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Musical events

University Church: J.S. Bach, St John Passion,sung in German with congregational chorales, Wed., 3 Mar., 7.30 p.m. Soloists James Bowman, James Gilchrist, Claire Booth, Eamonn Dougan, William Gaunt, with the Choir of the University Church, and the Band of Instruments (dir. Ryan Wigglesworth). £12 central nave and gallery, £8 side aisles; concessions £8/£7. Tickets available on the door or in advance from the church office or the shop. Tel. (church office): Oxford (2)79111.

Saturday, 28 Feb., 8 p.m., O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College: Lars- Erik Larsson, Adagio for String Orchestra, Op. 48; Norman Dello Joio, Choreography; Nimrod Borenstein, The Shell Adagio for Strings (world premiere); Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525; Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48. The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Marios Papadopoulos, conductor. Tickets £15. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com, Box Office 01865 305305.

The Bartholomew Consort: conductor, Jan Joost 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.

Oxford City Opera present Britten's The Turn of the Screw, conducted by Samuel Hogarth. Wed. 18 Feb. at 8.30 p.m. and Friday 20 Feb. at 7.30 p.m. University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Tickets £9, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse on Oxford 305305, or www.ticketsoxford.com, and at the door.

New Chamber Opera Studio presents the world première of The Story of Orpheus, written by Oxford composer, Professor John Caldwell. Michael Burden, Director; Stephen Rice, Musical Director. 4, 5, 6 March, New College Ante-chapel, 8.30 p.m. Tickets £12, £6 (concessions) available from the Oxford Playhouse on Oxford 305305, or www.ticketsoxford.com.

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Art exhibition

Pembroke College JCR: exhibition of post-war British art, Sat., 28 Feb. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the finest modern pictures in the collection, including works by Frink, Heron, Chadwick, Calder and Piper. The exhibition is preceded by a three-course lunch in Pembroke Hall, starting at 1 p.m. Tickets £28, £20 (Oxford students), all proceeds benefiting the Student Hardship Fund. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Lara Dalby, E-mail: lara.dalby@pmb.ox.ac.uk.

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Theatre

`Bullock Event', St Catherine's College. The Real Inspector Houndby Tom Stoppard. University Members welcome. Art exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture on view in Room C of Bernard Sunley Building. Thur., 19 Feb., and Fri., 20 Feb., 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. £4, £3 students (concessions).

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Lectures

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 and 19 Feb., 5–6 p.m., panel discussion 20 Feb., 5–6.30 p.m., McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. All welcome.

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Hilary Term 2004: Artists and their Inspiration. 22 Jan., Dodos, Dogs and Saints, Susan Moxley; 29 Jan, Adventures with Porcelain and Light, Margaret O'Rorke; 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.

Oxford Brookes University. 9 March at 4.30 p.m. in Board Room 2. Professor Mary Hickman, from London Metropolitan University, is giving a lecture called `The Limitations of Whiteness and the Boundaries of Englishness.' All welcome. For further details contact Sara Ryan. E-mail: fam@brookes.ac.uk

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Personal Trainers

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 limitation. Web site: www.alangordon- health.co.uk.

Paul Hornsby offers professional and effective advice to those members of the University (and their families) who would like to make a difference to their fitness and health this year. Weight loss, injury rehabilitation or sports specific training programmes can be devised for individuals or groups, at home or at the University Sports Centre, Iffley Road. discounted rates for University staff. Call 07980 818574, e-mail: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com.

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Volunteers Wanted

Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care needs volunteers to man a helpline 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Mon.–Fri. (working either once a week, fortnight or month). If you would like more information please contact Yvonne, Celia or Sally: Oxford Cruse, Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH. Helpline 01865 245398. E- mail: oxfordcruse@waitrose.com.

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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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. Wed., 25 Feb., a `Coffee Morning Bring and Buy Sale' will be held in the Club Room from 10.30 a.m., where there will be stalls selling homemade goodies, gifts etc. All Newcomers, husbands, partners, children, neighbours and friends are welcome. Please bring your contribution to the Club Room at 2.30 p.m. on Tues., 24 Feb., or on the day.

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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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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

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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Situations Vacant

Oxford Analytica is a leading international consultancy, drawing on the scholarship of Oxford and other universities and research institutions worldwide, to serve the needs of businesses and governments for geostrategic, political, social and economic analysis. We are currently seeking an Oxford-based Editorial Researcher/Production Editor. The successful applicant will be responsible for organising the daily editorial conference and for electronic publication of the Daily Brief. Candidates should have a broad grounding and/or keen interest in international affairs. They should also have Internet research skills. A knowledge of XML and the ability to edit graphical images and audio material would be an advantage. The ability to work accurately under pressure is essential, as is fluency in written and spoken English. Salary commensurate with experience. Closing date: 18 February. Résumé and details of current salary to: Graham Hutchings, Editor, the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, Oxford Analytica, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH. E-mail: ghutchings@oxford-analytica.com.

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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. Tel: 01865 310000. Web site: www.doverbroecks.com/easter.

