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Concert

On Sun., 23 Feb., 26 members of the Bartholomew Consort will come together from all over England, Ireland, and Holland to sing 18th-c., Portuguese sacred music. The concert, conducted by Jan Joost van Elburg, includes Duarte Lobo's Requiem a 8vv, and is at Mansfield College Chapel at 5 p.m. Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5) at the door. Proceeds will be shared between the Oxford Parent-Infant Project (towards video equipment) and Barlemas Chapel (towards heating).

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Poetry Reading

Christ Church Picture Gallery: poetry reading by Anthony Thwaite and Peter McDonald, Thurs., 6 Mar., 1 p.m. (admission free). For further information contact: info@towerpoetry.org.uk or tel.: 01865 286591.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Hilary Term 2003: What Matters to me? Iraq: Twelve Years On, Tues., 25 Feb., Baroness Emma Nicholson MEP, St Giles Church, 12.30 p.m.

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Music Faculty Library Book and Music Sale

The Music Faculty library will be holding a sale of duplicate or unwanted items from 2.30–5 p.m. on Wed., 26 Feb., in the Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, St Aldate's. Books, scores and some sound recordings will be on sale at low prices. No entry fee. No advance previews. For further information, contact John Wagstaff, Librarian, Music Faculty, tel.: (2)76146, e-mail: john.wagstaff@music.ox.ac.uk.

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Crisis Line

Volunteers wanted for mental health helpline. Training programme includes mental health awareness and listening skills. Regular supervision and support. Training in central Oxford starts 11 March. For more information call 01865 791105. E- mail: crisis.line@virgin.net.

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Art Exhibition

"Inside Outside", Paintings & Pastels by Neville Crowson, 10–28 Feb., Wolfson College, Linton Road. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. subject to College commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the College Lodge 01865 274100. Supported by www.intelart.co.uk.

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Oxford Centre for Vaisnava and Hindu Studies

Tues., 25 Feb., 5 p.m., Christ Church, Lecture Room 2, Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (OCVHS Academic Director and Professor of Theology, Boston College: `Hindu Goddesses and Christian Theology: with special attention to two Tamil hymns in the Antati Style' (inter-disciplinary seminar in the Study of Religion); Wed., 26 Feb., Savit Bhanot, Birmingham, `Second Generation Hindus: foreign diplomats in the everyday Mela's of the multiculture'; Wed., 5 Mar., Francis X. Clooney, `The Apirami Antati and Mataracamman Antati: Hindu and Christian theological hymns in a Tamil style'. Both seminars commence at 2.15 p.m., and are at OCVHS, 15 Magdalen Street. For enquiries please call 01865 304300.

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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 Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research Spring seminar series: 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.

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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). 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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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. Our Bring and Buy Sale is to be held in the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens from 10.30 a.m.–2 p.m. on Wed., 26 Feb. All newcomers, family and friends are welcome. The entrance fee is 50 pence or £3.50 to include lunch. Please bring donations to the Club Room on Tues., 25 Feb., 10.30 a.m.–12 noon if you are able.

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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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Book Sale

February sale at St Philip's Books, 82 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA (under Elizabeth Restaurant): 20% discount on most secondhand stock in the fields of theology, history, philsophy, topography, biography, art and literature. Over 9,000 books in stock. Open Mon.–Sat., 10–5. Tel.: 01865 202 182. Web site: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk. Large or small quantities of good quality books purcahsed for stock, especially academic and antiquarian theology and church history.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Services Offered

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

Oxford Academic Services: indexing, project management, history research projects. Details of all services: judith@history.u-net.com, or Judith Loades, P.O.Box 323, Burford, Oxon. OX18 4XN.

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).

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.

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Domestic Services

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

Tuscany: owners of award-winning wine and cheese producing farm, Chiant, 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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Tuition Offered

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

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Situations Vacant

Retired academic offers free accommodation within walking distance of all main university buildings inexchange for serveral house of help per week. No personal care or house cleaning required, but you will be expected to be home 3 evenings a week (maximum flexibility allowed). References will be required. Two double rooms available for 2 people, sharing a kitchen and bathroom between them. The rooms are available fully furnished upon request and are on a separate floor from landlady. If you are interested please leave your name and evening contact number on 01865 437087 or e-mail: lxmusci@hotmail.com.

Balliol College and Trinity College: College Nurse. Applications are invited from suitably qualified members of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to become College Nurse at both Colleges. The selected applicant would be responsible for all initial nursing contgact with students and would also work closely with the Colleges' Doctors, Deans and Counsellors. The College Nurse is involved in both medical and pastoral aspects of care for students and an interest in student welfare and counselling is essential. The hours worked will be an average of 20 hours per week in term (30 weeks a year). The salary is derived from Whitley Scale H. Further particulars: Personnel Officer, Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ. Tel.: 01865 277712, e-mail: tina.hodgkinson@balliol.ox.ac.uk. Closing date: 24 Feb. Interviews w/c 3 Mar. To start work on 27 Apr., 2003.

