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Oxford Chamber Music Society

Vanbrugh Quartet: works by Haydn, John McCabe, Beethoven: Holywell Music Room, 26 Mar., at 2.45 p.m. Tickets: £11 (seniors £9); in advance from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office (tel.: Oxford 798600), £10 (seniors £8); students and juniors £4.50.

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Magdalen College School, Oxford

Magdalen College School, Oxford's leading academic day school for boys has a close and long association with the University of Oxford. We accept applications for competitive entry at 7, 9, 11, 13 and 16 years old. Further details are available from the Registrar. Tel.: Oxford 242191. E-mail: dlbarter@reception.magdalen.oxon.sch.uk. The values of the school encompass a love of learning, a sense of responsibility towards each other and the wider community, and a respect for the individuality of each boy. Sport, music, drama and extra-curricular activities play an important part in the life of all pupils.

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Bodleian Shop

See our full range of postcards, greetings cards, and stationery with a difference! Our `Oxford Views' writing paper, using engravings from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, is printed in the Bodleian on high quality conservation paper; A4 size, 16 sheets and 16 envelopes, £5.95. Shop open Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.–12.30 p.m.

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Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden

Grand, millennium plant sale, to be held in the Oxford University Parks, South Parks Road, on Sun., 7 May at 2.30 p.m. Good plants from Friends' gardens, both celebrated and less well known, also from nurseries and colleges. There will be free horticultural advice from top-notch gardeners, as well as teas and secondhand gardening books. Parking in the St Cross Building, Manor Road. All proceeds go to the fund set up by the Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden, to put the work of our Education Officer on to a firm footing for the future. The plant sale is one of many efforts to raise the £350,000 needed to establish the Education post.

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Concert

The Chamber Choir of Middlebury College, Vermont, USA (director, John Milsom), performs music by Byrd, Weelkes, Brahms, Poulenc, Britten and Tippett, in The Chapel, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, Mon., 20 Mar., 8 p.m. Admission free.

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Tuition offered

Psychoanalytic Observational Studies. Applications are now invited for the October 2000 intake for the Tavistock-model Oxford Observation Course. Modules include a 2-year infant observation, a 2-year young child observation, ongoing work discussion, and theoretical seminars. This part-time, largely evening-based, modular course is conducted in small groups, and can lead to a Postgraduate Diploma/MA from the Tavistock Clinic/University of East London. For details and application form please contact Andrea Watson, 12 Rectory Road, Oxford OX4 1BW, tel.: Oxford 243491. Application should be made before 31 May.

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: info@greekexperience.com, Web site: www.greekexperience.com.

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Services offered

Weight Loss? Improved health? Are you having difficulties in losing weight or improving your health and fitness? Paul Hornsby offers professional advice and personal training to clients on a one-to-one basis, or in groups. Call Oxford 773021/ 07715 584292, or e-mail: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com, and make a difference.

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: info@kristontec.co.uk.

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 world-wide), 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: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

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.

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Domestic Services

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.

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

St Michael at the Northgate, in Cornmarket Street, the City Church of Oxford, is looking for a full-time Manager for our Visitor Reception Centre, and Saxon Tower. Retail experience, organisational ability, artistic flair, a friendly manner, and an interest in history are essential. Hours 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (5.30 p.m. in summer), Mon.–Fri. Realistic salary according to qualifications and experience. contact Stephen Pix by telephone or fax on Oxford 242444.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford house available from 15 Aug. for one year or less. Walk to colleges, train station, and bus station, near Port Meadow, c.h., recently redecorated, desks, filing cabinets, several large closets, secluded garden, 2 1/2 bathrooms. washing machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. Two bedrooms, £960 p.m.; 3 bedrooms, £1,250 p.m (inc. bedsit with separate entrance). Tel.: J. Mackrell (eves.), Oxford 775567, or Canada: A.Gaston, 613 745 1368, fax. 613 745 0299. E- mail: Tony.Gaston@EC.GC.CA or Gaston@cyberus.ca.

Temple Cowley, Oxford. spacious, 3-bedroom, newly built, fully carpeted and curtained, town house (unfurnished) with conservatory, available for yearly rental from 1 Apr., for non-smokers. Integral garage, and parking space for 1 other car. Excellent bus service (1 min. walk) to city and railway station (approx. 15 mins.). Generously proportioned sitting room; 3 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms (1 en suite); separate cloakroom/WC; large fitted kitchen with washer/drier, built-in oven and hob, fridge-freezer; French doors leading to dining room/conservatory. £950 p.c.m. For more information please contact Katie Enock on + 44 (0) 7940 308765, or Martyn Laycock on + 44 (0) 961 883407; e-mail: beekeeper@bee.co.uk.

