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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday in term, also on the Wednesday before term starts, the Wednesday after the end of term and during the summer holidays. Newcomers with children (0- 4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10.15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks and garden trips. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room---open all year except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Lectures

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Trinity Term 2004---10/06/04: Debt and Poverty from an Islamic Perspective---Muhammad Imran; 17/06/04: Why Fair Trade?---Carol Wills. (The titles of some of the talks are to be confirmed.) The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30p.m.. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. For more information visit: www.st-giles-church.org.

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Concerts

Saturday, 19 June, 7.30 p.m. Town Hall: The Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera play Fauré's Requiem; Tavener's Svyati,and Handel's Organ Concerto, Op. 4 No. 4. Conductor: Robert Secret. Soloists: Polly Ballard (Cello); Brian Hitch (Organ); Hiroe Kawana (Soprano) and Robert Williams (Bass). Tickets £12/£10 (concessions £10/£8) available from Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Telephone: 01865 305305 (incl. credit card bookings by post) or on the door.

Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Russia +. 25 June--2 July 2004. Artistic Director: Priya Mitchell. Prokoviev, Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Gubaidulina, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, and more. 15 concerts, 26 outstanding young musicians, Russian composers in residence, masterclass, Russian Brunch and Russian Folk Jam, plus Philip Pullman and Jeannette Winterson. Locations: Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room, Jacqueline du Pré Building, Freud Café. Book with Music at Oxford: www.musicatoxford.com. Telephone: 0870 750 0659, or with the Oxford Playhouse: www.ticketsoxford.com. Telephone: 01865 305305. Tickets also available at the door. Web site: www.oxfordfestival.com.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames---any condition. 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. Telephone: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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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. Telephone: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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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. Telephone: 01608 641692.

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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine: 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we would like to bring you herbs, spices, roots, beauty, fragrances and Mughal tradition of passion for good food. Telephone: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Web site: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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Services Offered

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. Telephone: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Telephone: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Marshall and Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have seven specialist family lawyers who advise on a wide range of issues: divorce and separation, children, financial agreements on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, separation agreements and pensions. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association. Two members of the team are Deputy District Judges and three are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills and probate, personal injury and medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our Web site at: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mary Wakem on Oxford 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

Wendy Darnell: Catering for any occasion! Menus individually designed for you. Many years' experience. Telephone: Wendy Darnell Oxford 767105.

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

Typing service. Manuscript typing (not thesis typing): £10 per hour/4 sides A4. Fast and accurate. Contact Louise Pim on Oxford 721582.

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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultant/personal trainers in the UK. 35 years' experience. MSc Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement; BSc (Hons 1st) Sports Nutrition; Adv. Dip in Clinical Stress Management; Adv. Dip in Clinical Sports Therapy. Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Expert attention for tone, weight loss, injury and rehabilitation and performance, from total novice levels to advanced, regardless of sex, age or physical limitations. Web site: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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Cheap Membership of Gym For Sale

Couple offering their memberships to LA Fitness gym (City Centre, close to Westgate Mall), for 11 months, to either a couple (£35/person/month) or individuals (£35/month). No other fees! You can't get such a cheap deal directly from them: we checked. Call us: 0790 1533474 (mobile) or Oxford 273842 (office).

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Domestic Services

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. Telephone: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Situations Vacant

Stanford University Programme in Oxford requires a part-time administrative assistant for September 2004 to provide database maintenance, clerical, and book-keeping support to the administrator. Up to 15 hours p.w. Stanford is a highly acclaimed US University, and the Programme in Oxford offers 47 students each term the chance to study here as part of their degree courses. Telephone: 01865 251193 or e-mail: stanford@herald.ox.ac.uk.

Tutor required, New York. Young American couple (male 40s, female 30s, three children 8, 7, 1 years + one newborn) require tutor to help develop the reading and maths skills of their two eldest. The position would suit a recent graduate attracted to living in a rural setting near the ocean at the east end of Long Island. Lodging will be provided on the property in a self- contained recently renovated barn. Good remuneration and conditions of service. Start date mid- July. Interviews will take place in London 8--12 June. Closing date for applications 7 June. Please send your curriculum vitae, application letter and contact details of 2 referees to Stephen Farthing. Fax: 212 581 1977 or e-mail stephen@nyaa.edu.

