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Musical events

Sunday, 21 Mar., 6.30 p.m., Keble College Chapel: a concert of a capellaand accompanied music; a celebration of the Spring Equinox, Bach's birthday, and Mothering Sunday. Featuring the Spring Singers; soprano, Kate Hawnt and organist, Roy Woodhams. A selection of Bach, Handel, and Mozart. All proceeds in aid of The National Society for Epilepsy. Tickets £8, £4 (concessions). Available from Ben Rees or Maggy Sasanow, Classics Centre, 67 St Giles', Oxford. Telephone: 01865 (2)88387. E-mail: ben.rees@classics.ox.ac.uk, or margaret.sasanow@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Schola Cantorum of Oxford; James Burton (conductor); Scarlatti—Stabat Mater; Caldara—Crucifixus; Allegri—Miserere. St Mary the Virgin Church, High Street, Sat. 20 Mar., 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. £8, £4 concessions. E-mail: tickets@schola-cantorum.net. Telephone: 07970 538641.

Verdi Requiem, Sheldonian Theatre. Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera. Conductor: Robert Secret. Soprano: Ingrid Attrot. Mezzo-Soprano: Yvonne Fontane. Tenor: Hugh Hetherington. Bass: Quentin Hayes. Saturday 3 Apr. 2004, 7.30 p.m. Tickets £12, £10 (concessions £10, £8). Available at the door or from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Telephone: 01865 305305.

Saturday, 20 Mar., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre, Brahms Series. Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45; Klara Ek, soprano, Garry Magee, bariton, Marios Papadopoulos, conductor. The Oxford Philosmusica Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com. Box Office 01865 305305.

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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, Hilary Term 2004: Artists and their Inspiration.4 Mar., Contemporary Art and Catharsis, Mark Cazalet; 11 Mar., Title to be announced, Roger Wagner; 18 Mar., Seeing Music; Hearing Colour, Mark Rowan-Hull. The talks will be held at St Giles'either in the Church or the Parish Rooms at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. Web site: http://www.st-giles-church.org.

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. Tel.: 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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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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Egyptian Extravaganza

Live belly dancing by members of the Oxford University Middle Eastern Society at the Phoenix Picturehouse on Thursday 11 Mar.; followed by `Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt', a fascinating documentary about the life of the late Egyptian singer, the best-selling female vocalist in the Arab World; narrated by Omar Sharif. Starts 6.30 p.m., in the bar. Dancing at 7.15 p.m., film at 7.45 p.m. Free glass of wine for anyone in belly dancing costume. For further details contact Martin Jennings at the Phoenix. Telephone: Oxford 512526.

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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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Antiquarian Books Bought

Books bought. We buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on History and the Humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops located at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ; 12 Bloomsbury Street, London w.c.1B 3QA; and 101 Euston Road, London NW1A 2RA. E-mail: books@unsworths.com.

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Camp Energy

Fantastic Easter Holiday Activities with Camp Energy: a fun-based activity and sports course for children aged 5--12 yrs. Week 1: 29 Mar.–2 Apr. Week 2: 5–8 Apr. Week 3: 13–16 Apr. Drop off between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., pick up between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Limited places available for weekly, daily and half-daily sessions, including excursions to Sulgrave Manor and the Jordan Grand Prix Factory. All University staff are entitled to a 10 per cent discount. Telephone: Oxford 292072, or visit www.campenergy.com for more information.

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Services Offered

Copywriting, editing, proofreading and indexing—reports, theses, research, newsletters, brochures. Large or small commissions. Very reasonable rates. Please contact Helen Gough on 01865 858413. Mobile: 07974 945441. E-mail: h.gough@talk21.com.

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

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

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Domestic Services

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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Situations Vacant

St Hugh's College require a qualified and experienced carpenter and a plumber/multi-skilled tradesman. Applicants should be fit, motivated, and able to deal with a variety of maintenance situations. A sense of humour is also essential. Salary is £18,000 p.a., plus benefits and meals, for a 40-hour week. For further details e-mail: neil.baker@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk. Telephone: 01865 274909.

Wycliffe Hall is seeking to appoint a part-time Trainer in Voice Production, to work with its 70 ministerial students, as a coach in the use of the voice in public ministry. Closing date for complicated application forms is midday, Friday 19 March. Further details from: Mrs Margaret Thomson, Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PW. E-mail: margaret.thomson@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk.

