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Magdalen College Choir

Open afternoon, Sat., 7 June from 2.30 p.m. If you have a son aged 6 or 7 who is musical and likes singing, you are warmly invited to Magdalen College to find out about our Choristerships. Generous scholarships are vailable in association with Magdalen College School. For further information please contact Mrs Elizabeth Martin, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU. Tel.: 01865 276060 or e-mail:

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The University of Oxford Shop

To celebrate Oxford Artweeks 17–24 May, The University of Oxford shop will be having an exhibition of original paintings of Oxford views by local artists Valerie Petts, David Langford, David Meeks, Eva Adams and John Bastin. Normal opening hours 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. Mon., to Sat., will apply during the exhibition. We will be holding a special evening reception for staff and members of the University on Thurs., 22 May from 5.30–7 p.m. A chance to view the paintings and meet the artists over a glass of wine in a friendly environment! We hope to see you then!

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2003

Love and madness among the dreaming spires: music by Robert Schummann, including chamber works for piano and strings and the song cycle Dichterliebe, feature alongside pieces by Clara Schumann (her piano trio and romances for violin and piano), and a string of composers in the great middle-European tradition: Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak, Wolf, Strauss, Schoenberg, Berg, the contemporary Hungarian Gyorgy Kurtag and the Munich born Jorg Widmann, the Festival's first resident composer. Sam West will read from the diaries of both Robert and Clara Schumann. For further details please contact: Valerie Barber PR, Suite 2, 9a St John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NG. Tel.: 0207 586 8560, fax: 0207 586 9246, e-mail:

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Oxford Student Chorus present Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle, 7.30 p.m., Fri., 23 May, Exeter College Chapel. With the sumptuous sound of the chorus and the oeratic style solo arias, this is a piece not to be missed. Tickets on the door £5 (£3).

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Society for Graduates

Trinity Term 2003: meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership.President, Anita Segar, 01865 730574. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, Visitors £1.50 per meeting. 16 May, Sailing up the River Gambia, Eleanor Tims, Ocean Yachtmaster; 23 May, Operating with the RAF–with some personal reminiscences, Air Cdre LGP Martin CBE; 30 May, A home for Valier: some impressions of Nagora Karabakh (Caucasus), Philip Clayton; 6 June, Homage to Varanasi–a pilgrimage to Benares, Pratima Mitchell; 13 June, Bugworld, George McGavin, Acting Curator of Entomology, OU Museum of Natural History; 20 June, AGM & Social, tba.

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St Giles Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Burning Issues: 22 May, Christianity's Current Predicament, Rev'd Dr Philip Kennedy, Mansfield College; 29 May, Growth Problems in Oxfordshire, Lord Bradshaw, Wolfson College; 5 June, Priorities in Interfaith Work, Rev'd Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church, 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. Web site:

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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

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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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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.,–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail:

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Services Offered

Nursing and Personal Care: qualified nurse specialising in private care of the elderly or terminally ill will undertake dialy visits. Introductions and references via 01865 559133 or e-mail:

Quarry Building Conservation Services: helping to maintain the fabric of older houses. Stone and brick wall repairs, re-pointing and rebuilding (if necessary), dry and wet stone walling, re-plastering all using lime mortars and plasters as appropriate.`Helping to let buildings breathe', `Repair and conserve'. For more information please phone 01865 762365 or 07767 884642.

`Fly Travel'–we go all the way to finding you the best deal! Business and personal travel at discounted rates. Australia special–Sydney £475. We do not charge service fees. Tel.: 01865 202038, e-mail:, 66 St Clements, Oxford.

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:

Homeopathy: experienced, well-qualified homeopath offers help in both chronic and acute conditions, mental and physical. Home and workplace visits available. Special service for travellers–including e-mail support. Spanish, French and Urdu spoken. Contact Karima Brooke on 01865 201438.

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).

Indexing: Oxford Academic Services; indexing, project management, history research projects. Details of all services:, or Judith Loades, P.O.Box 323, Burford, Oxon. OX18 4XN.

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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.

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Academic Study and Travel

Short Study Tour of the Welsh Marches, 22-24 Aug. £185 p.p. Day schools on Enigma and the Intelligence War at Bletchley Park, 11 Oct., and 22 Nov. For further details of these and other events contact Academic Study and Travel, 14 Walton Grange, Bath Road, Swindon SN1 4AH.