Magdalen College School requires a Technical Assistant to work in the Art Department from Sept. 2004. Would suit a preferably experienced man or woman to help frame pictures, glaze ceramics and fire kilns, contribute to the ordering and organisation of a wide range of materials, and help with administrative tasks in the department office. The post is available for two days a week, which might run consecutively, but would consider a number of half days. Closing date Fri. 18 June. Apply in writing to Mr D. Pearson, Head of Art, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ. Telephone: 01865 242191 or e-mail dpearson@mcsoxford.org.

Magdalen College School requires an efficient and organised secretary from Sept. to work school term times only. Closing date Fri. 18 June. Please send your letter of application, full curriculum vitae, and details of 2 referees to The Master, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ. Full details may be obtained from the Master's PA. Telephone: 01865 242191 or e-mail master@mcsoxford.org.

Hertford College is recruiting EFL teachers. CELTA and experience essential. Please contact conferences@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford (Jericho): fully furnished, recently redecorated house, secluded garden, available from 1 Sept. for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes; walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools, parks. Two bedrooms £1,250 p.m.; 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Tel. J. Mackrell in Oxford (evenings or 7--8 a.m.), on: 01865 775567. E-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com. Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential north Oxford. Quiet location, very large kitchen/dining room, large living room upstairs (to take advantage of view over large green open space), modern furniture, fully equipped. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Easily looked-after garden. Very much has the feeling of being out in the country. Available July and August 2004. Non-smokers preferred. Telephone: 01865 511825 (evenings or Sundays) or e-mail: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Florence Park. Recently refurbished 1930s house with attractively designed garden. Close to local amenities, park and river. Easy access to central Oxford. Light and cosy; furnished with 2 large bedrooms and dressing room. Available from May for one year or less. Ideal for professional or family. £850 p.c.m. + bills. Ms Jo Dixon. Telephone: 01865 760907, mobile: 07932 724232.

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. Telephone: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

Headington, Kiln Lane. Furnished and newly renovated 2-3 bedroom semi-detached house with c.h., kitchen, bathroom, lounge, dining room, garden, etc. Easy access for bus/car routes to city centre, university departments and the M40 to London. Close to shops, hospitals. Would suit professional university or medical couple. Available for rent initially for 1 year, with renewal possible. No smokers or pets. References required. Available now. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact: 01865 735540.

Cowley. Fully furnished 3--4 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., extended fully- equipped kitchen. Small gardens, garage, and off-street parking. Suit family or graduate students. Available 1 July. £1,100 p.c.m. plus bills. Long lease available. References required. E-mail njwood@hotmail.com. Telephone: 01865 464254 or 07929 003819.

Iffley Fields. Attractive unfurnished 4-bed family home. With accommodation over four floors this house comprises entrance hall with door to drawing room (10 by 4.2m) and stairs down to kitchen/dining area, further door to utility room and basement storage/playroom. 2 doubles and 1 single bedroom together with family bathroom on the first floor, stairs to master bedroom with en suite bathroom. Gas c.h., secluded garden. Available from end Aug./Sept. for 1 year in the first instance and for at least 3 years if required. £1,450 p.c.m. info@collegeandcounty.biz or Telephone: 01865 722277.

Divinity Road. Large 4-bed family home, completely refurbished to high standard. 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, living room, and dining room. Small garden. Available 1 July for short let (until end Aug.). £2,000 p.c.m. incl. utilities. info@collegeandcounty.biz.

Temple Cowley area. 3-bedroom semi-detached Victorian house with lovely 100 ft. garden. Open fires, g.c.h., and stripped wooden floors. 2 reception rooms. Local amenities include library, swimming pool and sports centre, parks and primary school. Frequent city centre buses. £840 p.c.m. Available 6 Sept. 2004--14 Feb. 2005. Would suit couple or family. Contact Nic on Oxford 776530 or nicbrim@nicbrim.fsnet.co.uk.

