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Funeral of Christopher Hill

The funeral of CHRISTOPHER HILL, formerly Master of Balliol College, will take place at the Oxford Crematorium at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, 7 March. Afterwards refreshments will be served.

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Forum

Forum-Debate on European Union: John Cryer MP (Labour), Marc Glendening (Democracy Movement), Simon Buckby (Britain in Europe), Prof. Stephen Haseler (London Guildhall Uni.), Chair–John Mehrzad (Keble). Your chance to ask your questions to Britain's leading European activists. All welcome. Pusey Room Keble College, Thursday, 13 Mar., 8 p.m. For more details e-mail: john.mehrzad@keble.ox.ac.uk.

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Ashmolean Museum Voluntary Guides

The Ashmolean Education Service has a small number of vacancies for volunteers who are good communicators with a proven ability to master new material and convey it to people of all ages in an interesting and effective way. We are looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy working flexibly within a group and who can make a long-term commitment. We would require at least 2 half-days per week. Training begins in April. Please ring Kathie Booth Stevens, Clore Education Officer, 01865 288181 or e-mail: kathiebooth.stevens@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

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Rights Camera Action!

An evening with Shabana Azmi, Indian actor, activist, MP: Shabana: a documentary by Dev Benegal; Wine and canapes reception; in conversation with Shabana. 8 Mar., 7-9 p.m., NIssan Theatre, St Antony's College. Screening of `Godmother', 9 Mar., 2-4 p.m. Nissan Theatre, St Antony's College. Combined tickets: £7 (£5 students) at the door. £5 (£4 students) in advance (shabanaoxford@yahoo.co.uk). Organised by Oxford South Asia Forum.

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Sponsored Walk

Sat., 5 April, 11 a.m. from Donnington Bridge to Abingdon along the river towpath in aid of the Steppin' Stone Centre. It is estimated that the duration of the walk will be 3 hrs. Lunch will be provided by Headington Baptist Church. Sponsorship Forms and reply envelopes can be obtained by phoning 01865 728545. The Steppin' Stone Centre is a Christian organisation whose mission is to help, in a totally non-discriminatory way, vulnerable people in need who experience poverty, homelessness, addiction, unemployment or isolation. The centre is funded by Oxford City Council, East Oxford Action and SEEDA, local churches, individuals and trusts. For more information please contact Ian Callaghan on 01865 728545 or e-mail: ian@theporch.fsbusiness.co.uk. Web site: www.theporch.org.uk.

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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 Mar.,: Mind your language–international English for the 21st Century, Alison Haills; 14 Mar.,: RAF Falcons Parachute Display team - this has been deferred until May.Instead John Wilson, international writer, and his partner Sion, will speak on `The Ministry of Wellbeing'. Subscriptions: £5 per term, members; £1.50 per meeting, visitors. For further information tel., Anita Seager on 01865 730574 (answerphone).

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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 Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research Spring seminar series: 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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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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Books Bought and Sold

For secondhand books in the humanities visit St Philip's Books, 82 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA (under Elizabeth Restaurant, opposite Christ Church meadow). Over 9,000 books in the fields of theology, history, philosphy, topography, biography, art and literature. Open Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tel.: 01865 202182. Web site: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk. Large or small quantities of good quality books purchased for stock, especially academic and antiquarian theology and church history.

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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

`Fly Travel'–save time and money on travel! Flights, accommodation, car hire, travel insurance, tours etc. We offer an unrivalled personalised service–we even deliver your tickets to your door. Tel.: 01865 202038, e-mail: flytravel@btclick.com, 66 St Clements, Oxford.

Sylva Trees: local arboricultural company offering a complete tree management service. Fully insured, reliable with competitive rates. All waste fully recycled. Please phone Phillip on 01865 873945/07811 456999, Woodstock Road, Oxford.

Thinking of publishing your own book or thesis? We can help with editing, proof-reading, desing, typesetting and printing. Contact David Mowat at New Cherwell Press, tel.: 01865 310216.

Established since 1996, AA Wordprocessing offers a word processing service for manuscripts, data inputting, theses, dissertations, essays and all other documentation. We also provide a professional C.V. service. Contact Alison Adams on Didcot (01235) 815856 or via our Web site: www.wordprocessing.co.uk.

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

All Counties Nannies: Lynda M. Sattelle N.N.E.B., Lincoln House, Abingdon Road, Drayton, OX14 4SU. Phone/fax: 01235 524462, mobile 07702068165, e- mail: lyndasattelle@allcountiesnannies.co.uk. For all your childcare needs.

Tuscany: owners of award-winning wine and cheese producing farm, Chianti, half-hour south of Florence seek au pair, male or female to reorganise library and other works, half-day, Easter break and/or Summer. E-mail: susagelpke@hotmail.com.

