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Volunteers needed for rabies vaccine study

Would you be willing to help in a study, which could benefit thousands of people in resource poor countries? Do you need protection against rabies for travel abroad? If so, you might consider taking part in our research study inwhich you would receive a course of rabies vaccine. Rabies is a viral infection, which is passed to humans through the bite of a rabid animal. Safe vaccines are available to protect the traveller and for treatment following a bite. They are in widespread use but they are expensive, and often cannot be afforded inthose countries where the vaccine is needed most. The Oxford Vaccine Group and the University Department of Tropical Medicine want to find a way of giving these vaccines that would make them more affordable and easier to give. You must be aged between 18–50 years and have never had rabies vaccine before. If you are interested and want more information please contact the Rabies Study Team on 01865 221068.

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Concerts

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.

Song Recital by Neil Mackenzie, Principal Tenor BBC Singers, performing Britten's Abraham and Isaac, and works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Collins-Rice (premiere), Mon., 13 May, The Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m. (tickets available on the door from 7.30 p.m.).

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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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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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Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden

Plant sale, Sun., 26 May, 2.30 p.m.-5 p.m., Harcourt Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. Parking available. Sale of plants donated from a wide range of gardens–large and small, celebrated and less well known. Tea and second-hand bookstall of gardening, and horticultural books. Free horticultural advice from expert gardeners.

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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; 23 May, Helen Cooper (University College), Chaucer: Faith, Satire and Heresy. 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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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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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 the HFEA is on 14 May.

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Oxfordshire Craft Guild Exhibition

Duc van Vessem, a fabric marbler from Headington will be putting work on display at the Oxfordshire Craft Guild exhibition, which is to be held at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. There will be a huge range of ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glass and other crafts, specially chosen by a selection panel. Doors open to the public on Sat., 11 May–Sat., 9 June, admission free. The museum is closed on Mondays but opening hours for the rest of the week are 10 a.m.–4.45 p.m., Tues–Sat., and 2–4.45 p.m. Sun. Duc will also exhibit during `Artweeks', 25–28 May, and 30 May–2 June, 12 noon–6 p.m., at 18 Old High Street, Headington. For further information tel.: 01865 760326.

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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

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

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.

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, 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.

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Situations Vacant

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (affiliated to Keble College) proposes to appoint 2 Junior Deans to assist in the supervision of the building and the general pastoral care of approximately 70 students. The Junior Deans will be provided with a room free of charge for the year, and will also receive a stipend at the rate of £2,100 pro rata over the months from Sept., to Apr., when students are in residence. Each Junior Dean will be required to be on duty on alternate evenings during CMRS semesters in case of emergency and to enforce regulations if necessary. Full time assistance will be required for 5 days at the beginning of the semester and for 2 days at its end. Other duties include accompanying 4 field trips p.a., invigilating 2 examinations p.a., and helping organise the JCR. CMRS seeks to provide a Christian environment for students, although students from other religious traditions or none are also welcome here. The persons appointed should be in sympathy with this aim, and ideally CMRS would hope to appoint 1 candidate drawn from the Catholic tradition and 1 from the Protestant. Applications, which are limited to graduate members of the University or recent graduates, should be sent, including a full c.v., and the names of 2 referees, to The Senior Tutor, CMRS, St Michael's Hall, Shoe Lane, Oxford OX1 2DP by Mon., 27 May.

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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House Sit

Responsible person, non-smoker, sought for North Oxford house from mid-July–Jan., 2003. No rental but some charge for telephone and utilities. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

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Houses to Let

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Lamarsh Road–£1,250 p.C.m. Superior quality modern 3-bedroom townhouse with garage, parking, and garden. Good access to the BR station and city centre. Fully furnished, and equipped to a very high standard. Available NOW; Central North Oxford–£1,200 p.c.m. Charming 2-bedroom mid-terrace property in this most desirable area of North Oxford. Fully furnished and equipped. Lots of space. Ideal for visiting couple. Available June. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: victoria@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Comfortable 3-bedroom house to let in Begbroke village, just north of Oxford. Furnished to high standard, with gardens and garage. Good bus service to north and central Oxford. £750 p.c.m. Contact James Burns at Bradford and Bingley, tel.: 01865 792888.

Central North Oxford: charming Victorian house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, garden, attic study, dishwasher, washer/drier, extremely well-equipped, and furnished. Available 1 Sept., –30 June, 2003 (part considered). Suit visiting academic. £1,100 p.c.m. Contact: 001 212 260 6535 (USA), or e-mail: megmovshon@aol.com.

East Oxford (Cowley): 3-bedroom (2 double, 1 single), comfortably furnished, child-friendly house; large, bright kitchen/dining room, garden with herbs, raspberries, apple tree. Close to bus, parks, gym, wine warehouse. Parking. £800 p.c.m., excl. bills. Available Aug.,–July 2003. No smokers. E-mail: Christina.Kraus@oriel.ox.ac.uk.

Three hundred year old, fully furnished barn: 3 bedrooms, 2 roll-top bathrooms, set in a courtyard within the heart of Charlbury town; own sunken terrace patio, and shared use of walled garden. Available 1 July, no smokers, no children.£900 p.c.m. Tel.: 07850 397990.

