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Wanted

Responsible female student needed to escort 3½ year old girl from London to Philadelphia on 23 or 24 March, returning to London on April 6 or 7. Airline tickets paid. Willing to discuss other terms. E-mail Keith at: keithsnews@yahoo.com, or tel., at 001 302 652 5200.

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Word Game

W?RD–a game as smart as you are. Info.: www.w-rd.com. (W?RD is a registered trademark).

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Volunteers Needed 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 on 01865 221875, or write to: Dr Scheuermann-Freestone, Magnetic Resonance Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, or e-mail: mscheuer@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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Landscape Paintings

The Land, by Hugh and Judith Davies, Wolfson College, Linton Road, 24 Feb.,–15 Mar. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. subject to college commitments. Visitors are advised to phone the college Lodge beforehand. Tel.: 01865 274100.

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Concert

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Fri., 22 Feb., 8 p.m.: John Christopher Adams, Schubert, Piano Sonata Cycle, Programme 4; Piano Sonata in f minor D625, Moments–Musicaux D780, Piano Sonata in G Major D894. Tickets: £7/£5 available at the door. In association with Music Haven Concerts.

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Oxford Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research 2002 Seminar Series: 12 March, Jane Lewis, Individualism and Commitment in Marriage and Cohabitation, SGO5, Research Centre. All seminars will begin at 5.30. All are welcome. For further information contact: Sara Ryan, Centre for Family and Household Research, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington OX3 0PB. E-mail: fam@brookes.ac.uk.

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Royal National Institute for the Blind

Oxford Abseil Challenge, Sun., 10 March, from the John Radcliffe Hospital. Entry forms from Alyson and Victoria, Event Coordinators, RNIB Fundraising, 1 The Ridings, Coalpit Heath, Bristol BS36 2RY. Tel.: 01454 882985, 07949 683641 (mobile).

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ACEM Meditation

ACEM scientific, non-denominational meditation courses for beginners in Arts Room, Trinity College from 9.30 a.m.–3.30 p.m.; 16 Feb., free follow-up 17 Feb., 10.30 a.m.–noon; 11 May, free follow-up 25 May, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.; 25 May, free follow-up 26 May, 10.30 a.m.–noon . One-off fee £10 for students, £25 for staff, £50 others. To register, contact 07814 550382, or e-mail: acem.uk@acem.com.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., 8 p.m. in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bellpush for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 25 Feb., A quiet revolution–values-based education, Neil Hawkes and Frances Farrier.

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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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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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

"Music to Lift the Soul": Canon John Clarke, Principal, Ripon Hall, `Time and Eternity', 21 Feb., 12.30 p.m., St Giles' Church. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs a small donation would be appreciated.

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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

Painting,Carpentry, Building and Design: small and medium=sized projects undertaken, from shelving, through kitchens to home extensions; decorating, internal and external; and planning applications. Free advice, quotations and references. Tel.: Ian on 01865 308188, or 07773 712 829.

Gardens of a Golden Afternoon: small-space design in the style of Lutyens and Jekyll. Jeanne Bliss, Landscape Designer and Lecturer at Oxford and California. Tel.: 01865 515379 for leaflet. E-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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: infor@riverline.co.uk, or visit our web site: www.riverline.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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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.

For stress-free entertaining SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home. We cater for canapé receptions, buffets, and dinner parties providing tailor-made menus to suit all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136, or 07811 196016.

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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., Jericho. Tel.: 01865 510904.

Intensive Easter revision courses at GCSE, AS and A2, d'Overbroek's College. One of the leading and most established providers in the country. Tel.; 01865 310000 for details or visit our Web site, www.doverbroecks.com.

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.

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

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Situations Vacant

University Church–Organist and Director of Music. The Vicar seeks to appoint a Director of Music from July 2002. Applicants should be of ARCO standard and have experience of choral conducting. The church has a fine mixed voice choir which sings on Sundays and Wednesdays during full term. The Director would be expected to provide music on Sundays throughout the year. £5,000 p.a. For job description and application form e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk, or write: University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH.

Administrative Secretary of University Church of St Mary the virgin–incl. concerts, visits, and publicity: 25 hrs per week (times negotiable), Mon.–Fri. Excellent computer, organisational and personal skills essential. $7.50 per hour, 4 weeks holiday. For job description and application form e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk, or write: University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH.

Resident Sixth-form House Warden (person or couple): d'Overbroeck's College needs a caring, responsible, and well-organised person or couple with a genuine interest in young people to run a mixed boarding house of 17 sixth-form students located in North Oxford. This is a residential, non-teaching post involving pastoral and domestic responsibility. A ground floor self-contained flat with private garden is provided throughout the year. In the case of a couple, the partner could follow spearate employment. To start in april, or as soon as possible thereafter. For further details, please telephone Christine Cox on 01865 310000.

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.

Graduates required to write abstracts of English and foreign-language articles/books about modern and contemporary art on a freelance basis. Flexible schedule and workload. All languages welcome. Please send c.v. to Wibke Gruetjen, ARTbibliographies Modern at CSA, 4640 Kingsgate, Cascade Way, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2ST. E-mail: wgruetjen@csa.com.

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 July 1, 2002. £20,000–£35,000 p.a. depending on experience, etc. 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.

