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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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Research Volunteer Needed

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) needs a volunteer to helop in the latest stage of its long-term evaluation of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP). PEEP is a programmed for pre-school children operatin in the Rose Hill, Littlemore, Greater Leys and Blackbird Leys area of south Oxford; its focus is on children's development in the foundations of language, early literacy and numeracy, self-concept and disposition to learn. NFER's evaluation is based on a comparison of 300 families in the PEEP area and 300 in another area of Oxfordshire. A volunteer is needed to help gather data on the development of children in these families as they approach their second birthday. You should have experience of working with very young children and their mothers. The ability to work to deadlines is essential, as is a full clean driving licence and your own transport. Training in the procedures used to gather data will be given as necessary. All expenses incurred would of course be reimbursed. The volunteer is needed immediately. For further details please contact either: Dr Greg Brooks, Project Director, NFER, Slough (tel.: 01753 747143; e-mail: g.brooks@nfer.ac.uk), or Julia Shay, Research Officer, PEEP Evaluation Office, Oxford (tel.: Oxford 776892).

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Piano Recital

John Christopher Adams will perform, Debussy Images Book I and Book II, and Liszt Sonata, in the Holywell Music Room, Sunday 28 May at 8 p.m. Tickets £7/£5 from The Oxford Playhouse (Oxford 798600) or at the door.

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Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Friday, 26 May, at 8 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral Choir, together with narrators, Kevin Whately (Sgt Lewis in Inspector Morse), and Madelaine Newton, organist, David Goode, and director, Stephen Darlington, to perform Francis Grier's Around the Curve of the World. Tickets £12 available from the Chapter House Shop, Christ Church, or by phone on Oxford 201971 or 276155. Or on the door.

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Oxford Alumni Cruise to Antarctica 7--20 December 2000

Join fellow Oxford alumni on the 5 star exploration cruise ship HANSEATIC for this cruise from Tierra del Fuego to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Professor Christopher Perrins LVO FRS is the accompanying Oxford lecturer. Price from £4,340 per person double cabin occupancy basis. Includes flights from London, one night's hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires,full board on the ship and all excursions. Colour brochure from: IMA Ltd. Tel.: 020 7381 7600, fax: 020 7381 7601, e-mail: ima@cavwhite.demon.co.uk.The travel arrangements in this tour and cruise are operated by Air Vacations who are licensed and bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL no. 2915. IMA Ltd. act as agents for Air Vacations.

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D'Overbroeck's College

Summer Courses for 10 to 14 year olds. Art in Summer (painting, drawing, ceramics, photography) and Jazz course. Both suitable for all levels. For more details contact Sami Cohen, d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford, on Oxford 310000.

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Westminster Classic Tours

From Troy to Tarsus, we cruise the Turkish coast offering classical tours for a maximum of 12 per group, on traditional Turkish gulets. We also offer painting tours, private charters for friends or family, and tours of mainland Greece. For a copy of our brochure contact us at Westminster Classic tours, suite 120, 266 Banbury Road, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 728565, fax: 728575, e-mail: info@wct99.com.

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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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Oxford Bach Choir

An evening of American and English music: Bernstein (Chichester Psalms, I Hate Music, and Suite from West Side Story); Copland (Old American Songs); Britten (Rejoice in the Lamb and Cabaret Songs). Principle conductor, Nicholas Cleobury.Date: Friday, 23 June at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford at 8 p.m. Tickets: £30, £24, £20, £16, £12 (£6 for students), from the Oxford Playhouse Booking Office. Tel.: Oxford 798600.

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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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Tuition Offered

Coaching and supervising your staff. If you supervise and train staff this training day will increase your effectiveness and confidence in getting the most out of your staff. You will learn techniques, and how they apply to your work: 14 Sept. Team building is fun. Learn to interact effectively as part of a team. Know how to compensate for imbalances in an existing team, how to set team goals alongside optimising individual skills and expertise: 15 Sept. Venue Oxford, 130 each, discount for attending both days. Contact R & T S on Oxford 774554, e-mail: patlockley@rowingandtraining.freeserve. co.uk.

