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Oxford Bach Choir

Sat., 10 March, 7.30 p.m. at the Sheldonian Theatre, Carmina Buranaby Carl Orff, and Mele Livida(Songs of Catullus) by Robert Walker. Conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. Tickets £6–£35 from Oxford Playhouse Box Office (tel.: 01865 798600).

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Fifties Nostalgia

Complete first edition of Oxford Junior Encyclopedia(12 vols. plus index volume). All but one volume in original covers. Offers invited. Tel.: 01865 761530 (answerphone).

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Volunteers Wanted

Tandem is a small local charity which matches up volunteers with people isolated due to mental ill-health or distress. We are now recruiting volunteers for the next befrienders' training course, starting 1 March (6 sessions). Please call 01865 724225 if interested.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

With the BGWPY exhibition running until Sun., 4 March, stocks are in hand of the striking range of newly issued postcards (35p; set of 12, £3.50), the exhibition Portfolio(£2) and the collectable, hardback Portfolio 10(£25) which contains all the winning and commended entries. And, heralding the approach of spring, our traditional, non-calorific stone eggs are joined by seasonal mugs, botanical cards, and a totally new product–nesting tubes for attracting red mason bees to the garden. A 10% discount is offered Mon.,–Fri., on production of a University card at the start of a transaction. The shop is open dialy 12 noon–5 p.m. Sales enquiries 272961.

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Piano Recital

Nicholas Hodges (piano) will play–Schumann: Allegroop.8; Fantasyop. 17; Humoreskeop.20; Finnissy: Yvaroperas I-V. Holywell Music Room, Sat., 17 March, 7.30 p.m. Tickets £10 (students £5) from: Tickets Oxford–Tel.: 01865 798600, or Mary Moore–Tel: 01865 455516, e-mail: marymoore@ntlworld.com. "Hodges' supercharged playing lit up the evening"–The Scotsman.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Tuition Offered

Junior English Courses: are you an overseas parent studying or working in Oxford, and looking for an English language course for your children at Easter? Atlas English is a small, high-quality school which provides Easter courses for Juniors from 11–17 years old, from 26 March–20 April. Central location, qualified teachers with long experience of dealing with this age group. Full social activities programme included. We also run summer courses from mid-June to Sept. Please contact Stephanie Gosling on 01869 247671, or e-mail: atlasenglish@btinternet.com.

Eynsham Life Drawing Group: Tuesday eves. 7.30–9.30 p.m., 5 miles from Oxford. £6 per session. Information Anne Gingell 01993 773489.

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Services Offered

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, email: 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

Local Garden Picture Library seeks temporary help inputting data into computer library management system. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential, and a knowledge of plants would be an advantage. Hours flexible to suit the right candidate. Small, friendly office, based in Charlbury, just 15 minutes by train from Oxford. Applications in writing to: Andrew Lawson Photography, Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP.

Local Garden Picture Library also seeks full-time office assistant to provide general support in our small but busy library supplying images of plants and gardens to the publishing world. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn more important than experience but you will need to be neat, accurate and at ease with computers. Good working conditions and pay. Applications in writing to: Andrew Lawson Photography, Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP.

Domestic and Cleaning Assistant (full-time): friendly and dynamic person required to work 30 hrs per week in a Centre of Studies and Residence for Students in central/north Oxford, an ecumenical foundation with a unique atmosphere. For further details contact the Warden, House of St Gregory and St Macrina, 1 Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU. Tel.: 01865 513117.

Graduates required to write abstracts of English- and foreign-language articles/books about modern and contemporary art on a freelance basis. Flexible schedule and workload. All languages: German and French particularly welcome. Please send c.v. to Catherine McBeth at ARTbibliographies Modern, 35A Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6AT. Tel.: 01865 311350, fax: 01865 311358, e-mail: cmcbeth@csa.com.

Bibliographical Data Entry: a large number of index cards containing bibliographical and other information on topics in the arts and humanities, needs to be typed into a computerized database. The work will begin with a pilot scheme: it can be done either in our office or possibly at home, and tackled in the quantity that suits your circumstances. We would pay £6 per hour for work of satisfactory quality. Anyone interested in being considered for this work should be resident in or near Oxford, and should get in touch with Katherine Manville, New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP (tel.: 01865 267010; e-mail: kmanville@oup.co.uk) by 23 March.

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Houses 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 email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Foxglove Cottage, Woodstock–£850 p.c.m.; spacious modern 2-bedroom cottage with garage, offered unfurnished. Available April: Hobson Road, Summertown–£1,300 p.c.m; smartly presented 3-bedroom family house with parking, fully furnished. Available now. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Website: www.lifestyle-lettings.co.uk.

