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Volunteers sought

Would you be willing to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? We are studying the links between diet and heart disease. If you are healthy and aged 18–65 years, we would like to hear from you. Contact Alex or Mary at OCDEM, the Churchill Hospital. Tel.: 01865 857262, e-mail: enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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Concerts

Wednesday, 28 Apr., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre: Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; Mozart, Requiem Mass K. 626. Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Stephen Darlington, conductor. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com. Box Office 01865 305305.

The UK Shostakovich Society presents Shostakovich and Jewish Music. Sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation. Saturday 24 April, The Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford. Pre- concert talk at 7.30p.m.: Shostakovich and Jewish Musicoe (Judy Kuhn, Manchester University). Concert: Shostakovich—Piano Sonata 2; Weinberg—Piano Sonata 4 (UK Premier); Prokofiev—Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet. Pianist: Marina Primachenko www.shostakovich.com/marina. Admission (on the door): £5/£3 (members of UK Shostakovich Society and Concessions). For further details please contact: Dr Lewis Owens, President, The United Kingdom Dmitri Shostakovich Society, 94 William Smith Close, Cambridge, CB1 3QF, Tel: 07739 568455, Email: lo201@cam.ac.uk.

Ayres for the theatre: Music for the English Stage by Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell and their contemporaries. Canzona director: Theresa Caudle; Soprano: Philippa Hyde. Monday 3 May at 8.15p.m., Ante- chapel, Magdalen College, Oxford. Tickets (inc. interval wine served in the cloisters): £12.50, £10 OAPs, £5 students on the door or they can be booked in advance at: Box office: 01883 344031 or email info@canzona.org.uk.

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor. Conductor: Nicholas Mumby. Piano: Alistair Curd. Tuesday 11th May 2004 at 8pm, Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10/£5 available from the Oxford Playhouse. Telephone: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

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Lectures

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Trinity Term 2004—Children of Abraham. 29/04/04: Illuminating Islam—Basil Mustafa; 06/05/04: A Christian Perspective—Keith Ward; 13/05/04: A Jewish Perspective—Yossi Klein Halevi; 18/05/04 (Tuesday): A Jewish reaction to The Passion of the Christ—Jonathan Gorsky; 20/05/04: The Wall in Israel/Palestine—Husam Zomlot; 27/05/04: Keeping the Peace: the essential soldier—Roy Giles; 03/06/04: Iraq: the aftermath—Andrew White; 10/06/04: Debt and Poverty from an Islamic Perspective—Muhammad Imran; 17/06/04: Why Fair Trade?—Carol Wills. (The titles of some of the talks are to be confirmed.) The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. For more information visit: www.st-giles-church.org.

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Open Morning

d'Overbroeck's College Open Morning: join us on Saturday 8 May from 10 a.m.12.30 p.m. for information on Years 9–11 and Sixth Form entry. This is an informal event, which gives students and parents an opportunity to have a look around the college, meet our teaching staff, and some of our current students. Based in north Oxford, dOverbroeck's is one of the largest and most successful co-educational independent colleges in the UK. For further information about us, please contact the college office on 01865 310000 or visit our website at www.doverbroecks.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 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

Wendy Darnell: Catering for any occasion! Menus individually designed for you. Many years' experience. Telephone: Wendy Darnell 01865 767105.

Copywriting, editing, proofreading—reports, theses, research, newsletters, brochures. Large or small commissions. Very reasonable rates. Please contact Helen Gough on 01865 858413. Mobile: 07974 945441. E-mail: h.gough@talk21.com.

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).

Gardening: spring tidy, maintenance, design and construction. Full range of services available. Wildlife themes a speciality. Telephone: 07973 692543.

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Secretarial Services

Transcription Service—interviews, seminars, focus groups. Specialised service by experienced secretary/linguist. Latest transcription equipment—poor sound quality no problem! Tapes or digital files. Contact: Alanna Ivin, Rapid Transcriptions on 07801 569045 or e-mail: rapid.transcriptions@pobox.com.

