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Piano and violin recital

Hugh Bean (violin) and Norman Solomon (piano): recital of works by Handel, Elgar, Chopin, and Solomon, Sun., 5 Mar., 7 p.m., Holywell Music Room. Tickets £7 (concessions/students £5) in advance from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Tel.: Oxford 798600.

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Bodleian Shop

Find bargains, many at half price, in our grand sale which goes on until the end of February. Shopping is more comfortable during these winter months when the shop is relatively uncongested. Please note our winter opening hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–12.30 p.m. (from April, we stay open until 6 p.m. each weekday until the end of the year).

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Services Offered

Yellow Ltd. are probably the best small entertainment company around, and on the spot caricaturist Andi Reiss, Magic Matt Windsor, and Live Statue Anita can really make your ball or corporate event swing. We can also supply jugglers, fireaters, stilt walkers, contortionists, photographers and the real Tony Blair! We can arrange bouncy castles, dodgems, bungee jumping and a full casino entertainment too. Tel.: Oxford 516566 or e- mail:balls@yellowltd.co.uk.

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 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.

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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

Oxford FE Initiative: part-time Access Officer. A consortium of seven colleges has been established to try to increase the number of students from Further Education colleges applying to Oxford. We are looking for an articulate and persuasive graduate or graduates with experience of the English state education system to take the message to selected FE colleges during the coming summer. A willingness to commit to two or three days p.w., early May–mid-July, and part of Sept., is required. The post will be based at Mansfield College and will involve setting up and carrying out a programme of visits to FE staff and students. IT skills useful. Rate of pay £7.69 p.h., plus travel and subsistence allowances. Applications by letter and c.v. (4 copies) to the Admissions Tutor, Mansfield, by 14 Mar. Applicants should also give the names of two referees whom they should ask to write directly to the Admissions Tutor by the same date. Further details from Personnel Officer, Mansfield College, Oxford OX1 3TF (tel. Oxford (2)82888, e- mail: jill.phillips@mansf.ox.ac.uk).

St Michael at the Northgate, in Cornmarket Street, the City Church of Oxford, is looking for a Church Secretary/Administrator to run a small office and manage the maintenance of our Church Centre and ancient church. Hours 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m., Mon.–Fri. Realistic salary according to qualifications and experience. Contact Stephen Pix by 'phone or fax on Oxford 242444.

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Houses to Let

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: mpaehoney@aol.co.

Beautifully presented 3-bedroom town house within walking distance of Oxford city centre and hospitals. Ideal location with views over Port Meadow and excellent access to ring-road and major motorways. Would suit a professional couple with a small family. For more details contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX1 2BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family home to let for July and August 2000. Fully furnished and sleeps five. Includes large, west facing family room opening out onto patio, and into large garden. Parking spaces in driveway. Rent £1,000 p.m. For further info. tel./fax: Oxford 513688, or e-mail: douglas.wilkinson@nda.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

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.

Fully furnished flat near Oxford in 18th-c. house, centrally located in Woodstock. Two bedrooms, large sitting room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. Telephone, c.h., washer/drier etc. Available 16 Apr. 2000. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811488.

Woodstock Road, 2 miles from city centre: modern, self- contained, ground-floor flat, fully furnished; open plan; living-room with view and access to large rear garden, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. Very close to bus stops and car parking. Available immediately. £550 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: Oxford 557684 (evenings).

Choice of brand-new 2-bedroom apartments situated in the heart of Jericho, within walking distance of university departments and the city centre. Furnished and equipped to a high standard; 1 double bedroom and 1 single bedroom/study. In a private courtyard, with bicycle stores. For more information contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX1 2BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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

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

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.

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Accommodation Offered

South Oxford, near Iffley Village, within the ring-road: large sunny bedroom in shared house, suitable for mature professional or student. £250 p.c.m. plus share of bills. Ring any time and leave a message. Tel.: 01727 835103 (Shirley), or Oxford 773021 (Paul).

Single person (non-smoker) wanted to share, with one other person, a charming central North Oxford house, near the Radcliffe Infirmary, 5 minutes' walk from St Giles'; house designed by architect in the Regency style and furbished to highest standards, with 4 bedrooms, conservatory, courtyard garden, bathroom, shower-room, and off-street parking; all mod. cons.—dishwasher, washing-machine, gas c.h. As there is a dog in the house a liking for dogs is necessary. References required. £400 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 0385 951481.

