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Volunteers Wanted

With offices in the Saïd Business School, Oxford Inspires is the new cultural development agency for Oxfordshire. Oxford Inspires encourages collaborative action on a wide range of cultural and environmental issues between Oxford's two universities, the local authroities, the business community and the voluntary sector. Oxford Inspires is seeking to build up a small team of volunteers to work on a variety of tasks including organising meetings, research and information gathering, and helping to promote the organisation. If you are able to contribute an average of at least 4 hours per week please send a short CV and covering letter to Liz Gresham, Administrative Manager, Oxford Inspries, Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP; or e-mail: liz.gresham@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

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Two Towns? One Relationship?

Do you and your significant other live in separate locations because of work? I am currently conducting a qualitative research project for my M.Phil. thesis on dual-location couples. I am interested in understanding the decision-making processes and the coping strategies in a dual-location relationship. Participation in this project will involve a 45 minute interview with you and your partner. Please contact: Yuan-Ling Chiao, Dept. of Sociology. E-mail: yuan-ling.chiao@sociology.ox.ac.uk.

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The National Blood Service

There will be a university staff blood donor session on Tues., 10 Feb., in the Assembly Room, Town Hall, St Aldates. Morning session runs from: 10 a.m. until 12.25 p.m. Afternoon sessions runs from 2 p.m. until 4.25 p.m. Do something amazing today–Give Blood. Please call 0845 7 711 711. You can visit us at www.blood.co.uk, or on BBC2, Ceefax page 465.

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Boutwood Lectures 2004

The Lectures are held biannually on Political and Religious Philosophy. This year's lectures are entitled ` "Furious Religion" in an age of violence', The Revd Professor Duncan B. Forrester, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Public Issues, Edinburgh University; 18 & 19 Feb., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., panel discussion 20 Feb., 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. All welcome.

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d'Overbroeck's College Open Morning

Join us for our Open Morning on Sat., 7 Feb., from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for information on Years 9–11 and Sixth Form entry. This is an informal event which gives students and parents an opportunity to have a look around the College, meet our teaching staff and some of our current students. Based in North Oxford, d'Overbroeck's is one of the largest and most successful co-educational independent colleges in the UK. For further information about us, please contact the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit our Web site at www.doverbroecks.com.

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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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Hilary Term 2004: Artists and their Inspiration. 5 Feb., Following my Nose, Alec Peever; 12 Feb., A Painter;s Progress, Ken Messer; 19 Feb., Title to be announced, Nick Mynheer; 26 Feb., Discovering the Creativity Within, Valerie Petts; 4 March, Contemporary Art and Catharsis, Mark Cazalet; 11 March, Title to be announced, roger Wagner; 18 March, 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.

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Concerts

The Bartholomew Consort: conductor, JanJoost van Elburg, perform Choral and orchestral works by Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Kuhnau and Johann Sebastian Bach, Sun., 22 Feb., 3 p.m. in Mansfield College Chapel, Mansfield Road (by kind permission of the Chaplain). Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5), at the door, or by telephone 01865 760547.

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Strauss, Richard: 1st Horn Concerto (soloist Charlie Wilson); Dvorák: Symphony No 9 in E minor `From the New World'; Phillip A. Cooke: Five Mythical Creatures. Conductor Nicholas Mumby. Tues. 17 Feb., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

Saturday, 14 Feb., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre: Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet (excerpts); The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Nikolai Demidenko, piano; Yannis Daras, conductor. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com, Box Office 01865 305305.

Black Angel: the double life of Arshile Gorky. A solo performance with 100 images and music. Written and performed by Nouritza Matossian, 15 and 16 Feb.: Sun., 3.30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Mon. 8 p.m. Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Longwall Street entrance. Box office: Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305. Online purchase: www.oxfordplayhouse.com. £12, concessions £4.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.,–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years' experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Services Offered

Counselling/Therapy. For assistance in regard to relationship difficulties, or anxiety, depression and other concerns. Initial confidential interview without charge. North Oxford. Leslie Collins, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow British Psychological Society. Tel.: 01865 515732.

For general property repairs and maintenance, shelving, cupboards, and decorating give me a call. Excellent references. Anthony Swift 01865 762576.

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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Tuition Offered

Easter revision courses: GCSE, AS & A level. d'Overbroeck's College is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK, with an outstanding track record of success. Expert exam based teaching. Focused exam preparation and feedback. At GCSE: revise 3 subjects in a 5-day course. At AS & A level: revise 2 subjects in a 6-day course. Based in North Oxford. Limited places available: contact us now to find out more. Tel: 01865 310000. Web site: www.doverbroecks.com/easter.

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Situations Vacant

Somerville College: part-time office work–10.5 hours per week. An assistant is sought to help with the maintenance of database records and student files. Hours of work can be flexible. Some experience of using databases is essential, although further training can be given. The person appointed will be expected to be accurate and reliable, and to respect the confidentiality of the College's records. Payment will be £5.65 an hour (plus some benefits ). The closing date for applications is 12 Feb. It is hoped that the person appointed will be able to take up the post as soon as possible. For further information and an application form please contact: The Assistant College Secretary, Somerville College, Oxford OX2 6HD. Tel.: 01865 270619. E-mail: secretariat@somerville.ox.ac.uk.

