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St Giles Thursday Lunchime Talks

Burning Issues: 1 May, The Purposes of a University, Dame Ruth Deech, Principal, St Anne's; 8 May, The Qualities of Conflict, Frances Stewart, Professor of Development Economics/Director QEH; 15 May, Cultural Conflict and Political Instability, Dr ahmed Al-Shahi, St Antony's. 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: www.st-giles-church.org.

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Concert

James Bowman joins Fiori Musicali, Holywell Music Room, Sat., 26 Apr., 8 p.m. Monteverdi, Ego flos campi; A. Scarlatti, Infirmata vulnerata; Vivaldi, La folia; Tarini, Devil's TrillSonata; Leclair, Sonata op.2 no. 8 in D; Legrenzi, O mirandum mysterium. Tickets £10 (concessions £4 for children, students and unemployed) available from: Tickets Oxford, The Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel.: 01865 305305, or online from Classic Concerts Box Office, 01327 360931, or on the door.

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French Speakers Wanted

Two male French-speakers required (with very good command of French) to read "Dans la solitude des champs de coton" by Bernard Marie Koltes at the Maison Francaise d'Oxford in Michaelmas Term. (Reading organised by Nicole Gore who is responsible for theatre at the Maison Francaise). Please contact Claire Stevenson at : maison@herald.ox.ac.uk, if interested.

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Tennis in the Parks?

Oxford University Lawn Tennis Association has an extremely limited number of places available for University and College staff to become members for the coming season. Members are entitled to use the grass courts in the Parks from the end of April until late Aug. Staff membership rates are £25 for the season; enquiries should be made to: enquiries@sport.ox.ac.uk.

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Oxford University Research Staff Society

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

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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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: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Services Offered

Secretary, with academic experience, offers word processing. Based East Oxford. Tel.: 01865 241515. E-mail: sallynabav@onetel.net.uk

Panthessalia fast delivery translation services, Greece: offering special rates for students; free delivery; special rates for large texts, £10 per page for normal text. Translations from/to English from/to German, French, Italian, and Russian. Panthessalia, Falani-Larissa 41500, Greece. Tel.: 00302 410 941 109, 0030 693 700 2173 (mobile). E-mail: panthessalia@yahoo.com.

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.

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

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

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

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

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Penfriend Wanted

A French family living 20 minutes from Paris is looking for an English girl of the same age as a penfriend for their twelve year old daughter. If the girls get on well together they would like to arrange an exchange this summer. E-mail: akchouraqui@libertysurf.fr.

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Domestic Services

Gardener needed for 6 months to help maintain cottage garden. Light duties and all tools provided. References required. Tel.: 01865 250722.

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.

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

Painting Workshop in Florence: spend an exciting month painting and drawing in an air-conditioned studio with internationally acclaimed artist, Philippa Blair. 4–22 Aug., 2003. Combining Plein aire and Studio Painting, places still available. Tuition: US $1,800/£1,139. Accommodation starting at $750/£500 per person. Contact August Program Director, Dan Welden. E-mail: solarplate@aol.com. Web site: www.fionline.it/santareparata/welden.html.

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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Situations Vacant

Picker Institute Europe: Health Services Researchers, Oxford. Picker Institute Europe is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation specialising in obtaining feedback from patients and using this to improve the quality of health services throughout Europe. We currently have 2 vacancies for experienced health services researchers with excellent quantitative skills: (i) Senior research manager to initiate and supervise studies of the patient's perspective on service quality and policy initiatives. Experience at a senior level in health servicees research and strong publications record is essential. Salary range: £35,000-£45,000 depending on experience. (ii) Research Officer to work on studies of patients' experience of healthcare. Higher degree and survey research experience essential. Salary range: £20,000-£30,000 depending on experience. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your career in health services research both by pursuing your research interests and being involved in our existing research projects. Closing date for applications: Fri., 2 May. For job descriptions and information about how to apply see: www.pickereurope.org (/job vacancies). Any queries phone An Gay at: 01865 208100 or e-mail: an.gay@pickereurope.ac.uk.

Worcester College: temporary part-time Chaplain required, to hold up to 4 services per week in the College Chapel, for Trinity Term 2003 only. Further details may be obtained from the Domestic Bursar, Worcester College, OX1 2HB, to whom C.V.s from suitably qualified candidates should be sent.

