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Crisis Line

Volunteers wanted for mental health helpline. Training programme includes mental health awareness and listening skills. Regular supervision and support. Training in central Oxford starts 11 March. For more information call 01865 791105. E-mail: crisis.line@virgin.net.

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Art Exhibition

"Inside Outside", Paintings & Pastels by Neville Crowson, 10–28 Feb., Wolfson College, Linton Road. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. subject to College commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the College Lodge 01865 274100. Supported by www.intelart.co.uk.

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Oxford Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research Spring seminar series: 27 Feb., Rosalind Edwards (South Bank University), Families and social capital (Research Centre, room SG05); 26 March, Floya Anthias (Oxford Brookes), Where do I belong? Narrating identity among young British Cypriots (Research Centre, room SG05). All seminars will begin at 5.30. Open seminars–all welcome.

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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. Our Bring and Buy Sale is to be held in the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens from 10.30 a.m.–2 p.m. on Wed., 26 Feb. All newcomers, family and friends are welcome. The entrance fee is 50 pence or 3.50 to include lunch. Please bring donations to the Club Room on Tues., 25 Feb., 10.30 a.m.–12 noon if you are able.

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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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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., at 8 p.m. in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership (undergraduates welcome). 7 Feb.,: Homeopathy–Past, Present and Future, Dr Karima Brooke; 14 Feb.,: Print and Pomegranates–A history of Oxford University Press, Dr Martin Maw; 21 Feb..: 75 years of the Oxford Preservation Trust, Debbie Dance; 28 Feb.,: Manned Missions to Mars–closer than you think?!, Emily C. MacDonald; 7 Mar.,: Mind your language–international English for the 21st Century, Alison Haills; 14 Mar.,: RAF Falcons Parachute Display team, RAF Weston on the Green. Subscriptions: 5 per term, members; 1.50 per meeting, visitors.

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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

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.

Painting, carpentry, building and design: small and medium sized projects undertaken, from shelving through kitchens to home extensions; decorating, internal and external; planning applications. Free advcie, quotations and references. Tel.: Ian on 01865 308188 or 07773 712829.

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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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons, music theory lessons, accompanying: all ages and levels of knowledge welcome, incl. beginners. Contact Ana Mladenovic, experienced pianist and piano teacher. Tel.: 01865 778248; mobile 07779 580235. E-mail: anamlad@onetel.net.uk.

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Tuition Wanted

Elementary Spanish conversation practise needed, as tutorial, or in exchange for English conversation. Tel.: 01865 552486.

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Situations Vacant

A Bursar is urgently required by the Maison Francaise d'Oxford, a French cultural and research centre associated with the University of Oxford. Candidates should be bilingual and well-organised with a knowledge of French accounting procedures as well as competence in the fields of administration and personnel. The Maison Francaise provides a dynamic bilingual working environment as well as generous working conditions (35 hours per week, 10 weeks holiday per annum). For more information please tel.: 01865 274222. Applications should be sent as soon as possible to: The Director, Maison Francaise d'Oxford, Norham Roadm Oxford OX2 6SE.

Technical translation–German to English. We are looking for a student to assist us with translating operating manuals. Access to computer and MS Word would be ideal. For more information contact George Aubele 01844 238702.

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Exchange Wanted

German boy, 16, seeks exchange with English counterpart of either sex, to improve English. Would like to come to Oxford for 2 weeks, second half of July/early Aug. Reverse visit to Nuremberg by arrangement. Contact: kevin.hilliard@spc.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 278859.

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House Sit

Responsible person, non-smoker, sought for North Oxford house from mid- March to late Apr. No rental but some charges for tel., and utilities. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

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Houses to Let

Charming Victorian house close to Magdalen Bridge and city centre: 2 well- furnished reception rooms; dining room; large fully-equipped kitchen plus utility room; 3 comfortable double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms each with shower; downstairs cloakroom and W.C. Very well maintained and decorated; c.h.; security system; small garden. To let from mid-late Sept., 2003 to July 2004 (negotiable). Would suit visiting academic/professional careful tenants, non-smokers preferably without young children. 1,200 p.c.m., excluding council tax and telephone and utility bills. Ring +44 (0)1865 453068/279347 or e- mail: roger.hood@crim.ox.ac.uk.

St Bernard's Road: furnished 3-bedroom terrace house within easy walking distance of city centre and ideally situated for University departments and colleges. Resident's parking. Would suit visiting academic or professional sharers. Rent 950 p.c.m. Contact 01865 556031 eves.

1908 family house (furnished) for let Apr.,–Aug.: 2 reception rooms (piano), large kitchen/dining room, utility room (washing machine, dishwasher), 3 bedrooms plus study/bedroom. Garden and parking; 15 minutes cycle/bus to city centre. 1,000 p.m. Contact: 01865 739070.

