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Volunteers Wanted

Research study into the short-term effects of dietary fibre intake: our study investigates the beneficial effects of fibre on both blood fat levels, and insulin sensitivity, important mediators of cardiovascular disease risk. the study involves 2 full-day visits to the unit and volunteers will be reimbursed for their time. For more details please contact Denise Robertson on 01865 224523, or e-mail: denise.robertson@oxlip.ox.ac.uk. This study is organised jointly by OCDEM and the Dept. of Gastroenterology (COREC no. 01.0179).

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Concert

Oxford Bach Choir, Sat., 16 June at 7.30 p.m., at the Sheldonian Theatre: Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, accompanied by harmonium, and unique double piano. Conducted by David Lowe. Tickets £6–£30 from Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Tel.: 01865 798600.

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Exhibition

Wolfson College, exhibition of Life Drawings (an exhibition of work by participants of the Wolfson Life Drawing Workshops). Mon., 4 June–Fri., 22 June, in the Private Dining Rooms/Florey Room. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. subject to College commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the Lodge on 01865 (2) 74100 beforehand.

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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 University Museum of Natural History Shop

Nesting tubes (£9.99) are now in stock for Blue Mason Bees, great pollinators of garden herbs, clovers and a wide range of summer flowers. The well illustrated booklet on Red Mason Bees is still available and excellent value at £3.95. University card procures 10% discount (Mon.,–Fri., only). Open daily 12 p.m.–5 p.m. inc., August bank holiday. Sales enquiries (2)72961.

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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

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.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Road, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Serviced office accommodation available with suites from 100 sq ft up to 1,000 sq ft, flexible letting policy with comprehensive back-up services where small start-up science and technology businesses can develop and grow. A key element for the centre is the technical support package available to companies based in the centre. For more information contact Barbara Allsworth, Culham Innovation Centre, Abingdon. Tel.: 01865 408300, e-mail: b.allsworth@oxin.co.uk, or look at our Web site: www.oxin.co.uk.

A 2-hour garden. Small-space design. Jeanne Bliss, Landscape Designer and Lecturer, Oxford and California. Tel.: 01865 515379, e-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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Tuition Offered

Summer Schools in traditional English watercolour painting at Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, South Oxon. Weeks commencing 9th and 16th July, with tutor Rebecca Hind. Web site: www.rebeccahind.com, or A5 SAE to: 8 Manor Farm Road, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxon. OX10 7HZ, for brochure and details of tutorial video.

Summer Holiday courses for 10–14 year olds: short courses in Art (ceramics, painting, drawing, photography) or Jazz (previous experience of Jazz not essential). Summer Science–for students about to go into year 11 (GCSE year)–fascinating 3 day course for students likely to study science in the Sixth Form to stretch understanding, and explore new areas. D'Overbroeck's College, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 310000.

Junior English Courses: are you an overseas parent studying or working in Oxford and looking for an English language course for your children over the summer? Atlas English is a small, high-quality school which provides summer courses for Juniors from 11 to 17 years old, from 18 June to the end of Aug. Central location, qualified teachers with long experience of dealing with this age group. Full social activities programme included. Please contact Stephanie Gosling on 01869 247671, or e-mail: atlasenglish@btinternet.com

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Situations Vacant

Well paid fundraisers! Are you interested in joining a travelling team (UK) to raise funds for a good cause? We are looking for bright, hardworking communicators with 5 weeks to spare, to fundraise for Greenpeace. Expenses paid (£180 p.w.) plus performance bonus (average £200–£250 p.w.), accommodation provided. To apply cal 01865 367800 or e-mail: contact@dialoguedirect.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

Lovely quiet 2/3-bedroom furnished house in Headington area, with south-facing garden overlooking woodland. Available from Aug. for 5/6 months. Rent negotiable for the right people. Cat lovers preferred. Please phone 01865 744629, or e-mail: farish@ukonline.co.uk after 17 June.

Mews style, modern, 3-bedroom townhouse in St Clements: stripped wood floors on ground floor, patio doors leading to garden, 2 minutes' walk to University meadows. Available now £1,200 p.c.m. For more information about these and other properties please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford, or call 01865 200012. Alternatively please visit the Finders Keepers Web site at www.finders.co.uk.

