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Volunteers Need 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, Magnetic Resonance Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, or e-mail: mscheuer@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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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.

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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 Aug. 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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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 first coffee morning of Michaelmas Term will be on Wed., 9 Oct.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Services Offered

Responsible American lady, non-smoker, doing research at Bodleian would like to house-sit in Oxford, preferably north or north/central, flexible schedule, local references. Tel: 01932 862889, e-mail: gnicholson5@aol.com, or gabarnesjo@aol.com.

Responsible, tidy, post-graduate seeking to house-sit from mid-Aug., or Sept. Pets and plants happily catered to. Also pleased to barter light cooking, cleaning and shopping in exchange for accommodation. Tel: 01865 250131, e-mail: galit.goldshmid@bnc.ox.ac.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).

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

Au-pair Switzerland: opportunity to learn/improve French. Capable girl/graduate for Anglo-Dutch family. Beautiful area near Geneva. Two children, 7 and 9. General help. Other help kept. Driver essential. Use of car weekends. From end Aug.–end June 2003 minimum. Van Heeckereen, e-mail: willem.kell@bluewin.ch. Tel.: 004121 825 1569. Mobile: 0041 78519 6661.

North Oxford family need part-time help with 3 school-age children aged 11, 9 and 7 during school term and holidays. Hourse during term 3.30 p.m–7 p.m. and hours to suit d during holidays. Applicant should be easy-going, cheerful and preferably sporty. Please e- mail: angelaspalmer@aol.com.

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–home visits in and around Oxford: Andrew Bottrill, GGSM, MA, currently teaching at the School of St Helen and St Katharine, and the Royal College of Music. Please ring 07815 770378, or e-mail: aeb29@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) L.R.A.M., near Kidlington. Tel.: 01865 331147

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Situations Vacant

Wanted: part-time secretary for a retiring Professor on a long-term basis. Average load about 6 hrs per week for two-thirds of the year, and 1 hr a week for one-third of the year. Mainly audio typing and copy typing, to be done at your own home. You will need your own computer and e-mail connection, and must be willing to collect material once or twice a week from central North Oxford. Start by late Aug. Phone: Professor Swinburne, (2)76589 (or, after 28 June, 514406).

IT Support Officer (15 hours per week) Wycliffe Hall, Oxford: a theological college of the Church of England, and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. We are seeking to appoint an experienced person to provide first level IT support for college staff and represent the first point of contact for IT related issues within the college. Further details from: Mrs Margaret Thomson, Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PW. E-mail: margaret.thomson@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk. Closing date for applications: 9 a.m. on Thurs. 4 July.

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Part-time position wanted

Cheerful, motivated, administrative assistant retiring from full-time employment end of July 2002 seeks fulfilling part-time post from end Aug. Please contact Jeannette Hudson-Pudwell after 7 p.m. on 01865 762187, or leave a message on answerphone and I will contact you.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford : 3-bedroom semi-detached family house in Wentworth Road (postcode: OX2 7TH); 2 reception rooms, front and back gardens, newly decorated, fitted kitchen, gas c.H., and garage. Available from early Aug., for 1 year, renewable. Rent £950 p.c.m., excl. bills. Non-smoking professional couple or family, no pets. Tel.: 01865 515628. E-mail: zhangsuqing@yahoo.com.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Oxford Waterside–£1,300 p.c.m.; superior and well-presented modern 3-bedroom property with parking in small courtyard on this popular development. Fully-furnished to a high standard. Available late July. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: enquiries@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Wheatley: 4-bedroom period house to let; 2 double bedrooms, 2 single, 3 receptions, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room; piano; cellar, south-facing walled-garden, 2 garages. C.h. £1,100 p.c.m. References. Tel.: 01243 528654.

Attractive canal-side grade II listed cottage in rural setting of Thrupp, 7 miles from Oxford centre, suit non-smoking academic/professional couple: 1 double bedroom (with shower/w.c.), 2 single bedrooms (or 1 + study), flag-floored living-room with open fire, dining room, kitchen and bathroom/w.c.; gas c.h. Comfortably furnished. Walled garden. Ten minute walk to frequent Oxford buses, 4 miles Hanborough station (Paddington 70 mins.). Available immediately. £900 p.m. No pets. Tel.: 01865 377017, e-mail: c_j_bastian@hotmail.com.