Oxford: 18th-c. house, furnished, secluded garden, 3 miles city centre, frequent buses. 1 Sept.–20 June 2002. Three bedrooms, gas c.h., fully equipped kitchen, locked carport. Rent £900 p.c.m. Tel./fax: 01865 778768.

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.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. Email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Summertown (nr St Edward's School): large comfortable 3-bedroom, semi-detached house with garden. Easy access to city and colleges. Available 21 July–2 Sept., (6 wks). Rent £950 plus bills. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. E-mail: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel.: 01865 516556.

Charming 17th-c. stone cottage, with 1 bedroom-study, and 1 kitchen- dining room. Small but very charming in a wonderful village location in Iffley, 10 minutes' by bike from the centre of Oxford. Ideal for a visiting scholar or post-graduate. Available for all or part of the period from 17 March–5 Jan., 2002 (Trinity term, the summer vacation, and Michaelmas term). £400 p.m. Tel.: Robin Archer on 01865 747735, or e-mail: robin.archer@ccc.ox.ac.uk.

Restored coach-house to let to single person/couple in historic location, 10 miles north of Oxford–bus service, magnificent views, parking, sitting room, kitchen, 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, hall. Fully-furnished and equipped. Available mid-April. £525 p.c.m. exc. Tel.: 01993 813569.

Lovely luxurious Victorian house, with gardens and parking, in sought after location south of Summertown. Very attractively furnished and well equipped, this academic's home is available during owner's sabbatical for the following periods (some flexibility): 26 Feb., for 4–6 weeks, Trinity term plus, i.e. 20 April–late June, possibly July. Double living room, kitchen/diner, large conservatory/second living room, available on 2 or 3 bedroom basis (4th bedroom out of use) to careful caring tenants. References essential. Phone/fax: 0131 668 1067.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Easily looked-after garden. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room. Large living-room upstairs, to take advantage of view over large green open space. modern furniture. fully equipped. Available July and August. Prefer non- smokers, and no children. Tel.: 01865 511825 (eves. or Sundays). E-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

Cambridge flat, city centre, fully furnished, to let for 6 months, April–Sept. Private entrance, 2 floors, balcony, all appliances. £750 p.c.m., inc. all charges: electricity, gas, water, council tax, service charge, t.v. licence. E-mail: rs236@cus.cam.ac.uk. Tel.: 01223 322290.

North Oxford : 2-bedroom, furnished purpose-built first-floor apartment, with large lounge, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, at a stone's throw from Summertown shops and restaurants. One and a half miles from city centre. Available from late March, best suited to professional or visiting academics. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river. Available for short/long lets. Three exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms: (1) Ground-floor, available 1 May, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) First- flat available from 1 April, second-floor from 1 July. Each with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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Accommodation Sought

We require a 3- or 4-bedroom furnished house, preferably in the Headington/Marston area for our family. We are moving from New Zealand to England for 6 months, and require the house from 8 April until 1 Oct., while my husband is on sabbatical at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Please reply to Joan, e-mail: cjari@iconz.co.nz.

Medical Professor, accompanied by his wife, and working at the John Radcliffe Hospital seeks accommodation in or around Oxford for 5 weeks from the 30 April, 2001. Two-bedroom flat or house would be ideal but happy to consider anything. For further details please contact 01865 220970.

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 ahve 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: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our web site at: http:/www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Offered

Two rooms (bedroom and sitting-room/study) available for rent in a large house in Oxford (Headington). Close to bus stops, walking distance to Churchill/Warneford sites. Suit female postgrad/academic/professional. Non-smokers only. £450 p.m. exc. bills. Phone 01865 741666.

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, shops and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator or refrigerator availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./Fax: 01865 557879.

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.: 01865 311011, fax: Oxford 556993, email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Fully-furnished accommodation in South Oxford. Entrance hall and spacious ground-floor bedroom with twin beds, first-floor kitchen, sitting/dining room with TV, bathroom, and a second large bedroom with twin beds. Central heating, gas cooker, firdge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Available from April. Rent £790 p.m. inc. electricity, water and gas but exc. telephone and Council Tax bills. Non-smokers only. For further details please tel.: 01865 249063.

Large bright beautiful basement room for rent in our home in North Central Oxford; c.h., own access, telephone, bathroom and basic cooking facilities; ideal as study or artist/writer's studio; applications to use as living space from single professionals or mature graduate students considered. £95 max. p.w., inc. bills (except telephone and council tax increment, if applicable). Tel.: 01865 557932.