Hayfield Road, central North Oxford: house with 30 metre garden with roses and quince tree backing onto Oxford Canal, with trap grounds and reed beds beyond. This is an idyllic spot for a couple seeking rural tranquillity within easy walking distance of the University and City centre. Open-plan living and dining room, fully fitted kitchen, 2 bedrooms. Upstairs bathroom and WC. £950 p.c.m. View at: www.Portholland.com/Hayfield.html. E-mail: Allen.Jones@btinternet.com.

Comfortable, fully-furnished semi-detached house, North Oxford, available Aug., for 1 year or longer. Two receptions, 3 bedrooms plus incorporated attic-sun room, fitted kitchen, gas c.h., bathroom with electric shower, and separate WC, cloakroom, small garden, garage. Quiet position, close to Cutteslowe park, cycle track to city centre, good bus route. Suitable for family. £760 p.c.m. plus bills and council tax. E-mail: eks90@hotmail.com, or pt3@compuserve.com.

Edwardian Houseboat, River Thames, Oxford. Exquisite mooring on Port Meadow, 10 minutes 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. Available from 1 Sept. Tel./fax: 01789 740 783, or e- mail: hamel@wanadoo.fr.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Merrivale Square, Jericho–£1,195 p.c.m. Luxury town house in this sought-after development, fully furnished and equipped to a very high standard, perfect for a professional couple. Contact us for a full list of property: Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e- mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.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. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Pretty Edwardian house, newly re-furbished to mix classic features with modern amenities. Central location in quiet, residential area, close to University and riverside meadows. Three bedrooms, large study, lounge, dining room, completely new kitchen, bathroom, and garden. Furnished and equipped to high standard: bed linen provided. Rent: £1,200 p.c.m. exc. bills. Available from Aug. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 251003, or e-mail: mpaehoney@aol.com.

Fully furnished and modernised 3-bedroom house, available from Sept. for min. of 1 year, within walking or biking distance to both universities (Oxford and Oxford Brookes), John Radcliffe hospital and city centre. It has two sitting rooms, a fully-fitted kitchen (all modern facilities), gardens, and fully furnished garden studio as an additional home office or playroom. £800 p.m. + bills. Tel.: + 44 (0) 1865 404836 (day) or 437227 (eves.). Mobile: 07765666822; Fax: +44 ()) 1865 439189. E-mail: yiping.chen@ctsu.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

One-bedroom flat in small modern development. Maintained gardens, and allocated electronic gated parking. Suit single/couple. Available mid-June. £650 p.c.m.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Hobson Road, Summertown–£750 p.c.m. Modern first floor flat, newly decorated internally, and fully furnished to a high standard. Perfect for single person or professional couple. Available IMMEDIATELY. Contact us for a full list of property: Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Luxury 1-bedroom furnished flat off Woodstock Road, available for academic year 2001-2. Early entry (from 1 Aug., or negotiable) is possible. The flat is located on the second floor with views over gardens, and tree tops of the north Oxford area. It has all amenities, inc., washing machine, beautifully fitted kitchen, luxury bathroom, high ceilings and elegant surroundings. Bus ride is 10 minutes to town, 20 minutes by bike to town centre. Extremely convenient. Rent is £650 p.m. plus bills. Contact Louise Haagh, e-mail: louise.haagh@sant.ox.ac.uk, for viewings starting from 24 June.

Central north Oxford, Bardwell Road: charming flat south-facing over gardens. Living-room with fully equipped kitchen area (washer/drier, dishwasher), double bedroom, single bedroom, excellent storage, attractively decorated, and furnished, parking, gardens (communally cared for). Available for long let now or for summer let now, then long let from Sept. Please contact: emily.lyons@ceid.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: + 44 01865 318184.

A furnished and equipped 2-bedroom flat with garage, situated in a quiet location in Headington within walking distance of Radcliffe Hospitals and Headington shops, as well as only being 1 mile away from Oxford city centre. Available from June. A non-smoking family or professional couple is preferred. £700 p.c.m. Please contact 01865 463506 after 5.30 p.m.

One-bedroom garden flat in North Oxford, available 1 Sept.–31 May 2002. Easy walking distance to both University and shopping in Summertown. Includes sitting-room/study, dining-room/study, bathroom with shower, and kitchen with dishwasher and washer/drier. Ideal for academic couple. Rent £590 p.m. plus bills and council tax. Tel.: 01865 559174 or e-mail: estone@notes.cc.sunysb.edu by 26 June.