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Services Offered

Professional typing by experienced secretary. Theses, reports, CV's, letters etc., typed at very reasonable rates. No job too small. For more information please contact Michelle on 01993 847065. Collection and delivery service.

Computer Assistance, your friendly and local one-stop shop for computer advice, expertise and parts, can get your system working for you. We offer full support for Mac, PC and laptops, no fix--no fee. Full office facilities for word-processing, printing, scanning, web-surfing etc. 368 Cowley Road (corner of Howard Street). Tel.: Oxford 451177.

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.

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.

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 07980 818574/Oxford 773021, or e-mail: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com, and make a difference!

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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

Study Centre Manager. As a preliminary to the appointment in 2001 of a Director of Education of Training, the Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care (at Sir Michael Sobell House, Churchill Hospital) is planning to make an interim appointment for 1 year of a Study Centre Manager, to maintain and develop the present educational activities (assisted by two course administrators already in post). Applicants should be graduates, and have experience of organising academic events. See WWW for job profile and application form, or write to Dr Robert Twycross, Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LJ. Informal visits welcomed.

The Oxford Union, Admin Assistant. Salary in the region of £10,000 p.a. An opportunity exists for a conscientious and organised person to join this busy office in central Oxford. Applicants must be able to work accurately and efficiently, possess good word processing, general office and reception skills, and enjoy working with the public. Strong interpersonal skills are essential in this full-time position. Job description available on request. Applications in writing (2 copies) incl. c.v. to: The Bursar, The Oxford Union, Frewin court, Oxford, OX1 3JB. Closing date: 30 May.

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Houses to Let

Woodstock. Two/3 bedroom chalet bungalow in quiet cul de sac, comprising, entrance hall, newly fitted kitchen with larder, new fridge, cooker, gas c.h. boiler, and washing machine. Side door to garden. Large lounge with new carpet, with French doors opening into a conservatory, with sliding doors into private garden with mature fruit trees. Downstairs cloakroom, and study/bedroom 3. Staircase to landing, bathroom, and 2 large bedrooms. Integral garage, front garden, and parking space in front of house. On bus route, and within walking distance of town centre. £595 p.c.m. Available from 29 May. Tel.: Jean (home after 7 p.m.) on 01295 730311, work Oxford 241091, or e-mail: jean.waddup@clinpharm.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford , available Aug./Sept., for 11 or 12 months. Superb, furnished Victorian terrace, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, living room, study, maple fitted kitchen/diner, wooden floors, c.h., all mod cons, crockery, linen, etc. Garden. £900 p.c.m. Ideal for visiting academics. E-mail: sandra@pyne.de for full details.

A spacious, detached family house with a large, beautiful garden, set on the threshold of Bagley Woods. Four bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom, family bathroom, separate wc, living room, dining room, sitting room, morning room, kitchen and separate utility room. Separate double garage at the front of the property, single garage at the side. Off-road parking for a number of cars. £1.450 p.m. Those who are interested should contact the Bursar at St Cross College on Oxford 278497. Please leave a message on the answerphone if necessary.

Exceptional house recently refurbished by architect owner, close to city centre. Suitable for 2/3 sharers or family. Tel.: Oxford 241876, or e-mail: robbie.mcdermott@virgin.net.

Three bedroom house, in between Cowley/Iffley Road. Fully furnished, gas c.h., small garden. Within walking distance to city centre. Professionals preferred. Deposit/references required. Available for immediate let. £900 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 390575.

Morrell Avenue, convenient central location. Modern, well furnished, 3 bedroom accommodation with lounge, dining room and conservatory, secluded garden and large patio. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Available from mid- July for minimum 12 months. £900 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 248912.

Fully furnished house to let, very quiet street in East Oxford. Two bedrooms, new bathroom, gas c.h., bookshelves galore, garden. Easy walking distance from University and city centre. Available Sept. 2000--June 2001. £675 p.c.m. E-mail: dn44@umail.umd.edu.

