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ACEM Meditation

Why wait for stress to set in? Acem Meditation is an easy, yet powerful method with no religious or ideological beliefs. It is meant for people leading an active life with commitments to work, studies and friends. Beginners' course start on 12 Oct., 2 Nov., and 16 Nov., from 9.30 a.m.–3.30 p.m. at the Boyd Room, Hertford College. (Students: £25; Others: £50). Call 07814 550382 or e-mail: Web site:

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Pusey House St Giles' Oxford

John Betjeman and Oxford: A Poetic Journey in Words and Music. The Chapel of Pusey House, Oxford is the venue for a special performance of John Betjeman and Oxford, with Paul Vaughan abetted by David Harrison (organ) and members of The Oxford University John Betjeman Society, on Fri., 18 Oct., at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £5 on the door or in advance from The Bouverie Room, Pusey House, St Giles'.

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Volunteers Wanted

You and your body: How do you feel about your body? Are you satisfied or not? Either way, if you are female and over 18, you may be eligible to participate in body-image research at the department of Psychiatry, Oxford University. Contacting us does not oblige you to participate and all information is confidential. For more information, please contact Michelle Lee (Research Psychologist) on 01865 223903 or e-mail: (Ethics committee no.O02.029).

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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 two half-days per week. Training begins in October. Please ring Kathie Booth Stevens, Clore Education Office, 01865 288181.

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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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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 and the 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

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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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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, 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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Popham Hairdressing

Our proposition is simple, to provide a design, cutting, and colouring service, which combines classic standards with modernist thinking. One North Parade, Oxford. For appointments call: 01865 517040, or e-mail us through our Web site:

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Services Offered

Patricia Popiel, Event Co-ordinator: lead a busy life? Then let me help you organise: weddings; parties for every occasion; business functions. Tel.: 01327 353735, mobile: 07801 861366.

Experienced, reliable and cheerful secretary available to work from home, own computer. Either short or long term assignments welcomed. Also available to work full- time during term time. (Many years experience working in Oxford colleges). Tel.: 01865 741982 or e-mail:

Specialist tax advisers to academics: Colin Coates & Partners offer expertise in tax, financial and business matters to academics. Tel.: 01934 844133, e-mail:, Web site:

Horological services for your ailing apparatus. Thirty years of expertise in all types of clocks and barometers, of which many of these have been restored for the University over the years. Quotations are free. All work is fully guaranteed. Please phone Paul Carroll, Oxford Longcase Clocks on 01865 779660.

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:, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail:

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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Domestic Services

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

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.

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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. Tel.: 01865 331147.

Piano lessons and accompanying, all ages and levels welcome. Contact Ana Mladenovic, experienced pianist and piano teacher. Tel.: 01865 778248 or 07779 580235, e-mail:

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Part-time employment sought

Cheerful, motivated lady retiring from full-time administrative assistant role at end of Sept., seeks fullfilling part-time post that involves dealing with people. Tel.: Jeannette Hudson-Pudwell on 01865 762187 or e-mail:

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Situations Vacant

Wanted: part-time secretary for a busy retired Professor. Two days per week or equivalent (flexible). Good organisational and communication skills would be an advantage. Work will involve diary management, travel arrangements and all aspects of office administration. Salary £14536–£16826 pro rata based on experience. Applications with names and addresses of 2 referees to Professor Sir Roy Goode, St John's College, Oxford OX1 3JP.

Green College is seeking to appoint a Head Porter for the College Lodge due to the retirement of the present postholder. The position is ideally suited to someone with experience in a college or similar environment and with good organising skills. Please apply in writing, inc. a curriculum vitae, to the Domestic Bursar, Green College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HG.

Secretarial help sought: retired blind lady in north Oxford needs help to open, read and reply to correspondence, and undertake other secretarial tasks; 2 hours, twice a week (£10–£12 depending on experience). Tel.: 01865 558131.

