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Milham Ford School Nature Viewing

Orchid Day and Moth Night, Sat., 15 June, Milham Ford School grounds. The grounds will be open to the public for a day of nature viewing; offering pond dipping, nature trails and wildlife craft sales, followed by a rare opportunity to see beautiful moths attracted by specially erected lights. There will also be a plant sale of garden and local wildflowers.The Open Day is a free event, but donations to the work of the local New Marston Wildlife Group will be most welcome. Open from 1 p.m. for trails, orchids and sales. Moths Night from 9 p.m. Contact Dr Judy Webb 01865 243468 (term time 9 a.m.–3 p.m.) or 01865 377487 (eves.) for further details.

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Concerts

Viola and piano recital: Brahms, Sonatafor Viola and Piano op. 120 and Scherzo; Schumann, Märchenbilderop. 113; Marais, Suite in D minor and Five Old French Dances; Dejan Mladjenovic (viola) and Ana Mladenovic (piano). Holywell Music Room, Thurs., 27 June, 8 p.m. Tickets available at the Playhouse 01865 305305, Web site: http://www.ticketsoxford.com, and at the door on the day of the concert.

Mozart, Symphony No 35 in D major, K.385 (Haffner), Concerto for Clarinet in A, K.622, Symphony No 41 in C, K.551 (Jupiter): the Oxford Philomusica's next concert, and first in its 2002 Summer Series, is an all-Mozart programme at the Sheldonian Theatre, featuring two of the composer's most popular symphonies, the Haffnerand Jupiter, as well as the exquisite Clarinet Concerto in A major. The concert is supported by Annis Garfield in memory of her father, the eminent Cambridge academic and classics scholar Professor John Morrison, on whose birthday this concert falls. Soloist: David Rix; Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos. Sat., 15 June, 8 p.m. Tickets: £10–£30. Box Office: 01865 305305, online: www.oxfordphil.com.

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert at Holywell, Sun., 16 June, 8 p.m.: Fitzwilliam String Quartet play Shostakovich 6, Rubbra 2, Purcell Fantazias7 and 11, Haydn 77/2/ Tickets from Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305; £12, seniors £10; at the door £13, £11; students/juniors £5, but some free tickets (Cavatina Scheme) for 8–22 year-olds.

Stanford Symphony Orchestra 2002 Tour: on the programme for the tour are works from the standard orchestral repertoire, Copland's Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E, as well as Momentum, a contemporary work by Chinese/American Composer ChenYi; faculty pianist Frederick Weldy will also be featured in Ravel's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. They will be performing at the Sheldonian, on Mon. 24 June at 8 p.m. Tickets £8 (£5 concessions), available at the door.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Museum Swifts by Andrew Lack and Roy Overall, and illustrated 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: gjeffrey1@compuserve.com.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.,–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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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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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 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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Photographic Equipment

Department disposing of unwanted items of antique photographic equipment, some dating from 1930s. Lists and photographs available from Dr S. J. Golding: tel.: 01865 221904, fax: 01865 222019, e-mail: Stephen.golding@radiology.ox.ac.uk.

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Services Offered

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.

"Life Smoothers". Busy? Need some help? As a mother and a graduate, I can provide the kind of help you would normally ask of family or friends; spring cleaning, light gardening, waiting for a delivery etc. £10 per hour. Tel.: Caroline 01865 250659.

Responsible, tidy, post-graduate seeking to house-sit from mid-Aug., or Sept. Pets and plants happily catered to. Also pleased to barter light cooking, cleaning and shopping in exchange for accommodation. Tel: 01865 250131, e-mail: galit.goldshmid@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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

Wanted: childminder for 8 year-old girl; about 30 hours per week, mostly day, some eves. £6 per hour, references required. Must be able to come to LMH, Oxford, 3–25 July . E-mail: barnettmj@att.net.

Super Czech girl (21) would like to be an au pair, preferably in or near Oxford, from Aug.–Dec. (dates flexible). Experienced with children, wide interests, car driver. Contact: Elisabeth Weeks, tel.: 01993 881332, e-mail: elisabethweeks348@hotmail.com.

