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Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

Philip Pullman discusses Lyra's Oxfordand His Dark Materialswith James Naughtie, at the Sheldonian Theatre, Wed. 5 Nov., 7 p.m. Tickets: £7.50, £8.50, £9.50. Concessions of £1.50 for students, senior citizens, unwaged and children (18 and under). To book tickets please contact: Tickets Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse. Tel.: 01865 305305 or www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk.

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National Blood Service

Do something amazing today--Give Blood.There will be a university staff blood donor session on Wed., 5 Nov., Assembly Rooks Rown Hall, St Aldates: 10 a.m. t0 12.25 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4.25 p.m. Please call 08457 711711. You can visit us at: www.blood.co.uk or on BBC2, Ceefax page 465.

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d'Overbroeck's College Open Morning

Join us for our Open Morning on Saturday 8 November from 10 a.m. to 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, d'Overbroeck'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 Web site at www.doverbroecks.com

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Concerts

Brasenose College Organ recitals: on Fri., 24 Oct., 6 p.m., there will be a recital by David Saint (St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham). Free admission. Regular lunchtime recitals willt ake palce on Tuesdays at 1.20 p.m., weeks 3--7.

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

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Exhibition

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

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

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

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Lady Margaret Hall Events

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

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Summer Fields School

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

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wed. 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10-15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks and garden trips. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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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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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.

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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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Vital-Health Marketing

"Creamy dairy free chocolate flavoured Shake. The Shake with muscle!! E.G. aid diet-- support sport? www.vital-health.co.uk. Even join our dynamic team and start your own p/t business (18+)! www.ultra-business.com/leggo. Shaun A. Leggott (3rd Dan Karate). Tel.: 01737 773393. E-mail: nutrition@tiscali.co.uk.

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Services Offered

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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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons: experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons) L.R.A.M., near Kidlington, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 331147

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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

Magdalen College School (www.mcsoxford.org): Development Assistant. Part-time (24 hours per week), £14k--£16k p.a. pro rata. Magdalen College School seeks to appoint a Development Assistant. The role is varied and interesting involving a good deal of interaction and communication with Old Boys. Duties include secretarial support. Candidates with good interpersonal and administrative skills, including a high level of computer literacy, are invited to apply in writing, enclosing CV and details of 2 referees to: Mrs C.M. Matterson, The Development Office, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ. Closing date: 30 Oct. For further details please tel.: 01865 458474.

Christ Church Cathedral: applications are invited for the post of Organist of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford. The Cathedral Singers sing the daily services in the Cathedral, as invited by the Dean and Chapter, when the Cathedra Choir is not in residence. Application from and details from: The Cathedral Registrar, The Cathedral Office, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP). Tel.: 01865 276155. E-mail: millius.palayiwa@christ- church.ox.ac.uk. Closing date for applications: Fri., 24 Oct. Interviews: Sat., 1 Nov.

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

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

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Short term let

Jericho: furnished 2/3-bedroom house in central Jericho area with additional study, large open plan living room, modern kitchen, bath/shower room and small garden. Available as a furnished rental from 1 Jan., for up to 4 months. Would suit visiting family. Washing machine; dishwasher; cable TV; broadband; phone. Four minute walk to rail station, similar to Port Meadow and the river. Even less to great selection of local shops, and restaurants. Ten minutes to most University Departments. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 282123 or e-mail: gideonh@earth.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

Central Oxford: 5 minutes' walk from the river and the Westgate; 2 bedrooms; modern, sunny, quiet, immaculate condition. Parking. Furnished or not as required. Non-smokers only. £850 p.m. Tel.: 07779 260209, e-mail: lwhite@hbs.edu Headington (part furnished), near Shotover, shops, hospitals and London buses: 4-bedroom house (2 double, 2 single). Ideal for family; large garden with fruit trees; re-carpeted and painted throughout. Dual aspect living room; washing machine and dishwasher. £1,100 p.c.m. excl. bills. contact Guy Turton. Tel.: 07769 704082.

Available now at £900 p.c.m., a modern 4-bedroom fully furnished family house in a quiet close in Wheatley: 4 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; large living room, and good sized kitchen. Garage and extra off-street parking, and enclosed rear garden. Within walking distance of Wheatley shops, Wheatley Park School, and good M40 access. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012 or e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Very attractive 2-bedroom house in New Hinksey, 1 mile from centre. Only careful non- smokers without children or pets. Available from mid-Dec. for 4--6 months, negotiable. £850 p.c.m. plus deposit, to include all bills except phone. Contact: pratima_mitchell@hotmail.com. Tel./fax: 01865 247180.

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. £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.

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

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.

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

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Flats to Let

Quiet accommodation in Headington: a wonderful architect designed split-level studio. Light and airy with French window to the garden. Cooking facilities and separate bathroom. Cast iron wood burning stove. For a single person, post graduate or visiting professor. Non- smoker. £650 p.c.m., incl. heat, light and cleaning. Please contact: 01865 762991. E-mail: paulinehodson@supanet.com.

Central north Oxford: 2-bedroom, self-contained and private flat; kitchen; bathroom; conservatory;patio; c.h.; parking space. Ideal location, available now. £975 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811878.

Flat, 1--2 persons, in centre of large and peaceful country garden, next to main house in Cumnor village; near bus routes; parking space provided; storage space. £450 p.m. Ideal for PhD students/young couple, seeking log fire and home comforts. Long history of happy tenants. Call Catherine on 01865 864102 for info., and appointment.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms: 2 furnished ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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Self-Catering Accommodation

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

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Accommodation Offered

Jericho: comfortable sunny single room; c.h.; d.g.; share kitchen and bathroom with one other person. Own telephone line. Suitable for quiet, self-contained older person over 30, non-smoker. Rent £75 p.w. incl., except telephone. Payable 6 weeks in advance, plus deposit. 12 month let. Tel.: 01865 311766.

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

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

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

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Accommodation Sought

Accommodation with family wanted for foreign language student. En suitebathroom and convenient location essential. Willingness to support and encourage the student an advantage. Up to £150 weekly. Tel. Jeremy or Ann on 01865 316202 for further details.

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

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignon Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of 'Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpelier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from 4 Nov., onwards. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. E-mail: janevenab@aol.com.

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

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.

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For Sale

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

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