Islip Road, Summertown: light, spacious 2-bedroom house with garden room overlooking south-facing patio garden available to rent from 30 Sept., for 6 months. Fully-furnished with dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. Rent £850 p.c.m. excl. tax and utilities. Non-smoking, no pets. Contact Charlotte on 01865 513460 eves., and weekends or e-mail: charlotte.francis1@btopenworld.com.

Bright, modern furnished home, situated in a private lane off a quiet cul-de-sac in Kennington, 2 miles south of Oxford, with convenient access to Redbridge park and ride, and the ring road. Buses every 15 minutes to the city centre. Three bedrooms with study or 4th bedroom, double garage and attractive side and rear gardens. Master bedroom has en suiteshower and w.c.; second bathroom with w.c., and another separate w.c. Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Cable TV included, second telephone line. Available for Michaelmas and Hilary terms. £1,200 p.c.m. plus utilities. Non-smokers only. Tel.: 01865 451817.

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 (with all machines), conservatory, garden and patio, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates; fully-furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils etc. Rent £1,000 p.c.m., inc. gardener. Deposit £1,500. Tel.,/ans.,/fax: 01235 (+ 44 1235) 834740, e-mail: diamar@onetel.net.uk.

Central Oxford, Victorian terrace house, glorious new renovation with period features; 4 bedrooms, 2½ bath/shower rooms, all mod cons, gas c.h., 16ft x 16ft modern kitchen with glass roof, Bosch appliances, washer/drier, dishwasher, fridge- freezer, garden deck, fully furnished. Reverse osmosis water purification system. All linen and bicycles can be provided if required. Non-smoking professional couple or family. Available June for 1 year renewable. £1,700 p.c.m. Tel.: 07802 961 743. E-mail: kcrtyler@aol.com.

Charming cottage, 12 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of village (bus to Oxford or short drive to Charlbury Station): furnished and equipped to a high standard; 2 bedrooms (1 double bedroom, 1 spare bedroom/study); beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden, garage. Available for 1 year plus from mid/late Sept. Phone/fax: 01865 510542 or e-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.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.

Spacious family house in Headington: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living-room/diner, kitchen, utility room. Furnished or part-furnished. Large maintained landscaped garden, ample parking, quiet neighbourhood. Easy access to town centre. Available from 1 Sept. to non-smokers. No dogs. Minimum let 1 year. £1,100 p.m. (negotiable). Tel.: 01865 763834. E-mail: oxparty@clara.co.uk.

Iffley Village: 4-bedroom house; large kitchen diner, study, lounge, 2½ bathrooms. Available from Aug., or Sept. £1,400 p.c.m. E-mail: robin@thekingsheadfritwell.co.uk. Tel.: 01869 346738 or 07768 712534.

Three hundred year old, fully furnished barn: 3 bedrooms, 2 roll-top bathrooms, set ina courtyard within the heart of Charlbury town; own sunken terrace patio, and shared use of walled garden. Available 1 July, no smokers, no children.£900 p.c.m. Tel.: 07850 397990.

Two bedroom Victorian house, 10 minutes' walk from city centre and libraries (or 5 minutes by regular bus). Quiet street, close to shops and park, fully furnished and equipped, with private enclosed garden, open fire, washing machine, gas c.h. Use of bicycles, sunloungers, owner's extensive library. Available from beginning Oct. £250 p.w. E-mail: vicki.bertram@ntu.ac.uk. Tel.: 017683 72970.

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

Central Oxford, modern, fully-equipped, recently refurbished first- floor flat in St Clements: 1 mile to city centre; 2 double bedrooms, large living room, kitchen and bathroom; views to Angel Meadow. Available 1 July–10 Oct. Not suitable for smokers, pets, children. £800 p.c.m., inc. all bills. Contact James or Pat, 01865 430595, eves. after 6.30 or weekends, or e-mail: james.sandham@socres.ox.ac.uk.