Friendly, evolving, 4-doctor, central university based General Practice seeks replacement Practice Manager. Ideal candidate should have skills in management, finance and I.T. Previous NHS experience desirable but not essential. Sense of humour vital. Salary and hours negotiable. 20–30 hours. Please reply with C.V.: Dr John Sichel, 28 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2NP. Enquiries 01865 316991.

Polish Editor: we are seeking someone with fluent Polish and English to work as an assistant editor on a dictionary project. We require someone with a linguistic background and experience in translation and/or editing, ideally of dictionary text. Employment would be for approximately 6 months for up to 2 days or 15 hours p.w. If you consider you have the necessary qualifications, please send your C.V. and covering letter to: Emma Harte , Personnel Manager, ELT Personnel, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. E-mail: elt.personnel@oup.co.uk. Closing date for applications: Fri., 9 May.

A typesetting house based in south India and already processing a large volume of work from the UK, is looking for a Resident Representative living in or near Oxford to expand their existing business. Those with a flair for selling and with a computer at home preferred. Terms negotiable. Contact the Managing Director at: roy_home@sify.com.

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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Wyndham Housing Association

The Wyndham Housing Association provides worry-free accommodation for active over 60s.Situated close to the cultural and social life of historic Oxford, we offer self-contained 1-bedroom flats for sale or rent. Services provided include heating, lighting, repairs, laundry facilities, guest rooms, pleasant court yard gardens. The house manager is on call 24 hours a day. A cooked lunch and a light supper are served to each flat daily. For further information please contact: The Administrator, Wyndham House, Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JJ. Tel.: 01865 511239.

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Summer Lets

Live in comfort near the Thames, just a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, c.h., large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully-equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1, with large bath, bidet and W.C.; bathroom 2, with shower and W.C. South-facing garden. Possible use of bicycle(s). Available 6 weeks, from Sat., 20 July–Sun., 31 Aug. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44(0) 1865 725193.

Three-bedroom house belonging to current Oxford University postgraduate going abroad for fieldwork available for short-term let from 20 April for 2 months. Situated in Littlemore, a small village to the SE of central Oxford just outside of the Oxford ring road. Direct bus service from outside of house to central Oxford in 20 minutes. Close to the River Thames at Sandford Lock, the house is in a quiet cul-de-sac with parking space for 2 cars in front, and a small garden at the rear. Suitable for academic, professional couple with children. The house is available fully furnished, incl. washing machine, fridge/freezer and microwave. £700 p.m. incl. of all bills, except telephone. Please contact alan.harding@economics.ox.ac.uk.

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: kay.millar@virgin.net.

North Oxford : to let in August-9th-30th, spacious Edwardian house just south of Summertown; 4 bedrooms; bathroom plus shower room; large sitting room and kitchen dining room. Detached garden room/games room. Off street parking. All very well equipped and tastefully decorated. £600 p.w. Contact: 01865 513812 or e-mail: bruce.cockburn@bgsarchitects.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

Spacious family home: excellently presented double fronted house in Iffley Fields; 4 reception rooms; 4 bedrooms; character kitchen with beamed ceiling. Large garden and garage. Available Aug. £1,500 p.c.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX1 4AB. Tel.: 01865 200012 or e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Summertown: family taking 10 month exchange to Washington offer 4-bedroom furnished and equipped family home with garden for academic year 2003/4. Quiet area and friendly neighbours; good access town centre/colleges/schools; currently set up to include home office with broadband, and 2 phone lines. Optional cat and car. £1,350 p.m. plus utilities and Council Tax. (Also interested in swap for Washington DC apartment). Contact: jill.shankleman@btinternet.com. Tel.: +44 1865 512365.

Middleway, Summertown–£1,700 p.c.m. Stunning 4- bedroom unfurnished townhouse with garage and parking. Available 17 April. Contact Sarah Richardson, Lettings Manager, Lifestyle Lettings & Property Management. Tel.: 01865 554577. Fax: 01865 554578. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

St Clements: freshly decorated Victorian terrace house, steps from Magdalen Bridge, shops, restaurants and parks. Airport and London buses stop at the end of this quiet cul-de-sac street with resident parking. Living room with coal-effect gas fire, opens to dining room and includes antique rugs and furnishings. Fitted kitchen with double fridge, gas range, electric oven, microwave, washer and dryer. Back door to sunny patio and rear access. Large bathroom with tub and shower stall. Two double bedrooms and attic room suitable for office or occasional use. Broadband and bikes. Available June £900 p.c.m. E-mail: jperot@yahoo.com, or tel.: 01865 727 775.