North Oxford , Banbury Road, OX2 7RG: fully-furnished, spacious 4- bedroom semi-detached house; newly modernised and decorated; very good condition; large luxury fitted kitchen and dining room; living room; children's playroom; bathroom; 2 toilets; front and good-size back garden; d.g., gas c.h.; washing machine and drier; dishwasher; piano. Off-road parking. Within excellent schools catchment area, frequent bus services, 10 minutes' walk to Summertown, local banks and shops. Available from end March for 1 year. 1,250 plus bills and council tax. Non-smoking professional families by reference. No pets. Tel.: 01865 559490 (eves.), 01865 274576 (day) or e-mail: roger.goodman@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Easily looked-after garden, 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. Central heating. Available Apr.–Aug. Non-smokers and no children preferred. E-mail: l.lyons1@physics.ox.ac.uk, or message to: Dr L. L. Lyons at Jesus College, Oxford OX1 3DW.

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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Easter Let

North Oxford , to let Easter break: large house with large west-facing garden. Easy access to city centre and Summertown shops. On an excellent bus route. Fully equipped kichen breakfast room; utility with washing machine and tumble drier; 2 bathrooms including a shower; 2 large reception rooms, study and 4 bedrooms. 700 p.w. Available from 30 Mar.,–22 Apr. Contact 01865 513688 or e-mail: dianecw25@hotmail.com.

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Summer Lets

Spacious 6-bedroom (sleeps 10), 2-bathroom fully-equipped house on 4 floors with garden backing onto canal and overlooking fields, available July–Sept. Near city centre and colleges. Off-road parking. 590 p.w. Tel.: 01865 288123 or e-mail: david.harper@regents.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

Top-floor flat to let in Kenilworth Court close to the city centre and available from mid-Feb. Comprising 2 large double bedrooms, large kitchen and lounge, bathroom with bath and electric shower, fully furnished. Off-street parking and a garage. 670 p.c.m. Contact E. Gordon Hudson on 01865 244089.

Delightful studio flat in Oxford city centre available now for long let. suit single person or couple. Double bed folds away into cupboard. Fully furnished and equipped. Large sunny room with view of market square and some of Oxford's spires, plus kitchen and bathroom. No pets/smokers. 700 p.c.m. Phone 01865 557529.

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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 Sad Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From less than 100 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. 55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.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.

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. 300 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.

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Accommodation Sought

Small furnished flat with 1 double bedroom and sitting/dining area required from early Apr.,–mid-June for visiting Swedish academic couple with 2-year-old child. Contact Hakan.Thorn@hem.utfors.se or tel.: +44 31 7048735.

Three-/four-bedroom house wanted, preferably near to John Radcliffe Hospital, for group of Vietnamese doctors who will be based in Oxford for 3–4 months from 1 April. Please contact Professor N. J. White's secretary, Centre for Tropical Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital 01865 220970 or e-mail: jeanne.packer@ndm.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford family seek 3-bedroom furnished flat/house (Summertown, North Oxford, Jericho) to rent from around 21 March for 3/4 months while work is being carried out in their house. Contact: sebastian.rahtz@oucs.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 558440.

Academic family (visiting fellows from Germany with 2 children) seek 2- or 3-bedroom flat/house to rent short term from 25 Apr.,–20 July. Central location or South Oxfordshire, up to 1,000 p.c.m. Contact Prof. M. Havenith-Newen, e-mail: martina.havenith@ruhr-uni-bochum.de, or Dr Albert Newen on 0049 4221 9160 222.

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.

College & County, a new letting agency, require high quality properties for clients within the academic world in Oxford. Please contact Mark on 01865 722277 or call in at the office at 116b Cowley Road.

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Holiday Lets

Holidays and sabbaticals in south-west France. Superbly renovated cottage, 3 double/twin bedrooms; open-plan living room; fully equipped kitchen; bathroom and shower room. South-facing terrace, private swimming pool. Beautiful countryside, region steeped in history. Available all year round. Tel.: +33 563 404083, e-mail: gisella@wanadoo.fr.

Tranquil Umbria: luxury flat in rural setting with stunning views, private garden and large, shaded terrace. Sleeps 2 but adjoining twin bedroom with own bathroom also available if required. Perugia quarter of an hour, Assisi half an hour. Easy access to Renaissance art treasures. Phone 013344779731 for further details.

Southwest France, near Toulouse/Albi/Cordes: stone farmhouse on edge of village, with 6 acres and swimming pool; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, and large kitchen; sleeps 7–8. Centrally heated with wood-burning stoves. Several airports nearby, available all year round. Call 01608 810818 or e-mail: barrymsimpson@hotmail.com, for details.

