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SS Philip and James' Primary School

This Christmas Phil & Jim will be leaving its historic Leckford Road site, after 133 years. Former pupils and anyone else with a connection with the school are invited to attend a farewell celebration at Leckford Road on Fri., 5 Dec., from 1.30 to 7 p.m. Attractions will include: Dance through the Decades with the Children of Phil & Jim, 2–3 p.m.; The Jez Cook Trio, 5–7 p.m. All welcome!

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Camp Energy

Christmas Holiday Activities with Camp Energy, 15 Dec. to 19 Dec. A fun based activity and sports course for children aged 5 to 12. Drop off between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., pick up between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. All Oxford University Staff are entitled to a 10 per cent discount. Limited places are available for weekly, daily and half daily sessions at our fantastic holiday camp, including excursions to Sulgrave Manor and the Jordan Grand Prix Factory. Call 01865 292072 or visit www.campenergy.com for more information.

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Grand Viennese New Year's Ball

Saturday, 3 Jan., Oxford Town Hall: Strauss Family, waltzes, polkas, marches, Quadrille. The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra. John Georgiadis, conductor/violin. Tickets for diners and dancers (6.45 p.m. start), £65. Tickets for concerts only (7.30 p.m. start), £20, £15, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com. Box Office: 01865 305305.

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Concerts

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell, Sun. 7 Dec., 2.45 p.m. Bobby Chen, prize winning pianist, will play Ravel's Jeux d'eau; Mozart's Sonata K333/315c; Debussy's EtudesBook 2; Brahms' Intermezzi op 117, and Prokofiev's Sonata no. 4. Tickets from the Playhouse, 01865 305305; www.ticketsoxford.com. Some free to 8–22 year olds.

Friday, 12 Dec., 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre: Christmas Special with John Rutter; J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio(excerpts); Tavener, A Christmas Proclamation; V.Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Howells, A Spotless Rose, Cornelius, The Three Kings. Roderick Williams, baritone; John Rutter, conductor; The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com; Box Office, 01865 305305.

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Emmaus Oxford

Helping the homeless to help themselves: second user home and office furniture at very reasonable prices. Free delivery. Tel.: 01865 402073. E-mail: emmausoxon@netscape.net. Registered charity no: 1066618.

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Summer Fields School

The Maclaren Trust Scholarship: a scholarship, up to full fees, is awarded to a boy of outstanding ability between the ages of 8 and 11 who, without this financial support, would not be able to come to Summer Fields. For an application form please write to or telephone: The Headmaster, Summer Fields, Oxford OX2 7EN. Tel.: 01865 454433. E-mail: hmsec@summerfields.org.uk

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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 Wed. 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. 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, as well as country walks and garden trips. Second-hand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Handmade Vietnamese products for sale

Handmade in Vietnam: reasonably priced, high-quality, handmade Vietnamese products, carefully chosen for their unique beauty and style by Vietnamese owner Hoang and his wife Charlotte (Administrator at Maths). Products include traditionally crafted lacquerware and pressed bamboo (plates, boxes, vases, coasters, trays, photo albums), hand embroidered bedding, silk cushions and silk lamps and lanterns. University card holders are offered 10 per cent discount. 10 Oxford Street, Woodstock.

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Books Bought and Sold

Books Bought: 01865 727928–we buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on history and the humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ and 12 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QA. Open every day. E-mail: books@unsworths.com. Web site: www.unsworths.com.

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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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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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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine. 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. Food individually blended, with a distinctive range of unique dishes. No artificial ingredients in the food. Restful backdrop to high-quality food and service. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m.–2.30 p.m, and 6 p.m.–11.30 p.m. Website: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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Services Offered

Luker Bros (Removals and Storage) Ltd. Storage of personal effects for as little as £4 + VAT per week. Weekly deliveries to mainland Europe. Shipping services to all worldwide destinations. Contact Matthew Elbro on 01865 740709 or e-mail: melbro@lukerbros.com.

Sugarpepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home or chosen venue, leaving your free to truly enjoy the day. From canape receptions to Christmas and New Year celebrations. For sample menus call 01865 791136 or visit : www.sugarpeppercooks.co.uk.

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

Home help required for 2 hours a week in Old Marston. Light domestic duties incl. cleaning, ironing etc. For further information please tel. 07815 898978.

Au pair 20+. De luxe accommodation with lively academic family, French Switzerland. Own apartment in ground-floor of village farmhouse. Three-generation family. Babymind 2-year-old and light housework. Tel.: 01993 898536 or 004121 869 9010.

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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Egg Donation Line

We are a caring and loving couple who long to have a baby. Due to fertility problems we have been told that our only chance is to find a kind woman willing to donate some of her eggs anonymously. Could you help us? To receive such a gift would mean more than words can say. Do you need IVF? If you need IVF treatment you could also help us. By sharing some of your eggs you could receive standard IVF treatment at a significantly reduced cost at a top private London hospital. If you are aged 21--35 and would like further information, contact the Egg Donation Line, quoting ref. X0740321. Tel.: 0800 8497036, or e-mail: donorrecruitment@dial.pipex.com.