Dragon School, Oxford (650 boys and girls, 8–13, boarding and day): qualified teacher of history required for Sept. 2004, to teach at all levels to Common Entrance and Scholarship, and contribute to the life of a busy day and boarding school. Experienced teachers or NQTs. Accommodation may be possible. Please apply for details and an application form to the Headmaster, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS. (This position is a readvertisement: previous applicants will be reconsidered and need not reapply.) Telephone: 01865 315401. Fax: 01865 315429. E-mail: acn@dragonschool.org. Closing date Monday, 8 March.

Christ Church Picture Gallery, permanent part-time invigilator urgently required. Christ Church Picture Gallery houses an important collection of European paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The Gallery is open to the public, and the invigilators are responsible on a day-to- day basis for the security of the collection. They patrol the galleries, greet visitors, answer queries, and take messages and work on the front desk. We are looking for a smart, reliable, responsible person who is willing to work as part of a small team. Some experience of security and/or retail would be an advantage. Working Tuesdays and Wednesdays (10.30 a.m.–5 p.m.) and every other weekend, Saturday 10.30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday (2–5 p.m.) £5.74 p.h. (£7.65 on Sunday). Please apply in writing (covering letter, c.v. with 2 references) to: Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford OX1 1DP. For more information telephone: Oxford 276172 or e-mail: jacqueline.thalmann@chch.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

Central South Oxford: beautifully renovated, light and airy Victorian terrace house, available for the Easter holidays. 10-minute walk from city centre, 2-minute walk from park and river. Sitting room, beautiful big kitchen with skylights and french windows leading to wooden deck and fully enclosed garden, 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1 en suite shower room. All mod cons. Sleeps up to 6 people. Available 4--18 April. £500 p.w. Telephone: 01865 247022. E-mail: themos@nag.co.uk.

Central Oxford: modern 4-bedroom town house in quiet close, 5 minutes' walk from Carfax. Excellent condition. L-shaped lounge/dining room, study, new bathroom, separate shower room, new en suite shower room to main bedroom, utility room fitted with Míele appliances, new John Lewis fully-fitted kitchen, gas c.h., d.g., single garage, plus parking for additional car in small enclosed front garden. No other garden, but pleasant outlook from rear windows over landscaped park area to river. Unfurnished, or some furniture provided. Available 1 May, long let preferred. References essential, deposit required. £1,600 p.c.m. Tel/Fax: 01865 735343. E-mail: lynette.bradley@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Marston: house in quiet cul-de-sac available now. 3 bedrooms, large sitting room, conservatory. Close to John Radcliffe Hospital and cycle track to centre of Oxford. Non-smokers please. £850 p.c.m. Telephone: 01865 430508, or 0790 1680167.

Wheatley: attractive detached cottage, available now, fully furnished, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), gas c.h., small garage plus car space. Small garden. Near bus stop. £750 plus bills. Telephone: 01932 563335.

Near Florence Park: 2-bedroom modern terrace house with small garden, in quiet cul-de-sac location. Within a 10-minute bus ride of city centre. Fully furnished and fitted, in excellent condition; washing machine, gas c.h. Reserved parking space. No pets or smoking. Available immediately until 31 Oct., or part period thereof. £700 p.c.m., plus bills. Deposit required. David Cannell. 01993 813217.

North Oxford (Jericho): fully furnished, recently re-decorated 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.

Close to city centre, in quiet no-through street: delightful 2-bedroom, furnished terrace house. Washing machine, c.h., and pretty garden. Would suit couple or two sharers. Non-smokers please. Available for six months or one year, from late Mar. £760 p.c.m., plus council tax. Deposit and references required. Tel.: 01865 310806. E-mail: joannadennison@hotmail.com.

Wootton, near Woodstock: well-appointed furnished property in sought-after village; 3 bedrooms, conservatory, garage, gardens, off-road parking for 3 cars. In peaceful location. Good bus and rail connections to Oxford nearby. Available mid-Apr. for 6 months/1 year. £850 p.c.m.. E-mail: sally.stradling@ukgateway.net or tel.: 01993 812278.

