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Oxford University Jazz Orchestra

Friday 17 May - come and celebrate the launch of OUJO's inaugural CD Know where you are, featuring the world renewed altoist Peter King. Recorded at St John's College in February this year, it features 70 minutes of contemporary big band sounds played to a packed and lively crowd plus a bonus track recorded in session last Dec. From Mingus to Mambo, from Salsa to Sinatra, it's all there in one unmissable package. To celebrate we have chartered a boat which will leave Folly Bridge at 7.30 p.m. In addition to the live big band, the CD and the food, there will be some small group jazz and an opportunity to socialise with the band. Press are welcome to attend the whole evening starting at 6.30 p.m. with a photo shoot and interviews with Band members. The public are invited to attend by pre-booked ticket only. Press packs will be available for collection on the 17th, including a complimentary copy of the CD. Tickets are limited so if you could indicate how you would like to be involved with the launch that would be helpful. Copies of the CD are available from local CD stores and from the band Web site from 17 May. For more information contact Euan Ashley, OUJO Musical Director. Tel.: 07813 783197, e-mail: euan.ashley@cardiov.ox.ac.uk, Web site: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~oujo.

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Concerts

Verdi, Requiem: The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and Chorus; chorus master: Andrew Stewart; Soprano: Catherine Hegarty; Mezzo: Marita Paparizou; Tenor: Eugene Ginty; Bass: Paul Reeves; Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos. Sun., 19 May, 7 p.m., Apollo Theatre. The stage of the Apollo Theatre, enhanced for this performance with an acoustic shell for sound clarity especially provided for the Oxford Philomusica, is the setting for a performance of Verdi's monumental masterpiece by the Oxford Philomusica Chorus and Orchestra, and a vocal quartet of international soloists. Discounted ticket offer: £30 tickets reduced to £20, £25 reduced to £16, £20 reduced to £13, £15 reduced to £9 and £10 reduced to £4. If you wish to take up this offer please call the Apollo Box Office on 0870 6063500 and quote "Verdi Special" offer.

Holywell Music Room, Sun., 19 May, 8 p.m., OCMS presents Karine Georgian (cello *), Marco Rizzi (violin *), and Stephen Gutman (piano) in Kodaly's, Duo for violin and cello, Debussy's violin sonata, Trois Etudes pour piano and cello sonata, and Ravel's sonata for violin and cello. Box Office: Playhouse 01865 305305, £12, seniors £10, students/juniors £5; at the door £13, £11, £5. Some free tickets (Cavatina Scheme) for 8–22 year olds. (*Tchaikovsky Prize Winners).

Lunchtime Recital: Davidson United Methodist Church Choir, North Carolina, USA, Fri., 24 May, 1 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral. Admission free. All welcome. Contemporary American sacred music, gospel and spirituals.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Museum Swiftsby 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 August. Also of current interest are the nesting tubes for mason bees, while Heather Angel's book Natural Visionsand 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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The Magic of Cambodia

A fascinating day's events for those interested in Cambodia, or planning to travel there at the George Pickering Post Graduate Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Sat., 17 Aug., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Guest speakers on a wide range of topics to include Angkor and ancient temples, travel, health issues, culture, Buddhism, charities, and volunteer work. `Ask the experts' forum, Khmer classical dance display, video and photography presentations. Refreshments available, inc., Cambodian buffet lunch. All proceeds to Cambodian charities. For further information and admission charges contact: andy.brouwer@btinternet.com, or caroline.nixon@btinternet.co.uk, or tel.: 01452 721833.

