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Concert

A unique performance for New College to celebrate the Amicabilis Concordia, generously arranged by the Three Counter-Tenors, James Bowman (New College), Charles Brett (Winchester and King's, Asst. Master, Eton), Michael Chance (Eton and King's), for the purpose of raising funds for New College Chapel. Fri., 16 Feb. 2001, New College Chapel, 8 p.m. The programme will include Blow's Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell, and works by Dufay, Schutz, Purcell, Grandi and J. S. Bach. Concert tickets: £20 (to include drinks during interval). There will be a 2-course supper served in the Founder's Library at 10 p.m.: tickets, £25. Further enquiries and booking form: Susan Ashcroft-Jones, The Development Office, New College, Oxford OX1 3BN. Tel.: 01865 279509, e-mail: develop@new.oxford.ac.uk.

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Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2001

Tzvetan Todorov, Thurs. 1 Feb; Michael Ignatieff, Fri. 2 Feb., starts 3 p.m.; Gayatri Spivak, Fri. 2 Feb., starts 5.30 p.m.; Peter Singer, Fri. 9 Feb.; Gitta Sereny, Thurs. 15 Feb.,; Geoffrey Bindman, Fri. 16 Feb.,; Susan Sontag, Thurs. 22 Feb.; Eva Hoffman, Fri. 23 Feb. All lectures, with the exception of Fri. 2 Feb., start at 5.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St., Oxford. Season tickets: £25 (£16 unwaged), from Oxford Playhouse, Box Office,tel.: 01865 798600, minicom: 01865 792196; e-mail: boxoff@oxfordplayhouse.com. Single tickets will be sold on the door for £5 (£3 unwaged) per lecture if seats are available.

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Boards of Visitors

The independent Prison Watchdog–a unique place in penal affairs. People from all backgrounds are needed to ensure that prisoners are being cared for in accordance with Prison Rules. To be considered as a member of a Board of Visitors, you do not need any special qualifications or experience, although you will be at least 18 years of age, and should live within 30 miles of the establishment. You will be required to attend monthly meetings. You should also be prepared to spend about 2–3 days each month inspecting the prison and dealing directly with prisoners and staff. If you are the right kind of person you will join a dedicated team, who find the work very rewarding. You will not be paid for this commitment but your expenses will be covered. To find out more about being a member of the Board of Visitors at your local establishment, please contact: Mrs Julia Twynam, Chairman, Board of Visitors, HMP Bullingdon, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 1WD. Tel.: 01869 322111 ask for BOV Clerk (All members of the Boards of Visitors are appointed by the Home Secretary). Applications to be received by 21 Feb.

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Pen Friends Wanted

We are a German family (2 teachers, and boy 13, girl 10), living near Munich. Our children would like to have penfriends in Britain and possibly visit them in Britain or receive them here in Germany. Uli and Ingrid Haeckel (and Felix and Theresa), Krähenweg 10, 82140 Olching-Geiselbullach, Germany.

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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 Wed. 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. The club rooms and the equipment room are available throughout the summer on Wed., 10.30 a.m.–12 noon. Wednesday 28 Feb., Annual Spring Lunch and Bring and Buy Sale, 10.30 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission: 50 pence to inc. coffee; £3.50 to inc. lunch. Newcomers, children, and Friends of Newcomers' Club are welcome. Please bring something to sell if you can.

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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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Services Offered

Secretary with English degree offers typing/word processing service from home. Rates vary according to quantity of work, but average at about £7.50 p.h. Tel.: 01865 556252. E-mail: snabav@lineone.net.

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.

Glass, glazing, double-glazing, secondary-glazing, sash windows, conservatories and porches. Oxford Double Glazing Ltd., have 36 years' experience of the supply, installation, and repair of single and double glazing. Please call us for pressure-free advice, or visit our showroom at 3, South Parade, Summertown. Tel.: 01865 517200, e-mail: info@oxforddoubleglazing.com.

Writing services: editing, proof-reading, and re-writing. Copy and screen. Document and IT advice. Also Technical Writing. Alex Sharpe, 01235 867376, e-mail: standard.eight@ukgateway.net.

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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

Ueno Gakuen University requires 3 graduates to assist the residential staff of the Faculty of International Cultural Studies in their communication in English, and their understanding of European culture. The graduates will also assist in English classes at the Ueno Gakuen Junior and Senior High Schools. One post will run from Feb.–early July, the other 2 will run from April–early July. The return airfare to Japan, subsistence in Japan, and a scholarship of 200,000 yen (about £1,100 at present exchange rate) will be paid. Applications should be made to Dr J. Mellanby, St Hilda's College (from whom further particulars may be obtained) by 25 Jan. E-mail: jane.mellanby@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Casual Work: Jan.–Mar., 2001. Casual workers are required in the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, to assist with re-display of objects (lifting, carrying, preparing labels) and other tasks, inc. clerical work. Applicants should be physically fit and vailable for up to 4 hours per day, Mon.,–Fri. £5 per hour. Please contact: Penny Bayer, Administrator, Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ. Tel.: 01865 277280 (9 a.m.–1 p.m.). E-mail: penny.bayer@mhs.ox.ac.uk

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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.

