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Ashmolean Shop

Ashmolean Christmas Shopping: choose your cards and gifts with a difference from the Ashmolean Shop. Solve those difficult Christmas presents and indulge yourself with books, ceramics and treasures from all over the world. Special Evening opening on Thurs., 6 Dec., until 8 p.m., with 10% off on selected goods, and free gift wrapping. Tel.: 288185 for details. (Museum Christmas closing 24–27 Dec., and 1 Jan.).

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Concerts

Oxford Harmonic Society, Sat., 17 Nov., 7.30 p.m., at the Sheldonian Theatre: Handel's Messiah, with the Orchestra of Stowe Opera, conducted by Robert Secret. Tickets £12 and £10 (Concessions £10 and £8) from Oxford Playhouse, tel.: 01865 798600 or at the door.

The Oxford Philomusica, Oxford's professional orchestra, performs a concert of Baroque repertoire at the Bernard Sunley Theatre of St Catherine's College on Sat., 24 Nov., at 8 p.m.: Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Telemann, Wasserrmusik, Bach, Concerto for Violin in E Major, BWV 1042, Vivaldi, La Tempesta di mare, and `Winter' (The Four Seasons), Handel, Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G, with Harountune Bedelian, violin, and Marios Papadopoulos, director. Tickets: £15 (students £10). Box Office: 01865 798600 or on line: www.oxfordphil.com.

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Counselling

Problems? Oxford Integrative Counsellors offer low cost counselling in a safe and supportive environment. People seek help for a variety of reasons and sharing your situation with a skilled counsellor can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of your life's patterns. Initial introductory meeting free of charge. Tel.: 01865 558482.

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Portrait Painting

Your portrait painted from life: in oil or watercolour. Also paintings of your pet or house. Fees from £100. Tel.: 01865 768775 for more details.

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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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Books and Periodicals Bought and Sold

New Bookshop in St Aldate's: St Philip's Books (proprietor Christopher Zealley) has opened a bookroom at 82 St Aldate's, Oxford (entrance in passageway beneath the Elizabeth Restaurant). We carry over 6000 rare and secondhand books, chiefly in the areas of Theology and History. Callers welcome between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.,–Fri. Collections or single volumes purchased for stock (tel.: 01865 202181). Web site at: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

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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University Gazette volumes offered

Seven attractively bound, 1930s volumes of the University Gazette available free. If interested please call 015394 42180, or e-mail : martinslader@eggconnect.net.

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South West Area Committee

Central, South, and West wards: Are there local issues that interest you? First meeting Tues., 13 Nov., 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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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

Riverline: the only design and print company you will ever need–colour or black and white print, litho, digital and photocopying, graphic design, stationery, brochures, leaflets, poster and exhibition panels. Call us on: 01865 326222, e-mail: info@riverline.co.uk, or visit our web site: www.riverline.co.uk.

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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

Training in Public Speaking/Presentations: 1 day course in Oxford on Sat., 17 Nov. Learn to present yourself and your ideas so that you make a good impression every time. The day will be dedicated to improving your speaking skills. Maximum of six participants. For more details phone 01865 437232 or check my Web site: www.speakconfidently.com.

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

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

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Situations Vacant

Oxford Chamber Music Society, registered charity 1084539 (6 concerts a year in Holywell Music Room) needs an Honorary Secretary. Further information from the Chairman (Dr G. K. Woodgate, 01865 862193), or from Jim Haworth 01865 390739 faxphone, e-mail: JandJHaworth@aol.com.

Central Oxford: Law specialist, Hart Publishing, www.hartpub.co.uk, seeks part-time person, 20–25 hrs per week, flexible, to run journals list. Previous relevant experience desirable. Reasonable pay and conditions. Further details call 01865 245533, or e-mail : mail@hartpub.co.uk. Applications by 20 Nov.

Senior Academic Adviser for US overseas study program: OU graduate with some administrative experience preferred. Self-starter with ability to work with students needed. Good prospects for promotion. £18,000–£25,000 a year depending. Four weeks vacation. Please send CV to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, OX1 1UD.

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Houses to Let

Attractive 3-bedroom late-Victorian house in quiet street near Hinksey Park, South Oxford. Architect conversion, full of light, semi-furnished, g.c.h., garden. Available for long let from Jan. £1,000 p.c.m. E-mail: bray_nicholas@hotmail.com, or tel.: 00 33 6 0747 8582.

