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Concerts

The Oxford Bach Choir and the Britten Sinfonia (conductor Nicholas Cleobury), with Timothy Robinson (tenor), Rebecca Nash (soprano), Ruby Philogene (alto), and Dean Robinson (bass), will perform Beethoven's symphony no. 9, the `Choral', and Martin Butler's Two Rivers (world première), at 7.30 p.m. on Sat., 1 Dec., in the Sheldonian Theatre. Bookings through Oxford Playhouse Box Office: 01865 798600.

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Charity dinner

Volunteering in the Middle East, meeting ex-volunteers and great food: UNIPAL (educational charity working with Palestinians) charity dinner on Wed., 28 Nov., 7 p.m., Restaurant du Liban, Broad Street, Oxford. Tickets £15. Contact: Su-Ann Oh, Hertford College. E-mail: su-ann.oh@hertford.ox.ac.uk; telephone: 01865 469921 (evenings).

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Oxford Operatic Society

Oxford Operatic Society is seeking new singing/dancing/acting members and rehearsal accompanists for its upcoming shows Crazy for You, Oxford Playhouse, mid-May 2002, and Candide, late Nov. 2002. Anyone interested in joining the society is welcome to attend a rehearsal on 6 Dec., 7.30 p.m., at the St Clement's Family Centre, Cross Street, Oxford. If you are interested in accompanying rehearsals (for which a fee is payable), contact Stephanie Williams on 01865 461193 (evenings and weekends). To find out more about joining the society, contact Sally Chase on 01869 322948, or write to her at 4 Aspen Close, Bicester, Oxon. Crazy for You, music by Gershwin, is an all-singing, all-dancing, high feel- good factor show. Candide, by Leonard Bernstein, is rarely performed and offers all the challenges associated with Bernstein's music. Don't miss this opportunity to be involved.

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Books and Periodicals Bought and Sold

New Bookshop in St Aldate's: St Philip's Books (proprietor Christopher Zealley) has opened a bookroom at 82 St Aldate's, Oxford (entrance in passageway beneath the Elizabeth Restaurant). We carry over 6,000 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 202181). Web site at: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

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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Ashmolean Shop

Ashmolean Christmas Shopping: choose your cards and gifts with a difference from the Ashmolean Shop. Solve those difficult Christmas presents and indulge yourself with books, ceramics and treasures from all over the world. Special Evening opening on Thur., 6 Dec., until 8 p.m., with 10 per cent off on selected goods, and free gift wrapping. Tel.: 288185 for details. (Museum Christmas closing 24–27 Dec., and 1 Jan.).

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Concert

The Oxford Philomusica, Oxford's professional orchestra, performs a concert of Baroque repertoire at the Bernard Sunley Theatre of St Catherine's College on Sat., 24 Nov., at 8 p.m. : Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Telemann, Wassermusik; Bach, Concerto for Violin in E Major, BWV 1042; Vivaldi, La Tempesta di mare, and `Winter' (The Four Seasons); Handel, Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G. With Harountune Bedelian, violin, and Marios Papadopoulos, director. Tickets: £15 (students £10). Box Office: 01865 798600 or on line: www.oxfordphil.com.

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Counselling

Problems? Oxford Integrative Counsellors offer low cost counselling in a safe and supportive environment. People seek help for a variety of reasons and sharing your situation with a skilled counsellor can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of your life's patterns. Initial introductory meeting free of charge. Tel.: 01865 558482.

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Portrait Painting

Your portrait painted from life: in oil or watercolour. Also paintings of your pet or house. Fees from £100. Tel.: 01865 768775 for more details.

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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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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

For stress-free entertaining: SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home. From sophisticated dinner parties to family functions. Menus to suit all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136 or 07811 196016; e-mail: sugar_pepper@hotmail.com.

Riverline: the only design and print company you will ever need—colour or black and white print, litho, digital and photocopying, graphic design, stationery, brochures, leaflets, poster and exhibition panels. Call us on: 01865 326222, e- mail: info@riverline.co.uk, or visit our web site: www.riverline.co.uk.

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

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 Road, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

After-school help required four evenings a week, 4.30–8.30 p.m. Experience with children and references essential. Rate £7 p.h. Tel.: 01865 513125.

