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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:

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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: Tel.: 0870 750 0659, or with the Oxford Playhouse: Tel.: 01865 305305. Tickets also available at the door. Web site:

Bryan Ferry Concert. Sat., 10 July in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford. This is the first year that the legendary Roxy Music front man and solo recording star has played an outdoor event in Oxford, so grab your friends, bring a picnic and get ready to rock with this international artist. The evening ends with a grand firework display. Tickets: £30 (adult)/£20 (child). Box office: 01603 660444.

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Unsung Heroines. Original prints by women printmakers (16th--20th century). The prints can be viewed at the gallery of Elizabeth Harvey-Lee, 1 West Cottages, Middle Aston Road, North Aston, OX25 5QB (15 miles north of Oxford) on Sat. 26 June and Sun. 27 June, 10.30 a.m.--6.00 p.m., or otherwise by appointment. A fully-illustrated catalogue is available, describing over 300 etchings, engravings, lithographs, woodcuts & linocuts; 52 illustrated in colour, the rest in black & white. Price £16.50 by post. Includes works by Diana of Mantua, Angelica Kauffmann, Käthe Kollwitz, Berthe Morisot, Laura Knight, Sybil Andrews, Clare Leighton, Gwen Raverat and a host of interesting less-known names. Tel.: 01869 347164.

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Volunteer Sought

New Treasurer for Asylum Welcome required to replace the current post-holder, who is stepping down after four years. Asylum Welcome is an Oxford based charity working with refugees and asylum seekers. The position is honorary and includes the provision of sound financial advice to trustees and staff, preparing proper accounts and ensuring effective financial systems are in place. The work is estimated to take 2--3 hours per week. Contact Richard Taylor on 01865 459766 or email:

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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:

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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

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:, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, email:

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: 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.

Tuition in watercolour painting. Two 1-week summer schools with Rebecca Hind and Stuart Dawson at Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, South Oxon. Teaching is by demonstration and one-to-one. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Weeks commencing 5 and 12 July, Mon.-- Fri., 10 a.m.--5 p.m. Cost: £175. Call 01865 340 633 or see

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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:

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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

Jesus College requires weekend Lodge Porter/Receptionist to cover duties on Sat. and Sun., 7 a.m.--8 p.m. Could be job share (mornings/afternoons). Duties include welcoming visitors, dealing with enquiries, monitoring fire alarm and CCTV systems, and maintaining the security of the college. Further details and an application form may be obtained from the Assistant Bursar, Jesus College, Oxford OX1 3DW. Tel.: 01865 279716. Email:

Jesus College requires a fellows' Secretary to provide word processing and clerical support for College Fellows and College Officers. Applicants should have a good educational background, excellent secretarial, word-processing and database skills to include Word, Access and Excel. Experience of audio typing and shorthand would be an advantage. Salary on the University Clerical and Library Scale, grade 4 (£15,603-£18,015 p.a.). 35 hours p.w., free lunch on duty. Closing date: Mon., 5 July 2004. Further details and an application form may be obtained from the Assistant Bursar, Jesus College, Oxford OX1 3DW. Tel.: 01865 279716. Email:

Tutors required at Oxford summer school. Students or graduates with knowledge of and interest in English literature and language required to tutor small groups (max. 4) of German students preparing for A-level equivalent examinations. Needed mid-July--end Aug. or parts thereof. Approx. 20--25 hours p.w. at £10.50/hour. Contact Janet on 07773308994 or email:

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Houses to Let

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: 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:

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

Two-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

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

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 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

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:

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.

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, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes. Easy walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools and 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. Email: Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email:

Central North Oxford. Fully-furnished Victorian house, 4--5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with shower), dining room, large kitchen, lounge, study, garden, all appliances, g.c.h., linen etc. Five minutes to town centre, bus/rail station, high quality school area. Suit academic, professional couple or family. Available Aug. 2004--July 2005. Email or call Liz Sayigh on 002746 6038171 (day), 002746 6223828 (evening).

