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Global Retreat Centre

Through the Brain Barrier–a conversation on the mysteries of the mind, with Prof. Colin Blakemore, Dadi Janki and Dr Peter Fenwick, interwoven with music by harpist Gwyneth Wentink. 7 May, 7.30 p.m.–9.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St. Free event. Admission by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained in person from The Sheldonian Theatre, Mon.,–Fri., 10 a.m.–12 noon, or from The Global Retreat Centre, Nuneham Park, Nuneham Courtenay, Mon.,–Sun., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Tel.: 01865 343551. Proof of identity required, maximum 2 tickets per person.

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Society for Graduates

Trinity Term 2003: meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership.President, Anita Segar, 01865 730574. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, Visitors £1.50 per meeting.2 May, A Year at Batsford Arboretum, Sue Burn, Education Officer, Batsford Arboretum; 9 May, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Graham Liggins, Manager RAF Sports Parachute Association, RAF Weston-on-the-Green; 16 May, Sailing up the River Gambia, Eleanor Tims, Ocean Yachtmaster; 23 May, Operating with the RAF–with some personal reminiscences, Air Cdre LGP Martin CBE; 30 May, A home for Valier: some impressions of Nagora Karabakh (Caucasus), Philip Clayton; 6 June, Homage to Varanasi–a pilgrimage to Benares, Pratima Mitchell; 13 June, Bugworld, George McGavin, Acting Curator of Entomology, OU Museum of Natural History; 20 June, AGM & Social, tba.

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St Giles Thursday Lunchime Talks

Burning Issues: 8 May, The Qualities of Conflict, Frances Stewart, Professor of Development Economics/Director QEH; 15 May, Cultural Conflict and Political Instability, Dr ahmed Al-Shahi, St Antony's; 22 May, Christianity's Current Predicament, Rev'd Dr Philip Kennedy, Mansfield College; 29 May, Growth Problems in Oxfordshire, Lord Bradshaw, Wolfson College. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church, 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. Web site: www.st-giles-church.org.

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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 Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives and partners of visiting scholars, graduate students, and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice, information, andthe opportunity to meet each other socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13, Norham Gardens every Wed., 10.30–12 noon. Other activities in the club room include the Craft Group, Book Group, and informal Conversation Group. Newcomers with children (0--4 years) meet every Fri. in term, 10.15 a.m.--12 noon. We organise tours of colleges and museums, visits to places of interest, country walks, and outings to gardens and antique shops. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings from the basement. Visit our Web site on www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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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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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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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Services Offered

Spring pruning and planting of shrubs and perennials for the four seasons. Jeanne Bliss landscape designer and lecturer, Oxford and California. Leaflet tel.: 01865 515379, e-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

Homeopathy: experienced, well-qualified homeopath offers help in both chronic and acute conditions, mental and physical. Home and workplace visits available. Special service for travellers–including e-mail support. Spanish, French and Urdu spoken. Contact Karima Brooke on 01865 201438.

Indexing: Oxford Academic Services; indexing, project management, history research projects. Details of all services: judith@history.u-net.com, or Judith Loades, P.O.Box 323, Burford, Oxon. OX18 4XN.

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.

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

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

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

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Academic Study and Travel

Short Study Tour of the Welsh Marches, 22-24 Aug. £185 p.p. Day schools on Enigma and the Intelligence War at Bletchley Park, 11 Oct., and 22 Nov. For further details of these and other events contact Academic Study and Travel, 14 Walton Grange, Bath Road, Swindon SN1 4AH.

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Tuition Offered

Painting Workshop in Florence: spend an exciting month painting and drawing in an air-conditioned studio with internationally acclaimed artist, Philippa Blair. 4–22 Aug., 2003. Combining Plein aire and Studio Painting, places still available. Tuition: US $1,800/£1,139. Accommodation starting at $750/£500 per person. Contact August Program Director, Dan Welden. E-mail: solarplate@aol.com. Web site: www.fionline.it/santareparata/welden.html.

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Situations Vacant

Christ Church Cathedral School (www.cccs.org.uk): Registrar, required from June 2003. This is an historic boys' preparatory school which has experienced sustained growth and the new Registrar will play an important role in continuing the success. We are seeking a candidate with excellent personal and administrative skills, as well as an understanding of education, and clear market awareness. The post is full time for 40 weeks p.a. (including school terms). Applications with CV and contact details of 2 referees should be sent by 9 May to: The Headmaster, CCCS, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW. Tel.: 01865 242561 (e-mail: schooloffice@cccs.org.uk) from whom further details are available. Interviews are likely to be on Tuesday 20 May.