Milton, Oxfordshire. Modern detached house, 1 mile from A34 (excellent road to Oxford, links to M4 and M40). Sitting room, dining room/study, luxury fitted kitchen with all mod. cons., breakfast room, cloakroom, 1 en suite bedroom, 2 double/1 single bedrooms, family bathroom. Double garage, workshop, garden, patio, off-street parking and secure fencing. Fully furnished (incl. linen, china, pans, utensils). £1,300 p.c.m. Deposit £2,600. Available July. Contact Agent (+44 1235) 834740 or diamar@onetel.net.uk.

2-bedroom Victorian terrace house in cosmopolitan East Oxford available from Sept. to Christmas (dates negotiable). Newly renovated. Close to shops, 10 min. cycle or easy walk/bus link to city centre. Bikes provided. £750 p.m. negotiable. Telephone: 01865 275145 or e-mail john.pannell@plants.ox.ac.uk.

Woodstock. Spacious, well presented unfurnished 2-bedroom house with garage and parking in quiet location. Close to town and Blenheim Park. £650 p.c.m. plus bills. Telephone: 01865 864698/874649.

Headington, Bickerton Road. Beautiful 3-bedroom semi-detached Victorian house. Living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, bathroom with power shower, study, lovely garden. Fully furnished, c.h., all appliances, newly decorated and carpeted. Available early Aug. 2004- -late July 2005. Suit visiting academic couple or small family. £1,100 p.c.m. Photos on Finders Keepers Web site (www.finders.co.uk ref. 8104). E-mail pamelas@finders.co.uk or Telephone: 01865 200012.

Central Oxford. Modern 4-bedroom town house in immaculate condition, situated in very quiet Dale Close. Overlooking parkland and river, yet only 5 min. walk from city centre. Open plan sitting/dining room, study (or fifth bedroom), new fully-fitted kitchen, utility room, new bathroom and 2 shower rooms (one en suite). Garage and small enclosed front courtyard. Unfurnished or partly furnished, available now. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel./Fax.: 01865 735343 or e-mail lynette.bradley@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Backing on Wolvercote Common. Furnished 3-bedroom house, 2 bathrooms, 1 enormous living room. South-facing, with extraordinary views across Common and Port Meadow. Self-contained guesthouse in garden, quiet cul-de-sac, off-street parking. 10 min. drive from city centre, also on No. 6 bus route. £1,300 p.c.m. Available from end July until either 1 Jan. or 1 Sept. 2005. Contact Oxford 514577 or e-mail simon.saunders@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.

Terraced furnished house in Jericho with small garden. Available 1 July. 2 rooms upstairs, 2 downstairs, kitchen and bathroom. Ideal for academic couple or small family. £800 p.c.m. excl. bills. Telephone: 020 7607 1810 (10 a.m.■8 p.m.).

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford (Rawlinson Road). Attractive 1 bedroom self-contained flat with patio and parking. Lets of 3 months or more considered. £995 p.c.m. all inclusive. Telephone: 01865 556372 or 07771 802582; e-mail: pjy@btinternet.com.

Inspirational space to do your research/write book. Summertown, North Oxford, light, airy, Scandinavian style house on 2 floors with idyllic romantic garden. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with good quality fittings, 2 reception rooms, large, light study, g.c.h, and a piano. Fully equipped, including linen, off-street parking. Lovely walks nearby. Available to non-smoking academic couple from 1 September 2004 for 1 academic year. £1,100 p.c.m. (plus 6 week deposit). Contact: 01865 558166 or e-mail karmunia@hotmail.com.

The Wharf House: a range of elegantly furnished 1, 2, and 3 bedroom canal side apartments within a secure gated development. A convenient city base for a short stay with serviced options available. Let Finders Keepers make your time in Oxford a pleasant one. Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BY. Telephone: 01865 311011. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: 2 luxury fully furnished flats, furnished to a very high standard; each has large double bedroom, drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Both available end June. Also: lovely ground floor flat, large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available end Sept. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studios, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, w.c. and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleep 2. From £320 to £350 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information telephone: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Upper Wolvercote. Self-contained comfortable modernised one bedroom flat on second floor of old family house overlooking Port Meadow in pretty location. Light and airy, all mod. cons., stunning views. Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15--20 min. to city centre. Suit non-smoking academic/professional. £695 p.c.m. excl. telephone. Available July. Refs. required. wrldco@aol.com.

