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Oxford Bach Choir

The Dream of Gerontius, Sheldonian Theatre, 2 Dec., 7.30 p.m. Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury, with The New Queen's Hall Orchestra. Soloists: Liane Keegan (Mezzo-Soprano), Ian Caley (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass). Tickets: £35, £25, £21, £17, £12, £6 (concessions) from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Tel.: 01865 798600.

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Lecture

Dr Theodore Zeldin, St Antony's College, will deliver the Ashmolean Millennium Lecture, entitled `The Search for Lovers, Friends and Workmates who are not bores' in the Taylorian Lecture Theatre, at 5 p.m., Fri., 1 Dec. Admission free.

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Bodleian Shop

The Bodleian Christmas cards have arrived! Eight new exclusive designs (£3.95 pack of ten), plus Hey for Christmas!CD: the Mellstock Band and the Oxford Waits perform seasonal songs and carols from the Bodleian's Broadside ballads collections (£12.95). Find us in the Old Schools Quadrangle. Open Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-12.30.

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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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Antiquarian and Second-hand books

The Bookshop down the Lane: Oxfordshire's newest second-hand bookshop, lately established at 14 Wesley Lane, Bicester, contains many lovely, interesting, orphaned books; persons affected by bibliophily, or mindful of the impending season, may wish to elevate some of them from the ignominy of ownerlessness to the rightful dignity of all books, as respected and cherished possessions; view them on Thurs., Fri., or Sat., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or even at other times by arrangement. Bicester is 12 miles north of Oxford, easily accessible by car, bus, train, and sleigh; Wesley Lane is situated immediately adjacent to the main town-centre car park and bus terminus (Bure Place/Tesco). Proprietor: Tony Simcock. Tel.: 01869 360085 or 343410.

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Ashmolean Museum Shop

The Ashmolean Museum shop has stocks of a wide range of Christmas cards and is the sole outlet in Oxford for charity Card-Aid cards. Calendars, diaries, books and gifts are also on display and the shop will be open daily, including Mondays, during Dec.(for more information tel.: 01865 288185).

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Volunteers Needed

Would you be willing to assist with a Clinical Study aimed at developing a vaccine against HIV, the AIDS virus? Healthy volunteers are required for a study of a new type of candidate HIV vaccine that will enter clinical trials later this Winter. At this stage volunteers will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire about their health and will then be invited to attend one of a series of informal seminars at the Churchill Hospital about the trial. Final approval has been obtained from the Medicines Control Agency and the Central Oxford Research Ethics Committee in order for the trial to commence. Each participant will be immunised 2 or 3 times with the vaccine over a 6-week period at the Churchill Hospital. Volunteers should be available for follow-up studies for at least 7 months. You should be healthy, aged 18-60 years, without any previous reactions to a vaccination and not at risk of HIV infection. Female participants should not be pregnant or intending to become pregnant during 7 months of the study. Volunteers will be compensated for travelling costs to and from the Churchill Hospital and for the time involved in the study. For further details tel.: 0800 16969 78; write to: HIV Vaccine Study, c/o Prof. A.J.McMichael, MRC Human Immunology Unit, Inst. of Molecular Medicine, Oxford OX3 9DS; e-mail: hamox@medscape.com; or, www.oxavi.org. Please note that a response to this advertisement carries no commitment to participate in the trial, you can withdraw at any time. Preliminary enquiries are welcome.

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Tuition Offered

The Alliance Francaise will run intensive revision courses in French for A, A/S levels, and GCSE students over the Christmas holidays. For details on these and all other courses, please ring 01865 310946.

Piano lessons: experienced teacher. Adults and children. All grades. Beginners welcome. Contact: Miss P. Read B.A.(Hons.)L.R.A.M. Tel.: Jericho 510904.

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Services Offered

Your basic personal tax return completed and all liabilities calculated for £160. Letting, authorship, royalty income etc. £40 extra. No VAT charged. For business and trust accounts etc. please ask for a quotation. John Hanks LLM FCA, Chartered Accountant, 50 Thames Street, Oxford OX1 1SU. Tel.: 01865 438572, e-mail: john.hanks@ukonline.co.uk.

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.