The Examination Schools: Temporary Room and Office Assistants. We are looking for a team of people to work full time (8.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m.), incl. some Sats., for a 6 week period in Trinity Term to cover the exam season (19 May–27 June), with a possible extension to 11 July 2003. Office assistants will be required to deal with all aspects of office administration. Room assistants will be required to work either at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford or at Ewert House Examination Hall, Summertown, Oxford. 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 19 May and finishes on 27 June. There are openings to work on either a session basis, where you invigilate individual exam sessions based on your availability, or on a block booking basis. A block (half-days) booking 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: 9.00 to 13.00, afternoon session: 14.00 to 18.00). The payment details for a standard invigilator working a 4 hour sessions are as follows: 4 hr session (for 3 hr papers) £27. 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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Summer Let

Delightful Victorian 3-bedroom house in central north Oxford conservation area; fully furnished and renovated; sunny garden; private parking; 2 receptions;kitchen diner; all mod cons. Close to city centre and university. No smokers. £450 p.w. June–Sept.(negotiable). Tel.: 01865 554743. E-mail: kay.millar@virgin.net.

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Houses to Let

Superb, furnished 3-bedroom detached house in nearer Headington, available mid-Aug.,–mid-April. Spacious floor plan with living room, dining room, family room, fully fitted kitchen with washer and drier; charming secluded garden with greenhouse and shed; off-street parking. Walk to John Radcliffe hospital, shops, country walks, with easy access to city and colleges. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 741 024.

St Clements townhouse: fully furnished and equipped 3-storey house with superb views of University Parks and river; living room; fully fitted kitchen with dining area; 3 equal sized bedrooms; bathroom (with shower);parking. Excellent location for city centre. Available May, £1,240 p.c.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX1 4AB. Tel.: 01865 200012 or e- mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

St Stephen's House (adjacent) Marston St., between Iffley Road and Cowley Road. Spacious, unfurnished, modern family house in attractive terrace: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, playroom, double garage, garden. Available short let from May. suit academic with family. £1,750 p.m. E-mail: jeremy.sheehy@theology.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 432302.

1 Dec.,2003–2 Jan., 2004: 7-bedroom house in North Oxford, suitable for a family. Well-appointed kitchen and facilities; 2 bathrooms and an additional separate toilet. Large garden and off-road parking. close to the Cherwell River and water meadows; 5 minute bus ride to the city centre, or a 15 minute walk across University Parks. Tel.: 01865 514568, e-mail: paul@kenelm.fsnet.co.uk.

Temple Cowley: newly renovated house to let, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, completely refurbished throughout, quiet location. £775 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 711415.

Attractive 4 bedroom, 18th-century house to rent in the pretty small town of Charlbury, 15 miles from Oxford but trains are frequent. Journey takes 15 minutes. Available for 1 year from early July 2003. Rent £800 p.c.m. Furniture negotiable. Suitable for family or couple wanting access to countryside and the Cotswolds. Phone 01608 811398 or e-mail: markgregory@gn.apc.org.

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.

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

Headington: overlooking golf course; fully-furnished, 2-bedroom flat with garage to let to non-smoking tenants for up to 1 year, available from early July. Would suit visiting academic family. £700 p.c.m., plus tax and utility charges. Tel.: 01865 279182 or 279180, or e-mail: christine.peters@queens.ox.ac.uk.

Fully furnished self-catering accommodation available in North Oxford, 15 minutes from Oxford city centre. Ground-floor apartment, bedroom with twin beds, living room, kitchen, bathroom. Quiet gardens. Tel.: 07870 234 725. E-mail: info@weeklymansion.co.uk. Web site: http://www.weeklymansion.co.uk.

North Oxford : fully furnished 2-bedroom flat from 1 July. Ground- floor flat in quiet road off the Woodstock Road, very close to shopping facilities and restaurants. Lounge/dining room, and fully equipped kitchen, with cooker, oven and washing machine; bathroom with bath and shower; 2 south-facing bedrooms; linen supplied. Lovely quiet shared south-facing garden and garage. Available from 1 July. Phone 01865 513688 or e-mail: dianecw25@hotmail.com.

Studio flat at token rent in Old Rectory in exchange for regular dog walking and occasional house-sitting. Five miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington. Suit graduate student. Available 1 May. On No.2/2a bus route (every 15 mins) and walking distance to shops and amenities. References essential. Tel.: 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 eves and weekends.

Park Town–off Banbury Road, easy walk from Science Area. Modern furnished s/c flatlet in quiet non-smoking family home. Shared front door/staircase to own entrance/lobby. Available now, single post-doc or academic visitor preferred. £410 p.c.m. No extras. E-mail: peter@crossfell.co.uk or tel.: 01736 731933.

