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Oxford Storytelling and Music Festival

Wed. 21–Sun., 25 March: a full weekend of stories and musical entertainment for all the family. Story telling shows for adults/children's events/come-all-ye storytelling circles/story walks in town and country/museum events/beginners workshops/master classes. Featuring Sally Pomme Clayton (of The Company of Storytellers), and Scottish vocalist Janet Russell, plus a host of local talent. Prices from £6 to free. For a full brochure and bookings contact The Old Fire Station 01865 794494.

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C.S. Forester Society Meeting

C.S. Forester Society Meeting in Oxford: Sat., 24 Mar., 5 p.m., Committee Room, Green College. AGM followed at 5.15 p.m. by lecture by Count Nikolai Tolstoy (author and historian, stepson and biographer of Patrick O'Brian): `Parallel lives: C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian.' Members and guests £5. Membership details from Dr Colin Blogg, 11 Park Town, Oxford OX2 6SN. Tel.: 01865 512111, e-mail: csforester@hotmail.com.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Heralding the approach of spring, our traditional, non-calorific assortment of stone egges is 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. Easter closure Thurs., 12 April– Sun., 15 April inc. Otherwise open daily (inc. Easter Monday and the May bank holidays), 12 noon–5 p.m. 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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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 course 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.

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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

Fast Track, Oxford: Business researchers and Research Manager, sought by Fast Track. Post-graduates with relevant work experience preferred, including IT and writing skills, plus knowledge of high-tech business and venture capital. Full and part- time positions available. Fast Track, a small but expanding research and publishing company based in the centre of Oxford, is an Oxford University spinout compnay with a successful 4-year track record of researching and publishing league tables of Britain's fastest growing unquoted companies in The Sunday Times, with sponsors inc. Virign Atlantic and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Salary range £18,000–£26,000 (full-time). To apply send c.v. and letter to Dr Hamish Stevenson, Fast Track 100, Clarendon Enterprise Centre, 52 Cornmarket Streeet, Oxford OX1 2HJ. Website: www.fastrack100.co.uk.

Secretary, part-time, required by retired North Oxford academic; times flexible. Tel.: 01865 511413.

Part-time Assistant: need for the Oxford University Society for interesting work on Oxford University Alumni Travel Programme. Good English and computer skills required. Pleasant office, central Oxford: 6–10 hrs p.w. Pay according to experience. Please contact, Caroline Harrison, Alumni Travel Administrator on tel.: 01865 288087, fax.: 01865 288086, e-mail: caroline.harrison@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Postgraduate required to teach musculo-skeletal physiology, anatomy, and basic histology to human biology and exercise science second-year degree students. Three lectures per week for a maximum of 8 weeks starting 25 Apr. Contact Dr R.P. Craven: 01865 483284 (e-mail: rpcraven@brookes.ac.uk).

Part-time administration: the Sarah Lawrence Programme seeks a part- time administrative assistant to work at the Programme Office in Wadham College. The successful candidate will share in the responsibilities for the organisation and management of the many aspects of the Visiting Students' Programme. Applicants need to have good working knowledge of the University, an enthusiasm for the young, an awareness of cultural differences, and a cheerful disposition. A proficiency in Microsoft Word and Office is preferred. Terms and conditions negotiable. Post available from Trinity 2001. Applicants should send a full c.v. with names and addresses of two referees, with covering letter, to: Jane Wylie, Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham College, Oxford OX1 3PN.

Radley College: bright, competent PA required for Foundation Director in office handling alumni relations and fund-raising. Excellent secretarial and administrative skills, good written and verbal communication skills, and eye for detail. Salary £15–£17K. Closing date: 29 Mar. For further particulars, contact Judy Longworth, Foundation Director, Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 2HR. E-mail: judy.longworth@radley.org.uk.

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Houses to Let

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.

North Oxford furnished house available from 1 Sept., for 1 year or less. Charming, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train station, bus station, near Port Meadow, c.h., recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Two bedrooms, £990 p.m., or 3 bedrooms, £1,350 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: OXFORD: J.Mackrell (eves., or mornings 7-8 a.m.), tel.: 01865 775567; CANADA: A. Gaston, tel.: (613) 745 1368, fax.: (613) 745 0299, e-mail: Gaston@cyberus.ca.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' from John Radcliffe Hospital. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 763886.

