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Varsity Match

The Oxford University Society (OUS) invites you to Twickenham on Tues., 10 Dec., for this Oxford v Cambridge rugby classic! Join our party for guided Museum of Rugby tour, our picnic, and some of the best seats in the Stadium. £32.50, or £25.50 for seats only. Please contact Rodney Buckton, Projects Manager OUS, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB. Tel.: 01865 278184; fax: 01865 288086; e-mail: rodney.buckton@ousoc.ox.ac.uk.

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Poetry Reading

Christ Church Picture Gallery, Thurs., 31 Oct., 1 p.m. A poetry reading by Andrew McNeillie and Peter McDonald. For seat reservations e-mail: info@towerpoetry.org.uk. Admission free.

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Concert

The Oxford Philomusica: Shostakovich's monumental Fifth Symphony (Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 47) is featured in the opening concert of the Oxford Philomusica's 2002/2003 season. It is preceded by Beethoven's youthful Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 played and directed by the Orchestra's Music Director, Marios Papadopoulos. Fri., 1 Nov., 8 p.m., at the Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £10–£30. Students tickets available from £5. Box Office: 01865 305305 or 0870 60 60 804. Booking online: www.oxfordphil.com.

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400th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition

"Wonderful things from 400 years of collecting: The Bodleian Library 1602–2002": a rare opportunity to see some of the Bodleian's greatest treasures, including the Shakespeare First Folio, the famour Gutenburg Bible, and some wonderful newly-acquired gems. A feast of world-famous treats for all booklovers. Open until 21 Dec., in the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrange. Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–4.45 p.m., Sat., 9.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Admission free.

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Popham Hairdressing

Our proposition is simple, to provide a design, cutting, and colouring service, which combines classic standards with modernist thinking. One North Parade, Oxford. For appointments call: 01865 517040, or e-mail us through our Web site: www.davidpopham.com.

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Volunteers Wanted

Wine Club of the Oxford University Society (OUS). The Society, which is the official alumni organisation of the University, is re-starting its Wine Club. Volunteers are sought to help with the activities of the new Club, particularly in promoting the Club and wine-tasting gatherings to the Society's UK branches. For information, please contact Rodney Buckton, Projects Manager OUS, Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB. Tel.: 01865 278184; fax 01865 288086; e-mail: rodney.buckton@ousoc.ox.ac.uk.

You and your body: How do you feel about your body? Are you satisfied or not? Either way, if you are female and over 18, you may be eligible to participate in body-image research at the department of Psychiatry, Oxford University. Contacting us does not oblige you to participate and all information is confidential. For more information, please contact Michelle Lee (Research Psychologist) on 01865 223903 or e-mail: michell.lee@psych.ox.ac.uk. (Ethics committee no.O02.029).

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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 and the 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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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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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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Services Offered

Horological services for your ailing apparatus. Thirty years of expertise in all types of clocks and barometers, of which many of these have been restored for the University over the years. Quotations are free. All work is fully guaranteed. Please phone Paul Carroll, Oxford Longcase Clocks on 01865 779660.

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

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2–5 years, established 10 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities inc. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

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

German tuition offered by experienced language teacher. Flexible scheduling. Call: 07986065704 or send e-mail to: edison47@hotmail.com.

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 [to 305 136 216 276 117 257 269 310 1010 1710 2410 3110.pd].

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Part-time employment sought

Cheerful, motivated lady retiring from full-time administrative assistant role at end of Sept., seeks fullfilling part-time post that involves dealing with people. Tel.: Jeannette Hudson-Pudwell on 01865 762187 or e-mail: jeannette@jwhp.fsnet.co.uk.

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Situations Vacant

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford: Shop Assistant for weekends in church souvenir shop. Pleasant working environment. Please apply by e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk, or by calling 01865 279111, ask for Jane Mitchell.

Dragon School: Historian required to teach 8–13 year-olds to cover for maternity leave Jan.,–May 2003. Possibility of future permanent post. Prep or senior school experience useful. Accommodation possible. Web site: www.dragonschool.org. Applications with CV and details of 2 referees to: The Headmaster, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS from whom further details can be obtained. Tel.: 01865 315401. Fax: 01865 315429 or e-mail acn@dragonschool.org.

