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Concert

Verdi, Requiem: The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and Chorus; chorus master: Andrew Stewart; Soprano: Catherine Hegarty; Mezzo: Marita Paparizou; Tenor: Eugene Ginty; Bass: Paul Reeves; Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos. Sun., 19 May, 7 p.m., Apollo Theatre. The stage of the Apollo Theatre, enhanced for this performance with an acoustic shell for sound clarity especially provided for the Oxford Philomusica, is the setting for a performance of Verdi's monumental masterpiece by the Oxford Philomusica Chorus and Orchestra, and a vocal quartet of international soloists. Tickets: £10–£30. Student tickets available from £5. Box Office: 0870 6063500.

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Lectures

Mordell Lecture 2002:Professor Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University) will lecture on `Symplectic Field theory: its Structure and Applications', on Tues., 21 May at 4.30 p.m. in the Wolfson Room (MR2), Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Clarkson Road, Cambridge. All those interested are invited to attend.

Girton comes to Oxford: Changing Roles: the work-life conundrum. On 8 June, 2–5 p.m., St John's College will be the venue for a presentation of the Girton Study: `University and Life Experience', a study of women attending university throughout the 20th century which provides invaluable insights into the way women and their aspirations are preceived and responded to by society. Issues for discussion at the meeting are both practical and theoretical, and speakers include Pat Thane, John Cottingham, Judith Finch, Eileen Rubery, and Marilyn Strathern. The meeting will be chaired by Andrew Dilnot. For further details, registration (£10, but free to students) contact Andy Wood, e-mail: roll@girton.cam.ac.uk, or Development Office, Girton College, FREEPOST ANG6880, Cambridge CB3 0YE. Tel.: 01223 765685.

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Dragon School

The Dragon was founded by dons for their children in 1877, the year statutes were altered to allow marriage! The Governors of the Dragon feel that 125 years later is a good time to announce that the school aims to provide some means tested financial help which would allow more children of current university academic staff to join the Dragon, normally at the age of 8, 9, or 10. Candidates would be individually assessed rather than take an annual formal examination, would need to be of a reasonable academic standard, and show that they would gain from attending the school. Numbers will be limited by availability of funds. Interested parents are invited to contact the Headmaster, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club exists to welcome the spouses and partners of newly arrived graduates , and visiting and newly appointed academics. The Club meets for coffee at 13 Norham Gardens on Wed. mornings, 10.30 a.m.–12 noon. The equipment pool operates from the basement at the same time. Amongst our many other activities and outings, the Newcomers and toddlers group meets on Fri. mornings, 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. The final coffee morning of Trinity Term will be on Wed., 19 June, and the first of Michaelmas Term on Wed., 9 Oct.

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Institute for Chinese Studies

Call for Cantonese speakers to learn Mandarin Chinese. The Institute for Chinese Studies is looking for Cantonese-speaking volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to participate in the final session of a language skills training project. The aim of this session is to teach Mandarin to Cantonese speakers, and it will run for 12 weeks in total, beginning on Mon., 22 Apr., and finishing on Fri., 12 July. Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of 90 contact hours over the 12 weeks, involving 1½ hours a day, 5 days a week. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every week day at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street. Cantonese-speaking members of the university who wish to learn Mandarin are welcome to participate in this project. Numbers will be limited to 15 participants. Please contact Mr Shio-yun Kan at the Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, OX1 2HG. Tel.: 01865 280393/280387, e-mail: kan@server.orient.ox.ac.uk.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Novel Views of the Clergy: 9 May, John Bayley (St Catherine's College), Jane Austen and Barbara Pym: their respective views of the Clergy; 16 May, Stephen Medcalf (University of Sussex), G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., at 8 p.m., in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bell push for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 3 May, Tropical Ecology: Reefs and Forests, Dr Martin Speight; 10 May, Japanese Gold, Arthur Titherington; 17 May, My Life as a Journalist, John Chipperfield, News Editor, Oxford Mail/Oxford Times; 24 May, A Rhineland Cruise, Derek Phillips, Former President of the Society; 31 May, Basic Theory of Acupuncture and its function, Dr He Yeli, Chinese Medical Doctor; 7 June, `Alternative Oxford', Philip Pullman, Whitbread Prize Winner. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, Visitors £1.50 per meeting.