Self-contained 1-bedroom flat overlooking Port Meadow, with mod cons on top floor of old family house in pretty location in Upper Wolvercote. Convenient for university and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Bedroom with en suite shower/toilet; kitchen/dining/living room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic/other professional. £725 p.c.m. excl. tel. Available late May 2003. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.com.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 flats available for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms. Available now, first-floor flat: double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available end-June: 2 ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available July: second-floor flat, double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. 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 Saïd Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From £118 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

North Oxford : L-shaped bedsitting room, kitchen one end. Almost sole use of bathroom. Rather beautiful family home and garden. £75 p.w. Must be dog lover. Tel.: 01865 559543.

Oxford B & B. A home from home. £55 double/£40 single. Tel.: 01865 770 501, e-mail: open@europe.com.

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.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £315 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

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.

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Accommodation Sought to Exchange

House exchange for academic year 2003/4: 17th-century, 5-bedroom furnished house in historic village short distance from Oxford in exchange for 3+ bedroom house in Cambridge. For details tel.: 01865 341150.

House exchange: 5-bedroom Victorian house on 0.75 acres of wooded land in Newton, Massachusetts, USA for a house in or near Oxford for 9–12 months between Aug.,2003 and July 2004. Situated on a secluded cul-de-sac, large garden, all modern conveniences and 1 car; 20-30 minute drive to Longwood Medical Area, Cambridge and downtown Boston. Easy access to the train. Non-smokers preferred. Contact Colin and/or Gill Sieff. Tel.: 001 617 632 3531 (work) or 001 617 527 1417, e-mail: colin_sieff@dfci.harvard.edu.

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Accommodation Sought

Accommodation wanted for female visiting academic from 7 May–30 June, preferably in North Oxford. Please telephone the Secretary, African Studies, St Antony's College, 01865 274477 or e-mail: ulli.parkinson@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Visiting academic couple from Austria, with 1 child (a year old), would like to rent furnished accommodation (1-2 bedroom) in central Oxford from 17 June until 14 Sept. Please contact Liz Mitchell, Dept. of Biochemistry. E-mail: elizabeth.mitchell@bioch.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 (2)75268.

Non-smoking academic, Faculty Director for a Study Abroad program at Oxford, seeks a furnished 2-bedroom flat, central heating, bright rooms, conveniently located (walking distance from the centre), washing machine, if possible from mid- Aug.,–mid-Dec. Please contact Dr Toni Travis, Department of Public and International Affairs, 3F4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA. E-mail:ttravis@gmu.edu. Fax: 001 703 993 1399, tel.: 001 703 993 1453.

Academic couple, with 2 children (ages 4 and 7), seeking accommodation in Paris from from 28 June to 19 July. Also seeking accommodation in the country in France (with 4 bedrooms) from 20 July to 15 Aug. Please contact Dr Peter Holbrook, School of English, University of Queensland, Australia. E-mail: P.Holbrook@mailbox.uq.edu.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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Holiday Lets

France in Tarn and Garonne–one hour north of Toulouse–beautiful old Quercy coutnry house in 2 acres. Quiet and peaceful, at end of own private road surrounded by trees in hilly countryside. Moliere 10 minutes, and Caussade 20 minutes. Cahors and St Antonin 1 hour. Five bedrooms (sleeps 10), swimming pool. Available from July. £1,500 p.w. Please contact Dr J. H. Chamberlain , e-mail: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net or phone on 07957 588 448.

Bordeaux–Medoc: a modern villa with 5 bedrooms, sleeps up to 13. Quiet but only 3 minutes to shops, restaurants, facilities, and sandy lake beach; close to lake water-sports, Atlantic surfing coast, heathland for walking, and dedicated cycle tracks. One hour to airport, Arcachon and world's finest chateaux and vineyards. £750–£1,150 p.w. Tel.: 01865 (4)32302 (day) or eves., and weekends on 01865 202765. Web site: www.villadays.co.uk.

Charente/Dordogne border: a 3-bedroom detached cottage between St Severin and Aubeterre sur Dronne. Easy driving distance to Angouleme, Bordeaux and Perigeux. Available all year with oil fired c.h. Gardens and ample parking. Long or short lets from £200-£350 per week. Tel./fax 00 33 545 984 092.

To rent Marbella/Aloha, Spain: privately owned 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment overlooking golf course in small established community; communal gardens; large pool, tennis, squash; parking. Five minutes to Puerto Banus/beach. For more information tel./fax: 01865 712431 or e-mail: annabellep@onetel.net.uk.

