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Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Pastoralists: the third study day in aid of The Kenneth Kirkwood Memorial Fund, Rhodes House, South Parks Road. Sat., 15 Mar., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Study fee to include lunch £15 (concessions £12.50). Further details: Shahin Bekhradnia 01608 677537, e-mail: shahinbekhradnia@hotmail.com. Kindly sponsored by Blackwells Bookshop.

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Concerts

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell, Sun., 16 Mar., 2.45 p.m. Maggini String Quartet with Garfield Jackson (viola) play Haydn's `Sunrise' Quartet op 76.4, Peter Maxwell Davies' new 'Naxos 1' Quartet (first Oxford performance) and Mozart's D Quintet K593. Tickets from Playhouse 01865 305305, ticketsoxford.com, some free to 8–22 year olds.

Oxford Harmonic Society: The Orchestra of Stowe Opera, Conductor: Robert Secret, perform Max Bruch Das Feuerkreuz (The Fiery Cross), based on Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem "The Lady of the Lake". Adagio on Celtic Themes, Polly Chilcott solo cello. Soloists: Ann Mackay, Soprano, Quentin Hayes, Baritone. Sat., 29 Mar., 7.30 p.m., The Town Hall, Oxford. Tickets £12 and £10. Concessions £10 and £8 available from Oxford Playhouse Box Office, tel. 01865 305305 (incl. credit card bookings by post) or on the door.

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Lecture

Rediscovering Emmaus: Luke's Account and the Recent Results of Archaeology. Lecture by Carsten Peter Thiede in Wycliffe Hall Lecture Room, Fri., 14 March, 12 noon. All welcome.

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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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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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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 Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society (RSS) membership consists of Post- doctoral/Junior Research Fellows and Research Assistants who work for the University of Oxford. As most Research Staff are not attached to a college and may be new to Oxford our social events provide a unique opportunity to meet researchers outside your group or department. We aim to provide an interesting and varying social setting in which to mix and to become a voice for research staff within the University. We run social events each month to suit all tastes. Please visit our Web site http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rss/, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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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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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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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

Academic periodicals for sale, e.g. Speculum, Proceedings of the British Academy, etc. Also a long run of Oxford Medieval Texts (pub. OUP). Offers considered. Tel.: 01865 557039.

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

A 2-hour garden: small space design to include a summerhouse. Jeanne Bliss, landscape designer and lecturer. £30 for a 2-hour initial visit. Telephone for leaflet 01865 515379. E-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com `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.

Painting, carpentry, building and design: small and medium-sized projects undertaken, from shelving through kitchens to home extensions; decorating, internal and external; and planning applications. Free advice, quotations and references. Tel.: Ian 01865 30818, or 07773 712829.

The Oxford Advisory Partnership LLP, 2–4 High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DH.Independent Financial Advisers. Tel.: 01865 848770, fax: 01865 849543, e-mail: peharris@oxfordadvisory.com. We have been associated with the University of Oxford since 1994 and specialise in providing a personal financial planning service to members of the academic community. We provide advice on: retirement planning, school fees plans, critical illness cover, holistic financial planning, stakeholder pensions, savings & investments, income protection, long term care, inheritance tax, ethical investments, life assurance options, mortgages & remortgages. Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation at no charge or obligation to take further action. A member of Financial Options Ltd which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA does not regulate all forms of the products or services we provide.

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

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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Situations Vacant

Modern History Faculty, Senior Porter: Ancillary Grade TO3; £11,532–£14,328 p.a. 36.5 hrs per week (shift system). We are looking for a reliable, organised and friendly person to fill the post of Senior Porter. The successful applicant will oversee the daily operations carried out by the other members of the team (porter and cleaning staff). Duties include security of the building, safety issues, liaising with other departments concerning building matters, simple maintenance tasks, dealing with visitors, preparing lecture rooms and setting up equipment, sorting mail, providing refreshments to staff and students. Hours of work are on a shift system. First week mornings (this incl. Saturdays), second week afternoons, throughout the year. The post has 34 days holiday, plus the opportunity to join the pension scheme. Further particulars are available from Susan Ling (tel.: 01865 277255 or e-mail: susan.ling@history.ox.ac.uk). Please send a C.V. and details of 2 referees to Susan Ling, Modern History Faculty, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD by Fri., 28 Mar. Interviews will beheld on Fri., 4 Apr.

The Examination Schools: Temporary Room and Office Assistants. We are looking for a team of people to work full time (8.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m.), incl. some Sats., for a 6 week period in Trinity Term to cover the exam season (19 May–27 June), with a possible extension to 11 July 2003. Office assistants will be required to deal with all aspects of office administration. Room assistants will be required to work either at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford or at Ewert House Examination Hall, Summertown, Oxford. If you have a preference please state this clearly in your covering letter. The duties include setting up examination rooms, tidying up between sessions, laying out script booklets and exam materials, and delivering packages in central Oxford. If you would like to apply please send a C.V. and covering letter to the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. For further information phone the Deputy Clerk (Building) on 01865 276905.

