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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.

The Chairman and Committee invite newcomers, husbands, partners and children to a Strawberry and Wine Party, to be held in the Club Room on 17 June, 5.30 p.m.–7 p.m.

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Volunteers Sought

Orinoco---The Oxfordshire Scrapstore recycles clean, commercial waste materials (card, paper, colourful plastics, foils, tubing, fabrics, etc) to community groups, at low cost, for all kinds of creative activities. We also operate a paint and garden tools re-use scheme. Volunteers needed---flexible hours---expenses paid. Orinoco is also currently searching for a shop front, premises or similar. Can you help? Tel: 01865 761113 or email orinoco.scrapstore@lineone.net.

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Exhibitions

Summer evenings at the Ashmolean: Every Thurs. throughout June, July and Aug. the Museum is open until 7 p.m. Join us for an exciting programme of lectures and gallery talks, e.g.: Thur. 17 June, `Masterpieces of English Silver: an introduction to the Farrer Gallery' by T. Wilson; `Helen of Troy'the face that launched a thousand ships' by K. McLaughlin; Thur. 24 June: `Introduction to the delights of the Print room' by K. Heard; `The Pre-Raphaelites'. For times and to book in advance: Tel.: 01865 278015.

Selling exhibition. Fireworks: British Society of Enamellers, at the Garden Gallery, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock. Contemporary decorative objects, jewellery, and wall pieces. Enamelled wall panels by guest artist Dale Devereux Barker. 13 June--10 July, Tues.--Sat. 10 a.m.--5 p.m., and Sun. 2 p.m.--5 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.). Free admission. www.enamellers.org. Tel.: 01993 811456.

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Plaque Unveiling

Walter and Clara Pater. Members of the University and interested members of the public are invited to attend the unveiling of a blue plaque to Walter Pater (1839--94), author and scholar, and Clara Pater (1841--1910), pioneer of women's education. Sat., 3 July, 12.00 noon, at 2 Bradmore Road, Oxford, where the Paters lived between 1869 and 1885. RSVP and information: l.brake@bbk.ac.uk.

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Concerts

Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Russia +. 25 June--2 July 2004. Artistic Director: Priya Mitchell. Prokoviev, Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Gubaidulina, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, and more. 15 concerts, 26 outstanding young musicians, Russian composers in residence, masterclass, Russian Brunch and Russian Folk Jam, plus Philip Pullman and Jeannette Winterson. Locations: Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room, Jacqueline du Pré Building, Freud Café. Book with Music at Oxford: www.musicatoxford.com. Tel.: 0870 750 0659, or with the Oxford Playhouse: www.ticketsoxford.com. Tel.: 01865 305305. Tickets also available at the door. Web site: www.oxfordfestival.com.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames---any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.--Fri., 9.30 a.m.--5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.--4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

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

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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine: 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we would like to bring you herbs, spices, roots, beauty, fragrances and the 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

Typing service. Manuscript typing (not thesis typing): £10 per hour/4 sides A4. Fast and accurate. Contact Louise Pim on 01865 721582.

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, email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Marshall & Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have seven specialist family lawyers who advise on a wide range of issues: divorce and separation, children, financial agreements on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, separation agreements and pensions. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association. Two members of the team are Deputy District Judges and three are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our web site at: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

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).

For general property repairs, odd jobs and maintenance (shelving, cupboards, basic plumbing, decorating and electrical work), give me a call. Excellent references. Contact Anthony Swift on 01865 762576.

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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultant/personal trainers in the UK. 35 years' experience. MSc Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement; BSc (Hons 1st) Sports Nutrition; Adv. Dip in Clinical Stress Management; Adv. Dip in Clinical Sports Therapy. Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Expert attention for tone, weight loss, injury and rehabilitation and performance, from total novice levels to advanced, regardless of sex, age or physical limitations. Web site: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

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

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Situations Vacant

Hertford College is recruiting EFL teachers, CELTA and experience essential. Please contact conferences@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

St Clare's, Oxford. Required as soon as possible, well-qualified teachers of Korean and Albanian to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants should be native speakers who are able to teach literature to young native speakers in their mother tongue. Please contact Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: 01865 517333. Fax: 01865 517319. Email: catherine.gospel@stclares.ac.uk.

