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Adventurous Doctors and Nurses Wanted

During May–Sept., 2001 the next Kota Mama Expedition is to take place in Bolivia and Brazil under the leadership of Colonel John Blashford-Snell. This will involve archaeological surveys in dense jungle, community aid projects, and a 4660-kilometre river voyage on traditional craft from the Andes to the Amazon, and the Atlantic. Volunteers must be fit, self-reliant, and willing to learn some basic Spanish or Portuguese. The expedition is phased for those unable to participate for the whole 4 months. For further details, please contact Melissa Dice at 01747 854898 or e-mail: base@ses-explore.org, or by post at the Scientific Exploration Society, Expedition Base, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9PB.

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Concerts

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.

Addaction: helping individuals and communities to manage the effects of drugs and alcohol misuse (www.addaction.org.uk). St Johns, Smith Square, London SW1, Thurs. 8 Mar., at 7.30 p.m. Christ Church Festival Orchestra (Conductor: James Ross). Elgar: Introduction and Allegro; Poulenc: Organ Concerto(Soloist: Alexander Ffinch); Telemann: Viola Concerto; Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony. Tickets: £17.50, £15, £10, £6 (concessions), from the Box Office, St John's, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA (please enclose SAE). Tel.: 020 7222 1061. Open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., or until the concert starts. Mastercard, Visa and Switch accepted. www.sjss.org.uk.

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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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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. 2 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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Tuition Offered

The Alliance Française runs classes in French for Adults and Children, and A, A/S, and GCSE classes. For details on these and all other courses, please ring 01865 310946.

Piano tuition: experienced teacher. Adults and children. All grades. Beginners welcome. Miss P. Read, BA (Hons.), LRAM. Jericho. Tel.: 01865 510904.

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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.

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.

Bilingual secretary (English/German) offers typing/word-processing service. Rates vary according to quantity of work, but average at about £7.50 p.h. Tel.: 01235 550519, e-mail: martinaharley@hotmail.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

Research Interviewers/Nurses: The Oxford Healthy Ageing Project is seeking 3 part-time interviewers for a community-based study of health and wellbeing of older people. Workload will be approximately 12 hrs p.w. Applicants should have experience in health related areas and be able to work with a degree of independence. Written applications with c.v. to Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, Department of Clinical Geratology, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE. Tel.: 01865 224975, fax: 01865 224815, e-mail: Sarah.Sampler@orh.nhs.uk.

Department of Zoology, Postgraduate Courses Administrator/PA to two Professors: Clerical and Library Grade C5: Salary £16,134–£19,227 p.a. pro rata. Applications are invited for this part-time job share position. The part of the job share available is three days (21.5 hours), Wednesday to Friday, for up to 1 year to cover maternity leave. This varied and interesting position requires someone with the ability to work under pressure and able to prioritise. A good command of English, self-motivation and discretion are also required. Applications with a covering letter and full curriculum vitae, with names, addresses and contact numbers of 2 referees, should be sent to the Administrator (Ref AT01003), Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, from whom further details are available. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9 Feb.

International NGO Training and Research Centre: Information Officer. Exciting opportunity to manage our Library and Documentation Centre. Salary: £13,000–£18,000 pro rata (2–3 days per week). Contact: Carolyn Blaxall, INTRAC, P.O. Box 563, Oxford OX2 6RZ. Fax : 01865 201852, e-mail: c.blaxall@intrac.org. Closing date 31 Jan.

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Houses to Let

Melbourne, Australia: large, fully-furnished, 4-bedroom house, with swimming pool, on the edge of the Monash University campus. Available for 5–6 months from 1 Feb. Rent Aus $ 1,400 p.m. Contact: Joan Preston 613 9544 9497, e-mail: preston@dezzanet.net.au. Wheatley: 3-bedroom, detached bungalow to let unfurnished for 6 months. C.H., telephone, gardens, garage, in quiet road. Modernised April 2000, with curtains, carpets, painted white. £750 p.c.m. exc. Tel.: 01865 873458.

E. Gordon Hudson & Co., 24 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2DB, tel.: 01865 244089, fax: 01865 728942, e-mail: egordonhudson@netscapeonline.co.uk: (1) Due to a successful period our Letting Department is currently seeking more properties to let. We have many good quality prospective tenants registered with us who are actively seeking accommodation to rent. Please contact the Lettings Department for further advice and information; (2) New Instruction - Headington, close to hospitals: a nicely presented unfurnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat, entrance porch, spacious living room, modern kitchen with gas cooker and fridge. Bathroom with shower. Double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, single bedroom. Gas c.h. Good sized private rear garden. Allocated parking. Available immediately for 6 months in the first instance. £750 p.c.m.; (3) Wolvercote - splendid views overlooking Port Meadow: a light and sunny, 3-bedroom town house situated in a quiet close. The house is part-furnished and comprises: hall, cloakroom, kitchen with cooker and fridge, spacious first-floor lounge with balcony overlooking Port Meadow. Two double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom/study. Modern bathroom. Gas c.h. Rear patio garden, off-road parking. Regret no pets. Available immediately. £795 p.c.m..

Moreton-in-Marsh: beautiful Cotswolds house available mid-Feb. Sleeps 5. All mod cons, with terrace and garden, 40 minutes to Oxford by train or car. £600 p.c.m. Ring: 01608 810549. Victorian, 3-bedroom house in South Central Oxford, available now until the end of Aug. Fully furnished and equipped with rear garden and garage. Available at £1,200 p.c.m., inc. of council tax and utilities. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, or visit our Website at www.finders.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.