Academic Director for US overseas study program. Oxford graduate (advanced degree) around 30 years preferred with some administration experience, ability to meet deadlines and to plan ahead. Salary £30–£40k depending. Hours could be flexible. Send CV to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, OX1 1UD.

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Houses to Let

Three bedroom semi-detached house for rent as of 1 Dec. Located in Marston close to shops and pubs, 10 minutes from central Oxford: includes microwave, washing machine, c.h. Rent £750 p.c.m. Property is managed by QB Management. For more information contact: Suzana Straus, tel: 275270 (day), 751623 (eves.) or e-mail:

Two-bedroom cottage with bathroom, kitchen and sitting room to rent. Rural situation but only 12 miles south west of Oxford. Available immediately. Rent £530 p.m. Would suit mature person/quiet couple. Call on 01865 821768/07976 246279.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: Benson Place, central north Oxford–£1,000 p.c.m. Light and airy 3 double bedroom unfurnished house with garage, close to University Parks. Suit family or professional sharers (no students); Victoria Road, Summertown–£1,295 p.c.m. Spacious furnished 3 bedroom family home in highly desirable residential location. Available 18 Nov. Professional sharers considered, no students. Please call 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-, Web site:

One-bedroom fully fitted period cottage with mature garden in Milton village, 10 miles from Oxford. Excellent connections via bus, road (A34) and rail (Didcot station, 45 minutes to London). Available now for 2002/3 academic year. £625 p.m. Call 01235 847855 or e-mail:

Witney; charming, quiet 2-bedroom, 2 reception Victorian home to let for 9–12 months from Oct. Well-equipped new kitchen; gas c.h.; garden with off- street parking. £720 p.c.m. Tel.: 01608 811428.

Summertown: attractive terrace house to let, close to shops and buses; 1 double and 1 single bedroom; bathroom has power shower; sitting room has open fireplace; fully equipped kitchen; French windows to small garden. Available now for minimum 6 months. £850 p.c.m. (Short lets considered). Tel.: 01865 559966.

Beautiful, quiet, unusual, open plan, fully furnished house with stunning views to open countryside. Well within the ring road in north Oxford, off-street parking, small patio garden and near convenient bus route. Suit visiting academic or professional couple. Regret no children, pets or smokers. Available from 1 Nov. £950 p.m. plus expenses. Tel.: 01865 515085 or e-mail:

A bay fronted Victorian terrace house in St Clements, walking/cycling distance from the city centre; large sitting room (24 x 12 ft), 2 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom, separate toilet, 50 ft east-facing garden; furnished, dishwsher and washing machine. Available to rent from early Nov., for 12–14 months. Rent £750 p.c.m. excl. tax and utilities. No smoking, no pets. Tel.: 01865 724444.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with small garden: fully furnished and fitted, gas c.h., washer/drier. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac next to Said Business School between Oxford city centre and the railway station, with own parking space. Available mid- Oct., for 6 months minimum. £880 p.c.m., 2 months deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald, tel.: 01865 516615, fax: 01865 516616, or e-mail:

Charming Victorian 2-bedroom terrace cottage in East Oxford, 10 minutes walk from city centre (or 5 minutes by regular bus), wooden floors, open fire, gas c.h., cellar and garden. Fully furnished. Ideal for non-smoking professional couple. Available immediately for 1 year. Rent £800 p.m. Tel.: 01865 512928, mobile: 079 470 794 35.