Traditional country cottage, Bladon: 8 miles Oxford city centre. Newly appointed, 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, parking. Suit non-smoking single or couple. £700 p.c.m. exc. bills. Available 1 March for 6 months, renewable. Photos available. E-mail: leo.cookson@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Two-bedroom mid-terrace house in south Central Oxford, with conservatory and garden to the rear. The property is available fully furnished from mid-Jan., to the end of the academic year. Available at £695 p.c.m. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY, or tel.: 01865 311011. For a complete list of our available properties throughout Oxfordshire please visit our Website at www.finders.co.uk.

Light and spacious 3-bedroom house within the ring road of Oxford, with 2 bathrooms, study and large gardens to the rear. Off-street parking for 2 cars (with garage). Approximately 2 miles from Oxford City Centre, this village has excellent access to Abingdon and the major road networks surrounding Oxford. Available now. Please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY, or tel.: 01865 311011. For a complete list of all available properties throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding please visit the Finders Keepers Website at www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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Flats to Let

Flat to rent, available Feb. (long let only). Modern decor and furnishings, 1 double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h. All facilities. Private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location. Half-mile city centre. Non-smoker. Monthly rental, £590 plus council tax. Contact: 01993 852196.

Flatlet to let from Jan., Bardwell Road. Own kitchen and bathroom. All incl. except for phone. Free use of washing machine/drier. £95 p.w. (reduced in exchange for some housework). Suit single non-smoker. Tel.: 01865 554017.

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 from 1 March, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) First- flat available from 1 April, second-floor from 1 May. 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 Offered

Attractive large self-contained bed-sit, fully furnished, to let on Osney Island. Central but calm location, 5 minutes' walk from train station, 10 minutes' from city centre. Available now, £400 p.c.m. inc. bills and council tax. Contact Paul or Cordula on 01865 725974 or 07803 603504.

Delightful rooms, North Oxford. From £30 p.w.. Available now, short stay from 3 weeks to 3 months. Located near Woodstock Road, 9 Blandford Ave, OX2 8EA .Contact tel.: 01865 511657; e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

Single rooms available in up-market Victorian house on Iffley Road, 1 mile from city centre, sharing with friendly, working, professional non-smokers. Rent: £250–£295 p.c.m., inc. bills. Deposits and references required. Tel.: 01869 350372.

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 unviersity 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.

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Accommodation Sought

Retired academic wishing to return permanently from Australia, seeks house-sitting opportunities in or near Oxford in 2001 in order to house-hunt. Available for interview in Oxford after Christmas. Contact: V.D.Russell on 01869 338995 (Jan.), or 01865 762128 (Feb.).

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: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or email 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 Sought to Rent or Exchange

I am an Australian GP researcher coming to Oxford for a 4-month sabbatical. My family (husband, and 2 sons aged 5 and 9 years) are looking for accommodation in or near Oxford, from July 2001 until end Oct. We have a 4-bedroom house–4 miles from the centre of Melbourne, Australia, so a house swap is also a possibility. Please e-mail: gunn@unimelb.edu.au if you have a suitable property, or if you are interested in a house swap.

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Holiday Lets

Tuscan Hills: in superb situation near Siena, we offer a few summer lets in our private farmhouse, standing amidst its own olives, and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest scenery in superb walking and cycling country. Easy access to Florence and other main art centres. Excellent local food and wine. Very peaceful with full services (no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Tel./fax: 01252 660899.

Umbria/Tuscany Border: lovely, spacious farmhouse, 2 double bedrooms, and large 1-bedroom cottage. Both for separate holiday rental. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845, or fax.: 01923 354174.

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, 19th-c., country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes' from Rome, and two hours to Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–550 p.w. Private owner. Tel.: 01223 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it for details.

Tuscany: family-owned wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese, offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodatin 2 up to 12 +. Pool, secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact: tel./fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: pgklpoggio@ftbcc.it.

Pembrokeshire coast: warm, comfortable, small cottage near Fishguard unexpectedly available for winter breaks. Secluded but not remote. Ideal for windy clifftop walks, and coy evenings by the stove. Books supplied! Sleeps 3 plus. Pets welcome. Reasonable rates. Tel.: 01348 872080.

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Houses For Sale

Tardis-effect, well-maintained Victorian family home on a pleasant terrace in Thame; 25 minutes' from Oxford, and close to M40. Six bedrooms/studies. Offers over £200,000. Please e-mail: edith.hall@some.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 01844 215646 (daytimes).

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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