Academic Director for US overseas study program. Oxford graduate (advanced degree) around 30 years preferred with some administration experience, ability to meet deadlines and to plan ahead. Salary £30–£40k depending. Hours could be flexible. Send CV to Dr Richardson, 8 Tennyson Lodge, Paradise Square, OX1 1UD.

Secretarial help sought: retired blind lady in north Oxford needs help to open, read and reply to correspondence, and undertake other secretarial tasks; 2 hours, twice a week (£10–£12 depending on experience). Tel.: 01865 558131.

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Houses to Let

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Victoria Road–£1,295 p.c.m. Detached 3-bedroom house with parking, gardens and conservatory. Easy access to Summertown shops and A40. Perfect for relocating family. Furnished. Please call Sarah on 01865 554577, e-mail: enquiries@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Delightful fully furnished centrally heated 3-bedroom modified 19th- century farm cottage with 1.8 acre garden, to let from 1 Jan.,–mid-April 2003. Located less than 1 mile from the Headington roundabout. Has its own wood and brook! Ideal for visiting academic. Rent £950 p.m. Please contact Prof. Nick White, e-mail: fnnjw@diamond.mahidol.ac.th, or tel. his secretary in Oxford on 01865 220970.

Three-bedroom East Oxford house available for 3 month let to tidy tenant, Jan.,–Mar. Willingness to allow occasional access to estate agents compensated by low rent of £500 p.m. plus bills. Contact e-mail: hilary_coulby@yahoo.co.uk.

Three bedroom semi-detached house for rent as of 1 Dec. Located in Marston close to shops and pubs, 10 minutes from central Oxford: includes microwave, washing machine, c.h. Rent £750 p.c.m. Property is managed by QB Management. For more information contact: Suzana Straus, tel: 275270 (day), 751623 (eves.) or e-mail: suzana.straus@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

Beautiful, quiet, unusual, open plan, fully furnished house with stunning views to open countryside. Well within the ring road in north Oxford, off-street parking, small patio garden and near convenient bus route. Suit visiting academic or professional couple. Regret no children, pets or smokers. Available from 1 Nov. £950 p.m. plus expenses. Tel.: 01865 515085 or e-mail: trishaboyd@hotmail.com.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with small garden: fully furnished and fitted, gas c.h., washer/drier. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac next to Said Business School between Oxford city centre and the railway station, with own parking space. Available mid- Oct., for 6 months minimum. £880 p.c.m., 2 months deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald, tel.: 01865 516615, fax: 01865 516616, or e-mail: macdonaldreynell@aol.com.

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.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford in prime location: attractive 1-bedroom (double) fully-furnished flat to let for 3 months from mid-Jan.; possibility of extension if required. Suit non-smoking professional £1,000 p.c.m. to inc. services (excl. telephone). Tel.: 01865 512149.

London–North Ealing: spacious 3-bedroom, first-floor flat in conservation area, close to Ealing North and West Acton tubes, with easy access to North Circular road and M40. Modern kitchen and bathroom, large living room. Part furnished, large wardrobes, wood floors. Character building in green surrounds. £1,500 p.m. Tel.: 0794 1176346, e-mail: vidinova@talk21.com.

Basement studio flat in Victorian house, just south of Summertown. Own access; fully furnished; shower room, modern kitchenette, telephone, TV aerial. £400 p.c.m. incl. of c.h. and council tax, excl. electricity. Suitable 1 quiet non- smoking post graduate/doctor/academic. To let from mid-Nov. Tel.: 07968 567651 eves., view at weekends.

Superb flat in very quiet location, 10 minutes from city centre and 5 minutes' walk from Brookes: 1 large studio, bedsitting room with roof garden terrace; well equipped kitchen, shower/toilet, spiral staircase from second balcony to large garden. Suit 1 or 2 professionals. £800 p.c.m. Vacant Jan., or Feb., 2003. Contact 01865 247150. Also a very attractive single bedroom to rent from 1 Nov. to well behaved lodger. Own shower/toilet adjoining, own pretty balcony terrace and outside entrance (in same house as above). £440 inc. bills. Contact 01865 247150.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Oxford Waterways–from £795 p.c.m. A selection of exclusive brand new 1- bedroom apartments in this new Berkeley Homes development. Fully furnished to a high standard. Available October onwards. Please call Sarah on 01865 554577. E-mail: enquiries@lifestyle-lettings.co.uk. Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Available Jan., 2003 (long let only, min. 12 months): modern decor and furnishings, 1 double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h. All facilities. Private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location, ½ mile city centre. Non-smoker. Monthly rental £625 plus council tax. Contact: 01993 852196.