For more information tel.: Anita Segar, 01865 730574.

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European Computer Driving Licence

The ECDL is a European-wide qualification, which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. Key benefits for you are that the ECDL: raises your level of competency in IT and computer skills; improves your productivity at college, work and at home; requires no prior knowledge of IT or computer skills; provides you with an industry recognised qualification. OUCS at 13 Banbury Road is running a Condensed ECDL Week from 10–14 June. The cost is £50. OUCS also runs the Advanced ECDL and the one-thousandth person to gain an Advanced certificate passed the module at Oxford. For more information including dates and pricing on the ECDL at the University of Oxford see the Web pages at: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ecdl/.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold (not scientific or medical). Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffrey1@compuserve.com.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.,–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Oxford University Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society (RSS) membership consists of Post- doctoral/Junior Research Fellows and Research Assistants who work for the University of Oxford. As most Research Staff are not attached to a college and may be new to Oxford our social events provide a unique opportunity to meet researchers outside your group or department. We aim to provide an interesting and varying social setting in which to mix and to become a voice for research staff within the University. We run social events each month to suit all tastes. Please visit our Web site http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rss/, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year. Our annual dinner with guest speaker Ruth Deech, Principal of St Anne's College, and past chairman of HFEA will be on 14 May.

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Office Accommodation

Admin. annexe available in secluded North Oxford garden: 4 rooms, complete facilities, ideal location, self-contained, own entrance, parking. Three minutes town centre. Tel.: 01865 554326 (mornings).

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Services Offered

Horological services for your ailing apparatus. Thirty years of expertise in all types of clocks and barometers, of which many of these have been restored for the University over the years. Quotations are free. All work is fully guaranteed. Please phone Paul Carroll, Oxford Longcase Clocks on 01865 779660.

Gardener–Colin Broad–offers over 20 years of horticultural expertise–creating practical and beautiful gardens for pleasure, family or commercial use. A complete service from design to completion (portfolios available). Tel.: Colin on 01608 819109, mobile: 07866 810858.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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 Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

A 7-year-old girl is looking for a surrogate granny or a companion who could pick her up from school (3 p.m., North Oxford, 4 times a week), accompany her for 1-2 hours, preferably in the companion's house, and drop her off at ballet/swimming pool/etc. Her needs, apart from companionship, are: snack/drink and some conversation or help with activities like reading, drawing, etc. She is quiet, no fuss young person, and is fun to be with. Car is not essential but would be VERY welcome. Please call Lidia at 01993 882427, or e-mail: lidiarc@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

For stress-free entertaining SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home or chosen venue. Canapés, weddings, christenings, dinner parties, summer tapas, and paella parties. Tailor-made menus for all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136.

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Tuition Offered

Improve your French! Experienced college lectrice, gives conversation and/or written tuition. Please 'phone Eva: 07 816 418 279, or e-mail: loechner@clipper.ens.fr.

Piano lessons, piano accompanying: contact Ana Mladenovic, experienced pianist and piano teacher. All ages and levels welcome. Address: Priory Lodge, Church Way, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4EB. Tel.: 01865 778248, mobile: 07779 580235. E-mail: pujsana@hotmail.com.

Need help with your academic career? Academic Coach provides help with your c.v., tendering for research projects, writing for journals, preparing book proposals, and general academic career development. Contact Ian Finlay at AcademicCoach@hotmail.com, or call 0794 712 4741 (mobile).

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Situations Vacant

Washington International Studies Council: Academic Director for Oxford overseas study programme. Oxford University postgraduate with a minimum of 5 years' teaching and administrative experience preferred. Could start soon part-time, becoming full-time on 1 July. £25,000–£40,000 p.a. depending on experience etc. Flexible hours possible. Please send c.v. to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, OX1 1UD.