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European Computer Driving Licence

The ECDL is a European-wide qualification, which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. Key benefits for you are that the ECDL: raises your level of competency in IT and computer skills; improves your productivity at college, work and at home; requires no prior knowledge of IT or computer skills; provides you with an industry recognised qualification. OUCS at 13 Banbury Road is running a Condensed ECDL Week from 10–14 June. The cost is £50. OUCS also runs the Advanced ECDL and the one-thousandth person to gain an Advanced certificate passed the module at Oxford. For more information including dates and pricing on the ECDL at the University of Oxford see the Web pages at: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ecdl/.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Novel Views of the Clergy: 23 May, Helen Cooper (University College), Chaucer: Faith, Satire and Heresy; 30 May, David Grylls (Kellogg College), Thomas Hardy and Religion; 6 June, John Sloan (Harris Manchester College), The Priest in Graham Greene. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden

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

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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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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., at 8 p.m., in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bell push for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 3 May, Tropical Ecology: Reefs and Forests, Dr Martin Speight; 10 May, Japanese Gold, Arthur Titherington; 17 May, My Life as a Journalist, John Chipperfield, News Editor, Oxford Mail/Oxford Times; 24 May, A Rhineland Cruise, Derek Phillips, Former President of the Society; 31 May, Basic Theory of Acupuncture and its function, Dr He Yeli, Chinese Medical Doctor; 7 June, `Alternative Oxford', Philip Pullman, Whitbread Prize Winner. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, Visitors £1.50 per meeting.

For more information tel.: Anita Segar, 01865 730574.

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University Sports Complex

Free Lifestyle Evaluation at the University Sports Complex, Iffley Road, 17–23 June inclusive. Advice available on all aspects of Healthy Living: pre- exercise health screening; fitness and physical activity; nutrition; smoking cessation; fitness testing/exercise prescription. To book your personal consultation: tel. 01865 240476 . E- mail: memberships@sport.ox.ac.uk. Bookings taken after 10 June.

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Books Bought and Sold

New Bookshop in St Aldates: St Philip's Books (proprietor Christopher Zealley) has opened a bookroom at 82 St Aldates, Oxford (entrance in passageway beneath the Elizabeth Restaurant). We carry over 6000 rare and secondhand books, chiefly in the areas of Theology and History. Callers welcome between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.,–Fri. Collections or single volumes purchased for stock (tel.: 01865 202182). Web site at: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold (not scientific or medical). Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffrey1@compuserve.com.

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Oxford University Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society (RSS) membership consists of Post- doctoral/Junior Research Fellows and Research Assistants who work for the University of Oxford. As most Research Staff are not attached to a college and may be new to Oxford our social events provide a unique opportunity to meet researchers outside your group or department. We aim to provide an interesting and varying social setting in which to mix and to become a voice for research staff within the University. We run social events each month to suit all tastes. Please visit our Web site http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rss/, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year. Our next event will be a comedy night at Jongleurs on 30 May.

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

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Domestic Services

For stress-free entertaining SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home or chosen venue. Canapés, weddings, christenings, dinner parties, summer tapas, and paella parties. Tailor-made menus for all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136.

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons, piano accompanying: contact Ana Mladenovic, experienced pianist and piano teacher. All ages and levels welcome. Address: Priory Lodge, Church Way, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4EB. Tel.: 01865 778248, mobile: 07779 580235. E-mail: pujsana@hotmail.com.

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House Sit

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

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Houses to Let

Central Headington: 2-3 bedroom house within 2 miles of Oxford city centre, with frequent bus service. Conveniently located near shops, hospitals, schools, parks, bus stops for Oxford and London, and the ring road. Off-street parking, paved rear garden with ornamental pond, gas c.h., partly- or fully-furnished as required. References required. Non-smokers preferred. £900 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 768070 or mobile 07968 229634, e-mail: fiona.gale@henmans.co.uk.

Furnished family house to let in rural setting 12 miles north of Oxford, suit visiting academic: 3 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, large kitchen/diner leading to large garden, utilities. Easy access M40, and rail station. Good schools. Available Sept., for 12 months. £1,400 p.c.m. E-mail: markpen@btinternet.com, or tel.: 01993 813003.

Jericho, 3-bedroom Victorian terrace house, newly decorated, furnished and equipped. £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 552024.

Witney (12 miles West of Oxford on good bus route): Cotswold Grade II listed period house in town centre, available from mid-Aug., for 6 months initially, £895 p.c.m. Three bedrooms, sitting/dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. Courtyard sitting area. Comfortably furnished and fully equipped. Also 2-bedroom furnished ground- floor cottage with conservatory, and enclosed garden available from mid-Aug., £795 p.c.m., for 6 months. Non-smokers only and no pets in either property. Tel: 00 44 (0) 1993 703035. E-mail: petty@witneyserve.net.