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 April. £345 p.c.m. Tel.:(Anne) 01235 446432 (lab), 01235 835742 (private), e-mail: anne.de.rudder@rl.ac.uk.

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

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Accommodation Exchange

Accommodation offered to exchange due to sabbatical in Oxford; house available in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 2000–Apr. 2001; 4 bedrooms, living-room, dining-room, family room, kitchen, 3 baths, recreation room, garage, large private backyard with swimming pool; furnished; canoes and bicycles available. Walking distance to conservation area and Lake Ontario. Would exchange with North Oxford house, 2–3 bedrooms or large flat, furnished. Dr Marshall Godwin. Tel.: 001-613-389-7932 (home), e-mail: godwinm@post.queensu.ca.

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Accommodation Sought

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: Luc.Renneboog@kub.nl.

Visiting Norwegian professor and family seek 2- (or more) bedroom, furnished, house/flat to let in Oxford, approx. 1 June–5 Aug. Professor Joergensen. Tel.: 47 755 17684 e-mail: Finn.Joergensen@hibo.no.

Modest rental or apartment/house-sitting required for professional/academic couple for about 6 weeks, mid-Mar. to late Apr. Preferably central Oxford. Kitchen facilities required. Tel./fax: (33) 450 59 41 03, e-mail: druckerd@iprolink.fr.

New Zealand academic couple (non-smoking) on sabbatical leave, seek flat or house within cycling distance of city centre, from Apr.,2000 until Jan.,2001. Garden, character desirable. Tel.: 01223 741185 or e-mail: pgw15@cam.ac.uk.

Academic couple on sabbatical wish to rent house or flat, preferably in North Oxford, from about 1 Sept., 2000—Aug., 2001. Contact: Prof. David Katz, Dept. of History, Tel-Aviv University, 69978 Tel-Aviv, Israel. Tel.: + 972-3-6407244, fax: + 972-3-6406229, e-mail: dskatz@post.tau.ac.il.

We are careful and considerate females searching for a long- term let in East Oxford. A 3–4 bedroom house with at least 1 reception room would be ideal. We are n/s young professionals with no pets, children, or live-in partners. References and deposit available. Please contact Hannah on Oxford 723410, e-mail: kennerh@oup.co.uk, or Becky, e-mail: becky.hitch@lefevre.co.uk.

Visiting MIT academic and family looking for 3 or more bedroom, furnished house to let in the Oxfordshire area during Summer 2000 (period flexible). Contact Dr Spencer Pitcher, USA, tel.: 617 253 8667, fax: 617 253 0627, e-mail: csp@psfc.mit.edu.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

My wife and I, and another couple, will be attending Lincoln College from 1 July 2000—15 Aug., 2000, 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: jeff.symonds@branson.org, or PO Box 887, Ross CA, 94957, USA.

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Holiday Lets

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 p.w. Tel.: 01491 824657, email: P.N.Holliday@btinternet.com.

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 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.

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

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 fine 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.

Portugal (Charneca da Caparica): this self-contained flat with fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom with shower, one double bedroom and one single bedroom (with two beds), one spacious sitting-/dining-room and a large roof terrace is part of a quiet farmhouse surrounded by gardens, and is situated only 2 km from several superb, clean, and safe beaches along the Caparica coast. Ideal location for people in search of a mixture of countryside atmosphere and seaside resources, with the advantage of being less than 30 minutes by car from Lisbon. Car essential. £500 p.m. May, Oct., Nov.; £520 p.m. June, July, Sept. Gas, electricity, and telephone not included. All linen included. One month refundable deposit for damages, and for telephone and electricity expenses. E-mail: ceciliagoncalves@hotmail.com.

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: barbaramoore@aol.com.

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: Hanburybrown@Tesco.net.

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'.

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 August. Tel.: 0181 446 4913.

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: charles.mould@stx.ox.ac.uk, for further particulars.

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: jflangdon@aol.com.

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., £1,000 p.m. All linen, electricty and cleaning inc. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

Delicious Irish cottage, Donegal, sleeps 4–6. Open fires, aga, overlooking lake, rowing boat and scenery included, pets welcome. You are in the heart of Ireland's lake districk, perfect country retreat. A place to dream and relax. Beaches, golf, fishing, good pubs, music and much more. Tel.: Oxford 327154.

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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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