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 ren. Swimming pool. Contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham '01) at: corzpaterno@libero.it.

Seaside residence, Costa del Sol, Marbella area: magnificent Andalusian style house, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. 50 p.p.p.w. Book now for March onwards. E-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk, direct tel.: 01865 511657.

Las Alpujarras–Las Canadas: rustic cottage in olive terraces, mountain views, pool, 2 doubles and 1 twin, kitchen, dining , bath and living rooms; edge of village, 10 minutes drive to Ugijar market town. Car hire preferable. Tel.: 0034 958 851773 or e-mail: L.bond@wanadoo.es.

Winter/early spring breaks in cosy north Pembrokeshire coast cottage. Books to read and paths to walk. Find a glowing fire and freshly made bara brith on arrival! 120 p.w., shorter periods negotiable. Accessible by public transport. Tel.: 01348 872080.

Dordogne–France: charming restored stone cottage hidden on a hillside close to the famous Chateau of Beynac. Large living room, newly equipped kitchen/dining room both 5x5 m., 2 bedrooms, 1 new bathroom, utility room. Large independent studio giving onto private swimming pool, 12x5 m. Access to 3 hectares of private land. Available June, 500 p.w., mid-July–end Aug. 800 p.w. Contact Barbara Emerson on 01235 553944 or e-mail: barbaracemerson@yahoo.co.uk.

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.

Flat to let on the Estoril coast in Portugal: lovely, large, fully furnished Duplex; 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, with garden and barbecue. All mod. cons. TV with Cable. Close to delightful beaches similar to the Cote d'Azur. Twenty minutes by car to Lisbon, 30 minutes to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. 250 p.w. until Easter. Tel.: 01865 769328, e-mail: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk.

South West France, 18th-c., farmhouse near Duras; quiet, lovely views set amidst vineyards and woods. Bicycles, excellent walking, beautiful 15m pool, non- chlorinated, 2 terraces, sleeps 6. Well-equipped, large barn with pingpong etc. Available now until 12 July, and from 30 Aug. Autumn generally warm, and good for swimming. Very reasonable rates from Oct., and for longer lets.Tel.: 01865 553685, e-mail: ewtoucan@globalnet.co.uk.

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

Two farmhouse with pools to let in SW France; both stunningly situated, these sunny and luxurious properties reside in private and spacious grounds and offer good views; sleep 10 (4 in independent `granny' house) and 6 respectively. Suitable for superb holidays or longer stays. Further details on: www.hidden-sw-france.com, or contact Marion on 00 33 5 63 24 08 78/00 33 5 63 02 11 98, or e-mail: emailenquirie@hidden-sw- france.com.

Greek Island rentals: Skopelos, Alonissos and Skiathos: local villa specialist offers lovely villas, island houses and apartments available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodation for 2–16 persons. Prices from GBP 100 p.p.p.w. For information see: www.holidayislands.com. E-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

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Houses for Sale

Modern 3-bedroom semi-detached house in quiet neighbourhood, ca. 100 metres from Florence Park, Cowley; ground floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, entrance and toilet; first floor: 3 bedrooms, bathroom. Gas c.h., d.g. throughout, optional fireplace, garage with plenty of storage space. Thirty foot garden. Proximity to pub, shops, and local park. Built 1997. 215,000. Ready to move into. E-mail: paul.ganter@svt.ntnu.no.

"Las Palmas", Benicassim , Spain: newly built, luxury semi-detached villa in beautiful mountain urbanisation overlooking the sea. Three floors, stunning attic; 3 terraces with amazing views over Mediterranean Sea, orange plots and mountains. Spanish tiles structure. Easy reach golf courses, horse riding, Castellon, Benicassim, Peniscola etc.Price: 220,000. For more information contact: Rosa Albero, e-mail: rosa.alberolopez@linacre.ox.ac.uk. Privately owned. Freehold.

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Flat for Sale

Benicassim, Spain: beautiful apartment on the Mediterranean. Seaside terrace overlooking lovely sandy beaches, promenades. Two bedrooms, large sitting room. Privatge swimming pool, parking, garden. Near commercial centres, golf courses, mountain tracks, cinema etc. Lovely restaurants, warm and traditional Spanish environment. Price 160,000. Contact Rosa Albero on 01865 727588 or e-mail: rosa.alberolopez@linacre.ox.ac.uk. Visits arranged. Privately owned. Freehold.

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For Sale

Half-size German cello (1,200); three-quarter size 18th-c., Italian violin (1,400); seven-eighths 19th-c., German violin (1,200). Tel.: 01865 747417 after 7 p.m. or leave message.

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