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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Seeking an armadillo, bookends, wildlife Christmas cards, maybe a Dodo Pad Diary or simply shooting stars for stockings? A wide choice is available at the museum shop. Ten per cent discount on production of Oxford University card at start of transaction. Open daily noon–5 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sun., 23 Dec.; reopens 12 noon–5 p.m. Thur., 27 Dec.–Sun., 30 Dec. inc. Usual daily opening again from noon, Thur., 3 Jan. Tel. for sales enquiries: 01865 (2)72961.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club exists to welcome the spouses and partners of newly arrived graduates, visiting academics to the University, and newly appointed academics. The Club meets at 13 Norham Gardens on Wed. mornings, 10.30 a.m.–12 noon, starting on 3 Oct. The second- hand room operates from the basement at the same time. Newcomers with toddlers meet on Fri. mornings, 10.15 a.m.–12 noon, starting on 5 Oct.

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Magdalen College School Open Morning

Sat., 12 Jan., 9.30 a.m.–12 noon. With only 100 boys in the Junior School (7–11) and 500 boys in the Senior School (11–18), Magdalen provides a warm, friendly environment where each boy is encouraged to make his mark. Academic standards are very high and boys participate enthusiastically in the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. For information about applications contact: cdickinson@admissions.magadalen.oxon.sch.uk.

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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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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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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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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).

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

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 Road., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Road, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

Author seeks animal-sitter(s): 3 small dogs, 3 fat cats, offering in exchange free accommodation (4 bedrooms) for 4 months from 1 March in Irish village 1 hour from Cork city. Heating, electricity, large library provided. Tel./fax: 00 353 58 54367.

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

Cello lessons: highly respected teacher; adults and children; all standards from beginners to highly advanced. Andrew Zreczycki has been a professional cellist for many years, and has studied under Anner Bijlsma and Derek Simpson, Professor of Cello at RCM. Contact Andrew on 01865 849824, mobile: 07786 914622, e-mail: andrewzr@hotmail.com.

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Situations Vacant

Treasurer wanted in Headington: Mediation Oxfordshire is a small but lively charity (annual expenditure c. £100k), dealing with a wide range of disputes in the community. We need help from an experienced, creative financial person to manage income streams and to develop realistic costings. To discuss ring Kate Gardner on 01865 742439 or e-mail: mediate@mediationoxforshire.fsnet.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

Oxford: pretty, classic Victorian house to let in lovely situation by the river just over Folly Bridge; city centre 10 minutes walk; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, through sitting-room, new kitchen with dining-room beyond; Italianate garden. Available Jan., £1,100 p.c.m. No sharers. People from abroad especially welcome. Tel.: 01865 721514, e-mail: judicaton@hotmail.com.

Bright, modern detached home south of the city centre, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac: fully-furnished, large living-room, separate dining-room; 3 bedrooms plus study or 4th bedroom, 3 bathrooms, separate utility room with washing machine, and tumble drier; private fenced garden with lovely treed areas at front and side. Detached double garage. Two telephone lines, cable TV, gas c.h. Available for Hilary term at £1,350 p.c.m. Non-smokers only. Tel.: 01865 451817,01892 528421 or e-mail: helenathome3@tinyworld.co.uk.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Ockham Mews, central North Oxford. Immaculate mews house in this fashionable area of Oxford. Offering 2 bedrooms, study, conservatory, maintained gardends and garage. Fully-furnished and equipped to an exceptional standard. Available on both short and long term lets. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestlye- lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Comfortable family house, in North Oxford: 2 minute 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 (bath and shower), with gas c.h. Street parking for car. Ideal for a visiting academic and his/her family. Available from 1 Mar., 2002 for 12 months. £1,000 p.m. (inc. water rates, exc. local council tax). Please contact: Dr Max Peberdy, e-mail: maxpeberdy@aol.com, or phone 020 86902442.

Lovely old house (wing of Old Rectory), 5 miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington, available now: 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 minutes), and walking distance to shops and amenities. References essential. £850 p.c.m. Phone 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 evenings and weekends.

Modern semi-detached spacious house, fully furnished, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac of Iffley village: 3 bedrooms, plus box room, large lounge and kitchen/dining room with ample off-street parking. Four minutes walk to main bus routes on the Iffley road. Available immediately until the end of June, at £900 per month plus bills. Professionals and academics only. E-mail: sue.bridgford@virgin.net, or 'phone 01865 726283 for details.

Wheatley, detached house: quiet secluded area, lake (holds trout), walled garden (south facing), wildflower garden with beautiful trees; sunroom, gas-fired Aga, ntl computer links, 5 bedrooms (1 en suite), large kitchen/breakfast area facing south over garden. Open log fire in living room. Tons of storage space for furniture. You can use most of your own furniture if you wish or we will furnish. Primary school at bottom of hill, secondary school 20 minutes' walk. £1,500 p.m. plus bills. Available mid-Dec., for 6 months or 1 year. Tel.: 01865 750922.

Central North Oxford: tranquillity minutes from the centre. Immaculate, elegantly furnished Victorian style house in landscaped surroundings. Lovely views over Port Meadow and the canal, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, luxury kitchen/breakfast room, dining room/study, sitting room, secluded paved garden, parking. Non-smokers preferred. Available early Jan. £1,7000 p.c.m. View on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/waterside. E- mail: valerie@balleny.com, tel.: + 44 (0) 207 274 7691, mobile: 07703 879792.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' from John Radcliffe Hospital. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 storeys high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Summertown, North Oxford: nicely furnished 4- bedroom house; large sitting-room, dining-room with french doors onto good- size garden; gas c.h., parking; close shops, schools. Easy bus/cycle/pedestrian access to city centre, University, and hospitals. £1,300 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smokers preferred. Tel.: 01865 557220.