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Houses to Let

Wootton, near Woodstock: well-appointed furnished property in sought-after village; 3 bedrooms, conservatory, garage, gardens, off-road parking for 3 cars. In peaceful location. Good bus and rail connections to Oxford nearby. Available mid-April for 6 months/1 year. £850 per calendar month. E-mail: sally.stradling@ukgateway.net or tel.: 01993 812278.

East Oxford, spacious new town house, suit visiting academics/medics, 3 bedrooms plus study, 2 en suite plus bathroom and separate WC, large lounge, kitchen/dining room, garage and parking, small garden backing onto large public park/wild open space with tennis courts; appliances included, furniture provided if required. Close frequent bus service to central Oxford. Near supermarkets, fitness clubs, sports club and good ethnic restaurants. Rent negotiable but around £1,450 p.c.m., depending on length of agreement and references. Substantial refundable deposit required. Telephone: Vyvyan Salman on Oxford 771875, E-mail: salmonvgr@aol.com.

Headington Quarry, ideal for visiting professor, 2 double bedroom house, LR and kitchen/dining, all mod cons, mid-July to mid-Sept.or Oct., dates to be agreed. £900 p.c.m. includes utilities, cable TV, and telephone. Professionals only. Telephone: Philip Allison, Oxford 767791, E-mail: philip_allison@hotmail.com.

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 Said Business School, near train and bus stations. Reserved parking space. Available 1 June. £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.

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, fully 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.

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. £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

Attractive modern 2-bedroom two-level flat in North Oxford (near St Hugh's), 15 minutes' walk to the city centre; completely refurbished; double bedroom, second bedroom/study, living-room, bathroom, kitchen; all mod. cons.; communal garden; garage option. Available now, £900 p.c.m. Tel. (evenings): Oxford 513202.

North Oxford : spacious garden apartment, fully furnished, sunny and secure. Adjacent park, tennis courts, golf club. Easy access to town centre. 2 bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, patio, parking. Available from 1 April to 30 Nov. £750 p.c.m. Telephone: Oxford 552245.

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 February at £750 p.c.m. Telephone: Oxford 516144, fax: Oxford 437996.

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.

Unexpectedly available, a self-contained, fully furnished flat in Woodstock Road, with easy access to the city centre; bedroom/living-room; fully equipped kitchen inc. washing machine; shower-room, c.h., private parking. Available 15 Mar. for short/long lets. £550 p.m., inc. bills. E-mail: mlavender100@hotmail.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 furnished ground-floor flats, each 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

Summertown: 300 yards from shops. Large furnished bed-sitter with fitted carpet, kitchenette (fridge), and bathroom, all in one self-contained area on second floor of family house. Central heating and telephone. Rent includes all bills except telephone; small charge for hot-water heater. Highly reduced rent for one quiet, non-smoking, long-term tenant (over one year). Yearly contract and refs required. Not suitable for couples or sharing. Available for occupation on 1 April. Write to: Dr S.L. Altmann, Brasenose College, Oxford OX1 4AJ, or E-mail: simon.altmann@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

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

Neat and friendly couple, both pursuing doctoral degrees at the University, quiet, very clean, non-smoking with no animals or children, seek a moderately priced 1- or 2-bedroom house or flat to rent in a good area close to city centre, from summer or autumn. Robert Amos: tel. 07900 691361, e-mail: rob.amos@pharmacology.ox.ac.uk; Julia Jonsson: tel. 07790 450258.

House-sit wanted by mature, professional, academic couple. Refs upon request. Available for any 6-month period or more, between spring 2004 and autumn 2005. E-mail: victor@thasiah.com.

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.

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 April. Contact: Ellen. Tel.: 0034 971 53 19 00, or e-mail: ellen@reichwald.co.uk.

College and 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 Exchange

New Zealand family seeks house swap within commutable distance of Shrivenham, Wiltshire, from August for 1 year. View our newly purchased home near NZ's capital, Wellington, at www.friars.co.nz/hosts/waimoana.html. Living rooms radiate from a central glass-roofed atrium featuring an indoor swimming pool, garden and waterfall. 3 of 4 en suite bedrooms open on to private balconies with sea views. Restored Austin Healey sports car and a family vehicle also included as part of accommodation package. E-mail: bryan.couchman@xtra.co.nz. Telephone: 0064 4 479 1161. Fax: 0064 4 479 9444.

