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Open Morning

Magdalen College School, Open Morning, Sat., 6 Oct., 9.30 a.m.–12 noon. All welcome. Record 'A'Level Results Aug., 2001. 80% grades A and B. Please tel.: 01865 242191 for further details. Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DZ.

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Lecture and Concert

Sri Chinmoy's Peace Lecture and Concert: Sri Chinmoy is a world- renowned peace advocate, philosopher, author, poet, musician and artist, who has contributed to the cause of world peace through innovative grass roots projects world-wide. He will offer a talk on World Peace and a Peace Concert, performing his own unique compositions on a range of eastern and western instruments; Sat., 29 Sept., 7.30 p.m., Magdalen College Auditorium. Limited seating, please contact Piyasi Morris on 01865 430925 for reservations.

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Institute for Chinese Studies

Call for volunteers to learn Chinese: the Institute for Chinese is looking for volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Chinese to participate in training in the 4 language skills of reading, speaking, listening, and writing. The third session, for training in listening skills, will run for 17 weeks in total, divided into 2 parts. The first part will begin on Mon., 8 Oct., and finish on Fri., 14 Dec. The second part of the session will begin on Mon., 14 Jan. 2002, and end on Fri., 1 Mar. 2002. Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of 127½ contact hours over the 17 weeks, involving 1½ hrs per day, 5 days p.w. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every day during the weeks specified at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, but this timing could be adjusted during the Christmas vacation period if acceptable to all participants. Members of the university with no knowledge of Mandarin who wish to learn Chinese listening skills are welcome to participate in the project. Numbers will be limited to 15 participants. Please contact Mr Shio-yun Kan at the Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG. Tel.: 01865 280393, e-mail: kan@server.orient.ox.ac.uk.

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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 equipment pool 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. there will be a Welcome Party at the Club Room, 5–6.30 p.m., Sun., 21 Oct., and a Christmas Fair, same place, Wed., 5 Dec., 10.30 a.m.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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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).

Small Space Design with a framework of structures, wall shrubs and spring bulbs. Jeanne Bliss, Landscape Designer and lecturer, Oxford and California. Tel.: 01865 515379. E-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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

Worried about your home while you're away? We'll look after it - either long-term or during holidays; we'll water your plants; forward post; feed the cat; turn on water/heating; put essentials in fridge for your return. Generally keep an eye on the property...you name it! (We're 2 local mothers–excellent references!). Call: 01869 343570 or 01869 347400.

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2–5 years, established 10 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities inc. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

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

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Tuition Offered

Piano tuition offered by Andrew Bottrill, currently teaching at the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon, and The Royal College of Music, London. Home visits, all ages, all levels. Tel.: 01865 469549, 0776 0237755 or e-mail: aeb29@yahoo.co.uk.

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.

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Situations Vacant

Wanted: Steward/Administrator for St Giles' Church, Oxford: duties include welcoming visitors, and assisting in administration and maintenance; 15 hours per week, £6,000 p.a., 4 weeks' equivalent holiday. Applications to: Revd Dr Andrew Bunch, tel.: 01865 510460. Closing date 5 Oct.

St Clare's, Oxford: required as soon as possible, well qualified teachers of Czech, Hebrew, Portuguese, Bulgarian and Malay, to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants shoul be native speakers who are able to teach literature to students in tehir mother tongue for 1½–2 hrs p.w. for full details please contact Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: 01865 517333, Fax: 01865 310002 or e-mail: languages@stclares.ac.uk.

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Situations Wanted

Sensible, reliable Italian girl, 19, excellent high school record, IT skills inc. computer graphics, speaks English, experienced with children, English references, seeks work for academic year 2001-2. Will come for interview. E-mail: ilariabia@hotmail.com, or further information from: carol.clark@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

Charming, self-contained, furnished cottage attached to old Cotswold house. Beautiful 30 mile open view in quiet village, 7 minutes from Charlbury station (11 minutes from Oxford): 1 double bedroom, 1 single/office, 2 bathrooms, 33ft (10 m) long sitting room, conservatory/dining room, kitchen and utility room. Extensive cupboard space. Suit visiting academic/professional, single or couple. Long or short lets considered. Regret no children or pets. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 878632. Available from 16 Sept.

Unusual tiny cottage attached to old family house in beautiful countryside, Oxford 14 miles, Charlbury mainline station 3 miles, hourly buses to Oxford ¼ mile (walking distance). Peaceful, friendly ambience. Suit graduate/writer/lecturer. Available from 3 Jan. 2002.£400 p.c.m. inc. Tel.: 01608 677527.

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 24 Sept. £1,700 p.c.m. View on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/waterside. E-mail: vballeny@callnetuk.com, tel.: ++ 44 (0) 207 274 7691, mobile 07703 879792.

