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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine. 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. Food individually blended, with a distinctive range of unique dishes. No artificial ingredients in the food. Restful backdrop to high-quality food and service. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m.–2.30 p.m, and 6 p.m.–11.30 p.m. Website: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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Pemberley International Study Centre

Situated 4,000 ft above sea-level in the magnificent hills of Haputale in Sri Lanka, in a tea plantation with panoramic views, the Centre provides an atmosphere of tranquillity and peace, a congenial milieu for scholars of all disciplines, writers and artists, in which research projects can be initiated or completed, and books or monographs planned and written. For 3 months in each year (June–Aug.) it is open to Residential Scholars who have been chosen on the basis of the merit of their applications by a Selection Committee of international experts in the field. For details and application forms, see the 8 pp. in colour on Pemberley's Web site: http://www.pemberleyhouse.com.

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Art Exhibition

Elaine Brown paintings Mon., 20 Jan.,–Fri., 7 Feb. Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Subject to college commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the lodge (01865) 274100 beforehand.

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Oxford Peace Studies Circle

The Roots of Conflict in Contemporary Indonesia: Dr Peter Carey, Wed., 22 Jan. 7.45 p.m. at 43 St Giles, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 557373. Free Admission.

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Modern Art Oxford

David Goldblatt Fifty-one years: 1 Feb.,–30 March 2003. A retrospective exhibition of outstanding photographs that document the social and political landscape of South Africa since 1948. Modern Art Oxford is the only UK venue for this touring exhibition. Tel.: 01865 722733. Recorded information: 01865 813830. Web site: www.modernartoxford.org.uk. Free admission. Open: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun. 12–5 p.m.

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Concert

Musica Mirabilis: The Spacious Firmament. Sun., 19 Jan., St Barnabas Church, Jericho, 3.30 p.m. Arias by Handel, Vivaldi and Haydn; Cantata No 84, Ich bin vergnugt and Trio Sonata in F, J.S. Bach; Ciacona in F minor, Johann Pachelbel; Megan Hooper, soprano; Jane Downer, baroque oboe and recorder; Andrea Morris, baroque violin; Judith Dallosso, baroque cello and Kah Ming Ng, harpsichord. Tickets £9 or £6 for children, students or unemployed. Available on the door or for advanced bookings ring 01993 891313. Parking in St Barnabas First School, Hart St, off Great Clarendon St.

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Oxford Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research Spring seminar series: 23 Jan., Elisabeth Silva (Open University), Researching Technologies and Intimacies in Family Life (Gibbs Building, room G4.01); 27 Feb., Rosalind Edwards (South Bank University), Families and social capital (Research Centre, room SG05); 26 March, Floya Anthias (Oxford Brookes), Where do I belong? Narrating identity among young British Cypriots (Research Centre, room SG05). All seminars will begin at 5.30. Open seminars–all welcome. For further information contact: Sara Ryan. E-mail: fam@brookes.ac.uk.

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Conference

Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge: 7–9 Sept. Call for papers: stories and tales are fundamental to the encounter between Jews and Christians. This conference will consider the place of story and storytelling in the Jewish and Christian traditions, and it simpact upon their encounter. We invite proposals for papers on any aspect relating to tale or storytelling, stories, and storytellers in Jewish-Christian relations past or present. Possible themes could include: Biblical interpretation; biography; children's literature; gender; liturgy; memory; myth; propaganda; 'race'; tradition; (mis)translation; visual storytelling. This list is intened to be suggestive rather than exhaustive. We invite original and innovative contribtuions from those working the disciplines of art history, history, literature, cinema studies, cultural studies, sociology, politics, and psychology, as well as those drawing on biblical, theological and religious studies. Interdisciplinary papers are also very welcome. Deadline for proposals: 28 Feb. Proposals for 20 minute papers should be no more than 1 page in length. Please submit your proposal to: Ms Tunde Formadi, Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8 BJ, to whome general enquiries about the conference may also be addressed. E-mail proposals may be sent to: m.wright@cjcr.cam.ac.uk.

