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The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 1–6 April

For a fully programme of over 100 events, please call 01865 423342 or see our Web site: www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk. Events to note: Tues., 1 Apr., A Global Argument? Do Big Companies Know Best?, Bill Emmott, George Monbiot, Frank Partnoy, chaired by David Smith; Sat., 5 Apr., Nobel Minds: What Makes Them Tick?, Paul Nurse and Tim Hunt, British Asian Writers, Amit Chaudhuri, Romesh Gunesekera, Aamer Hussein and Susheila Nasta; Sun., 6 Apr., Burning Issues: Ecstasy, Colin Blakemore, Keith Hellawell, Les Iversen and Bryan Appleyard.

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BBC TV's Readers & Writers Roadshow

Readers & Writers Roadshowis a panel book show from BBC 4 television. We are filming 4 shows in Oriel College Oxford on the weekend of April 5th and 6th with authors including Booker winner Yann Martel, Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett, andrew O'Hagan and sir Roy Strong. We are looking for enthusiastic people to form the small studio audience for each show. You would be part of a group of 20-25 people, who are there to listen, enjoy and ask questions as our authors discuss their books, and their attitudes to writing. All audience members will receive a book by one of the authors in advance of the show. If you are interest interested in taking part, and for more information, please call Holly or Gerry on 0141 331 0450, or e-mail to: hollyw@liontv6.demon.co.uk.

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National Society for Epilepsy

Ben Rees, Deputy Administrator of the Classics Office, is running the Flora London Marathon on 13 Apr., for the National Society for Epilepsy, in memory of his brother Simon, who died last Jan., aged 27. He is trying to raise as much money as possible, if you would like to sponsor him please visit his marathon Web page: http://www.justgiving.com/benreesmarathon, or contact him at the Classics Office, 65-67 St Giles.

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Sponsored Walk

Sat., 5 April, 11 a.m. from Donnington Bridge to Abingdon along the river towpath in aid of the Steppin' Stone Centre. It is estimated that the duration of the walk will be 3 hrs. Lunch will be provided by Headington Baptist Church. Sponsorship Forms and reply envelopes can be obtained by phoning 01865 728545. The Steppin' Stone Centre is a Christian organisation whose mission is to help, in a totally non-discriminatory way, vulnerable people in need who experience poverty, homelessness, addiction, unemployment or isolation. The centre is funded by Oxford City Council, East Oxford Action and SEEDA, local churches, individuals and trusts. For more information please contact Ian Callaghan on 01865 728545 or e-mail: ian@theporch.fsbusiness.co.uk. Web site: www.theporch.org.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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Oxford Brookes University

Centre for Family and Household Research Spring seminar series: 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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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

Proof Reading: reasonable rates. Anything considered. Tel.: 01280 705652 or 07850 756455. E-mail: rob.barrett@virgin.net.

`Fly Travel'–save time and money on travel! Flights, accommodation, car hire, travel insurance, tours etc. We offer an unrivalled personalised service–we even deliver your tickets to your door. Tel.: 01865 202038, e-mail: flytravel@btclick.com, 66 St Clements, Oxford.

Sylva Trees: local arboricultural company offering a complete tree management service. Fully insured, reliable with competitive rates. All waste fully recycled. Please phone Phillip on 01865 873945/07811 456999, Woodstock Road, Oxford.

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 30818, or 07773 712829.

The Oxford Advisory Partnership LLP, 2–4 High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DH.Independent Financial Advisers. Tel.: 01865 848770, fax: 01865 849543, e-mail: peharris@oxfordadvisory.com. We have been associated with the University of Oxford since 1994 and specialise in providing a personal financial planning service to members of the academic community. We provide advice on: retirement planning, school fees plans, critical illness cover, holistic financial planning, stakeholder pensions, savings & investments, income protection, long term care, inheritance tax, ethical investments, life assurance options, mortgages & remortgages. Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation at no charge or obligation to take further action. A member of Financial Options Ltd which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA does not regulate all forms of the products or services we provide.