The Examination Schools: Room Assistants. We are looking for a team of people to work full time, including some Saturdays, for a 6-week period in Trinity term, to cover the exam season (13 May–21 June), with a possible extension to 12 July. Room assistants will be required to work either at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, or at Ewert House Examination Hall, Summertown. If you have a preference please state this clearly in your covering letter. The duties include setting up examination rooms, tidying up between sessions, laying out script booklets and exam materials, and delivering packages in central Oxford. If you would like to apply please send a c.v. and covering letter to the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. For further information phone the Deputy Clerk (Building) on 01865 276905.

The Examination Schools: Invigilators. We are looking for reliable individuals to add to our Register of Invigilators. Work is on a temporary basis during the main exam period which starts this year on 13 May and finishes on 21 June. There are openings to work on either a session basis, where you invigilate individual exam sessions based on your availability for work, or on a block booking basis. A block bookings option requires a commitment to work one of the following: full time for the 6 week exam period; specific weeks during the exam period; specific days in the week during the exam period. these options can be discussed in more details with the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams). The work involves laying out of question papers, completing relevant paperwork, and invigilating during the examination session. The majority of exam papers are 3 hours duration which require an invigilation session of approximately 4 hours (morning session: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., afternoon session: 2 p.m.–6 p.m.). The payment details for a standard invigilator working a 4 hour session are as follows: 4 hr session (for 3 hr papers): £25.88. There are opportunities for suitable invigilators to act as the senior invigilator at a higher rate of pay. If you are interested please send a c.v. and covering letter to the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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Houses to Let

Borders of Iffley Village with easy access to Ring road, local shops and buses; 2 bedrooms, study, bathroom with power shower, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility. Sunny garden. Suit professional couple/2 sharing. Fully furnished. £795 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 777453 or 0775 369 3259 eves.

Houses to Let–Marston and central Headington: Marston–available immediately; 3-4 bedrooms; Headington–available soon; 3 bedrooms. Both partly- or fully-furnished as required, conveniently located, clean, comfortable, off-street parking, garden, gas c.h. Each £900 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 768070 or mobile: 07968 229634. References required. Non-smokers preferred.

Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village); large sitting-room, dining-room, study, 3 double bedrooms, 2 deluxe bathrooms, luxury fitted kitchen (all machines), conservatory, garden and patio, garage, off- road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully-furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils, etc. Rent: £1,000 p.c.m. Deposit: £1,500. Tel.: 01235 (+ 44 1235) 834740, e- mail: diamar@onetel.net.uk.

Available June for long let: Moreton in Marsh (Oxford 27 miles, 35 minutes by train), 3-storey Victorian terrace cottage, 2 double, 1 single bedroom, bath with w.c., separate w.c., sitting-room, study, dining, kitchen etc. Good sized enclosed garden with patio, gas c.h. Well furnished, spacious. Rent £675 p.c.m., plus utilities. References required. Tel.: 01608 810549.

North Oxford furnished house available from 1 Sept.,: charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train station, bus station, near best schools, parks, centrally heated, recently re- decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Two bedrooms, £1,150 p.m. or 3 bedrooms, £1,400 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen, and entrance). Contact: OXFORD: J.Mackrell (eves., 7-8 a.m.); tel.: Oxford (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' walk from John Radcliffe Hospital and shops. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, one double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, storage, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

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 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 Rd., 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 Let

New York: late Victorian town house in historic Park Slope, Brooklyn; 2-3 bedrooms, country kitchen with 1920's gas stove, 3 fireplaces, 60 ft garden. Twenty-minutes to Manhattan via subway. Fully equipped, close to magnificent park, cafes, bookshops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Available July and Aug. £700 p.w. Contact: Julia at: jglidden@election.com, or 07984 696357.

Live in comfort near the Thames, just a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, centrally heated, large split-level living room, dining room, new and fully equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1, with large bath, bidet and w.c.; bathroom 2, with shower and w.c. South-facing, well-tended garden with furniture and patio heater. Possible use of Mercedes E saloon and bicycle(s). Available 5 months from Sat., 20 July–Sat., 21 Dec. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193.