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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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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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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

Programme and Operations Administrator: The Centre for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), a subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, works with Wycliffe Hall in organising programmes for American students studying in Oxford as an extension of their studies toward Bachelor degrees in America. The Programme and Operations Administrator will provide administrative support to the academic programmes, manage domestic matters, and provide book- keeping. The successful candidate must have the requisite experience and be computer-literate. SCIO seeks an individual who can identify with the aims and objectives of SCIO and Wycliffe Hall. The position is full-time, offers a competitive salary, and has a start date of mid-June 2004. Applications, by letter with a CV and details of 2–3 referees, should be sent to the Director, CCCU, 2 Frewin Court, Oxford, OX1 3HZ or email at: enquiries@cccu-uk.org.uk. Applications should be received by 12 May 2004.

Christ Church Cathedral requires a part-time Verger. S/he will be involved in the day-to-day activities of the cathedral, as well as being in attendance at some services. Might suit someone who has recently taken early retirement. The hours will be a maximum of 72 in any 4 weekly period (averaging 18 per week). Salary is £7,000 pa. Applications to be sent to: The Cathedral Registrar, Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP. Telephone: 01865 276155; Email: sacristy@chch.ox.ac.uk. Applications should be received by 3 May 2004.

Personal Assistant required: calm, efficient and articulate person required for creative household of journalist and publisher-designer, able to cope with household finances and organising varied social diary with equanimity. Responsibilities include booking travel and co-ordinating practical details for household. Discretion absolutely necessary, as is results-focused attention to detail. Personable nature and loyalty taken as given. Ability to use Sage necessary. Spoken Italian desirable; also first-class English skills. Please send responses by e-mail: williamcash1@aol.com.

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Employment Sought

Temporary Oxford lecturer is looking for an hourly job for his female Russian life-partner in April–June 2004. Basic English and good German language skills. Please contact Andreas Umland at: andreas.umland@politics-and-international-relations.oxford.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

St Clement's: centrally located bright home, 3 bedrooms (2 double and 1 with en-suite shower, toilet and sink), second bathroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, study with broadband connectivity, pretty walled garden with outside toilet, fully furnished, good condition. Available early June to end September 2004. £1,300 p.c.m. (exc. bills). No smokers/pets. Telephone: Felicity: 01865 728533 or 07952 416302.

A good sized semi-detached house adjacent to South Park in a pleasant residential area one mile from the city centre and near both universities and hospitals. 3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single), large living/dining room, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, washing machine and dryer, conservatory, garden, off-street parking, g.c.h., double glazing, fully furnished with quality furniture and fitted carpets. Maintained by owners living in Oxford. Available 1 June 2004. £890 p.c.m.. Telephone: 01865 515342 or email: diana_myatt@lineone.net.

Attractive grade II listed Georgian house to rent in superb position in the heart of central north Oxford. 4 bedrooms, bathroom with shower, separate WC, conservatory and pretty garden. Available end April/early May 2004 for short or medium term let. Telephone: 01865 311557. Magdalen Road area, end of terrace house in quiet backwater. 2 double bedrooms and 1 single/study, refurbished bathroom and fitted kitchen, large open plan living area on ground floor, sunny garden. Available now. £925 p.c.m.. Telephone: 01865 513944 / 07866 672722.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential north Oxford. Quiet location, very large kitchen/dining room, large living room upstairs (to take advantage of view over large green open space), modern furniture, fully equipped. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Easily looked-after garden. Very much has the feeling of being out in the country. Available July and August 2004. Non-smokers and no children preferred. Telephone: 01865 511825 (evenings or Sundays) or email: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Large, attractive 3–4 bedroom detached house, just minutes walk from John Radcliffe, Churchill, and Nuffield hospitals. Close to good schools. Fully furnished, c.h., all appliances, off-street parking and rear garden. Suit professional family or responsible graduates. Long lease available. £1,500 p.c.m. (inc. council tax). Contact: fidewan@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07711 377921.

Sunny, modern 3 bedroom house to let. Ten minutes' walk to Folly Bridge, adjacent to the cycle path into town and convenient for buses and local amenities, including park and open-air swimming pool. Own small garden and off-road parking space. Pleasant neighbourhood, suit sharers or small family. £850 p.c.m.. Telephone: Jenny 07770 592024 or email jonniehutch@aol.com.