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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Domestic Services

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

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

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 Pleine air 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

Research Assistance required for small project in Oxford University Press Archives: £9.64/hr + £50. For information please contact Michael_Kenny@sfu.ca.

Culham Institute is an educational development and research institute concerned with RE and church schools and colleges. We have a small, Oxford based, core staff and an extensive national network and range of collaborative projects. We require a Graduate Assistant to support generally our professional work including conference management, the development of multimedia learning resources and Web sites, and marketing. You will need to be flexible, well-organised, computer and web literate and have very good communication and interpersonal skills. An ideal wide scope post for an aspiring graduate. We offer a stimulating work environment, pension contributions and generous leave. Salary range £15,500–£17,000. Further details from Alexandra Sears, Culham Institute, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6PY. Tel.: 01865 284 885. Fax: 01865 284 886. E-mail: Alex.Sears@culham.ac.uk. Web site: www.culham.ac.uk.

Alumni and Development Office, Dragon School: Administrative Secretary . The ideal candidate will have a secretarial qualification or equivalent experience, cheerful and outgoing personality, excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organisational ability, including effective time management, and confidence working with databases. £15,000–£17,000 p.a., full time. Further particulars and an application form from the Development Director, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS, e-mail:jjl@dragonschool.org. Closing date for applications is 15 April.

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

The Examination Schools: Invigilators. We are looking for reliable individuals to add to our Register of Invigilators. Work is on a temporary basis during the main exam period which starts this year on 19 May and finishes on 27 June. There are openings to work on either a session basis, where you invigilate individual exam sessions based on your availability, or on a block booking basis. A block (half-days) booking option requires a commitment to work one of the following: full time for the 6 week exam period; specific weeks during the exam period; specific days in the week during the exam period. These options can be discussed in more details with the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams). The work involves laying out of question papers, completing relevant paperwork and invigilating during the examination session. The majority of exam papers are 3 hours duration which require an invigilation session of approximately 4 hours (morning session: 9.00 to 13.00, afternoon session: 14.00 to 18.00). The payment details for a standard invigilator working a 4 hour sessions are as follows: 4 hr session (for 3 hr papers) £27. There are opportunities for suitable invigilators to act as the senior invigilator at a higher rate of pay. If you are interested please send a C.V. and covering letter to the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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Summer Let

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–Sund., 31 Aug. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44(0) 1865 725193.

Charming substantial Victorian town house to let in East Oxford: on 3 floors, sleeps 5-7; 5 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; large mature garden; 500 metres from shops and 24-hour bus services. Easy walking distance to city centre or 5 minutes on bus. Available for 5 weeks 27 July–30 Aug. No smokers. Ideal for visiting academic family. £450 p.w. Contact: Martin Stott or amanda Root, 01865 721482, e-mail: martin.stott@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

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Houses to Let

Charming 4-bedroom village house in Lower Heyford (10 minutes Oxford by rail from Heyford station, 25 minutes by bus). small garden overlooking fields, fully furnished, very comfortable. Would suit academic family looking for term time accommodation 2003-4 while owner in France. Pets welcome. For more information contact Carla McKay 01869 340631 or e-mail: mckaycarla@hotmail.com.

Spacious barn conversion: excellently presented 4-bedroom family home in the village of Holton. Large split-level living room with beamed ceiling; super conservatory; 3 bathrooms (1 with jacuzzi); large kitchen with Aga; garden and double garage. Available April. £1, 500 p.c.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keeprs, 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.

North of Summertown, Banbury Road: fully-furnished 3-bedroom house, wooden floors, with gas c.h. Easy access to the city and colleges. Front and rear garden, off-road parking. £1,200 p.c.m. Available to mid-April. Tel.: 01865 556407.

Hampton Poyle–spacious and fully-equipped 1-bedroom annexe, fantastic rural location apporx. 5 miles from Oxford. An ideal weekday base for an academic or professional, £650 p.c.m. incl. of council tax, available in early April. for further information on this and other properties please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BP. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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

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.

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Summer Let

House overlooking Thames, 5 minutes walk from city centre, available May–Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £1,100 p.c.m.,incl. all service charges except tel., calls. Tel.: 01865 250462.