Furnished cottage, 11 miles from Oxford, with half-acre garden in private estate. The accommodation comprises 1 bedroom and sitting-room/study with fireplace, accessible from separate staircase. Downstairs living room available except for 20 weekends in the year. Bathroom and well-equipped kitchen shared during those weekends. Suitable for single person or couple. £700 p.m. inc. water, exc. council tax, telephone, heating, electricity. Contact Mrs M. Adams on 020 7602 5790.

Available now at £1,200 p.c.m., this 5-bedroom detached family house has off-street parking, and an enclosed rear garden. This is a spacious and comfortable house with all facilities, ideal for a visiting family. Located just outside Oxford ring road to the north of Summertown, access to Oxford and the major road networks is swift. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Rd., Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7NP. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at: www.finders.co.uk.

Spacious `Butlers House': 3 bedrooms, 1 en suite, separate bathroom, extra toilet. Large kitchen, reception overlooking walled garden in beautiful grounds of Wytham Abbey, situated 4 miles from Oxford in picturesque Wytham village. Fully furnished, £1,650 p.c.m. Immediate occupation. Contact Simon Merson, John D. Woods, tel: 01865 311522.

Beautiful Victorian terrace house unexpectedly available, off Iffley Road: 2 bedrooms, wood floors, gas c.h., wood-burning stove. £800 p.c.m. Suit professional non-smoker. Please tel.: 01865 512928/791296.

Pleasant, newly redecorated house, close to Florence Park and Iffley Lock: fully furnished, with washing machine and other facilities. Would suit couple or 3 women sharing (preferably postgrads or professionals). No smokers, no pets. £825 p.m. Tel.: 01932 786205 or 07752 625966.

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Marston Road, Marston–£990 p.c.m. Very spacious semi-detached property within easy reach of the JR Hospital, St Clements and Summertown. The property offers 3 bedrooms, beautiful maintained gardens and is fully furnished. Available NOW; Hayfield Road, central North Oxford–£895 p.c.m. Charming Victorian 2-bedroom terrace property, situated very close to the colleges and schools around central north Oxford. Offered fully furnished and ideal for an academic/professional couple or individual. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax.: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle- lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Delightful 2-bedroom terrace cottage in Upper Wolvercote, North Oxford, near to Port Meadow; fully furnished and equipped. Quiet location with pretty garden. Good bus links to central Oxford. £760 p.c.m. Contact: 0207 848 5770 (work); 0208 674 3929 (home), and to arrange viewings, Mary Mcmenamin on 01865 272191 (work), or e-mail: marymcmenamin@anat.ox.ac.uk.

Victorian terraced cottage in Summertown, near shops and bus stops: available from approx. mid-Oct., owing to present tenants buying own house; 1 double bedroom, 1 single. Would consider short let to avoid gap. £650 p.m. Details from 01865 514856, or e-mail: lvl@bodley.ox.ac.uk.

Immediately available, a 2-3 bedroom Victorian terrace house in East Oxford: spacious living area, small garden, ideal for a couple or small family. £795 p.c.m. For further information on this and other properties we have available to let please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clement's, Oxford OX4 1AB, or tel.: 01865 200012.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website 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. Email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Pretty Edwardian house, newly refurbished to mix classic features with modern amenities. Central location in quiet residential area, close to University and riverside meadows, 3 bedrooms, large study, lounge, dining room, completely new kitchen, bathroom, and garden. Furnished and equipped to high standard, bed linen provided. Rent: £1,200 p.c.m. exc. bills. Available from Aug. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 251003, or 240430, or e-mail: mpaehoney@aol.com.

Delightful cottage available for rent in Sandford St Martin, West Oxfordshire: includes original features, inglenook fireplace, exposed beams, recently decorated throughout; living room, kitchen with dining area, double-size bedroom, bathroom. Renovated outhouse conversion, ideal as a home office, 100 ft garden. Unfurnished, available now, £650 p.m. plus bills. For more information please contact Philip Paterson, 01865 487300 (work), 01608 683535 (eves), 07973 722750 (mobile), or e-mail: Philip.Paterson@ScholarOne.com.

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

North Oxford , Summertown: spacious, interesting flat, convenient for town and shops. Recently refurbished, furnished, gas c.h. Large double bedroom with stripped pine floor, single bedroom/study, fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room with coal- effect gas fire, bathroom with bath/shower, separate W.C. Off-road parking, small garden. No smokers or pets please. Suit professionals. Available Sept. £900 p.c.m. exc. Tel.: 01242 672088. E-mail: johnb925@aol.com.

Bright, modern 2-bedroom apartment (sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, en suiteshower room) in South Park/St Clements area (ideal for city centre, hospitals and shopping), secure parking, communal garden, g.c.h., available unfurnished (but with fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, curtains) from Jan. 2002, £775 p.c.m. Contact: e- mail: frank.muller@history.ox.ac.uk, tel.: 01865 791708.

