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Concerts

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, and Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor. Conductor: Nicholas Mumby. Piano: Alistair Curd. Tuesday 11th May 2004 at 8pm, Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10/£5 available from the Oxford Playhouse. Telephone: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

Saturday, 15 May, 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre: Richard Strauss, Four Last Songs; Mahler, Symphony No 1 in D Major (\Titan\). The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Susan Bullock, soprano, Marios Papadopoulos, conductor. Tickets £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com, Box Office 01865 305305.

The Oxford Pops Orchestra and conductor Philip Mann proudly present an unabashedly fun program of American classics. Accomplished pianist Tatiana Roitman joins Oxford's finest musicians in Gershwin's ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue, Ives's profoundly beautiful Unanswered Question and Copland's timeless Appalachian Spring. A pre-concert talk with composer Christopher Dietz at 7 p.m. precedes the European première of his prize-winning composition, Allidatha. Friday, 14 May at 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets available on the door or from Tickets Oxford 01865 305305 or http://www.ticketsoxford.com, £15/10/5 (concessions). More information available at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~scat2498/.

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Lectures

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Trinity Term 2004—06/05/04: A Christian Perspective—Keith Ward; 13/05/04: A Jewish Perspective—Yossi Klein Halevi; 18/05/04 (Tuesday): A Jewish reaction to The Passion of the Christ—Jonathan Gorsky; 20/05/04: The Wall in Israel/Palestine—Husam Zomlot; 27/05/04: Keeping the Peace: the essential soldier—Roy Giles; 03/06/04: Iraq: the aftermath—Andrew White; 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 12.30pm. 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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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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Volunteers sought

Would you be willing to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? We are studying the links between diet and heart disease. If you are healthy and aged 18–65 years, we would like to hear from you. Contact Alex or Mary at OCDEM, the Churchill Hospital. Tel.: 01865 857262, e-mail: enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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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. Tel.: 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. 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. 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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Services Offered

Specialist advisers to academics: Colin Coates and Partners offer tax and accounting services, including professional salary review, and retirement covering the University's Superannuation Scheme. Telephone 01934 844133 or e-mail info@ccptax.com. For more information visit www.ccptax.com.

Marshall & 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 & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our website at: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 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 01865 767105.

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).

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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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

Language tuition. Chinese Mandarin teacher (native speaker) offers Chinese language tuition for different levels and requirements (conversation and writing). Tuition at your home or office possible. Contact: Oxford 514206 or e-mail: W100009@hotmail.com.

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Situations Vacant

Christ Church Cathedral School. Required for Sept.: Playground Supervisor and part-time Matron, to work c.15 hours p.w., mostly with 4--7 year olds, also assisting with part-time matron duties. Details from: Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW. Application with CV and telephone/address details of two referees as soon as possible. Telephone: 01865 242561, fax: 202945, e-mail: schooloffice@cccs.org.uk.

Oxford-based academic publisher requires publicity assistant. Please send CV, application and salary expectations to: salesuk@berghahnbooks.com.

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Houses to Let

Central North Oxford. 4/5 bedroom house on 3 floors in a stunning location between the canal and Port Meadow. Walking distance to city centre, near playgrounds and schools. Excellent condition, less than 2 years' old, 3 bathrooms, 2 showers, fully fitted kitchen. Would suit family. No smokers or pets please. Available from 16 July 2004 for 1 year. £1,940 pcm. Contact: Oxford 513569 / 07900 988150 or e-mail irini.skaliora@physiol.ox.uk.

Cumnor. Beautiful house situated in a side street of Cumnor Hill. 5 bedrooms. 3½ bathrooms, 3 large reception rooms, exceptional and secluded garden. Unfurnished, but furnishing may be possible. Rent will depend on length of tenancy and requirements. For further information, contact: Oxford 438422 or e-mail yellowsocks@ntlworld.com.

Central North Oxford. Very large family house with spectacular glazed open-plan living space. 3/4 reception rooms, 5/6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, well furnished, fully equipped, nice garden, off street parking for 3 cars, use of small boat on the Thames. Available from August for the 04/05 academic year. £3,750 pcm, cleaner and gardener/handyman included. Contact: Oxford 316202 or e-mail jj@jjteam.demon.co.uk for photos and further details.

Marston, William Street. 2 bedroom Victorian semi-detached house with garage. Quiet neighbourhood within easy walking/cycle distance of University and John Radcliffe hospital. Ground floor is open-plan with snooker table and dining table. Recently refurbished kitchen and new bathroom with power shower and bath. Fully furnished and equipped, g.c.h., small front garden and large back garden. Available now. £750 pcm. Contact: Oxford 407827.