North Oxford , Wentworth Road, OX2 7TH: furnished spacious 3- bedroom semi-detached house; newly decorated, very good condition; 2 reception rooms, front and back gardens, luxury fitted kitchen, double glazing, gas c.h., washing machine and drier; separate bath and toilet. Off-road parking. Sky and cable TVs connected. Within excellent schools catchment area, frequent bus services, 10 minutes walk to Summertown local banks and shops. Available now for 1 year, renewable. £1,150 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smoking professional families by reference. No pets. Tel.: 01865 454729 (eve.), 01276 66549 (eve.), 01865 850104 (day). E-mail:

Three-bedroom period cottage with mature garden in small hamlet just north of Banbury (7 miles); 5 minutes M40 (J12), 30 minutes drive to Oxford, or regular train service from Banbury. Available now for 2002/3 academic year. £695 p.m. plus utility bills. Call David Barnes, 01295 670693 or 020 785 1192. E-mail:

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: 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:

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: Internet site:

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Flats to Let

Summertown: private courtyard, purpose built, 1 double bedroom, self-contained apartment, fully furnished, fitted kitchen with washer/drier,bathroom with shower. Secure parking space. £685 p.c.m. exclusive. Tel.: 07866 887495 (available after 21 Oct.).

Flat to let from end Oct., 2-bedroom, fully furnished, with garage in heart of Summertown. £850 p.c.m. E-mail:

Paris studio: small but charming studio in the historic and very central Marais (4th arrondissement) available for short lets. Attractively furnished and fully equipped with television, phone, CD, kitchenette. Linens and weekly maid provided. £38 per night or £250 p.w. to members of the University; non-university £45 per night and £290 weekly. Contact or ring 07957 588448.

Flat on top floor of Folly Bridge Court overlooking the river and close to the city centre available from the beginning of Oct. The flat has 2 bedrooms, 25' living room, kitchen and bathroom. It is well furnished and equipped, with c.h. £750 p.c.m. Contact Clive Newton on 0207 9361530.

Central north Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, and very close to the river. Available now for short/long let. Completely newly refurbished ground-floor flat to very high standard, new bathroom, new John Lewis kitchen with washer, dishwasher, dryer, etc., in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy residential suburb, with large, light airy rooms. Double bedroom, single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available Dec., a second-floor flat for short/long let with large double bedroom, large 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 less than £100 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact:, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Suitable for post-doctoral student or professional: double bedroom in quiet non-smoking household with 2 other young professionals, Oxford Road, Temple Cowley. £240 p.c.m. includes rates, excludes gas and electricity. Shared living room, kitchen and spare room. Contact James or Pat, eves., 01865 430595 or e-mail:

Room offered in shared house (1/2 other people) in West Oxford, to non-smoker. Large garden and parking in drive. Own room and bathroom, shared kitchen and lounge. £75 p.w. plus ahre of bills. Deposit required. Tel.: 01865 247282.

Double room (en suite) to rent; big beautiful room with views of fields, in quiet but friendly, lovely non-smoking home. In tranquil rural setting. Accessible Oxford/Abingdon by car. Six months let preferred. Single occupancy £100 p.w.; double occupancy £125 p.w. Tel.: 01865 321825.

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.

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

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:

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Accommodation Sought

Canadian academics on sabbatical, family of 4 (10 year old twin daughters), seek quite furnished accommodation in north central Oxford, Summertown, or in easy reach of Headington School. Responsible. Jan.,–July 2003. Contact Dr Anne Gorsuch, History, University of British Columbia, tel.: 001 604 739 1921. E-mail:

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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

House exchange sought: we are looking to exchange a modern 4- bedroom, colonial house on 1.75 acres of wooded land in Boonton Township, New Jersey, for a house in or near Oxford for 6-8 months between Jan., and Aug., 2003. Start and end dates are flexible. Our house is on a secluded cul-de-sac in a rural section of North Central NJ, has all modern conveniences and 2 cars. It is a 10 minute drive to Routes 80 and 287 giving easy access to the entire tri-state area. For details please contact Jim and Elizabeth Tepper. E-mail:; tel.: 001 973 299 0967; fax.: 001 973 299 0912.