The Examination Schools: Invigilators. We are looking for reliable individuals to add to our Register of Invigilators. Work is on a temporary basis during the main exam period which starts this year on 19 May and finishes on 27 June. There are openings to work on either a session basis, where you invigilate individual exam sessions based on your availability, or on a block booking basis. A block (half-days) booking option requires a commitment to work one of the following: full time for the 6 week exam period; specific weeks during the exam period; specific days in the week during the exam period. These options can be discussed in more details with the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams). The work involves laying out of question papers, completing relevant paperwork and invigilating during the examination session. The majority of exam papers are 3 hours duration which require an invigilation session of approximately 4 hours (morning session: 9.00 to 13.00, afternoon session: 14.00 to 18.00). The payment details for a standard invigilator working a 4 hour sessions are as follows: 4 hr session (for 3 hr papers) £27. There are opportunities for suitable invigilators to act as the senior invigilator at a higher rate of pay. If you are interested please send a C.V. and covering letter to the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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Summer Let

Large North Oxford home available for up to 4 weeks, July/Aug. Dates flexible. Sleeps 8/9; 5 bedrooms. Convenient and attractive position 1 mile from city centre. Reasonable rates. Please contact by e-mail: MBos120640@aol.com

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Houses to Let

Summertown (near St Edward's School): for rent large comfortable 3-bedroom semi-detached house with garden. Easy access to the city and colleges. Available 9 July–31 Aug. (7 weeks approx.). Rent £1,700 for the period plus phone and utilities. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. E-mail: illustrator@korkypual.com. Phone 01865 516556.

Elegant period home on Woodstock Road: substantial accommodation extending to 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms; fully equipped kitchen/study room, drawing room, and dining conservatory. The propery is decorated to a high standard with exceptional works of art in keeping with the period and atmosphere of the house. Ample parking for 3 cars. Private landscaped west-facing rear garden. Rent (incl. of council tax, utilities and a regular cleaner), £3,000 p.c.m. For further information on availability and particulars please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BP. Tel.: 01865 311011 or view a full list of available properties on our Web site www.finders.co.uk.

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

Osney Island: quiet 4-bedroom house of character, 2 bathrooms, central heating, garden, short walk from train station, 10 minutes' walk to city centre, available for 11 months from beginning Sept. £1,200 p.c.m. plus bills. contact david.gellner@anthro.ox.ac.uk.

Recently renovated 4-storey town house in Grandpont, within 10 minutes' walk of city centre. Flexible, spacious accommodation comprises entrance hall, open-plan kitchen/living area, dining room, library, study, bedroom and 2 very large, well- equipped bathrooms (in all potential for 3 bedrooms). Large basement, currently used for storage. South-facing garden with pation. G.c.h. Available from 1 Aug.,–end of Michaelmas 2003. £950 p.c.m. Contact Riitta Heino, tel.: 01865 244745.

North Oxford –£950 p.c.m.: 3-bedroom furnished semi- detached house situated just over the Ring Road; East Oxford–£1,100 p.c.m.: attractive 3-bedroom cottage-style furnished house. Short term lets only. For further details call Victoria on 01865 244666. Lifestyle Lettings & Property Management, 205A Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

North Oxford furnished house available from 1 Sept. Charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train and coach stations, near best schools, parks, centrally heated, recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Two bedrooms £1,225 p.m., 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m. (incl. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: OXFORD: J.Mackrells (eves., or 7-8 a,m,), tel. 01865 775567, e-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com; CANADA: A. Gaston, tel. 001 (613) 745 1368, fax 001 (613) 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

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 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

Garden flat, The White House, Harrison's Lane, Woodstock: to let from 3 May. Furnished bedsitting room, separate kitchen with fridge, small freezer, electric cooker, fully equipped. Bathroom with shower and W.C. shared. Separate telephone if required. Use of washing machine by arrangement. Rent £275 p.m., incl. heating and hot water. Phone Prof. A.S. or Mrs Barbara Knowland, on 01993 811142.

St Clements short let: a spacious fully furnished and equipped 2- bedroom apartment on 2 floors, with a roof top patio. Excellent location within walking distance of the city centre. Available from March until the end of Sept., at only £895 p.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX1 4AB. Tel.: 01865 200012 or e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site www.finders.co.uk.

Central Oxfore–near station: a modern 2-bedroom flat with parking. Top floor with good security. Fully furnished, suitable for a couple or 2 sharing. £860-£900 p.m. Please ring 01865 735406.

