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Concert

Bluecoat Concert, the Holywell Room, Holywell Street, Wed., 10 Oct., 7.30 p.m. A programme of Baroque chamber music featuring outstanding senior musicians from Christ's Hospital School. Programme includes J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and Double Violin Concerto; Cimarosa, Oboe Concerto. Free Admission. To reserve your tickets tel.: 01403 247434.

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Holidays with Music

Holidays with Music is a small company experienced in orgnaizing holidays for music- lovers, in beautiful and interesting places, carefully planned to ensure that comfort, good food, and a social atmosphere will be combined with musical performances of a high standard. Their `Autumn Collection 2001' comprises 6 holidays of varying length: Azores Festival; Ambronay Early Music Festival; Chamber Music in Bohemian Chateaux; Bach in Leipzig; Opera in Prague; New York. For further information please contact John or Helen Whibley, tel.: 0161 232 9943, fax: 0161 232 9951, e-mail: john@whibley.co.uk. Internet: www.whibley.co.uk.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club exists to welcome the spouses and partners of newly arrived graduates, visiting academics to the University, and newly appointed academics. The Club meets at 13 Norham Gardens on Wed., mornings, 10.30 a.m.–12 noon, starting on 3 Oct. The equipment pool operates from the basement at the same time. Newcomers with toddlers meet on Fri. mornings, 10.15 a.m.–12 noon, starting on 5 Oct. there will be a Welcome Party at the Club Room, 5–6.30 p.m., Sun. 21 Oct., and a Christmas Fair, same place, Wed. 5 Dec., 10.30 a.m.

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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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Institute for Chinese Studies

Call for volunteers to learn Chinese: the Institute for Chinese is looking for volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Chinese to participate in training in the 4 language skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing. The third session, for training in listening skills, will run for 17 weeks in total, divided into 2 parts. The first part will begin on Mon. 8 Oct., and finish on Fri. 14 Dec. The second part of the session will begin on Mon. 14 Jan. 2002, and end on Fri. 1 Mar. 2002. Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of 127½ contact hours over the 17 weeks, involving 1½ hrs per day, 5 days p.w. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every day during the weeks specified at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, but this timing could be adjusted during the Christmas vacation period if acceptable to all participants. Members of the university with no knowledge of Mandarin who wish to learn Chinese listening skills are welcome to participate in the 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, Oxford OX1 2HG. Tel.: 01865 280393, e-mail: kan@server.orient.ox.ac.uk.

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Services Offered

Small Space Design with a framework of structures, wall shrubs and spring bulbs. Jeanne Bliss, Landscape Designer and lecturer, Oxford and California. Tel.: 01865 515379. E-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

Anyone feeling stressed? We can help with short sessions of On-Site Massage (O.S.M.), tailored for the workplace, using a special chair, no undressing , no oils. Research has shown that regular O.S.M. increases alertness, improves performance, and reduces work-related stress. Why not try a free demonstration? Contact The Oxford Touchworks on 01844 338539 or 01865 552315.

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

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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.

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2–5 years, established 10 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities inc. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) LRAM., Jericho. Tel.: 01865 510904.

Software training: I can offer training and help with many Windows applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and the Internet), 1-to-1, or in small groups. If you are struggling to get started, or would like help at a higher level, contact me to discuss filling gaps, short cuts, and turning software use into an enjoyable, and meaningful activity. Janet Caldwell, Oxford Software Training, 23 Squitchey Lane, Oxford OX2 7LD. Tel.: 01865 310956, e-mail: janet.caldwell@virgin.net.

Piano tuition offered by Andrew Bottrill, currently teaching at the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon, and The Royal College of Music, London. Home visits, all ages, all levels. Tel.: 01865 469549, 0776 0237755 or e-mail: aeb29@yahoo.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

Cottage to let (dating from 1800s, fully renovated): 2 double bedrooms, large kitchen, living room, conservatory, quiet rural location, stunning views. Cuddesdon, nr Wheatley; easy access to Oxford, hospitals, M40. £750 p.c.m. furnished or unfurnished. Available early Nov. Call 01865 873977/875254.

Iffley Village, Victorian terrace: 2 receptions (period fireplaces), beech h/w floors, modern kitchen and bathroom; large double bedroom, 2nd study/guest bedroom. Lovely garden. Beautiful property in unique village setting close to river and city centre. Available 1 Nov. £900 p.c.m. E-mail: robin@thekingsheadfritwell.co.uk. Tel.: 01869 346738 or 07768 712534.

Furnished terrace house to rent in Kennington, Oxford: comprising 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 single) with garden, garage, and off-road parking. £625 p.m., plus bills. Min. 6 months let. No pets, no smokers please. Available from 1 Nov. Tel.: 01865 739500.