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Tuition Offered

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

Do you love music? Do you want to understand how it works? Do you want to compose your own music? The Schillinger system: an accessible method of understanding and creating music for the beginner or the advanced student. The Schillinger system imposes no stylistic constraints on the composer but simply helps to focus the creative process. For course details contact: Jeremy Arden BSc MA PhD, tel.: 01865 204 136, mobile: 07790046566, e-mail:

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Situations Vacant

Museum of the History of Science: Part-time Clerical Assistant (0.5). Clerical and library grade C2: salary £10,400–£13,301 pro rata. A clerical assistant is required to assist the Administrator with the running of a busy Museum office. The successful candidate will have neat handwriting, familiarity with office computing packages, numeracy skills, some knowledge of invoicing and purchasing and a good telephone manner. S/he will have a calm, supportive, friendly and helpful attitude and an interest in working in the office of an international museum. For further particulars please e-mail: Please apply by handwritten letter with typed C.V. to Margaret Hauser, Administrator, Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ. Tel.: 01865 277280, by Fri., 23 May.

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 Lets

Victorian family house with sunny garden, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, 2 batrhooms and large kitchen in East Oxford. Available from 19 July–9 Aug. Ten minutes from city centre. No smokers. £275 p.w. Tel.: 01865 726574. E-mail:

Large Victorian semi-detached house in central North Oxford, close to university departments and city centre, and in quiet side street: 5 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 2 reception rooms; large kitchen (with Aga) leading into big sunny walled garden. Private parking. Sleeps 8. Available 2-28 August at £625 p.w., incl. Contact I & J Macdonald. Tel.: 01865 516615. E-mail:

Delightful Victorian 3-bedroom house in central north Oxford conservation area; fully furnished and renovated; sunny garden; private parking; 2 receptions;kitchen diner; all mod cons. Close to city centre and university. No smokers. £450 p.w. June–Sept.(negotiable). Tel.: 01865 554743. E-mail:

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Houses to Let

Detached house to let: spacious 3-/4-bedroom house; 10 minutes walk from John Radcliffe Hospital in quiet Headington neighbourhood for visiting family or 4 professionals. Fully furnished, c.h., all mod cons. Extensive parking. £1,200 p.c.m. Available June/July. Preferred lease 12 months. Tel.: 01865 766032 or e-mail:

Cosy cottage in lovely rural location, 12 miles west of Oxford. Three bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, living room, dining room, garden, c.h., parking. Fully equipped and furnished, recently redecorated. Tel.: 07802 723272 or 01993 708686.

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:; CANADA: A. Gaston, tel. 001 (613) 745 1368, fax 001 (613) 745 0299, e-mail:

Semi-detached house to let on pleasant road in convenient location (Summertown, north Oxford) with easy access to all amenities for one of the following periods: mid-Aug.,–mid-Dec.,03; mid-Aug.,03–mid-March '04; mid- Aug.'03–mid/end June '04. The house has 2 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms–one of which will be used to store personal belongings–a bathroom and a shower room, a large kitchen and sitting area, and a garden to the rear. There is no garage but residents' parking will be introduced later this year (2003). Please contact: Peter Clarke, tel.: 01865 510010, e-mail:

Superb, furnished 3-bedroom detached house in nearer Headington, available mid-Aug.,–mid-April. Spacious floor plan with living room, dining room, family room, fully fitted kitchen with washer and drier; charming secluded garden with greenhouse and shed; off-street parking. Walk to John Radcliffe hospital, shops, country walks, with easy access to city and colleges. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 741 024.

St Stephen's House (adjacent) Marston St., between Iffley Road and Cowley Road. Spacious, unfurnished, modern family house in attractive terrace: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, playroom, double garage, garden. Available short let from May. suit academic with family. £1,750 p.m. E-mail: or tel.: 01865 432302.

1 Dec. 2003–2 Jan. 2004: 7-bedroom house in North Oxford, suitable for a family. Well-appointed kitchen and facilities; 2 bathrooms and an additional separate toilet. Large garden and off-road parking. close to the Cherwell River and water meadows; 5 minute bus ride to the city centre, or a 15 minute walk across University Parks. Tel.: 01865 514568, 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:

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:

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Flats to Let

We have a limited number of 3-bedroom flats still available for academic year 2003–4, ideally situated for students wanting to live in 'Quality' accommodation. These newly built, luxury flats have been extremely popular with a variety of students from different colleges, and are well known as some of the best student accommodation in Oxford. In addition to these 3-bedroom properties, we have recently acquired luxury 5-and6-bedroom flats within 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre. Brand new, these apartments are of the highest standard, but there are only TWO remaining. For viewings and appointments or for a full list, please telephone 01865 318533. Hurry–this accommodation will not be available for long! North Oxford Property Services Ltd. Tel.: 01865 318533, 47 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6AD. Web site:

Lovely basement studio flat, East Oxford. Walking distance to town centre and close to shops and restaurants. Bedsitting room, separate kitchen and shower room. Suit graduate/academic/professional. Minimum 6 month let, available 1 June. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 249293.