Fully furnished 2 bedroom semi- detached house. Sitting/dining room. Kitchen with all domestic appliances. Central heating. Small gardens. Parking for 2 cars. Close to shops. Approx. 5 miles from centre of Oxford, on main bus route. Non-smoker. Available from June. £600-£700 p.c.m. negotiable. Please tel.: 01993 881003, or e-mail: i.n.samuel @talk21.com.

North Oxford . Furnished, 3 bedroom house available for 1 year or longer, from mid-Aug. Garage, front and rear gardens, gas c.h. On bus route to city centre. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 515547 or 01869 331575.

Central Oxford, Rewley Park. Recently built 2 bedroom terrace house, within easy walking distance of the University and city centre. Situated in quiet cul- de-sac adjacent to railway station. small private garden and patio. One double bedroom, 1 single bedroom-cum-office, ample hanging and storage space. Furnished and equipped to high standard, modern kichen, fully carpeted. Own parking space. Available from 25 June, either for 6--12 months at £830 p.c.m exc., or short let at £900 p.c.m inc. utilities and council tax. Apply Dr Josephine Reynell. Tel.: Oxford 516615, fax: 01865 516616, e-mail: macdonaldreynell@netscapeonline.co.uk.

Edwardian Houseboat, River Thames, Oxford. Exquisite mooring on Port Meadow, 10 mins. Oxford centre. The historic Queen's Barge has been fully restored and fitted with period furnishings, and all modern conveniences. Grand saloon, main bedroom, additional bedroom, study, bathroom and kitchen. Parking available. Easy access to trains. From £1,250 p.c.m. Tel./fax: 01789 740 783, or e-mail: hamel@wanadoo.fr.

Quiet, terrace house, available late Sept., for 1 year (exact dates negotiable). Situated near meadows and river. One double bedroom, 1 single bedroom/study, large kitchen with washing machine, gas cooker, fridge and freezer, dining room, lounge and sitting room, gas c.h., bathroom with power shower. Newly decorated. Forty foot garden and patio. West Oxford. Fifteen mins., walk from town centre. £750 p.m. exc. bills. Tel.: Oxford 728743.

Well appointed, furnished, centrally heated 3 bedroom house in Kiln Lane, Headington, Oxford. Bathroom, kitchen, lounge/dining room, charming easy care garden. On excellent bus routes to city centre and London. Close to shops, John Radcliffe, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals. Easy access to city centre, University and London. Ideally suited to professional University or medical couple, overseas visitor or individual. £775 p.c.m, plus bills. References required. Minimum 1 year. Non-smokers only. Available from July/Aug. Please contact, tel/fax: Oxford 735540.

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.

Pretty, old (17th.c.?), well appointed house on Rosehill/Iffley border, 10 mins. from City centre by bus, to let for part or all of July/Aug./Sept. Living room with wood-burning stove, stone-floored dining room, conservatory, kitchen, utility room. Two bedrooms, third bedroom/study, bathroom, lovely walled garden, parking for 2 cars, near shops, P.O. Rent negotiable. Sorry, visiting academics or holiday lets only. E-mail: Catherine.Atherton@New.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: Oxford 715795.

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 7611533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

East Oxford. Charming, well-presented terrace house, 2 bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen, pine floors and doors. Newly furnished throughout. Secluded garden. Available 1 July. Suit non- smoking professional(s).£700 p.c.m. Phone Cathy on 01482 493508.

Three bedroom house in Old Marston, in very quiet cul-de-sac location, close to J.R. Hospital, and short cycling distance to the city. Living and dining room, conservatory for summer use, fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, extra cloakroom, large rear garden, own drive and garage. £650 p.c.m. No smokers or pets. Available for 1 year from Sept. E-mail: anindya.banerjee@economics.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: + 44 1865 764262 (eves.).