East Oxford. Spacious new 3/4 bedroom townhouse with garage. 2 en-suite bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen/diner. Unfurnished, all appliances included. Frequent bus service, near public park and sports facilities. £1,250 pcm (negotiable). Deposit required. Contact: V. Salmon on e-mail: salmonvyr@aol.com.

Eynsham. Newly refurbished Victorian terrace cottage to let in central old Eynsham, 2 minutes walk from shops, pub, church. Excellent bus service to Oxford; riverside walks. 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, sitting room and walled garden. Suit professional person and non-smoker, as 2 other rooms are used for part time counselling. £550 pcm (inc. gas and electricity). References required. Contact: Dr Forrest on 01993 812651 or Dr Kirk on 772004.

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house (could sleep 3) with long garden and garden work-room, gas c.h, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, available from 1 Sept 2004 to July 2005, £900 per month. Tel.: 01865 725577.

North Oxford . Charming recently built properties, fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with a choice of 2 bedrooms + study, and 4 bedrooms all with master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge, kitchendiner, landscape garden and private parking. Located in one of the best residential areas and close to Summertown shops and sporting amenity and with easy access to most hospital and most University departments. Best suited to professional or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. The 2 bedroom + study are available from various dates (early August and mid-September) at £975 pcm. The 4 bedroom is available from late September at £1,195 pcm. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Large, attractive 3–4 bedroom detached house, just minutes' walk from John Radcliffe, Churchill, and Nuffield hospitals. Close to good schools. Fully furnished, c.h., all appliances, off-street parking and rear garden. Suit professional family or responsible graduates. Long lease available. £1,500 p.c.m. (inc. council tax). Contact: fidewan@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07711 377921.

Comfortable, 2 bedroom terrace house with c.h. and pleasant garden in central North Oxford to let for next academic year. Large living room, small study, cloakroom, and well-equipped kitchen. Would suit visiting academics. No more than 2 people sharing. Available from beginning of September 2004 to mid-July 2005. Telephone: Mrs Ockenden 01865 512747 or email rosaleen@community.co.uk.

Eighteenth century Cotswold house, perfect for visiting academic family, recently renovated to high standard, band in the historic centre of pretty village (Eynsham) 6 miles from Oxford. Excellent 24 hour bus service, literally from our door. 2 sitting rooms, (large open fireplace, wood-burning stove), music/playroom with piano, dining-room, kitchen, utility room, 4/5 bedrooms, large study (internet access), c.h., all mod. cons., garage. Charming south-facing walled garden. Available for 4-week period from mid-July to late August. £450 p.w. E-mail: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk or Tel.: (home) 01865 880142; (work) 01865 483951.

Temple Cowley, modern 3 bed 2 bathroom townhouse in quiet private road. Fully furnished, all mod cons, garage and enclosed garden. Available August 2004 for 12 months. Bike/bus 10 mins to city centre. Adjacent to swimming pool, library and shopping. No smokers/pets. Rent £900 p.c.m. + bills. Contact drdog@bigfoot.com.

Central North Oxford Edwardian family home overlooking picturesque college playing fields; pretty garden going down to Oxford canal. Easy walking distance to city centre. 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 reception rooms, music room/study. Rowing boat and bicycles available for use. Non-smokers only, no pets. Available mid-July to end August. £500 p.w. Telephone: Oxford 559440 or e-mail tlamb@dial.pipex.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.

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 w.c.); fitted kitchen with dishwasher and w/machine. Available mid-Aug. to end Dec. £825 p.m. plus bills. Ideal for professionals and family. Tel.: Yasmin Sidhwa on 01865 711341 or e-mail : sidaley@hilldale.fsnet.co.uk.

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

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: Oxford 311011. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Central Oxford. Spacious, well-furnished, 1 bedroom apartment in Gloucester Green, OX1. Available from September 1 2004 for 1 year. Suit quiet academic couple who enjoy the theatre, concerts and easy trips to London. Non smokers only. £795 pcm. Contact: Oxford 241224 or e-mail sally.thomas@earliestyears.freeserve.co.uk.

North Oxford . Stylish 2 bedroom flat in peaceful location off the Woodstock Road. 5 minutes bus journey to city centre. Fully furnished with open-plan lounge/diner, recently fitted kitchen and bathroom. Beautiful communal gardens, 2 parking spaces. Would suit non- smoking professional couple. Available early June. £795 pcm (excl. bills). Contact Kathryn Fulton at kathryn.fulton@admin.ox.ac.uk or telephone Oxford 315080 (home) or Oxford 286289 (work).

