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Blood Donor Session

Calling all university staff–a blood donor session will be held at the Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, for Oxford University staff on Tues., 29 July between 10 a.m.–12.25 p.m., and 2 p.m.–4.25 p.m. To give blood you must be aged between 17 and 60, weigh over 7st 11lb (50 kg) and be in good health. The whole process should take no more than an hour, and once you've given your life-saving pint you can rest and enjoy the famous National Blood Service tea and biscuits. For further information on becoming a blood donor please call the National Blood Service helpline on 08457 711711.

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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine. First floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. Food individually blended, with a distinctive range of unique dishes. No artificial ingredients in the food. Restful backdrop to high-quality food and service. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m.–2.30 p.m, and 6 p.m.–11.30 p.m. Website: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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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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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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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

Midsummer Landscape Design and pruning advice: a tailor-made pruning programme for shrubs and climbers. Tools provided. A 3-year plan for your garden. Jeanne Bliss, Rewley House gardener 1985-90. Please tel.: 01865 515379 for leaflet. E-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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).

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.

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Camp Energy

Located in the beautiful setting of The Dragon School the camp's aims are to offer exciting and rewarding opportunities to children during their school holidays, and to emphasise the importance of physical activity, taught by professional coaches in our daily schedule. A typical days also includes arts and crafts in a new purpose built art studio together with excursions to places of local interest. Camp Energy is a registered provider of childcare and all staff are police checked and vetted. For further information please call 01865 292072 or visit our Web site: www.campenergy.com. All university staff will receive a 10% discount (please supply your University Identity Card number when booking).

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Domestic Services

Austrian academic is looking for a companion for 10 year old son, almost bilingual (German to English). Although based in Vienna we spend 5–6 weeks in Oxford (St Hugh's), 27 July to 23 Aug., and would ideally like to find a 10-to-12 year old boy to play with my son, and would be most happy to offer the opportunity to come and stay with us, and experience life in Vienna. Please contact Beatrix Suppan-Raab, St Hugh's or by e-mail: bxsupra@isis.wu-wien.ac.uk, not later than 24 July.

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) L.R.A.M., near Kidlington, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 331147

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Situations Vacant

Editorial Assistant: a leading integrative social science journal, published monthly, and with an international readership, Human Relations, seeks a new editorial assistant to replace its outgoing Managing Editor. The successful applicant should have a degree in social sciences, understanding of the parameters of the peer review system, production experience, including proof reading. Human Relations is one of the first social science journals to use the Manuscript Central system of online manuscript management. An Online Database Manager handles the day-to-day administration of this system and the successful applicant will be trained in its use. Experience of wordprocessing, e-mail and database usage is essential, as is the ability to work in a slef motivated manner to tight deadlines, as part of a busy international team. Attendance at international conferences will also be required. Please contact Tamar Jeffers, Managing Editor, Human Relations, e-mail: t.jeffers@humanrelationsjournal.org for further information, and details of how to apply. Closing date for applications: 14 July. Interviews will be held in mid-July in Oxford.

Funded Research post: domestic violence in West Oxfordshire. Post- graduate position to examine the levels, needs and services available for suvivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Contact : Bill Oddy, West Oxfordshire District Council, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney OX28 1NB.

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Summer Lets

Victorian terrace cottage, between station and George Street (OX1 2EZ on Multimap.co.uk): 3 bedrooms, sleeps 5 + sofa bed. Large sitting/dining room; bathroom. Garden backs on to stream. Available July onwards. £400 p.w. or less for longer period. Also possible to negotiate longer term let for academic year (to June 2004). Contact Pandora on 01491 651247 or e-mail: maxfam@btinternet.com for further information.

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Houses to Let

Waterways, central north Oxford: selection of brand new luxury 4-/5- bedroom, and 3-bathroom houses in prestigious location. Master bedroom with spacious en suite; family bathroom with separate shower. Landscaped garden, some with conservatory. Elegantly furnished. Secure parking, some with own garage. High quality applicances and fittings. All properties owned, let and managed by Chase. No tenant administration fess charged. Immediately available. Tel.: Chase-the property people-01865 516060 or 07808 477850.

A delightful, fully-furnished 4-bedroom (3 double and 1 single) house in Marston, within walking/biking distance to both universities and city centre, and on the bus route, is available from the beginning of Sept., for 1 year or longer. Modern kitchen, newly fitted double glazed windows and doors; new bathroom with power shower; nice gardens and a big garden studio furnished for additional sitting/study or playroom. £850 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 404836 (day), 437227 (eves.). E-mail: yiping.chen@ctsu.ox.ac.uk. Pictures of the rooms can be requested via e-mail.