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Situations Vacant

Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD: Lodge Receptionist/Porter. We are looking for a well-organised person with good interspersonal skills to work day and evening shifts, including alternate Saturday and sunday mornings, in this busy College Lodge. Approx. 30 hours per week (plus extra hours for holiday/sickness cover). £5.90 per hour. Pension scheme; 30 days annual holiday; subsidised meals; parking. Please apply to the College Secretary, tel. 01865 274103 for a job description and application form, or e-mail: college.sec@wolfson.ox.ac.uk. Closing date 15 Dec.

Tuition needed for 3rd year Mathematics undergraduate. Subjects: Complex Analysis; Modern Analysis; Fluid Dynamics; Differential Equations; Abstract Algebra; Optimisation; Analytical Mechanics. Rate negotiable. contact: gt2@emirates.net.ae.

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: Gas Research Programme: The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is seeking research staff at junior and senior levels to work in its newly created Natural Gas Research Programmes, which will focus on issues of: pipeline and liquefied natural gas markets and economics, liberalisation, competition and regulation, investment issues, security of supply, and producer/consumer dialogue. Enthusiasm for the subject and ability to write well and clearly in English are essential. Priority will be given to those with research experience and some knowledge of the subject (and of the energy industries in general), and those with relevant language capabilities. This is not a position for those whose main research interest is environment and climate change. The closing date for applications is 9 Jan. Please apply in the first instance to Lavinia Brandon by e-mail: lavinia.brandon@oxfordenergy.org or by post to Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6FA.

Researchers wanted: D.Phil level only. Areas: Migration and mobility; Legal analyst; EU Asylum and immigration laws. Exciting short-term work. Excellent remuneration. Phone: Dr Daniell on 01865 747793 and 292009.

Mother's Help wanted for 25/30 hours per week (mostly afternoons) to look after 2 delightful children–boy (3) and girl (9), from Jan. Live in or out (own room and bathroom), in central North Oxford, close to the parks. Must love children. Salary dependent on experience. Please call 01865 421852.

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Houses to Let

Central Headington: compact 2-bedroom modern house; open-plan sitting/dining room; good kitchen; no garden. Parking space. Secure setting. Rent £850 p.c.m. Apply: Tuely 01993 812462.

Marriott Close, North Oxford: un/part-furnished, 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Five minutes' walk from bus route directly to city centre. No smokers or pets. Available Dec. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 559518, e-mail: peterjonathanclarke@hotmail.com.

Oxford, Iffley Fields: sweet and sunny Victorian terrace cottage, 10 minutes' walk Magdalen Bridge, frequent city buses, suit academic/professional couple. Sitting room, dining room/study, modern kitchen, bathroom, second WC, large double bedroom, study/spare bedroom (sofa bed), utilities cellar, stripped pine stair, sanded floors, period fireplaces, antiques, attractive garden (care by arrangement). Available from January for 6–8 months (or less, all dates negotiable). £850 p.m. E-mail: ayers@wadh.ox.ac.uk or tel. 01865 798069, or 01873 810982.

House to rent over the New Year: 25 Dec. until 14 Jan. Three- bedroom terrace house in Middle Way (Summertown, North Oxford); 2 minutes' from shops and main buses. £750 for whole period. Tel.: 07796 695036 or e-mail: pgf@astro.ox.ac.uk.

Property to let, near city centre: furnished 3-bedroom house, off Abingdon Road/Weirs Lane. Easy access to city centre and ring road; g.c.h.; garden. Rent £850 p.c.m. Available immediately. Contact Caroline 07946 526018.

Short let, Dec.--Apr.: newly decorated, spacious, comfortable town house (Hilltop Road); large garden onto parkland; very big kitchen/dining/sitting- room, plus second sitting-room; small study, double and single bedroom each with shower/w.c. Close hospitals, Brookes, London and airport buses, golf course, shops, etc. £950 p.c.m. plus own bills. Tel.: Oxford 247150.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with garden: fully furnished and fitted in excellent condition; gas c.h.; washer-drier; ample storage space in attic with ladder access. Situated in quiet cul-de-sac in Rewley Park, next to Saïd Business School and train station. Reserved parking space. Available for 6–12 months from Dec. £900 p.c.m., deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald. Tel.: 01865 421234 or e-mail: macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.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.

Waterways, central north Oxford: selection of brand new luxury 4-/5- bedroom, and 3-bathroom houses in prestigious location. Master bedroom with spacious en suite; family bathroom with separate shower. Landscaped garden, some with conservatory. Elegantly furnished. Secure parking, some with own garage. High-quality applicances and fittings. All properties owned, let and managed by Chase. No tenant administration fess charged. Immediately available. Tel.: Chase-the property people-01865 516060 or 07808 477850.

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Flats to Let

Botley (lower part of Cumnor Hill), 2-bedroom flat (or 3 study bedrooms). All mod.cons, by bus stop, parking for 2 cars. Available late December onwards. Long or short let. £700 p.m. exclusive. Tel.: 01865 862034.