Headington. 2 bedroom, fully furnished flat with garage overlooking the golf course. 1 mile from city centre and close to hospitals. Available from early July to non-smoking tenants. Would suit visiting academics. £700 pcm. Contact: Oxford 279182 / 279180 or e-mail christine.peters@queens.ox.ac.uk.

Central North Oxford (Rawlinson Road). Attractive 1 bedroom self-contained flat with patio and parking. Lets of 3 months or more considered. £1,100 pcm. Telephone: 01865 55637207771 802582 or email: pjy@btinternet.com.

Headington. 1.5 miles from Oxford city centre, close to Headington hospitals. A wonderful architect designed, self-contatined, split- level studio apartment. Light and airy with a French window to a tiny private garden. Cooking facilities, cast iron wood burning stove, separate bathroom. Would suit a single person, post graduate, research student or visiting professor. Available for long or short lets. £650 pcm (inc. heating, lighting and cleaning). Telephone: 01865 762991 or email: paulinehodson@supanet.com.

North Oxford . 1 & 2 bedroom apartments adjacent to Summertown shops and sporting amenity. Easy access to University and hospital departments. The 1 bedroom flat is available from August at £675 pcm. The 2 bedroom flat (1 double, 1 singlestudy) is available from various dates (early June, early July, early to late August) at £775 pcm and £795 pcm. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Both available end June. 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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Vacation Lets

Central North Oxford. Attractive Victorian house for rent. Light and airy, newly decorated, and just 10 minutes walk to the city centre. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, 1 reception room, kitchen, garden, all mod cons. Available from 24 July to 4 September. £550 pw. Telephone: Oxford 553569 or e-mail miranda.carnegie@dial.appleinter.net.

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 email fvmorris@hotmail.com.

Very convenient, well-appointed, fully furnished 1 bedroom flat from mid-July for up to 3 months; easy walking distance to town centre, parks, colleges, etc. Suitable for non-smoking visiting academic single personcouple or other professionals. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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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. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

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 tel: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website 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.

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.

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Acommodation Sought

Visiting academic couple from Germany with 5 year old daughter seek furnished house/flat in Oxford from 1 August 2004 to 31 January 2005. Non-smokers, no pets. Could offer furnished flat near Basel, Switzerland. Contact Thomas Mueller at e-mail: thomas.mueller@uni-bonn.de or telephone: 00 49 7623 965654.

Wanted: short let—furnished three- or four-bed property, whilst own undergoes renovation; mid-May–end July; north and east Oxford/west Bucks border. Tel.: 0208 947 8236 or 07778 398349.

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 Exchange

Australia. Home Exchange. Orthopaedic surgeon and family looking for accommodation in Oxford from July 2004 for 12 months. Seeking 3 bedroom house close to University for family of four (2 boys, aged 2 and 3 years). Will exchange for charming 3 bedroom "Queenslander", fully air conditioned, large front and back decks, huge garden and located minutes from downtown Brisbane. BMW 318i vehicle also included in exchange. For more information, please email: gallaghers_abroad@hotmail.com.

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Holiday Lets

Ireland, Kerry. Tastefully restored farmhouse in peaceful rural area. 4 double bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and living room with open fire. Wonderful local walks and short easy drives to a selection of beaches, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry and Tralee. Euros 250 pw. For more details and photos, see www.vulkan.worc.ox.ac.uk/kerry or telephone Oxford 557961.

Athens. Accommodation for the 2004 Olympic Games. Newly decorated apartment, situated in Pagrati, a cosmopolitan area close to the metro and all public transport. Pagrati is near the Panathinaiko Stadium (15 mins. walk), Goudi Olympic Complex (15 mins. bus ride), central Athens (25 mins. walk), and Plaka old Athens (20 mins. walk). 1 bedroom (with king size bed), sitting room, dining room/study, fully fitted kitchen with all mod cons, bathroom, and balconies all around, air-conditioning, TV and VCR, washing machine, and linen and bedding provided. Cleaning service available once a week. Available in August. For further information, please contact Vicky at: vicky_smara@hotmail.com.

Florence. Rent our recently restored, fully furnished, 2 bedroom air-conditioned apartment in the historic San Frediano district, steps from Santa Maria del Carmine in the `Oltrarno', Florence's `Left Bank'. The apartment is on the 5th (top) floor (with lift) with stunning views over the rooftops of the city to the hills surrounding Florence. Within easy walking distance of all major tourist attractions and main train station, and on minibus route between station and Pitti Palace. Off the beaten tourist track, with undiscovered trattorias, neighbourhood bars, artisans' workshops, unique galleries, and authentic food shops, our apartment is the place to begin your discovery of the real Florence. Available all year round from Euros 600 per week. Longer periods negotiable. Contact: jnbairstow@verizon.net.