North and central north Oxford, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, available from various dates around Aug., and Sept., for the next academic year. One bedroom from £630–£675 p.c.m., and 2 bedroom from £725–£780 p.c.m. Well situated for most University departments, some within a few minutes walk, parking, good standard spacious accommodation and security. Best suited to mature and visiting academic. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax: 01865 437996.

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Accommodation Sought

D'Overbroeck's College is now looking for more quality family and self-catering accommodation in north Oxford for A-level students from 3 Sept. Excellent rates are paid through the College and students stay mainly in term-time only. If you think you can help or would like further information, please tel.: Christine Cox on 01865 310000.

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 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

North Oxford –short let: independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing Port Meadow. Quiet room, shared kitchen. Rent: £55 p.w. inc. electricity. Tel.: 01865 515379.

Marston: spacious, bright and quiet room in Victorian house with lovely garden, fully furnished. Easy access to colleges and city centre. Available from mid- Sept., for 1 year. £380 p.c.m. (plus bills and council tax). Suit academic or professional single female. Preferably non-smoker. E-mail: hiroe.kaji@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Live with American Oxford Students in 2001-2: above average central rooms with telephone, TV, video and computer. Leases for 11 months only. About £330 a month inc. Some summer rooms also available. Please call 01865 201132 and speak with Julia.

C.S. Lewis's old home provides beautiful surroundings: The Kilns in Headington features 6 bedrooms furnished with comfortable beds, wardrobes, oriental rugs, wing back chairs, and drop-leaf desks. Rates range from £255 to £425 exc. of utilities. Available Aug.through June 2002. Contact Gail Ward on 01865 741865 or e-mail: GSTANDISHWARD@YAHOO.COM.

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

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Summer Lets

Paris 5e Left Bank studio flat: available July/Aug. Writer's pied- à-terre high up in 17th-century house. Small, good light, nice shape, great charm. Sleeps 2 (double bed), bathroom, kitchenette. One minute's walk from Luxembourg Gardens, and Sorbonne, 7 minutes' from Notre Dame. £600 p.m. Tel.: 0207 607 4667. E-mail: hilary.spurling@btclick.com.

To let end July/Aug.: light and attractive detached, 3-bedroom house in Temple Cowley. Near frequent buses to city centre. Two reception rooms plus breakfast room and kitchen. Fully furnished and equipped. Pleasant garden with swings etc. Next to park and golf course. Available from 24 July–21 Aug. Suitable for a family or couple. Low rent in return for feeding 2 resident cats (£400 for the 4 weeks). Tel.: 01865 716924, e-mail: peteremms@hotmail.com.

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 WC, shower room with WC. Available 6 weeks, Sat., 21 July–Sun., 2 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193.

From 19 Aug.,–5 Sept., 4+ bedroom detached house in quiet north Oxford cul-de-sac, ending in park. Fully furnished and equipped, downstairs wheelchair adapted. Small secluded garden.Convenient to shops, buses, and city centre. £300 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: 01865 454274, e-mail: tam.frishberg@ntlworld.com.

Three-bedroom (2 full size, 1 small) semi-detached house in Marston for rent during July, or July and Aug. (£650 p.m.). Very conveniently located (2 minutes from a supermarket, 2 minutes from buses, 8 minutes by bus and 20 minutes on foot through parks, to the town centre). The house is fully-furnished with a good-sized garden. No smokers, no pets. As there is a pond in the garden, no children under 8. E-mail: dmonas@kagn.com, tel./fax: 01865 310714.

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Holiday lets

Are you thinking of Inter-railing around Europe this summer or next Easter? A good pit stop is Quinta do Laranjal in Elvas, Portugal, only 30 km from Badajoz, Spain. If you e-mail us with you e.t.a. we could collect you from the station for a small fee (please check with us in advance). Quinta do Laranjal is home to the Butlers who have lived there for 14 years, and know the area well. You can relax, get your washing done, go for a swim (pool nearby–15 minutes walk), explore the surrounding forts and castles, and sample the local wines. You provide the bed and we'll provide the breakfast (continental style, fruit, coffee, rolls, toast). Prices: Esc. 1,300, approx. £4/5. per head/night; washing (5 kilos), Esc. 1,500 (approx. £6/7); train or bus station transfer Esc. 55 per km. Contact: The Butlers, Quinta do Laranjal, Apartado 180, 7352 Elvas codex, Portugal. E-mail: laranjalbutler@mail.telepac.pt.