St Michael at the Northgate Church Oxford require an assistant Organist and Choirmaster to play for Sunday morning services and major festivals. Salary based upon RSCM scales. Applications and 2 references to: Rev. Hugh Lee, St Michael at the Northgate Church, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY.

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

The Examination Schools: Invigilators. We are lookin 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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Exchange Wanted

German boy, 16, seeks exchange with English counterpart of either sex, to improve English. Would like to come to Oxford for 2 weeks, second half of July/early Aug. Reverse visit to Nuremberg by arrangement. Contact: kevin.hilliard@spc.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 278859.

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House Sit

Responsible person, non-smoker, sought for North Oxford house from mid-March to late Apr. No rental but some charges for tel., and utilities. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

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Houses to Let

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.

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

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

Charming Victorian house close to Magdalen Bridge and city centre: 2 well-furnished reception rooms; dining room; large fully-equipped kitchen plus utility room; 3 comfortable double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms each with shower; downstairs cloakroom and W.C. Very well maintained and decorated; c.h.; security system; small garden. To let from mid-late Sept., 2003 to July 2004 (negotiable). Would suit visiting academic/professional careful tenants, non-smokers preferably without young children. £1,200 p.c.m., excluding council tax and telephone and utility bills. Ring +44 (0)1865 453068/279347 or e-mail: roger.hood@crim.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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Easter Let

North Oxford , to let Easter break: large house with large west-facing garden. Easy access to city centre and Summertown shops. On an excellent bus route. Fully equipped kichen breakfast room; utility with washing machine and tumble drier; 2 bathrooms including a shower; 2 large reception rooms, study and 4 bedrooms. £700 p.w. Available from 30 Mar.,–22 Apr. Contact 01865 513688 or e-mail: dianecw25@hotmail.com.

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Summer Lets

Spacious 6-bedroom (sleeps 10), 2-bathroom fully-equipped house on 4 floors with garden backing onto canal and overlooking fields, available July–Sept. Near city centre and colleges. Off-road parking. £590 p.w. Tel.: 01865 288123 or e- mail: david.harper@regents.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

Off Woodstock Road–£950 p.c.m. Available NOW. Modern top-floor 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with allocated off-street parking situated within easy reach of the city centre and ring road: Summertown–£925 p.c.m. Available NOW. Modern top-floor 2-bedroom (1 en suite) apartment with balcony and allocated off-street parking space situated within walking distance of Summertown shops. Furnished. Please contact Sarah at Lifestyle Lettings, tel.: 01865 554577. E-mail: sarah@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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Flat Share

Professional person only, graduate, postdoctor, to share lovely spacious flat in Headington; fantastic bus route, 8 minutes into Oxford; available immediately. Rent £450 p.c.m. incl. of all bills. For further details contact Michelle on 01865 276460 or e-mail: michelle.jepson@pembroke.oxford.ac.uk, or 01865 308698.

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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

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

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.

Family accommodation required for visiting academic from 3 Mar.,–30 June, suitable for married couple with 7-year-old son. Central Oxford location essential. Visit in association with the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Programme for Contemporary Turkey. Please contact Carol Davies at: academic@orinst.ox.ac.uk, tel.: (2)88202.

Three-/four-bedroom house wanted, preferably near to John Radcliffe Hospital, for group of Vietnamese doctors who will be based in Oxford for 3–4 months from 1 April. Please contact Professor N. J. White's secretary, Centre for Tropical Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital 01865 220970 or e-mail: jeanne.packer@ndm.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

To rent Marbella/Aloha, Spain: privately owned 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment overlooking golf course in small established community; communal gardens; large pool, tennis, squash; parking. Five minutes to Puerto Banus/beach. For more information tel./fax: 01865 712431 or e-mail: annabellep@onetel.net.uk.

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.

Cornwall: attractive house in unique position on coast. Suitable for Reading parties, other groups, or families. Available 21 June–5 July. Contact Jenifer Hart, 01865 242402.

Dordogne/Gironde: delightful restored farmhouse in rural hamlet in large meadow, and private pool. Fully and comfortably furnished with French antiques plus modern conveniences. Private with stunning views and walks to farmland, woods and vineyards. Near Bergerac and Saint Emelion, bastide towns, great restaurants, lake with water sports and world class golf club of Chateau Vigiers. Sleeps 7. June, Sept. £400 p.w.; July, Aug., £700 p.w. Tel.: 01993 881408.