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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 University Research Staff Society

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

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., at 8 p.m. in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership (undergraduates welcome). 24 Jan.,: Problems of Portraiture: an artist's view, Helen Ganly; 31 Jan.,: The badgers of Wytham Woods, Drs Chris Newman and Christina Buesching; 7 Feb.,: Homeopathy–Past, Present and Future, Dr Karima Brooke; 14 Feb.,: Print and Pomegranates–A history of Oxford University Press, Dr Martin Maw; 21 Feb..: 75 years of the Oxford Preservation Trust, Debbie Dance; 28 Feb.,: Manned Missions to Mars–closer than you think?!, Emily C. MacDonald; 7 Mar.,: Mind your language–international English for the 21st Century, Alison Haills; 14 Mar.,: RAF Falcons Parachute Display team, RAF Weston on the Green. Subscriptions: £5 per term, members; £1.50 per meeting, visitors.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Free to collector

Back numbers of 'Oxford' (formerly the Oxford Society magazine), 45 issues from Dec., 1974–Nov., 2000. For further information and to arrange collection please tel.: 01732 (Sevenoaks) 452644 (Mr Leonard Taylor).

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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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Services Offered

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

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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

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Domestic Services

Room and board (in north Oxford) plus some remunerations for someone to look after household with 14-year-old boy and his 19-year-old brother (both responsible good kids–out at school all day) from mid-Jan., to end of March while parents are away. Would suit mature postgraduate (or equivalent) or couple who enjoy young people. Contact Dr Martin on 01865 559061 or e-mail: djlm@aol.com.

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

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) L.R.A.M., near Kidlington. Tel.: 01865 331147

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Tuition Wanted

Italian lady needs lessons in Mandarin Chinese: grammar, reading, writing, basic conversation; texts, Colloquial Chinese (T'ung and Pollard), and Practical Chinese Reader nos. 1 and 2. Please call Mrs Palau on 00 39 328 4240910, e-mail: vestacat@libero.it.

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Situations Vacant

Weekend cook: part-time cook wanted for Saturdays and Sundays to cook meals for a religious community and university students. Will be cooking for up to 30 people. Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day. Hourly rate: £6 per hour. Must have basic Food & Hygiene Certificate. Experience essential. For application form preferably tel.: 01865 243694 or write to The Guardian/or The Bursar, Greyfriars, 182 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SB.

Wycliffe Hall Oxford: a thriving and friendly Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, and an evangelical theological college of the Church of England. (1) Fund-raising Manager (35 hrs p.w.). This role will involve the management of Wycliffe Hall's growing fund-raising operations, to resource its exciting development plans. An important aspect of this will be the development and maintenance of relationships with former members. Successful experience of fund-raising operations will be a significant advantage; (ii) Fund-raising Assistant (17 hrs p.w.). To provide support for the Manager in the task of raising funds to resource the college's development plans. This position will require financial, administrative, and IT skills. A key part of the role will be to administer and maintain a database system to keep track of old members, donors and donations. The position may be combined with that of Finance Assistant to make a full-time post. (iii) Finance Assistant (14–17 hrs p.w.).The person appointed will assist the Bursar with basic but important accounting tasks and other tasks as required in the financial management of the college. The position may be combined with that of Fund-raising Assistant to make a full-time post. Closing date for applications is 31 Jan. Further details from: The College Administrator, Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PW. E-mail: helen.mitchell@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk.

St Clare's Oxford: required as soon as possible a well qualified teacher of Norwegian to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants should be native speakers who are able to teach literature to students in their mother tongue for 1.5–2 hours p.w. For full details please contact Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: 01865 517333. Fax: 01865 310002. E-mail: catherine.gospel@stclares.ac.uk.

Washington International Studies Council:Administrator, some experience, to manage office of U.S. overseas study programme. Should have ability to meet deadlines, to follow through, to supervise staff, to deal with student problems (esp. housing). Age around 30 with some knowledge of Oxford University preferred (not required). Salary £25k–£30k, depending. Four weeks paid vacation, good prospects for an able self-starter. Smokers welcome. Please mail C.V. to: Dr Richardson, Fl.8, Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, Oxford OX1 4UD.

Playground Supervisor, Christ Church Cathedral School (www.cccs.org.uk): required no later than April, to work about 15 hours per week mostly with 4–7 years at this family-based school in historic surroundings. Further details from the Headmaster, Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW, to whom applications with C.V. should be sent by 24 Jan. Tel.: 01865 769744.

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Houses to Let

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

Furnished 5-bedroom, 3 bathroom house over 3 floors in a wing of a Victorian Manor house in a very quiet village. Two reception rooms, large kitchen, chapel incorporating dining room and family room, completely modernized to a high standard, wonderful character. Large garden, parking, garage. Available Feb. £2,500 p.m. Tel.: 044 (0)1993 702325 or e-mail: cmcgachen@aol.com.

