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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Seeking an armadillo, bookends, wildlife Christmas cards, maybe a Dodo Pad Diary or simply shooting stars for stockings? A wide choice is available at the museum shop. Ten per cent discount on production of Oxford University card at start of transaction. Open daily noon–5 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sun., 23 Dec.; reopens 12 noon–5 p.m. Thur., 27 Dec.–Sun., 30 Dec. inc. Usual daily opening again from noon, Thur., 3 Jan. Tel. for sales enquiries: 01865 (2)72961.

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Oxford Science Enterprise Centre

Exploiting Intellectual Property: a lecture and `Question Time' discussion for researchers, Thurs.,13 Dec., tenth week. Start 5 p.m. Reception 6.30 p.m., at the Said Business School's new building, Park End Street, Oxford. Please register online or e-mail : liz.miller@sbs.ox.ac.uk stating any question and your title, name and department.

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Concert

The Oxford Philomusica, Oxford's professional orchestra, performs a concert of English and Japanese repertoire at the Sheldonian Theatre, on Sat., 8 Dec., 8 p.m., as part of Japan 2001. The soloist is the brilliant Japanese violinist, Joji Hattori, associate fellow of St Antony's College: Elgar, Introductionand Allegro, Takemitsu, Three Film Scores, Ikuma Dan, Two Fragments in Black & White, Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending, and Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Joji Hattori, violin, Marios Papdopoulos, conductor. Tickets: students from £5. Box office: 01865 798600 or online: www.oxfordphil.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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Magdalen College School Open Morning

Sat., 12 Jan., 9.30 a.m.–12 noon. With only 100 boys in the Junior School (7–11) and 500 boys in the Senior School (11–18), Magdalen provides a warm, friendly environment where each boy is encouraged to make his mark. Academic standards are very high and boys participate enthusiastically in the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. For information about applications contact: cdickinson@admissions.magadalen.oxon.sch.uk.

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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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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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Services Offered

For stress-free entertaining: SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home. From sophisticated dinner parties to family functions. Menus to suit all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136 or 07811 196016; e-mail: sugar_pepper@hotmail.com.

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

Author seeks animal-sitter(s): 3 small dogs, 3 fat cats, offering in exchange free accommodation (4 bedrooms) for 4 months from 1 March in Irish village 1 hour from Cork .Heating, electricity, large library provided. Tel./Fax.: 00 353 5854367.

Car plus petrol paid for, plus £30 minimum per week for 6 hours of work including: shopping, ironing, and dog walking in Souldern near Bicester, and occasional babysitting (ages 10 and 11). Please telephone London secretary on 020 7267 4467.

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.

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Tuition Offered

Cello lessons: highly respected teacher; adults and children; all standards from beginners to highly advanced. Andrew Zreczycki has been a professional cellist for many years, and has studied under Anner Bijlsma and Derek Simpson, Professor of Cello at RCM. Contact Andrew on 01865 849824, mobile: 07786 914622, e-mail: andrewzr@hotmail.com.

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Houses to Let

Bright, modern detached home south of the city centre, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac: fully-furnished, large living-room, separate dining-room; 3 bedrooms plus study or 4th bedroom, 3 bathrooms, separate utility room with washing machine, and tumble drier; private fenced garden with lovely treed areas at front and side. Detached double garage. Two telephone lines, cable TV, gas c.h. Available for Hilary term at £1,350 p.c.m. Non-smokers only. Tel.: 01865 451817, or 001 812 333 2782 Modern semi-detached spacious house,fully furnished, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac of Iffley village: 3 bedrooms, plus box room, large lounge and kitchen/dining room with ample off-street parking. Four minutes walk to main bus routes on the Iffley road. Available immediately until the end of June, at £900 per month plus bills. Professionals and academics only. E-mail: sue.bridgford@virgin.net, or 'phone 01865 726283 for details.

Historic house in Woodstock available from 7 Feb.,–5 May 2002: 2/3 bedrooms, 4 other rooms, gas c.h. Close to bus service for Oxford. Caring occupant(s) wanted, on negotiable terms. E-mail: martin.kemp@trinity.ox.ac.uk.

