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Musical events

University Church: J.S. Bach, St John Passion,sung in German with congregational chorales, Wed., 3 Mar., 7.30 p.m. Soloists James Bowman, James Gilchrist, Claire Booth, Eamonn Dougan, William Gaunt, with the Choir of the University Church, and the Band of Instruments (dir. Ryan Wigglesworth). £12 central nave and gallery, £8 side aisles; concessions £8/£7. Tickets available on the door or in advance from the church office or the shop. Tel. (church office): Oxford (2)79111.

Saturday, 20 Mar., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre, Brahms Series. Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45; Klara Ek, soprano, Garry Magee, bariton, Marios Papadopoulos, conductor. The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com. Box Office 01865 305305.

Schola Cantorum of Oxford; James Burton (conductor); Scarlatti—Stabat Mater; Caldara—Crucifixus; Allegri—Miserere. St Mary the Virgin Church, High Street, Sat. 20 Mar., 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. £8, £4 concessions. E-mail: tickets@schola-cantorum.net. Telephone: 07970 538641.

Verdi Requiem, Sheldonian Theatre. Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera. Conductor: Robert Secret. Soprano: Ingrid Attrot. Mezzo-Soprano: Yvonne Fontane. Tenor: Hugh Hetherington. Bass: Quentin Hayes. Saturday 3 Apr. 2004, 7.30 p.m. Tickets £12, £10 (concessions £10, £8). Available at the door or from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Telephone: 01865 305305.

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Lectures

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Hilary Term 2004: Artists and their Inspiration. 26 Feb., Discovering the Creativity Within, Valerie Petts; 4 Mar., Contemporary Art and Catharsis, Mark Cazalet; 11 Mar., Title to be announced, Roger Wagner; 18 Mar., Seeing Music; Hearing Colour, Mark Rowan-Hull. The talks will be held at St Giles'either in the Church or the Parish Rooms at 12.30 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.

Oxford Brookes University. 9 Mar. at 4.30 p.m. in Board Room 2. Professor Mary Hickman, from London Metropolitan University, is giving a lecture called `The Limitations of Whiteness and the Boundaries of Englishness.' All welcome. For further details contact Sara Ryan. E-mail: fam@brookes.ac.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 Wednesday in term, also on the Wednesday before term starts, the Wednesday after the end of term and during the summer holidays. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10-15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks and garden trips. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room—open all year except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Egyptian Extravaganza

Live belly dancing by members of the Oxford University Middle Eastern Society at the Phoenix Picturehouse on Thursday 11 Mar., followed by Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt, a fascinating documentary about the life of the late Egyptian singer, the best-selling female vocalist in the Arab World, narrated by Omar Sharif. Starts 6.30 p.m., in the bar. Dancing at 7.15 p.m., film at 7.45 p.m. Free glass of wine for anyone in belly dancing costume. For further details contact Martin Jennings at the Phoenix. Telephone: Oxford 512526.

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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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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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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. 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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Antiquarian Books Bought

Books bought. We buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on History and the Humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops located at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ; 12 Bloomsbury Street, London w.c.1B 3QA; and 101 Euston Road, London NW1A 2RA. E-mail: books@unsworths.com.

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Antique Prints for Sale

Loggan Prints available to buy at Crockwell Prints. Maps and beautiful limited edition facsimile lithographic prints of Loggan's 1675 bird's-eye views of Oxford colleges. Most prints approximately 45x350mm. £7.50 each, including p+p. E-mail: crockwellprints@aol.com for small images or orders. Telephone: 01993 813536.

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Camp Energy

Fantastic Easter Holiday Activities with Camp Energy: a fun-based activity and sports course for children aged 5--12 yrs. Week 1: 29 Mar.–2 Apr. Week 2: 5–8 Apr. Week 3: 13–16 Apr. Drop off between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., pick up between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Limited places available for weekly, daily and half-daily sessions, including excursions to Sulgrave Manor and the Jordan Grand Prix Factory. All University staff are entitled to a 10 per cent discount. Telephone: Oxford 292072, or visit www.campenergy.com for more information.

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Services Offered

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).

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.

