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Volunteers Need for Type II Diabetes Study

Would you be willing to assist with a clinical study aimed at type II diabetes (not insulin dependent)? We are looking to see if heart and/or skeletal muscle are damaged by diabetes and, if so, can treatment help. We need people with type II diabetes for a study at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The study would involve 2 visits to the hospital each lasting about 3–4 hours. All tests will be non-invasive, painless and without any risk or side effects. We would reimburse expenses for refreshments and travel or we could organise transport. For further details please phone Dr Scheuermann-Freestone, Magnetic Resonance Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, or e-mail: mscheuer@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Museum Swifts by Andrew Lack and Roy Overall, and illustrated by Derek and Clive Bromhall, is the new £3.99 booklet describing the findings of the long-running research project established by David Lack in 1947. It is published as the colony returns to breed in the museum tower, and visitors gather round the monitor by the enquiry desk to watch the birds' nesting behaviour until their departure in late Aug. Also of current interest are the nesting tubes for mason bees, while Heather Angel's book Natural Visions and a selection of cards and prints relate to her photographic exhibition running 23 May–31 July. The museum is open daily, 12 noon–5 p.m., inc. summer bank holidays. Sales enquiries, tel.: 01865 272961.

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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: Gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club exists to welcome the spouses and partners of newly arrived graduates, visiting academics to the University, 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 first coffee morning of Michaelmas Term will be on Wed., 9 Oct.

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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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Services Offered

Maternity Care: Caroline Naish, S.R.N. S.C.M., a midwife for 25 years both in hospital and in the community offers a private and professional service to mothers to be be, and new mothers, giving advice, support, quality time, and care in the comfort of their own homes; Antenatal Support including education and preparation for labour delivery, and parenthood; Birth Support, including 24-hour telephone availability for when labour starts; Postnatal Support, including home visits when required. For further information please tel.: 01865 361569, mobile 07875632016 or e-mail: carolinenaish@hotmail.com.

"Gardens of a Golden Afternoon" in the style of Gertrude Jekyll; a 2-hour garden with shrubs, perennials and herbs. Jeanne Bliss Landscape Designer and Lecturer, Oxford and California. A Garden Guide. Please tel.: 01865 515379, e-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.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 Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Horological services for your ailing apparatus. Thirty years of expertise in all types of clocks and barometers, of which many of these have been restored for the University over the years. Quotations are free. All work is fully guaranteed. Please phone Paul Carroll, Oxford Longcase Clocks on 01865 779660.

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Housesitting

Author resident in Oxford over long vacation seeks house-sit as change from his flat while making start on new book. Willing to water garden, feed cat etc. in return for elbow room. Deposit, references available. Tel.: 01865 514215, or e-mail: OxMathDes@aol.com.

Responsible American lady, non-smoker, doing research at Bodleian would like to house-sit in Oxford, preferably north or north/central, flexible schedule, local references. Tel: 01932 862889, e-mail: gnicholson5@aol.com, or gabarnesjo@aol.com.

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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

Piano tuition–home visits in and around Oxford: Andrew Bottrill, GGSM, MA, currently teaching at the School of St Helen and St Katharine, and the Royal College of Music. Please ring 07815 770378, or e-mail: aeb29@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) L.R.A.M., near Kidlington. Tel.: 01865 331147

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Situations Vacant

University Church of St Mary the Virgin: Caretaker. We are seeking to appoint 1 full-time or 2 part-time caretaker(s) to have responsibility for the practical duties of this much visited central Oxford church. Must be independent, reliable and flexible. Nice working environment; 40 hours per week, £6.15 per hour. Please apply in writing to: The University Church, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AH, or by e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk.

New College School. Day Preparatory School for Boys aged 4 to 13: French Teacher. An experienced teacher is required to teach to Common Entrance and Scholarship level at this prestigious Choir School. Interested applicants should send a c.v. and the names and addresses of 2 referees to: The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford OX1 3UA. Tel./Fax: 01865 243657.

Senior Technician (Biology) required by Radley College: to support GCSE and A level teaching from Sept. Good working environment, term time only. For further details please contact: Mrs A. Marsh, Bursary, Radley College, Abingdon OX11 2HR. Tel.: 01235 543122, e-mail: am@radley.org.uk.