East Oxford, furnished, modern 2-bedroom ground-floor flat situated at end of no through road; French doors open onto private patio. There is also a communal garden, allocated off-street parking and bike shed. Available end Oct., for 1 year at £750 p.m. Suit non-smoking single, couple or 2 professional sharers. Tel.: Joan at 01865 772370, or e-mail: mcgarry@failte28.fsnet.co.uk.

Paris studio: small but charming studio in the historic and very central Marais (4th arrondissement) available for short lets. Attractively furnished and fully equipped with television, phone, CD, kitchenette. Linens and weekly maid provided. £38 per night or £250 p.w. to members of the University; non-university £45 per night and £290 weekly. Contact joe-chamberlain@ukgateway.net or ring 07957 588448.

Flat on top floor of Folly Bridge Court overlooking the river and close to the city centre available from the beginning of Oct. The flat has 2 bedrooms, 25' living room, kitchen and bathroom. It is well furnished and equipped, with c.h. £750 p.c.m. Contact Clive Newton on 0207 9361530.

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.

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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

Central north Oxford: bed and breakfast. Very pleasant, comfortable quiet room, easy walking distance to University Parks, colleges and university departments, theatres, restaurants, etc. Colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities. £30 single; £55 double including full English breakfast. Tel./fax: 01865 512149, e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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.

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.

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. £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.

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Accommodation Sought

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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Holiday Lets

Ski chalet-French Alps-St Gervais Mont Blanc: catered chalet ideally located for rapid access to the resorts of Megeve, Les Contamines, St Gervais, Chamonix and an hour from Geneva Airport, prices from £295 incl. of : half board, airport transfer, mountain host, transport and full advisory service. Contact Dave Edwards, 01993 878132, e-mail: chalet667@aol.com. More details: www.holidayrentals.com.

Southwest France, near Toulouse/Albi/Cordes, stone farmhouse on edge of village, iwth 6 acres and swimming pool. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and large kitchen; sleeps 7–8. Centrally heated with wood-burning stoves. Several airports within easy reach, available all year round. Call 01865 54150 or e-mail: barry@oxfordmedia.co.uk for details, or see: www.oxfordmedia.co.uk/batut.htm for photos, availability and rates.

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.

Tuscany, Italy: short or long-term rents, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill by large vineyard and olive trees, 5 bedrooms (with up to 8 beds), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 mins., drive from Chiusi town, shops, railway/motorway, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 mins., from Siena. E- mail: marino@demata.tuscany.it, tel.: + 39 055 602044, + 39 328 7133951, Web site: www.demata.tuscany.it.

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Piano for Sale

Grand for a grand–or less. 1917 Roesler Boudoir Grand Piano. Superb quality tone, good condition. Played professionally in Vienna. Ivory keys, ornate stand, 5ft 10 ins., long, black. Viennese hammer action. Contact Bruno Muellbauer at Christ Church or on 07904171525. £950 o.n.o.

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House for Sale

Grade II listed character village property (former public house) in Kineton, Warwickshire: 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, utility room, 2 reception rooms, useful cellar, off-road parking for 2 cars, courtyard garden. Approx. 40 miles from Oxford and 3½ miles from Junction 12 M40 at Gaydon. Price £265,000. Tel.: 07754 158898.

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Flat for Sale

Summertown: smart, sunny 1-bedroom ground-floor flat with independent entrance, situated in private gated courtyard of only 10 flats; entrance lobby, living/dining room, fitted kitchen, inner hallway, bedroom and bathroom, with ample storage space. Private off-road parking space and communal gardens. Very comfortable and quiet, convenient location 3 mintues from Summertown shops, restaurants and gym. Offers in the region of £175,000. E-mail: mcintosc@oup.co.uk, tel.: 01865 354184.

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