Comfortable, 2 bedroom terrace house with c.h. and pleasant garden in central North Oxford to let for next academic year. Large living room, small study, cloakroom, and well-equipped kitchen. Would suit visiting academics. No more than 2 people sharing. Available from beginning of September 2004 to mid-July 2005. Telephone: Mrs Ockenden 01865 512747 or email rosaleen@community.co.uk.

Comfortable family house in Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. Two minutes' walk from the Summertown shops and easy bus access to the University. Fully furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. Spacious, semi-detached; 3 bedrooms, study, large living-room, kitchen, bathroom, gas c.h. Street parking for car. Ideal for a visiting academic and his/her family. Available 1 Aug. for 12 months. £1,100 p.m. (inc. water rates, exc. council tax). Dr Max Peberdy. Tel.: 020-869 02442, e-mail: maxpeberdy@aol.com.

Temple Cowley, modern 3 bed 2 bathroom townhouse in quiet private road. Fully furnished, all mod cons, garage and enclosed garden. Available August 2004 for 12 months. Bike/bus 10 mins to city centre. Adjacent to swimming pool, library and shopping. No smokers/pets. Rent £900 p.c.m. + bills. Contact: drdog@bigfoot.com.

Central North Oxford Edwardian family home overlooking picturesque college playing fields; pretty garden going down to Oxford canal. Easy walking distance to city centre. 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 reception rooms, music room/study. Rowing boat and bicycles available for use. Non-smokers only, no pets. Available mid-July to end August. £500 p.w. Telephone: Oxford 559440 or e-mail tlamb@dial.pipex.com.

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, (two doubles), c/h, large split level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1, large bath, bidet and WC; Bathroom 2, shower and WC. South facing garden. Possible use of bicycle(s). Available 7+ weeks, Tuesday 13 July–Thursday 2 September 2004. Price negotiable. Telephone: +44(0) Oxford 725193.

Eighteenth century Cotswold house, perfect for visiting academic family, recently renovated to high standard, and in the historic centre of pretty village (Eynsham) 6 miles from Oxford. Excellent 24 hour bus service, literally from our door. 2 sitting rooms (large open fireplace, wood-burning stove), music/playroom with piano, dining-room, kitchen, utility room, 4/5 bedrooms, large study (internet access), c.h., all mod. cons., garage. Charming south-facing walled garden. Available for 4-week period from mid-July to late August. £450 p.w. E-mail: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk or Tel.: (home) 01865 880142; (work) 01865 483951.

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 w.c.); 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.

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 hospitals and university departments. Available from Apr. Rent £975 p.c.m. (short term and service option). For further details tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

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 the Saïd Business School, near train and bus stations. Reserved parking space. Available from 1 June for min. of 3 months. £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.

Attractive, furnished detached four-bedroom house in quiet neighbourhood, with separate garage and off-street parking. Washer/dryer/microwave, d.g., c.h. Long lease preferred. £1,200 p.c.m. Suit family or responsible professionals/graduates. E-mail: crescent@highstream.net. Tel.: 01865 762236.

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.

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.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford, charming and spacious south- facing garden flat in quiet residential street, 1 double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen with washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower, plentiful storage space, g.c.h., fully furnished. 4 minutes' walk from University Parks and easy walking to University Science Area, libraries, and city centre. Suit single person or couple. No smokers. Available from July. £860 p.c.m.. Telephone: 01865 512138 or email: mdy@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

Yarnton, spacious period 2 storey flat, unfurnished, 2 bedrooms (1 large double, 1 single), c.h., off-road parking, on bus route, no pets or children, non smoking. £650 p.c.m. (inc. heating and water rates). Available now for 1 year or more. Telephone: Rosie Smith 01865 376824.

Sunny, 1 (double) bedroom first floor flat with garden in Headington. Newly decorated and fully furnished to a high standard, open- plan living room with sofa beds and computer desk, Sky TV, night storage heating, kitchen with breakfast bar and all mod cons. New bathroom with bath and electric shower. The flat has its own entrance and is close to shops, bus routes, hospitals, and Oxford Brookes University. Residential on-street parking easily available. Ideal for professional, lecturer, or post-grad. £695 p.c.m.. Available immediately. Telephone: Sioux Sharpe 07940 397220.