Renovated 2-bedroom house in Marlborough Road, south Oxford, overlooking large meadow. Tastefully fitted bathroom and kitchen. Ten minutes' walk from Oxford centre. Available now. £750 p.c.m. Suit professional couple. Dr P. Collett, tel.: 01865 744073, e-mail: peter.collett@psy.ox.ac.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 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.

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

One-bedroom flat near Summertown, within walking distance from city centre, colleges, libraries. Modern, charming, convenient, quiet, with balcony and parking. Ideal for 1 person or a couple. Available from early April--early mid-July. For details tel.: 01865 512 790.

Camden: self-contained flat a few minutes from Chalk Farm tube, NW5. Living/bedroom, kitchen/diner, shower room. Fully furnished, well decorated, c.h. Close to Primrose Hill, Camden Market, Hampstead. Direct bus route to LSE. Short or long let. £760 p.m. inc. all bills except phone. Non-smokers only. Contact: 0207 482 0158 or e-mail: r.fitzgerald@mailbox.ulcc.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Excellent value rooms currently available, set in woodland with swimming pool. Ideal for a single academic or professional. Located 3 miles from Oxford centre with bus and cycle routes nearby. Available from Feb. at £250 p.c.m. inc. of council tax and utilities. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, or visit our Website at www.finders.co.uk.

Room to let in spacious and beautiful house with garden, near Ashmolean Museum. Available immediately. £300 p.c.m. Call 07774 447898 or 07957 631033.

Large size bedroom, with ensuite facilities, £75; medium size bedroom, £60; small bedroom £50. Ideally suited for quiet postgraduate students, non-smokers. New house with modern facilities, inc. large kitchen and sitting room, and close to Headington hospitals. Please contact Saad Pathan on 0797 7473055 (mobile), or e-mail: saad@well.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford : short let or long let. Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house. Spacious room, shared facilities. Share of computer negotiable. Rent £58 p.w. inc. fuel. Please tel.: 01865 515379.

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.

Large bright beautiful basement room for rent in our home in North Central Oxford; c.h., own access, telephone, bathroom and basic cooking facilities; ideal as study or artist/writer's studio; applications to use as living space from single professionals or mature graduate students considered. £95 max. p.w., inc. bills (except telephone and council tax increment, if applicable). Tel.: 01865 557932.

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Accommodation Sought

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.

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Accommodation Exchange

House Exchange: we are an English family from Perth, Western Australia, geologist and social worker, with children aged 5 and 3, who would like to swap houses with a family from Oxford or environs, about April 2001 for a year. We have 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and area to park. Ten minutes from University of Western Australia, and from City centre, 15 minutes to stunning Cottesloe Beach. Ring my parents in Oxford for more details on 01865 725806, or write, Ed Hooper, 243 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, WA 6008. Phone 6189 388 0440, or e-mail: ed.hooper@aus.apachecorp.com. We're all set to go!

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Holiday Lets

Umbria---near Perugia, easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Flat in restored 17th-c. farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool, sleeps 6 in comfort, divisible into 2 self- contained units of 2 and 4 beds. £160--£620 p.w. depending on number of beds and season. Contact phone or fax: 01865 390581.

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.

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.

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 accommodation 2 up to 12+. Pool, secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact: tel./fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: pgklpoggio@ftbcc.it.

France: beautiful old farmhouse high above the Sorgues valley in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Millau, Montpellier, Albi. Enormous stone-flagged living area with mezzanine. Magnificent kitchen. Huge beams and fireplace. Five bedrooms (sleeping up to 11). Utility room. Barn. Roof terrace. Orchard garden with hammocks. Stunning views. Glorious walks. River bathing. Riding and tennis. Excellent restaurants. Completely unspoilt area. £250–£550 p.w. Tel.: 01865 244619.

Italy: beautiful and spacious, newly converted typical old granary. Less than a mile from Montagnana, a medieval town in Veneto. Half-an-hour to Padua, Mantua; an hour from Verona £ Vicenza, and Ferrara, 45 minutes to Venice. Sleeps 4/5. Contact (e-mail): fratucello@aol.com, or tel.: 0208 348 8528.

Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonissos: lovely island houses available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations, sleeping from 2–8 persons. Prices from £50 p.p.p.w. For information see www.holidayislands.com; e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr; fax: 0030 424 23057.

Czech Republic: fairytale woodland cottage only 30 minutes from Prague, available May-- Oct.; sleeps 5 plus; lovely lake for swimming, boating, surfboarding; views, walks, woodfires, mushrooms, castles; good food and wine and still a bargain. English-speaking owner. From £260 p.w. Tel.: 0207-373 0667.

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House Wanted

Two-three bedroom house wanted by first time buyers, max. around £150,000, as close to the Science Area as price permits (preferably Marston, Summertown, Headington). Tel.: 01865 272491 (work), 01865 452058 (home), or e-mail: jan.koch@physiol.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses for Sale

Beat the Oxford traffic---walk (or cycle) to work across the Parks. Well maintained 3-storey, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home with integral garage, conservatory, and garden. College playing fields, river and parkland to rear. OIEO £220,000. Please e-mail: bigj@teaching.physics.ox.ac.uk, or ring 01865 727421 (evenings).

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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Flat for Sale

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. £185,000. Contact: A. N. Lane, 01865 514516 (home), 01865 459204 (work). n

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