North Oxford : fully furnished 2-bedroom flat from 1 July. Ground- floor flat in quiet road off the Woodstock Road, very close to shopping facilities and restaurants. Lounge/dining room, and fully equipped kitchen, with cooker, oven and washing machine; bathroom with bath and shower; 2 south-facing bedrooms; linen supplied. Lovely quiet shared south-facing garden and garage. Available from 1 July. Phone 01865 513688 or e-mail:

Self-contained 1-bedroom flat overlooking Port Meadow, with mod cons on top floor of old family house in pretty location in Upper Wolvercote. Convenient for university and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Bedroom with en suiteshower/toilet; kitchen/dining/living room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic/other professional. £725 p.c.m. excl. tel. Available late May 2003. References required. E-mail:

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 exceptionally well-furnished flats available for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms. Available late June and Sept., 2 ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available July: second-floor flat, with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available 1 Oct.,: first-floor flat with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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Serviced Accommodation

Short stay and serviced apartments–luxury canal side apartments in a secure gated development. These 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites are available for a short or extended stay with optional maid service. High specification interiors and private balconies make The Wharf House a real home for a short sabbatical or as a base from which to relocate. For further information on availability please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BY or visit our Web site:

Finally! the luxurious and economical alternative to 5-star luxury hotels, in central Oxford. Ambassador's Oxford offers clients short-stay 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom–1 en suite–5-star apartments in the centre of Oxford with allocated parking. Only 3 minutes' walk from the railway station and the Saïd Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From £118 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact:, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Kirtlington: charming annex studio with lots of character, well equipped kitchen, bedsitting room, and shower room. This attractive property would make an ideal weekday base from which to study. For further details on this and other Oxfordshire properties please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BY or visit our Web site:

Mature person wanted to share spacious and fully furnished Victorian house with one other. Double room plus study overlooking lovely garden. Situated 10 minutes from Oxford centre. £450 p.c.m. plus bills. E-mail: Tel.: 01865 244413 after 6 p.m.

Two rooms in large comfortable North Oxford house, shared bathroom, use of kitchen and laundry. £150 p.w. Tel.: 01865 553244.

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

Oxford B & B. A home from home. £55 double/£40 single. Tel.: 01865 770 501, e-mail:

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

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 to Exchange

Florence: Florenine architect would like to exchange 1-bedroom apartment in 14th-century building, in Via de' Bardi , (10 minutes walk from Ponte Vecchio) with apartment in Oxford from July and/or Aug. Please contact Paola Terrizzi, tel.: 01235 528436, e-mail:, or Mariella Poli, tel.: 00390 5522 98156, e-mail:

House exchange for academic year 2003/4: 17th-century, 5-bedroom furnished house in historic village short distance from Oxford in exchange for 3+ bedroom house in Cambridge. For details tel.: 01865 341150.

House exchange: 5-bedroom Victorian house on 0.75 acres of wooded land in Newton, Massachusetts, USA for a house in or near Oxford for 9–12 months between Aug.,2003 and July 2004. Situated on a secluded cul-de-sac, large garden, all modern conveniences and 1 car; 20-30 minute drive to Longwood Medical Area, Cambridge and downtown Boston. Easy access to the train. Non-smokers preferred. Contact Colin and/or Gill Sieff. Tel.: 001 617 632 3531 (work) or 001 617 527 1417, e-mail:

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Accommodation Sought

Accommodation wanted for quiet female postgraduate for 3 months until mid-Aug. Would like a self-contained, furnished studio flat or bedsit if possible. Parking needed. Within walking distance of the Botanic Garden if possible. Willing to do housesitting, dog walking duties and/or help in the garden. Please contact Debbie Metrustry at 07745 963039.

Non-smoking academic, Faculty Director for a Study Abroad program at Oxford, seeks a furnished 2-bedroom flat, central heating, bright rooms, conveniently located (walking distance from the centre), washing machine, if possible from mid- Aug.,–mid-Dec. Please contact Dr Toni Travis, Department of Public and International Affairs, 3F4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA. Fax: 001 703 993 1399, tel.: 001 703 993 1453.

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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Holiday Lets

Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico: 3-bedroom refurbished bungalow in beautiful condition. Magnificent panoramic view overlooking beach and marina. Swimming pool. Available all year round. Preferential rate to college staff. E-mail: or tel.: 00 353 1608 1364.

Northumberland: stone built single-storey family cottage in a small village near Alnwick (castle and gardens), within easy reach of the sea and the Cheviot Hills, sleeps 4 plus 2 (bunk beds). South-facing garden, open fire. Ring: 01665 579292.