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

An exceptionally well-maintained 4-bedroom cottage-style house with a lovely garden in a very desirable location in the heart of Cumnor Village, is available to rent from July. The house is furnished to a high standard but can be let unfurnished for a 1 year period (or longer). This very pretty inner city village has a regular bus service, village shops, excellent primary school, and 2 very good village inns. Must be viewed. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 865755.

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

Borders of Iffley Village with easy access to Ring road, local shops and buses; 2 bedrooms, study, bathroom with power shower, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility. Sunny garden. Suit professional couple/2 sharing. Fully furnished. £795 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 777453 or 0775 369 3259 eves.

Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village); large sitting-room, dining-room, study, 3 double bedrooms, 2 deluxe bathrooms, luxury fitted kitchen (all machines), conservatory, garden and patio, garage, off- road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully-furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils, etc. Rent: £1,000 p.c.m. Deposit: £1,500. Tel.: 01235 (+ 44 1235) 834740, e- mail: diamar@onetel.net.uk.

Lovely Grade II listed house in central Eynsham (15-20 minutes Oxford), with 3 bedrooms (for sleeping 5/6), drawing room, kitchen, dining room, study, basement and garden. Clean linen and daily house cleaning service included. Tel., by arrangement. Available 21 July–1 Sept. Price £700 p.w.inc. Tel.: 01865 881729. E-mail: katefayers-kerr@hertford.co.uk.

Available June for long let: Moreton in Marsh (Oxford 27 miles, 35 minutes by train), 3-storey Victorian terrace cottage, 2 double, 1 single bedroom, bath with w.c., separate w.c., sitting-room, study, dining, kitchen etc. Good sized enclosed garden with patio, gas c.h. Well furnished, spacious. Rent £675 p.c.m., plus utilities. References required. Tel.: 01608 810549.

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

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

Headington: comfortable well-appointed home to let for 4 weeks from 18 July, 2½ miles from Oxford city centre. Suitable for up to 4 people–non- smoking adults only please. £275 per week. Phone: Ellis 01865 762637 or e-mail: ellis@oxfree.com.

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. Three bedrooms, (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single), 2 bathrooms (1 with bath, 1 with shower, both with w.c.). Double reception with 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. Four bicycles and free street parking. £300 p.w. incl. utilities. Dr Josephine Reynell, tel.: 01865 516615, e-mail: macdonaldreynell@netscapeonline.co.uk, or josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

New York: late Victorian town house in historic Park Slope, Brooklyn; 2-3 bedrooms, country kitchen with 1920's gas stove, 3 fireplaces, 60 ft garden. Twenty-minutes to Manhattan via subway. Fully equipped, close to magnificent park, cafes, bookshops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Available July and Aug. £700 p.w. Contact: Julia at: jglidden@election.com, or 07984 696357.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford to let from 10 June: 1 bedroom, self-contained garden flat, furnished, large rooms, g.c.h., £600 p.c.m., incl. council tax, and utilities. Tel.: 01865 511935.

Central North Oxford, 4 minutes' walk from University Parks, and easy walking to University Science Area, libraries and city centre. Charming and spacious garden flat in quiet residential street, incl. sitting room, double bedroom, kitchen with washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower, plentiful storage space. Gas c.h. Fully furnished. Suit single person or couple. No smokers. Available from Aug. £795 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 512138, e-mail: mdy@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river. Available for short/long lets. Two ground-floor flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. One completely refurbished to a high standard, available now, the other flat available for 4 months, June–Oct. One double, one large single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom apartment available from the first of June at £725 p.c.m. An attractive ground-floor, 1 double and 1 single bedroom-study, with patio and parking, it forms part of a small development 4 years old at a stones throw from Summertown amenities, and easy access to most university departments. Best suited to matrue professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

North Oxford (off Woodstock Road): 2-bedroom, furnished ground- floor flat. Clean and tidy. Quiet location. £800 p.c.m. Available 1 July. Contact: 07770 235500.