Sought, current or quondam employer's recommendation for housekeeper who is primarily honest and efficient, and who could spend several hours per week assisting with cleaning and suchlike domestic work. Contact details, pigeon-posted to Jason Leech, Wadham, very, very gratefully received.

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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Employment Wanted

Professional Administrator seeking work in Oxford for up to 20 hrs per week from now until Aug. I have 20 years experience in project management, grant oversight, report writing and editing, and general organisation, as well as excellent skills with people and computers. Please contact Sara Bartholomew by e-mail at: SPTL4@yahoo.com, or by phone on 01993 869073.

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Situations Vacant

The Examination Schools: Temporary Room 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. 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 detail 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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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

Lovely spacious family house in attractive area of south Oxford with good amenities and close to city centre. There are 4 good-sized bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, spacious sitting room and large kitchen/diner. The garden is lovely to sit in and is south- facing. Heated outdoor swimming pool around the corner, and a lovely river walk takes you into the heart of historic Oxford. All utilities are included. Available from 16 Aug.,–30 Aug. Rental £1,000. Please phone 01865 429284, after 6 p.m.

House to Rent: Morrell Avenue, overlooking South Park; 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms. Furnished with all facilities. Beautifully decorated, wooden floors, open fire. Lovely well-kept garden, access to park. Available for 4 months, from Apr. £1,200 p.c.m. Call 01865 251634.

Detached village house to let (furnished) available 14 Apr.,–1 Aug.; 2 receptions, large kitchen, 3 bedrooms plus study/bedroom. Garden and parking. Located Little Milton. £1,000 p.m. Contact 01844 278001 or e-mail: pasharp@brookes.ac.uk.

House to let: large semi in Aston Street, off Iffley Road. Five good- sized bedrooms; bathroom and shower room; large living room; kitchen with separate dining area; basement with 2 rooms. Long garden with patio area. Available mid-March. Would suit family or group of responsible sharers. £1,500 p.m. Please contact Ralph on 01865 310806 or 07767 610671.

Jack Straw's Lane: fully-equipped furnished house to let for 14 months from 6 July–Aug., '04, in quiet wooded neighbourhood in Headington. Near JR hospital and 15 minute cycle ride across Mesopotamia or easy bus ride to central Oxford. Four bedrooms, study, 2½ bathrooms (1 en suite), playroom, big living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, front and back gardens, garage, piano, well-stocked bookshelves. Exceptionally comfortable house in one of Oxford's most desirable neighbourhoods. £1,500 p.m., plus bills and council tax. Contact 01865 742826 (eves.) or e-mail: LNT@comlab.ox.ac.uk.

Attractive 17th-century town house in charming village 20 minutes east of Oxford. Immaculately refurbished, retaining all original beams and other period features. Large kitchen/diner with Aga and timber fitted kitchen units; large sitting room with panelled walls and fireplace; 3 bedrooms (2 with en suitefacilities); study; utility room; downstairs loo and cellars. Gas c.h./hot water (separate from Aga) to entire house. Enclosed courtyard to side plus large rear garden with extensive planting, gardener supplied. Private, off road parking for 2 cars. Location ideal for academic requiring easy access to Oxford or London. For rent unfurnished at £1,500 p.c.m., o.n.o. References and deposit required. Please call 01590 616412 for further information.

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

Newly decorated spacious top-floor flat in 17th-century house in Islip, with good train and bus service; 1 double bedroom, sitting room, bathroom, kitchen. With own parking. £650 p.c.m. Please call 01869 277 322.

Central north Oxford in prime quiet location: attractive 1 double bedroom fully furnished flat to let for up to 6 months from end Apr., possibility of extension. Suit non-smoking professional £1,000 p.c.m. to incl. services (excl. tel.). Very easy walking distance colleges, university buildings, town, parks, etc.; Granville Court, very close to Brookes University, pleasant furnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat. En suiteshower room to main bedroom. Suit non-smoking professional single or couple. £850 p.c.m. excl. utilities. Available early Apr. Tel.: 01865 512149, e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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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 between £115–£180 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

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

Small comfortable room with own bathroom (not en suite) in friendly house in Kirtlington. Would suit single person. £75 p.w. incl. bills, excluding telephone. Call B. Jeffries on 01809 351268.

Central north Oxford–bed and breakfast. Very pleasant, comfortable quiet room; easy walking distance to University Parks, colleges and university departments, theatres, restaurants, etc. colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities. £30 single; £55 double incl., full English breakfast. Tel./Fax: 01865 512149. E-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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.