Deepest SW France. Relax in our fabulous farmhouse in a stunning rural area and enjoy luxurious and en suite accommodation sleeping 6-10; generous facilities including satellite TV and large grounds with good views. Suitable for superb summer holidays, half-terms or longer stays for writers and researchers. Contact Marion on 01865 554122 or 00 33 5 63 02 11 98 or e-mail: marion@hidden-sw-france.

Venice: 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 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.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.it.

Estoril Coast, Portugal: lovely, large, fully-furnished duplex; 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, with garden and barbecue. Sleeps 6. All mod cons; TV with Cable. Close to delightful beaches; 20/30 minutes by car to Lisbon and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. £300–£450 p.w. Tel.: 01865 769328, e-mail: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk.

Tuscan Farmhouse, 16th-century: charming private country home, beautifully appointed, between Siena and Arezzo. Four bedrooms (sleeps 7); 2 sitting-rooms, piano, library. Private lake 5 minutes away. Riding and 13th-century spa nearby. E-mail: mellerma@brandeis.edu. Web site: www.ilvallone.com.

Edinburgh: lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul de sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield). Walk across Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows to the Royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants and food shops. Three bedrooms (2 double), sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available from 24 Apr. E-mail: doreen@mcbarnet.fsnet.co.uk.

Cornwall, near Sennen Cove: converted barn, sleeps 4/5. Comfortable, well-equipped, sea view, small garden. £155-£350 p.w., incl. of electricity and linen. Currently booked from 26 July–23 Aug. Visit www.hayloftcottage.co.uk, or tel.: 01865 557713.

Gardens of Cornwall B & B: if you are visiting the gardens of Cornwall this year why not stay at Colgare House B & B, strategically placed on the Lanhydrock Estate near Bodmin, surrounded by woodlands and pasture Colgare is a tranquil Victorian house offering 2 double and 2 single bedrooms for guests all of which have magnificent views to the south. From this central point, with access to the A30 and A38 it is only 20 minutes to The Eden Project and 35 minutes to the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as either of Cornwall's North or South coasts. Well behaved dogs are welcome. B & B from £28–£35 per person per night. Phone Colgare House 01208 269 605. E-mail: colgarehouse@onetel.net.uk.

Tuscany: "Corzano & Paterno", a top award winning family run wine and cheese producing farm, half-hour south of Florence (Chianti), offers faithfully restored farmhouses and apartments for rent. Swimming pool. Contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham '01) at: corzpaterno@libero.it.

South of France: 18th-century stone farmhouse in Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Easy drives to Gorges du Tarn, Albi, Montpellier and Mediterranean. Two living areas, magnificent kitchen, 6 bedrooms (sleeping 12), full of character. Utility room; barn; roof terrace; orchard garden. Stunning views. River bathing. Excellent restaurants. Beautiful unspoilt area. Available up to 19th July and from Sept. £250–£500 p.w. Tel.: 01865 244619.

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.

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Houses for Sale

Lovely 1-bedroom period house, Lime Walk, Headington: living room; kitchen; conservatory; bedroom; bathroom (with bath and shower). Double glazed, small secluded garden. Very well maintained. Within 1 mile radius of shops, Oxford Brookes University and local hospitals. The vendors would like to move during Sept. Asking price £149,950. Contact Karen Akroyd 01865 308188 or 01865 270053. E-mail: karen.akroyd@admin.ox.ac.uk or k.akroyd@tesco.net.

Central Oxford–Grandpont: walking distance of city centre; 3- bedroom, stylishly restored Victorian house. Period features, open fireplaces, sash windows. Fully equipped kitchen. First-floor bathroom. Gas c.h. West facing garden. £299,950. Tel.: 01865 469005, e-mail: ameasham@hotmail.com, or 07919336452.

Marston/Headington: first-floor maisonette with own garden. Well presented throughout. Re-fitted kitchen, d.g., and gas c.h. Good access to JR and number 10 and 13 buses. £135,000. contact Buckell and Ballard 01865 760 881.

Three-bedroom house on quiet 1930's estate. Walking distance of Iffley Lock and of Cowley shops. Well-maintained and decorated. Lovely south-facing garden. Brick-built garage plus off-road parking. Asking price £215,000. Will accept reduction for quick sale. E-mail: judith.secker@admin.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 777015.

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Retirement Flat Offered

Secure Retirement Co-ownership Ltd, Ritchie Court, a cooperative housing association for independent retired people. Small flat now available. Resident Wardens, 24-hour emergency cover. Restaurant providing lunch daily. Large, attractive gardens, and roof garden. Guest rooms. Laundry room. Convenient for shops, library and buses to Oxford. For details tel.: 01865 510334, Mrs D. Archer, Administrator. n

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