Summer vacation let: ideal for visiting academics. Two bedroom Victorian house, 10 minutes' walk from city centre and libraries (or 5 minutes by regular bus). Quiet street, close to shops and park, fully furnished and equipped, with private enclosed garden, open fire, washing machine, gas c.h. Use of bicycles, sunloungers, owner's extensive library. Available May–Sept. £250 p.w. E-mail: vicki.bertram@ntu.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 726104.

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Flats to Let

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: North Oxford–£850 p.c.m. First floor apartment in a residential area overlooking parks. The property offers 2 good-sized bedrooms, and a study. Parking and garage. Fully- furnished and presented very well; Central north Oxford–£1,500 p.c.m. Duplex spacious split level apartment in period property, offering 3 large double bedrooms, and 3 reception rooms. Recently refurbished to a quality finish. Viewing recommended now. 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.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom apartment available from the first of June at £725 p.c.m. An attractive ground-floor, 1 double and 1 single bedroom-study, with patio and parking, it forms part of a small development 4 years old at a stones throw from Summertown amenities, and easy access to most university departments. Best suited to matrue professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

Central North Oxford, 4 minutes' walk from University Parks, and easy walking to University Science Area, libraries and city centre. Charming and spacious garden flat in quiet residential street, incl. sitting room, double bedroom, kitchen with washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower, plentiful storage space. Gas c.h. Fully furnished. Suit single person or couple. No smokers. Available from Aug. £795 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 512138, e-mail: mdy@bioch.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. An exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flat (first floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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Serviced Accommodation

Finally! the luxurious and economical alternative to 5-star luxury hotels, in central Oxford. Ambassador's Oxford offers clients short-stay 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom–1 en suite–5-star apartments in the centre of Oxford with allocated parking. Only 3 minutes' walk from the railway station and the Said Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From less than £100 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Large, self-contained loft room in north Oxford home. Own bathroom, kitchenette, and washing machine, 2 phone lines, c.h., fully furnished. Looking for quiet, n/s female, preferably for 1 year let. £125 p.w. inc., all household bills except phone. Call 01865 511499 eves.

Room to let in listed 16th-c., thatched cottage close to city centre. Many period features, traditionally decorated, shared bathroom, garden and private parking. Available May. £450 p.m., inc. all bills and cleaner. Suit non-smoking, independent and easy-going individual. Tel.: 01865 250722.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully- furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. en suiteshower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £280 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £45 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

Finders Keepers is celebrating its 30th year as Oxfordshire's leading letting agent, providing a specialist service to both landlords and tenants throughout the Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. With experienced letting and management teams Finders Keepers provide a high standard of service to all our clients. If you would like more information about Finders Keepers' services please contact us at our Head Office at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY, tel.: (00 44) 1865 311011, or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at www.finders.co.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

Furnished 2-bedroom flat/house within about 3 miles of Oxford, on bus route to city centre for non-smoking couple with 18-month old child (no pets), at around £700-800 p.c.m. Send offers to Hiroaki Nishioka, e-mail: hiroaki.nishioka@unipd.it, fax: + 39 049 7923260.

Retired academic couple (American) seeks furnished 2-/4-bedroom flat/house for about 1 year from 15 Sept. Summertown area preferred. Excellent references available. Non-smokers. Contact Professor James Thorson, English Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 U.S.A., or e-mail: jthorson@unm.edu.

College & County, a new letting agency, require high quality properties for clients within the academic world in Oxford. Please contact Mark on 01865 722277 or call in at the office at 116b Cowley Road.

