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Open Morning

Magdalen College School: Sat., 10 Jan., 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon. All welcome. Tel.: 01865 242191 for further details or e-mail: registrar@mcsoxford.org.

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Christmas Gifts at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Do come and choose from a range of luxury items and educational products on sale in the museum shop: gemstone jewellery, stone bowls and candlesticks, fossils and minerals, fair trade toys and puzzles, specialised books on natural history as well as educational books for children. We also have an excellent selection of small gifts that are ideal for Christmas stockings; nuggets of fool's gold, magnifying lenses, finger-puppets, stickers and dinosaur models. Open daily 12p.m. to 5 p.m. 10% discount with blue Oxford University card.

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Grand Viennese New Year's Ball

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

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Dragon School Oxford

125th Annimversary Bursaries: means-tested bursaries of up to 80% of day fees are available to support children of parents who cannot afford the full fees. Eligible boys or girls must have been born between 1 Sept. 1995 and 31 Aug. 1996 in order to enter Year 4 in Sept. 2004 as day pupils or boarders. Further details and applications forms are available from the Registrar's Assistant, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS. Tel.: 01865 315405 or e-mail: admissions@dragonschool.org. Closing date for applications: Fri. 16 Jan. 2004.

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Emmaus Oxford

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

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Summer Fields School

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

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wed. 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10.15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, as well as country walks and garden trips. Second-hand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Handmade Vietnamese products for sale

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

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Books Bought and Sold

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

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

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

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Tuition Offered

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Services Offered

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

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

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

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Domestic Services

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

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

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Egg Donation Line

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

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Situations Vacant

Part-time secretary/PA with very good computer and phone skills wanted for a small business in Oxford. Mixed office duties for a flexible experienced person: 15–20 hours per 4-day, or 5-day week. Phone 01865 436791 to arrange an interview.

University of Reading, Museum of English Rural Life: Campaign manager sought to run a small capital campaign to raise additional fitting-out funds and set uf a Friends organisation for the Museum, moving to new £10.5m premises in Reading. Two days per week. ALC 2–3 pro-rata. Contact: personnel@reading.ac.uk quoting ref PO349.

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

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Short Term Let

House to rent Hilary Term in Charlbury (20 minutes by train to Oxford): 4-bedroom modern house in Cotswold style in pretty Cotswold town, very accessible for Oxford, would suit visiting family or academic. Detached; 2 reception rooms plus study, fireplace, modern kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, bathroom and shower room, large garden. Ideally we need someone to 'house sit' 2 resident cats. Walking distance to town, station, basic shops, primary school and attractive countryside. £895 p.c.m. Available mid-Jan. to en-March. May be possible to negotiate shorter or longer period. Tel.: 07956 827881.

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Houses to Let

Spacious maisonette in north Oxford: fitted kitchen; large dining room/sitting room; 2 double bedrooms; bathroom. Newly furnished throughout. Short or long-term let. Off-street parking. £950 p.c.m. Also 1-bedroom flat with garden available Jan. Tel.: 01865 512854 or 07968 286575.

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

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

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

Short let, Dec.--Apr.: newly decorated, spacious, comfortable town house (Hilltop Road); large garden onto parkland; very big kitchen/dining/sitting- room, plus second sitting-room; small study, double and single bedroom each with shower/w.c. Close hospitals, Brookes, London and airport buses, golf course, shops, etc. Well equipped and newly decorated. £950 p.c.m. OR £650 p.c.m. plus share bills for a couple sharing with 1 professional. Tel.: 01865 247150.

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

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

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms: furnished ground-floor flat, with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 minutes' from Oxford city centre. Suitbale for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 per week all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Room to let in 3-bedroom house (sharing with 1 other person), available for 3–6 months. Situated in Islip (6 miles from city centre), convenient for M40, bus and rail travel. £400 p.c.m. excl. bills. Tel.: 07767 417891.

Fantastic accommodation for single mature female. Enjoy our comfortable home in city while family away March to mid-Aug. 2004. University age children and parents will be at home only intermittently for short spells. Own single room, free run of study, reception rooms, grand piano, kitchen with AGa etc. Must have impeccable references and be beyond wild party phase. Rent only £140 p.c.m. incl. E-mail: aliceebee@hotmail.com, tel.: 01865 245378 (eve).

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

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

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

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Accommodation Sought

Professional couple, excellent references, seek house/flat rental in quiet area within Oxford ring road from Jan. '04. Two bedrooms (or bed and study). Flexible duration–house sit, short let, year's lease. £850 p.c.m. max. Contact louise.harriss@psychiatry.ox.ac.uk.

Accommodation required for visiting academic and partner from Turkey, as part of the Programme on Contemporary Turkey, from Fri. 16 Jan. to Mon. 15 March 2004. Self-contained flat/house in central Oxford or nearby with good transport to central Oxford. Please contact Carol Davies, Academic Secretary, on e-mail: carol.davies@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Academic Italian couple, child-friendly, currently settled in a flat, seek house sharing in a larger home, close to city centre. Tel.: 01865 728830. E-mail: buceti@frascati.enea.it.

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Lets

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

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

Tuscany–writer's hilltown retreat near Siena: 2 charming apartments in medieval building, with shaded terraces and orchard. Weekly linen and cleaning. Walk to shops, restaurants, or out into spectacular countryside. Rent from £270 p.w. Tel.: +44 (0) 1428 714363. E-mail: uliviera@hotmail.com.

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

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. Available from late July, 3 nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 per week or £950 per month 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.

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Flat for Sale

One-bedroom apartment for sale on Folly Bridge island. Views of river from bedroom and living room, access to river terrace. Purpose built academic desk, Conran wardrobe (valued at £2,500), roll-top bath, and usual domestic appliances included. £235,000. Enquiries to : ewen.green@magd.ox.ac.uk.

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For Sale

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

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