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 4--5 bedroom family home to let from Christmas `04 to Aug. `05. Family are going abroad for sabbatical. Large west-facing spacious garden with patio and beautiful surrounding trees. Three reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room and 2½ bathrooms. House on west side of popular Woodstock road, overlooking St Edward's playing fields. Easy walking access to Summertown shops; 2 miles from Oxford city centre. Easy access into city centre (house is located opposite bus stop and close to cycle path). Port Meadow nearby. £2,500 p.m. Email:

East Oxford. Unusual spacious unfurnished mid-terrace house, recently refurbished (incl. kitchen white-stuff). Lounge/diner; 2--3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower/toilet/utility room, conservatory, large study/third bedroom leading onto mature garden, g.c.h. Situated in quiet street opposite school grounds. Convenient for shops, restaurants; educational institutions; regular bus services, recreational facilities, open space incl. the river. Only 20 min. walk from city centre. Available 1 Aug. £850 p.c.m (annual let). References required. Tel.: 01844 338661. Email:

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:

`Shabby-chic' much-loved furnished 2-bedroom family home, from mid-Aug. Easy access to city centre (3.5 m.) on excellent bus route; proximate to Westminster College, good local schools, and shops. Children fine; n-s, no pets. Living/dining room, study, separate utility, parking. Wild garden and pond with newts and natterjacks. £750 p.c.m. but neg. for right tenant. Contact Dr. K. J. Kaye on 0771-324-7547 or

Central North Oxford, between Jericho and Summertown. Victorian Terrace, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/diner, study, living room, garden, on-street parking. Beautiful condition and fully-equipped. Ideal for non-smoking visiting academics. Available mid-August 2004 to mid-July 2005 (some flexibility). £1,300 p.c.m., exc. bills. Email for full details and pictures.

Temple Cowley. Lovely fully-furnished Victorian terrace, 3 bedrooms (one en suite). Wooden floors throughout. Garden with patio. Very close to swimming pool, library, shops. Only 10 min. by bus to city centre. Responsible family or professionals preferred, non-smokers only. Available mid-Aug. to end-Dec. £830 p.c.m. Contact Euton Daley on 01865 711341 or email:

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, offers invited. Photos on Finders Keepers Web site ( ref. 8104). Email: or tel.: 01865 200012.

East Oxford. Academic on sabbatical seeks tenant for beautiful 2-bedroom home. In exchange for a very reasonable rent (incl. of all bills) you will have access to a large living room, kitchen/diner with washing machine, double bedroom and bathroom with shower. Would suit visiting academic. Available early July to early Jan. Contact or call 01865 722277.

Summertown, North Oxford. Unfurnished period house with 1 double, 2 single bedrooms, 2 reception, conservatory and pretty garden maintained at landlord's expense. G.c.h., kitchen, bathroom, and 2 w.c.s. Off-street parking. Available immediately, preferably for 12 months min. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01608 677570 or email:

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House to Let or for Sale

Upper Wolvercote, North Oxford. Three-bedroom semi-detached 1930s house in excellent condition. Quiet location, close to shop, pub, church, and school. Frequent bus to Oxford centre (12 min.), rural walks, canal. Two reception, kitchen/dining, convertible loft, storage, off-street parking. Fully productive organic kitchen garden with shed, greenhouse, asparagus bed. £335,000 or unfurnished rental £875 p.m. Email: Tel.: 01865 436850.

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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:

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.

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 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

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. Email: Tel.: 01865 552648, 07817 665762 or 07812 086060.

Spacious three-bedroom chalet bungalow near foot of Shotover Hill. Available mid-July for 12 months or longer. Large L-shaped lounge, g.c.h., fully-fitted kitchen, French windows, medium-sized garden (possible assistance for additional charge), garage, and off-street parking. Quiet location. Viewing 9--12 July or by arrangement. £1,100 p.c.m. and one month's rent deposit. Contact Kate Kelly on 07711 320810 or preferably by email:

Tinkerbell Cottage in Boar's Hill, Oxford. Charming 2-bedroom terrace cottage (double bedroom and a study with a sleeping loft), partially furnished, working fireplace, large garden, stunning countryside views. Would suit couple or possibly two sharing, 4 miles to Oxford city centre and close to bus service into Oxford. £850 p.c.m. incl. utilities (except telephone). Available 1 Sept. 2004. Contact: 01865 735305 or

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Vacation Lets

Jericho, near Port Meadow. Four-bedroom, 1-bathroom family house available to let for six weeks from mid-July. £400 p.w. or £2,000 for entire six-week period. Tel.: 01865 554366 or email

Two-bedroom Victorian terrace house in vibrant East Oxford area. Available for two months from mid/end July (period negotiable). Newly furnished with lovely kitchen and w/machine. Small garden. Close to shops, 10 min. cycle or bus ride to city centre. £800 p.c.m. (negotiable) plus bills. Tel.: 01865 793578; mobile: 07788834408. Email:

Charming 2-bedroom cottage with small, sunny garden in village of Eynsham, 4 miles from Oxford city. Bus service every 15 min. to colleges and libraries. One friendly tabby cat needs feeding, please. £1,100 p.c.m. Refs please. Available in August only. Email: Tel.: 01865 882058.