Temple Cowley: newly renovated house to let; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully refurbished throughout. £775 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 711415.

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

Iffley: lovely 2/3-bedroom house with garden, quiet cul-de-sac, off- street parking, internet, fully furnished, all conveniences. Available March–June. £900 p.m. incl., all bills except tel. Daniel 01865 451674 or e-mail: d.nettle@open.ac.uk.

Cosy 2-bedroom terrace cottage in Old Marston to let. Around £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01785 851161 or mobile: 07903 244821.

Hilary Term Short Let: a comfortable 4-bedroom semi-detached traditional family home in Marston; sitting room, large fully-equipped kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, bathroom with separate shower cubicle. Garden and off-road parking. Available from 10 Jan.,–31 March. £1,200 p.c.m. (inc. Council Tax). For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX1 4AB. Tel.: 01865 200012, e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Easily looked- after garden, has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room; large living room upstairs, to take advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture, fully equipped. Central heating. Available Apr.–Aug. Non-smokers and no children preferred. E-mail: l.lyons1@physics.ox.ac.uk, or message to: Dr L. L. Lyons at Jesus College, Oxford OX1 3DW.

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Bardwell Road, central north Oxford–£1,250 p.c.m. Spacious 2-bedroom ground and lower-ground floor apartment forming part of a large period building. Unfurnished (furnished by negotiation). Available now; Victoria Gate, Summertown–£1,100 p.c.m. Top floor modern 2-bedroom apartment with balcony and parking space, situated close to Summertown shops. Furnished. Contact Sarah James, Lettings Manager, Lifestyle Lettings & Property Management, tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: sarah@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk.

Islip: spacious top-floor apartment in beautiful old 17th-century house in this quiet riverside village, 6 miles from Oxford and well-connected by trains and buses. Recently redecorated with large living room, double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, all with magnificent views over surrounding countryside. Own off-street parking. Available Feb. Rent £650 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 373794.

Central North Oxford: spacious 1-bedroom apartment in large Victorian house, 2 minutes' from Jericho and Port Meadow. Large living-room, kitchen/breakfast room, hall/study (with separate Internet line), bathroom (with power shower), and double bedroom. All rooms with high ceilings and large windows overlooking secluded leafy garden. Own off-street parking. Perfect for visiting academic or professional couple (non-smokers). Available June 2003. Tel.: 01865 429377. E-mail: mcsharry@robots.ox.ac.uk. More details: www.maths.ox.ac.uk/~mcsharry/house/.

Superb new flat in quiet cul-de-sac 10 minutes from city centre, 5 minutes walk to Brookes: 1 large bedsitting, studio room with roof garden terrace. Beautiful views. Well-equipped kitchen (washing machine, dishwasher etc); shower/toilet. Victorian spiral staircase from second balcony to large garden. Suit 1 or 2 professionals. £800 p.c.m. Vacant Jan. Tel.: 01865 247150 to view or for Web site address.

North Oxford , Summertown: spacious, comfortable, cheerful flat with character in convenient quiet position; 2 bedrooms, 2 reception, 2 bathrooms. Mod. cons. Off-street parking. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01736 786249.

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.

From now till late April, part of academic's lovely, luxurious Victorian house while owner away on sabbatical. Available as 1-bedroom, bathroom, double living room, conservatory, kitchen/diner, gardens and off-street parking. Sought after location south of Summertown. Suit visiting academic (1 or couple) for all or part of the period. Tel.: 0131 447 9880.

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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: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £300 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Room to let in charming cottage in Eynsham, 1 minutes walk from frequent bus service into Oxford, shops and pub: attic room with large window, very light and airy. Suit female non-smoker. Price £230 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 07776 015964.

Large room to let in Summertown (Lonsdale Road), North Oxford: own telephone line; limited use of kitchen; quiet non-smoking house. £320 p.c.m. (includes bills). Contact Peter 01865 510010.

Self-contained split-level comfortable room with all mod cons in old family house in pretty location in Upper Wolvercote, highly convenient for University and Oxford City. En suite shower/loo, kitchen/dining area with washing machine; bedroom area in gallery at top of stairs. Parking and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic/other professional. Available Feb., 2003. £625 p.c.m. excl. telephone. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.com.