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

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.

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Situations Vacant

Research Assistant: a research assistant is required to work as part of a small team on Christopher Lennox-Boyd's highly regarded collection of English prints, mainly mezzotints. The successful applicant will be required to amend and add to a detailed database of English prints, working towards the completion of a catalogue raisonnée. Apart from cataloguing, the job will involve a certain amount of general admin., including the organisation of photography, scanning, etc. The Collection is housed between Oxford and Aylesbury, 1 hour from London, on bus route from Oxford. Experience with prints is preferred and an art history background would be useful as would computer skills. Salary range: £12,500–£17,500 depending on experience. Please apply with c.v. to Unit 10, Alexander House, Thame Road, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8BZ. TEl.: 01844 290707, fax: 01844 290594.

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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

Bright, modern furnished home, situated in a private lane off a quiet cul-de-sac in Kennington, 2 miles south of Oxford, with convenient access to Redbridge park and ride, and the ring road. Buses every 15 minutes to the city centre. Three bedrooms with study or 4th bedroom, double garage and attractive side and rear gardens. Master bedroom has en suiteshower and w.c.; second bathroom with w.c., and another separate w.c. Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Cable TV included, second telephone line. Available for Michaelmas and Hilary terms. £1,200 p.c.m. plus utilities. Non-smokers only. Tel.: 01865 451817.

A fully-furnished and gas c.h., 3-bedroom house in Marston is available from Sept., for a minimum of 1 year. The house is in a most convenient location, close to universities, John Radcliffe hospital, Summertown and on bus route; it has 2 reception rooms and a fully-fitted kitchen with modern facilities; nice gardens, and a big garden studio with carpet and desk for home office or playroom. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: + 44 (0) 1865 404836 (day) or 437227 (eves.), mobile: 0778 6541478, fax: + 44 (0) 1865 404879. E-mail: yiping6372@hotmail.com. Photos of the house can be requested via e-mail.

Victorian 3-/4-bedroom house just undergone total quality refurbishment in Charles Street, East Oxford: available immediately either fully- or part- furnished. £1,250 p.c.m. Non-smokers preferred. Tel.: 01865 245595.

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.

Central Oxford, Victorian terrace house, glorious new renovation with period features; 4 bedrooms, 2½ bath/shower rooms, all mod cons, gas c.h., 16ft x 16ft modern kitchen with glass roof, Bosch appliances, washer/drier, dishwasher, fridge- freezer, garden deck, fully furnished. Reverse osmosis water purification system. All linen and bicycles can be provided if required. Non-smoking professional couple or family. Available June for 1 year renewable. £1,700 p.c.m. Tel.: 07802 961 743. E-mail: kcrtyler@aol.com.

Charming cottage, 12 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of village (bus to Oxford or short drive to Charlbury Station): furnished and equipped to a high standard; 2 bedrooms (1 double bedroom, 1 spare bedroom/study); beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden, garage. Available for 1 year plus from mid/late Sept. Phone/fax: 01865 510542 or e-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Spacious family house in Headington: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living-room/diner, kitchen, utility room. Furnished or part-furnished. Large maintained landscaped garden, ample parking, quiet neighbourhood. Easy access to town centre. Available from 1 Sept. to non-smokers. No dogs. Minimum let 1 year. £1,100 p.m. (negotiable). Tel.: 01865 763834. E-mail: oxparty@clara.co.uk.

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 beginning Oct. £250 p.w. E-mail: vicki.bertram@ntu.ac.uk. Tel.: 017683 72970.

Available immediately for long/short 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.

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

Cottage to let in Cuddesdon, near Wheatley: panoramic views towards the Chilterns and Wittenham Clumps from the edge of this small village; close to A40/M40, 20 minutes to centre of Oxford; 2 double bedrooms, conservatory, large stone-flagged kitchen, sitting/dining room, courtyard garden, all appliances, gas c.h. Available immediately for summer let until Sept./Oct. £600 p.c.m. or £250 p.w. Tel.: 01865 368353/078844 38775.