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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: E-mail:

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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: or visit our web site at

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.

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.

Various properties to let: (1.) Central North Oxford. Flat with double bedroom, bathroom with shower, kitchenette and reception. (2.) East Oxford. Charming, well-equipped house, 2--3 beds, beautiful garden. Available mid-Sept.--late Dec. (3.) Central North Oxford. Delightful 4- bedroom house with conservatory. Please contact Talbot or David on 07866672722 or 01865 513673, or leave a message on 01865 311557.

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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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

Responsible, friendly n-s couple (professional/Ph.D. student) seek 2-bedroom house or flat within 3 miles from city centre from early 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

Swiss postdoctoral student coming to the Mathematical Institute seeks room or small flat in quiet location within cycling distance of central Oxford (North Oxford preferred). Required for one year from July (some flexibility on start date). Email: or

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Holiday Lets

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: Web site: Web site:

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:, or contact us on email: Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

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

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.

Andalucia. Enjoy the tranquillity and spectacular views of Los Alcornocales Cork Oak Nature Park, above the ancient town of Jimena de la Frontera. Four delightful cottages set in a semi- tropical garden with pools. The River House (once part of a cannon-ball factory) beside Rio Hozgarganta (4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms), pool and flagstoned herb garden. Tel.: 01770 870311 or see

Geneva area/Département de l'Ain. Located between the Alps and Jura in the village of Ferney-Voltaire, this sunny ground-floor apartment in a Provence-style house is available for short or longer stays. Newly-built, with open plan fully-equipped kitchen (incl. crockery), dining room and sitting room, separate en suite double bedroom (linen provided), and small office. Nearby Voltaire's Château, 10 min. from the Palais des Nations and downtown (regular bus service), 5 min. from Geneva airport. Suit 1 or 2 academics. Parking, telephone, high-speed Internet connection, Sky. Immediate proximity to world-class food and wine, skiing, hiking and lakes. Available from 1 Oct. at 210 euro p.w., 385 euro for two weeks, or 740 euro p.m. Tel.: 01865 557 351 or email:

Siena, Italy. Two nice apartments, one just outside the city centre and one in the beautiful hills of Chianti, 20 min. from Siena. Amazing views. Minimum stay 3 days. Please find more details at and Tel.: 01865/288513 or email:

Traditional house in wine-making Valpolicella, in village famed for trattorias. Built on wooded hillside. Olive trees, terrace and pergola (grapes pickable in Sept.). Located in green valley known for walks and waterfall park. Verona (with its opera season) and Lake Garda within ½ hour; near many other beautiful cities. Comfortably accommodates 5+. Available until mid-July and from mid-Aug. 350 euro p.w. (July-Aug.), 300 euro p.w. (rest of year). Email:

Apulia, Italy. Seventeenth century restored trulli on charming hills, views of vineyards and Mediterranean woods. Area of geological, historical and architectural interest; 10 min. from picturesque town of Alberobello, 10 min. from the sea. Ideal for lively and inspirational holiday. B&B in fully-furnished flats: A (sleeps up to 5): £560--790 p.w.; B or C (up to 3): £350--510 p.w. Discounts available for long lets. Daily direct flights: London to Bari or Brindisi. Web site: Email:

Jerez, Andalucia. Charming fully-equipped 2-bedroom flat (sleeps four). Leafy, peaceful, historic square in centre. Cafés and shops at doorstep. Roof terrace with views. Minutes to central market and sherry bodegas, flamenco centre, equestrian school and much more. Short walk to excellent bus and train services, 45 min. Cadiz, 1 hour Seville. The real Spain. £225 p.w. Direct, cheap flights from London Stansted. Tel.: 01202 772745.

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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:

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.

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Flat for Sale

Central North Oxford, Norham Road. Very attractive, light and airy 2-bedroom top-floor flat with high ceilings, much character, and fine views. The property is in good decorative order. G.c.h., ca. 80 sq.m. Ample residents' parking space. £325,000. Tel.: 01865 513553.

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