Central North Oxford. 1 and 2 bedroom spacious apartments in a charming grand and secure Victorian converted house, ample parking and within minutes' walk from most central university and hospital departments. Best suited to mature professional and visiting academics. 1-bedroom flats available from July and from mid-Sept. from £750 p.c.m., 2-bedroom flats available from early and late Sept. from £875 p.c.m. All available for the next academic year. Telephone: 01865 516144. Fax Oxford 437996. a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Jesus College offers flats sleeping 3 or 4 persons to visiting academics between 21 July and 14 Sept. All flats are self-contained and fully furnished, incl. pans, crockery, bed linen, etc. The flats are situated in 2 blocks, one off the Woodstock Road and one off Cowley Road. £201.27 p.w. plus VAT for a 3-person flat, £268.36 p.w. plus VAT for a 4-person flat. Gas and electricity are charged separately. Contact the Accommodation Officer at Jesus College, Telephone: 01865 279690 or jo.knighton@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

Superb flat in Hill Top Road. Quiet cul-de-sac, 10 min. from city centre/ 5 min. walk to Brookes University. The fully-furnished flat is on 2 floors. Well-equipped kitchen (washing machine, dishwasher, etc.), shower/toilet and large studio room with open fire and roof garden terrace. Garden access. Suitable for graduate/professional couple or single person. Available July 2004 for short or long let. £800 p.c.m. excl. www.tanyag.blowsearch.ws or call Oxford 247150.

North Oxford . 2-bed luxury furnished apartment. Open plan living/kitchen area with fully-fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). Off-road parking. Available July £1,050 p.c.m. Contact College and County, 116b Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE. Telephone: 01865 722277.

Central North Oxford. Self-contained studio flat, suitable for occasional second person. Private entrance, high modern specification. £650 p.c.m., fully incl. of heating/hot water/electricity. Telephone: 01865 316006 or e-mail salsiesal@hotmail.com.

Central North Oxford. Self-contained flat within a friendly academic household. Kitchen/dining room, double bedroom, study/sitting room, bathroom, use of large garden. Would suit postgraduate couple. Non-smokers preferred. £630 p.c.m. incl. heating and electricity. Available from early July. Telephone: 01865 515635 or e-mail karen.hewitt@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Granville Court. Adjacent to Brookes University and 15 min. walk to Oxford city centre. Very pleasant 2-bedroom flat with en suite to main bedroom, fully furnished and equipped. Suitable for a non-smoking couple or two professional or postdoc sharers. £800 p.c.m. excl. bills. Available from 15 July. Telephone: 01865 512149 or e-mail dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

North Oxford , Lovelace Square. 2 bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen and shared garden. Available immediately until June 2005. £875 p.c.m. + council tax + utilities. Contact julie.dearden@hertford.ox.ac.uk London/Marylebone W1 (close Bond/Baker tube). Fully-furnished studio flat, separate bath/kitchen, long let. £750.00 p.c.m. No agency. Telephone: 01865 250 046 or 07876 260218.

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Vacation Lets

Available for holiday rental---summer 2004. 5 bedroom house in central Headington, convenient for buses to Oxford, coaches for London. Recently updated, newly fitted kitchen, large living room, bathroom and shower room, small garden, two parking spaces. Telephone: 01865 307219 or e-mail fvmorris@hotmail.com.

Central North Oxford. Light, spacious Edwardian family house overlooking picturesque college playing fields. 3 bedrooms (sleeps 5 + sofabed), 2 bathrooms, large kitchen with Aga, sitting room, garden with big trampoline. Close to city centre. Available 31 July■28 Aug. £500 p.w. Telephone: 01865 512397. mj@martinjennings.com.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 minutes' from Oxford city centre. Suitbale for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2--5 people. Telephone: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Little Garden BandB: `A home from home'. Single £38, double £50. Reduced monthly rates. Telephone: 01865 358578.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please contact us on telephone: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, e-mail: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our Web site at www.oxfordshortlets.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.