Academic family home (5 bedrooms, 3½ baths, fully air- conditioned) stands 50 metres from sandy, private beach and 20 minutes from Yale University. Located in charming New England town with lovely walks, fine restaurants and shops, surrounding village green. Regular train service to New York City and Boston (or drive 1½ or 2½ hours respectively). House available 15 June–late Aug.; 2 weeks minimum at £800 p.w. Tel.: Sue or Jay on 01865 439023; e-mail:

Apulia: restored stone cottage at the heel of Italy (Lecce) on a hillside, 1 km away from the Ionian sea with a large sandy beach, an hour and thirty minutes away by car from Brindisi airport. Suitable for superb holidays from June to Sept., (excl. Aug.). Accommodation for 4–6 persons, fully furnished. For information e-mail:, or

Edinburgh: lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul de sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield). Walk across Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows to the Royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants and food shops. Three bedrooms (2 double), sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available from 24 Apr. E-mail:

Estoril Coast, Portugal: lovely, large, fully-furnished duplex; 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, with garden and barbecue. Sleeps 6. All mod cons; TV with Cable. Close to delightful beaches; 20/30 minutes by car to Lisbon and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. £300–£450 p.w. Tel.: 01865 769328, e-mail:

Spanish villa to let in Jalon valley, Costa Blanca: fully fitted; 2 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; garden,terrace and built-in BBQ; garage. Peaceful rural setting overlooking orange groves but 5 minutes stroll to village for swimming pools, racquets courts, shops, restaurants, bars and all facilities. One hour from Alicante airport; 15/20 minutes from beaches at Javea, Denia, Calpe, Moraira. Ideal location for walking, mountain- biking, ridign, birdwatching. Available short lets June–Oct., long lets Oct.,–April–rates vary. Car hire recommended and can be arranged. Contact:, tel.: 01865 761858 or visit: (property no. 7680).

Tuscany, Italy, last minute special rates in June: Agriturismo Podere S. Stefano in a beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill by large vineyard and olive trees, 5 bedrooms (with up to 8 beds); 2 bathrooms; kitchen; lounge; sitting-room; private swimming pool; garden; cable; VCR; Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 minutes drive from Chiusi town, shops, railway/motorway; 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 minutes from Siena. E-mail:, tel.: +39 055 602044, + 39 328 7133951. Web site:

Gite in Normandy: self-catering accommodation in a converted barn in rural Normandy, 14 km west of Bayeux and close to sea. Sleeps 6 (1 double, 2 twin- bedded rooms). Spacious living area incorporates a fully equipped kitchen. Bed linen supplied. Self-contained garden. Enquiries to:

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. Web site:

Charente/Dordogne border: a 3-bedroom detached cottage between St Severin and Aubeterre sur Dronne. Easy driving distance to Angouleme, Bordeaux and Perigeux. Available all year with oil fired c.h. Gardens and ample parking. Long or short lets from £200-£350 per week. Tel./fax 00 33 545 984 092.

Deepest SW France. Relax in our fabulous farmhouse in a stunning rural area and enjoy luxurious and en suiteaccommodation sleeping 6-10; generous facilities including satellite TV and large grounds with good views. Suitable for superb summer holidays, half-terms or longer stays for writers and researchers. Contact Marion on 01865 554122 or 00 33 5 63 02 11 98 or e-mail: marion@hidden-sw-france.

York Holiday Apartment: 1-bedroom riverside apartment (sleeps 2): 5 minutes walk to historic city centre; sitting/dining room, small balcony, new kitchen, bathroom. Oct.–Apr., £280 p.w. Short breaks £45/night (min., 3 nights). May-Sept., £320 p.w. (£50/night). Christine Turner 01954 201218, e-mail:, Web site:

Gardens of Cornwall B & B: if you are visiting the gardens of Cornwall this year why not stay at Colgare House B & B, strategically placed on the Lanhydrock Estate near Bodmin, surrounded by woodlands and pasture Colgare is a tranquil Victorian house offering 2 double and 2 single bedrooms for guests all of which have magnificent views to the south. From this central point, with access to the A30 and A38 it is only 20 minutes to The Eden Project and 35 minutes to the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as either of Cornwall's North or South coasts. Well behaved dogs are welcome. B & B from £28–£35 per person per night. Phone Colgare House 01208 269 605. E-mail:

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:

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:

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House for Sale

Best offer around £800,000 secures period house with walled garden near city centre. Flexible, 4-storey accommodation, now arranged as 4 bedrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and shower room. Tel.: 0039 035230787. E-mail:

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Retirement Flat Offered

Secure Retirement Co-ownership Ltd, Ritchie Court, a cooperative housing association for independent retired people. Small flat now available. Resident Wardens, 24-hour emergency cover. Restaurant providing lunch daily. Large, attractive gardens, and roof garden. Guest rooms. Laundry room. Convenient for shops, library and buses to Oxford. For details tel.: 01865 510334, Mrs D. Archer, Administrator. n

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