Provence (Drôme): in a beautifully restored 16th-century house situated in the village of Grignan, 2 fully-equipped apartments within minutes of lavender fields, village shops and the local château. Lovely countryside with vineyards, and good walking. One sleeps 4, with views on château: £300 p.w., June–Aug., £200 thereafter; the other sleeps 2, and has a secluded terrace: £200 p.w., June–Aug., £150 thereafter. Most dates available. Contact: 01865 559076, or e-mail: nanefabi@infonie.fr.

Exmoor and the sea: pretty stone cottage at Nettlecombe, wonderful Exmoor and Quantock Hills walking and riding, 4 miles from sea, superb local pub. Please phone: 01865 731273, or 01984 640033, e-mail: maggy.b@virgin.net.

Edinburgh: lovely flat in Marchmont, just off the Meadows, walking distance of castle, sights, Festival locations. Sleeps up to 6. From Aug. Phone/fax: 0131 668 1067.

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.

Clun, Shropshire: spacious farmhouse, sleeps 15, vaulted kitchen, open fires, sauna, Jacuzzi bath, heated outdoor pool, boule area, table tennis, croquet, snooker, great views. Tel.: 01865 875741.

Late bookings: special offer in heart of Brittany. Cottage, sleeps 4, all mod cons, colour TV, and services. £300 p.w. Available Aug.,–Sept. Cot and babysitting service available. Phone Jennifer Wilkinson on 0033 296 360677.

Maison Selecte Cottages: discover Brittany, with its dramatic coastline, celtic history, and quiet charm. Dine on freshly caught mussels or mouthwatering gallettes, washed down with a glass of traditional cider, or enjoy the local wine whilst relaxing in one of our cottage hideaways. For the more active, cycling, horse-riding, windsurfing, and golf are all available at affordable prices; choose from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom properties from £150 p.w. for more information on any of our delightful cottages contact Terry or Jay on e-mail: maisonprop@aol.com, or tel.: 0033 29 68 61 06.

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

Scottish Highlands: Milton Lodge is a fine Victorian shooting lodge, very well equipped (Aga, sauna, home cinema, gas BBQ), and located in a quiet glen with lovely open views only 30 minutes or so north of Inverness. There is an abundance of castles to visit in the area, as well as many fine golf courses. The lodge sleeps 9 (+ 1 cot). Full details are to be found at: http://www.lhhscotland.com/miltonlodge.htm. Rates are from £600 p.w. Pets are welcome! Inverness airport is well served both by BA from Gatwick, and EasyJet from Luton. Several car hire firms are based at the airport, inc. Hertz and Avis. Contact: Wynne Bentley on 01381 610496, e-mail: LHH@LHHScotland.com. Please quote Ref. Oxford University Gazette–SWW.

Vacancies June onwards: why not enjoy marvellous unpolluted air and magnificent panoramic views over Assisi in a Casa Colonica; 36 ft lounge, 2-levels with archway, large well-equipped kitchen, impressive entrance hall, 2 large double bedrooms, spacious bathroom, lots of beams, beautiful garden. Car essential to reach us at 2,000 ft, enabling you to visit many other medieval towns, such as Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, and Lake Trasimeno region. To book tel.: 0039 (0) 75813793, or write, Irving Lamell, `Miracolo di S. Franceso', Pieve S. Nicolo 24, Petrata 06081, Assisi P.G., Umbria, Itlay. £500 p.w. (sleeps 4). Deposit £100 (Sat.–Sat.). Our contact no. in England is: 0208 89911514 or e-mail: ctr@clarezone.co.uk.

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.

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House for Sale

West Oxford, 2½ miles from city centre: late Victorian detached house of considerable character, with 5 double bedrooms, 27ft sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, 25ft south-facing conservatory, garage, mature gardens front and rear. Guide price £450,000. No chain (owner emigrating). Tel.: 01865 863651 or e-mail: r.hursthouse@open.ac.uk. n

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