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: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Central North Oxford. Pretty, light and sunny house, available from Sept.,2000–June/July 2001. Large kitchen/dining/conservatory-garden room, reception, study with piano, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower, utility room. All recently decorated, and contains antiques, interesting paintings, plants and pottery. Walled garden and terrace. Free parking. Two bicycles. Easy walking centre, colleges, meadows, shops. Non-smokers please. £1300 p.c.m plus bills. Rent includes garden maintenance. Please ring Thomas on Oxford 510650 eves., or e-mail: Ingrid.Thomas@OUM.ox.ac.uk.

Attractive house available in central Oxford. Rent £800 p.c.m, exc. all bills. Furnished, 2 bedrooms, 1st-floor bathroom/shower, large lounge/dining room with period open fireplace, and courtyard garden. Tel.: Oxford 278334 or 554507.

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.

Fully-furnished, 2-bedroom house in Marston. Living room, gas c.h., gardens, kitchen, microwave, telephone, TV, washing machine. Short cycling distance to city via University Parks. £625 p.c.m. No smokers, no pets. Available 1 Apr., initially for at least 6 months, preferably for 1 year. E-mail: ahmet.oral@materials.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: ++ 90 312 290 1965.

Late-Victorian terrace house, Summertown,N. Oxford. Available for 4 month let (May–Aug.). Two reception, 3 bedrooms and study adjoining largest bedroom, spacious kitchen/dining room. Nice garden. £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 556270 for more details or appointment to view.

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Flats to Let

North Oxford , 2-bedroom, sunny, spacious, refurbished, second-floor flat with lift. Washer/drier etc., parking in landscaped grounds. Available Apr. @£675 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 515089 or 558823.

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.

A luxury, self-catering, 1 bedroom apartment is available for short lets, minimum 1 week. ideal for visiting academics, business people, or for holidays. Next to the River Thames, yet only 5 minutes' walk to the city centre, it is an ideal location. Recently refurbished to a very high standard it consists of: 1 double bedroom, a newly fitted bathroom, lounge/diner with TV, video, sofa/bed etc.; new kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, washer/drier and microwave. By taking advantage of the sofa/bed it will accommodate up to 4 people. The price is £500 p.w. incl. fresh linen, and cleaning once a week, heating and electricity. Oxford Riverside Apartments, tel.: Oxford 310782, fax: Oxford 310649, or: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/pembrok.

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 now, 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.

Murray Court, Banbury Rd, Oxford. Very spacious (200 sq yds.), quiet, first-floor flat. Three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). 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

Large room, with shower, available in spacious house, to share with one other. In Islip village, approx. 8 miles from Oxford (train station, shops, pubs). £300 p.c.m. inc. bills, exc. phone bills. Tel.: Oxford 373580.

Islip Village, 8 miles from the city centre. Male/female required for Mon.–Fri. (flexible), to share house with 1 other, and a dog. Large bright room available. Garden and all mod cons. £280 p.c.m. (bills included). Tel.: Oxford 375629.

Folly Bridge, 6 brand new 1/2-bedroom flats, on the banks of the River Isis, available from mid-May onwards, either for the summer, or for the academic year from Sept. Accommodation consists of 1 double bedroom, 1 study/single bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, and bathroom. All flats are fully furnished and have magnificent river and Christ Church Meadow views. £900 or £950 p.c.m. Further details from the Bursar, Hertford College, tel.: Oxford 279414, or e-mail: peter.baker@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central North Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or refrigerator and deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: Oxford 557879.

Summer House-sit. Family home available from 8 July until middle to end Sept., North Oxford, within ring road. Fully furnished, 4 bedrooms, off-street parking for 2 cars. Interested in having 1 person or couple house-sit. For further information telephone or fax Oxford 553617.

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Accommodation Sought

Oxford businessman seeks Mon.–Thur. use of London flat, within 15 mins. travel of Clapham Junction office. Please contact Edward Knighton on Oxford 315171 (eves/weekends)/0171 978 0813 (work), or e-mail: EdwardK@ottakars.co.uk.

Room wanted for Mon.–Thur. by non-smoking female, 3rd year postgraduate, from mid-Apr., until late-Aug. The situation can be flexible as I do not need to be in Oxford every week. Please contact Larissa Motiuk on 0117 3777382, or e-mail: larissa.motiuk@geog.ox.ac.uk.