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Holiday Lets

Dordogne/Gironde: thinking off season or Christmas then read on. Delightful restored farmhouse in rural hamlet. Fully and comfortably furnished with French antiques plus all mod cons. Private with stunning views and walks to farmland, woods and vineyards. Few minutes drive to village shop and church. Study/library and sitting room with open-plan kitchen/dining room, fireplace with woodburning stove; equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker and washing machine. Pigeon loft with 2 large bedrooms, 1 can be divided. Huge veranda for dining and games. Concierge oppositie maintains the house and grounds. Private meadows and lawned garden with fruit trees and pool. For wine lovers there are Ste Emilion and Monbazillac, local vineyards, co-operatives. Nearby there is walking, tennis, riding, and Chateau Vigiers, a world class golf club with sports facilities for day members, plus good restaurants and table d'hote, markets, bastide towns, chateaux, cities like Bergerac and Bordeaux. Low season: Jan.–June, Sept.,–Nov.: £450. High season: July, Aug., Dec.: £700. Phone: 01993 881408.

Southwest France, near Toulouse/Albi/Cordes, stone farmhouse on edge of village, iwth 6 acres and swimming pool. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and large kitchen; sleeps 7–8. Centrally heated with wood-burning stoves. Several airports within easy reach, available all year round. Call 01865 54150 or e-mail: for details, or see: for photos, availability and rates.

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: E-mail:, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

Tuscany: enjoy a luxurious stay in a beautifully restored stone villa with spacious rooms and inspiring views of lake, and mountains; 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, heated pool. Web site:, or e-mail: Tel.: +39 0575 791166. Now booking for Christmas and summer 2003.

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Houses for Sale

Pretty 1-bedroom period house in pleasant area of Headington: living room, kitchen, conservatory, bedroom, bathroom with shower; c.h., and d.g. Beautifully maintained and updated. Small garden. Excellent location close to shops, hospitals and Brookes University. £155,000. Phone Karen on 01865 308188 (home) or 01865 270053 (work).

Modern 3-bedroom semi-detached house in quiet neighbourhood c. 100 metres from Florence Park, Cowley; ground floor: large living room, dining room, kitchen, entrance and toilet; first floor: 3 bedrooms, bathroom. Gas c.h., double glazing throughout, optional fireplace, garage with loads of storage space, 30 ft garden. Proximity to pub, shops and local park. Built 1997. £210,000. Ready to move in to. E-mail:

Lovely large North Oxford family home in quiet cul-de-sac; 2½ miles city centre; 10 minutes schools, hospitals; close to bus route; sitting room with fireplace, study, large dining/music room, 21x16 ft living room, 24ft kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garage; 5 bedrooms (1 with en suitebathroom), dressing room/sixth bedroom, and family bathroom. Large boarded loft. Cavity wall insulation, gas c.h. with efficiency condensing boiler. Well-maintained secluded south-facing half-acre garden to rear, having patios, raised beds, pond, flowerbeds, mature trees, lawns accommodation tennis court, vegetable and soft fruit gardens, greenhouse and shed. £675,000 freehold. Tel.: 01865 557466.

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Flat for Sale

Very light `sunny all round' ground-floor apartment: lovely position, very close to University Parks. Large bay windowed sitting room; dining room with fireplace and bookshelves; large bay windowed bedroom with en suitebathroom; second bedroom with good fitted cupboards; kitchen; hall with cloakroom. Parking for 2 cars within gated large communal garden. Freehold £475,000. Please tel.: 01865 557747/516025, or Gloucestershire 01453 872138.

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Car for Sale

Bright yellow Fiat Cinquecento Sporting (3-door, 1108cc, with red seat belts) in very good condition for sale; great fun to drive, perfect size for Oxford, only 32,500 miles on the clock, N Registration, driven by 2 members of a family since purchased new. Fully maintained and professionally serviced each year (most recent service and MOT in Sept., 2002), with 6 months road tax licence. £2,500 or offer. Please tel.: Alastair James on 01865 750914 (weekday eves., until 9.30 p.m., or weekends).

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