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Oxford Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research 2002 Seminar Series: 23 April, Graham Crow (Southampton),Family Solidarities, SGO3, Research Centre. All seminars will begin at 5.30 p.m. 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:

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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, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year.

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Enigma and the Intelligence War, a conference organised jointly by Christ Church, Oxford, and the Bletchley Park Trust, will be held at Christ Church, 1-5 Sept. Speakers include Sir Michael Howard, Lord Dacre, Dr David Kahn, Professor Chrisopher Andrew, Professor M. R. D. Foot, and WW2 code breakers. For the brochure or enquiries about this unique event, please e-mail:, or call 01869 243 195.

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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:

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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

Academic Study and Travel is an Oxford-based lifelong learning agency: AST offers an experienced, professional service in the design, organisation, and delivery of academic programmes, single lectures, day schools, conferences, study tours, and summer schools. Projects of all sizes undertaken. Web site: Tel.: 01869 243195, e-mail:

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).

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:, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail:

Long-established Oxford builder: property maintenance, renovations, extensions. Every aspect of the building trade covered. Free estimates. Academic references available. Richard Edwards. Tel.: 01865 343562.

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Domestic Services

A 7-year-old girl is looking for a surrogate granny or a companion who could pick her up from school (3 p.m., North Oxford, 4 times a week), accompany her for 1-2 hours, preferably in the companion's house, and drop her off at ballet/swimming pool/etc. Her needs, apart from companionship, are: snack/drink and some conversation or help with activities like reading, drawing, etc. She is quiet, no fuss young person, and is fun to be with. Car is not essential but would be VERY welcome. Please call Lidia at 01993 882427, or e-mail:

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

Need help with your academic career? Academic Coach provides help with c.v's, tendering for research projects, writing for journals, preparing book proposals, and general academic career development. Contact Ian Finlay at, or call 0794 712 4741 (mobile).

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Situations Vacant

The Aris Trust Centre for Tibetan & Himalayan Studies: Administrator. Salary: £18,000-£24,000 pro rata, depending on experience and qualifications. Hours: 36. We are an educational and research Trust based at Wolfson College. We seek to appoint a full-time administrator for a period of 18 months, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day management of the Trust and the administration of a major international academic conference. Applicants should have previous administrative experience, including office management and dealing with accounts. Experience of fund-raising and conference organisation would be an advantage. IT literacy and excellent communication skills, both written and oral are essential. Meticulous attention to detail is required. This is a challenging post and the successful candidate will need to have both the ability to work on his or her own initiative, and as a member of a team. Interest in Tibet and the Himalayas would be an advantage. For further information, please e-mail: Please send c.v. and covering letter to: The Aris Trust Centre, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD. The closing date for applications is Mon., 8 April. Interviews will take place on Wed., 24 April.

Oxford University Rugby Football club require a Club Groundsman. OURFC are looking for a new Club Groundsman for their ground at Iffley Road, Oxford. The groundsman would be required to work flexible hours as necessary to prepare and maintain the pitch, surrounding grounds, and facilities. This is a challenging yet rewarding position, requiring a person who is highly motivated and organised. An interest and knowledge of rugby would be advantageous. A 3-bedroom house on the grounds comes with the position, a competitive salary dependent on experience and qualifications, and entry to the University pension scheme. For a full job description please call the club on 01865 432000. Applications should be made in the form of a current c.v., including 2 referees with an accompanying letter of application, and sent to the Administrator at: Oxford University Rugby Club, Jackdaw Lane, Off Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Closing date: Fri., 5 April.

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.

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.

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Houses to Let

House to let close to Folly Bridge: 3-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, through living-room, new fitted kitchen, dining room, gas c.h., Italianate garden. Friendly street. £1,100 p.c.m. Ready now. Call 0207 727 9750.