Four-bedroom house to let from Aug.; lovely, fully-furnished 4- bedroom house in residential north Oxford, close to schools, Summertown shops, and recreation centres. Twenty minutes' walk, or 5 minutes' bike ride from city centre (frequent bus route). Master bedroom with en suitebathroom on second floor, 2 further double bedrooms, and single bedroom, family bathroom, and shower room with bidet. Open-plan sitting room with sunny south-facing dining area. Fully fitted kitchen with built-in fridge-freezer, dishwasher, gas hob, and electric oven. Utility room with washing machine. Further reception on first floor (currently sitting room with mini kitchen bu flexible). Off-street parking. Attractive easy gardens. See: http://www.novembergames.co.uk/forlet. £1,875 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 554142.

North Oxford : 3-bedroom furnished house available for 1 year or longer from late Aug. On bus route to city; lounge; dining room; modern kitchen and bathroom. Gas c.h. Front and rear (60 ft) gardens. Garage. Non-smokers only. £1,150 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 515547 or e-mail: hsg@picots.fsnet.co.uk.

Canal Walk: superior 4-bedroom furnished townhouse situated within easy reach of local amenities and schools. Available 6 Sept. £1,500 p.c.m. Contact: Sarah Richardson, Lettings Manager, Scott Fraser Lifestyle, 205a Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ. Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Beautifully modernised house to let, East Oxford, 8 or 9 months from Sept. Two double bedrooms; 2 studies; sitting room; dining room; 1½ bathrooms; c.h.; appliances. Tweny minutes' walk Bodleian, near London bus. Walled garden. £1,000 monthly. Tel.: 01865 242966.

Detached, furnished, 4-bedroom house off Iffley Road: close to shopping etc.; quiet neighbourhood. Would suit visiting family or 4 professionals. Double glazing, c.h., washing machine and drier, garage plus off-street parking. £1,200 p.c.m. References and deposit required. 12 months lease. Tel.: 01865 766032 or e-mail: crescent@highstream.net.

Hayfield Road, central North Oxford: 30 metre garden with roses and quince tree backing onto Oxford Canal, with trap grounds and reed beds beyond. This is an idyllic spot for a non-smoking couple seeking rural tranquillity within easy walking distance of the University and city centre; open plan living and dining room, with piano; fully fitted kitchen; 2 bedrooms, bathroom and WC upstairs. £1,000 p.c.m. Available from 1 Sept. View at : www.portholland.com/Hayfield, and then e-mail: Gabriel.Amherst@ntlworld.com.

Charming cottage, Westcott Barton, 12 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of village. (Bus to Oxford or short drive to Charlbury station). Attractively furnished and equipped. Two 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 from late Sept. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Quiet terrace house, furnished, available Sept. for up to 1 year. Situated in West Oxford near meadows and river. One double bedroom; large kitchen with washing machine, gas cooker, fridge and freezer; dining room; lounge and sitting room; 40 ft garden and patio; gas c.h.; bathroom with power shower. Newly decorated. Very convenient for train station. Fifteen minutes' walk from town . £800 p.m.. exc. E- mail: jonardon@liv.ac.uk. Tel.: jonardon@liv.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 423345.

Superb furnished 3-bedroom detached house in nearer Headington, available mid-Aug. to mid-Apr. 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.

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.

North Oxford: 2 bright fully and tastefully furnished family houses with a choice of 2 bedrooms plus study, or 4 bedrooms, master bedrooms with en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast, small landscaped garden, private parking. Just available. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking excellent standard accommodation in a good residential location just north of Summertown parade, with easy access to the centre of Oxford, university and hospital departments. Rents from £1,075 and £1,350 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144. Fax: 01865 437996.

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Flats to Let

Comfortable furnished flat with own entrance in quiet rural surroundgins 6 miles south-west of Oxford. Sitting room, study area, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with washing machine. Own telephone, ample parking space, car essential. Free use of private squash court. Available from Aug., for 1 academic year (or more). £450 p.c.m. inc. hot water and c.h. Tel.: 01865 390535.

London: room in shared, spacious, 2-bedroom flat; fully furnished, central and convenient. Long or short term let. Tel.: 01865 558034 or e-mail: aby.bidwell@stcatz.ox.ac.uk.

Beautiful, tastefully furnished ground-floor of Victorian house. One bedroom, large kitchen, light, garden access. Superb north Oxford locationnear parks/shops. Best for student/professional couple. Available Aug.'03 to June 2004. £825 p.c.m. Contact: 01865 513813 or e-mail: kenneth.bauer@linacre.oxford.ac.uk.