The City Church of Oxford invite applications for the post of Organist and Choirmaster/mistress: we are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic person who will be given the opportunity and encouragement to develop the choir in a traditional Church. Sung Matins/Communion, Sung Evensong/Communion. RSCM rates plus fees apply. Please send your application and a current c.v. to: Rev. Hugh Lee (Priest-in-charge), St Michael at the Northgate Church, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY. Closing date for applications: Fri., 12 July. (A job description is available from the Church Office, tel.: 01865 240940).

The City Church of Oxford invite applications for the post of full-time Verger. Experience would be preferred. Accommodation (1-bedroom flat) is offered as part of the package. Please send your application and a current c.v. to: Rev. Hugh Lee (Priest-in- charge), St Michael at the Northgate Church, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY. Closing date for applications: Fri., 12 July. (A job description is available from the Church Office, tel.: 01865 240940).

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Part-time position wanted

Cheerful, motivated, administrative assistant retiring from full-time employment end of July 2002 seeks fulfilling part-time post from end Aug. Please contact Jeannette Hudson-Pudwell after 7 p.m. on 01865 762187, or leave a message on answerphone and I will contact you.

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Houses to Let

Lifestyle Lettings & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford OX2 6LX: Harpes Road, £1250 p.c.m. Charming and beautifully presented 2 double bedroom Victorian house with pretty garden. Available immediately on a furnished basis; Canal Walk, £1500 p.c.m. Luxury 4-bedroom townhouse on select development in popular residential area. Available immediately on an unfurnished basis. Contact us for a full list of property; tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: enquiries@lifestyle- lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Witney: attractive, newly-furnished 2-bedroom Victorian terrace house with off-street parking and garden, available Aug., for 6–12 months, £785 p.m. E-mail: ehs@clara.co.uk, tel.: 07074 788739.

Moreton in Marsh, Cotswolds: available now to rent; elegant Victorian terrace cottage, sleeps 5 (2 double and 1 single), bath with w.c., separate w.c., sitting room, study, dining/kitchen, enclosed garden with patio. Oxford 27 miles, 35 minutes by train. Furnished to high standard, spacious. Rent £700 p.c.m. + utilities. Tel.: 01608 810549.

Beautifully modernised house to let, East Oxford, 9 months from end- Aug.; 2 double bedrooms, 2 studies, sitting-room, dining room, 1½ bathrooms, c.h., appliances; 20 minutes' walk Bodleian, near London bus; walled garden. £1,000 monthly. Tel.: 01865 242966.

Delightful 3-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage in Tackley available to rent from Sept. £800 p.m. Bus and rail services into Oxford. Tel.: 01869 331 273.

Unusual tiny cottage attached to old family house in beautiful countryside, Oxford 14 miles, Charlbury mainline station 3 miles, hourly buses to Oxford ¼ mile (walking distance). Peaceful, friendly ambience. Suit graduate/writer/lecturer. Available now.£400 p.c.m. inc. Tel.: 01608 677527.

Lovely old house (wing of Old Rectory), 5 miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington, available Aug.,: 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. Suit family with children. References essential. £850 p.c.m. Phone 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 evenings and weekends.

North Oxford : 3-bedroom semi-detached family house in Wentworth Road (postcode: OX2 7TH); 2 reception rooms, front and back gardens, newly decorated, fitted kitchen, gas c.H., and garage. Available from early Aug., for 1 year, renewable. Rent £950 p.c.m., excl. bills. Non-smoking professional couple or family, no pets. Tel.: 01865 515628. E-mail: zhangsuqing@yahoo.com.

Islip Road, Summertown: light, spacious 2-bedroom house with garden room overlooking south-facing patio garden available to rent from 30 Sept., for 6 months. Fully-furnished with dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. Rent £850 p.c.m. excl. tax and utilities. Non-smoking, no pets. Contact Charlotte on 01865 513460 eves., and weekends or e-mail: charlotte.francis1@btopenworld.com.

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 (with all machines), conservatory, garden and patio, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates; fully-furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils etc. Rent £1,000 p.c.m., inc. gardener. Deposit £1,500. Tel.,/ans.,/fax: 01235 (+ 44 1235) 834740, e-mail: diamar@onetel.net.uk.

Iffley Village: 4-bedroom house; large kitchen diner, study, lounge, 2½ bathrooms. Available from Aug., or Sept. £1,400 p.c.m. E-mail: robin@thekingsheadfritwell.co.uk. Tel.: 01869 346738 or 07768 712534.