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Holiday Lets

Tuscany, Italy: villa S. Stefano, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill, among large vineyards and olive trees (biological-organic farming methods, no pesticides); 5 bedrooms (up to 9 people), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming-pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 minutes' drive from Chiusi town, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 minutes from Siena and Assisi. Telephone: +39 055 602044, or +39 328 7133951; e-mail: info@demata.tuscany.it; Web: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Two furnished flatlets in villa 300 metres from beach, 200 metres from shops in quiet district of Clos des Plages, 2 km from the centre of La Ciotat (France 13600). No. 1: 35 sq. mtrs.; kitchen/living-room, bathroom with bath and w.c., bedroom with mezzanine sleeps 3 or 4, electric heating, terrace overlooking garden. No. 2: 40 sq. mtrs.; kitchen/dining-room, bathroom with shower and w.c., bedroom sleeps 3 or 4, electric heating, small shady garden. Rent for either: Oct.–Apr. 320 euro p.w.; May, June, Sept. 400 euro p.w.; July, Aug. 480 euro p.w. Possibility of renting for weekend or school holiday. Telephone: 0442 084996, fax: 0442 719202.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy: tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the NE coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people; beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden; 3 double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living- room with TV; only 10 minutes by car from Porto Cervo, world-renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches; close to wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools. E-mail: margareta@sanpanteleo.co.uk; http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk.

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

Gower peninsula holiday house: ideal position above Three Cliffs/Pobbles Bay; adjacent Pennard Golf Links; 2 wings available, independent or joint---each sleeps 5/6 (total 11); large secluded garden, ample parking. Telephone: Oxford 433499, e-mail: swainsonjc@aol.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 per week). E-mail: barbaracemerson@yahoo.co.uk. Telephone: 07798 828758.

Italy, house in Le Marche: 40 mins. from Adriatic; 25 mins. from Urbino. 3 double bedrooms, large sitting area with open fireplace, nice new kitchen, large bathroom, central heating, terrace with beautiful panoramic views; plus garden area. 5 mins. to small town with many shops, 2 supermarkets and restaurants. Reasonable rates, some weeks still available. Telephone: Oxford 351754 evenings and weekends.

Italy, Tuscany. Charming seventeenth century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8- -10. Not available in August. Telephone: 0208 446 4913. E-mail: stein@stein44.fsnet.co.uk.

Lake District. Brinklow Cottage. Braithwaite is a hikers' paradise, sitting at the foot of 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 Braithwaite, yet within a short stroll to the village shop and 2 public inns. Prices from £130 p.w. Telephone: 017687 78524. E-mail; twocthornes@aol.com.

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.); website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Southwest France, between Albi/Cordes, farmhouse with 6 acres, swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large kitchen, sleeps 8. Several airports within easy reach. Call 01608 810818 or e-mail barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for brochure.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignon Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of `Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpelier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from 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.

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.2., £600 p.m. Contact: 01865 728830 or e-mail: buceti@frascati.enea.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. 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.

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.

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

Cevennes—Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, recently refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms—sleeps 8+; bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when this apartment is let. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of matrue gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet—near a village with shops—in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards, Gorges du Tarn—and the Mediterranean—all within easy reach. For those who do not wish to drive, there is easy access via TGV or cheap Stanstead flights. Booking now open for 2004 (from £210 p.w.). Non-smokers only please. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. A smaller, second flat is now also available; this will sleep 4 or 5 in 2 bedrooms and has a large living area and a cool covered terrace. Though entirely separate from the larger flat—and available separately—this may be of particular interest to families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. For further details of either of these flats please apply: 01527 541360.

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House for Sale

Hethe: Charming period cottage tucked away in the pretty country village of Hethe, approx. 18 miles NE of Oxford. Many character features, including original beams, exposed stone walls, open fire. Ideal for single person or couple, or as tranquil weekend retreat from city living. 2 bedrooms, living room, good sized kitchen and bathroom, secluded patio area and well-stocked cottage garden, private parking space. No onward chain. £220,000 ono. Contact: E-mail: Sandra.Nicholson@admin.ox.ac.uk. Telephone: Oxford 280667 or Oxford 515515.

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Houses/Flats for Sale

A new agency: Space, Woodstock Road, Oxford (opposite Browns restaurant), tel.: 01865 557333. For property details and virtual tours of 320 towns and villages in Oxfordshire, visit www.spaceagency.co.uk. See Oxford and the county at street level.

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House for Sale in Italy

Southern Italy, Campagna---grow your own olive oil. SW facing house near historic hilltop town of Ariano Irpino. May be of interest to families who want to share buy have separate accommodation. Upper floor: 2 double bedrooms, large living area with veranda, kitchen/dining, bath. Lower floor: 2 bedrooms, shower and kitchen ready for upgrading, utility room, private terrace. Garage suitable for conversion to living area. Spring-fed dripping pool with extensive paved terrace and shady covered area. Magnificent views over Valle Luogo, 6 acres olives (av. yield 60 ltrs. per annum); figs, hazels, wild flowers. Ruined old house with traditional brick pizza oven a perfect restoration project. Off usual routes. Ideal for Italian speakers who relish the challenge of getting to grips with Arianese language and culture---the real southern Italy. Naples 1 hour by car or train. Well-situated for excursions to Pompeii, Ischia, Amalfitana, Caserta. Price: 219,000 euro. Contact: Wooller, tel. 01766 762684, e-mail: michael@thecusp.fsnet.co.uk (owner); Italian agent, Antonio Leggiero: legherim@libero.it.

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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 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. Long-term let or for sale (sensible offers). For further details please contact Alexander Kok on tel.: 00 33 2 33 45 52 16, fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96. n

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