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

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

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.

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: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly: Old Farm House, newly tiled roof, all mod cons and set in approx. 13½ acres farmland. Peaceful but within 200 yards of tarred road. Saint-Lo, Coutance approx. 20 kms, Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room, gas cooker, separate electric oven, microwave, large fridge with separate freezer, gas c.h.; bathroom with toilet; sitting room. First floor: music room, 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with toilet; gallery (suitable for office) which looks on to music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Would suit writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. Flexible lease. Rental to include heating, linen and crockery but excluding telephone and electricity. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on 00 33 2 33 45 52 16 or e-mail: akok2@wanadoo.fr.

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Flats to Let

Studio flat at token rent in Old Rectory in exchange for regular dog walking and occasional house-sitting. Five miles from Oxford centre in Old Kidlington. Suit graduate student. Available 1 May. On No.2/2a bus route (every 15 mins) and walking distance to shops and amenities. References essential. Tel.: 01865 513816 office hours and 01865 842103 eves and weekends.

Short walk to Summertown–£825 p.c.m. Spacious 2 double bedroom first floor furnished flat with garage. Available 1 May. Contact Sarah Richardson, Lettings Manager, Lifestyle Lettings & Property Management. Tel.: 01865 554577. Fax 01865 554578. E-mail: sarah@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Park Town–off Banbury Road, easy walk from Science Area. Modern furnished s/c flatlet in quiet non-smoking family home. Shared front door/staircase to own entrance/lobby. Available now, single post-doc or academic visitor preferred. £410 p.c.m. No extras. E-mail: peter@crossfell.co.uk or tel.: 01736 731933.

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: wrldco@aol.com.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 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 now, first-floor flat: double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available end-June: 2 ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available July: second-floor flat, double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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Serviced Accommodation

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

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

Country Retreat? Occasional use of huge room in peaceful country house (gardens, lake, sheep), half-hour drive from Oxford, offered in exchange for similarly occasional use of room in central Oxford. Might suit single, mature, academic/writer or similar. Tel.: 01608 643922.

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 www.finders.co.uk.

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.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suiteshower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £315 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.

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Accommodation Sought

Two quiet and tidy females (medical doctor 29, graduate researcher 31) seek furnished 2-bedroom flat or house from June/July onwards (for more than 1 year). North and central Oxford or Jericho preferred. Please contact Dr Christiane Wegner, 01865 248781.

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. E-mail:ttravis@gmu.edu. Fax: 001 703 993 1399, tel.: 001 703 993 1453.

Academic couple, with 2 children (ages 4 and 7), seeking accommodation in Paris from 28 June to 19 July . Also seeking accommodation in the country in France (with 4 bedrooms) from 20 July to 15 Aug. Please contact Dr Peter Holbrook, School of English, University of Queensland, Australia. E-mail: P.Holbrook@mailbox.uq.edu.au.

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

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.

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Accommodation Sought to Exchange

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: colin_sieff@dfci.harvard.edu.

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Holiday Lets

Venice: large flat in the heart of Venice, near Palazzo Grassi, in the heart of Venice, with large traditional sitting-room, and separate dining room, well-appointed kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suitebathroom, second bedroom with twin beds, third bedroom with 1 bed (+ 1), and a second bathroom. The flat is ideal for a family, in pristine condition, and available for short periods on a weekly basis at £600 per week. Tel.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.it.

Cote d'Azur: 2-bedroom apartment available for winter let, Oct.–March. Quiet, sought-after village location in forested hills. Tel.: 0033494 551684. E-mail: philip.gartrell-mills@isipisi.com.

Dordogne cottage to let with glorious panoramic view in `best bit' between Sarlat and Domme. Family home since 1970; good antique furniture, many books, top quality beds, linen, crockery etc. Three bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms. Sleeps 6-8, more if children piled in attic! Kitchen extremely simple but has 2 fridges. Some weeks available in late May, July/Aug., from £350 p.w. Details: 00 33 5 53 28 14 85 or e- mail: angelambert@compuserve.com.