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

Cornwall Bed and Breakfast: Colgare House, which is on the Lanhydrock estate near Bodmin, has 2 double and 2 single bedrooms, and is open all the year. Colgare House is peaceful, surrounded by woodlands and pastures, only 10 minutes from A30 and A38. Bodmin Parkway is a short drive or 25-minute walk. Central to all the Cornwall attractions, e.g. Eden Project and Lost gardens of Heligan are 20 minutes by car, the north and south coasts an easy 30–35 minute drive. There are good cycle tracks, and superb walking all around. See Web site: www.cornwallexplore.co.uk. Costs are £28 per person per night. Please contact Ngari Scoble, tel.: 01208 269605, mobile: 07980 629 505. E-mail: colgarehouse@hotmail.com.

Washington DC: house for rent for 3–4 weeks in Aug.,; 3 bedrooms, fully air-conditioned, large garden, in beautiful wooded area of Chevy Chase DC. Oxford family relocated to Washington will be away in Aug. Perfect for a family who want to spend time in the area. Museums are free, lots of parks, pools, horse riding, water sports and natural beauty. $800 USD p.w. E-mail: hgg@btinternet.com, or tel.: 001 202 362 2921.

Burgundy (Morvan National Park): 19th-c., stone cottage in quiet hamlet, sleeps 5+; enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own meadow with stream. Spacious sitting room, 1 double and 1 triple bedroom, study, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing-machine, c.h., tel., log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in nearby lakes, wine-tasting, and sightseeing in Burgundy (½ hr from Vézelay and Avallon). Dates available June-Sept., inc. £225–£275 p.w. Tel.: 01865 721539.

South West France, 18th-c., farmhouse near Duras; quiet, lovely views set amidst vineyards and woods. Bicycles, excellent walking, beautiful 15m pool, non- chlorinated, 2 terraces, sleeps 6. Well-equipped, large barn with pingpong etc. Availability in early June, 1 week 13 July, 1 week 14 Sept., Oct., onwards. Autumn generally warm, and good for swimming. Very reasonable rates from Oct., and for longer lets.

Tuscany, Italy: short or long-term rents, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill by large vineyard and olive trees, 5 bedrooms (with up to 8 beds), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 mins., drive from Chiusi town, shops, railway/motorway, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 mins., from Siena. E- mail: marino@demata.tuscany.it, tel.: + 39 055 602044, + 39 328 7133951, Web site: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Cottage for rent, West Buckland, S. Devon: 10 minutes' walk to beach, golf club, tennis, sailing estuary; 15 minutes' drive to Salcombe; sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; bathroom, separate living room, dining room, kitchen and downstairs w.c. Pretty south-facing garden with table and chairs. Very well maintained and clean. £250–£500 p.w. Call 0208 541 5449.

Northumberland, 5 miles north of Alnwick, within easy reach of both cheviot hills, and beautiful coast. Stone-built cottage in hamlet, sleeps up to 6. Please tel.: 01665 579292.

Venice: large flat in the heart of Venice, near Palazzo Grassi, in the heart of Venice, with large traditional sitting-room, and separate dining room, well-appointed kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suitebathroom, second bedroom with twin beds, third bedroom with 1 bed (+ 1), and a second bathroom. The flat is ideal for a family, in pristine condition, and available for short periods on a weekly basis at £600 per week. Tel.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.it.

Barga Tuscany: still dates available, particularly May and July, for this charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage which sleeps 4. Set in foothills of the Apuane mountains, facing the Carraras, offers panoramic views of the Garfagnana Valley. Five minutes from the bustling market town of Barga, offering cultural events, swimming, tennis, cinema, shops, banks, bars and restaurants. Excellent walking and riding country. Forty minutes from the stunning city of Lucca. Cottage has all modern comforts yet retains traditional features, and rustic charm. Set in an acre of olives and vines. Sorry no children under 12. For details and photos, please contact Jane Collett on 01672 516602, or e-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

Greek Islands: Skopelos, Alonissos and Skiathos. Lovely island houses and apartments available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodation for 2–8 persons. Prices from £60 p.p.p.w. For information see: www.holidayislands.com. E-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

Edinburgh: lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul-de-sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield). Walk across Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows to the Royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants, and food shops. Three bedrooms (2 double), sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available from mid-July to end-Sept. Phone/fax 01865 510542; e-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Andalucia, Las Alpujarras: delightful rustic farmhouse set in terraced olive groves, with own swimming pool, and fantastic mountain views. Sleeps 6 comfortably (2 doubles, 1 twin), 5 minutes walk to local village, 15 minutes drive to Ugijar market town. Available year round, £380 per week; also available for longer lets. One and a half hours from Almeria airport, or 3½ from Malaga. Car hire preferable. For more information contact tel.: 0779 6167811, or e-mail: l.bond@wanadoo.es.