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; 3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single); 2 bathrooms (1 with bath, 1 with shower–both with w.c.). Double reception with sofas, 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; 4 bicycles and free street parking. £300 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: 01865 516615, fax: 01865 516616, e-mail: josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Victorian 3-bedroom house in East Oxford to let first 3 weeks of Aug. Two bathrooms, a garden and all modern facilities. Easy access to the centre of town, local shops and amenities. £275 p.w., contact chris@cmassocs.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Central north Oxford, Bardwell Road: charming flat south-facing over gardens; living-room with fully-equipped kitchen area (washer/drier, dishwasher) and dining area, double bedroom, single bedroom, excellent storage, attractively decorated and furnished, parking, gardens (communally cared for). Available for 1 year or more from mid- Sept. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk, or 01865 510542.

Parktown: studio flat to sub-let Mon.,–Fri. Quiet non-smoker, please. Includes use of computer (Mac), stereo and TV/video. £100 p.w. Contact: dee.mondschein@lmh.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 07752 427 122.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: central North Oxford–£1,500 p.c.m. Extremely spacious and newly refurbished duplex apartment within a period property. Suit professional couple or family with grown up children. Unfurnished. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: enquiries@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Two-bedroom flat to let in large house in Camden, short walk from British Library, access to garden, ideal for visiting academics. £1,000 p.c.m., available Aug. Please tel.: 01865 272701.

Summertown, North Oxford: 2-bedroom flat, just 1½ miles from the city centre and a few minutes walk from Summertown shops; quiet, light and airy second-floor (top) flat with lovely southern outlook over trees and fields. Freshly decorated, brand new kitchen and bathroom. Unfurnished (but includes appliances and fitted wardrobes). Parking for 1 car. Available now at £850 p.m. Tel.: 07802 754154, e-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk for more details and pictures.

Jericho, ideal location: modernised, self-contained, 2 double-bedroom duplex flat with study, roof garden and garage; newly decorated, furnished and equipped; gas c.h. Available 1 July; viewing now. £895 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811878.

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. Ground-floor flat in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy room, completely refurbished to exceptionally high standard, available now. One double, one large single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Central Oxford, Grandpont: modern, fully-furnished luxury flat (for non-smoking professional(s)) with secure gated parking and landscaped courtyard; half a mile walking distance to the University, city, shops and railway station, and 2 minutes from the river and parkland; 2 double beds; 1 en suite, 1 bathroom; fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washer/drier, microwave; sitting-/dining-room with patio doors opening onto communal gardens. £895 p.c.m. Available from 1 Oct., for a year let. For more information contact Martin Laycock on 020 7265 8585 or 0771 9070449 or e-mail: martyn@bluegatemews.com.

Central Oxford, Folly Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Carfax Tower, in a quiet residential area, with private garden, and a few yards from the river: bedsitter, with large kitchen, washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower. Fully furnished. Suit single person or couple. Available from 1 Sept.–31 Jan., 2003. £540 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 722343 (eves., or leave a message), cell: 07762 945831, e-mail: pieor.pinza@virgin.net.

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 t 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.

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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

New loft conversion in owner's house available now and/or Autumn: quiet, sunny and elegant, Iffley Fields area (12 minute walk to Magdalen Bridge) comprising 5m x 4m study/bedsit/kitchen and beautiful bathroom. £100 per week inc., reference, tenancy agreement. Preference to woman non-smoker, would suit post-graduate or visiting academic. Tel.: 01865 423107.

Room available and use of house in family home, in quiet street off the Woodstock Road north of Summertown. Tel./internet point possible. Available end June–end Aug., for £350 p.c.m. inc. services. Tel.: 01865 559061.