To let end of Aug., to end Dec.: terrace house in West Oxford, 10 minutes' walk to central Oxford and bus station, 5 minutes' walk to train station, 15 minutes to Radcliffe Infirmary. Good condition, 3 bedrooms (inc. 1 study-bedroom). Quiet cul-de-sac overlooking playing-field, easy access to shops, and countryside. Fully-furnished and equipped (gas c.h., fireplace, phone, TV + video, fitted kitchen, washer-drier, fridge, freezer, microwave, bicycles). Small garden with sunny patio. Rent: £850 p.c.m. E- mail: Tel.: 01865 794232.

Old house to let for 1 year, from April, £900 p.c.m., at Cassington (A40): 3 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms; big, unfitted kitchen. Big garden. Prefer family but would consider 3 postgrads. Tel.: 07812 650 140 mobile until 12 Apr. After that: 00 212 66 01 00 66.

North Oxford : family house to let July/Aug. £400 p.w. Tel.: 0870 2410729, or e-mail

Stonesfield (delightful village on edge of Cotswolds). First class fully- furnished 2-bedroom cottage with conservatory–photographs available, for 6 months let commencing 1 May. Rent, inc., of all bills EXCEPT telephone, £1,100 p.c.m. THPM 01993 898490.

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: Internet site:

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: 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:

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Summer Let

House overlooking Thames, 5 minutes' walk from city-centre, available May–Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £1,000 p.c.m. inc. all service charges except tel., calls. Tel.: 01865 250462.

Comfortable, fully-furnished, 2-bedroom town house in North Oxford, available for short summer let from 15 Apr.,–31 Aug. Open-plan living room, modern fitted kitchen with washing machine, and dishwasher, gas c.h., bathroom with electric shower, small garden, garage. Quiet position, close to Cutteslowe Park, frequent bus route to city centre. Suitable for a small family. £700 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 273088, or e-mail:

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Flats to Let

Available 1 April (long let only): modern decor and furnishings, 1 double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h. All facilities. Private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location, ½ mile city centre. Non-smoker. Monthly rental £600 plus Council Tax. Contact: 01993 852196.

A choice of fully-furnished, modern, 2-bedroom , 2 bathroom apartments in attractive developments within the ring road. Allocated parking. Available from mid-Mar. From £795 p.c.m. For more information on these and other properties available please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012. E-mail:, or visit our Web site:

Furnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat to let St Clements/Headington Hill area. Very close to Brookes University, 10 minutes to city centre, refurbished kitchen and bathroom, en suiteshower room to main bedroom. Available immediately. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 512149.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river, 2 ground-floor flats: 1 completely refurbished to a high standard, available May. The other flat available mid- June.Both have 1 double bedroom and 1 large single bedroom, large drawing-room, bathroom, kitchen in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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 suitebathroom, 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:

Central north Oxford: 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The ground floor, 1-bedroom, available in early May at £675 p.c.m. The second-floor, 2-bedroom, available mid-March at £750 p.c.m. Spacious Victorian property with good security and parking. Conveniently situated within minutes walk to most university departments and best suited to visiting mature academics or professionals. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

Very light and spacious top-floor apartment in Rawlinson Road, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and views over communal gardens. The apartment has a large fully-equipped kitchen with space for dining. Available now, unfurnished with 1 off-street parking space at £1,000 p.c.m. Ideal for academic or professional couple wanting to be near Oxford city centre and Summertown shops. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 302344 or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Summertown Court, Summertown–£750 p.c.m. Superior first-floor, 1-bedroom apartment, fully-furnished to an exceptional standard. Off-road parking, and close to the local shops and amenities; Park Close, Cutteslowe– £895 p.c.m. First-floor spacious apartment with balcony views overlooking the parks. Offering 2 large bedrooms, and a single bedroom/study. Fully-furnished. Garage and off-street parking. Contact us for a full list of property: 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578, e-mail:, Web site:

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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:, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

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) (0) 1865 311011, or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at

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Accommodation Sought

Visiting academic and spouse seek 1-bedroom furnished flat,with living room, for the period July–Dec., preferably in central North Oxford area with parking facility. Non-smokers, no pets. Please contact me at:, or at 01865 558800 in the eves.