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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

Balliol College: part-time secretary to the Praefectus of Holywell Manor. To provide secretarial and administrative support to the Praefectus in both his academic and research work, for an average of 15 hours per week by arrangement with the Praefectus. Must be able to work on own initiative, and be able to cover for the Administrator during her absence. Generous hourly rate and holidays. Closing date for applications is Friday 24 Nov. Please apply to the Personnel Officer, Balliol College, Oxford on 01865 277712; fax: 01865 202468; e- mail: tina.hodgkinson@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

Part-time School Librarian: required at small, independent girls' secondary school in North Oxford, 12 hours per week, term times only. Opportunity to develop and modernise the library. Salary £16,500 pro rata. For further details please contact the headmistress, Wychwood School, 74 Banbury Road. Tel.: 01865 557976.

I.T. Assistant wanted: main requirements, knowledge of Linux, WinNT, Office97, hardware repairs. Two hours per day, Mon.–Fri. £10 per hour. Please contact Anne Wilson, e-mail: anne.wilson@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 01865 (2)76891 for further details.

Experienced modern Hebrew teacher wanted from Jan., to teach classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Approx. 12 hours per week. Please contact Dr G. Abramson at 01865 (2)88208.

University College, Alumni and Development Office: Database Manager. The Alumni and Development Office, which is responsible for fund-raising for Univ and for producing publications, and organising events for former students, seeks to appoint a Database Manager to be responsible for the Old Member Database. Duties will include data entry and retrieval, generation of database reports, print and web page design, prospect research, general and telephone fundraising assistance, and general office support. Applicants should have practical experience of the management and technical support of Windows 95 and 98 based systems. Demonstrable experience of Windows in a networked environment, and familiarity with MS Office 97 and Access databases, is required. Experience of the `AppealMaster' database would be an advantage. The appointment will be for a period of two years, starting as soon as possible. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, within the University's Library and Clerical scale at Grade 4 level (£13,398–£16,134). For further particulars please contact Frances Lawrence, Alumni and Development Office, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH. Tel.: 01865 276674. E-mail: development@univ.ox.ac.uk. Application deadline: Fri. 24 Nov.

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Houses to Let

Available for rent from the end of Nov., delightful 2-bedroom cottage in quiet North Oxford location (Upper Wolvercote). Furnished and equipped with pretty gardens. Convenient to shops, university and central Oxford. Rent £750 p.c.m. inc. council tax, 3–12 months let. Contact 0207 385 4387 (h), 0207 848 5770 (w).

Pretty, old (partly 17th-c.), well-appointed house in south Oxford for rent from mid-March to late Sept., 2001. Ten minutes' bus-ride from town centre, 1 minutes' drive from ring road. Living room with wood-burning stove, stone-floored dining room, conservatory, kitchen, utility room, 2 bedrooms, third bedroom/study, upstairs bathroom with shower. Lovely walled garden, parking for 2 cars. Close to shops, P.O. Rent negotiable in return for help with the garden. Sorry, visiting academics only. E-mail: catherine.atherton@new.ox.ac.uk, or phone 01865 279257.

Writers retreat: newly converted former stone stable block in grounds of quintessential country house. Three miles from junction 10 of the M40, half an hour by car to Oxford. Two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private garden area bounded by medieval dovecote wall. Available now, fully furnished, for up to 4 months at £750 p.c.m. For more details please contact Fiona or Rachel on: 01295 276766, or e-mail: banbury@finders.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.

Cassington: 5 miles from Oxford city centre, on the edge of the Cotswolds. Charming, f/f modern home in conservation area of old village. Very quiet. Suit non-smoking academic/professional couple with/without 1 or 2 children. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study, conservatory, and all mod cons. Available 1 Jan.–25 March 2001. £750 p.c.m. excl. bills. Tel.: 01865 883840.

Beautiful, unusual, open-plan, fully-furnished architect designed modern house in North Oxford, within ring-road, close to Summertown; very quiet, with stunning views to open countryside; off-street parking and small patio garden. Suit visiting academic or professional couple. Regret no children, pets, or smokers. Available from 1 Nov., £895 p.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 515085, e-mail: trishaboyd@hotmail.com.