Headington Quarry, ideal for visiting professor: 2 double bedroom house, living-room and kitchen/dining, all mod. cons., mid-July to mid-Sept. or Oct., dates to be agreed. £900 p.c.m. including utilities, cable TV, and telephone. Professionals only. Telephone: Philip Allison, Oxford 767791, e-mail: philip_allison@hotmail.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.

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Flats to Let

Summertown: large, refurbished, first floor flat. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom. Unfurnished. Garage and communal gardens. No smokers or pets. £850 p.c.m., plus bills. Available April. References required. Telephone: 01865 766092.

Summertown: immaculate courtyard apartment, fully furnished, co-ordinated decor; 1 double bedroom, bath/shower, kitchen with integrated cooker, refrigerator, washer/dryer, microwave. Secure parking. £720 p.c.m. exc. Telephone: 07866 887495.

North Abingdon: 1-bedroom flat to let, available 1 May. Light and spacious, private garden, parking. Furnished/unfurnished. Very frequent buses to Oxford (5 miles). Easy walking distance to new sports centre, bus stop, and town centre. £575 p.c.m. Telephone: 01235 538519.

Central London (Mayfair): penthouse flat, pied-à-terre, suitable for mature, non-smoking person. Rent negotiable. Telephone: 07931 541488, or 0207 4956196.

Twelve minutes' walk to Magdalen Bridge: new loft conversion in owner's house, available from April, in Magdalen Road area. Quiet, sunny and elegant. Comprising 5m x 4m study/bedsit/kitchen, and own spacious, beautiful bathroom. Own telephone line. £100 p.w. inc. (except for phone rental), reference, tenancy agreement. Non-smoking house. Suit academic/professional, not student. Telephone: 01865 423107.

Upper Wolvercote, pretty location: self-contained, modernised, light, airy, 1-bedroom flat on second floor of old family house, overlooking Port Meadow. Stunning views, rural surroundings, and all mod cons. Convenient for University and Oxford city. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining-room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic or other professional. £695 p.c.m., exc. telephone. Ready for viewing second half of Mar.; available late Mar./Apr. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.com Unexpectedly available, a self-contained, fully furnished flat in Woodstock Road, with easy access to the city centre; bedroom/living-room; fully equipped kitchen inc. washing machine; shower-room, c.h., private parking. Available 15 Mar. for short/long lets. £550 p.m., inc. bills. E-mail: mlavender100@hotmail.com.

North Oxford : spacious garden apartment, fully furnished, sunny and secure. Adjacent park, tennis courts, golf club. Easy access to town centre. 2 bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, patio, parking. Available from 1 Apr. to 30 Nov. £750 p.c.m. Telephone: Oxford 552245.

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 furnished ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. 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 tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

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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 per week all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Academic year 2004–5: Looking for property? Premier offer a massive selection, for small and large groups of sharers, and families. Students and postgrads welcome. Mostly furnished. All comply with safety regs., all areas of the city. Premier: 01865 792299.

North Oxford : ideal for University areas. Excellent selection of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments (sharers welcome), and 4-bedroom family homes, including Waterways canal-side modern town house. All in superb order. For full details call Premier: 01865 792299.

Academic year 2004–5: Looking for property? Premier offer a massive selection, for small and large groups of sharers, and families. Students and postgrads welcome. Mostly furnished. All comply with safety regs., all areas of the city. Premier: 01865 792299.

Room to let in Headington flat, during Easter vacation: available 13 March–1 May. Lovely quiet room in fully-equipped flat. Easy access to Oxford centre and close to shops. £85 p.w. or £350 p.c.m., all inc. Telephone: 07815 734334. E-mail: eastervacroom@hotmail.com Little Garden B&B: `A home from home'. Single £38, double £50. Reduced monthly rates. Telephone: 01865 358578.

Artemis House: bed and breakfast accommodation in tastefully decorated Edwardian House. Good location, close to city centre, parking available. Find out more on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/artemis-house. Tel.: 01865 244357.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. Short stay (up to 6 weeks). £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

College and County have a range of quality properties to let in Oxford. Contact: info@collegeandcounty.biz to see how we can meet your accommodation needs.

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

US college professor and family (spouse and 11-year-old triplets) seek furnished rented accommodation, from 1 Aug. 2004 to 28 Feb. 2005. Looking for 3 bedrooms, with parking. Preferred locations: Summertown, Headington, or Marston. Non-smoking, no pets. Please contact Professor Catherine Kodat. E-mail: ckodat@hamilton.edu.

