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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

This club exists to welcome to Oxford the partners and families of academic visitors and graduate students. Come along to the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens any Wednesday morning between 10.30 a.m.and 12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term, and throughout the Summer vacation, and sample our programme of events and outings.

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Bicycles wanted

Child's bicycles wanted for refugee children. Any condition acceptable. Bicycle helmets also wanted. Tel.: Oxford 553828.

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Volunteers for Airline Passenger Health Charity

The Aviation Health Institute (AHI) is an Oxford based medical charity seeking volunteers to help with afternoon office duties such as help with light mail-out, phone and secretarial duties. The AHI is the world's first independent non-profit body that carries out research, education and prevention programmes for airline passenger health affected by flying, e.g. asthma, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, blood disorders, strokes, fainting, diabetes, epilepsy, cancers, pregnancy, fear of flying and transmission of contagious diseases. We provide an invaluable independent source of information and comment on aviation health issues. If you would like to help out with our activities on a voluntary basis please telephone Mrs Kidd on Oxford 739681

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Warneford Hospital

Do you have a problem with your weight? If you would like to take part in an Oxford University study of three psychological treatments for weight management please ring Marianne O'Connor on Oxford 226443. To be eligible you must be: significantly overweight; female, aged between 20 and 59 years; available for 11 months treatment. Certain medical illnesses and treatments (and pregnancy) may make you ineligible.

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Tuition Offered

GCSE and A level Easter Revision courses. Highly successful courses which build confidence and exam skills and which can make a significant difference to students' grades. Tel.: d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford 310000.

Jazz/World Music course for musicians aged 10–14 of all levels of experience. Feb. half-term. Contact Sami Cohen at d'Overbroeck's College. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

Year 2K, why not lose weight, improve fitness, feel better? Personal fitness training and lifestyle management, with Paul Hornsby, one of the U.K.'s most experienced fitness trainers. Having worked as a trainer for 14 years Paul has got what it takes to make you make a difference to the way you look and feel. For more information tel.: Oxford 773021, 07715 5842982 or emial: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com.

OXACTS. Oxford Tutorial School of Acting for children (from 7-14 years), the Jericho St Barnabas Community Centre, 33a Canal St., Oxford OX2 6BQ. Classes in voice production, movement and drama. Sats., 3–6 p.m. Information, interviews, auditions, tel./fax: Oxford 792965.

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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.

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: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

Autogenic therapy, a self-help method, brings about profound relief from negative stress. It can be taught in small groups or individually over a period of 8–10 weeks. Individual psychotherapy is also available from an experienced, qualified practitioner. Tel.: Thomas Goss on Oxford 351765.

Colourful courtyards with architectural features, imaginative lighting and paving. Jeanne Bliss, Landscape Designer and Pruning Adviser, Oxford and California. Tel.: Oxford 515399 for leaflet.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

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Situations Vacant

Secretarial/Editorial Assistant. Part-time freelance opportunity for someone with existing University connection to assist with the receipt of papers and correspondence with authors for a monthly journal. Flexible working hours readily arranged. Available from 1 Feb. 2000 with payment to £500 p.m. Enquiries, expressions of interest to: richard.brook@materials.oxford.ac.uk or tel.: Oxford 273782, or Richard Brook, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, OIX1 3PH.

Freelance bookkeeper wanted by Oxford-based publisher specializing in academic books on Africa, the Caribbean, and the Third World. Bookkeeper to manage Purchase and Sales Ledgers, in-house Invoicing, and the production of Management accounts and statistics, using Quick Books. Minimum 8 hrs p.w., at mutually convenient times. Hourly rate subject to negotiation. Please send details of experience, available hours, and current hourly rate to: Office Administrator, James Currey Ltd., 73 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BS.

Oxford Preservation Trust, Assistant Secretary. Oxford Preservation Trust is a charitable trust established in 1927 to promote preservation of Oxford's historical, architectural and natural environment. It owns land and a number of buildings throughout the City and the Green Belt. The present Assistant Secretary to the Trust is due to retire in Spring 2000. Applications are now invited for this full-time post. Working alongside the Secretary you will be responsible for the day to day administration of the Trust, organising committee meetings, looking after the membership, including arranging a programme of visits, and the annual Environmental Awards. This is an interesting and varied post. Applicants should be computer literate and have a commitment to conservation. A knowledge of Oxford and its countryside would be an advantage. The salary is related to the University Clerical and Library Staff Scales, Grade 6 £18,667–£21,646. Please write by 28 January 2000 enclosing a C.V. to Mrs D. Dance, Secretary, Oxford Preservation Trust, 10 Turn Again Lane, Oxford OX1 1QL. Arrangements should be made for two references to be sent direct to the Trust.

