzano and Paterno'.

Tranquil Umbria. Luxury flat for 2, to let weekly. Large shaded terrace, lovely garden, stunning views. Perugia 15 minutes, Assisi 30 minutes, by car. For further information tel.: 01344 779731.

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Puppies for Sale

Japanese Spitz puppies for sale, with quality pedigree; Kennel Club registered, weaned, and immunised. Raised in a family environment with their sire and dam, these puppies enjoy human contact and are now ready for good homes. Japanese Spitz are adorable, intelligent, and loyal dogs, members of a breed that is rare but growing in popularity in the UK. Small (about 14 inches at the shoulder when full-grown), with easy-care pure white coats, they are good with children and make ideal pets. Their sire, Alkola Tora, has been exhibited at Crufts for the last 3 years (VHC), while their dam, Alkola Hanabira, is the daughter of a Japanese Spitz bitch recently imported from Switzerland, bringing a new bloodline into the breeding stock. Both parents can be seen. The puppies cost £300 each. Tel.: Oxford 557466. n

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