Quinta da Bicuda: spacious, modern, first-floor, 2-bedroom apartment (sleeps 4) in luxury private condominium in Cascais, Portugal. Wonderful large swimming pool. Balcony overlooking garden. Use of tennis courts. One mile from sea in lovely area. Fine beaches nearby. Twenty-five minutes by train to Lisbon. £385 p.w. by private arrangement. Tel.: Colin Hogg at 01865 552234.

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.

Andalucia: Gaucin. Delightful private house in white mountain village to let from 21 June–6 Sept., while owner author is away; 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area (with open fireplace, fully fitted kitchen) leading on to terrace with magical view over valleys to coast and mountains of Africa. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze, excellent maid by arrangement. £450 p.w., reduction for longer lets. Also self-contained guest house next to above available from 15 June–end of year. Separate entrance. Large sitting room with French windows on to terrace with same views to ATlas mountains, etc. Sleeps 2–3. Bathroom en suiteplus separate shower room, kitchen, wood stove, fridge, washing machine, etc. Price according to season £150–£300 p.w. For both properties tel.: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail : venetia@ari.es.

South of France: 18th-century stone farmhouse in Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Easy drives to Gorges du Tarn, Albi, Montpellier and Mediterranean. Two living areas, magnificent kitchen, 6 bedrooms (sleeping 12), full of character. Utility room; barn; roof terrace; orchard garden. Stunning views. River bathing. Excellent restaurants. Beautiful unspoilt area. Available up to 19th July and from Sept. £250–£500 p.w. Tel.: 01865 244619.

Holidays and sabbaticals in south-west France. Superbly renovated cottage, 3 double/twin bedrooms; open-plan living room; fully equipped kitchen; bathroom and shower room. South-facing terrace, private swimming pool. Beautiful countryside, region steeped in history. Available all year round. Tel.: +33 563 404083, e-mail: gisella@wanadoo.fr.

Tranquil Umbria: luxury flat in rural setting with stunning views, private garden and large, shaded terrace. Sleeps 2 but adjoining twin bedroom with own bathroom also available if required. Perugia quarter of an hour, Assisi half an hour. Easy access to Renaissance art treasures. Phone 013344779731 for further details.

Southwest France, near Toulouse/Albi/Cordes: stone farmhouse on edge of village, with 6 acres and swimming pool; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, and large kitchen; sleeps 7–8. Centrally heated with wood-burning stoves. Several airports nearby, available all year round. Call 01608 810818 or e-mail: barrymsimpson@hotmail.com, for details.

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 ren. Swimming pool. Contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham '01) at: corzpaterno@libero.it.

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

Las Alpujarras–Las Canadas: rustic cottage in olive terraces, mountain views, pool, 2 doubles and 1 twin, kitchen, dining , bath and living rooms; edge of village, 10 minutes drive to Ugijar market town. Car hire preferable. Tel.: 0034 958 851773 or e-mail: L.bond@wanadoo.es.

Dordogne–France: charming restored stone cottage hidden on a hillside close to the famous Chateau of Beynac. Large living room, newly equipped kitchen/dining room both 5x5 m., 2 bedrooms, 1 new bathroom, utility room. Large independent studio giving onto private swimming pool, 12x5 m. Access to 3½ hectares of private land. Available June, £500 p.w., mid-July–end Aug. £800 p.w. Contact Barbara Emerson on 01235 553944 or e-mail: barbaracemerson@yahoo.co.uk.

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

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

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

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.

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

Modern 3-bedroom semi-detached house in quiet neighbourhood, ca. 100 metres from Florence Park, Cowley; ground floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, entrance and toilet; first floor: 3 bedrooms, bathroom. Gas c.h., d.g. throughout, optional fireplace, garage with plenty of storage space. Thirty foot garden. Proximity to pub, shops, and local park. Built 1997. £215,000. Ready to move into. E-mail: paul.ganter@svt.ntnu.no.

"Las Palmas", Benicassim , Spain: newly built, luxury semi-detached villa in beautiful mountain urbanisation overlooking the sea. Three floors, stunning attic; 3 terraces with amazing views over Mediterranean Sea, orange plots and mountains. Spanish tiles structure. Easy reach golf courses, horse riding, Castellon, Benicassim, Peniscola etc.Price: £220,000. For more information contact: Rosa Albero, e-mail: rosa.alberolopez@linacre.ox.ac.uk. Privately owned. Freehold.

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Benicassim, Spain: beautiful apartment on the Mediterranean. Seaside terrace overlooking lovely sandy beaches, promenades. Two bedrooms, large sitting room. Privatge swimming pool, parking, garden. Near commercial centres, golf courses, mountain tracks, cinema etc. Lovely restaurants, warm and traditional Spanish environment. Price £160,000. Contact Rosa Albero on 01865 727588 or e-mail: rosa.alberolopez@linacre.ox.ac.uk. Visits arranged. Privately owned. Freehold.

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