Sharers welcome in this furnished 3-bedroom,newly renovated Victorian terrace in East Oxford; 2 reception rooms, full bathroom, and separate shower room. Garden. £895 p.c.m. Available immediately. For further information on this and other properties on our portfolio, please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012. E-mail: gayh@finders.co.uk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Lets

Large, warm, sunny, comfortably furnished 2-bedroom flat,to be let while we are away over the summer, early June–early (possibly mid-) Sept. Would consider a let for part of the time also. Flat has well-equipped kitchen, TV, CD, and tape player, large bright sitting-room, generously sized kitchen and bathroom. Convenient location in Jericho, 5 minutes' walk from St Giles, 7–10 minutes' walk from city centre. Rent £650 (or nearest offer),plus bills. Please ring 01865 429494 eves.

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.

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 from 3 August. £250 p.w. E-mail: vicki.bertram@ntu.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 726104.

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Flats to Let

Woodstock Close, N.Oxford: a spacious, south-facing, 2nd floor, 2- bedroom flat; fully furnished with washer/drier, fridge-freezer etc.,; hall, kitchen, sitting/dining room, bathroom with shower; lift, communal gardens, parking. £725 p.c.m. Available 1 Sept. Tel.: 01865 515089.

ISLIP: 1-bedroom garden flat in beautiful 17th-c., house in this riverside village well connected to Oxford by buses and trains. Available from 1 June for long or short lets. Rent £500 p.c.m. (negotiable). Tel.: 01865 373794, e-mail: janeskinner@freeuk.com.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom apartment available from 1 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 mature professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

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 ground-floor flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. One completely refurbished to a high standard, available now. The other flat available for 4 months, June–Oct. One double, one large single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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.

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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

North Oxford : quiet, responsible non-smoker, ideally visiting academic, post-graduate or professional to share with one other from 2 Sept., until Summer 2003. Double room in beautiful, fully-equipped house, garden. Rent £450 p.c.m., excl. bills, 2 months' deposit. Full details: sandra@pyne.de.

One person (professional) needed for a house-share in Garsington Village (between Wheatley and Blackbird Leys) from 1 June. £250 p.c.m., no agency fees. Call Sarah on 01865 361160, or Claire on 01865 433030, or e-mail Claire at: office@cherwell-vineyard.org.uk.

Individual study bedroom available in purpose-built residential block in rural outskirts of Oxford. Ideal accommodation for single academic or professional for up to 6 months. Located 3 miles from Oxford city centre with cycle routes to the centre. Maintained communal areas and extensive landscaped gardens with swimming pool and private parking. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 302344 or visit the Finders Keepers Website for a full list of all available properties at www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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 is celebrating its 30th year as Oxfordshire's leading letting agent, providing a specialist service to both landlords and tenants throughout 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.

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Accommodation Sought

We are 2 mature Norwegian couples, academics, who would like to rent two 1-bedroom flats or a house with 2 bedrooms in Oxford for 1 month from approx. 29 June–29 July. Price range: £800–£1000 p.c.m. Please contact us on e-mail: hellov37@hotmail.com.

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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Accommodation Exchange

We are looking to exchange a modern 4-bedroom, colonial house on 1.75 acres of wooded land in Boonton Township, New Jersey, for a house in or near Oxford for 6–8 months between Jan.,–Aug., 2003. Start and end dates are flexible. Our house is on a secluded cul-de-sac in a rural section of North Central NJ, has all modern conveniences, and 2 cars. It is a 10 minute drive to Routes 80 and 287 giving easy access to the entire tri-state area. For details please contact Jim and Elizabeth Tepper, e-mail: tepper@axon.rutgers.edu, or tel.: 001 973 299 0967, fax: 001 973 299 0912.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Would you like to live in the country? Idyllic, remote, stone built farmhouse and studio in the Peak District National Park available for 3/6/9 month let, or temporary house swap with home to reach new north Oxford job. Tel.: 0845 458 3510 (Lo- call).

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Holiday Lets

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.

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 mintues 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.

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. Tel.: 01865 553685, e-mail: ewtoucan@globalnet.co.uk.

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 Cheviot Hills and beautiful coast. Stone-built cottage in hamlet, sleeps up to 6. Please tel.: 01665 579292.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 al fresco 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.

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Houses For Sale

Amberley, Gloucestershire: pretty 2-bedroom cottage; garage, and parking for 2 carswithin gated garden; new c.h., and lighting (dimmers etc.); sitting room, dining room, kitchen plumbed (but couldn't decide whether it would be wiser to put it into the garage, with perhaps a conservatory, and to keep the present kitchen as a workroom). Lovely bathroom. Wonderful views over the Common. Golf and riding. Also excellent village shop. Please tel.: 01865 516025, or 01453 87 2138. £275,000.

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.

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.

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Flat for Sale

Sunny, light, ground-floor apartment, beautiful position close to Parks. Large bedroom, en suite bathroom. Smaller bedroom, fitted cupboards. Dining room or study with fitted shelves, and pretty fireplace; kitchen, and cloakroom. Car parking place in gated garden. Freehold. £450,000. Please tel.: 01865 516025, or 01453 87 2138.

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Property Wanted

Wanted to purchase: house or cottage, near Oxford, in a village with shop and on a bus route. Minimum size: large sitting-room/music room, good kitchen/combined kitchen and dining room, large study/bedroom, second bedroom (double), bathroom etc., garden, garage (if possible). Tel.: 01865 249537.

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