Attractive 3-bedroom late-Victorian house in quiet street near Hinksey Park, South Oxford: architect conversion, full of light, semi-furnished, g.c.h., garden. Available for long let from Jan. £1,000 p.c.m. E-mail: bray_nicholas@hotmail.com, or tel.: 00 33 6 0747 8582.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Hayfield Road, Central North Oxford–£850 p.c.m. Charming Victorian terrace 2-bedroom property, close to the colleges, schools and city centre. Fully furnished, and equipped to a good standard. Would ideally suit an academic individual or couple. Available from December. Please call Vicky on the number below. 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 Hinksey/Botley: unfurnished 3-bedroom family house, offering spacious accommodation of a high standard; large lounge, dining-room/kitchen, utility room, 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, garage, and landscaped gardens. The property is in a quiet cul-de-sac, 2 miles from the city centre and would suit a family or professional couple. £900 p.c.m. E-mail: Andy@vegnet.freeserve.co.uk. Tel. 01865 728473. Available from end Dec.

Delightful fully furnished, centrally heated 3-bedroom modified 19th- century farm cottage, with 1.8 acre garden, to let from 28 Nov. Located less than 1 mile from the Headington roundabout. Has its own wood and brook! Ideal for visiting academic. £950 p.m. Please contact Professor Nick White, e-mail: fnnjw@diamond.mahidol.ac.th, or phone his secretary in Oxford on 01865 220970.

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.

Beautifully refurbished terrace house in charming street in heart of central north Oxford, within few minutes' walk of Radcliffe Infirmary, Green College, St Antony's College and St Anne's College: luxuriously furnished and fully carpeted, with 2 sitting rooms, 1 double and 1 single bedroom; outstanding large conservatory, dining room, and fully fitted kitchen with washing machine, drier, and dishwasher; large furnished basement, to be used as study or extra bedroom; bathroom and separate toilet; burglar alarm system; gas c.h.; 3 telephones; beautiful garden with parking space. Available early Nov., at £1,650 p.m. Tel.: Mrs Rani Lall, 01865 559614, mobile 07803 607112.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: 01865 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford, quality large 1-bedroom unfurnished flat, backed onto garden and canal in excellent residential area. Close to centre, amenities, university departments, and Port Meadow. Suits non-smoking professional/couple. No children/pets. £650 p.c.m., available Nov. Tel.: 07909 915733.

Charming garden flat: central North Oxford, gas c.h., comfortably furnished. Ideal for single person or possibly a couple. £650 p.c.m., not inc. bills. Phone 01865 559911.

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.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Rivercourt, City Centre–£750 p.c.m. Second-floor, 1-bedroom apartment in St Ebbe's, close to the river. The property is offered fully furnished, and has a balcony overlooking private gardens. Ideally suited for a couple or individual. Available from Dec. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Charming terrace house, very near to Magdalen Bridge in quiet side- street, available Jan.–mid-March, while owners are on leave: fully furnished, 2 bedrooms plus study, gas c.h., all utilities. Very frequent bus service. Friendly cat to feed (neighbours can help). Weekly cleaner. £175 p.w. Tel.: 01865 251110, or e-mail: tom.kuhn@st-hughs.ox.ac.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.

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 Sought

Academic editor seeks flat or large room in Oxford. Tel.: 01865 311055.

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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House for Sale

Barton Lane, Headington: OIEO £230,000. Well-presented box bay fronted, semit-detached house built circa 1928. Easy access to central Headington amenities, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and Brooks University; 3 bedrooms, en suite shower room, family bathroom, through lounge 28 ft x 11ft 3ins, modern fully fitted kitchen. Own driveway and garage. Private garden. Gas c.h., d.g. Tel.: 01865 760639.

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Computers For Sale

Sony Laptops–new, ex-factory `Valo'. Mobile Intel Pentium III processor, 850 Mhz, featuring Intel Speedstep Technology, 20 GB hard disk drive and 128 MB SDRAM; 15" high contrast TFT colour display (1024 x 768 x GA resolution). Integrated 8X DVD-ROM drive Ethernet port, built-in modem, i.LINK, 2 x USB ports and custom suite of Sony Software, and free carry case whilst limited stocks last. All usual warranties valid. One-off AMAZING OFFER price–£1,199 inc. VAT. Contact: Tim Rowland on 01865 209889 after 7 p.m., e-mail: meena-rowland@hotmail.com.

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For Sale

Piagio Hexagon Scooter, 13,000 miles only, P reg (5 yrs old). Regularly serviced. Good condition. Excellent for negotiating traffic jams on motorways or in Oxford. Can be parked anywhere (almost). £800 o.n.o. Phone: 01865 (2)74051.

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