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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Visiting scholar and family seek Oxford area home to rent or exchange for home in northern California (near UC Berkeley). Approx. dates: July 2002–Feb.,2003. Our home (4 bedrooms/4 bath) is in Piedmont, California, 15 minutes drive to university or to San Francisco. Highly desirable neighborhood/excellent schools. Seek exchange or rental in North Oxford or other area with highly regarded primary and middle school. E-mail:

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Accommodation Exchange

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

Home exchange near San Francisco: beautiful, 4-bedroom home, 15 minutes to San Francisco available for exchange with similar or smaller home in or near Oxford, 1 Sept.,–30 Dec. Possible rental from 15 July–30 Aug., also available. Non smokers, no pets. Chris and Jeanette Tietze, tel.: 001 415 924 1377, fax: 001 415 567 2040, e-mail:

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Holiday Lets

Provence/Languedoc, nr. Uzès: village house with pool. Beautiful distant views of Cévennes from terrace on one side. All shops 2 minutes, on the other. Can sleep 9. Phone Salisbury (01722) 743801.

Cornwall, near Sennen Cove: converted barn, sleeps 4/5. Comfortable, with microwave, washing machine, tumble drier, TV, video. Sea view, small garden. £150–£350 p.w., inc. of electricity and linen. Visit:, or tel.: 01865 557713.

Provence (Drôme): in a beautifully restored 16th-century house situated in the village of Grignan, 2 fully and newly equipped apartments within minutes of lavender fields, village shops, and the local château. Set in lovely countryside with vineyards and good walking. One sleeps 4, with views on château: £240 (390 euros) p.w., June–Aug.,; £145 (235 euros) thereafter; the other sleeps 2, and includes secluded terrace: £145 (235 euros) p.w., June–Aug.; £82 (133 euros) thereafter. Contact: 01865 559076 or e-mail:

Really lovely location in the Upper Tamar Valley, on the borders of Devon and Cornwall. Recently converted barn with 2 double bedrooms (1 with 4-poster bed), 2 bath-/shower-rooms, large open-plan living-/dining-room/kitchen. Very nicely furnished. Outdoor heated swimming pool, games room (table tennis, pool, bar billiards, darts). Close to Eden Project, Dartmoor, and Bodmin Moor, half-hour from coast. Easily accessible from A30 though set in totally secluded peaceful countryside. Privately owned. Available this summer for the first time. Contact Michèle Smith on 01865 310998 or e-mail: for more details or look at our Web site on Also available part of Apr.,–mid-July, and from 7 Sept.,: large comfortable 17thy- century listed farmhouse with 6 double bedrooms, 3 bath/shower-rooms, 2 sitting rooms, and large farmhouse ktichen. Well-stocked with books and games as well as TV and video. Shares swimming pool and games room with barn.

South of France: holiday cottage with private shady garden, 300 yards from sheltered sandy beach in La Ciotat. Sleeps 4 (+ 1 child). Well-equipped kitchen, and linen provided. Available June, July and Aug., 580 euros p.w. (approx. £360). Tel.: 01869 343037. E-mail:

Charming terrace house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church-visiting, bird-watching and pub-hopping. Tel.: 01865 513464 (eves.).

Czech Republic: charming woodland cottage only 30 minutes from Prague, available May–Oct. Sleeps 5+. Lovely lake for swimming, boating, surfboarding. Views, walks, woodfires, mushrooms, castles. Good food and wine still a bargain! English speaking owner. From £280 p.w. Tel.: 0207 373 0667.

South-West France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m. swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Available April £350 p.w., May/June/Sept., £500 p.w., longer stays negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218, Sally 01494 864573.