Nursery Assistants: 2 classroom assistants (NNEB or equivalent) required from April to work full/part-time in our newly expanded Nursery. Montessori experience an advantage. Hours may be negotiable. One position is permanent, and the other to cover maternity leave. Salary: Enhanced QNN. Application, including CV (with names and telephone/address details of 2 referees) should be sent by 11 Feb., to: Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW. Tel.: 01865 242561. Fax: 01865 202945.

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Houses to Let

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 behind the Saïd Business School, near train and bus stations. Reserved parking space. Available immediately. £895 p.c.m., deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald, tel.: 01865 421234 or e-mail: josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk, or macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Furnished, gas c.h. coach house in the centre of Old Marston village: off-street parking for 1 car, on bus route (no 13C) into central Oxford, and hospitals; 2 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, bathroom (bath and shower). Basic rent £700 p.m. No smoking, no pets. To be let for 1 or 2 years, suitable for visiting academics, graduate students, or hospital doctors. References and deposit required. Tel.: 01865 244130.

Jericho: converted Victorian granary: 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hall, sitting room, kitchen, utility room and dining area. Walled garden, off-street parking, 5 minutes' walk St Giles' and colleges. Available mid-Feb. £1,150 p.c.m. To view tel.: 07990 587383.

North Oxford : new, bright, full and tastefully furnished and equipped house with 2 bedrooms plus a study, master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, kitchen-diner, lounge, cloakroom, landscaped garden, private parking. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking excellent accommodation in the best residential area just north of the Summertown shopping and sporting amenity, and with easy access to most hopsitals and university departments. Available from April. Rent £1,150 p.c.m. (short term and service option). For further details tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

Charming period cottage, Westcott Barton, 14 miles north west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of the village. Attractively furnished and well equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom 1 spare bedroom/dressing room/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south facing garden. Wonderful place to write. Available late April. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Charlbury(frequent trains to Oxford/London), magnificent Grade II Listed Cotswold stone house in enclosed courtyard/garden. Large kitchen, utility, dining room, living room, 4 large bedrooms, study/bedroom 5, 2 bathrooms. From March for 1 year or more. £1,800 p.c.m. Tel.: Simpson, 01608 810818.

Temple Cowley, newly renovated and furnished Victorian house with garden, close to local amenities; 1–2 reception rooms; 3 bedrooms (1 with en suite shower and toilet); fitted kitchen with dishwasher and w/machine. Available mid-Aug. to end Dec. 04. £825 p.m. plus bills. Ideal for professionals and family. Tel.: Yasmin Sidhwa on 01865 711341 or e-mail : sidaley@hilldale.fsnet.co.uk.

North Oxford furnished house available from 1 Sept., for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/North Oxford. Walk to university, train and coach stations, near best schools, parks, c.h., recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes; 2 bedrooms £1,250 p.m. or 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m (includes bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: Oxford: J.Mackrell (eves. or 7-8 a.m.), 01865 775567, e-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com; Canada: A. Gaston, tel.: 001 613 745 1368, fax: 001 613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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House to Let/For Sale

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 toilet; sitting room. First floor: music room (with Grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with toilet; 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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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford spacious 1-bedroom apartment, convenient for hospitals and university departments, best suited to professionals and academics seeking good standard central accommodation. Available from Feb., at £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144 or fax 01865 437996.

Granville Court, London Road: fully furnished, 2- bedroom flat; adjacent Brookes University and ten minutes' walk to city centre; en suite shower to main bedroom. £800 p.c.m. excl. bills. Available early-mid-Feb. Tel.: 01865 512149 or e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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, toilet 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. Suitable 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

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 & 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

American university professor and wife (ages 60 and 58) desire fully furnished house, beg. 15 June or 1 July until 15 Aug. Prefer 3 or 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, near bus route or convenient to University College. Non-smokers, references available. Please write to Prof. David Epstein, SMU School of Law, 3315 Daniel Ave., Dallas, Texas 75205, USA, or tel.: + 214 252 0852, or e-mail: depstein@mail.smu.edu, fax: + 214 768 3142.

Retired lady seeks 2-bedroom house or cottage in quiet, rural location (within 6 to 8 miles of Oxford) from March/April for 6 months or longer. Tel.: 020 8672 7170 daytime.

Wanted: spacious good-quality preferably unfurnished accommodation in central North Oxford or Jericho, for professional non- smoking couple for longterm let. Tel.: 07745 407505 (day); 01865 201300 (eves.). No agencies.

Visiting South African academic requires furnished house in Oxford with 3 bedrooms, close to primary school for around £800 p.m. Dates: from Apr. to Oct. Tel.: 01954 250983.

