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Musical events

Arvo Pärt Anthem—a new commission for St John's College is to be performed in the presence of the composer in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. In addition, the St John's College Chapel choir will sing music by Duruflé, Messiaen, and Poulenc with sacred anthems for St John the Baptist. The performance will take place on Thursday 18 March at 8 p.m. Tickets cost £8, £5 for concessions or £3 for students and are available from St John's Porters' Lodge or on the door.

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

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

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Lectures and meetings

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

The Girton Work-Life Balance Workshop: Sat. 24 April, at Girton College, Cambridge. `Educating for Work-Life Balance: What can we tell our students?' Chair: Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, the Mistress of Girton. Speakers on: What is `Work-Life Balance'? Life; choices and stages, Work: practice and policy. Speakers will include: John Cottingham, Prof. of Philosophy, University of Reading; Joyce Hill: Director, HE Equality Challenge Unit; Pat Thane, Professor of Contemporary History, University of London; Deryn Watson, Prof. of Education, King's College, London; Helen Whitten, PositiveWorks. Programme and registration (no fee) from the Workshop Convener, the Mistress's Office, Girton College, Cambridge CB3 OJG, or by e-mail: roll@girton.cam.ac.uk (include `workshop' in the subject line).

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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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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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Antiquarian Books Bought

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

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Services Offered

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

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

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

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Personal Training

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 or 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

Easter Revision Courses, GCSE, AS, and 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 and A level: revise 2 subjects in a 6-day course. Based in North Oxford. Limited places available. Contact us now to find out more. Telephone: 01865 310000. Web site: www.doverbroecks.com/easter.

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Situations Vacant

Personal Assistant required: calm, efficient and articulate person required for creative household of journalist and publisher-designer, able to cope with household finances and organising varied social diary with equanimity. Responsibilities include booking travel and co-ordinating practical details for household. Discretion absolutely necessary, as is results-focused attention to detail. Personable nature and loyalty taken as given. Ability to use Sage necessary. Spoken Italian desirable. European preferred, with first-class English skills. Please send responses by e-mail: williamcash1@aol.com.

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Houses to Let

Spacious, 3 bedroomed house, fully furnished, one mile south of Carfax tower (next to Hinksey park) available immediately until end September. In excellent order with large lounge and patio garden. £875 p.m. plus bills to non-smoking academics! E-mail: sue.bridgford@virgin.net

Attractive, furnished detached four-bedroom house in quiet neighbourhood, with separate garage and off-street parking. Washer/dryer/microwave, d.g., c.h. Long lease preferred. £1,200 p.c.m. Suit family or responsible professionals/graduates. E-mail: crescent@highstream.net. Tel.: 01865 762236.

Holyoake Road, Headington: £850 p.c.m., plus bills, available in March, furnished. Double-height living-room, dining-room, kitchen, first floor gallery/study, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, gas heating/hot water, and parking. Contact Space: telephone: 01865 557333.

Jericho, Central Oxford: short-term let. 5-bedroom Edwardian house in cosmopolitan Jericho. 10--15 minute walk from Carfax, trains and buses to London, opposite grocery store and takeaways, 2 mins. to arthouse cinema and restaurants, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/diner, separate dining-room and drawing-room (grand piano), upstairs sitting-room with fifth bedroom, small garden. Price on application. Available dates: 27 March–7 April; 17–31 July; 15 August–5 September. Tel.: 01865 556307.

North Oxford : recently extended 2-bedroom terrace house, fully-furnished and equipped, open-plan downstairs, large conservatory, small gardens front and rear, garage, private parking. Very quiet place, close to Cutteslowe Park, frequent bus service to the town centre. Suited to professionals, visiting academics or small families. Available from April for 6 months or more. £800 p.c.m. E-mail: rimas.juskaitis@eng.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 559916 (evenings).

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

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

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

Florence Park: recently refurbished 1930s house with attractively designed garden. Ideal for professionals or family. 2 large bedrooms and dressing room. Close to local amenities, park and river. Light and cosy. Easy access to central Oxford. Available end of Mar. for 1 year or less. £850 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: Jo Dixon on mobile: 07932 724232.

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

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Flats to Let

Grandpont: delightful modern flat, suitable for graduate student or couple. Available for letting from 1 April, min. 3 months, if possible for 15 months, £650, plus bills and community charge (if applicable). Contact: Philip Opher to view. E-mail: opherrob@aol.com. Tel.: 01865 241845.

North Oxford , Woodstock Road: beautiful fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat in a Victorian house, big living-room, very modern bathroom and a modern well-equipped kitchen, nice garden. Off-street parking. To share from 1 April, with German/Lebanese doctor. Professionals only, ideal for visiting professor. Rent £1,000 to be split between 2 people, plus share of the bills. Contact Dr Nasser Semmo. Tel.: 01865 311913 (evenings). E-mail: Nasser.semmo@medawar.ox.ac.uk.

Central North Oxford: new modern first-floor flat in this sought-after Summertown development. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, airy and spacious, well-furnished, also with broadband, suit couple or sharers looking for comfortable home, £885. E-mail: myl321@hotmail.com. Tel.: 0778 8545949.

London, Kennington: 2-bedroom spacious first-floor furnished flat. Sitting-room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bath, c.h., available end March. £1,040 p.c.m. E-mail: aby.bidwell@stcatz.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 558034.