Mallorca: traditional village house, recently redecorated, with own swimming pool, and quiet patio area, in excellent location between the coast and mountains. Close to village shops, bakery, and local restaruants, and with beautiful walks through the surrounding olive groves, the house provides the perfect base for relaxing by the pool or exploring the island. Sleeps 6 (3 double rooms). Available for summer lets or out of season. Call: 01865 429377 or e-mail:

Dordogne/Gironde: delightful restored farmhouse in rural hamlet. Fully and comfortably furnished with French antiques plus modern conveniences. Private with stunning views and walks to farmland, woods, and vineyards. Few minutes drive to village shops and church. Accommodation: study/library and sitting-room with open-plan kitchen/dining room, fireplace with wood-burning stove; equipped with fridge-freezer, cooker, and washing machine. Pigeon loft has 2 large bedrooms, 1 can be divided. Huge cool verandah is for dining and games. The concierge lives opposite and maintains the house and grounds, and is always available. Meadow and lawned garden with fruit trees. Pool, 10m x 5m, with paved surround, fenced and maintained by a professional firm. For wine lovers there are famous vineyards like St.Emilion and Monbazillac, and many local vineyards and co-operatives are near, and there is tennis, riding, a public pool, swimming lake with water sports and Chateau Vigiers. Tel.: 01993 881408. E-mail:

Paris 12ème, between Nation and Bastille, small studio, sleeps 2, Rue de Cotte, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligre, "Coulée Verte"; near the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped; bathroom, kitchen area; digicode, and interphone; lift. Non-smokers only. £170 p.w., £320 fortnight, £600 four weeks, no bills. Available 7 April – 30 July. For pictures, more details:- Studio, 3 Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PB, or tel.: 01865 728603, or e-mail:

Andalucia, Las Alpujarras: delightful rustic farmhouse set in terraced olive groves, with own swimming pool, and fantastic mountain views. Sleeps 6 comfortably (2 doubles, 1 twin), 5 minutes walk to local village, 15 minutes drive to Ugijar market town. Available year round, £380 per week; also available for longer lets. One and a half hours from Almeria airport, or 3½ from Malaga. Car hire preferable. For more information contact tel.: 0779 6167811, or e-mail:

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:

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: E-mail:, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Heritage coast: delightful, 2nd-floor apartment with sea view (no lift). Self-catering, fully furnished, sleeps 3. Close to shops and concerts. Aldeburgh is an unspoilt seaside town (fresh fish daily!) with strong musical connections and International Festivals at nearby Snape Maltings. RSPB Minsmere and National Trust properties are also quite close; two local golf courses. Seasonal prices from £200 p.w. inc. of electricity, gas, taxes and lock-up garage. Tel.: 01473 730 737, e- mail:, write: P.O.Box 31, Washbrook, Ipswich, IP8 3HP.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well-appointed, 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available 29 Apr.,– 31 May, 17 June–13 July, and 2–29 Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which is a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/dining area. The gournd-floor has a large double bedroom and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a further twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sun., and will cook delicious meals. Charges: £375 p.w., or £650 per fortnight, or £1,200 per month. Ring Dr Charles Mould, 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691), e- mail: for further particulars.

Magic Cave. Charming (if tiny) flat for two in Cordes-sur-Ciel, the fabled Cathar walled city in the Tarn, a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages, and only an hour from Toulouse airport. Comfortably furnished, with its own kitchen and bathroom, the flat has access to a separate private garden, and is well placed for sightseeing—ses vues panoramiques, et tout ca—fabulous markets, restaurants, walking and cycling. Ludicrously cheap and available all year round–ideal for budget-concious gourmands, penny-pinching scholars, and cash-strapped lovers of La France Profonde. Tel.: The Aged Campbell, 00 33 5 6356 1769.

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Narrowboat for sale

"Simplicity": the ideal residential narrowboat on beautiful private moorings just north of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, with every possible luxury–dishwasher, washer/dryer, double glazing, c.h., fridge/freezer, leather upholstery throughout. `Boat of the year 1999'. Built by Kings Ground, 63ft semi-traditional. Offers around £95,000. Tel.: Ron or Elizabeth on 01869 351861, mobile 0780 308 2766.

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For sale

Baby Grand Piano (Collard & Collard), in excellent condition, forced to sacrifice itself for older brother's well-being, seeks home with owners who will pay ransom of £900. Tel.: 01865 241323. n

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