Somerville College Oxford, Appointment of Temporary Stipendiary Lecturer in French. The College invites applications for the post of Temporary Stipendiary lecturer in French for Trinity Term and Michaelmas Term 2000. The Lecturer will be required to provide an annual average of twelve hours teaching a week during the two Full Terms (which each lasts eight weeks). The appointment will be for the period 16 April 2000 to 16 December 2000. The stipend will be at point one (£15,334) or point two (£16, 286) of an incremental scale, depending on experience. Payment will be for two eleven week periods; four weeks' leave will be paid during the Long Vacation. Teaching will be required for papers for the Preliminary Examination, modern period tutorials and translation classes. The Lecturer will be asked to serve as Personal Tutor and Director of Studies to those undergraduates reading French. In addition, the lecturer will normally be expected to help with the annual Undergraduate Admissions exercise, and with the organization of teaching within the school. The Lecturer will have the use of a teaching room in College and will be a member of the Senior Common Room. He or she will be entitled to a number of meals in College during full Term. Candidates should apply by letter addressed to the College Secretary, Somerville College, Oxford OX2 6HD, enclosing six copies of a curriculum vitaeeach with a cover sheet (enclosed) and naming two referees who should be asked by the candidate to write directly to the College Secretary, marked `Confidential', by the closing date; (two extra copies of the particulars are enclosed for the referees). The closing date for application is 24 January 2000. Short-listed candidates are likely to be invited for inteview during the week beginning 7 February 2000.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford house available from 28 Mar. 2000 for one year or less. Walk to colleges, train station, and bus station, near Port Meadow, c.h., recently re-decorated, 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, £950 p.m.; 3 bedrooms, £1250 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.

Jericho, available early Jan. for 6 months. Two bedroom, g.c.h, washing machine etc. Excellent family home. Non-smokers only. £700 p.c.m. Call Ru or Terry on Oxford 559581.

Charming cottage, 12 miles north west of Oxford in a quiet corner of village. Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, g.c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bash/shower, small walled garden, garage, double bedroom, spare bedroom/study. Available from mid- April. Tel.: Oxford 284225.

Mid-March to mid-June, 3-bedroom 18th century house, 3 miles Oxford city centre, frequent buses. Gas c.h., dishwasher, washing machine, secluded garden, car-port, non-smoking. £800 p.c.m. Tel. (in January) 001 212 463 0078; (in February) Oxford 778768.

Moreton in Marsh. 27 miles Oxford, 35 minutes by train. Elegant Cotswolds stone town house. Sleeps 5. All mod. cons., garden. Available end Jan. £520 p.c.m. Please tel.: 01608 810549.

Central South Oxford. Completely renovated, attractively furnished 3-storey Victorian terrace house with garden. Ten minute walk from city centre, 5 minute walk from river, 2 minute walk from Hinksey Park. Two double bedrooms, 1 single (with bed plus cot), 2 bathrooms, double reception room with stripped pine floor, large modern kitchen with French windows overlooking garden. Gas c.h., fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble-drier, 2 TV's. Available 13 Apr.–1 May. £250 p.w. inc. of all utilities except phone calls. Tel.: Oxford (2)78465 (Mon., Wed., Fri.), or email: tanya.tsikas@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Central Oxford Rewley Park. Newly-built 2-bedroom terrace house, within easy walk of the University and city centre. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac close by train station. Small garden, with patio. Fully carpeted, furnished and equipped to a high standard, allocated parking. Available mid- Jan. either for 6 month minimum at £795 p.c.m. exc. council tax and water rates, or short let at £865 p.c.m. incl. Apply Dr Josephine Reynell, 70 Southmoor Rd., Oxford OX2 6RB. Tel.: Oxford 516615, fax: Oxford 516616, email: macdonaldreynell@netscapeonline.co.uk.

Wheatley village (3 miles east of Oxford), 2 double bedrooms, 2 single, 3 receptions, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room. Piano, cellar, south facing garden, c.h., 2 garages. £1,000 p.c.m. References. Tel.: 01243 528654.

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Flats to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: Oxford 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

North Parade, charming, fully furnished 1-bedroom flat in the heart of North Oxford. Available early Jan. £600 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 513816 weekdays.

Furnished, well equipped flat over community centre in Polstead Road. Would suit graduate or academic visitor with family. Sitting room, 3 bedrooms (could all be double), kitchen, bathroom, separate W.C. Available now. Rent £850 p.c.m., reduced to £750 p.c.m. in return for light duties. For further details and an application form contact Ben Simpson, tel.: Oxford 274073, e-mail: ben.simpson@wolfson.ox.ac.uk, or write to him at Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD. Applications will be considered as soon as possible and applicants may be interviewed.

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. Available 1 Jan. 2000. £1,250 p.c.m. Tel.: Brooks Property Management, Oxford 728597, fax: 794606.

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.

North Oxford , self-contained apartment. Shower room, kitchen, double bedroom, large sunny south facing sitting room. Gas c.h. all inclusive, in excellent decorative order and well equipped. Available now. £695 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 511827 (eves.).