Victorian terraced cottage in Summertown, near shops and bus stops: available from approx. mid-Oct., owing to present tenants buying own house; 1 double bedroom, 1 single. Would consider short let to avoid gap. £650 p.m. Details from 01865 514856, or e-mail: lvl@bodley.ox.ac.uk.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' from John Radcliffe Hospital. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Beautiful Victorian terrace house unexpectedly available, off Iffley Road: 2 bedrooms, wood floors, gas c.h., wood-burning stove. £800 p.c.m. Suit professional non-smoker. Please tel.: 01865 512928/791296.

Central North Oxford, tranquillity minutes from the centre: immaculate, elegantly furnished Victorian-style house in landscaped surroundings, lovely views over Port Meadow and the canal; 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, luxury kitchen/breakfast room, dining room/study, sitting room, secluded paved garden, parking. Non-smokers preferred. £1,700 p.c.m. View on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/waterside. E-mail: vballeny@callnetuk.com, tel.: ++ 44 (0) 207 274 7691, mobile 07703 879792.

Unfurnished, 3-bedroom, semi-detached house in a quiet road close to Headington shops, and amenities: 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen, and bathroom. Off-street parking. Available 9 Nov. £775 p.c.m. For further information on this and other properties, please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford, or call 01865 200012. Alternatively visit our web site at:

Charming, self-contained, furnished cottage attached to old Cotswold house. Beautiful 30 mile open view in quiet village, 7 minutes from Charlbury station (11 minutes from Oxford): 1 double bedroom, 1 single/office, 2 bathrooms, 33ft (10 m) long sitting room, conservatory/dining room, kitchen and utility room. Extensive cupboard space. Suit visiting academic/professional, single or couple. Long or short lets considered. Regret no children or pets. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 878632.

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 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

Contemporary 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom ground-floor furnished apartment: extremely spacious living/dining room, en suite shower room. Quick access to ringroad and A40/M40. Allocated parking. Available immediately. £850 p.c.m. For further information on this and other properties, please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford, or call 01865 200012. Alternatively visit our web site at: www.finders.co.uk.

Charming 1-bedroom flat in a small gated courtyard on Woodstock Road, close to all Summertown facilities. The flat has its own independent entrance and off-street parking, and is tastefully decorated. Available from 1 Oct., £700 p.m. Please contact C. McIntosh on 01865 556767, ext. 4184, or e-mail: mcintosc@oup.co.uk.

North Oxford , Summertown: spacious, interesting flat, convenient for town and shops. Recently refurbished, furnished, gas c.h. Large double bedroom with stripped pine floor, single bedroom/study, fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room with coal-effect gas fire, bathroom with bath/shower, separate w.c. Off- road parking, small garden. No smokers or pets please. Suit professionals. £900 p.c.m. exc. Tel.: 01242 672088. E-mail: johnb925@aol.com.

Luxury, self-contained flat in large country house in village of Cassington, 6 miles from centre of Oxford. Large lounge, kitchen with fridge freezer, microwave and cooker. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom, and shower. Available for short lets. Non-smoking, not suitable for children. Tel.: 01865 883991 , fax: 01865 883395 or e-mail: oxmedia@aol.com.

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Accommodation Offered

St Margaret's road, North Oxford: room in Victorian house available from early October. Would suit quiet female academic; bathroom and kitchen shared with one other (f). £75 p.w. (inc.). Tel.: eve. 01865 554977.

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).

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 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, refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £ 280 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board aproved 3 Starts. 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.

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Accommodation Sought

Junior Fellow of an Oxford college seeks house or flat, with bedroom and separate, substantial private space for study. Willing to share with professional or other academic, non-smoking male. Ring 01865 249 740, or e-mail: thomas.grant@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

American academic on sabbatical at Bodleian Library seeks accommodation for a single person starting any date in Jan., 2002 through to an ending date any day in June. Contact by e-mail at: kmt@bradley.edu, or by London area telephone number 020 8427 5692, or write to: 102 Axminster Road (Room 32), London N7 6BS (until 19 Nov.).

Writer with family connection to Oxford seeks house-sitting position or similar before moving there permanently. Could pay modest rent. Contact: 01600 714840, or e-mail: adrian@mourby.fsnet.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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Holiday Lets

France (Tarn et Garonne): renovated farmhouse in over 1 acre with pool, surrounded by unspoilt countryside; sleeps 6 plus 1 bedroom with 5 single beds; 3 km from medieval village of Lauzerte, Toulouse airport 1 hour, auto-route from Bordeaux 2 hours. Winter lets from 3 Nov. Rentals negotiable. Tel.: 01367 810218 or 01494 864573.

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.

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House for Sale

Marston: a larger than average semi-detached house within walking distance to the University and JRH: 3 bedrooms, 2 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, storage/utility, and workshop rooms, spacious front, side, and rear gardens, detached garage, and 2 driveways. No onward chain. £185,000. Tel.: 01865 437022, e-mail: john2house@yahoo.com. n

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