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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.

Christ Church Festival Orchestra, Fri. 25 Feb., 8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, Musorgsky, Dawn over the Moscow River; Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 (Juliet Allen); Stravinsky, FirebirdSuite. Conductor: James Ross. Tickets £8 (£5 student and under 18) from Oxford Playhouse, tel.: Oxford 798600, and on the door.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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

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Oxford Chamber Music Society

Hilary Term 2000: 20 Feb., Mark Wilde (tenor) and Paul Plummer (piano), works by Beethoven, Schumann, Ireland, Britten and Tippett; 26 Mar., Vanbrugh Quartet, works by Haydn, John McCabe, Beethoven. Time: 2.45 p.m. Venue: Holywell Music Room. Tickets: £11; or £10 in advance from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office, tel.: Oxford 798600; concs. Seniors £9/£8, students and Juniors £4.50.

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The University Club

Wine tasting: 2 Feb. `Some recent purchases'; 8 Mar.,`Italian Wines'. To be held at 6–8 South Parks Rd., Oxford at 5.45 p.m. Admittance £2.00.

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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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Tuition Offered

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 email: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com.

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.

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

Oxuniprint, Oxford University Press—the University Printers: specialising in booklet and publicity material, typesetting, printing, and finishing. Output Bureau provides high-quality output from disc from all major DTP programs onto paper, bromide, colour-separated positive or negative film; high-quality specialist colour copier service. For service, quality, and competitive prices contact Oxuniprint, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514691, fax: 514010.

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.

Aromatherapy treatments and workshops by Tisserand graduate in Oxford city. A treatment will enhance your health and help deal with stress. Telephone Sue Colclough on Oxford 244146. Forthcoming workshops include `Aromatherapy for winter ailments' on Mon. 31 Jan., 6–8 p.m.; `Aromatherapy for pampering and pleasure' on Sat., 12 Feb., 10 a.m.–12 noon; and `Aromatherapy for relaxation and stress release', Mon., 28 Feb., 6–8 p.m. Please telephone Mill Court Clinical Centre, Oxford 484157, to book a place. £7 per session.

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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

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, OX1 3PH.

Computer programmist and graphic designer required for Grasmere Publications (advertisements and organisation), to develop two websites–global and intranet. Some literary skills required (in English); some ability in Russian useful. £10 per hour. When applying, state date and place of birth. Email: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk, fax (24 hours): Oxford 516452.

The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, is seeking an administrative assistant for management of manuscripts. Duties: assisting to assemble edited book, dealing with authors, copy-editing, preparation of camera-ready copy, liaison with publishers. Previous experience highly desirable. Part-time. Contact, Stefaan Verhulst, Wolfson College, tel.: Oxford 284241.

Freelance bookkeeper wanted by Oxford-based publisher specialising 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 hours per week, 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.

Secretarial Assistant, Clerical and Library Grade C2: £9,794–£11,689 p.a. The Faculty of Music wishes to appoint a secretarial assistant for its academic and administrative programmes. Word- processing skills on a high level are desirable (some training can be provided); interest in music would be an advantage.One year appointment in the first instance, renewal likely. Applications should be made in writing to the Administrator, Faculty of Music, St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, from whom further particulars can be sought. Referees should be asked to write directly to the Administrator. The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is 31 Jan., 2000.

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Houses to Let

Jericho, available early Jan. for 6 months. Two bedrooms, 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, bath/shower, small walled garden, garage, double bedroom, spare bedroom/study. Available from mid- April. Tel.: Oxford 284225.

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 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. inc. Apply Dr Josephine Reynell, 70 Southmoor Rd., Oxford OX2 6RB. Tel.: Oxford 516615, fax: Oxford 516616, email: macdonaldreynell@netscapeonline.co.uk.

Well situated, 2-bedroom, furnished terrace house in South Oxford. Washing machine, c.h. Would suit couple or 2 sharers. Non-smokers only please. Available for 6 months or 1 year. £700 p.c.m. plus council tax. Deposit and references required. Tel.: Oxford 310806.

Romantic residence. A unique opportunity to live on an Edwardian houseboat moored at Port Meadow. Comfortably furnished 2-bedroom cabin accommodation, saloon with Blenheim fireplace, and stunning views across the Dreaming Spires. Atmospheric and inspiring, this type of accommodation would suit an artist or writer. Gas mains and water supply. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers on Oxford 311011 or by email at: oxford@finders.co.uk East Oxford. Four bedroom, 2 reception, Victorian house. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: Nick on Oxford 725735.

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 Web site 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: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk, Internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Folly Bridge. Modern 2-bedroom town house situated in a quiet side road close to the River Thames, within walking distance of the city centre and university. Well furnished and equipped, with accommodation including a modern fitted kitchen, master bedroom (double), single bedroom/study, bathroom. The property has gas c.h., and a separate lock-up garage. Ideal for professional couple. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011 or email: oxford@finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

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

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. 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.

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

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.

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Accommodation Offered

Paying guests, visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in the warm, comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, quiet, 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- and coffee-making facilities, microwave and refrigerator/refrigerator availability, c.h. and alternative heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: Oxford 557879.

Sunny single room to rent in North Oxford. Share bathroom and limited use of kitchen. Very near St. Hugh's and St. Antony's college. Pleasant walk or cycle rid to Carfax via road or canal path. Would suit quiet, non-smoking dog lover. Rent £250 per calendar month, inc. heating and electricity. Reference and deposit required. Tel.: Oxford 438983 or email: grumpy3@tinyonline.co.uk

Tranquil rural setting, many walks on doorstep, accessible Oxford, Didcot, Abingdon. Car helpful. Large room for independent individual, non-smoker, quiet, used to cats, with use of bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, and possibly other facilities. Available 4 months, Feb.–May. Tel.: Oxford 736993.

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Accommodation Sought

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, email: csp@psfc.mit.edu.

Australian academic couple wishing to house-sit (for any period in 2000) or rent 1-bedroom apartment. Working at the Churchill Hospital for 12 months starting March. Non-smokers, references available. Email:drninio@yahoo.com, fax: +618 829 52706.

Professional couple with elderly parent seek spacious detached home to rent from March/April 2000. Rural or low-traffic village location within 15 mile radius of Summertown preferred, unfurnished, with permission for a dog. Please contact Kit on: 01869 347664 or 07990 500167, email: kit.carpenter@virgin.net.

Swedish academic visiting Oxford from March to May 2000 wishes to rent accommodation for himself and his family (wife and 2 children, 6 months and 3 years of age). The starting date 1 March is flexible, but the visit is intended to last for 3 months. A furnished 2-bedroom flat with washing machine preferred, parking space is also needed. Non-smokers. Contact Jan-Ake Larsson, email: jalar@mai.liu.se, tel.: + 46 13 281468 (daytime), +46 13 274459 (home).

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 email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our website at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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 contact Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, email: oxford@finders.co.uk, internet: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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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. 5 km 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.

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.

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

Traditional Andalusian house in mountain village. Sleeps 6. Immaculate and newly furnished, spacious with large roof terrace overlooking orange groves and hills. Dishwasher, washing machine. Sea 25 minutes. Granada 20 minutes. Sierra Nevada peaks 40 minutes. Summer and Easter £380 per week, otherwise £260 per week – both incl. linen and cleaner. Tel.: Oxford 515778.

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. n

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