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Flats to Let

Modern, city centre flat, convenient for the University. Accommodation offers 2 bedrooms, large sitting/dining room overlooking Angel Meadow, kitchen, bathroom, ample cupboard/storage space. Available for short summer let mid-July- -end Sept. £725 p.m. inc. all bills except telephone. Then available for academic year beginning Oct.2000. Please contact Pat Hawkins on (44) (0) 1865 430595, or e-mail: james.sandham@socres.ox.ac.uk, for further details.

Two bedroom furnished flat, in new development very close to River Thames, within 5 mins. walking distance of the city centre, with parking. Available any time Apr.--Sept. £350 p.w. inc. linen and weekly cleaning. Please tel.: 01628 591246 (day) or 01628 773326 (eves.).

North and central north Oxford. One and 2 bedroom apartments, very convenient for all university departments, above average standard of accommodation, space, parking and security. Best suited to mature professionals and visiting academics. Available for the next academic year, and various earlier dates from July. Rents ranging from £600--£750 p.c.m. Tel.:Oxford 516144 or fax 437996.

Two bedroom furnished flat, in new development very close to River Thames, within 5 mins. walking distance of the city centre, with parking. Available any time Apr.--Sept. £350 p.w. inc. linen and weekly cleaning. Please tel.: 01628 591246 (day) or 01628 773326 (eves.).

Central North Oxford, 10 mins. 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 23 June,and second floor flat available mid-Sept., large double bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking and secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: Oxford 552400.

Sunny Edinburgh flat, period features, and stunning views. Beautifully furnished, fully equipped. Drawing room, study, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, kitchen/dining, bath/power shower, g.c.h. Shared garden. Excellent amenities. Short walk to University and city centre. Available 21 June--21 Sept. 700 p.c.m. Tel.: 0131 229 8154, or e-mail:jolyon.mitchell@ed.ac.uk.

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 mins. 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 T.V. 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 £395 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.

Self catering, short break apartment in Oxford. Situated on the beautiful tree lined Woodstock Road, on 2--2 1/2 miles from the City centre. This 1 bedroom apartment is ideal for business, academic, or holiday visits to Oxford. Kitchen, lounge/diner, double bedroom, and bathroom. Sleeps 2 people (3/4 if you take advantage of the sofa/bed in the lounge). £295 per week. Off-street parking and maid service are available. Tel.: Oxford 310782, or e-mail: john@g.c.pipkins.freeserve.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Room available in nice mid-terrace Victorian house for third person. North Hinksey/Botley, close to Elms Parade. Rent £250 p.c.m. inc. (exc. phone bill). Non-smoking, woman preferred. Available now. Tel.: Oxford 454639 after 6 p.m. or e-mail: cjl@bodley.ox.ac.uk.

Short Let or Long let, North Oxford. Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing Port Meadow. Spacious room, shared kitchen. Rent £64 p.w. (inc. bills). Second room available. Tel.: Oxford 515379.

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.

Self-contained, luxury, open plan accommodation in North Oxford, well within Ring Road. Quiet, with patio and lovely views to open countryside. Near convenient bus route. Suit visiting academic/professional, single or couple. Available June. Rent £650 p.m. for single, £700 for couple, inc. electricity and council tax. Regret no children, pets or smokers. Tel.: Oxford 515085, or e-mail: trishaboyd@hotmail.com.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

Japanese Professor with his wife (non- smokers), and son aged 12, seek a well appointed, centrally located 2 bedroom furnished flat, or similar, in Oxford for 2 months between 30 July and 29 Sept.,(exact dates are flexible). Please contact: Shirley Day, e-mail: shirley@comlab.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: Oxford 273885.

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 7611533, 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.

Family returning after 5 years Christian work in Uganda seek house- sit/caretaker accommodation at modest rent from July, preferably in Jericho/North Oxford/Summertown. Mother EFL teacher, father studying, and boy aged 11 and 9. Non-smokers, happy to caretake, housekeep, garden etc. References available. Contact Kathryn.Bunch@ccrg.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: Oxford 516492.