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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

Double room with en suiteshower room, £500 p.c.m. inc., bills. We are searching for a professional woman in her late twenties/thirties to share our home of 2 affectionate cats, a 3 year old, and a professional woman. Large modern house, fantastic location on Waterside Estate, private parking. Tel.: 01865 558441.

Room to let in listed 16th-c., thatched cottage close to city centre. Many period features, traditionally decorated, shared bathroom, garden and private parking. Available May. £450 p.m., inc. all bills and cleaner. Suit non-smoking, independent and easy-going individual. Tel.: 01865 250722.

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

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

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

Mature academic couple seek furnished 1-bedroom flat from 15 Sept., for up to 2 years. Qualified to house-sit for university staff on sabbatical or abroad. Non- smokers. Excellent references. Contact James Hines, 800 Parkview, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525, USA, or e-mail: james.hines@hmc.ox.ac.uk.

Retired academic couple (American) seeks furnished 2-/4-bedroom flat/house for about 1 year from 15 Sept. Summertown area preferred. Excellent references available. Non-smokers. Contact Professor James Thorson, English Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 U.S.A., or e-mail: jthorson@unm.edu.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Exchange

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

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

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

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Holiday Lets

Cévennes–Gard/Lozère/Ardèche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cévenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park; vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms–sleep 8+; bathroom, and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when the apartment is let. Set at about 1000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet, near a village with shops, in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhône vineyards, Gorges du Tarn, and the Mediterranean, all within easy reach. Easy access via cheap Stansted flights. Some weeks remaining in June, July and Sept., (from £250 p.w.). Non-smokers only please. Full central heating available for winter lets. For further details please apply (eves.,): 01527 541360.

Andalucia, Gaucin: Casa Alta, delightful private house in white mountain village to let July–Aug., whilst author/owner away; 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area with open fireplace, fully-fitted kitchen, leading onto terrace with magical view to Gibraltar, the coast, and the mountains of Africa. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze etc. Excellent maid by arrangement. £400 p.w., reduction longer lets. Also Casa Flora, self-contained guest house to above, available all year round. Separate entrance. Large sitting room, with French windows onto terrace with same fabulous view to mountains of Africa. Sleeps 2–3. Bathroom en suite, plus separate shower room, kitchen, wood stove, fridge, washing machine etc. Price according to season £150–£300 p.w. For both properties tel.: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail: venetia@ari.es.

Caribbean–Bequia, The Grenadines: 'Sea Star' an enchanting villa, 100 ft above sandy Friendship Bay, consists of 3 cottages nestled together in tropical gardens; 3 double bedrooms have en suitebathrooms, verandas off each bedroom have spectacular views of azure ocean, kitchen, reception/dining room, sun deck, hammock, daily maid, laundry, jeep rental included. Six guests: £170 each per week. Other rentals available. Sailing, speedboat, diving and watersports at discount. Tel.: Lara Cowan Hadley on 01993 850 285, e-mail: lara@grenadine-escape.com.

Holiday villa rentals in Andalucia, under the management of the award-winning hotel La Posada del Torcal. Rural Andalucia in the unspoilt region of El Torcal Natural Park, midway between Malaga and the Roman town of Antequera. Cortijo Los Olivos–a delightful and spacious country house whose breathtaking location has to be seen to be belived. The house has 3 master bedrooms, all with en suitebathrooms, dining hall and salon, kitchen fitted with every modern appliance. Furnished with style and elegance, with beamed ceilings, and terracotta, floors. Extensive terraces surround the house, there is a built-in barbecue, and exterior dining area. A swimming pool and teak wood garden furniture. Maid service one a week or more frequently on request. Babysitting, tennis, horseriding, and at home aromatherapy massage all on request. This is a must for the discerning traveller. Availability June–Dec. We also have 2-bedroom cottages, and 3- and 4-bedroom country houses, all in magnificent locations, with private gardens, and swimming pools. For details call: + 34 952031177, or fax: + 34 952031006 , mobile + 34 699434385, e-mail: posadatorcal@codesat.net, Web site: www.andalucia.com/posada-villas, www.andalucia.co.uk/posada_villas.