House rental sought in central/north Oxford, for July (all or part—ideally the whole month), for professional mum and 2 daughters. Former Oxford resident (still owns Summertown house, and friends), now NYC resident, seeks summer base for visiting UK friends/family. Will consider NYC exchange. Excellent Oxford references. E-mail: Lbarder@nyc.rr.com.

College and County is seeking to increase their portfolio of high quality Oxford property suitable for postgraduate and academic lets. Ethical letting Works! A high level of personalised service and a less adversarial approach is in the interest of all. Would you like us to let and manage your house for you? Contact: mark@collegeandcounty.biz.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Are you an academic going on sabbatical? Anglo-American family of 3 moving from Spain to Oxford would pay a reasonable rent to look after your house (and animals?), and even offer you a holiday in our home in Mallorca. Ideally from Aug./Apr. 2004 but could possibly be earlier. Contact: Ellen. Tel.: 07831 382445 or 0034 971 53 19 00, or e-mail: ellen@reichwald.co.uk.

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Accommodation Exchange

Perth, Western Australia–Oxford: Family of 4 looking for house/car swap in Oxford area, July to December 2004. Perth house close to beaches, city, University of WA. Please e-mail: bshipway@hotmail.com.

Melbourne–Oxford house and car swap wanted mid-May to end Sept. Three bedroom house with study and fast internet access. Convenient location for University and most main hospitals in Melbourne. Excellent public transport links. E-mail: morleyr@unimelb.edu.au.

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Holiday Lets

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.

Lisbon and Lisbon Coast, Portugal: lovely, large, fully-furnished duplex, 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, garden and barbecue, sleeps 5. All mod. cons, TV with cable, close to delightful Carcavelos and Cascais beaches, similar to Côte d'Azur. 20/30 minutes by car to Lisbon and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. £300--£350 p.w. Telephone: 01865 769328. E-mail: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk.

Dordogne, between Domme and Sarlat: cherished old family cottage with glorious panoramic view, to let in the loveliest part of Dordogne. From its windows you see dozens of birds—including buzzards, green woodpeckers, and a hoopoe; butterflies crowd round the lavender and 7 varieties of wild orchid flourish in the meadow—and a few old farmhouses on the opposite hillside. You are totally private, yet the village is 7 minutes' drive away; 2 mediaeval towns (Sarlat and Gourdon) with weekly peasant markets, only 15 minutes away. 3 bedrooms with fine antique furniture, 2 glamorous bathrooms, living room with kitchen corner—extremely simple, but has 2 fridges, fine crockery, glass, and ample cooking equipment. Sleeps 6--8, more if children piled in attic! Available for early birds at Easter, vacant late June– early Sept. Rent from £350 p.w. For further details telephone: 0207 2449762. E-mail:angelambert@compuserve.com.

Barga, Tuscany: charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage, sleeps 4, in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, panoramic views, surrounded by vines and olives. 5 mins. from bustling market town of Barga, offering cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. For prices, availability, details, and photos, tel. Mrs J. Collett on: 01672 541147. E-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

Normandy: charming, sympathetically furnished, half-timbered cottage with a pretty garden, in the Normandy countryside. Sleeps 7 (4 bedrooms). Comfortable and fully equipped (including for children; also a downstairs double bedroom suitable for the elderly); an excellent base for exploring the Pays d'Auge region, and only 30 minutes from good sandy beaches. Available all the year round. £250--£600 p.w. Tel., or fax Impey 0033 231 32 87 92. E-mail: matthew.impey@wanadoo.fr.

Old Tuscany: two charming apartments with shaded terraces and orchard, on edge of small hill town near Siena. Short walk to restaurant and shops. Glorious countryside. Flat A (sleeps 4) £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2), £260 p.w. Flats A and B together, £525 p.w. For more information and a brochure, telephone: 01428 714363 or: +39 333 123 6091. E-mail: uliviera@hotmail.com.

Athens Olympics: apartment in central Athens for rent during Aug. 2004 Olympics. Can sleep 6. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and balcony. Cleaner provided. Close to Omonia Square, metro station to all Olympics venues. Perfect for families or parties with limited budget. 400 euros per day. E-mail: j.carpenter@efc.co.uk.

