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Concerts

Friday, 31 October, 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre: Elgar, Dream of Gerontius. Margaret McDonald, mezzo-soprano; William Kendall, tenor; Timothy Mirfin, baritone; James Burton, conductor. Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, Aylesbury Choral Society. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Box Office: 01865 305305, book online at: www.oxfordphil.com.

Live @ Modern Art Oxford, Thursday 30 October, 5.45 p.m. Hosted by Oxford Contemporary Music, members of Ensemble ISIS will present a short programme of works by Oxford Composers. So, beat the traffic, relax over a drink with friends, and take in some of the freshest new music before taking in the best international art in Oxford–and still get home by 7.30! The café and gallery will stay open until 7.30 p.m. and are free to visit (except 13 Nov.). £2 (under-10s free). Call 01865 813800 (Tues–Sun., 12 noon–4 p.m.) or on the door.

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Exhibition

Stained Glass and Sculpture by Martin Smith: an exhibition at Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, 19–31 Oct. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. subject to college commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the college lodge (01865 274100) beforehand.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Oxford Authors: 23 Oct., Life-shifting–a new way of living?, Roger Twigger; 30 Oct., Chiaroscuro: the illusion of Light and Dark, Jan Mark; 6 Nov., The Highs, Lows, Terrors and Rewards of Writing, Angela Huth; 13 Nov., Truth is no stranger to fiction, Linda Proud; 20 Nov., Fascinating Sinners, Patricia Hall; 27 Nov., Cruelty in crime fiction, Jane Jakeman; 4 Dec., An Alternative Oxford, Philip Pullman. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church at 12.3 0 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. Web site: http://www.st-giles-church.org.

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Memorial Service

A memorial service for Professor Bernard Williams (Emeritus Professor of the Philosophy Faculty and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 25 October in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

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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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Lady Margaret Hall Events

Book Launch for the reprint of prize-winning novel Another Country, written by Helen Heroys while she was an undergraduate at LMH in the 1920s; 17 Oct., 5.45–7 p.m., LMH, Talbot Hall. Contact: Angela Gustafsson, 01865 274362 or e-mail: development@lmh.ox.ac.uk.

BBC Radio 4 Any Questions? is broadcast live from LMH's Dining Hall, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, with panellists from politics, public life, the arts, business and education including Germaine Greer, Peter Hitchens, and Francis Maude. What questions will you pose? 7 Nov., LMH Dining Hall. Audience arrives 6.45–7.15 p.m. Programme begins 8 p.m. Entrance by ticket only. Contact: Angela Gustafsson, 01865 274362 or e-mail: development@lmh.ox.ac.uk.

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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 age 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, 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. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Museum Volunteers Wanted

Every Sunday afternoon the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum hold 'Free, family friendly activities'. These activities include explorer backpacks, sorting boxes, and trails devised by education staff. The afternoons are run by a team of volunteers. We are looking for new volunteers to work with our established team. We welcome whatever level of commitment you can give! For more information please contact Janet Stott, Education Officer at the University Museum on 01865 (2)82451 or e-mail: janet.stott@oum.ox.ac.uk.

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The Ecco Shop

Situated in Oxford City Centre, the Ecco shop in New Inn Hall Street offers you the best selection of comfortable yet fashionable footwear for everyday wear. Ecco is a Danish company specialising in designing shoes for active people. Have you tried them yet? To receive a money-off voucher and Autumn brochure call 01865 427885 please quote gazette10. Web site: www.ecco-shoes.co.uk.

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Books Bought and Sold

Woodstock Bookshop, 3 Market Sq., Woodstock. Tel.: 01993 811005. Mark Wratten, Secondhand books, literature, literary criticism, drama, some philosophy, religion, history of art and other. Open 7 days, 10.30 a.m.–5 p.m. but advise ring to check.

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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Services Offered

Building/decorating: general property maintenance, repairs, decorating, shelving, light building work undertaken. Excellent references. Phone: Anthony on 01865 762576.

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

Barnett House crèche: a few places are still available for the coming academic year in this small, home-based, Ofsted-approved crèche in North Oxford. Barnett House creche was founded in association with the University's Department of Sociology, and accepts children from 6 months to 4 years, offering either full time or part time care. The crèche cares for only 6 children per session (with 2 qualified staff) making it ideal for those who seek childcare that is personal and non-institutional in character, and actively encourages the development of early learning skills. Enquiries to Ms Ferguson on 01865 552366 or visit our Web site at: http://www.barnetthousecreche.co.uk.

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 Wanted

Hebrew–Biblical (pronunciation/reading). Prefer weekends 1 to 2 hrs. Please contact: madelaine.beck@pathology.ox.ac.uk.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) LRAM., near Kidlington, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 331147 Flute tuition evenings and weekends. Former professional 17 years experience. Beginners to diploma level. Please contact: Jane Rogers. Tel.: 01865 274777 (work), 01367 870417 (eve).