Oriental Institute, Oxford. Applications are invited for a full-time receptionist. This is a varied and interesting role in a friendly working environment and includes working with the Assistant Janitor to look after the building. Terms and conditions include enhanced overtime rates (increasing the annual salary range to £12,089.21--£14,403.73), a generous holiday entitlement, and membership in the University pension scheme. Closing date: Fri., 16 July 2004. For an application form and further particulars, please contact the Faculty Office, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE. Tel. 01865 288200. Email: orient@orinst.ox.ac.uk. Web site: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/fp/.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford (Jericho): fully-furnished, recently redecorated house, secluded garden, available from 1 Sept. for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ 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.

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 email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Milton, Oxfordshire. Modern detached house, 1 mile from A34 (excellent road to Oxford, links to M4 and M40). Sitting room, dining room/study, luxury fitted kitchen with all mod. cons., breakfast room, cloakroom, 1 en suite bedroom, 2 double/1 single bedrooms, family bathroom. Double garage, workshop, garden, patio, off-street parking and secure fencing. Fully furnished (incl. linen, china, pans, utensils). £1,300 p.c.m. Deposit £2,600. Available July. Contact Agent (+44 1235) 834740 or diamar@onetel.net.uk.

2-bedroom Victorian terrace house in cosmopolitan East Oxford available from Sept. to Christmas (dates negotiable). Newly renovated. Close to shops, 10 min. cycle or easy walk/bus link to city centre. Bikes provided. £750 p.m. negotiable. Tel.: 01865 275145 or email john.pannell@plants.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford . Charming recently built semi-detached houses, fully furnished and equipped to high standard with a choice of 2 bedrooms + study and 4 bedrooms, all with master bedroom (en suite), family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge. Kitchen diner, landscaped garden and private parking. Located in an excellent residential area close to Summertown shopping and sporting amenities, with easy access to most hospital and university departments. Best suited to mature professional or visiting academics. £975/£1,195 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144, Fax.: 01865 437996 or email a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Central North Oxford. Very large family house with spectacular glazed open-plan living space. 3--4 reception rooms, 5--6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, well furnished, fully equipped, nice garden, off-street parking for 3 cars, use of small boat on the Thames. Available from Aug. for the 04/05 academic year. £3,750 p.c.m, cleaner and gardener/handyman included. Contact: 01865 316202 or email jj@jjteam.demon.co.uk for photos and further details.

Newly renovated house. Two available bedrooms, bath and en suite, patio and small garden, all appliances. Quiet neighbourhood, close to local shops, with easy bus access to centre. Professional couple preferred. No smoking. Available 21 Aug.--end Dec. £750 p.c.m. plus utilities. Tel.: 01865 779041 or email cardy@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

Idyllic Cotswold farmhouse in pretty village, 12 miles north of Oxford (excellent bus service). Four bedrooms, sunny kitchen with Aga, attic playroom. Charming library with wood-burning stove in garden. Sitting room, open fire, c.h. Large south-facing garden, river nearby. Parking. Available this autumn, rent negotiable in return for feeding resident cat. Perfect for writing or studying in peace, with or without family (non-smokers only). Tel.: 01993 898313. Email: carolinefriend@oxfree.com.

St John Street, Oxford. 4--5-bedroom town house available to family or professionals in Sept. Double garage, kitchen, dining room, living room, basement, small courtyard. In range of £2,500 p.c.m. Please contact Jason on 0777 5524247.

Marston. Comfortable, semi-detached house, available in July for one year. Fully refurbished and furnished, with 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, fitted kitchen, gas c.h., bathroom with electric shower, and garden. Quiet location with good views of central Oxford, close to JR Hospital and cycle track across parks to city centre. Good bus route. £700 p.c.m. plus bills and council tax. Email: Mchapman@ripon-cuddesdon.ac.uk.

Marston. A delightful, fully-furnished 3--4-bedroom house near the JR Hospital with walking/biking distance to both universities and city centre and on bus route. Available from Sept. 2004 for one year minimum. Modern kitchen, new double-glazed windows and doors, new bathroom with power shower, front and back gardens and a furnished garden studio for additional sitting/study. £1,000 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smokers only. Tel: 01865 404836 (weekdays); 01865 316688 (weekends). Pictures of the rooms can be requested via email. Contact yiping6372@ctsu.ox.ac.uk.

Headington, Bickerton Road. Beautiful semi-detached Victorian house, with living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with power shower, study, piano, lovely garden. Fully furnished, g.c.h., all appliances, newly decorated and carpeted. Peaceful residential street near hospitals. Available early Aug. 2004 to late July 2005. Suit visiting academic/medical couple or small family. £1,100 p.c.m. Photos on Finders Keepers Web site (www.finders.co.uk ref. 8104). Email: annat@finders.co.uk or tel.: 01865 200012.