Beautiful furnished first-floor apartment in secluded courtyard to Abingdon Marina. Large lounge/dining room, balconies, views over Marina; 2 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes; fully-fitted kitchen; bathroom; gas c.h.; garage, mooring on Marina with access to Thames. £750 p.c.m. Call to view 01256 397311 or e-mail: james.e.clucas@btinternet.com.

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, or e-mail: bededunlop@hotmail.com.

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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

St Margaret's Road, North Oxford: room in Victorian house available from early Apr. Would suit quiet female academic; bathroom and kitchen shared with one other (f). £350 p.c.m. Tel.: eve. 01865 554977.

North Oxford : airy, self-contained, furnished, loft conversion; bedsitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Own washing machine, c.h. Two phone lines, TV aerial socket, views over gardens. For non-smoking female. £125 p.w., incl. bills except phone. Call 01865 511499 eves., and weekends.

Of interest to a visiting academic? Large garden-facing room to let in Park Town house, first floor, own bathroom, breakfast available and kitchen facilities by arrangement at weekends. Non-smoking house. £400 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 311811 (day), 01865 515636 (eves.) to arrange interview.

Short or long let. Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing Port Meadow. Spacious room. Rent £55 p.w. incl. fuel. Tel.: 01865 515379, or e-mail: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

Visiting academic and family from University of Pittsburgh, USA, will be at Oxford University from 1 June–31 Aug. We are looking for a furnished 3-or4- bedroom house we could rent during that time. Please contact Lee Harrison at lharriso@edc.pitt.edu or tel.: 001 (412) 487 9516 (reverse charges).

Two bedroom accommodation sought for female visiting academic and family , arriving from Turkey on 27 Apr., for 2 months, until 22 June or thereabouts. Within walking distance, or a straightforward bus journey of Ashmolean Museum if at all possible. Please contact emma.dick@ashmus.ox.ac.uk, or phone 01865 (2)78076.

Self-contained modest accommodation sought central Oxford, 1 month within April/May period. Responsible academic couple. References supplied. Tel./Fax: (+33) 450 59 41 03. E-mail: druckerd@fr.inter.net.

Mature female, Fine Artist on part-time MA and employed within the University, seeks accommodation in Jericho, North Central or city preferred (would consider some domestic duties for a reduced rent). Tel.: 01865 552042.

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

Connemara Coast, Ireland, 100 yds from beach: family house, sleeps 10, available June, July, early Aug. Phone 01993 811142.

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals: stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France with a fabulour 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10). Also gites sleeping 4/6. And a 19th-century Italian farmhouse with lovely views: Rome 45 mins., Florence 2 hrs, 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.

Corsica, Sardinia and Provence: we are a small family owned and run villa specialist offering excellent quality self-catering accommodation, and a selection of hotels in these 3 beautiful destinations. Excellent availability end of June and throughout the summer. Please see our Web site: www.voyagesilena.co.uk or tel.: 020 7924 4440.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Savoie, France: by the beautiful Lac du Bourget, a 1982-built, 4- bedroom house with superb views of the lake and the Jura mountains, standing in 2,300 sq metres of lovely gardens. All modern conveniences. Double garage. Excellent condition. 320,000 Euros. Tel.: 00 33 479 52 29 51/Fax: 00 33 479 52 21 28, or e-mail: hancock@wanadoo.fr.

Comfortable end-of-terrace house in side street off Cowley Road. Close to shops, restaurants and city centre. Kitchen/dining room, living room, 4 bedrooms and bathroom. Recently installed g.c.h., hot water tank and shower. New cooker and washing machine/dryer. Small front garden and mature back garden. Let until end Sept., with rent income of £1,080 p.c.m. £250,000. Contact Riitta Heino, tel.: 01865 244745.

Ligurian Alps, Italy: magnificent hill location with rustic ruin for reconstruction in unspoilt hamlet, altitude 700 metres. Spectacular views all round; good hikes, sea or river bathing, in beautiful, unspoilt, olive-lined valley close to French border. Excellent restaurant and bar in village 200 metres below, which also has a small shop. One and half hours' drive from Nice, 40 minutes to beaches. 12,000 Euros. For photographs consult: http://realestate.escapeartist.com/P-16920/. Ring 01223 366155 for further details.

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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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For Sale

Wonderful William and Mary walnut gateleg table c. 1670s. Slight repair needed but sound, seats 6. £2,350 negotiable: Compact Mita photocopier, ideal for home office, charity, or small business. Unopened toner, fully working, service history. £250 negotiable. Further details 01865 204916 or e-mail: astartestar@yahoo.co.uk.

Victorian chairs for sale: balloon shape, button back, with arms, £750; low,'nursing' chair, button back, £650. Both mahogany, rust pink colour upholstery, both excellent condition, attractive carving. Serious enquiries only please to 01993 849648/07752 397866.

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