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.

France, Languedoc-Roussillon. Charming cottage on the fringes of Limoux in the heart of Cathar country. Very large shady, secluded, terraced south-facing garden with orchard. 20 minutes from Carcassonne airport, 80 minutes from Toulouse and Perpignan airports; local train station; 20 minutes from A61 autoroute. 1 hour from the Mediterranean and 1 hour from the Pyrenees. Outdoor pool, canoeing, tennis, restaurants, shops, bike hire, etc. all within walking distance. Wonderful walking, cycling, wine and food. Unsuitable for toddlers or wheel-chair users. Sleeps 24. July and August: £300 p.w.; June and September £250 p.w. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Sardinia—Costa Smeralda. Tasteful villa in the rural village of San Pantaleo on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the "Roche Sarde" from the house and garden. 3 double bedrooms (2 with double beds and 1 twin). Balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining. Deckchairs both on terrace and in the garden. Kitchen and spacious living room with television. Only 10 mins by car from Porto Cervo, the world renowned Pevero golf course and all the major beaches. Close also to a wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and wind surfing schools. For more information, email: maggan_krim@yahoo.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chassenow lovingly restored, with traditional lauzesroof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some 3 acres. 5 minutes from village with local shops, 15 minutes from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully fitted kitchendining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and 1 twin. Can accommodate 2 more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecueşand boules. Own 10m x 4m pool with glorious views; garage. A few weeks remaining both in high season and autumn. From £350 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Cyprus—Pegeia. 10 minutes to Coral Bay, 20 minutes to Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, 2 double (1 en-suite), 1 twin and further occasional beds if required. Each bedroom has own access to pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout, TVDVD. From £425 pw. Also, an apartment available in Paphos, 5 minutes. from the picturesque old harbour, terraced house with uninterrupted sea views, sleeps 4. Bedroom balcony for breakfast overlooking the sea; patio and small garden. Fully equipped with air conditioning, TV/DVD, own shaded parking. Use of large communal pool. From £295 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Paris: small studio, sleeps 2, Paris 12ème between Nation and Bastille, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligre, `Coulée Verte' and the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped with bathroom, kitchen area, digicode and interphone, lift. No smokers. £140 pw, £260 for 2 weeks, £500 for 4 weeks (inc. bills). Available from 1 May to 30 September 2004. Also available: cottage in small village in Lot, near Figeac/Cahors, sleeps 6 in 2 independent units (2, 1+1; 2). £300 for June 2004. For further information and pictures, please email johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Italy: luxury villas, country houses, apartments for convenient rental in Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia (Emerald Coast), Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Naples. Available at any time of the year and for any length of time. Cars also available for hire at competitive rates. Range of optional services available on demand. Contact: tuscany.countries@libero.it or telephone 00 39 328 713 3951.

Andalucia (Gaucin): a uniquely designed villa, newly built as a series of cottages and apartments around a private courtyard and pool. It can be booked exclusively for large groups (up to 13) during the summer months or as individual units (2+) during the remainder of the year. Telephone: 01865 791999 or visit the website at www.thespanishvilla.com.

Andalucia: Gaucin. Delightful private house in white mountain village to let, 2 June–27 July and 21 Aug.–end Sept., while owner author is away. Two double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area (with open fireplace, fully fitted kitchen) leading onto terrace with magical view over valleys to coast and mountains of Africa; local swimming pool 5 minutes, Mediterranean 35 minutes; also rivers and fabulous beaches; Atlantic coast 2 hours. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze. Excellent maid, by arrangement. £500 p.w., reduction for longer lets. Tel.: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail: venetia@ari.es.

Barcelona. Fabulous flat in city centre available for week-ends and short breaks. Sleeps 6. Fully equipped kitchen, large sitting room, dining room, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies. Original tiled floors and 16ft ceilings. Bi-lingual babysitter available. TV/DVD/CD and internet. See http://www.barcelona-breaks.com/ or e-mail clarefontes@hotmail.com.

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.

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

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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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Houses for Sale

Central North Oxford. 6 bedroom semi-detached home in Bainton Road, adjacent to canal and St John's Sports Ground. For details contact David or Clare on 01865 863712 or email: david.wenham@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk.

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 can be found on www.house.ladder.co.uk (using the above information with their search facility) or contact Sarah Proctor on e-mail at sarah.proctor@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Old Headington: early 1920s three-bedroom detached cottage, carefully restored. Small, pretty walled garden. No chain. £325,000 o.n.o. Tel.: 01865 751861. n

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