Lovely old house (wing of Old Rectory), 5 miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington, available now: huge farmhouse kitchen/dining room; large sitting-room; 2 large double bedrooms; bathroom; utility room. Communal garden and orchard. On No 2 bus route (every 15 mins), and walking distance to shops and amenities. References essential. £850 p.c.m. Phone 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 evenings and weekends.

Wheatley, detached house: quiet secluded area, lake (holds trout), walled garden (south facing), wildflower garden with beautiful trees; sunroom, gas-fired Aga, ntl computer links, 5 bedrooms (1 en suite), large kitchen/breakfast area facing south over garden. Open log fire in living room. Tons of storage space for furniture. You can use most of your own furniture if you wish or we will furnish. Primary school at bottom of hill, secondary school 20 minutes walk. £1,500 p.m. plus bills. Available mid-Dec., for 6 months or 1 year. Tel.: 01865 750922.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade, Avenue: Ockham Mews, central North Oxford. Immaculate mews house in this fashionable area of Oxford. Offering 2 bedrooms, study, conservatory, maintained gardens and garage. Fully furnished and equipped to an exceptional standard. Available on both short and long term lets. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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. Available early Jan. £1,7000 p.c.m. View on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/waterside. E-mail: valerie@balleny.com, tel.: + 44 (0) 207 274 7691, mobile: 07703 879792.

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 storeys high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Easily looked-after garden. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room. Large living room upstairs, to take advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture. Fully equipped. C.h. Available Apr.–Aug. 2002. Prefer non-smokers and no children. Telephone: Oxford 511825 (evenings or Sun.); e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Summertown, North Oxford: nicely furnished 4-bedroom house; large sitting-room, dining-room with french doors onto good-size garden; gas c.h., parking; close shops, schools. Easy bus/cycle/pedestrian access to city centre, University, and hospitals. £1,300 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smokers preferred. Tel.: 01865 557220.

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: 01865 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Park Town basement flat in quiet, pleasant area with access to central gardens: large, sunny, bedsitting-room, large kitchen, bathroom. Furnished and recently completely redecorated, and carpeted. Suitable for quiet non-smoker. £475 p.c.m., inc. heating, light and hot water. Available for long-term let. Tel.: 01865 554908.

One-bedroom, self-contained flat available in Kidlington. Close to all amenities. Exceptional value at £350 p.c.m. Comprises bedroom, sitting-room, lobby room, fitted kitchen, toilet and shower. Would suit non-smoking female. Unfortunately no children or pets. For more details 'phone 01865 376576.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Balliol Court, Oxford Waterside, Jericho–£1000 p.c.m. Superior turret 2-bedroom apartment in this prestigious development, fully furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Available from Jan., through to the summer. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Small flat in North Oxford within ring road, available from early Jan.,: separate entrance in family house, bed-sitting room, kitchen with washing machine, cooker, microwave, full bathroom, use of garden, telephone point. Rent inclusive of all bills. £450 p.m. Tel.: 01865 558137 or Mon., Tues., Wed., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 01865 278118.

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. Two exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats (first and second floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Each with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. First-floor available Nov., second-floor available Jan. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Exclusive 2-bedroom flat, fully-furnished, in quiet road off the Woodstock Road in North Oxford; south facing, ground-floor flat with shared secluded garden and garage. Suitable for professional couple, non-smoking, no pets. Available 1 March 2002. Rent £850 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513688.

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Accommodation Offered

Paying guests, visiting academics: professional lady has a beautiful farm cottage 25 minutes drive from Oxford, for short term or part-time stay. Full use of cottage, own en suitebathroom, c.h., log burning fireplace, gardens, and fields with stunning views, in village location. Ideal for anyone who enjoys the peace and quiet of country life/country walks, and has a car to drive to town. Phone Shirley on 01367 718 462.

Central North Oxford: 2 single rooms available from 6 Jan. in quiet Victorian house within easy walking distance of university departments. Half-board. Dinner by arrangement. Non-smokers. £85 p.w.Tel./fax: 01865 516142, mobile: 07813 557327.