Cornwall, near Sennen Cove: converted barn, sleeps 4/5. Comfortable, with microwave, washing machine, tumble drier, TV, video. Sea view, small garden. £150–£350 p.w., inc. of electricity and linen. Visit: www.hayloftcottage.co.uk, or tel.: 01865 557713.

South of France, Lot, traditional stone house for rent in small medieval hilltop village, 5 miles from historic town of Figeac. Sleeps up to 4. Private garden. Fully-equipped kitchen/living room with sofa bed, bedroom, bathroom with shower, and washing machine. Riding, fishing, and canoeing all at close proximity. £250 July/Aug., £200 May/June/Sept. Contact: M. Lawrence, Camboulit, 46100 France. Tel.: 00 33 5 65 40 08 24.

Provence/Languedoc, nr. Uzès: village house with pool. Beautiful distant views of Cévennes from terrace on one side. All shops 2 minutes, on the other. Can sleep 9. Phone Salisbury (01722) 743801.

Holiday house in 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 29 Apr.,– 31 May, 17 June–13 July, and 2–29 Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius 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 Sun., and will cook delicious meals. Charges: £375 p.w., or £650 per fortnight, or £1,200 per month. Ring Dr Charles Mould, 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691), e- mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

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 19th- century country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes from Rome, and 2 hours from Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–£600 p.w. Private owner: 01223 844334 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Heritage coast: delightful, 2nd-floor apartment with sea view (no lift). Self-catering, fully furnished, sleeps 3. Close to shops and concerts. Aldeburgh is an unspoilt seaside town (fresh fish daily!) with strong musical connections and International Festivals at nearby Snape Maltings. RSPB Minsmere and National Trust properties are also quite close; two local golf courses. Seasonal prices from £200 p.w. inc. of electricity, gas, taxs and lock-up garage. Tel.: 01473 730 737, e- mail: yal20@dial.pipex.com, write: P.O.Box 31, Washbrook, Ipswich, IP8 3HP.

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. 2002 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

Costa del Sol: seaside residence, sleeps 2; lovely views and gardens. Book now for stay. £70 p.w. Book by telephone/fax: 01865 511657, or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

South-West France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m. swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Available Apr., £350 p.w., May/June/Sept., £500 p.w., longer stays negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218, Sally 01494 864573.

Charming terrace house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church-visiting, bird-watching and pub-hopping. Tel.: 01865 513464 (eves.).

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 or 0207 581 7908.

Dorset: unspoiled 17th-century cob cottage, in quiet village, within easy reach of World Heritage coastline, sleeps 5 (cot also available). Self-catering, linen provided. Non-smokers only, and sorry no pets. Available between May and Sept., at £300 p.w. For details, tel.: 07811 345104, or e-mail: passinc@surfaid.org.

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House For Sale

Charming Victorian terrace house in sought after Iffley Fields; 3 bedrooms, 2 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room. House totally re-furbished 5 years ago. Period features, open fires, 60ft mature garden, integrated oven and hob, burglar alarm etc. £275,000. Contact Anand or Lysbeth on 01865 721992.

A beautifully maintained and presented modern 2-bedroom end terrace house in Kidlington. £129,950. Please contact 01865 378200, or e-mail: kirsty_bryant@yahoo.co.uk.

South of France: in small village, 5 km from Carcassone, Languedoc; 4 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and 2 living rooms, gardens. Sound roof, some renovations needed. 200,000 euros. For more information tel.: 01865 512906, or e-mail: dgraydurant@hotmail.com.

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