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.

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.

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Flats to Let

Flat in Victorian house, Iffley Road, 1 mile city centre: large sitting- ro0m/kitchen, bedroom, bath/shower. Rent inc. Council Tax, hot water, some c.h. £500 p.c.m. (low because not self-contained in daytime). Tel.: 01869 350372.

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 Aug., 1 double, 1 single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) First-floor flat available mid-June, second-floor from 1 Dec. 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

Looking for house to rent for July. Grandmother and 3 adult daughters from the United States want to be near son teaching in Brasenose College. Excellent care and references. E-mail Professor Drew Kershen at dkershen@ou.edu, or Kathleen Kershen at kjckershen@hotmail.com.

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. £400 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.

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.

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 Exchange

Free Summer holiday accommodation exchange in the US: a professor from Hingham, Massachusetts, US (Boston area) would like to exchange his home for housing accommodation in Oxford this summer. The approximate dates are mid- July–mid-Aug., with flexibility on both ends. Basic needs are: 2-3 bedroom house or flat, in or around Oxford, and a car (bikes would be an added plus). Please contact: adina.henson@anat.ox.ac.uk for queries or further details.

Madrid/Oxford: I am taking Sabbatical leave from the University of Madrid from 1 Oct.–30 Sept. 2002. For the first 6 months I shall be in Oxford, spending the remaining time in Boston. I would like to exchange my apartment with an academic family for the whole period or for two separate 6-month periods. My apartment in Madrid has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, garage (with car), garden and swimming pool. In Oxford I need 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living-room, and kitchen or kitchenette. I must be within easy reach of public transport within the city boundaries. E-mail enquiries to: Dr Maria Benedet, pscog06@sis.ucm.es.

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Summer Let

City-centre house with view of Thames available for 2 months, mid- July–Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £1,000 p.c.m. inc. charges, except tel. calls. Tel.: 01865 250462.

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: MBos12064@aol.com.uk.

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Holiday Lets

Cornwall, near Sennen Cove: converted barn, sleeps 4, comfortable, with microwave, washing machine, tumble drier, TV, video. Sea view, small garden. £150-£300 p.w. Visit www.hayloftcottage.co.uk, or tel.: 01865 557713.

Walk to the beach! Large house to let in June and from 22 Aug., in seaside village in Normandy (Barfleur-Cherbourg area). Sleeps 8–10/will take 2 families. Own parking and south-facing garden. Safe family swimming, bird-watching, coastal path walks and good local seafood restaurant. Aug. rate £60/day, lower rate for longer stay, and for June. Tel.: 01865 249673.

Kyle of Lochalsh: fully modernized traditional West Highland house (3 bedrooms) in own secluded grounds of acre surrounded by National Trust for Scotland woodland gardens, 40 yards from sea and with magnificent views to Skye and Glenelg. Available all year. Tel.: 01865 761000.

Thatched house in historic village near Oxford: ETB 5 Star, sleeps 9/10, 3-acre garden, duck pond, private, luxurious heaven. Website: www.oxfordshirecottages.com. Also, in same village, ancient thatched house, sleeps 6/7. Spacious, comfortable, ½ acre. Available Easter, Summer. Tel.: 01865 881553.

French Riviera ground-floor, 2-bedroom, end flat, sleeps 4; at Agay between St Raphael and Cannes; situated 5 minutes' walk from beach, pool, shops, restaurants. South-facing, screened patio, parking alongside, tennis, golf, aquatic sports, horse riding nearby. Tel.: 01372 744246.

Italy, Umbria: `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills, 5 miles NE of Assisi, in National Park: superb views, wild life, kitchen/dining/sitting room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential; Lombardia, Lake Como: apartment in village house, closely overlooking lake; 25 minutes' from Como city. 1 double bedroom, sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace. For either let: £300 p.w., £550 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

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.

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.

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 raduis 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.

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House for Sale

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.

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Flats for Sale

Seaside flat for sale in Italy: south of Ancona overlooking Adriatic Sea, and gardens. Third-floor, 2-bedroom flat, lift, own c.h., large living-room with kitchen corner, storage room with shelves, 2 very large balconies, telephone and all facilities connected and working. Informally furnished in well-built, secure block. £95,000. Tel.: 01865 514007.

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 double 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 (home). n

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