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Open Morning

Magdalen College School: Sat. 10 Jan., 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon. All welcome. Tel.: 01865 242191 for further details or e-mail: registrar@mcsoxford.org.

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Christmas Gifts at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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

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Dragon School Oxford

125th Annimversary Bursaries: means-tested bursaries of up to 80% of day fees are available to support children of parents who cannot afford the full fees. Eligible boys or girls must have been born between 1 Set. 1995 and 31 Aug. 1996 in order to enter Year 4 in Sept. 2004 as day pupils or boarders. Further details and applications forms are available from the Registrar's Assistant, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS. Tel.: 01865 315405 or e-mail: admissions@dragonschool.org. Closing date for applications: Fri. 18 Jan. 2004.

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Grand Viennese New Year's Ball

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

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Emmaus Oxford

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

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Summer Fields School

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

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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Books Bought and Sold

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

December sale at St Philip's Books, 82 St Aldates, Oxford (under Elizabeth Restaurant); 20% discount on most secondhand stock. Specialist in humanities, especially theology, history, literature, philosophy, biography, C.S. Lewis and Inklings, Newman and Oxford Movement. Open Mon.–Sat., 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Catalogues on request. Good prices paid for collections or individual books, especially academic and antiquarian. Tel.: Christopher Zealley 01865 202182.

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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

Conservation and restoration specialists Oxford Conservation Associates provide a comprehensive conservation and restoration service to colleges and private clients; from furniture to clocks; books to ceramics; paintings and gilding. Whatever your requirement call 01295 750998 for the right expert. E-mail: oxfordconservation@btopenworld.com.

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

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

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

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Domestic Services

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

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

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Volunteer required by Oxfam Archive

The Oxfam Archigve needs an assistant to index its collection of Oxfam News, our periodical for supporters dating from 1965, which is housed in the library in Summertown. Applicants for this voluntary position should possess a thorough, accurate and methodical approach to the work. They should be available to work for at least 4 hours p.w.; hours are flexible. Local travel expenses are refundable. Tea and coffee are provided. If you would like help or require further information please phone Rosie Dodd on 01865 313764 (Tues./Thurs./Fri.), 01869 355129 (Mon./Wed.) or e-mail: rdodd@oxfam.org.uk.

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Situations Vacant

Editor, IT Security Portfolio: Elsevier Advanced Technoloyg, a division of Elsevier, has a vacancy for an Editor. You'll be a member of a highly successful and dynamic organisation at the heart of innovative print and Web publishing. We are the business-to-business division of Elsevier, the leading international publisher of STM journals, books and online products with an enviable worldwide reputation. You will be responsible for editorial direction and control of a group of IT security professional titles, including the flagship title Computers and Security, and editorial support for the other titles in the portfolio. You will be able to manage the titles, commision copy from leading experts in the field, liaise and direct editorial boards, and determine publishing strategy. You will be working as part of a cross-functional team. Previous editorial experience is desirable, as is a demonstrable interest in information security. You will commission copy and direct a peer-review process, and will see the titles to print in conjunction with our in-house production department. Commercially aware, you will also develop the sales and marketing strategy in conuunction with the marketing manager responsible for the titles. Additionally, you will be responsible for web editing our IT site, Compsec Online, and for providing editorial support to the other titles in the portfolio.We offer excellent training, opportunities for the future and all the benefits you would expect from a world leading employer. Please send your CV and covering letter stating your salary expectations to Rebecca Kay, HR Department, Elsevier Ltd., The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB. E-mail: r.kay@elsevier.com. Closing date 2 Jan. 2004.

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

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Short Term Let

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

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House to Let/For Sale

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.

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Houses to Let

Two-bedroom, recently completely redecorated, modern, c.h. house with garden and parking. Very quiet leafy cul-de-sac at Iffley Turn. Good access to bus routes and ring road. Available now for 6 months initial tenancy–longer available. £700 p.m. plus council tax. Sorry no smokers, children or pets. Tel.: 01865 361494, Fax: 01865 368192. E-mail: southend104@hotmail.com.

Jericho: well-appointed 2-double bedroom Victorian furnished house; stripped wooden floors; walled garden. Would suit professional or academic couple. Available Jan. 2004. £995 p.c.m. To view tel.: 01865 558039.

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 now. £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.

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

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

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

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Flats to Let

Crisp, clean flat: newly refurbished on 2 floors in north Oxford; large sitting-room/dining room; fitted kitchen; bathroom with shower; 2 good double bedrooms. Easy access to university departments and hospitals. Off-street parking. £950 p.c.m. (incl. community charges). Tel.: 01865 512854 or 07968286575.

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

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Self-catering Apartments

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

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Accommodation Offered

Central Oxford: bed-sitter with shared kitchen. Warm house. Moderate rent. Tel.: 01865 242402.

Double room in Grandpont house available 20 Dec. N/s owner occupant is reputedly house trained and has been known to do the washing up. £300 p.c.m. plus bills. contact: stephen.brett@isis.ox.ac.uk.

Room for rent available in quiet family home in Headington, close to shops and amenities, for female post-graduate student. To share with 1 adult and 2 teenage girls, cost £310 p.m. incl. (except telephone charges). Tel.: 01865 452 903.

Double room in lovely Victorian house, Bicester (wooden Floors, open fire, garden, microwave, dishwasher, internet etc.); 5 minutes from train/bus/M40. Suit professional 25 years+. £290 p.c.m. excl.(negotiable for the right person). Contact 07762 625849 or e-mail: lphelps@oxfam.org.uk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Lets

Rome:studio apartment of MC Escher. On the upper hill of Trastevere, in a beautiful part of Rome, just 15 minutes by bus from city centre, this delightful 4th-floor apartment (no lift) was the workplace of the Dutch artist MC Escher. Fully refurbished to a high standard, retaining large, original Escher-made windows. 138 Euro per night (2-3 people); 172 Euro (4-5 people). E-mail: andrew.parker@zoo.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 271218.

Andalucia Gaucin: Casa Alta, a delightful private house in white mountain village to let while author/owner away; 2 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; large living area with open fireplace; fully fitted kitchen leading on to terracem with magical views over valleys to coast and mountains of Africa. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze, excellent maid by arrangement. £450–£550 p.w.; reduction for longer lets. Also Casa Flora, a self-contained guest house to Casa Alta. Separate entrance. Large studio with double bed, en suitebathroom, and French windows on to terrace with same wonderful views. Sleeps 2–3. Plus single bedroom with en suiteshower. Nice kitchen with wood stove, fridge, washing machine etc. Price according to season £200-£300 p.w. Tel.: 01985 844560 , e-mail: venetiaspain@aol.com, after Jan 20 , tel: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail: venetia@ari.es.

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 withshops–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.

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

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

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.

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large seculded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suiteaccommodation, 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.

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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For Sale

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

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