Comfortable rooms available now in pleasant North Oxford house. Short stay (up to 3 months). £55 p.w. (a bargain price!) Book by telephone: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

Single room in lovely, furnished, non-smoking house in Iffley, sharing with 2 considerate females in 20s. Garden, parking, and garage for bikes. Very near bus route to city centre and shops. Available 1 July--30 Sept. £330 p.c.m. incl. all bills except telephone. Telephone: 07763 617745.

House share available in lovely cottage in Iffley Village from Sept. (Mon.■Fri.). Would suit mature professional woman. Whole home available Dec.--Jan. Telephone: 07813277882.

Grandpont, South Oxford. Delightful, large loft bed sitting room, plus downstairs study/dining room, separate kitchen and shower room. Virtually independent in owner's home. Approx. 10 min. walk from city centre. Available 1 Sept. 2004. Suit non-smoking single graduate or graduate couple. £500 p.c.m. plus bills. Telephone: 01865 241845 or e-mail opherrob@aol.com.

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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.

Boston, Massachusetts. Home Exchange. Current Sr. Visiting Research Fellow at St John's is interested in home exchange, July and Aug. 2005 and/or Jan.--July 2006. Seeking flat or house near University suitable for academic couple. We have a wonderful, sunny, first-floor apartment in Brookline, Mass., one block from Boston proper; excellent access to all public transportation and all major universities. Quiet, tree-lined street, delightful shops and restaurants nearby. Entrance hall, dining room, living room, eat-in kitchen, 2 studies (one with couch that pulls out to become double bed), queen bed in master bedroom, heated sun porch, 2 bathrooms, parking, backyard, broadband internet access, cable TV, washer and dryer. I■m in Oxford until the end of July if you■d like to show me your place. nicolerafter@yahoo.com or 283191.

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Holiday Lets

Oxford: exceptional Edwardian home; 3 bedrooms (attached studies); 3 reception rooms; beautiful large kitchen/dining; charming summerhouse with veranda in garden. One further large bedroom in our second home next door. In all sleeping 5--8. Piano, table tennis; ˇ mile to city centre. Any time between 28 July and 17 Aug.; 17 Dec.--8 Jan. £650 p.w. Telephone: 01865 247851. https://www.holiday-rentals.com.

Magic Cave. Charming (if tiny) flat for two in Cordes-sur-Ciel, the fabled Cathar walled city in the Tarn, a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages, and only an hour from Toulouse airport. Comfortably furnished, with own kitchen and bathroom, with access to a separate garden, and is well placed for sightseeing---ses vues panoramiques, et tout ça---fabulous markets, restaurants, walking and cycling. Ludicrously cheap and available all year round---ideal for budget-conscious gourmands, penny-pinching scholars, and cash-strapped lovers of La France Profonde. Telephone: The Aged Campbell on 00335 6356 1769.

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: Web site: www.golf-in-naples.com.

Dordogne holiday rentals: stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France. Fabulous 270 degree panorama. Sleeps 8/10. Very peaceful, many day trips possible. Prices £210--£635 p.w. Private owner. Also gites sleeping 4/6 in nearby farm. Contact 01223 353603 or e-mail: whitehead.jo@bcg.com.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignan Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of `Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpelier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from now. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or Oxford 557767 evening. E-mail: janevenab@aol.com.

Tuscany: Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, family owned and run award winning wine and cheese producing farm, half an hour from Florence, offers faithfully restored houses and apartments for short and longer term rentals. Web site: corzanoepaterno.it. Please contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham, 2000), e-mail: corzpaterno@libero.it.

Experience the Greek islands of Sporades with Thalpos Holidays. Local villa specialist offers lovely houses and villas in the beautiful islands of Skopelos and Alonissos in the Aegean Sea. Whether you are 2 or 20 persons in the party, and whether you wish to stay in the picturesque town, by the clear blue sea or in the breathtaking countryside, we have just what you are looking for. With more than 10 years of experience we are proud to offer high quality holidays and the very best service. See our programme for 2004 on: www.holidayislands.com, or contact us on e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr. Telephone: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

Paris apartment available for short or longer 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. Three nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 p.w. or £950 p.m. for members of the University. (Non-member rates are £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). Contact Dr J.J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or e-mail: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large seculded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks. Telephone: Marion on Oxford 554122 or e-mail via Web site: www.hidden-sw-france.com.