Double bedroom to let in quiet non-smoking house in Cricket Road, East Oxford; shares top-floor kitchen and bathroom with 1 other; ideal for single academic or professional; ground-floor flat currently occupied by single tenant. Available now, for min. 6 month let at £260 p.c.m., inc. council tax and water rates. Contact James or Pat, 01865 430595, eves. after 6.30 or weekends, or e-mail: james.sandham@socres.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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

Academic visitor (smoker) seeks flat or small house in Oxford, Oct.–June or Jan.–June 2002–3. Please contact Josipovici. Tel.: 01273 473976.

Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College seeks 3-bedroom house/flat (furnished) for 1-2 years from Sept. Please do contact Mrs M. E. Ryan at: enquiries@lac.ox.ac.uk and/or German Utreras at: gutreras@bcv.org.ve.

Dragon School (1960s) and Univ educated teacher, in Oxford for July–Sept. (longer or shorter period considered), seeks self-contained accommodation, perhaps part rent, part house-sitting, pet-care, etc. References provided. Tel.: 01235 763140.

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.

Academic couple seek flat or house to rent from mid-Aug., for a year or more. Prefer north/east Oxford. We have no pets and are non-smokers. Tel.: 01865 278264 (day) or e-mail: austing@raunvis.hi.is.

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Holiday Lets

Holiday rental in Rome: spacious well-appointed flat with easy access to the centre of Rome; sleeps 4/5; 1 double room, 1 twin bedded room, and an additional sofa bed. Cost dependent on duration and number of people. Contact Maria-Teresa Magnani at : archfrancescomagnani@inwind.it.

Marseille `cottage' on quiet hillside overlooking sea, to let Aug./Sept.: fully-equipped kitchen/dining room adjoining terrace and leafy garden; sitting-room with conservatory, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4); 5 minutes' walk to nearest beach, 15 minutes' bus to city centre, 30 minutes' drive to beaches at Cassis and the calanques, Aix-en-Provence, and the Carmargue. £250 p.w. or negotiable for longer periods. E-mail: katja.simon@ndm.ox.ac.uk, tel.: 01865 241178 after 6 p.m.

Estoril coast, Portugal: delightful Duplex flat near Cascais, Estoril and Sintra, with own garden and barbecue; 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, well-equipped kitchen; cable TV with BBC channels; 5 minutes drive to superb Estoril Coast beaches, 20 minutes to Lisbon. Available June, July and Aug. £275 p.w. inclusive. Tel.: 01865 769328 eves. E-mail: gross@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

Edinburgh: lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul-de-sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield); walk across Bruntsfield Links and Meadows to the Royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants and food shops. Three bedrooms, sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available from mid- July to end-Sept. Phone/fax: 01865 510542, e-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£250 depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 335 6101 3046 for photographs and more information.

Patti, Sicily, 20 km from Messina: holiday house 150 m from the beach, a perfect base for visiting the Eolian Islands; bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. E-mail: info@nausicaaclub.it, or annette.haberstock@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

South-west France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre of garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village of Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Still available 14–28 Sept. £500 p.w., longer autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218/Sally 01494 864573.

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.

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.

France: Alpine chalet situated in St Gervais Mont Blanc, 10 minutes' from Megeve, 30 minutes' from Chamonix, and 1 hr from Geneva; 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large garden. Perfect location for walking, cycling, climbing, or just languid living. The chalet is very well-equipped and easily accessed. Rent the entire house from £400–£600. Phone David Edwards: 01993 878132, or in France 0450 934022, e-mail: chalet667@aol.com.

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House for Sale

Tubney Wood, nr. Frilford: 7 miles from city centre, yet in a secluded semi-rural location, a delightful executive-style single-storey property; 4 double bedrooms (en suiteto master), re-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, family bathroom. Oil fired c.h., and additional solar heating. Oversize double garage. Large workshop. Large garden incl. vegetable plot, greenhouse. The house also shares 4 acres of bluebell woodland, which backs onto the property. It is adjacent to 144 acres of private woodland. Easily accessible to schools incl. The European School, Abingdon School, St Edward's and others. Frilford golf course is 5 minutes away. Didcot Station is 20 minutes away for London Paddington. Guide price: £465,000. For more details contact: 01865 390400. E-mail: patpaulg@tubney04.freeserve.co.uk.

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