Single rooms available in centrally placed street of unique coloured houses within easy walk of university departments. Short or long stays in comfortable small Victorian house. Bed-and-breakfast, access to microwave, use of kettle, and all bills included. £95 p.w. Non-smokers. Foreign academics especially welcome. Owner has lived abroad for some years. Tel. and fax: 01865 516142.

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

Oxford senior research fellow, male, 40s, fairly housetrained, requires room/s (weekdays mainly) in Oxford (north or central preferred), Jan.,–July. Please contact Ian Harris on 015242 62456 or e-mail: ianc.harris@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk.

One-bedroom flat wanted for trainee teacher, until 30 June. Preferably with washing machine, for no more than £600 p.m. Phone: 07952 119646, or e-mail: hadriancoulton@yahoo.com.

Academic family (visiting fellows from Germany with 2 children) seek 2- or 3-bedroom flat/house to rent short term from 25 Apr.,–20 July. Oxford or South Oxfordshire. Contact Prof. M. Havenith-Newen: martina.havenith@ruhr-uni-bochum.de, or Dr A. Newen on 0049 4221 9160 222.

Responsible, tidy, non-smoking female academic seeks to rent self- contained, furnished or unfurnished accommodation, preferably in East Oxford area though other locations with good access to public transport will be considered. Preference for light, airy, peaceful surroundings. Contact: 01865 483914 (work), or 07729 350555, e-mail: lford@brookes.ac.uk.

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

Furnished flat urgently required by Italian lady. Minimum 2 bedrooms, reasonable walking distance to High Street, colleges. From last week Jan.,–first week March. Bright rooms, all comforts, possibly cleaning lady. No budget. Mrs Palau. Tel.: 0039 328 4240910. Fax: 0039010 2461494. E-mail: vestacat@libero.it.

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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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Accommodation sought to rent or exchange

Oxford/Cambridge. Moving from Cambridge to Oxford. Looking for 2- bedroom house or flat in central Oxford to rent, or exchange with 2-bedroom Victorian terrace house in Gwydir Street, central Cambridge (excellent location, nice garden, near railway station and town centre). Moving in mid- Feb. for 2/3 years, but start/end dates could be flexible within that period. Gary Snapper. E-mail: gabrielsnapper@ntworld.com; tel.: 01223 503272.

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Holiday Lets

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.

Normandy: charming half-timbered cottage in the Normandy countryside. Sleeps 7 (4 bedrooms). Comfortable and fully equipped (incl. for children; also a downstairs double bedroom suitable for the elderly); an excellent base for exploring the Pays d'Auge region and only 30 minutes from sandy beaches. Available all year round. £250–£600 p.w. Tel., or fax Impey, 0033 231 32 87 92.

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

Explore the real Mallorca: 3-bedroom flat (2 double, 1 single), 2 minutes walk from Paseo Maritimo in Palma de Mallorca available from 1 Apr., for 250 euros p.w. or 800 euros p.m. Further details from e-mail: lhochma@retemail.es.

Umbria–near Perugia, easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Restored farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool: 2 spacious flats sleeping 4 and 2, or can be combineds. £220–£710 p.w. depending on number of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

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.

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

Really lovely location in the Upper Tamar Valley on the borders of Devon and Cornwall. Large, comfortable 17th-c., listed farmhouse with 6 double bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, 2 sitting room, and large farmhouse kitchen. Also available is a recently converted barn with 2 double bedrooms (1 with a 4-poster bed), 2 bath/shower rooms, large open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. Very nicely furnished. Both are stocked with books and games as well as TV and video. Outdoor heated swimming pool, games room (table tennis, pool, bar billiards, darts). Not far from Eden Project, Dartmoor, and Bodmin Moor. Half an hour from coast. Easily accessible from A30 though set in totally secluded peaceful countryside. Privately owned. Contact Michele or Jeremy Smith on 01865 310998 or e-mail: smithatpalla@yahoo.co.uk for more details or look at our Web site: www.pallastreet.co.uk.

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

Andalusia: chaplain's house in beatufiful mountain village. Sleeps 6. Immaculate and newly furnished, spacious with large roof terrace overlooking orange groves and hills. Dishwasher, washing machine. Sea 25 minutes, Granada 20 minutes, Sierra Nevada peaks 40 minutes. July, Aug., and Easter £380 p.w., otherwise £260 p.w.–both incl. linen and cleaner. More information from Annette Mountford, 01865 515778 or e-mail: brian.mountford@oriel.oxford.ac.uk. n

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