Non-smoking academic and family visiting from Australia urgently require a 3 bedroom house in the Witney area, from early Apr., until end July. Rental in the range £800 p.c.m. References available. E-mail contact: tdavis@cyllene.uwa.edu.au, or tel.: 01993 772403 or Oxford 267537 for further details.

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 Exchange

Professor, wife, and four children (2 boys, 2 girls, ages 11, 12, 16, 18) 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 Marion, Indiana (pop. 25,000, 1 hour north of Indianapolis, and several hours from Chicago, Michigan), for similar situation in Oxford. Nice home, located in quiet residential and wooded area. Contact Michael Boivin, tel.: 001 765 664 9770, fax: 001 765 677 2487, e-mail: mboivin@indwes.edu.

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Summer Lets

City centre house, with view of Thames, available for 4 months, June–Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £1,000 p.c.m. inc. of charges except telephone calls. Tel.: Oxford 250462.

Quiet, sunny family house in East Oxford (off Divinity Road). Available w/e 9 July for 8 weeks. Four bedrooms/2 bathrooms/3 living rooms; kitchen with patio doors to south-facing garden. Convenient for hospitals, local supermarkets. Bus/walk to city centre. Non-smokers only. £150 p.w. (inc. utilities except phone). Contact Dr Braddock on Oxford 249673, or e-mail: tod@maths.ox.ac.uk.

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: Ruth.Harris@new.ox.ac.uk.

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Holiday Lets

Gower Peninsula, S. Wales. Holiday house, plus s/c annexe, adjacent Pennard Golf course. Near path to Pobbles Bay. Lovely secluded garden, books, ample parking, great walks etc. Main house sleeps 5/6, annexe 4. Flexible lets. Price range £150-£425 p.w. Weekends possible. Tel.: Oxford 433499.

South of France—The Lot. Two house to let, May–Sept., in small medieval village 5 miles from main town of Figeac. Both are several centuries old, and have their own garden. First house (July and Aug., £400 p.w., other months £350); 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6), all en suite, fully equipped, with fantastic view from terrace of Cele valley. Second house (July and Aug., £200 p.w., other months £180); 1 bedroom (sleeps 2). For further details tel.: 01327 262889.

French Riviera, ground-floor, 2-bedroom flat, between St Raphael and Cannes. Five mins. walk from the beach, pool, shops, restaurants. Tennis and golf nearby. South-facing private patio; parking alongside. Linen provided. Reasonable rates. Tel.: Epsom, 01372 744246.

Pembrokeshire Coast: Farmhouse (4 bedrooms) and Barn (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms). Log fires, panoramic views, spectacular cliff walks. National Trust beaches. £100–£440 p.w. Tel.: Isobel Cox on 01923 856114, or see the photos and other details at: http://gl.home.dhs.org.

SW France. Eighteenth-century auberge, 3 storeys, 4 bedrooms, located in a sleepy village surrounded by vineyards, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Forty mins. from Carcassone. House period furnished, with adjacent garden. Tel./fax: 001 212 486 4185; Web site: www.geocities.com/bouriege.

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 and breakfast, or self-catering. Fresh eggs and veg. Tel.: Maria McCourt 0039 075 8748997.

South of France, Languedoc, 19th-c. wine-grower's 11 bedroom mansion in 2 acres of secluded gardens, with pool. For rent from 3 June–1 July. Sleeps up to 18. Thirty minutes from the Med., 50 mins. from Montpellier, 20 mins. from Beziers. From £1,000 p.w. Tel.: 00334 67 24 88 52, or e-mail: Nicole.Russell@wanadoo.com; Web site: http://www.lamaisonverte.co.uk.

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 mins. from Rome and 2 hrs to Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–£550 p.w. Private owner. Tel.: 01223 353603 for details.

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.

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.

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.

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: pgklpoggio@ftbcc.it. `Fattoria Corzano and Paterno'.

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.

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.).

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: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

South of France, Languedoc-Roussillon: 4 architect-designed apartments with private patios (3 for two persons, 1 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.

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For Sale

Three-bedroom house, built 1936, in quiet North Oxford road. Two airy reception rooms with varnished floors, one with fireplace. New heating system. Large south-facing garden with lots of roses. Near shops and post office; 3 minutes' walk to one of Oxford's largest parks. Guide £180,000. E-mail: lionel.smith@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk. Pictures at: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~lawf0014/house.html.

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