Academic couple (non-smokers), directing U.S. university exchange programme, seek furnished 2 bedroom flat, or small house, late Aug.,--late Dec. Central Oxford location within walking/biking distance preferred. Contact Prof. Ellen Todd, e-mail: etodd@gmu.edu, tel.: 001 202 363 5686, or fax: 001 703 993 1251.

Moving to or leaving Oxford? Andrews may be the answer. If you are moving to Oxford we can offer good quality accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area with our professional and helpful team. If you are leaving Oxford and thinking about letting your property, we can offer competitive rates and top quality service of property management. If you would like more information about Andrews and what we can offer you please contact us on: tel.: Oxford 200401, fax us: 791343, or e-mail us at: oxford.lets@andrews.org.uk. Or alternatively visit our website at: www.andrews.org.uk.

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Summer Lets

Reliable tenant sought for pleasant and convenient, furnished flat, in Cambridge, Mass. (USA), for June/July/Aug., part or inclusive. E-mail: e.cohen@wellcome.ac.uk, or tel.: 020 7611 8663.

North Oxford , near St Antony's College and Port Meadow, 15 mins.' walk from city centre. Fully furnished Victorian house, 1 double and 2 single bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, study. Nice garden. Small friendly cat. Available to non-smokers from 30 July-- 26 aug. £1,100 for whole 4 weeks. Tel.: Oxford 515077, e-mail:mollison@40leck.fsnet.co.uk

Edinburgh. Three bedroom, fully equipped semi-detached house to let from 1 July through the Edinburgh Festival season to 15 Sept. The house has a washing machine, TV, garden, and telephone; is near transportation and shopping, yet in a quiet convenient location. £1,500 for the entire period, plus gas and electricity. Tel.: Oxford 725770, tel./fax: 310714, or e-mail: owerd@werd.demon.co.uk.

Oxford summer let available during August and September. Twenty mins., walk from the town centre. Three bedroom house with sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. £960 p.m. Please contact by e-mail: sarah.gray@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: Oxford 276890.

Summer Let in Oxford. Live in comfort near the Thames, just a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, south-facing garden. Centrally heated, large split-level living room, dining room, new and fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with bidet and w.c., shower room with w.c. Available 6 weeks, Sat. 22 July--Sun., 3 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193.

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Holiday Lets

Alpine chalet in farming hamlet at 3000 feet, Haute Savoie, France. Sleeps 2-7, garden, wild flowers, cowbells. Mountain walking, winter skiing or just unwinding. Not far from Lake Geneva, Annecy, chamonix. Local swimming pool, tennis, riding. Jackie Becker, tel./fax: 01722 335762, e-mail: jlbecker@compuserve.com.

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. Roof terrace. Orchard garden with hammocks. Stunning views. River bathing, riding and tennis. Excellent restaurants. Completely unspoilt area. Due to cancellation, special discount rate for 12 day period 15--27 July. Also available June. £250--£450 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 244619.

France: Loire, South-West of Angers. Self-contained flat in Maison de bourg. close to local boulangerie etc. Formerly a coach house, the house has 2 separate entrances from the street. The owner has maintained many of the original features, fireplaces, beamed ceiling, wood panels. The house is decorated in a traditional and comfortable style. The flat shares the use of an enclosed courtyard with garden furniture, shrubs and tree. The house is 50 metres away from a popular sandy beach by the river l'Ouet. The village is right in the heart of a wine-producing region. Sleeps 2--4. Some availability in Aug., Sept., and Oct. From £150--£275 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 378509, or e-mail: rochevacances@fsmail.net.