Comfortable family house in North Oxford, 2 minutes' walk from the Summertown shops and easy bus access to the university. Fully-furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. A spacious semi-detached house consisting of 3 bedrooms, study, large living room, kitchen and bathroom, and with gas c.h. Street parking for car. Ideal for a visiting academic and his/her family. Available from Aug., or Sept., for 12 months. £1000 p.m. (inc. of water rates, excl., of local council tax). Please contact Dr Max Peberdy, e-mail: maxpeberdy@aol.com, or tel.: 0208 6902442.

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

Rome: nice, fully furnished apartment directly in front of the Colosseum for rent 11 July–25 Aug.; 2 double bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, bathroom, balcony. Tel.: + 393284117580, or e-mail: federico@rmnet.it.

Wadham Park: small modern house available 7 July–18 July, and 12 Aug.,–26 Aug.; situated in exceptionally quiet street 20 minutes' walk from the Bodleian Library, and close to the River Cherwell, and University Parks; 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 with 2 bunks and 1 single bed); study; living room with desk and TV; large open- plan kitchen and dining area opens onto sunny, south-facing patio, and attractive fenced garden; fridge, freezer, new gas cooker, and washing machine/drier; free reserved parking for 2. £150 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: 01865 423 309 or work 01865 556 071, fax: 01865 516616, e-mail: benknighton@dunelm.org.uk.

Large house north Oxford, to let for 2 weeks from 27 July–10 Aug.; detached house within the Oxford ring road, sleeps 8; very large family room opening onto south- and west-facing patio, with very large west-facing garden; fully-equipped kitchen/breakfast room and utility room, with 2½ bathrooms; 5 bedrooms, 2 with double beds. Close to Summertown shops and bus routes into town. £500 p.w. Tel.: 01865 513688 or e-mail: dianecw25@hotmail.com.

Spacious family house, Summertown, north Oxford: Edwardian detached house available from 16 Aug.–2nd Sept. Situated within minutes of Oxford's Summertown shopping area, buses to Oxford city centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, park and countryside walks; fully equipped and attractively furnished, contains all modern service facilities inc;. washing machine, drier, dishwasher, microwave, TV, video, high-fi; 4 bedrooms (sleep 5–7), 1 bathroom with w.c. and bath, 1 shower room, 2 spacious sitting-rooms (1 with TV and video, 1 with hi-fi), large dining room, very spacious kitchen opens onto a conservatory/living-room, leading into a large garden. Must be seen. Tel.: 01865 459628 (eves.), 270490 (day), fax: 270757.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk to city centre and university buildings, close to Port Meadow: Victorian house refurbished to exceptionally high standard; 3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 single, 1 bunk beds), double reception, play room, large kitchen, TV, DVD, washing machine, dishwasher etc. £300 p.w. Available 20 July–31 Aug. Tel./fax: 01865 469005, e-mail: ameasham@hotmail.com.

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Flats to Let

North and central north Oxford: a variety of 1-and 2-bedroom apartments to become available during Aug., and Sept., for the next academic year; 1- bedroom from £650 p.c.m.; 2-bedroom from £750 p.c.m.; spacious, good security, parking and most within walking distance from University departments. Best suited to mature professionals or to visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

Furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom ground-floor flat adjacent South Parks; very convenient Brookes University, hospitals, 10 minutes city centre; refurbished kitchen and bathroom. Available early Oct. Suit non-smoking single, couple or 2 professional sharers. £825 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 512149. E-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Central north Oxford, Bardwell Road: charming flat south-facing over gardens; living-room with fully-equipped kitchen area (washer/drier, dishwasher) and dining area, double bedroom, single bedroom, excellent storage, attractively decorated and furnished, parking, gardens (communally cared for). Available for 1 year or more from mid- Sept. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk, or 01865 510542.

Summertown, North Oxford: 2-bedroom flat, just 1½ miles from the city centre and a few minutes walk from Summertown shops; quiet, light and airy second-floor (top) flat with lovely southern outlook over trees and fields. Freshly decorated, brand new kitchen and bathroom. Unfurnished (but includes appliances and fitted wardrobes). Parking for 1 car. Available now at £850 p.m. Tel.: 07802 754154, e-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk for more details and pictures.

