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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year: 26 Jan.,--2 March. The annual BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, organised by BBC Wildlife magazine and the natural History Museum, and sponsored by the BG Group. Open to both amateur and professional photographers, it has become the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. The Museum hosts a major exhibition of all the winning and commended photographs.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

"Music to Lift the Soul": Professor John Caldwell, Jesus College, `John Taverner and his Mass Corona Spinea', 31 Jan., 12.30 p.m., St Giles' Church. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs a small donation would be appreciated.

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Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust

Treasurer for Annual Sponsored Ride or Stride (StRide). The StRide now raises £90,000 a year towards repair grants to Oxfordshire's churches of all denominations. Working from home and reporting to the County StRide Organiser, the Treasurer is responsible for paying out half the money to the churches that raised it, that is about 600 generated payments between Sept., and Jan., the other half going to the Trust. Other duties include periodic reporting, maintaining computerised records, assisting with the distribution of forms to county organisers and occasional planning meetings. A familiarity with computers for simple data handling and word processing, and a liking for working as a team member is essential. A modest honorarium (and expenses) may be paid. contact Mr C. H. Walton on 01865 735179, or e-mail: chris.walton@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., 8 p.m. in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bellpush for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 1 Feb., Behind the pop in our bottle--the cork oak of Portugal, Ian Gourlay, Wood anatomist.

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Help required

Elderhostel, the north American lifelong learning agency is organising intergenerational children's literature programmes in Oxford during the summer. It requires the services of experienced continuing education lecturers in various aspects of children's literature, Oxford novels, and the British education system. It also requires helpers to look after groups of up to twenty 9-11 year old American schoolchildren. For further details tel.: Richard Rowley on 01869 243195.

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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

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).

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Domestic Services

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.

For stress-free entertaining SugarPepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home. We cater for canapé receptions, buffets, and dinner parties providing tailor- made menus to suit all tastes and budgets. All enquiries welcome. Tel.: 01865 791136, or 07811 196016.

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Tuition Offered

Presentation skills training: very experienced and qualified tutor gives training in a wide range of speaking and presentation challenges, from building general confidence in public speaking to working on specific presentations. Some vacancies for one-on-one and small group clients after mid-March. Contact William Horwood at tel.: 01865 558282 or e- mail: speakgreat@aol.com.

Piano tuition in your home: Andrew Bottrill, GGSM, MA, teacher at St Helen's School, Portland Place School, and The Royal College of Music, has vacancies for piano, theory and composition tuition - all levels and ages welcome. E-mail: aeb29@yahoo.co.uk, or mobile 07815 770378.

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

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Situations Vacant

The Oxford Healthy Ageing Project seeks Research Interviewer/Nurse. One part-time interviewer required for a community based study of health and well-being of older people. Applicants should have experience in health related areas, be computer literate, and be able to work with a degree of independence. A 12-month contract for approx. 12 hrs per week. Written applications with a C.V. to: Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, Dept., of Clinical Geratology, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HE.

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Houses to Let

Lovely old house (wing of Old Rectory), 5 miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington, available now: huge farmhouse kitchen/dining room; large sitting-room; 2 large double bedrooms; bathroom; utility room. Communal garden and orchard. On No.2 bus route (every 15 mins.,), and walking distance to shops and amenities. References essential. £850 p.c.m. Phone 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 eves., and weekends.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Plater Drive, Jericho--£995 p.c.m. Spacious modern townhouse with off-street parking. Offering 2 double bedrooms, and large reception room. Fully furnished or unfurnished, to a good standard. Available Feb. Ideally suitable for a coupe or small family. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Available from 30 May--5 July: spacious, well-furnished North Oxford house on quiet, friendly cul-de-sac ending in park. Accommodation includes 4+ bedrooms, study with internet linked computer, and lovely extension fronted with windows facting onto secluded garden. Downstairs wheelchair adapted. Frequent city centre bus service, tennis courts, and golf course nearby. Use of car possible. £325 p.w. incl. all utilities except phone. Tel.: 01865 454272, e-mail: tam.frishberg@ntlworld.com.