Senior New Zealand diplomat coming to Oxford on sabbatical for the period mid-April to Mid-July is seeking to rent a furnished house or apartment, preferably centrally located. Two bedrooms, garage not needed. Please contact Richard Grant at: waimarama1@xtra.co.nz, or phone 00 64 4 499 0 566.

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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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 rasonable rent to look after your house (and animals?), and even offer you a holiday in our home in Mallorca. Ideally from Aug./Sept. 2004 but could possibly be earlier. Contact: Ellen 0034 971 53 19 00 or e-mail: ellen@reichwald.co.uk.

House swap required: Our 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom detached 1 storey house with garden, in central North Oxford, is within walking distance of the town centre/university, and close to the park. We would like to exchange it for a large house or flat in the south east area of Barcelona for 2/3 weeks from 1 July. Tel.: 01865 556980 or e-mail: mganddharman@btinternet.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

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.) Photographs and more details of the property can be viewed on the website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2/.

Brinklow Cottage, the Lake District. Braithwaite is a hikers' paradise, sitting at the foot fo Whinlatter Forest with Grisedale Pike towering behind. This compact, comfortable, affordable accommodation for 2 plus dog, will appeal equally to the young and old, who will appreciate the magnificent views over Derwent Valley and Skiddaw. The cottage is situated on an elevated site above Briathwaite yet within a short stroll to the village shop and 2 public inns. Prices from £130 p.w. Tel.: 017687 78524 or e-mail: twocthornes@aol.com

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; mile to city centre. 3 to 16 April, 28 July to 17 Aug., 17 Dec., to 8 Jan. £650 p.w. Tel.: 01865 247851.

Fuerteventura: ground-floor apartment on golf complex; own garden; communal pool; close to beach; convenient for airport; sleeps 2–4. Enquiries please to Clarie Jones. Tel./fax: 01993 706191. E-mail: claire@jones04.freeserve.co.uk.

South of France: Cahors area. Completely restored stone house. Beautiful condition. Peaceful medieval village. An idyllic spot. Swimming pool. Preferential rates to college staff. Available all year round. E-mail: nkearney@tcd.ie or tel.: 0035 387 235 5962.

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 & 2, or can be combined. £250–£750 p.w. depending on numbers of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

Italy, Le Marche, for rent: beautiful old farmhouse, lovingly restored with outstanding views of Sibillini mountains and surrounding hills. Large pool. Sleeps 10+. One hour from Ancona airport. Available July to Sept. Very reasonable rates. Enquire: ernesto.macaro@@edstud.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 513739.

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., to Sat., £795. Details: name, address to venice@waitrose.com, 07932 606170 or fax 0039 0125 627835.

Paris: 2-bedroom, double reception flat, available July and Aug. Minimum 1 week. £350 p.w. Cheaper terms for longer stays: 12th arrondissement, near the Bois de Vincennes, the Bercy complex and the `coulee verte'; Metro `Michel Bizot'. Very elegant, attractively furnished with character features (large windows, high ceilings, parquet floors) balcony and lift. Entirely renovated with all mod cons. Washing machine,drier, dishwasher, microwave, separate WC, TV, video, CD player. Digicode and interphone. No children (but baby OK). Non smokers only. Phone 01865 769967 for pictures and availability.

Luxury flat on a golf course for rent in Alicante, Spain. Fantastic location close to sandy beach (15 minute walk) and airport (14 km). Terrace overlooking the 15th hole of Alicante Golf course. Two bedrooms, 2 shower/bathrooms. Apartment exquisitely finished and fully equipped (TV, washing machine, dryer, oven, microwave). Amenities include, tennis, squash, jacuzzi, steam bath, pool, children's area, etc. Available from July. Contact: rosana.lopez@admin.ox.ac.uk for info and pictures.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 65 miles north- east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell; available throughout the summer of 2004. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which forms a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom and lounge/dining area. The ground floor has a large double bedroom and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sunday and by private arrangement will cook delicious meals. Prices: £400 p.w., £750 per fortnight, £1,400 per 4 week period. Ring Dr Charles Mould 01993 810035 (fax 01993 810486) or e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Tuscan Hills: in superb situation near Siena our own restored farmhouse standing amidst its own olives and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest views. Walking, art, food and wine abundant. Easy access to cities. Very peaceful with full services (but no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 01252 660899. E-mail: richfran1321@msn.com.

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.

Rome: apartment for holiday or longer stays: 1- bedroom, Pigneto District, 15 minutes by bus from city centre; convenient; well located; well equipped; off roads accommodation. Linens and cleaning included. £200 p.w., £600 p.m. Contact: 01865 728830 or e- mail: buceti@frascati.enea.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.

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Retirement Flat for Sale

Large, light ground-floor flat in Warden run residence in Summertown, North Oxford. Ideal for a couple or single person. £65,000 + £550 p.c.m. service charge to include food, heating etc. Further details, tel.: 01223 357778 or 0117 9372511. n

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