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Concert

The Oxford Philomusica's 2002 season continues at the Sheldonian on Tues., 12 Feb., 8 p.m. with a concert featuring Fauré's Requiem and works by Sir John Tavener—Song of the Angel, and Eternity's Sunrise—sung by Patricia Rozario for whom these works were written. The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra is joined by the Oxford Philomusica Chorus, and the concert is conducted by Marios Papadopoulos. Tickets: students from £5. Box Office: 01865 305305, or online: www.oxfordphil.com.

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Fri., 22 Feb., 8 p.m.: John Christopher Adams, Schubert, Piano Sonata Cycle, Programme 4; Piano Sonata in f minor D625, Moments–Musicaux D780, Piano Sonata in G Major D894. Tickets: £7/£5 available at the door. In association with Music Haven Concerts.

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ACEM Meditation

ACEM scientific, non-denominational meditation courses for beginners in Arts Room, Trinity College from 9.30 a.m.–3.30 p.m.: 16 Feb., free follow-up 17 Feb., 10.30 a.m.–noon; 11 May, free follow-up 25 May, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.; 25 May, free follow-up 26 May, 10.30 a.m.–noon . One-off fee £10 for students, £25 for staff, £50 others. To register, contact 07814 550382, or e-mail: acem.uk@acem.com.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., 8 p.m. in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bellpush for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 15 Feb., Friar's Court Story, John Willmer, Agriculturalist.

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Royal National Institute for the Blind

Oxford Abseil Challenge, Sun., 10 March, from the John Radcliffe Hospital. Entry forms from Alyson and Victoria, Event Coordinators, RNIB Fundraising, 1 The Ridings, Coalpit Heath, Bristol BS36 2RY. Tel.: 01454 882985, 07949 683641 (mobile).

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

"Music to Lift the Soul": Professor Val Cunningham, `What Jazz meant to Philip Larkin & Co.', 14 Feb., 12.30 p.m., St Giles' Church. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs a small donation would be appreciated.

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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.

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Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust

Treasurer for Annual Sponsored Ride or Stride (StRide). The StRide now raises £90,000 a year towards repair grants to Oxfordshire's churches of all denominations. Working from home and reporting to the County StRide Organiser, the Treasurer is responsible for paying out half the money to the churches that raised it, that is about 600 generated payments between Sept., and Jan., the other half going to the Trust. Other duties include periodic reporting, maintaining computerised records, assisting with the distribution of forms to county organisers and occasional planning meetings. A familiarity with computers for simple data handling and word processing, and a liking for working as a team member is essential. A modest honorarium (and expenses) may be paid. contact Mr C. H. Walton on 01865 735179, or e-mail: chris.walton@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

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Central, South and West Area Committee

Are there local issues that interest you? Then come to your Area Committee meeting, Tues., 12 Feb., 6 p.m., Oxford Town Hall. For more information contact: Lyn Lawrence, tel.: 01865 252219, e-mail: southwest@oxford.gov.uk.

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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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Volunteers wanted

Oxford Babylab would love to hear from English- speaking parents of babies under 2 years. Based in the Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, the lab is researching early language development in fun studies lasting up to 30 mins. Free Babylab T-shirt as a thank-you. Please contact Babylab on 01865 271384 (ansaphone) or 01865 271396, or e-mail to: babylab@psy.ox.ac.uk.

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Services Offered

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).

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Domestic Services

For stress-free entertaining SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home. We cater for canapé receptions, buffets, and dinner parties providing tailor-made menus to suit all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136, or 07811 196016.

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

Piano lessons for all ages and levels, also accompanying, by Ana Mladenovic. Free consultation lesson. Tel.: 01865 778248 or 07779 580235, or e-mail: pujsana@hotmail.com.

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.

February, half-term student Jazz courses (Mon., 11 Feb.,–Thurs., 14 Feb.: standard course for 10–14 year olds; Advanced for 15–18 year olds. Well established and successful courses organised by d'Overbroeck's College. Tel.: 01865 310000 for details.

Intensive Easter revision courses at GCSE, AS and A2, d'Overbroek's College. One of the leading and most established providers in the country. Tel.; 01865 310000 for details or visit our Web site, www.doverbroecks.com.

Traditional English Watercolours: weekend courses and Summer schools, Tutorial Video, online tuition and commissions. See: www.rebeccahind.com, or tel.: 01865 340633.

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

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Situations Vacant

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 July 1, 2002. £20,000–£35,000 p.a. depending on experience, etc. Please send c.v. to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, OX1 1UD.