North Oxford : maisonette, 1 km from centre. One double, 1 single bedroom, large light sitting/dining room; automatic washing machine but no TV. Available for all or part of late March to end-Sept. £560 p.c.m. (inc. water/electricity, telephone rental but not dialled calls); garage not included but arrangement may be possible. E-mail: john.dunbabin@sch.ox.ac.uk, or jean.dunbabin@st-annes.ox.ac.uk, or ring 01993 891 327 (eves./weekends).

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Accommodation Exchange

House swap: have you thought of a year in the warmth near the Indian Ocean, living in our 1-level house in a delightful suburb of Perth, Western Australia? We're ready, on 1 June 2001, to swap for 2 bedrooms in the Oxford, Reading, Banbury area with a safe garden. Please contact me, Ed Hooper, at 243 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, WA 6008, or phone 6189 388 0440, or e-mail: ed.hooper@aus.apachecorp.com.

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Summer Let

Large semi-detached house, less than 2 miles north of city centre: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all modern conveniences, extensive garden leading onto playing fields. Non-smokers preferred. Available mid-July–mid-Aug. £500 p.w. (fully inc.). Boswell 01865 432597, e-mail: MBos120640@aol.com.uk.

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Holiday Lets

Andalusia: chaplain's house in beautiful 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. July, Aug., and Easter £380 p.w., otherwise £260 p.w.–both incl. linen and cleaner. More information from Annette Mountford 01865 515778.

Italy, Umbria: traditional country house set within its own land of 6 hectares, guaranteeing privacy and quiet. Golf course, and water sports at Lake Trasimeno nearby, 35 minutes' from Perugia. Two apartments available with beautiful views and private terraces. Each apartment has 1 double and 1 twin/double plus use of pool. Prices from £350 p.w. Tel.: 0039 075 9410217, e-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

Barga, Tuscany: Garfagnana Valley, close to Carrera mountains and easy reach of Lucca, Viareggio, and Florence. Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage, sleeps 4. Surrounded by vines and olive trees. Stunning panoramic views. All mod cons in rustic traditional setting. No children under 12. For details and photos contact Mrs J. Collett 01672 516602 (eves.), or e-mail: rtc@defconet.demon.co.uk.

Catalonia: well-appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available May, June, July and Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, 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, and a single, 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 p.w. Ring Dr Charles Mould, 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691), e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Castle in Edinburgh! 15th c. tower house on hill, easy access to city centre, 2 bedrooms, one with four-poster, battlements with splendid views, magnificently restored and furnished. 7–12 May. Phone/fax: 0131 668 1067.

Benicassim, Spain: lovely beachside apartment, terrace overlooking beach, stunning views, nice mountain tracks nearby, swimming pool, tennis, horse-riding. Nice Spanish villages in the area. Sleeps 4/8, available all year. Leaflet for more information. Contact Rosa Albero/Conrado Martinez on 01865 463128, e-mail: Rosa333@yahoo.com, or conrado.martinez@linacre.ox.ac.uk.

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.: 00353 96 49 181.

Tuscany, Italy: charming, seventeenth century 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 Aug. Tel.: 0208 446 4913.

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. All linen, electricity and cleaning inc. 2001 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

Tranquil Umbria: luxury flat sleeping 2 in rural setting with stunning views. Large shaded terrace, and private garden. Easy access to Rennaissance art treasures. Perugia 15 minutes, Assisi 30 minutes. For further information telephone William Urquhart on 01344 779731.

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Flat for Sale

St Thomas Street, Oxford: a unique opportunity to acquire a first-floor modern flat in a development close to the city centre, railway station and Said Business School. Entrance hall leading to sitting-room, exceptionally well-equipped kitchen, 2 doube bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, bathroom with overhead shower, double length garage. Entry phone security system to secure Mews courtyard. £198,000. Contact: A.N. Lane, 01865 514516 (home), 01865 459204 (work).

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House for Sale/To Let

Sandford-on-Thames, just south of Oxford: 200-year-old end of terrace stone cottage. Three bedrooms, gas c.h., large mature gardens. Off-road parking for 2 cars. Easy access to city centre (bus stop close to house), and John Radcliffe Hospital. Available immediately. Price £245,000 or £850 p.m. for unfurnished let. Tel.: 01865 773794.

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Houses for Sale

Abingdon: attractive 1-bedroom house. Well positioned within easy walking distance of town. In good decorative order, comprising porch, living-room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, electric heating. Garden, parking space. Freehold. No chain. Price £86,000. Tel.: 01608 645498 after 5 p.m.

Spacious 2-bedroom house with large L-shaped sitting-room/dining- room in Witney (12 miles from Oxford); upstairs bathroom and downstairs w.c. Generous cupboard space. Gas c.h. Secluded, walled garden. In excellent condition. No chain. Price £103,950. Tel for further information: 01865 554684. n

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