North Oxford flat to let: 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom in Waterways development. Good for Summertown/Jericho/hospital. Furnished or unfurnished. £1,100 p.m. Available from Sept. E-mail: ffpalazzo@aol.com or tel.: 01865 557401.

A spacious and airy 2-bedroom, top (second) floor flat to let in Waterways (Frenchay road), a few minutes walk from Summertown and close to city centre. The property is in excellent condition and has high ceilings. Fully furnished and equipped, elevator, secure video entry system, and alarm. Light and airy lounge/dining room. Large double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en suiteshower room; smaller double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and desk. Views of the Oxford canal and Port Meadow. Tiled bathroom. Well equipped kitchen: gas hob, electric oven, microwave oven, dishwasher and automatic washing machine. Gas c.h., and designated parking space. £1,150 p.c.m. Available immediately. Ideal for visiting academics.Tel./fax: 01865 880018. Mobile: 07788562300. E-mail: stephen.lord2@ntlworld.com.

Thackley End, central north Oxford: well-presented 1-bedroom furnished ground-floor apartment within easy reach of the city centre. Available 20 Sept. £775 p.c.m. Contact: Sarah Richardson, Lettings Manager, Scott Fraser Lifestyle, 205a Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ. Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Temple Cowley: 1-bedroom furnished modern apartment to let. Non- smoking. Allocated parking. £650 p.c.m. Close to swimming pool, library, and bus route to city centre. Tel.: 01844 279416.

Fantastic luxury 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom (1 en suite) apartment on top floor of modern development. Boasts own private west-facing balcony and wooden flooring throughout. Generous storage space. Fully fitted kitchen. Secure, gated parking and access to communal garden. Short walk to city centre. Unfurnished. Available: Aug. Rent: £1,050 p.c.m. Contact: 01865 200981 or 07762 131711.

We have a limited number of 3-bedroom flats still available for academic year 2003/2004, ideally situated for students wanting to live in `Quality' accommodation. These newly built, luxury flats have been extremely popular with a variety of students from different colleges, and are well known as some of the best student accommodation in Oxford. In addition to this we have 4, 5 and 6-bedroom properties available. All equipped to the highest standard. To see details of these properties please visit our Web site: http://www.north-oxford-property.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 318533, North Oxford Property Services Ltd., 47 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6AD.

Granville Court: adjacent Brookes University, pleasant furnished 2- bedroom ground-floor flat; en suiteshower room to main bedroom. Twenty minutes' walk to city centre. Suit non-smoking professional or post-doc single or couple, or 2 sharers. £850 p.c.m. exc. utilities. Available from 1 July. Tel.: 01865 512149, or e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Elegant 1-bedroom ground-floor flat in St Margaret's Road, central north Oxford. Double bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Fully furnished and equipped, washing machine and gas c.h. Use of charming shared garden. £815 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Available from Aug. Let of 6 months or longer preferred. Tel.: 01865 343384, e-mail: diana@vincenza.demon.co.uk.

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., 2004. £550 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 722343 (eves., or leave a message), cell: 07762 945831, e-mail: piero.pinza@virgin.net.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 exceptionally well-furnished 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 and Sept., 2 ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available July: second-floor flat, with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available 1 Oct.,: first-floor flat with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

North Oxford, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments (1 double, 1 single) in the centre of Summertown, a stone's throw from all amenities, and with easy access to the centre of Oxford, university, business, hospital and sports complex. Bright, secure, purpose built with private parking. Available from various dates at rents of £650 to £775 p.c.m. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking good standard accommodation. Tel.: 01865 516144, fax: 01865 437996.

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Serviced Accommodation

North Oxford : the luxury alternative to a hotel or letting, brand new high quality serviced accommodation, secure parking, elegantly appointed, located within prestigious Waterways development in central location 5 minutes' from city centre: fully landscaped garden for own use, maid service to suit, other facilities provided upon request. Short or long term stay to meet your needs. For further details please contact Chase-the property people-01865 516060 or 07808 477850.

Short stay and serviced apartments: luxury canal-side apartments in a secure gated development. These 1-/2-/and 3-bedroom suites can be taken for a short or extended stay with the option of a regular maid service. High specification interiors and private balconies make The Wharf House a home from home ideal for a short sabbatical or base to relocate from. For further information on availability please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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

Room in comfortable house with all mod cons available this Sept.: Iffley Road area. Sharing with 2 other people. £270 p.c.m. includes all bills. Tel.: 01865 452243.

North Oxford : short let. Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing Port Meadow. Spacious room, share of kitchen. Rent £55 p.w. inc. fuel. Please tel.: 01865 515379.