Graduates required to write abstracts of English and foreign-language articles/books about modern and contemporary art on a freelance basis. Flexible schedule and workload. All languages welcome. Please send c.v. to Wibke Gruetjen, ARTbibliographies Modern at CSA, 4640 Kingsgate, Cascade Way, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2ST. E- mail: wgruetjen@csa.com.

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Houses to Let

Exceptional house to let to exceptional people: newly refurbished for owner to live in at a later date. Centrally located in St Clements area, near Magdalen Bridge, within easy walking distance of city centre, colleges, and covered market; 4-bedroom/studies, suitable for 4 people sharing, for family use or for visiting academics; sitting-room, bathroom with cast iron bath, extra toilet, fitted kitchen with ceramic sink, fridge-freezer, washing machine, fitted gas cooker. Small patio garden. Available from 8 July 2002–5 July 2003. Rental £1,250 p.c.m. Only careful and appreciative tenants need apply. References required. No smokers, no pets. Contact (London) 0207 278 5147, or e-mail: msoar@hotmail.com.

A unique opportunity to enjoy a 4/5 unfurnished bedroom house, set in an acre of maintained garden, with stunning views of the `Oxford Spires', from the upper floors. Only 5 minutes' drive from the city centre, the property has a spacious kitchen with Aga, and all kitchen appliances, large sitting-room, dining-room/main hall. There are oak wooden floors in most rooms, and oak doors, the house has many other attractive features. To view this and other properties available please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012, or e-mail: gayh@finders.co.uk. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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

North Oxford , attractively-furnished, 3-bedroom house in very quiet street, suitable for professional family, available from 1 April. It is equipped with a satellite TV, fridge, freezer, washer-drier and microwave. Garage with parking space. Close to schools, cycle distance to university science area, colleges and city centre. Excellent bus service. Very close to a beautiful public park with children's play areas, sports ground, and a swan lake. Rent £800 p.m. Contact +44 1732 777429, or +44 7733 137565, +44 7990 570616, e-mail: w.j.wang@sussex.ac.uk.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Merrivale Square, Jericho–£1,350 p.c.m. Spacious modern townhouse with off-street parking. Offering 3 double bedrooms, and large reception room. Fully furnished and equipped to a good standard. Suitable for professional or small family. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Available from 30 May–5 July: spacious, well- furnished North Oxford house on quiet, friendly cul-de-sac ending in park. Accommodation includes 4+ bedrooms, study with internet linked computer, and lovely extension fronted with windows facing onto secluded garden. Downstairs wheelchair adapted. Frequent city centre bus service, tennis courts, and golf course nearby. Use of car possible. £325 p.w. incl. all utilities except phone. Tel.: 01865 454272, e-mail: tam.frishberg@ntlworld.com.

Temple Cowley, quiet cul-de-sac, very bright, modern 4-bedroom terrace house. Short walking distance to library, swimming pool, shops, and bus stop, 20 minute cycle ride to city centre, easy access to ring road and Oxford Science Park. West facing rear garden, nice views towards Oxford, open plan sitting/dining room (7 m x 3.5 m), wooden floors, tiled kitchen and entrance hall. Four first-floor bedrooms (2 currently connected, 1 with en-suite shower), plus family bathroom. Fridge-freezer and dishwasher included, washing machine negotiable. To let unfurnished, or partially furnished. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Available early March £900 p.c.m. For more information call 01865 (2)72438 (a.m.) or 717891 (p.m.), or e-mail:snp@nimr.mrc.ac.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 end 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.

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 Rd., Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. Email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.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 e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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Summer Let

Victorian 3-bedroom house in East Oxford to let between end-May and end-Aug. Two bathrooms, a garden, and all modern facilities. East access to the centre of town, local shops and amenities. £975 p.c.m., contact e-mail: chrismowles@yahoo.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Park Town: studio flat to sub-let Mon.,–Fri. Quiet, non-smoker please. Includes use of computer (Mac), stereo and TV/video. £100 p.w. Contact: dee.mondschein@lmh.ox.ac.uk, or `phone 07752 427122.

Lifestyle Letting & Managment, 1 North Parade Avenue: Woodstock Road, North Oxford–£750 p.c.m. Smartly presented 1-bedroom first-floor apartment. Fully furnished and equipped to a high standard. Private parking. Would suit professional couple or individual. 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, 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.