Marlborough Road. Attractive furnished 2-bedroom house, with large sitting room and kitchen, backing on to the meadow. Available late June. £850 p.c.m. Contact Dr. Peter Collett on 01865 744073 or collett.research@virgin.net.

Stone cottage in peaceful, rural setting, completely self-contained. Large bed/sitting room, newly fitted kitchen and bathroom with shower. W/machine and tumble-dryer. Open views over countryside. Ten miles north of Oxford, 5 min. from M40. Would suit single non-smoker with a car. Early viewing recommended. Available from mid-Sept. £480 p.c.m. Tel.: 01869 343242.

North Oxford . 3-bedroom family house near beautiful park. Conservatory and incorporated loft, separate WC and bathroom, plus additional toilet. All double-glazed and fully furnished incl. microwave, w/machine and dryer. Lots of space. 2 min. from bus, 10 min. cycling from city centre. Available from Aug. for one year or more. Children welcome. £860 p.c.m. Contact macondo2004@tiscali.co.uk. Tel.: 0798 4824849.

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Flats to Let

The Wharf House: a range of elegantly furnished 1, 2, and 3 bedroom canal side apartments within a secure gated development. A convenient city base for a short stay with serviced options available. Let Finders Keepers make your time in Oxford a pleasant one. Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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, drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Both available end June. Also: lovely ground floor flat, large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available end Sept. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Upper Wolvercote. Self-contained comfortable modernised one bedroom flat on second floor of old family house overlooking Port Meadow in pretty location. Light and airy, all mod. cons., stunning views. Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15--20 min. to city centre. Suit non-smoking academic/professional. £695 p.c.m. excl. telephone. Available July. Refs. required. wrldco@aol.com.

Central North Oxford. One- and two-bedroom spacious apartments in a charming grand and secure Victorian converted house, ample parking and within minutes' walk from most central university and hospital departments. Best suited to mature professional and visiting academics. One-bedroom flats available from July and from mid-Sept. from £750 p.c.m., 2-bedroom flats available from early and late Sept. from £875 p.c.m. All available for the next academic year. Tel.: 01865 516144. Fax 01865 437996. a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

North Oxford , Lovelace Square. Two bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen and shared garden. Available immediately until June 2005. £875 p.c.m. + council tax + utilities. Contact julie.dearden@hertford.ox.ac.uk Central North Oxford, Bardwell Road. Charming flat in converted Victorian house, south-facing over gardens. Living room with fully-equipped kitchen area (washer/dryer, dishwasher), double bedroom, single bedroom/study, excellent storage, attractively decorated and furnished, parking, gardens (communally cared for). Available for 1 year or more from mid-Sept. or earlier if wished. Contact doreen@mcbarnet.fsnet.co.uk.

Summertown, North Oxford. Two-bedroom flat, just 1 ½ miles from city centre and a few minutes walk from shops. Quiet, light and airy second floor (top) flat with lovely southern outlook over trees and fields. Recent kitchen and bathroom. Unfurnished (but incl. appliances and fitted wardrobes). Parking for 1 car. Available now at £850 p.m. Tel.: 07802 754154 or email mark@bayrock.co.uk.

River view. Close to station, city centre and colleges. Quiet, sunny first floor flat with 2 bedrooms and a small balcony overlooking river. Fully furnished, newly decorated; entry phone and parking. Suit 2--3 sharing. £850 p.c.m. excl. Tel.: 01865 241360 or 07899 915393.

Summertown. Studio flat in Thorncliffe Road, a ten-minute bus-ride from city centre. Available 1 Sept. The flat consists of one room, with separate kitchen and separate bathroom. It is self-contained, fully furnished and recently refurbished, with own telephone. £545 p.c.m. incl. (except electricity). Non-smokers only. Suitable for one person only. Tel: 01865 513057 or email cstreadwell@hotmail.com.

Gloucester Green. Centrally-located furnished 2-bedroom flat available from 1 Aug. Quiet side of building. One double, one single bedroom; hallway, bathroom (WC/bath/shower), sitting room and kitchen. No smoking or pets. £890 p.c.m. excl. bills. Tel.: 01865 552648, 07817 665762, or 07812 086060; email: bededunlop@hotmail.com.