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 contact Finders keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556994, email: oxford@finders.co.uk, internet: http://www.finders.co.uk

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Accommodation Offered

Cotswolds, in tiny hamlet near Burford. Small room with ensuite shower, breakfast. Evening meal if required. Reasonable rent in return for occasional dog sitting (5!). Tel./fax: 01993 824477.

Large bedroom and study available in spacious, quiet, Headington house. Fully furnished. To share with a male doctor. Available Feb.–July 2000. £450 p.c.m. Email: mina.fazel@virgin.net or tel.: Oxford 767055.

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Accommodation Sought

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.

Librarian, working in London but living in central Oxford, seeks accommodation, 8 Apr.–21 May, while his own flat is temporarily unavailable. Furnished studio flat or 1-bedroom flat preferred, central/north Oxford or near railway station if possible. Tel.: Oxford 250917 (answerphone), email: peter_jackson@link.org.

Visiting MIT academic and family, looking for 3 or more bedroom, furnished house in the Oxford area during summer 2000 (period flexible). Contact Dr. Spencer Pitcher, USA, tel.:(001) 617 253 8667, fax: (001) 617 253 0627, email:csp@psfc.mit.edu.

Non-smoking academic and partner wish to rent a furnished 1/2 bedroom flat in Oxford from end March 2000. A central location to town would be ideal, but suitable accommodation within the ring-road would be considered. Laundry facilities and parking for 1 car would also be preferable. contact: Dr Tim Andrews on Oxford 272506, or Tina Shepherd on Oxford 272471 during working hours, or Oxford 721948 during the evenings.

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 contact Finders keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556994, email: oxford@finders.co.uk, internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Exchange

Australian scholar and member of St Hugh's College seeks to exchange spacious newly renovated 4-bedroom home in leafy suburb of Canberra close to Australian National University for house in Oxford in May 2000 for approx. 4 weeks. Minimum 1 double bedroom, 1 twin. Tel.: 61 2 6248 7625, email: Rosamund.Dalziell@anu.edu.au.

German family with two children looks for holiday accommodation exchange. Offer: 2 room loft in Langenargen, pretty village on Lake Constance, 50 yards from the lake shore, quiet street, sleeping gallery, roof balcony, sleeps 4, fitted kitchen, washing machine, TV. Any period considered between May and December, 2000. Exchange wanted in suitable holiday home, preferably Devon, Cornwall, Wales. Please contact tel./fax: Germany 6203/181482.

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Holiday Lets

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.

Country lovers' retreat, children and dogs welcome. Beautiful barn conversion into 2 cottages with panoramic views over secluded valley. Small mixed organic farm with rare breed animals. Owls, herons, buzzards, otters, exclusive fishing on farm as well as salmon fishing on River Taw nearby. Painting and drawing holidays, Tarka trail, RHS Rosemoor, beautiful North Devon coastline not far. For brochure tel.: 01769 520263. Short breaks available.

Luxury accommodation in mid-Wales between Hay on Wye and Builth Wells. Barn conversion completed late 1999. Sleeps 8, full c.h., and fully equipped kitchen. Ideal location for hill walking, trout fishing, birdwatching, and pony trekking. For rates tel.: Oxford 864372, after 6.30 p.m.

French country house, 45 mins SE of Bordeaux. Simple but well equipped. flexible accommodation suits 2 to 12 or more. 5km from village with basic shops, weekly market, tennis court. Choice of market towns 15-20 mins. Sea 1 hour away. £500 p.w. July and August. £350 other times. Tel.: 01235 751633.

Poole, Dorset. Luxury, ground floor apartment, situated in Branksome Park, 5 minutes walk from the beach. Sleeps 4. Small private garden. Car parking. No children or pets. Tel./fax: 01993 813521.

Dordogne. Charming, traditional, peaceful farmhouse, simply but fully equipped, on the edge of a small hamlet. Own fenced pool, 2 acres of meadow and garden, near table d'hote, vineyards, riding, tennis, lake, castles and market towns. Sleeps 6 (plus 1). Huge cool verandah for games, barbecue, relaxation. £450–475 p.w. Tel.: 01993 881408, email:gbutcher@globalnet.co.uk.

Summer rental, Woodstock, near Blenheim Palace. Three- bedroom furnished house, lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom. Quiet cul- de-sac location, parking and small private garden. Available 1 July–31 Aug. £625 p.c.m. Regret no children. Tel.: 01993 811126, fax: 01993 812422.

Italy, Umbria. `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills 5 miles N.E. of Assisi, in National Park, superb views, wild life. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom, car essential; Lombardia, Lake Como, in village house, closely overlooking lake, 25 minutes from Como city. One double bedroom, sitting/dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace. For either let, £300 p.w., £550 fortnight. Tel.: Oxford 768775.

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.

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. n

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