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 Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: 01865 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

A well-presented, 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom ground-floor apartment in a modern development in Marston: sitting-/dining-room wtih French windows to a small patio area, well-equipped kitchen and off-street parking. Available now fully-furnished and equipped. £750 p.c.m. For further information on this and other properties available, please contact Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB, or tel.: 01865 200012. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Superb studio apartment in eaves of family house in central Jericho: fantastic furnishings with brand new kitchen, oak floors throughout, private balcony, 'floating' sleeping area (on platform overlooking apartment), and shared shower-room. Shared access to property with rest of family, and share clothes washing facilities. Superb location overlooking Oxford Spires and North Jericho from this 'roof top' apartment.Available from mid-Jan., at £500 p.c.m. inc. of council tax and utilities. For more information please contact Julia on 01865 302344.

Ideally located, beautifully re-furbished modern 2- bedroom apartment: fully-furnished, Woodstock Road, central north Oxford (15 minutes walk from town centre); double bedroom, single bedroom, fitted kitchen, bathroom, large reception room. Allocated covered double car parking space, bicycle storage, well-kept communal garden.Suitable for University postgraduate, mature couple, non-smoker. Available in Jan. £795 p.c.m. exc. bills. Tel.: 079 5615 3159. E-mail: david.buffonge@benoy.co.uk.

Small flat in North Oxford within ring road, available from early Jan.,: separate entrance in family house, bed-sitting room, kitchen with washing machine, cooker, microwave, full bathroom, use of garden, telephone point. Rent inclusive of all bills. £450 p.m. Tel.: 01865 558137 or Mon., Tues., Wed., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 01865 278118.

Exclusive 2-bedroom flat, fully-furnished, in quiet road off the Woodstock Road in North Oxford; south facing, ground-floor flat with shared secluded garden and garage. Suitable for professional couple, non- smoking, no pets. Available 1 March 2002. Rent £850 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. Two exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats (first and second floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Each with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. First-floor available Nov., second-floor available Jan. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Dorchester Court, Summertown–£795 p.c.m. Spacious modern apartment with private off-street parking, offering 2 bedrooms and large sitting-room. Fully-furnished and equipped to a good standard. Ideally suitable for professional/academic couple or individual. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Central North Oxford: 2 single rooms available from 6 Jan. in quiet Victorian house within easy walking distance of university departments. Half-board. Dinner by arrangement. Non-smokers. £85 p.w.Tel./fax: 01865 516142, mobile: 07813 557327.

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 refrigerator, and deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home and investment. With our 27 years' experience we assure you of a high level of service from dedicated and professional letting and management teams. Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are still reaping the benefits of our high standards of property management. If you would like details of our services please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, fax: 01865 556993, e- mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation offered to Rent or Exchange (United States)

Visiting professor seeks to rent his home in Washington DC suburbs or exchange homes: lovely furnished, 6-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, new kitchen, living and family rooms, office, finished basement. Highly desirable family neighbourhood and excellent schools. Available Jan.–Aug.2002, $3,900. Contact: (301) 299-5947; e-mail: gostin@erols.com.

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Accommodation Sought

The Eckersley School of English: we are looking for a friendly host family for one of our professional mature students from Oman. He requires a bedroom and private bathroom (en suite or other), breakfast and dinner everyday, and lunch at weekends. He eats fish but no meat. He does not smoke and would prefer a non-smoking household. He is not keen on dogs. He is studying English to further his career in the diplomatic service. Accommodation is required from 6 Jan. Our current rate is £150 p.w. Please contact the Accommodation Officer. Tel.: 01865 721268, or e-mail: english@eckersley.co.uk.

Do you need a house-sitter? Minimum of 2-bedroom accommodation required by part-time Bodleian staff member. Long-term let wanted (min. 12 months), ideally from late Jan./mid-Feb., (must move by 17 Feb.). Ideally south Oxford but centre and environs considered. Twelve-year- old son at boarding school, stays occasionally (mother lives separately). May suit landlord for house-sitting on reduced rent basis. Contact Alex Haydon on 01865 (2)77025, 10 a.m.–12.45 p.m., Mon.,–Thurs; 10–11 Fri.,; and on 01235 821693 every day from 3.30 p.m. onwards (Thurs., 4.30). Mobile: 07754 110523. E-mail: cadhay@dircon.co.uk.

Retired female academic, planning permanent return from Australia before Easter, seeks house-sit/s while house-hunting in/near Oxford. Experienced house-sitter, references available. E-mail until end Jan.: vida@yankalilla.net.au.

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

We are looking for 3-bedroom accommodation in Oxford during Aug., 2002 in exchange for our first-floor apartment in Bologna, comprising large sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 studios, 4 bedrooms, balcony and garden. Quiet residential area next to the city centre, close to bus stop, good parking facilities, TV, washing machine, dishwasher, Internet PC, and CD player. Please contact: Vita Fortunati and Claudio Franceschi, Via Albertazzi 39/II, 40137 Bologna, Italy. Tel.: + 39 052 349781/303931, e-mail: fortunat@lingue.unibo.it.

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Holiday Let

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. 2001 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr. n

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