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Vacation Lets

Short summer let. Two-bedroom Victorian house with garden in quiet, friendly neighbourhood available from 25 June to 10 Aug. Twelve min. walk to Oxford city centre, frequent buses. £790 p.m. or 200 p.w. excl. bills. Tel.: 01865 240 782.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. 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

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

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please contact us on tel: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our web site at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Comfortable rooms available now in pleasant North Oxford house. Short stay (up to 3 months). £55 p.w. (a bargain price!) Book by tel.: 01865 511657 or email: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

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.

Are you a postgraduate or mature student and on a budget? Are you looking for accommodation for 2004/5 and like the sound of Summertown? Could you be in every night from 10.30 p.m. during term-time? Please contact accommodation@doverbroecks.com. Tel.: 01865 888935.

Catherine Street, Oxford. Room to let in cosy 2-bedroom house, sharing with friendly musician from mid-Aug. £300 p.c.m. plus bills and council tax. Call Nick or Claudia on 01865 728271.

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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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. n

Responsible, friendly n-s couple (professional/Ph.D. student) seek 2-bedroom house or flat within 3 miles from city centre from mid-Aug. for at least one year. Ideally with easy access to the centre and the possibility of installing cable or Sky TV/broadband. £800 p.c.m. max. Tel.: 01865 244354 or email charlespelling@hotmail.com.

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Accommodation Exchange

Boston, Massachusetts. Home Exchange. Current Sr. Visiting Research Fellow at St John's is interested in home exchange, July and Aug. 2005 and/or Jan.--July 2006. Seeking flat or house near University suitable for academic couple. We have a wonderful, sunny, first-floor apartment in Brookline, Mass., one block from Boston proper; excellent access to all public transportation and all major universities. Quiet, tree-lined street, delightful shops and restaurants nearby. Entrance hall, dining room, living room, eat-in kitchen, 2 studies (one with couch that pulls out to become double bed), queen bed in master bedroom, heated sun porch, 2 bathrooms, parking, backyard, broadband internet access, cable TV, washer and dryer. I'm in Oxford until the end of July if you'd like to show me your place. nicolerafter@yahoo.com or 283191.

Fancy the Festival? Exchange with Edinburgh University Lecturer 1 Aug.--7 Sept. My place: furnished, large, bright, top-floor two-bedroom Victorian flat overlooking beautiful Water of Leith. Close to West End and Haymarket Railway Station. Princes Street, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Gallery, Usher Hall and Traverse Theatre all easy walking distance. Shared pleasure garden with BBQ. Washer-dryer, g.h.c., cable TV. Contact Tim at Tim.Milnes@ed.ac.uk.

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Holiday Lets

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

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

Tuscany: Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, family owned and run award winning wine and cheese producing farm, half an hour from Florence, offers faithfully restored houses and apartments for short and longer term rentals. Web site: corzanoepaterno.it. Please contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham, 2000), e-mail: corzpaterno@libero.it.

Experience the Greek islands of Sporades with Thalpos Holidays. Local villa specialist offers lovely houses and villas in the beautiful islands of Skopelos and Alonissos in the Aegean Sea. Whether you are 2 or 20 persons in the party, and whether you wish to stay in the picturesque town, by the clear blue sea or in the breathtaking countryside, we have just what you are looking for. With more than 10 years of experience we are proud to offer high quality holidays and the very best service. See our programme for 2004 on: www.holidayislands.com, or contact us on email: 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 email: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large secluded 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 email via Web site: www.hidden-sw-france.com.

Barcelona. Beautiful flat available for weekends and breaks in central Barcelona. Sleeps 6. 3 bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies, large sitting room and stunning dining room. 16ft high ceilings, tiled floors throughout. Great for children: English videos, toys and bilingual babysitter (if needed). Please see www.barcelona-breaks.com or call Chris on 07855 323 934.

Costa del Sol. Available 3--17 July. 2 storey apartment, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 8. Main bedroom (en suite) leads to sun terrace, overlooking landscaped gardens and sea. Second bedroom (en suite). Third bedroom (separate bathroom). Fully-equipped kitchen. Living/dining room (ground floor) leads to patio overlooking gardens and sea. Apartment is air conditioned throughout with Sky TV, DVD, CD player. Facilities include communal pool, tennis court, gym, restaurant, bar, parking. 30 min. drive west of Malaga airport. Puerto Cabopino is a 2km walk along the beach. Marbella, Puerto Banus, Mijas are close by. £750 p.w. Tel.: 07971 098 690.