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Flats to Let

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: available shortly, attractive garden flat. suitable for a couple or single tenant. Well equipped; gas c.h. Street parking permit available. £700 p.c.m. References and deposit required. Tel.: 01865 559911.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 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 between £115–£180 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

Short stay and serviced apartments–luxury canal side apartments in a secure gated development. These 1-,2- and 3-bedroom suites can be taken for a short or extended stay with the option of a regular maid service. High specification interiors and private balconies make The Wharf House a home from home ideal for a short sabbatical or base to relocate from. For further information on availability please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Attic room with en suiteshower room in small Victorian house south of Summertown. South-facing view over quiet gardens, use of kitchen. £85 p.w. incl. of c.h., electricity and council tax. Suits single, quiet, non-smoking post grad./Dr/academic. Tel.: 01865 511500.

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

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

Visiting female academic from Turkey, coming to Oxford to research textile collections at Ashmolean Museum, seeks 1-bedroom flat for the period of Trinity Term (27 April--21 June). Husband and grown-up daughter will visit at different points throughout 2- month stay. Please contact emma.dick@ashmus.ox.ac.uk, or phone Oxford (2)78076.

Wanted–office space for long-established student-run business, supported by OU Careers Service. Required as soon as possible due to the closure of the OU Club. Deposits and references available. Contact Future Flyers, 8 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB. Tel.: 01865 281910.

House required from end May for long let in North Oxford area. Family (2 adults, 2 children, 2 cats) relinquishing current house to retiring landlord. References available. Please contact Harlows 01865 515701.

Visiting academic couple, with 2 children (ages 4 and 7), would like to rent furnished accommodation in central Oxford from approx. 20 Aug.,–20 Dec. Please contact Dr Peter Holbrook, School of English, University of Queensland, Australia. E-mail: P.Holbrook@mailbox.uq.edu.au. Fax: +61 7 3365 2799.

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.

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

French village house between Montpellier and Beziers in medieval village with all shops and facilities close to delightful town of Pezenas. Three double bedrooms, large sunny roof terrace; 25 minutes Mediterranean. For details contact Carla McKay 01869 340631 or e-mail: mckaycarla@hotmail.com.

Ireland: relax in the wild west. Cottage to let in County Mayo, 1 mile from sea; 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. £300 p.w., inclusive. E-mail: Cooke@globalnet.co.uk, or tel.: 01608811233.

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

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

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.

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.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well-appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 65 miles north-east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell; available July (1 week only), Aug., and Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which forms a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom and lounge/dining area. The ground-floor has a large doube bedroom and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a twin-bedded room. Attractive room garden with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sun., and by private arrangement will cook delicious meals. Prices: £425 p.w., £800 per fortnight, £1,500 per 4 week period. Ring Dr Charles Mould 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691) or e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Unusually spacious Casa Colonica: exhilirating views over Assisi and mountains. spiritually revitalising; extensive gardens, elevation c. 2000 ft. Accommodation: 40 ft library/music room with Steinway grand; 2 double bedrooms; fully-equipped large kitchen; beautiful drawing-room and lounge. Car essential. From £400 p.w., deposit £100. Available June–Oct. Please ring Diana Eavis. Tel.: 00 39 075 813 793 or Clare Richardson 020 8991 1514, mobile 07768 891458, or e-mail: ctr@clarezone.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.

Charming terrace house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church-visiting, bird-watching and pub hopping. Tel.: 01865 513464 (eves.).

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.

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.

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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House for Sale

Lovely 1-bedroom period house, Lime Walk, Headington: living room; kitchen; conservatory; bedroom; bathroom (with bath and shower). Double glazed. Small secluded garden. Very well maintained. within a 1 mile radius of shops, Oxford Brookes University, and local hospitals. The vendors would like to move during Sept. Guide price: £149,950. Tel. Oxford 308188 (home), Oxford (2)70053 (work), e-mail: karen.akroyd@admin.ox.ac.uk or k.akroyd@tesco.net.

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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