Central north Oxford: attractively furnished 4-storey Victorian terrace house available 11 Aug.–1 Sept. Situated in exceptionally quiet street 10–15 minutes' walk from city centre and university departments, and close to river and Port Meadow; 3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single); 2 bathrooms (1 with bath, 1 with shower–both with w.c.). Double reception with sofas, oriental carpets, desk and TV. Large open-plan kitchen and dining area opens onto sunny patio, and attractive secluded garden with tables and chairs. Dishwasher, fridge, freezer, c.h., washing machine and drier; 4 bicycles and free street parking. £300 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: 01865 516615, fax: 01865 516616, e-mail: josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Victorian 3-bedroom house in East Oxford to let first 3 weeks of Aug. Two bathrooms, a garden and all modern facilities. Easy access to the centre of town, local shops and amenities. £275 p.w., contact chris@cmassocs.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Headington: available from Sept. Modern 2-bedroom ground-floor flat; private garden, large living/dining room overlooking woodland, large kitchen, bathroom, main bedroom overlooking garden, second fair-sized bedroom, gas c.h. £750 p.c.m. (excl. bills). E-mail: mbell@molbiol.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 01865 222437/434406.

Garden flat, central North Oxford, convenient to Summertown shops and city centre: fully furnished, double bedroom, sitting-room/study, dining-room/study, kitchen, all appliances, gas c.h. Ideal for academic couple. £620 p.m. Available 1 Sept.,–31 May 2003. Tel.: 01865 559174 or e-mail: estone@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.

Central Oxford, choice location: to suit visiting academic (and spouse): furnished 1-bedroom apartment on top floor of large college house; light and spacious, with living-room, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom (separate w.c.), and washing machine. £600 p.c.m. Available from 1 June to end Dec. Tel./fax: +44 (0) 1865 276219, e- mail: oliver.odonovan@chch.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Furnished flat in family house in Woodstock Road: self-contained on first-floor where there is a sitting-room with balcony, bedroom and shower-room; own entrance on ground-floor to fully-fitted modern kitchen with washer/drier—all for exclusive use of tenant but not s/c/ £550 p.c.m, all inc. No smoking, single person only. Available from 22 June for 3–9 months (negotiable). Tel.: 01865 514804.

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 July Rent £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513688.

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.

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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

Charlbury: sunny room in modern cottage within walking distance of railway station (Oxford 19 minutes, Paddington 71 minutes). Share kitchen, bathroom and garden. Suit visiting academic/professional female (non-smoker). £200 p.c.m. plus telephone. Available from July. Tel.: 01608 810233.

Low rent room available: 6 cats and owner seek non-smoking lodger; off-road parking, own kitchen, bathroom, telephone, free high-speed internet access connected 24 hours. Prefer someone able to work at home to care for cats when owner away. Donnington Bridge. Tel.: 01865 241323.

Rooms to let in attractive end-terrace in East Oxford, only 10 minutes from city centre; newly installed kitchen and bathroom. Non-smokers preferred. £300 p.c.m. For further details please contact: sarah.martin@queens.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.

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Accommodation Sought

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.

Missionary Doctor and family returning from Africa seeks a comfortable 4-bedroom house within reach of the European School at Culham for 1 year from 1 Aug. Enquiries to: john.Barlow@pmb.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 01865 276417.

Dragon School (1960s) and University educated teacher, in Oxford for July–Sept. (longer or shorter period considered), seeks self-contained accommodation, perhaps part rent, part house-sitting, pet-care, etc. References provided. Tel.: 01235 763140.

Academic visitor from Belgium, non-smoker, is looking for a place to stay for approx. 2 months, from Oct.–Dec. Preferences: quiet environment, kitchen facilities, not too far from the centre. E-mail: rafael.declercq@hiw.kuleuven.ac.be, or send fax addressed to R. De Clercq to +32 16 32 63 11.