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Houses to Let

Attractive 2-bedroom house in Summertown to let for 6 months/1 year. Open fireplace, pretty garden. Available end of Feb. £850 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 559966.

Islip: traditional cottage with secluded gardenn, on quiet lane next to church in this scenic rivrside village. Excellent location, 7 miles north of Oxford, well- connected by trains and buses, and with own off-street parking. Fully furnished and recently renovated with 3+ bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), spacious attic studio, large living room, smaller sitting room with open fire, dining room with wooden floors, and fully equipped tiled kitchen. Available from 1 Mar. Rent £900 p.c.m. Call: 01865 429377 or e-mail: emmeline-skinner@sant.ox.ac.uk.

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 stories high, one double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, storage, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Temple Cowley, quiet cul-de-sac, very bright, modern 4-bedroom terrace house. Short walking distance to library, swimming pool, shops, and bus stop, 20 minute cycle ride to city centre, easy access to ring road and Oxford Science Park. West facing rear garden, nice views towards Oxford, open plan sitting/dining room (7 m x 3.5 m), wooden floors, tiled kitchen and entrance hall. Four first-floor bedrooms (2 currently connected, 1 with en-suite shower), plus family bathroom. Fridge-freezer and dishwasher included, washing machine negotiable. To let unfurnished, or partially furnished. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Available early March £900 p.c.m. For more information call (2)72438 (a.m.) or 717891 (p.m.), or e-mail:snp@nimr.mrc.ac.uk.

North Oxford , attractively-furnished, 3-bedroom house in very quiet street, suitable for professional family, available from 1 April. It is equipped with a satellite TV, fridge, freezer, washer-drier and microwave. Garage with parking space. Close to schools, cycle distance to university science area, colleges and city centre. Excellent bus service. Very close to a beautiful public park with children's play areas, sports ground, and a swan lake. Rent £800 p.m. Contact +44 1732 777429, or +44 7733 137565, +44 7990 570616, e-mail: w.j.wang@sussex.ac.uk.

A modern 3-bedroom detached house, with large attractive gardens and a very nice countryside view offering a good standard of unfurnished accommodation. The property can be found in the attractive open countryside of Boars Hill (4 miles from Oxford). Available from the 1st of April, £975 p.c.m. For more information call: 01865 736669 or 01865 735820.

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.

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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Summer Let

Victorian 3-bedroom house in East Oxford to let between end-May and end-Aug. Two bathrooms, a garden, and all modern facilities. Easy access to the centre of town, local shops and amenities. £975 p.c.m., contact e-mail: chrismowles@yahoo.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

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. An exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flat (first floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Ground-floor, furnished apartment for non-smoker(s) in quiet residential area of Temple Cowley, close to bus routes and local amenities, and convenient for city centre. Living room, double bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, with allocated parking for 1 car. Available early March. £600 p.m. plus council tax and utilities. Call 01865 554994 or e-mail: rjp@richard-pooler.demon.co.uk.

A fully-furnished and equipped 2-bedroom flat with garage, situated in a quiet location in Headington, within walking distance of Radcliffe Hospitals, and Headington shops, as well as only being 1 mile away from Oxford city centre. Available from mid-Feb. A non-smoking professional couple or family is preferred. £725 p.c.m. Please contact 01865 463506 after 5.30 p.m.

Central North Oxford: light, attractive 1-bedroom flat in Victorian house. Available end of Feb., for 6 months/1 year. £795 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 559966.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom flat, fully-furnished, in quiet road off the Woodstock Road in North Oxford; south facing, ground-floor flat with garden and garage. Non-smoking, no pets. Available 1 March 2002. Rent £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513688.

Large flat in the heart of Venice, near Palazzo Grassi, in the heart of Venice, with large traditional sitting-room, and separate dining room, well-appointed kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom with twin beds, third bedroom with 1 bed (= 1), and a second bathroom. The flat is ideal for a family, in pristine condition, and available for short periods on a weekly basis at £600 per week. Tel.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail:tagariello@libero.it.

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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 only £85 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

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully- furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £280 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board aproved 3 Starts. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

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

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

Italy, Umbria: `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills, 5 miles NE of Assisi, in National Park; distant views over undulating countryside, wild life. Kitchen/dining-/sitting-room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential: Lombardia, Lake Como: apartment in village house closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace, 25 minutes' from Como city. For either let £350 per week, £600 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Barga, Tuscany: charming 2-bedroom, 2 bath cottage, sleeps 4, in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views , and surrounded by vines and olives. Five minutes from bustling market town of Barga offering cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Cottage provides comfortable accommodation and rustic charm. Sorry no children under 12. For details and photos contact Mrs J. 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.

Tuscany: family-owned wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese; offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact, tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120, or e-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

Umbria–near Perugia, easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Flat in restored 17th-c. farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool, sleeps 6 in comfort, divisible into 2 self-contained units of 2 and 4 beds. £180–£680 p.w. depending on number of beds and season. Contact phone or fax: 01865 390581.

French Farmhouse, 1 km from village, border Lot and Tarn et Garonne: sunny and cheerful, private grounds, good view, swimming pool, heating, sleeps 4 comfortably. Available to let all year round for superb holidays or longer stays (house- hunters, writers on sabbatical). Ring Paul or Marion at 00 33 563 240878, or e-mail: info@quercus-wooddesign.com.

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.

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 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

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. n

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