Norton, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Attractive, self-catering cottage in its own garden. Views over Yarmouth river and the Solent. Easy walking distance of Norton beach, and of Yarmouth shops and ferry. Convenient holiday centre for West Wight beaches, walking, golf, and sailing. Lounge, kitchen/diner, 4 bedrooms sleep 7/8, plus child's cot. All mod cons. Duvets in covers provided, tenants bring sheets, pillow-cases and towels. Available (Thurs.--Thurs.) with start dates in May, June, July, Sept. Tel.: Oxford 438404 or e-mail: oliver.jacobs@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Norfolk: 18th.c. fisherman's cottage, mid-villaage, 3 mins. walk from unspoilt beach and nature reserve. Sleeps 4, 1 double, 1 twin. Oil-fired c.h., plus solid fuel stove in lounge. Refurbished and well equipped. TV, VCR, and phone etc. Available 3--6 months let from June. From £300 p.c.m. Tel.: 01493 731612, or e-mail: maureen.clarke@virgin.net.

Detached country cottage (sleeps up to 5) near Dinan, Brittany. La Petite Maison on a quiet lane, short cycle or drive from Dinan. Lounge/kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom, garden. £120--£270 p.w. Contact: Ronwen and Alan Lovell, tel.: 01844 208401, e-mail: lovelake@btinternet.com, website: www.frenchconnections.co.uk/accom/438.html.

Burgundy (Morvan National Park): 19th.c. stone cottage in quiet hamlet. Sleeps 5+. Enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own meadow with stream. Spacious sitting room, 1 double and 1 triple bedroom, study, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, c.h., telephone, log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in near-by lakes, wine-tasting, and sightseeing in Burgundy (1/2 hour from Vezelay and Avallon). Available all dates except 17-- 23 June, 22 July--19 Aug. £225--£275 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 721539.

Northumberland, between the Cheviots and the sea. A stone built cottage, in a small unspoilt village, with 3 bedrooms, and sitting room with view over the garden. Five miles Alnwick castle and easy reach of half a dozen more, plus miles of beautiful seashore. Please tel.: 01665 579292.

Venice. Holiday home of Anglo-Italian couple, tastefully modernised, and furnished, access on to quiet `Corte', sleeps up to 4. Available weekly or termly. Situated between railway and Rialto, near Ghetto, well served by water buses, shops and restaurants. Tel.: 0039 0644230361.

Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos. Lovely island houses available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations, sleeping from 2--8 persons, with prices from £49 p.p.p.w. For brochure tel.: 0030 424 22947, fax: 0030 424 23057, or e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr.

Pembrokeshire coast near Fishguard. Comfortable cottage in peaceful setting, with stove, books, garden. Coast path 1 km. Ideal for walking, studying, relaxing. Sleeps 3 +. Children and pets welcome. Accessible by public transport. Reasonable rates esp. May/June. Tel.: 01348 872080.

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.

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, 115 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.

France, southern Auvergne, in the Parc Regional des Volcans. Charming, self- contained ground floor studio flat in a traditional 19th.-c. stone house in hamlet, in a magnificent unspoilt valley; recently restored; generous sized room furnished with country antiques (2 single beds), plenty of storage space, well-appointed kitchenette, fully tiled bathroom with large shower; use of delightful gardens, full of roses and laid to terraces; splendid views. Would suit middle-aged couple, keen walkers, and lovers of unspoilt countryside. £100 p.w., £150 in July and Aug. All linen, cleaning and electricity inc. Contact Margaret Rubel, tel.: 0033 1 4887 1933 or 0033 4 7147 9617.

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House for Sale

Grandpont, south Oxford. Ten mins.' from city centre. Three bedrooms (2 linked), living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, separate wc, small patio. Built c. 1900. Available 1 Oct. or possibly sooner. Offers around £185,000. Tel.: Oxford 241845 to view. (No agents). n

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Flats for Sale

Two bedroom Victorian ground floor conversion, in the centre of Radley Village. Many original features, inc. large sash windows, high ceilings with ornate cornices, wooden floors. Private garden. Garage. No chain. £135,000. Contact Andy on 01235 553580, or e-mail: andy@oxford14.screaming.net

Two bedroom split level, first floor flat, overlooking stream, on edge of exclusive 3 year old development, off Abingdon Road, a mile from Oxford centre. Guide price £125,000. Tel.: Oxford 513759 or e-mail: cliffp@globalnet.co.uk for more information.

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