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. Available beginning of Jan. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Oxford, attractive Osney Island, short walk station, town and University: modern flat with living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom; newly redecorated and equipped; furnished. Parking. Available immediately. References and deposit required. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01608 677570 or e-mail: noblefam@onetel.net.uk.

Luxury self-contained flat in large country house in village of Cassington, 6 miles from centre of Oxford: large lounge, kitchen with fridge-freezer, microwave and cooker; double bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower. Available for short lets. Non-smoking, not suitable for children. Tel.: 01865 888991 or e-mail: oxmedia@aol.com. Fax: 01865 883395.

Charming 1-bedroom flat in a small gated courtyard on Woodstock Road, close to all Summertown facilities. The flat has its own independent entrance and off- street parking, and is tastefully decorated. Available from 1 Oct., £700 p.m. Please contact C. McIntosh on 01865 556767, ext. 4184, or e-mail: mcintosc@oup.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Tranquil, rural setting, fields behind, walks on doorstep. Spacious room in quiet but friendly n/s comfortable home with all amenities; 4 months let acceptable though longer period preferable. Accessible Oxford/Abingdon/Didcot. £75 p.w. Tel.: 01865 321825.

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

Iffley Village: small bedsitter with big view, cooking alcove and plenty of book space. Low inclusive rent (£125 p.c.m.) plus a little help with garden. Available end Sept. Tel.: 01865 778335.

Flatlet overlooking Port Meadow in comfortable, friendly family house in Upper Wolvercote, available from Sept. All mod cons. Suit quiet post-graduate or professional. Easy, quick and regular bus to University or City centre, but also within biking and walking distance. Car parking available. £650 p.c.m. exc. phone. Please e-mail: wrldco@ntlworld.com, with name, address and telephone number.

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.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £45 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

Male Marie Curie Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, non-smoker, seeks furnished short time accommodation for the period of 20 Oct.–30 Nov., within biking distance of the city centre. Please ring Dr Gerald Maesch on 01865 271476, or e-mail: Gerald.Maesch@law.oxford.ac.uk.

University Lecturer (non-smoker)seeks house or flat in Oxford, preferably with large living-room or 2 bedrooms. Tenancy to commence at the beginning of Oct. Tel.: 01865 (2)73840 or e-mail: Jane.Ellory@comlab.ox.ac.uk.

Writer with family connection to Oxford seeks house-sitting position or similar before moving there permanently. Could pay modest rent. Contact: 01600 714840, or e-mail: adrian@mourby.fsnet.co.uk.

Self-contained, modest accommodation sought in central Oxford, Oct./Nov., 6–8 weeks. Responsible academic couple. Possible regular annual arrangement. Tel./Fax.:(33) 450 59 41 03. E-mail: druckerd@fr.inter.net.

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

France (Tarn et Garonne): renovated farmhouse in over 1 acre with pool, surrounded by unspoilt countryside; sleeps 6 plus 1 bedroom with 5 single beds; 3 km from medieval village of Lauzerte, Toulouse airport 1 hour, auto-route from Bordeaux 2 hours. Winter lets from 3 Nov. Rentals negotiable. Tel.: 01367 810218 or 01494 864573.

Mousehole, Cornwall: gorgeous cottage, picturesque fishing village, sleeps 6 plus; upstairs lounge, views Mounts Bay, balcony, spacious kitchen diner, Cornish range. Stone's throw from harbour, beach. Penzance railway 15 mins. bus. Inn, restaurants, gallery, shops. Short breaks. Available Christmas, spectacular harbour lights. Tel.: 01865 727423, e-mail: www.pugwash.com/caroline.

USA: charming, traditional mid-western, large 4-bedroom farmhouse on 100 acres with lake. Fully equipped, miles of pleasant walks through Ohio's rolling Amish country. Day trips to Niagara Falls, Lake Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Tel./Fax: 415 586 5804 or Website: www.The-Farm-House.com.

Costa del Sol: seaside residence, sleeps 2; lovely views and gardens. Book now for stay. £70 p.w. Book by telephone/fax: 01865 511657, or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

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Leasehold Property Available

To let on 15-year lease: 18A Turl Street, Oxford; student residential premises (7 bedrooms) in need of modernisation. For further details contact: Estates Management, Oxford City Council, The Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX. (Ref RA/99.F 222). Tel.: 01865 252137.

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Flat for Sale

Charming ground-floor, 2-bedroom flat in South Oxford. Next to park and open-air swimming pool, few minutes' walk from C of E Primary school, river and boathouses. Pretty garden, large conservatory, off-street parking. Immediate vacant possession. Offers over £160,000. Enquiries to: carol.clark@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

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For Sale

Set of 4 Rubberwood TV tables (Lakeland). Cost £60 new (1 month ago). Will sell for £40. Contact J. Hewett on 01235 811994 after 6 p.m. n

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