Umbria, Italy: enjoy rolling countryside on Tuscan border from a choice of 2 apartments, and 1 cottage, available in period stone farmhouse. Good size swimming pool. For further details see our Web site: www.umbrialink.com/pioppi, or for brochure e-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

Cornwall Bed and Breakfast: Colgare House, which is on the Lanhydrock estate near Bodmin, has 2 double and 2 single bedrooms, and is open all the year. Colgare House is peaceful, surrounded by woodlands and pastures, only 10 mintues from A30 and A38. Bodmin Parkway is a short drive or 25 minute walk. Central to all the Cornwall attractions, e.g. Eden Project and Lost gardens of Heligan are 20 minutes by car, the north and south coasts an easy 30–35 minute drive. There are good cycle tracks, and superb walking all around. See Web site: www.cornwallexplore.co.uk. Costs are £28 per person per night. Please contact Ngari Scoble, tel.: 01208 269605, mobile: 07980 629 505. E-mail: colgarehouse@hotmail.com.

Burgundy (Morvan National Park): 19th-c., stone cottage in quiet hamlet, sleeps 5+; enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own meadow with stream. Spacious sitting room, 1 double and 1 triple bedroom, study, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing-machine, c.h., tel., log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in nearby lakes, wine-tasting, and sightseeing in Burgundy (½ hr from Vézelay and Avallon). Dates available June-Sept., inc. £225–£275 p.w. Tel.: 01865 721539.

South West France, 18th-c., farmhouse near Duras; quiet, lovely views set amidst vineyards and woods. Bicycles, excellent walking, beautiful 15m pool, non- chlorinated, 2 terraces, sleeps 6. Well-equipped, large barn with pingpong etc. Availability in early June, 1 week 13 July, 1 week 14 Sept., Oct., onwards. Autumn generally warm, and good for swimming. Very reasonable rates from Oct., and for longer lets.

Tuscany, Italy: short or long-term rents, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill by large vineyard and olive trees, 5 bedrooms (with up to 8 beds), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 mins., drive from Chiusi town, shops, railway/motorway, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 mins., from Siena. E- mail: marino@demata.tuscany.it, tel.: + 39 055 602044, + 39 328 7133951, Web site: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Barga Tuscany: still dates available, particularly May and July, for this charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage which sleeps 4. Set in foothills of the Apuane mountains, facing the Carraras, offers panoramic views of the Garfagnana Valley. Five minutes from the bustling market town of Barga, offering cultural events, swimming, tennis, cinema, shops, banks, bars and restaurants. Excellent walking and riding country. Forty minutes from the stunning city of Lucca. Cottage has all modern comforts yet retains traditional features, and rustic charm. Set in an acre of olives and vines. Sorry no children under 12. For details and photos, please contact Jane Collett on 01672 516602, or e-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

Northumberland, 5 miles north of Alnwick, within easy reach of both cheviot hills, and beautiful coast. Stone-built cottage in hamlet, sleeps up to 6. Please tel.: 01665 579292.

Cottage for rent, West Buckland, S. Devon: 10 minutes' walk to beach, golf club, tennis, sailing estuary; 15 minutes' drive to Salcombe; sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; bathroom, separate living room, dining room, kitchen and downstairs w.c. Pretty south-facing garden with table and chairs. Very well maintained and clean. £250–£500 p.w. Call 0208 541 5449.

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.

Washington DC: house for rent for 3–4 weeks in Aug.,; 3 bedrooms, fully air-conditioned, large garden, in beautiful wooded area of Chevy Chase DC. Oxford family relocated to Washington will be away in Aug. Perfect for a family who want to spend time in the area. Museums are free, lots of parks, pools, horse riding, water sports and natural beauty. $800 USD p.w. E-mail: hgg@btinternet.com, or tel.: 001 202 362 2921.

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House For Sale

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

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Flat for Sale

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

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Property Wanted

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

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