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, (two doubles), c/h, large split level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1: large bath, bidet and WC; Bathroom 2: shower and WC. South facing garden. Possible use of bicycle(s). Available 7+ weeks, Tuesday 13 July ` Thursday 2 September 2004. Price negotiable. Telephone: +44(0) Oxford 725193.

Heart of Tuscany: 20 min. from San Gimignano, 50 min. from Florence, Pisa and Siena. Beautifully restored farmhouse, 2 apartments, 1■2 bedrooms. Quiet, lovely views of countryside■vineyards and olive groves, woods and fields. E-mail: giglioli@dsc.unibo.it; Web site: www.poderesangiusto.com.

Recharge your batteries in Andalucia! Enchanting mill beside waterfall in foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Spectacular views, peace and inspiration amongst trees and birdsong. Ideal for walkers/writers/artists. 20 min. from fascinating city of Granada; 30 min. from sea. 2 double and 2 twin-bedded rooms, study, terraces, comfortable sitting rooms with log fires. £400--600 p.w. depending on season. Telephone: 01865 274103 or e-mail bobygitha@terra.es.

Headington. 3-bedroom Victorian family house. Sleeps 6 (2 double, 1 twin). 2 bathrooms. Washing machine, fridge/freezer, TV/DVD, BBQ, bicycles. Enclosed garden. Resident cat. 10 min. walk to shops and London/Airport bus stops. 10 min. to Oxford centre. Available 24 July--14 Aug. £350 p.w. Telephone: 01865 226 910 or Oxford 744 020. anthea.craven@dphpc.ox.ac.uk.

Barcelona. Beautiful flat available for weekends and breaks in central Barcelona. Sleeps 6. 3 bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies, large sitting room and stunning dining room. 16ft high ceilings, tiled floors throughout. Great for children: English videos, toys and bilingual babysitter (if needed). Please see www.barcelona-breaks.com or call Chris on 07855 323 934.

Costa del Sol. Available 3--17 July. 2 storey apartment, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 8. Main bedroom (en suite) leads to sun terrace, overlooking landscaped gardens and sea. Second bedroom (en suite). Third bedroom (separate bathroom). Fully-equipped kitchen. Living/dining room (ground floor) leads to patio overlooking gardens and sea. Apartment is air conditioned throughout with Sky TV, DVD, CD player. Facilities include communal pool, tennis court, gym, restaurant, bar, parking. 30 min. drive west of Malaga airport. Puerto Cabopino is a 2km walk along the beach. Marbella, Puerto Banus, Mijas are close by. £750 p.w. Telephone: 07971 098 690.

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. 2 spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet, near a village with shops. Dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming, though Uzes, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhône vineyards, and Gorges du Tarn are all within easy reach. Easy access via TGV or cheap flights. The larger flat has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms (sleeps 8+), bathroom and 2 shower-rooms. The second, smaller flat has a large living area, shower-room, a cool covered terrace, and two bedrooms (sleeps 4 or 5). Though entirely separate from the larger flat---and available separately---this may be of particular interest to two families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. Non-smokers only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £210 p.w. Limited availability in June, July and Aug. Please contact 01527 541360.

Barga, Tuscany. Still availability in June and Sept.! Charming 2-bed, 2-bathroom cottage (sleeps 4) in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views and surrounded by vines and olives. 5 min. from bustling market town of Barga, which offers cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. Please contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 541147 or jane@casacollett.fsnet.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 of farmland. Peaceful yet within 4 kms from Cerisy la Salle (local village; 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 w.c.; sitting room. First floor: music room (with Grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with w.c.; gallery (suitable for office) which overlooks music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Ideal retreat for writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. £40 per night; £250 p.w. £900 p.m., longer lets negotiable. Price includes heating, linen and crockery but excludes telephone and electricity. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on telephone: 00 33 2 33 45 52 16, fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