Beautifully refurbished and carpeted 2 bedroom first floor flat available to rent in Kennington, Oxford. 5 minutes by bus to city centre, kept garden, g.c.h., off-street parking. Available now. £750 p.c.m.. Telephone: 07956 977760 / 01865 423039 or email: sgardner@brookes.ac.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, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Both available end June. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studios, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, w.c. and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleep 2. From £320 to £350 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

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Vacation Lets

East Oxford, Victorian family house; sunny garden, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen/diner (and cat), available 3–24 Aug. (extension possible), 10 mins. from city centre. No smokers. £300 p.w. Tel.: 01865 726574. E-mail: chris@redkitepartners.co.uk.

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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 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

Room to let in beautiful 16th century thatched cottage in Old Marston. All mod cons, cleaner, share bathroom and secluded garden, parking available. Close to city centre and John Radcliffe Hospital. Short/long-term lodger sought. Tall applicants beware of some low beams! £460 p.c.m. (inc. bills). Telephone: 01865 250722.

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 website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

North Oxford : Room in comfortable house, own shower room, c.h. Easy access city centre. Available May. £110 p.w. E-mail: aby.bidwell@stcatz.ox.ac.uk or telephone: 01865 558034.

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

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.

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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Acommodation Sought

Family (2 teachers, 3 children) seek furnished rented accommodation with a minimum of 3 bedrooms from July/August 2004 for 1 academic year. Non-smokers, no pets, no parking needed. Please contact Jim Neumann at: jim.neumann@edu.falkenburg.se or telephone 00 46 346 12309.

French girl, 19, first year student at Bordeaux University studying Business Studies, seeks work—hotel/retail/au pair and host family (or cheap accommodation)—for July/August. Has retail experience. References supplied. Telephone: Louise Curtis: 01235 529765.

Retired parents of South African Oxford student seeking self-catering accommodation from 31 May–10 June 2004 in central Oxford or near major bus route. Please contact Janice Golding at: janice.golding@ouce.ox.ac.uk or telephone: 0870 276 0544.

Retired lecturer and wife living in Bournemouth seek occasional use of quiet bedroom in Oxford, with access to kitchen to make simple meals. Terms negotiable. Possible use of Bournemouth flat in whole or part return. Telephone: Paul Brannon (Nuffield 51–3) on 01202 557680.

Wanted: short let—furnished three- or four-bed property, whilst own undergoes renovation; mid-May–end July; north and east Oxford/west Bucks border. Tel.: 0208 947 8236 or 07778 398349.

Oxford family seeks 2–3 bedroom house for 1–4 months (May–Aug.). Mother works in Pathology, father works in Nuffield Department of Medicine, and two boys aged 1 and 3 attend the University Nursery in Jack Straw's Lane. Preferred locations Headington and Marston. Contact Emma. Tel.: 01865 742116, e-mail: emma.jones@path.ox.ac.uk.

House rental sought in central/North Oxford, for July (all or part—ideally the whole month), for professional mum and 2 daughters. Former Oxford resident (still owns Summertown house, and friends), now NYC resident, seeks summer base for visiting UK friends/family. Will consider NYC exchange. Excellent Oxford references. E-mail: Lbarder@nyc.rr.com.

Large, pleasant room for rent in family house in Summertown. Suit professional woman. C.h., shared facilities, parking space, £350 p.c.m., inc. bills. Contact Debbie at home: 01865 559828. Work: 01865 355011. Mobile: 07746 879154. E-mail: debbie.simpson@oup.com.

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

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house, gas/c.h., with long garden, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, wanted to exchange for 1 or 2-bedroom Manhattan apartment for academic year 2004--5, available from 1 Sept., or to rent, £900 p.m. Contact: 01865 725577.