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

Le Tarn: stunning old stone farmhouse at end of hamlet; sleeps 7; 15 metre pool and beautiful gardens, fully-equipped kitchen, large drawing-room, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms. Near Cordes-sur-Ciel, Albi and Tarn gorge. Unexpectedly available July, £500 p.w./£1,750 month. Tel.: 01865 554150 or e-mail: mail@oxfordmedia.co.uk.

Dordogne, Riberac: lovely spacious converted barn with rural views; tranquil with swimming pool, 4 bedrooms (3 doubles, 1 twin), 3 bathrooms. Cost negotiable and according to numbers etc. Daily rates and flexible dates available. Tel.: 020 7704 1444.

Marseille `cottage' on quiet hillside overlooking sea, to let Aug./Sept.: fully-equipped kitchen/dining room adjoining terrace and leafy garden; sitting-room with conservatory, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4); 5 minutes' walk to nearest beach, 15 minutes' bus to city centre, 30 minutes' drive to beaches at Cassis and the calanques, Aix-en-Provence, and the Carmargue. £250 p.w. or negotiable for longer periods. E-mail: katja.simon@ndm.ox.ac.uk, tel.: 01865 241178 after 6 p.m.

Estoril coast, Portugal: delightful Duplex flat near Cascais, Estoril and Sintra, with own garden and barbecue; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, well-equipped kitchen; cable TV with BBC channels; 5 minutes drive to superb Estoril Coast beaches, 20 minutes to Lisbon. Available June, July and Aug. £275 p.w. inclusive. Tel.: 01865 769328 eves. E-mail: gross@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

Edinburgh: lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul-de-sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield); walk across Bruntsfield Links and Meadows to the Royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants and food shops. Three bedrooms, 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.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£250 depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 335 6101 3046 for photographs and more information.

Patti, Sicily, 20 km from Messina: holiday house 150 m from the beach, a perfect base for visiting the Eolian Islands; bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. E-mail: info@nausicaaclub.it, or annette.haberstock@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

France: Alpine chalet situated in St Gervais Mont Blanc, 10 minutes' from Megeve, 30 minutes' from Chamonix, and 1 hr from Geneva; 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large garden. Perfect location for walking, cycling, climbing, or just languid living. The chalet is very well-equipped and easily accessed. Rent the entire house from £400–£600. Phone David Edwards: 01993 878132, or in France 0450 934022, e-mail: chalet667@aol.com.

Prague: luxury penthouse apartment in a building classified as one of the most important Renaissance houses in Prague. It lies in a secluded courtyard off Nerudová Street, below Prague Castle in the heart of the city's world-famous Malá Strana (Lesser Town) district. Very easy access on foot (400–800 m) to the nearby Castle, Charles Bridge, Cathedrals and embassies. Wonderful views across the rooftops of the lesser town to the Schönborn and Lobkowicz Palace gardens. Extensively renovated and restored to the highest standards in 2002, the apartment has 2 bedrooms, entrance hall, large open living space with exposed wooden beams, modern well- equipped kitchen area, luxury bathroom with w.c., jacuzzi and separate shower, additional second separate toilet, c.h., full air conditioning. Web site: www.pragueflat.biz, or e-mail: pragueflat@hotmail.com. Tel.: 01865 761000.

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.

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 19th- century country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes from Rome, and 2 hours from Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–£600 p.w. Private owner: 01223 844334 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

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.

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House for Sale

Tubney Wood, nr. Frilford: 7 miles from city centre, yet in a secluded semi-rural location, a delightful executive-style single-storey property; 4 double bedrooms (en suiteto master), re-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, family bathroom. Oil fired c.h., and additional solar heating. Oversize double garage. Large workshop. Large garden incl. vegetable plot, greenhouse. The house also shares 4 acres of bluebell woodland, which backs onto the property. It is adjacent to 144 acres of private woodland. Easily accessible to schools incl. The European School, Abingdon School, St Edwards and others. Frilford golf course is 5 minutes away. Didcot Station is 20 minutes away for London Paddington. Guide price: £465,000. For more details contact: 01865 390400. E-mail: patpaulg@tubney04.freeserve.co.uk. n

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