Limoux in South-west France---Cathar Country. Charming cottage in large shady terraced south-facing garden. 1 hour from Pyrenees and 1 hour from the Mediterranean coast. Sleeps 2 --4. 20 min. south of Carcassonne Airport, 60 min. to Toulouse Airport; local train station. Swimming, canoeing, tennis, restaurants, shops all nearby. Wonderful walking, cycling, wine, food, etc. Unsuitable for toddlers or wheelchair users. E-mail dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Southern France---Montagnes Ardèchoises. Take the best of wild Britain and shift it a long day's journey south to a corner of France high in the Cévennes Mountains. Eat French, drink French in a spectacular landscape. Vive la France profonde! The views from our beautifully converted barn stretch out for 100 miles. Walk or ride in the mountains. Canoe and swim in the lakes and rivers. Fish for fun or for the table. Shop in the great valley markets. Relax and sleep well. Sleeps 6. £475 pw. Telephone: 0207 722 6740 or e-mail: ro.ver@which.net.

South Eastern Italy. 2-bedroom apartment in the ancient port of Monopoli, on the shores of Apulia. Stunning apartment on top floor of an 18th century palazzo with stone floors, carved wooden beams and high ceilings. 80 sqm, sleeps 3. All mod. cons. (incl. air conditioning, c.h., dishwasher, jacuzzi, w/machine, stereo and new beds). In quiet old quarter of peaceful seaside town. Sweeping views of the Adriatic sea from virtually every room. Incl. 170 sqm. rooftop terrace with views of sea, mountains, and medieval quarter below. 5 min. walk to sandy beach, 16th century castle, city walls, and ancient fishing harbour. 45 min. by train or car from the international airports of Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi, and 10 min. from the 18-hole San Dominico golf club. Near cave dwellings and world-famous pre-Greek and Roman conical stone buildings (trulli). 400 euro p.w. until May, 700 euro June and Sept., 1,100 euro July and Aug. Contact Angela Montemurro. Telephone: 0039 3282768344 or e-mail linamonte@tiscalinet.it.

Clydesdale. Georgian conversion of stone tower house with large, bright rooms, log stove, c.h. and four oven Aga. Accommodation for 8+4. Peaceful countryside, ˇ hr. drive south from Glasgow and Edinburgh. (Special low Festival rate.) Garden, hill and forest walking, fishing and Icelandic pony trek. Fresh Scottish produce incl. venison available, and all imaginable fruit, vegetable, herbs at Lanark market. Robert Owen's 18th century utopian mill town at Falls of Clyde nearby. Available July, Aug., Sept. £1,200 p.w. Telephone: 01381 610496 or see www.lhhscotland.com/house24.asp.

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Houses for Sale

Weston on the Green. Well appointed 4-bedroom family home in quiet part of village. 16 years old with new c.h., boiler, and good carpets throughout. Pretty, easily managed garden. No chain involved. £425,000. Telephone: 07802 177190.

Kidlington. Beautifully presented 2-bedroom, end of terrace house in quiet close. New bathroom, kitchen and carpets throughout. Lovely little garden. £185,000. Details and photos on www.house.ladder.co.uk (using the above information with their search facility) or contact sarah.proctor@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Wheatley Village, Oxford. 3 bedroom semi-detached in sought after area. Excellent road and bus access to central Oxford. Approx. 115-ft rear garden and 50-ft front garden, off-street parking for 4 cars. New rewiring and new central heating throughout. Garage, car port and rear patio. Viewing recommended. £249,995. Contact: savera@onetel.net.uk.

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Flats for Sale or Rent

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 one- bedroom flats for sale or rent. Services provided include heating, repairs, laundry facilities, guest rooms, pleasant court yard gardens. The house manager is on call 24 hours a day. A cooked lunch and light supper are served to each flat daily. For further details contact The Administrator, Wyndham House, Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JJ. Telephone: 01865 511239.

Central Oxford. Attractive purpose-built luxury flat in Rowland Hill Court, on second floor overlooking communal gardens and St Thomas' Church. Sitting room/dining room, hall, fitted kitchen, bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom, second bathroom, designated parking space, gated entrance. Very convenient for train station, Saïd Business School and central Oxford. £249,500. Telephone: 01865 277959 or e-mail robert.young@wadh.ox.ac.uk.

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