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 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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Flats to Let

Available immediately: delightful, 1-bedroom fully-furnished flat to let near Headington. Split-level, double bedroom, bathroom, c.h., fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, and all mod cons. Very reasonable rent. Would suit academic/professional, single or couple. Contact: 01865 27776, e-mail: monica.mookherjee@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

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- and second-floor flats available from 1 April. Both with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Luxury waterfront apartments, each fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with balconies, overlooking Port Meadow and Wytham Woods, available now and throughout December. Short and long lets considered. Serviced and unserviced accommodation. Inclusive prices start from £450 p.w. For more information please contact Sophie Chorley at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. E-mail: sophiep@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site at: www.finders.co.uk.

Study/weekday flat: a beautiful, modern, 2-bedroom flat for use during the week (mon.–Fri.), either to live in or to use as a quiet study. City centre, river view, parking, fully-furnished. All mod. cons inc. internet access, TV, video, audio. Ring 01223 561158 (weekdays) or 01865 726143 (weekends).

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Accommodation Offered

Temple Cowley: single room available in quiet house shared with 2 professional females. £230 p.c.m. inc. of council tax. Available now. Tel.: 01865 430595 or e-mail: james.sandham@socres.ox.ac.uk

Room to let in small, shared, self-catering flat in private house in north Oxford. £340 p.c.m. (all inc.). Would suit A levels re-takers. Please ring 01865 310948.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

American professor, British spouse, and 2 girls seek furnished house/flat (3+ bedrooms) from Summer 2001–Summer 2002. Will be in England Dec. 16–31, can visit prospective homes/landlords. Non-smokers. Resident cat(s) a plus. Contact Dr Joe Pollard, Dept. of Biology, Furman Univ., Greenwille, SC 29613, USA (+ 1 864 294 3244, e-mail: joe.pollard@furman.edu).

I am looking for a friendly household who could offer a room, and breakfast and evening meals, to a sociable 29-year-old Chinese male friend of mine currently studying in North Oxford. He requires accommodation from Jan. Excellent references available. Tel.: 01865 511365 or e-mail: elisabeth@oxfordchina.demon.co.uk

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 Sought to Rent or Exchange

Academic couple, with daughter (11) and son (9), seek self-contained accommodation, preferably in North Oxford, for first 2 weeks of Aug., 2001. Can offer well-appointed 3-bedroom flat in Barcelona, opposite Tiemplo Sagrada Familia for same period. Careful tenants looking for careful tenants. Tel.: 01865 558177 for details.

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Holiday Lets

Magnificent old farmhouse in mid-Devon, available for long or short lets. Set in beautiful countryside with easy access to Dartmoor, Exmoor, and the coast. Log fires, antiques, piano, large garden. Pets and children welcome, sleeps eight. £30 per night (£35 in peak seasons). Tel.: 01993 878492, e-mail: judedouglass@hotmail.com.

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Houses for Sale

Wolvercote, c. 1940s, mid-terrace house. Lovely interior, 3 bedrooms, living/dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. Well-kept front and rear gardens, side access, 3 miles from town centre near Port Meadow. OIRO £135,000. Tel.: 01865 552450 (eves.).

Three-bedroom Victorian terrace house in West Oxford. Very convenient location, within a short walk of train and bus stations, Said Business School, and the city centre. Gas c.h., fitted kitchen, conservatory/utility area, 4 original fireplaces, sash windows, stripped pine doors. £197,500. Tel.: 01865 248538, e-mail: daphna@ntlworld.com.

Witney, West: semi-detached house on modern estate, recently re-decorated, 13 miles from Oxford city centre. Three bedrooms, family room, kitchen, dining area, conservatory, small secluded garden, gas c.h., d.g., off-road parking, and garage. Close proximity to medical centre, playparks, schools, and supermarkets; excellent bus services to Oxford. No chain. Owner must move by mid-late Dec. guide price £135,000. Tel.: 01865 272449, e-mail: philip.benson@physiol.ox.ac.uk. n

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Flat for Sale

Modern purpose-built flat in North Oxford, overlooking River Cherwell. Double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, double garage. £105,000. Contact: Professor W. G. Richards. Tel.: 01865 275908 (office hours), or e-mail: graham.richards@chem.ox.ac.uk

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