S.W. France: artist's restored 15th-century cottage in truffle-country hamlet near Perigueux. Prehistoric caves, Romanesque architecture, tennis, swimming, and walking nearby. Sleeps 5. £350 p.w., July and Aug.; £300 p.w., May, June, Sept., Oct. Central heating allows comfortable winter and spring holidays @ £250 p.w. Additional separate accommodation in former cart-shed (la remise) sleeps 3, fully-equipped and heated, available from May 15 @ £225 p.w., July and Aug.; £200 p.w. May, June, Sept., Oct.; £175 p.w. rest of year. Contact: chauzan@hotmail.com.

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: cmt22@hermes.cam.ac.uk, Web site: http://www.yorkholidayflat.co.uk.

South-west France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 metre swimming pool; 3 km from medieval village Lauzerte, auto-route from Bordeaux 2 hrs/Toulouse Airport 1 hr. Golf, tennis, fishing nearby and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 beds so equally suitable for couples or larger group. Still available Sept., £500 p.w., autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218 or Sally 01494 864573.

Tuscan Farmhouse, 16th-century: charming private country home, beautifully appointed, between Siena and Arezzo. Four bedrooms (sleeps 7); 2 sitting-rooms, piano, library. Private lake 5 minutes away. Riding and 13th-century spa nearby. E-mail: mellerma@brandeis.edu. Web site: www.ilvallone.com.

Paris apartment available for short stays: delightful 1-bedroom, first- floor flat overlooking the Place du Marche St Catherine (Marais). Period building with large windows and high ceilings. Attractively furnished and well-equipped with television, CD, hairdryer, etc. Linens and cleaning provided. Available from 1 June for short lets, 3 nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 per week or £950 per month for members of the university. (Non-member rates are £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). We also have a small studio available (again in the Marais) from 26 Mar.,–10 Apr., and for the month of May at £40 per night, £250 p.w., and £750 p.c.m. Contact Dr J.J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or e-mail: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

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: doreen@mcbarnet.fsnet.co.uk.

Cornwall, near Sennen Cove: converted barn, sleeps 4/5. Comfortable, well-equipped, sea view, small garden. £155-£350 p.w., incl. of electricity and linen. Currently booked from 26 July–23 Aug. Visit www.hayloftcottage.co.uk, or tel.: 01865 557713.

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: colgarehouse@onetel.net.uk.

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

Tuscany: "Corzano & Paterno", a top award winning family run wine and cheese producing farm, half-hour south of Florence (Chianti), offers faithfully restored farmhouses and apartments for rent. Swimming pool. Contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham '01) at: corzpaterno@libero.it.

Gower Coast: holiday house available from July. Two self-contained halves each sleep 4–6 (10 max.). Ideal families/groups sharing or independent. Private road adjacent Pennard Golf course above Three Cliffs bay. Large sheltered garden. Dogs welcome. From £350 p.w. E-mail: swainsonjc@aol.com, or tel.: 01865 433499.

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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.

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.

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.

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Houses for Sale

Central Oxford–Grandpont: walking distance of city centre; 3- bedroom, stylishly restored Victorian house. Period features, open fireplaces, sash windows. Fully equipped kitchen. First-floor bathroom. Gas c.h. West facing garden. £299,950. Tel.: 01865 469005, e-mail: ameasham@hotmail.com, or 07919336452.

Marston: well-appointed modern end-terrace townhouse, located close to University Parks/Science area. Spacious and flexible accommodation: 4 bedrooms (1 en suite); living room;large kitchen; family room; gas c.h. Attractive gardens front/rear. Good cycle route to city centre. Price: £250,000. Tel.: 01865 427773.

Marston/Headington: first-floor maisonette with own garden. Well presented throughout. Re-fitted kitchen, d.g., and gas c.h. Good access to JR and number 10 and 13 buses. £135,000. contact Buckell and Ballard 01865 760 881.

Three-bedroom house on quiet 1930's estate. Walking distance of Iffley Lock and of Cowley shops. Well-maintained and decorated. Lovely south-facing garden. Brick-built garage plus off-road parking. Asking price £215,000. Will accept reduction for quick sale. E-mail: judith.secker@admin.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 777015.

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

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