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. exc. bills. Available early-mid-Feb. Tel.: 01865 512149 or e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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

Upper Wolvercote, pretty location: self-contained, modernised, light, airy, 1-bedroom flat on second floor of old family house, overlooking Port Meadow. Stunning views, rural surroundings, and all mod. cons. Convenient for University and Oxford city. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining-room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic or other professional. £695 p.c.m., exc. telephone. Ready for viewing second half of Mar.; available late Mar./Apr. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.com 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.

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Vacation Lets

East Oxford, Victorian family house; sunny garden, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen/diner (and cat), available 3–24 Aug. (extension possible), 10 mins. from city centre. No smokers. £300 p.w. Tel.: 01865 726574. E-mail: chris@redkitepartners.co.uk.

North Oxford : light, spacious Edwardian home, in quiet, leafy location, 1½ miles from city centre. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lovely kitchen with Aga, south-facing sitting-room overlooking college grounds, secluded garden, available 1–29 August, £650 p.w. Tel.: 01865 512397. E-mail: mj@martinjennings.com.

Central North Oxford: available June–September), spacious 1-bedroom apartment in beautiful Victorian house, 2 minutes from Jericho and Port Meadow. Large living-room, kitchen, hall/study (with separate Internet line), bathroom (with power shower), double bedroom. All rooms with high ceilings and large windows overlooking secluded leafy garden. Own off-street parking. Perfect for visiting academic or professional couple (non- smokers). E-mail: e.skinner@ucl.ac.uk. more details: www.mcsharry.net/house/.

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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

Suit 1 professional person or graduate student: comprising separate bedroom and study, comfortably furnished in a beautiful thatched cottage in Eynsham. Own TV, video, radio and telephone, kitchen and bathroom (shared with owner), good bus service and village facilities. £65 p.w., including bills (not tel.). Tel.: 01865 881039.

Family seeks house-sitter for beautiful, large Regency house in St John's Street, in central Oxford. We need someone to look after our cat during the Easter Vacation (from 28 March for approx. 3 weeks). References required. E-mail: ruth.harris@new.ox.ac.uk.

Large, pleasant room for rent in family house in Summertown. Suit professional woman. C.h., shared facilities, parking space, £350 p.c.m., inc. bills. Contact Debbie at home: 01865 559828. Work: 01865 355011. Mobile: 07746 879154. E-mail: debbie.simpson@oup.com.

Luxury accommodation for lodger with a life! 1 large bedroom (and possibly large study with broadband), in wonderful house in Cumnor, overlooking beautiful garden, available for 3–12 months. Rent £700–£900 p.m. (bills and monthly cleaner included. Driveway parking available and bus to Oxford is regular and takes 20 minutes. Lodger must go away every now and then, as will landlady (medical publisher), and be an affable and considerate housemate—witty and entertaining would be a bonus! Tel.: 07802 795355.

St George's Manor, Littlemore: 1 bedroom in house-share on new, modern, high-quality development. £420 p.c.m., plus bills, suit single visiting or new academic, female/non-smoker only. Available until October. Contact Claire on: 07970 567269.

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

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

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

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

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

Professional couple seek 2 or 3-bedroom house to rent in Oxford, from beginning of April. Short or long-term let considered, references available. If you can help, please contact Louise on Oxford 203251, or e-mail: louise.harriss@psychiatry.ox.ac.uk.

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

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

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

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Accommodation Offered to Rent or Exchange

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house, gas/c.h., with long garden, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, wanted to exchange for 1 or 2-bedroom Manhattan apartment for academic year 2004--5, available from 1 Sept., or to rent, £900 p.m. Contact: 01865 725577.

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Holiday Lets

The Torre di Bellosguardo is a hidden secret in Florence—a stunning hotel with a 15th-c. tower, 16 large rooms (all with bathrooms), furnished with antiques. Set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens with spectacular views over the city, it is open all year. Own garden produce served. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness rooms, light meals in the bar in the evenings, poolside meals in summer. Unique setting, discreet staff, and resident Oxford-educated owner ensure peace and quiet at all times. A marvellous base from which to explore Florence and beyond, and a haven to return to. A self-contained flat (kitchen, sitting-room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms), with private terrace and far-reaching views is also available, with use of the hotel's facilities included. See www.torrebellosguardo.com, or tel.: 0039 055 229 8145, or Oxford 554066, for more information.

Siena: 6 kms. SE of town in lovely countryside: 1 small apartment opening onto olive grove. second apartment in partially restored farmhouse, suitable for 2 + 1. Lovely views. Tel.: 01865 284382 until 25/3, or 0039 0577 46553 after 2/4.

Lot, SW France: attractive 18th-c. farmhouse with pigeonnier, in rural hilltop location. Has private 10m pool, safely enclosed within large garden with shady terraces. Sleeps 8--14 people and has 2 cots, 3 bathrooms, dishwasher, microwave, no TV, but a piano. Much to do in the vicinity for all tastes—plentiful good affordable restaurants, prehistoric caves, châteaux, museums, canoeing on the Dordogne. Listed in Alastair Sawday's `special places to stay' self-catering France Guide. Available May, June, July, last 2 weeks of August and September. £470–£1,450. Web site: www.maison- lafeuille.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 556307.

Umbria/Tuscany border: 2 apartments and cottage to let in converted Umbrian farmhouse. Rural location, views over olive grove and swimming pool. Each apartment sleeps 4, cottage 2. Contact and further information: www.umbrialink.com/pioppi. E-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, at 850m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1 ¼ hours from Carcassone. Tel.: 00 335 6101 3046 for photographs and more information.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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: 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.

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. n

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House for Sale

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

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