A fully-furnished and equipped 2-bedroom flat with garage, situated in a quiet location in Headington, within walking distance of Radcliffe Hospitals, and Headington shops, as well as only being 1 mile away from Oxford city centre. Available from mid-Feb. A non-smoking professional couple or family is preferred. £725 p.c.m. Please contact 01865 463506 after 5.30 p.m.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom flat, fully-furnished, in quiet road off the Woodstock Road: south facing, ground-floor flat with garden and garage. Non-smoking, no pets. Available 1 March 2002. Rent £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513688.

Unfurnished? The choice of 1- or 2-bedroom recently built unfurnished apartments in central Kidlington. On the bus route to Oxford, walking distance to shops, restaurants, and other local amenities. Two minutes' drive to large supermarket. From £595–£695 p.c.m. : Sharers welcome in this 2-bedroom first-floor apartment in North Oxford. Spacious living/dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, shower over bath. Allocated parking, and ample additional on-street parking. For further information on these and other available properties please contact Julia Nash at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, e-mail: julian@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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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 only £85 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

Central Oxford–a selection of luxury 2 bedroom furnished and serviced apartments with parking, and in a central city location. Short serviced rental–£85 per night. Three month serviced rental from £1,600 p.c.m. Six month un-serviced rental from £1,200 p.c.m. Also a variety of central and North Oxford properties from £1,000 p.c.m. to £4,000 p.c.m. Carter Jonas. Tel.: 01865 511444.

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Accommodation Offered

Room to let in period property in Old Marston. Set in a stunning situation, this beautifully decorated cottage has many unique features. Tall applicants beware of some low beams! Mod cons, shared bathroom, garden, and private parking, and close to the city centre. Short term lodger sought. £450 p.m. inc. bills. contact: julietfranks.co@virgin.net.

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.

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.

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 Rd., 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 Sought

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

Brinklow Cottage, the Lake District: Braithwaite is a hikers' paradise, sitting at the foot of Whinlatter Forest with Grisedale Pike towering behind. This compact, comfortable, affordable accommodation for 2 plus dog, will appeal equally to the young and old, who will appreciate the magnificent views over Derwent Valley, and Skiddaw. The cottage is situated on an elevated site above Braithwaite yet within a short stroll to the village shop, and 2 public inns. Prices from £130 p.w. Tel.: 017687 78524, or e-mail: twocthornes@aol.com.

Italy, Umbria: `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills, 5 miles NE of Assisi, in National Park; distant views over undulating countryside, wild life. Kitchen/dining-/sitting-room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential: Lombardia, Lake Como: apartment in village house closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace, 25 minutes' from Como city. For either let £350 per week, £600 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

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.

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.

Tuscany: family-owned wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese; offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact, tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120, or e-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

The beauty of Assisi, twinned with Bethlehem, the former being the world's great Centre of Peace, is unbelievable. Here is a `Casa Colonica', with magnificent views overlooking Assisi at 2000 ft in a tranquil atmosphere of unpolluted air. Accommodation: 36 ft long lounge (2 levels), large well-equipped kitchen, most impressive spacious hall, 2 large double-bedrooms, well-fitted bathroom, huge, most attractive music room/library. Beamed ceilings everywhere. Outside veranda leading down to a very large imaginative garden. A car is essential for access to other choice medieval cities and towns such as Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Orvieto, to name a few, and the glorious Lake Trasimeno region. The weekly charge is £450; for more extended periods an adjustment to £400 would be made. Tel.: Iseu Lavall, 00 39 075 813 793; Oxford contact: Professor and Mrs Caldwell, 23 Squitchey Lane, Oxford OX2 7LD. Tel.: 01865 310956, e- mail: janet.caldwell@virgin.net.

Italy–right on the Umbrian border with Tuscany. Beautifully renovated spacious cottage sleeping 2, overlooking own vineyard. Also has sofa-bed so could sleep 4. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845.

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.

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.

Barga, Tuscany: charming 2-bedroom, 2 bath cottage, sleeps 4, in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views, and surrounded by vines and olives. Five minutes from bustling market town of Barga offering cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Cottage provides comfortable accommodation and rustic charm. Sorry no children under 12. For details and photos contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 516602 or e-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

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Narrowboat For Sale

Built and fitted out in 1985 by Peter Nicholls: 45 ft., excellent condition, vetus diesel, 2 + 2 beds, solid stove plus Alde Heater, bathroom shower, toilet and pump out, full-size stove, plus small fridge. Moored at Thrupp (North Oxford). BSC May 2003. Cost £26,000. Contact Jenny and Peter Huxley, 01865 514340. n

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