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: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) LRAM, Jericho. Tel.: 01865 510904.

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

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Situations Vacant

Senior Academic Adviser for US overseas study program: OU graduate with some administrative experience preferred. Self-starter with ability to work with students needed. Good prospects for promotion. £18,000–£25,000 a year depending. Four weeks' vacation. Please send CV to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, Oxford OX1 1UD.

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Houses to Let

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Easily looked-after garden. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room. Large living room upstairs, to take advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture. Fully equipped. C.h. Available Apr.–Aug. 2002. Prefer non-smokers and no children. Telephone: Oxford 511825 (evenings or Sun.); e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Summertown, North Oxford: nicely furnished 4-bedroom house; large sitting-room, dining-room with french doors onto good-size garden; gas c.h., parking; close shops, schools. Easy bus/cycle/pedestrian access to city centre, University, and hospitals. £1,300 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smokers preferred. Tel.: 01865 557220.

Visiting Oxford—why not spend Christmas in Dorset? Beautiful, spacious 18th-c. terrace house (sleeps 4) in centre of historic country town. Walled garden, garage, parking, c.h., etc. Available for short or long lets. Realistic terms. Tel.: 01865 778768 (evenings).

Marston: lovely 3-bedroom family house close to University Parks, within walking distance of university departments, colleges, and city centre; fully furnished; 2 double bedrooms, 1 single, dining- and sitting-rooms, kitchen-/breakfast-room, utility room, bathroom and separate w.c., gas c.h., fridge/freezer, washing-machine, dishwasher, TV, garage, large beautiful garden. Available from mid-Dec. at £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 437022.

Hayfield Road, Central North Oxford—£850 p.c.m. Charming Victorian two-bedroom terrace property, close to the colleges, schools, and city centre. Fully furnished and equipped to a good standard. Would ideally suit an academic individual or couple. Available for a short-term period. Contact Vicky. Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 554578; e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com; Internet: www.letitbetter.co.uk (contact us for a full list of property).

Brindley Close, Central North Oxford—£1,700 p.c.m. Brand new luxury town house in this most sought-after development in Oxford. The property offers 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private garden, and off-street parking. Available unfurnished to include good quality curtains and carpets. Available now. Contact Vicky. Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 554578; e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com; Internet: www.letitbetter.co.uk (contact us for a full list of property).

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

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Islip: 2 newly decorated furnished flats in 17th-c. house in this riverside village 7 miles from Oxford, well-connected by trains and buses. Top floor flat £650 p.c.m.; studio flat for low rent in exchange for help. Both suitable for single person or couple. Tel.: 01865 373794.

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. First-floor available Nov., second-floor available Jan. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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 Road, 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 Offered

North Oxford —short let: independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house near the Thames and Port Meadow. Regular bus route. Rent £55 p.w. inc. fuel. Tel.: 01865 515379.

Central North Oxford: 2 single rooms available from 6 Jan. in quiet, pretty cottage within easy walking distance of university departments. Half-board dinner by arrangement. Non-smokers. Tel./fax: 01865 516142.

Writer offers cheap large bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in warm, dry, lovely North Oxford house; walking distance University; use of sitting-room over canal and modern kitchen; owner away weekends, then garden and library; ideal for quiet, academic or other. Bills included. Male or female. Tel.: 0207-431 8297 or 01865 513281.

Room available from mid-Dec. in pleasant North Oxford flat, sharing with one other person. Rent £250 p.m. Shelley Cox. Tel.: 01865 267140 (day) or 01865 556225 (evenings); e-mail: coxs@oup.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 refrigerator, and deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

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Accommodation offered to Rent or Exchange (United States)

Visiting professor seeks to rent his home in Washington DC suburbs or exchange homes: lovely furnished, 6-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, new kitchen, living and family rooms, office, finished basement. Highly desirable family neighbourhood and excellent schools. Available January–August 2002, $3,900. Contact: (301) 299-5947; e-mail: gostin@erols.com. n

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Accommodation Sought

Retired female academic, planning permanent return from Australia before Easter, seeks house-sit/s while house-hunting in/near Oxford. Experienced house-sitter, references available. E-mail until end Jan.: vida@yankalilla.net.au.

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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