Large study bedroom to let in shared Old Boars Hill cottage. Stunning country view. Ideal for visiting researcher or D.Phil. student. Large garden, modern appliances, fireplace. Close to Oxford bus. £425 p.c.m., incl. utilities, except telephone. Available Michaelmas Term 2003 (1 Sept.–31 Dec.) or for 1 year from 1 Sept. Contact: James Milner, e-mail: james.milner@sant.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 07813 959174.

Oxford B & B. A home from home. £55 double/£35 single. Tel.: 01865 770501, e-mail: charmaine.cole@cliffordchance.com.

Let Finders Keepers award winning North Oxford office make you at home in Oxfordshire. Over thirty years experience, a dedicated 24-hour management service and a comprehensive marketing profile ensure Finders Keepers ' reputation for making renting a pleasure is endorsed by both landlords and tenants. Whether you are looking for a short term sabbatical base in the city or a more permanent home we have a range of quality properties to match your requirements. With a dedicated team of property managers, letting negotiators, and an interior design and buildings division we offer landlords sound advice on all aspects of the residential market, providing security in the knowledge that your home is in skilled and capable hands. For further information on availability and landlord services please contact Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: 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.

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 suiteshower, 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 has a range of short term accommodation in Oxford and surrounding areas with immediate availability. From a luxuriously appointed 3-bedroom terrace house in cosmopolitan Jericho to a 1-bedroom converted Butchers Ice House with a hidden patio garden, we are able to provide individual quality properties as a hotel alternative. Ideal for a short sabbatical or longer holiday. For further details on these and other short term options please call Finders Keepers on 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Sought

Professional, academic married couple seeking 1-bedroom flat or house for the duration of the coming academic year. Qualified to house-sit for University staff on sabbatical or teaching abroad. Contact: Dr Philippa Broadfoot, tel.: 07779 118803, e-mail: pb@comlab.ox.ac.uk.

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

Holiday apartments in Sicily: 40 sq m. apartments, 400 metres from the beach with balcony or terrace in Patti, a friendly town on the coast. Easy access to the Aolian islands, Messina, Taormina. Contact: annette.haberstock@magd.ox.ac.uk, or info@nausicaaclub.it.

Luxury flat on a golf course, for rent in Alicante, Spain. Available from July. Fantastic location, close to beach (15 minute walk), and airport (14 km). Two bedrooms; 2 shower/bathrooms; exquisitely finished, and fully equipped (TV, washing machine, drier, overn, microwave). Amenities inc., tennis, squash, jacuzzi, steam bath, pool etc. Contact: rosana.lopez@admin.ox.ac.uk for info and pictures.

Paris 12ème between Nation and Bastille, small studio, sleeps 2, Rue de Cotte, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligré, `Coulée Verte', near the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped; bathroom; kitchen area; digicode and interphone; lift. Non-smokers only. £150 p.w., £280 fortnight, £500 four weeks, no bills. Available 1 July to 30 Aug. For pictures, more details: Studio, 3 Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PB, or tel.: 01865 728603 until 3 July, or e-mail: johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

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 and sofabed, sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available July and Aug. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Southwest France, between Albi/Cordes: farmhouse with 6 acres; swimming pool; 3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 2 living rooms; large kitchen. Sleeps 8. Several airports within easy reach, available to 5 July, 2 to 16 Aug., 31 Aug. onwards. Call 01608 8120818 or e-mail: barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for brochure.

Cottage with shared pool (5 adjoining cottages–a beautiful barn conversion) on the border of the Dordogne and Charente. Sleeps 6. One king-size bed, 2 twin, plus futon for extra guest if required. Fully fitted kitchen, wood burning stove in open plan living room. 1 June to 14 July, and 31 Aug. to mid-Sept. £500 p.w. 15 July to 30 Aug. £650 p.w. All other weeks throughout the year £200 p.w. Prices include electricity and water, also weekly cleaner and bedlinen. You will need to bring your own towels. On arrival, bread, milk, butter, and cheese will be provided. For further details look at Web site: www.escapeholidays.co.uk/16.16html. Contact Maggie Faulkner on 01865 512098 or e-mail: maggie.faulkner@whsmithnet.co.uk.

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals: stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France, with a fabulous 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10). Also gites sleeping 4/6. Also 19th-century Italian farmhouse with lovely views, Rome 45 minutes, Florence 2 hours. Sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more. Prices £250–£625 p.w. Private owner. Contact 01223 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

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 suitebathroom, second bedroom with twin beds, third bedroom with 1 bed (+ 1), and a second bathroom. The flat is ideal for a family, in pristine condition, and available for short periods on a weekly basis at £600 per week. Tel.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.it.

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. n

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