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Situations Vacant

Magdalen College School require a Registrar to commence 1 April 2004. To be directly responsible to the Master for admissions at this successful and prestigious independent day school. Letter of application, including full CV and details of 2 referees, to be sent to the Master, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ. Full details of the position may be obtained from the Master's PA. Tel.: 01865 242191. Closing date 5 Nov.

University of Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. Part-time Gallery Invigilator. Ancillary Grade T01: £9,916–£10,693 pro rata; 20 hours 50 minutes per week. We are looking for a reliable, observant and friendly person to fill the post of Gallery Invigilator. Hours of work are 11.55 a.m. to 4.05 p.m., Tues. to Sat. There may also be opportunities for extra work on Sundays. Further particulars are available from the Museum Administrator, Margaret Hauser. Tel.: 01865 277280. To apply for the post please send a CV, with the names and contact details of 2 referees, to Margaret Hauser, Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ. E-mail: margaret.hauser@mhs.ox.ac.uk, by Fri., 24 Oct.

Experienced audiotypists in transcribing needed for interviews for interesting project–DIPEX (www.dipex.org)–of personal experiences of health and illness. If you are interested, please contact: info@dipex.org or tel.: 01865 226672.

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Short Term Let

Smart 2-/3-bedroom house, recently renovated. Open-plan ground floor; 2 bathrooms (+ power showers); fully furnished, well equipped. Available Jan. to July 2004. Just south of Folly Bridge, 10/15 minutes' walk to city centre. Near Christ Church Meadows and Hinksey Park. Convenient for university departments and colleges. Suitable for visiting professional/academic couple. £850 p.c.m. inc. utility bills. Tel.: 01865 204604. E- mail: georgina.bordewich@devoff.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

Grandpont, 15 minutes' walk south of city centre: imaginatively remodelled Victorian house; large double bedroom; large second bedroom/studio facing south; luxury bathroom with power shower; spacious open-plan ground floor; fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher; south facing rear garden; NTL broadband installed. £875 p.c.m. Unusual and inviting, ideal for a professional couple. Sorry no smokers, children or pets. Available 1 Nov. Call 01865 721297, fax: 01865 247070. E-mail: wendy@oxwise.co.uk.

Newly refurbished terrace house in Jericho in quiet street, 10 minutes' centre: 2 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms (1 en suite); study; sitting/dining rooms; fully equipped kitchen; laundry/WC. Secluded garden. Available Jan.–Mar. 2004. Contact: joellemann@onetel.net.uk or 01865 511105.

trong>North Oxford : un-/part-furnished, 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom; 5 minutes' walk from bus route direct to city centre. No smokers, pets please. Available end Oct. £795 p.c.m. Contact: peterjonathanclarke@hotmail.com after 19 Oct.

Bright, spacious, detached 4-bedroom house (2 double, 2 single) in charming Littlemore Village. Oxford centre approx. 3 miles. Gas c.h.; fully furnished; large garden and forecourt; double garage, 6 car off-road parking. Available Oct. £1,500 p.c.m., gardener and heating service contract included. Tel.: 07909 905294. E-mail: kbg@freezone.co.uk.

Fully furnished, 3-bedroom terrace house. Gas c.h.; close to Brookes University and hospitals, Headington. Rent £800 p.m. Available from 1 Jan., to 31 March 2004. Tel.: 01865 764394.

Charming cottage, Westcott Barton, 14 miles north west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of village (bus to Oxford or drive to Charlbury Station for train). Attractively furnished and well equipped; 2 bedrooms (1 double bedroom, 1 spare bedroom/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, wood burning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden, garage. Available Oct. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford 2 new bright, fully and tastefully furnished family houses with a choice of 2 bedrooms plus study or 4 bedrooms, master bedrooms with cen suite\, family bathroom, cloakroom lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast, small landscaped garden, private parking available for the academic year. Best suited to professionals and visiting academics seeking excellent standard accommodation in a good residential location just north of Summertown parade with easy access to the centre of Oxford, University and hospital departments. Rents from £1,075 and £1,250 p.c.m. (short term option negotiable). Tel.: 01865 516144, fax: 01865 437996.

28 Nov.–1 Jan.: 7-bedroom house in North Oxford, suitable for a family. Well-appointed kitchen and facilities; 2 bathrooms and an additional separate toilet. Large garden and off-road parking. close to the Cherwell River and water meadows; 5 minute bus ride to the city centre, or a 15 minute walk across University Parks. Tel.: 01865 514568, e-mail: paul@kenelm.fsnet.co.uk.

Huge 4-bedroom house with integrated garage in Headington; adjacent to Nuffield and Churchill Hospitals; walk to John Radcliffe. Furnished with separate dining, lounge and sitting rooms. New kitchen, appliances and c.h. Internet wired. Large garden and forecourt. Available Nov. £2,000 p.c.m. Suit professional family. Contact: harvey@highstream.net.