Writer offers cheap large bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in warm, dry, lovely North Oxford house; walking distance University; use of sitting-room over canal and modern kitchen; owner away weekends, then garden and library; ideal for quiet, academic or other. Bills included. Male or female. Tel.: 0207-431 8297 or 01865 513281.

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 aproved 3 Starts. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

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

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 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: 01865 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation offered to Rent or Exchange (United States)

Visiting professor seeks to rent his home in Washington DC suburbs or exchange homes: lovely furnished, 6-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, new kitchen, living and family rooms, office, finished basement. Highly desirable family neighbourhood and excellent schools. Available January–August 2002, $3,900. Contact: (301) 299-5947; e-mail: gostin@erols.com.

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Accommodation Sought

Visiting Research Fellow at Balliol College, early-Jan.,–mid- July 2002 (plus spouse for part of that period), seeks quiet, furnished, self-contained accommodation; parking preferable. Mature, non-smokers, references. Can pay approx. £600 p.c.m. Please contact Dr Lorraine Elliott , e-mail: Lorraine.Elliott@anu.edu.au or fax: +61 2 6125 8010.

Do you need a house-sitter? Minimum of 2-bedroom accommodation required by part-time Bodleian staff member. Long-term let wanted (min. 12 months), ideally from late Jan./mid-Feb., (must move by 17 Feb.). Ideally south Oxford but centre and environs considered. Twelve-year-old son at boarding school, stays occasionally (mother lives separately). May suit landlord for house-sitting on reduced rent basis. Contact Alex Haydon on 01865 (2)77025, 10 a.m.–12.45 p.m., Mon.,–Thurs; 10–11 Fri.,; and on 01235 821693 every day from 3.30 p.m. onwards (Thurs., 4.30). Mobile: 07754 110523. E-mail: cadhay@dircon.co.uk.

Retired female academic, planning permanent return from Australia before Easter, seeks house-sit/s while house-hunting in/near Oxford. Experienced house-sitter, references available. E-mail until end Jan.: vida@yankalilla.net.au.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

We are looking for 3-bedroom accommodation in Oxford during Aug., 2002 in exchange for our first-floor apartment in Bologna, comprising large sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 studios, 4 bedrooms, balcony and garden. Quiet residential area next to the city centre, close to bus stop, good parking facilities, TV, washing machine, dishwasher, Internet PC, and CD player. Please contact: Vita Fortunati and Claudio Franceschi, Via Albertazzi 39/II, 40137 Bologna, Italy. Tel.: + 39 052 349781/303931, e-mail: fortunat@lingue.unibo.it.

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Holiday Lets

French Farmhouse, 1 km from village, border Lot and Tarn et Garonne: sunny and cheerful, private grounds, good view, swimming pool, heating, sleeps 4 comfortably. Available to let all year round for superb holidays or longer stays (house- hunters, writers on sabbatical). Ring Paul or Marion at 00 33 563 240878, or e-mail: info@quercus-wooddesign.com.

Paris Studio in the Marais (Rue St Paul) to let from 1 Jan. Charming, if small, courtyard studio available for short lets, and occasional longer ones by arrangement. Attractively furnished, and well-equipped with kitchenette, television, CD, and other amenities. To members of the university and associates, £35 per night, £205 per week, 3 nights minimum. Enquiries to 07957 588 449, or e-mail to: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Caribbean-Bequia, The Grenadines:`Sea Star', an enchanting villa, 100 ft above sandy Friendship Bay, consists of 3 cottages nestled together in tropical gardens. Three double bedrooms have en suitebathrooms, verandas off each bedroom have spectacular views of azure ocean; kitchen, reception/dining room, sun deck, hammock, daily maid, laundry, jeep rental included. Six guests: £170 each p.w. Other rentals available. Sailing, speedboat diving, and watersports at discount. Tel.: Lara Cowan Hadley 01993 850 285, e-mail: enquiries@grenadine-escape.com.

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.

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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For Sale

David Loggan's famous Oxonia Illustrata (1675/1706), the first and greatest collection of Oxford engravings (39 total). An exceptional copy for sale at cost by a private American collector. Includes specially-built felt-lined case. Please write to: crahill@juno.com for details. n

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