Central Oxford, Grandpont: modern, fully-furnished luxury flat (for non-smoking professional(s)) with secure gated parking and landscaped courtyard; half a mile walking distance to the University, city, shops and railway station, and 2 minutes from the river and parkland; 2 double beds; 1 en suite, 1 bathroom; fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washer/drier, microwave; sitting-/dining-room with patio doors opening onto communal gardens. £895 p.c.m. Available from 1 Oct., for a year let. For more information contact Martin Laycock on 020 7265 8585 or 0771 9070449 or e-mail: martyn@bluegatemews.com.

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. Ground-floor flat in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy room, completely refurbished to exceptionally high standard, available now. One double, one large single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Central Oxford, Folly Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Carfax Tower, in a quiet residential area, with private garden, and a few yards from the river: bedsitter, with large kitchen, washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower. Fully furnished. Suit single person or couple. Available from 1 Sept.–31 Jan., 2003. £540 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 722343 (eves., or leave a message), cell: 07762 945831, e-mail: piero.pinza@virgin.net.

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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 short let: independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing the Thames and Port Meadow; on bus route; spacious room; shared kitchen. Rent £58 p.w. inc. electricity. Please tel.: 01865 515379.

Central north Oxford, bed and breakfast: very pleasant room, quiet leafy surroundings, very close to University Parks, colleges, city centre. Single: £30; double: £55. Tel.: 01865 512149.

Room to let: small study-bedroom in north Oxford available for 2 months from 23 June. Self-catering, with use of living rooms and garden. £45 per week, no extra bills. Tel.: 01865 511814.

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.

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. £300 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

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

Visiting academic couple seek accommodation from 1 Sept.,–20 Dec., near Oxford. Hoping to pay around £600-700 p.c.m. but may consider slightly more. Please contact Dave, e-mail: drf@mek.dtu.dk, tel.: + 45 45 25 19 75 (work), + 45 45 56 11 17 (home).

Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College seeks 3-bedroom house/flat (furnished) for 1-2 years from Sept. Please do contact Mrs M. E. Ryan at: enquiries@lac.ox.ac.uk and/or German Utreras at: gutreras@bcv.org.ve.

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

Visiting academic and family (2 children) seek 2-3-bedroom furnished house or flat in Oxford to rent for 11 months from 1 Sept., for academic year. In addition our spacious, furnished 3-bedroom haussmanian flat, Paris 10ème, near Gare du Nord, is available for exchange or rent from Sept., at £1,000 p.m. Contact tel.: 00 33 45 26 5249.

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Holiday Lets

Pembrokeshire, Newport: basic holiday cottage in wonderful position on coastal path next to beach; sleeps 5, dogs welcome. Available some weeks July, Aug., (£395 p.w.), Sept., Oct.(£220 p.w.). Rental includes electricity. Call Kate Griffin on 01865 714943.

Italy–Umbria nr. Lake Trasimene, Perugia and Assisi: unexpectedly available for week of 10 Aug., due to cancellation, flat in restored 17th-century farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool, sleeps 6 in comfort, divisible into 2 self-contained units of 2 and 4 beds. Reasonable rates. Phone and fax: 01865 390581.

France–Charente-Maritime: villa in open countryside on outskirts of village, overlooking vineyards, between Saintes and Royan, 30 minutes from beaches; fully-equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, TV, hi-fi, etc.; sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Ample parking. Long-term out-of-season lets available for those needing peace and quiet for study or writing. Telephone and internet access by arrangement. Phone Chirs and Siân Wallworth on 01993 812187 for full details or visit www.simply-charente.com.

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals: stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France with a fabulous 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10); also gites sleeping 4/6. Also 19th-century Italian farmhouse with lovely views: Rome 45 minutes, Forence 2 hours; sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more. Prices £250–£600 p.w. Private owner. Contact 01223 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

South of France: holiday cottage with private shady garden, 500 yards from sheltered sandy beach in La Ciotat. Sleeps 4 (+ 1 child). Well-equipped kitchen and linen provided. Available from 10 Aug., 580 euros p.w. (approx. £360). Tel: 01869 343037.

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 minutes 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 £32 per person per night. Please contact Ngari Scoble, tel.: 01208 269605, mobile: 07980 629 505. E-mail: colgarehouse@hotmail.com.

South-west France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre of garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village of Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Still available 14–28 Sept. £500 p.w., longer autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218/Sally 01494 864573.

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. n

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