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 end Jan. £1,7000 p.c.m. View on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/waterside. E- mail: valerie@balleny.com, tel.: + 44 (0) 207 274 7691, mobile: 07703 879792.

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 July--Aug. 2002. Prefer non-smokers and no children. Telephone: Oxford 511825 (evenings or Sun.); e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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 Parade Avenue: fully-furnished and equipped studio flat, to suit single non- smoking person. The flat consists of bed-sitting room, shower room, and fitted kitchen. Available from Mar. Rent £550 p.m. Contact: 01865 863219.

Large flat in the heart of Venice, near Palazzo Grassi, with large traditional sitting- room, and separate dining room, well-appointed kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom, 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.: 039 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.it.

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. An exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flat (first floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

On the Plain, available immediately: the choice of an attractive modern top-floor studio, or first-floor 1 bedroom apartment in recently converted house. The apartments are light and bright, with stripped wood floors and doors, stainless steel kitchens, easy walking distance to city centre, and University Departments. Studio £625 p.c.m., 1 bedroom £700 p.c.m. For further information on these and other properties please contact: Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012. E-mail: gayh@finders.co.uk.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Balliol Court, Jericho-- £1,000 p.c.m. Spacious modern apartment offering 2 double bedrooms both with en suite facilities. Fully furnished and equipped to an exceptional standard. Available from now until the summer. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail; lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Room in quiet family house: immediately available for n/s quiet, mature person. References needed. North Oxford. £70 p.w. inc. Less if Mon.,--Fri., only. Ring 01865 556559, 6--8 p.m.

Room to let in period property in Old Marston. Set in a stunning situation, this beautifully decorated cottage has many unique features. Tall applicants beware of some low beams! Mod cons, shared bathroom, garden, and private parking, and close to the city centre. Short term lodger sought. £450 p.m. inc. bills. contact: julietfranks.co@virgin.net.

House share in Kidlington: sunny double room available in shared 3-bedroom semi, to share with one other; kitchen, utility room, conservatory, living/dining room, gas c.h., driveway, and large garden. Rent £375. For details call 01865 848864.

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.

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

Quality 2-bedroom apartment in Summertown needed to rent for 3 months from 1 Apr. Please call 01865 459744.

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

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Australian academic family seek 3-bedroom house in West/North Oxford from late May--Aug. Non-smoking, garden essential. Would consider house/vehicle exchange with our home (4-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms, study, large garden) in Brisbane, Australia--close to superb beaches and rainforest. E-mail: e.powell@mailbox.uq.edu.au.

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Holiday Lets

Tranquil Umbria: luxury flat sleeping 2 in rural setting with stunning views; large shaded terrace, and private garden. Easy access to Renaissance art treasures; Perugia, 15 minutes, Assisi, 30 minutes. For further information tel.: William Urquhart 01344 779731.

Tuscany: family-owned wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese; offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact, tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120, or e-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

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. Web site: www.geocities.com/nglynias.

Barga, Tuscany: charming 2-bedroom, 2 bath cottage, sleeps 4, in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views , and surrounded by vines and olives. Five minutes from bustling market town of Barga offering cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Cottage provides comfortable accommodation and rustic charm. Sorry no children under 12. For details and photos contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 516602 or e-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

The beauty of Assisi, twinned with Bethlehem, the former being the world's great Centre of Peace, is unbelievable. Here is a `Casa Colonica', with magnificent views overlooking Assisi at 2000 ft in a tranquil atmosphere of unpolluted air. Accommodation: 36 ft long lounge (2 levels), large well-equipped kitchen, most impressive spacious hall, 2 large double-bedrooms, well-fitted bathroom, huge, most attractive music room/library. Beamed ceilings everywhere. Outside veranda leading down to a very large imaginative garden. A car is essential for access to other choice medieval cities and towns such as Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Orvieto, to name a few, and the glorious Lake Trasimeno region. The weekly charge is £450; for more extended periods an adjustment to £400 would be made. Tel.: Iseu Lavall, 00 39 075 813 793; Oxford contact: Professor and Mrs Caldwell, 23 Squitchey Lane, Oxford OX2 7LD. Tel.: 01865 310956, e-mail: janet.caldwell@virgin.net.

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