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

American professor and wife, retired, desire furnished house or flat in North Oxford for annual visit. Time is flexible: 4–8 weeks in June, July or Aug. Local references available. Phone to 001 530 756 5415 (reverse charges) or e-mail to: jermurphy@ucdavis.edu. Fax is 001 530 756 0227. James J. Murphy, Dept. of English, Univ. of California, Davis, CA 95616.

Family accommodation sought for visiting academic: 2 adults and 3 children, for 3 months between Sept., and Dec. Please contact Ian.Stark@ed.ac.uk, tel.: 0131 228 4101.

Office space: retired law professor requires central Oxford light and bright office space (approx. 300 sq ft) for self and secretary a.s.a.p. Please call 01865 271460 or e-mail: roy.goode@law.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.

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

Traditional village house with own pool: 3 double bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and sunroom. Please call 01869 277 322 or www.home.freeuk.com/majorca.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well-appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 65 miles north-east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell; available July (1 week only), Aug., and Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which forms a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom and lounge/dining area. The ground-floor has a large doube bedroom and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a twin-bedded room. Attractive room garden with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sun., and by private arrangement will cook delicious meals. Prices: £425 p.w., £800 per fortnight, £1,500 per 4 week period. Ring Dr Charles Mould 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691) or e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Unusually spacious Casa Colonica: exhilirating views over Assisi and mountains. spiritually revitalising; extensive gardens, elevation c. 2000 ft. Accommodation: 40 ft library/music room with Steinway grand; 2 double bedrooms; fully-equipped large kitchen; beautiful drawing-room and lounge. Car essential. From £400 p.w., deposit £100. Available June–Oct. Please ring Diana Eavis. Tel.: 00 39 075 813 793 or Clare Richardson 020 8991 1514, mobile 07768 891458, or e-mail: ctr@clarezone.co.uk.

Charming terrace house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church-visiting, bird-watching and pub hopping. Tel.: 01865 513464 (eves.).

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly: Old Farm House, newly tiled roof, all mod cons and set in approx. 13½ acres farmland. Peaceful but within 200 yards of tarred road. Saint-Lo, Coutance approx. 20 kms, Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room, gas cooker, separate electric oven, microwave, large fridge with separate freezer, gas c.h.; bathroom with toilet; sitting room. First floor: music room, 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with toilet; gallery (suitable for office) which looks on to music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Would suit writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. Flexible lease. Rental to include heating, linen and crockery but excluding telephone and electricity. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on 00 33 2 33 45 52 16 or e-mail: akok2@wanadoo.fr.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£250 depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 335 6101 3046 for photographs and more information.

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, Archachon and world's finest chateaux and vineyards. £750–£1,150 p.w. Tel.: 01865 (4)32302 (day) or eves., and weekends on 01865 202765, or e-mail: pbaxter@sarumuse.com.

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.

Gower Coast: holiday house available from July. Two self-contained halves each sleep 4–6 (10 max.). Ideal families/groups sharing or independent. Private road adjacent Pennard Golf course above Three Cliffs bay. Large sheltered garden. Dogs welcome. From £350 p.w. E-mail: swainsonjc@aol.com, or tel.: 01865 433499.

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.

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.

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: coulson@btconnect.com, direct tel.: 01865 511657.

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.

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 Florence. Contact: tel/fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

Deepest S.W. France: two spacious and beautifully converted farmhouse properties, each with pool and large gardens. Sleep 6 and 10 comfortably. Ring Marion on 01865 554122 or 00 33 5 63 24 08 78, or e-mail: marion@hidden-sw-france.com. Http://www.hidden-sw-france.com.

Cevennes–Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms–sleeps 8+; bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when this apartment is let. Set at about 1000ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet–near a village with shops–in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards, Gorges du Tarn–and the Mediterranean–all within easy reach. For those who do not wish to drive, there is easy access via cheap Stansted flights. Booking now open for 2003 (from £210 p.w.). Non-smokers only please. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. A smaller, second flat should be available from May onwards. It will sleep 4 or 5 in 2 bedrooms, and will have a large living area and a cool covered terrace. Though entirely separate from the larger flat–and available separately–this may be of particular interest to families who enjoy holidays together but who would appreciated a greater degeree of privacy and independence. For further details of either of these flats, please apply (eves.): 01527 541360.

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.

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

Detached house in peaceful close in picturesque riverside village within 2 miles of central Oxford: hall, living room, dining room, study, 4 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, extra-large kitchen, utility room, double garage with automatic door, parking, c.h., d.g. throughout, garden front and rear. £450,000. Phone (owners) 01865 772741, or (in USA) 001 909 621 4189. Or (agent) 01865 760 881.

"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. n

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Boat for Sale

Viking 23 4-berth, low maintenance. Moored at Osney (use on canal or river). See www.timsharp.co.uk/boat or tel.: 01844 278001. £7,000 o.n.o.

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