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Holiday Lets

Paris: small studio, sleeps 2, Paris 12ème between Nation and Bastille, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligre, `Coulée Verte' and the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped with bathroom, kitchen area, digicode and interphone, lift. No smokers. £140 pw, £260 for 2 weeks, £500 for 4 weeks (inc. bills). Available from 1 May to 30 September 2004. Also available: cottage in small village in Lot, near Figeac/Cahors, sleeps 6 in 2 independent units (2, 1+1; 2). £300 for June 2004. For further information and pictures, please email johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Pollenca. Exquisite, private garden flat in Pollenca old town to rent. Two large double bedrooms, two bathrooms, large attractive living/dining area and terrace with private garden beyond. £285 pw. Telephone: 07866 672722.

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. Telephone: 01865 791999 or visit the website at www.thespanishvilla.com.

Italy: luxury villas, country houses, apartments for convenient rental in Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia (Emerald Coast), Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Naples. Available at any time of the year and for any length of time. Cars also available for hire at competitive rates. Range of optional services available on demand. Contact: tuscany.countries@libero.it or telephone 00 39 328 713 3951.

Andalucia: Gaucin. Delightful private house in white mountain village to let, 2 June–27 July and 21 Aug.–end Sept., while owner author is away. Two double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area (with open fireplace, fully fitted kitchen) leading onto terrace with magical view over valleys to coast and mountains of Africa; local swimming pool 5 minutes, Mediterranean 35 minutes; also rivers and fabulous beaches; Atlantic coast 2 hours. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze. Excellent maid, by arrangement. £500 p.w., reduction for longer lets. Tel.: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail: venetia@ari.es.

Barcelona. Fabulous flat in city centre available for week-ends and short breaks. Sleeps 6. Fully equipped kitchen, large sitting room, dining room, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies. Original tiled floors and 16ft ceilings. Bi-lingual babysitter available. TV/DVD/CD and internet. See http://www.barcelona-breaks.com/ or e-mail clarefontes@hotmail.com.

Magic Cave. Charming (if tiny) flat for two in Cordes-sur-Ciel, the fabled Cathar walled city in the Tarn, a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages, and only an hour from Toulouse airport. Comfortably furnished, with own kitchen and bathroom, with access to a separate garden, and is well placed for sightseeing—ses vues panoramiques, et tout ça—fabulous markets, restaurants, walking and cycling. Ludicrously cheap and available all year round—ideal for budget-conscious gourmands, penny-pinching scholars, and cash-strapped lovers of La France Profonde. Telephone: The Aged Campbell on 00335 6356 1769.

Umbria/Tuscany border: 2 apartments and cottage to let in converted Umbrian farmhouse. Rural location, views over olive grove and swimming pool. Each apartment sleeps 4, cottage 2. Contact and further information: www.umbrialink.com/pioppi. E-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1 ¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 335 6101 3046 , for photographs and more information.

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.

Dordogne, between Domme and Sarlat: cherished old family cottage with glorious panoramic view, to let in the loveliest part of Dordogne. From its windows you see dozens of birds—including buzzards, green woodpeckers, and a hoopoe; butterflies crowd round the lavender and 7 varieties of wild orchid flourish in the meadow—and a few old farmhouses on the opposite hillside. You are totally private, yet the village is 7 minutes' drive away; 2 mediaeval towns (Sarlat and Gourdon) with weekly peasant markets, only 15 minutes away. 3 bedrooms with fine antique furniture, 2 glamorous bathrooms, living room with kitchen corner—extremely simple, but has 2 fridges, fine crockery, glass, and ample cooking equipment. Sleeps 6--8, more if children piled in attic! Available for early birds at Easter, vacant late June– early Sept. Rent from £350 p.w. For further details telephone: 0207 2449762. E-mail:angelambert@compuserve.com.

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.

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 gîtes sleeping 4/6 in nearby farm. Contact 01223 353603 or e-mail: whitehead.jo@bcg.com.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignan 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: 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. 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 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.

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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 w.c.; sitting room. First floor: music room (with Grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with w.c.; 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. £40 per night; £250 p.w. £900 p.m., longer lets negotiable. Price includes heating, linen and crockery but excludes telephone and electricity. 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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House for Sale

Old Headington: early 1920s three-bedroom detached cottage, carefully restored. Small, pretty walled garden. No chain. £325,000 o.n.o. Tel.: 01865 751861. n

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