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Oscar Wilde: a Gala Evening of Music and Poetry

The Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Sun. 3 Dec., at 7.30. Including readings by Paul Muldoon (Professor of Poetry, Oxford University), and musical adaptations of two of Wilde's fairy stories, narrated by Nigel Havers, and played by the Orchestra of St. John's. Tickets: £20, £18.50 to include a free glass of wine. Box Office: 0118 960 6060.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

You are invited daily, 12 p.m–5 p.m. (last opportunity Thurs. 21 Dec.), to choose from a varied range of wildlife and botanical Christmas cards, and airmail stationery. The long-established Dodo Pad diaries are joined this year by their new Cookbook, with bone china mugs to match. Glittering minerals, sparkling jewellery, interesting mineral bookends–and books!–endearing soft toys, models, kits, hand- painted silk ties, and items in sterling silver...In addition, posters and a set of cards relate to the current photographic exhibition `A Passion for Plankton'. Ten per cent discount on production of Oxford University card at start of transaction, Mon.–Fri., personal shoppers only. Telephone enquiries and credit card sales: 01865 272961.

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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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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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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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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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The 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. During Michaelmas Term, as well as our wide range of activities and visits, we invite newcomers to our Christmas Fair in the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens on Wednesday, 6 Dec., at 10.30 a.m.

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Business Opportunity

Would it interest you to have a part-time business that you can run from home, on a shoe- string, alongside your current work? I am a lecturer, but I also work as a distributor with a high-paying network marketing company, whose nutritional supplements are leading edge. You need no special skills, as training and on-going support are provided, and you certainly do not need sales skills, as the business is run via mail order. The compensation plan rewards distributors very highly, and the company is recognised as exceeding all the legal and ethical requirements of the direct sales industry. If you would like me to send some information, leave a message for Dr Joanna Hawke on 0845 200 3849 (24 hours).

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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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Tuition Offered

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.

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.

Alexander Technique: lessons in central Oxford at 28 Beaumont Street (opposite the Playhouse), and in Headington. Improve the way you use yourself in everyday activity - regain natural `good use'. Freedom of movement, easier breathing, natural poise and good posture can be restored. £23 per lesson. Student discount : £17. Discount for group lessons. Contact Stephen Cooper on 01865 765511, e-mail: S.C@btinternet.com, www.hatso.com.

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Services Offered

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.

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.

Town and Country Trees, arboricultural contractors. Tree surgery, felling, planting, hedges, orchard and shrub pruning, stump removal. Fully qualified, fully insured. Tel.: 01869 351540, or 01993 811115.

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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

Part-time Office Assistant required: to type in Word, create spreadsheets in Excel, to work comfortably with figures, and carry out a range of office duties. Varied and interesting work. Part-time: about 10 hours p.w. Timing of hours to suit the employee. Rate of pay: £7–9 per hour. Location: Grandpont. Business: International sales. Contact: Richard Bailey. Tel.: 01865 721484. Fax: 01865 247070. E-mail: 106740.76@compuserve.com.

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.

A challenging opportunity exists for a Life Science graduate in the position of Technical Service Representative at R&D Systems Europe, based in Abingdon. this role is of key importance in the sales team, providing technical information and support to both customers and the sales personnel in response to technical enquiries. The post also requires that you attend certain scientific conferences. The successful candidate will have at least three years post degree laboratory experience. You will also be a skilled and confident communicator. R&D Systems produces and markets over 3000 products for bio-medical research and has an unrivalled reputation for quality and service throughout the world. For more information on the company, please visit our Web site at www.rndsystems.com. For the right person we offer a competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. R&D Systems is an equal opportunities employer. If you are interested, please send your c.v. to Human Resources, R&D Systems Europe, 4–10 The Quadrant, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OX14 3YS, or e-mail: personnel@rndsystems.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

Quiet terrace house, available early Dec., for long or short let. Situated in West Oxford, near meadows and river. One double bedroom, 1 single bedroom/study, large kitchen with washing machine, gas cooker, fridge and freezer, dining room, lounge and sitting-room, 40 ft garden and patio, gas c.h., bathroom with power shower. Newly decorated. Very convenient for train station, 15 minutes' walk from town centre. £690 p.m. exc. bills. E-mail: ganeri@totalise.co.uk. Tel.: 01223 332390.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Grimbly Place, Summertown–£1,200 p.c.m., luxury 3-bedroom family house, private garage, garden, fully furnished to very high standard, available now; Rewley Park, City Centre–£895 p.c.m., new 2-bedroom townhouse, off-street parking, garden, very nicely furnished, available now. Contact us for a full list of property. Tel.: 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, www.lifestyle- lettings.co.uk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Flats to Let

Off Iffley Road: suit couple, 1-bedroom, centrally-heated, ground-floor flat. Large sitting/dining-room with TV, well-equipped kitchen with microwave, fridge/freezer, washing-machine, shower- room/w.c. £605 p.c.m. inc. all bills, except phone. Deposit and references required. Available mid-Dec. Tel. Mary on 01865 244111 (daytime) or 01865 721194 (evenings).

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.

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Accommodation Offered

House-mate required: searching for a non-smoker to share a 3-bedroom, fully-furnished, semi-detached house with lovely front and rear garden. Only the owner and a kitten currently occupy the house. The house is located in a pretty and friendly part of Botley, only 2 miles away from Oxford city centre. Convenient bus stop, 2 minutes' away from the house, parking space also available. For viewing or further information please contact Ms Afia Ali on 07977 424050.

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

Visiting American Professor, with wife and 2 small children, requires a 3-bedroom house to rent, 1 Jan.–31 July. Will pay up to £850 p.m. Would like house to be convenient to the centre of Oxford, in Summertown/North Oxford if possible. Responses should be sent to: Andrea Beighton, Administrator, Rothermere American Institute, c/o Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TF. Tel.: 01865 282710, e-mail: andrea.beighton@rai.ox.ac.uk.

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 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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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.

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.

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Houses for Sale

Iffley Fields: within a mile of city centre in popular residential street, pleasant 3-bedroom family home, built c. 1911. At present arranged as two flats but easily re-convertible. Accommodation from front to rear: 1st floor: spacious study/bedroom/sitting-room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom at rear overlooking gardens and fields; Ground floor: kitchen, sitting-room with original open fire, bathroom, large study/bedroom overlooking garden. All original features preserved. Gas c.h. with thermostats to each radiator. In good decorative order throughout. Ample roof space. Well-stocked garden with rear access and paved area for off-street parking. Good investment opportunity for letting to visiting academics/post-graduates, or students, or for family home. Price: £225,000 ONO. Viewing by appointment. Tel.: 01865 433977 (p.m.).

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.).

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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