Barga, Tuscany. Still availability in June and Sept.! Charming 2-bed, 2-bathroom cottage (sleeps 4) in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views and surrounded by vines and olives. 5 min. from bustling market town of Barga, which offers cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. Please contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 541147 or jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

Rome, San Giovanni, less than 2 miles from centre. Near country park, delightful cosy period cottage in private garden, recently renovated to a very high standard. 1 bedroom, bathroom, lounge with kitchen area, veranda, roof terrace. Fully and tastefully furnished. Air conditioning, bills incl. Suit couple (non-smokers) with 1 child. Excellent transport links, bars, restaurants, shops nearby. 400 euro p.w./1,300 euro p.m. 0207 370 5794.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbour side cottages to let, each sleeping 4. Only 40 yards from each other---two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside; rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing is allowed off the quays. £200--440 p.w., in winter from £185 p.w. Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.Mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

Clydesdale. Georgian conversion of stone tower house with large, bright rooms, log stove, c.h. and four oven Aga. Accommodation for 8+4. Peaceful countryside, hr. drive south from Glasgow and Edinburgh. (Special low Festival rate.) Garden, hill and forest walking, fishing and Icelandic pony trek. Fresh Scottish produce incl. venison available, and all imaginable fruit, vegetable, herbs at Lanark market. Robert Owen's 18th century utopian mill town at Falls of Clyde nearby. Available July, Aug., Sept. £1,200 p.w. Tel.: 01381 610496 or see www.lhhscotland.com/house24.asp.

Lake Garda (2 km). Two hours from Venice and Milan; Verona and Mántova within easy reach. Two apartments in large villa situated in beautiful garden overlooking valley and mountains, peaceful surroundings and private car park, 2 km from Saló. Both sleep four people. The first has a double bedroom plus extra sleeping area with bunk beds, and large sitting room with kitchen. The second has a double bedroom with bathroom, large sitting room, kitchen with double divan bed. June, Aug., Sept. 400 euro p.w. plus 20 euro for final cleaning; July 500 euro p.w. plus 20 euro for final cleaning. Call or fax Lene Pallesen on 0039 0365 40259.

Montpellier. Charming and light two-bedroom apartment on top floor of 17th century house in heart of pedestrianised historic centre, only minutes from countless restaurants and bars. Tastefully decorated, equipped kitchen, stereo, TV. Views of tiled roof tops and the Pic Saint Loup. Parking available in underground parking 5 min. walk away. 600 euro p.w. Photos on request. Tel.: 0033 616 084154 or email montpelliercharm@skynet.be.

Burgundy, France. Traditional cottage situated in the heart of a small picturesque village near Beaune. Excellent base for touring, cycling, walking, sampling fine wines and excellent cuisine of the region. The cottage sleeps 2--3, has a well-equipped kitchen and living room with dining area, together with a terrace and shaded patio. Some weeks left in July, Aug. and Sept. £260--£290 p.w. Tel.: 01865 331505 or email jameselwin@tiscali.co.uk.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming 17th 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 Aug. Tel.: 0208 446 4913 or email stein@stein44.fsnet.co.uk.

Bordeaux. Near coast and lake. Europe's best surfing; lake sailing/fishing; Medoc chateaux visiting. Eleven bed villa, some dates available July/Aug. www.villadays.co.uk.

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Houses for Sale

Wheatley Village, Oxford. Three-bedroom semi-detached in sought after area. Excellent road and bus access to central Oxford. Approx. 115-ft rear garden and 50-ft front garden, off-street parking for 4 cars. New rewiring and new c.h. throughout. Garage, car port and rear patio. Viewing recommended. £249,995. Contact: savera@onetel.net.uk.

Iffley Fields, Oxford. Beautifully modernised and extended Victorian double fronted end terrace. Airy modern kitchen/dining room extension built 2003, creating fantastic living area, plus shower room. Upstairs: gallery landing accessing 4 double bedrooms and modern twin basin bathroom with bath and shower. Pretty front garden and precious car parking area, and small but beautifully screened-off southwest-facing rear garden with wooden decking patio. £450,000. Tel.: 07770 303472.

Woodstock. An exceptionally well-maintained modern 4-bedroom detached house giving light and airy accommodation. Newly fitted kitchen includes cooker, hob, extractor fan and dishwasher. Well-designed attic conversion provides fourth bedroom and en suite shower room. Easily managed secluded garden. Close to all amenities in this lovely old town. Good bus service into Oxford. No chain involved. Guide price £360,000. Tel.: 01993 812193 or email: geoffandnicky@onetel.net.uk.

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