North Pembrokeshire: cottage near Fishguard. Sleeps 3 or more. Secluded rural setting, close to coastal path and bus route. Ideal for reading, revising, relaxing, and reviving. Stove, books, garden. Dogs and children welcome. £160–£250 p.w., mid-Apr. to Oct. Also has a caravan, which can be used as annexe. For brochure please call 01348 872080. E-mail: nchroustchoff@hotmail.com.

Tuscany, Italy: villa S. Stefano, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill, among large vineyards and olive trees (biological-organic farming methods, no pesticides); 5 bedrooms (up to 9 people), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming-pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 minutes' drive from Chiusi town, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 minutes from Siena and Assisi. Telephone: +39 055 602044, or +39 328 7133951; e-mail: info@demata.tuscany.it; Web: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy: tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the NE coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people; beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden; 3 double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living- room with TV; only 10 minutes by car from Porto Cervo, world-renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches; close to wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools. E-mail: margareta@sanpanteleo.co.uk; http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk.

Gower peninsula holiday house: ideal position above Three Cliffs/Pobbles Bay; adjacent Pennard Golf Links; 2 wings available, independent or joint---each sleeps 5/6 (total 11); large secluded garden, ample parking. Telephone: Oxford 433499, e-mail: swainsonjc@aol.com.

France, Dordogne. For rent. Renovated cottage near Sarlat and Beynac castle. Sleeps 6--7; large swimming pool, marvellous view and tranquil setting. Photos available. June and Sept. (£600 p.w.), July (£900 per week). E-mail: barbaracemerson@yahoo.co.uk. Telephone: 07798 828758.

Traditional Tarn farmhouse in 18 acres, sleeps 6/8 in main house (2 bathrooms) plus 4 in self-contained cottage across courtyard. Ideal for large family, or two families sharing. Recently modernised to high standard, c.h., open fireplaces, fully furnished, satellite TV, swimming pool (heated if required), hard tennis court, large games room with table tennis, snooker; secluded field and oak woods. 1k from village of Cahuzac-sur-Vere (supermarket, baker, 2 restaurants, cafe, bank, butcher); 45 minutes Toulouse airport, in Gaillac, Cordes, Albi triangle. Available to let from Easter 2004. For more information contact: mike.simler@wanadoo.fr or tel.: Judith on 01993 878793 (eves) or 01865 281577 (a.m.); Web site: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2.

Italy—Umbria, near Perugia, within easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Restored farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool: 2 spacious flats sleeping 4 and 2, or can be combined. £250–£750 p.w. depending on numbers of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

Venice, San Marco: our sunny flat in ancient Grand Canal palazzo sleeps 4-6. Beamed ceiling, antique furniture, modern kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, phone/fax, CD/radio. Sat.–Sat., £795. Details: name, address to venice@waitrose.com, 07932 606170 or fax 0039 0125 627835.

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 Florence. Contact: tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120. E-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

Cevennes—Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, recently refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms—sleeps 8+; bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when this apartment is let. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of matrue gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet—near a village with shops—in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards, Gorges du Tarn—and the Mediterranean—all within easy reach. For those who do not wish to drive, there is easy access via TGV or cheap Stanstead flights. Booking now open for 2004 (from £210 p.w.). Non-smokers only please. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. A smaller, second flat is now also available; this will sleep 4 or 5 in 2 bedrooms and has a large living area and a cool covered terrace. Though entirely separate from the larger flat—and available separately—this may be of particular interest to families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. For further details of either of these flats please apply: 01527 541360.

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. Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

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. Tel.: Marion on 01865 554122 or e-mail via Web site: www.hidden-sw-france.com.

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House for Sale

Central North Oxford (Park Town): outstanding, beautiful home in prime location, close to University Parks, colleges, and departments. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, through living/dining room opening to spacious conservatory. Good decorative order. Secluded garden plus 3 communal gardens. No chain. Offers around £1.275m. For full details e-mail: oliver.braddick@psy.ox.ac.uk. Telephone: 01865 512025.

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House to Let/For Sale in France

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 tel.: 00 33 2 33 45 52 16, fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

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Car for Sale

Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0 (97/98) R Reg, 7 Seater, Forest Green, 49,000 miles, new tyres fitted, AC, Tax August, MOT September, electric windows, stereo cassette, lady driver, £6,900. Telephone: 07799 772694. n

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