Detached 3/4 bedroom house off Iffley and Cowley Roads. Quiet neighbourhood. Walk to shopping centre and bus routes. Clean and fully furnished, c.h., washer/drier. Front garden, separate garage and off-street parking. Responsible family or professionals preferred. £1, 200 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 762236.

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 appliances 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.

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

Iffley village: superb, quiet, newly refurbished 1-bedroom flat in annex to large house. Views over private garden with large trees. Parking available. Close to buses, 10 minutes' to city centre. £875 p.c.m. inc. cleaning and all services, excl. telephone. Tel.: 01865 715594.

Woodstock Road: modern, 1-bedroom flat, quiet location; c.h.; security entrance; lockup garage. Rent £695 p.c.m. No students but would suit visiting academic. Tel.: 01865 316266 or 01865 426410.

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.

Studio flat in quiet location near centre of Chipping Norton. Kitchen/living room, separate bathroom and bedroom. Easy parking, 3 miles Kingham Station. £425 p.c.m. E-mail: john@chippie1.demon.co.uk.

Two room furnished apartment (with own bathroom and shared kitchen) in quiet country house south of Oxford. Good access to bus routes and Didcot station. Use of garden, swimming pool. Tel.: 01235 848356.

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Self-Catering Accommodation

OxfordShortlets offers high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay (holiday) lets from 1 week to 3 or 4 weeks even up to 4 or 5 months, and more if required. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, re-location purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. Self-catering accommodation in Oxford is made easy with OxfordShortlets. Web site: www.OxfordShortlets.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 376772, fax: 01865 371911.

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Accommodation Offered

Room to let in very comfortable family farmhouse in pretty rural setting 10 minutes' drive from north Oxford and 5 minutes from M40. Long or short term let. Would particularly suit personable, post-graduate/young professional who might be away most weekends. Use of facilities incl. garden/washing machine. Off-road parking. Room £65 p.w. incl. Reference and 2 weeks' advance payment would be required. Tel.: 01869 350034 or 07831 718231.

Keep Your Independence with Support: very sheltered accommodation for elderly people near central Oxford. All rooms en suite, lovely garden, good transport links, friendly and supportive staff and volunteers, 24-hour alarm system. For more details contact: The Administrator, The Abbeyfield Oxford Society, Brian Lewis House, 80 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AW. Tel.: 01865 790439. E-mail: brianlewis@ukonline.co.uk.

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

Study/bedroom to let in converted barn in Abingdon town centre, sharing with 1 other. On bus route to Oxford, convenient for local amenities. Would suit graduate student, researcher. £325 p.c.m. incl. bills. Tel.: 0797 367 9562.

Oxford B & B: attractive, quiet and convenient home from home. Per night, single £38, double £50. Weekly rate less 20%. 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 sage 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.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. Short stay (up to 6 weeks). £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

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Accommodation Sought

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

Traditional Tarn farmhouse in 7 hectares, sleeps 6/8; 2 bathrooms; recently modernised to high standard; private location a mile from thriving village with shops, restaurants etc; open fireplaces; oil c.h.; fully furnished; satellite TV; hard tennis court and heated pool, games room with table tennis, snooker; 45 minutes' Toulouse airport, in Gaillac, Cordes, Albi triangle. Available to let until Easter 2004. £650 p.c.m. Contact: mike.simler@wanadoo.fr, or tel. Judith on 01993 878793 or 01865 281577.

Southwest France, between Albi and Cordes, farmhouse with 6 acres, swimming pool. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large kitchen, sleeps 8. Several airports within easy reach. Available 30 Aug. onwards. Call Barry Simpson on 01608 810818 or see http://web.onetel.net.uk~sally_simpson/Batut.htm for details.

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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Flats for Sale

Ground-floor flat, top of Divinity Road: 2 double bedrooms; kitchen; spacious lounge/diner (16ft 4inches x 14ft); bathroom; separate WC; communal gardens, and parking. Gas c.h. Minutes walk to shops, hospitals, Brookes, buses direct to London, airports, station and city centre. No chain. £190,000. E-mail: heather.young@psychiatry.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford : sunny ground-floor flat with own patio and direct access to secluded communal garden. Sitting room with galley kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, lobby. Managed by Wyndham Housing Association for aided, independent living; 60 the lowest age limit. £64,950. Call 01865 516102 between 8 a.m–12 noon/6–10 p.m. for information and viewing. n

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For Sale

Car for sale: N Reg. Fiat Punto; Red; 80,000 miles; MOT until Aug. '04; tax until Jan. '04; alarm and immobiliser; radio cassette; very good condition and well looked after. £1,800. Tel.: Patricia, 01865 723000.

Bookcase made from old pine, 7 shelves; 7ft 1in tall, 35½ inches wide, 11 inches deep. £175. Buyer collects. Tel.: 01865 510635.

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