Short stay and serviced apartments—luxury canalside 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, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP. Tel.: Oxford 311011, or visit our Web site www.finders.co.uk.

Two-room furnished apartment (with own bathroom and shared kitchen) in quiet country house south of Oxford. Good access to bus routes and Didcot station. Use of garden, swimming pool. Tel.: 01235 848356.

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

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: furnished ground-floor flat, with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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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

North Oxford : temporary occupancy, suit commuter as well. Single bedroom, all mod cons. £55 p.w. Please call 07939 594379 or 07901 818768.

House share available for staff or mature student–non-smoking–Abingdon, near Radley Station. £350 p.m. inc. bills. Parking and bike store available. Please call Colleen Rothwell on 07776 160240.

College & 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.

Oxford B & B: attractive, quiet and convenient home from home. Per night, single £38, double £50. Weekly rate less 20 per cent. Monthly rates negotiable. Tel.: 01865 770501, e-mail: charmaine.cole@cliffordchance.com Let Finders Keepers award winning North Oxford office make you at home in Oxfordshire. Over thirty years experience, a dedicated 24-hour management service and a comprehensive marketing profile ensure Finders Keepers ' reputation for making renting a pleasure is endorsed by both landlords and tenants. Whether you are looking for a short term sabbatical base in the city or a more permanent home we have a range of quality properties to match your requirements. With a dedicated team of property managers, letting negotiators, and an interior design and buildings division we offer landlords sound advice on all aspects of the residential market, providing security in the knowledge that your home is in skilled and capable hands. For further information on availability and landlord services please contact Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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

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Accommodation Sought

Academic couple with three-month-old baby, moving from Edinburgh to Oxford Jan./Feb., seek accommodation and childcare for 6 months whilst house-hunting. House-sitting or renting welcomed. Please contact Rachel. E-mail: R.Hinton@ed.ac.uk or Ymalhi@ed.ac.uk; tel.: 07763 113040.

German temporary OU lecturer and Oxford alumnus seeks for himself and female fiancée fully furnished one-bedroom apartment for 10 Jan. to 30 June 2004. E-mail: andreas.umland@stanfordalumni.org.

College & County is seeking to increase their portfolio of high-quality Oxford property suitable for post graduate 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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Holiday Lets

Italy: house in Le Marche; 3 bedrooms, large sitting area, nice new kitchen, c.h. Outside terrace with room for table and chairs, and large grassy area. Half of farmhouse with friendly neighbours, 7 minutes' from small town with supermarket, many shops and restaurants; 25 minutes' from Urbino and 45 minutes' from coast. £100 p.w. for all this and a view to die for! Tel. 01865 351754 eves and weekends.

Cottage for Christmas/winter breaks: charming Cotswold cottage in quiet cul-de-sac at Westcott Barton; beams, inglenook fire (plus c.h.), attractively furnished with country antiques, fully equipped, walled garden, garage. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 3--4. Available for holidays or short let till end Feb. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Christmas in Tuscany. Elegant apartment in Tuscan farmhouse with views to Siena (15 kms). Sleeps six. Open fireplace, central heating, two bathrooms, open plan kitchen/living room. Available 18 December throughout the winter season. For further info and photos, e-mail: carmelina2@libero.it.

Caribbean–Bequia, The Grenadines: 2-bedroom villas on Bequia Island, include unique beach front 'Anthony Eden House'; 4- bedroom villas–`New Eden' set in palm groves on Friendship Beach, `Star Dust' perched on a hill with watchtower and swimming pool. Prices from approx. £200–£700 per person per week. Beaches/activities–Bequia has 7 pristine white sand beaches, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, hobie cats, snorkelling, fishing, shopping, sightseeing. Web site villa and yacht brochures: www.grenadine- escape.com. Please contact Lara Cowan Hadley, The Old Farm House, Weald, Bampton, OX18 2HW. Tel.: 01993 850285. E-mail: lara@grenadine- escape.com.

A Holiday to Remember: Panfili, a beautifully restored farmhouse on the Tuscan/Umbrian border with stunning views, in a truly tranquil setting, offers tailor-made walking and cookery holidays as well as B & B, and house rental. As a base for exploring an area steeped in history and rich in culture, Panfili is quite ideal. For further details please see: www.casapanfili.com or call Betty Stuart at 00390758504244.

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

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignon 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 4 Nov., onwards. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. E-mail: janevenab@aol.com.

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large seculded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suiteaccommodation, 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.

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

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For Sale

1995/M reg Vauxhall Astra 1.4; Caribic Blue; 100,000 miles, recent new head gasket and cam belt. Taxed Jan. '04; MOT Aug. '04. Vgc, loving owner. £1,300 o.n.o. Tel.: Joan 01865 79660 or 0798 902 1512.

Old Charm, solid oak, handmade bedroom furniture. Comprises wardrobe, cupboard and dressing table. Excellent condition. Buyer collects. £2,000. Tel.: 01993 704301.

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