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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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Personal Trainers

Paul Hornsby offers professional and effective advice to those members of the University (and their families) who would like to make a difference to their fitness and health this year. Weight loss, injury rehabilitation or sports specific training programmes can be devised for individuals or groups, at home or at the University Sports Centre, Iffley Road. discounted rates for University staff. Call 07980 818574, e-mail: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com.

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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Situations Vacant

Trinity College: part-time secretary. This is a fixed-term post, until 31 July 2004, for 14 hours p.w. The salary will be £15,000 per annum, pro rata. Further particulars and details of how to submit applications are available from the Bursar's secretary, Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3RB. The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 4 Mar.. Interviews are to be held on Wed., 17 Mar. Trinity College is an equal opportunities employer. Tel.: 01865 (2)79873. E-mail: bursary.secretary@trinity.ox.ac.uk.

Christ Church Picture Gallery: permanent part-time invigilator urgently required. Christ Church Picture Gallery houses an important collection of European paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The Gallery is open to the public, and the invigilators are responsible on a day-to-day basis for the security of the collection. They patrol the galleries, greet visitors, answer queries, and take messages and work on the front desk. We are looking for a smart, reliable, responsible person who is willing to work as part of a small team. Some experience of security and/or retail would be an advantage. Working Tuesdays and Wednesdays (10.30 a.m.–5 p.m.) and every other weekend, Saturday 10.30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday (2–5 p.m.) £5.74 p.h. (£7.65 on Sunday). Please apply in writing (covering letter, c.v. with 2 references) to: Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford OX1 1DP. For more information telephone: Oxford 276172 or e-mail: jacqueline.thalmann@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies: Applications are invited for the post of Publications Assistant, reporting to the Publications Manager. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Publications Department, including processing an academic journal and other publishing projects, the successful applicant will have excellent organisational, communications, and MS Office skills. Copy-editing and proof-reading skills are desirable. Salary £14,000--£16,000 p.a. Closing date Friday, 5 Mar. Applications, including a c.v., should be sent to Claudia Kozeny, Publications, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR. E-mail: publications@oxcis.ac.uk.

Mandarin Chinese/English Translation. We are seeking someone who is fluent in both Mandarin and English who can help us to keep up-to-date our English/Chinese web site, which is for prospective undergraduates plus graduate applicants and their parents. We envisage this taking about one day a month and we will pay at the rate of £8.50 p.h. If interested, please contact Dr Barbara Kennedy (International Recruitment Manager). Tel.: 01865 (2)74421. E-mail: irc@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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Volunteer Wanted

Volunteer needed to make occasional grant applications in support of small group of visually handicapped potters. Oxford area. For further details call Margaret on: 01865 558131.

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Houses/Flats for Sale

A new agency: Space, Woodstock Road, Oxford (opposite Browns restaurant), tel.: 01865 557333. For property details and virtual tours of 320 towns and villages in Oxfordshire, visit www.spaceagency.co.uk. See Oxford and the county at street level.

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Houses to Let

Islip: spacious top-floor apartment in beautiful old 17th century house in this quiet riverside village. 6 miles from Oxford, well connected by trains and buses. Double bedroom, large living- room, kitchen, bathroom, all with views over surrounding countryside. Own off-street parking. Available Mar. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 373794.

North Oxford , near St Hugh's College, 15 minutes' walk to city centre: attractive, modern, 2-bedroom 2-level flat. Completely refurbished. Double bedroom, 2nd bedroom/study, living-room, bathroom, and kitchen. All mod cons. Communal garden. Garage option. Available now, £880 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513202.

East Oxford, 7-bed student let in this popular part of town: part furnished, spacious, 2 bathrooms, and living area. This period semi-detached house is available for the 2004–5 academic year. £2,100 p.c.m. Contact Matthew on 07734 703619. E-mail: matt_tucker2000@hotmail.com.

Close to city centre, in quiet no-through street: delightful 2-bedroom, furnished terrace house. Washing machine, c.h., and pretty garden. Would suit couple or two sharers. Non-smokers please. Available for six months or one year, from late Mar. £760 p.c.m., plus council tax. Deposit and references required. Tel.: 01865 310806. E-mail: joannadennison@hotmail.com.

East Oxford: furnished 2-bedroom Victorian terrace house situated in popular road. The house has a newly-fitted kitchen, upstairs bathroom and wooden floors throughout. There is also a garden with patio area. Available mid-Mar. for 1 year at £800 p.c.m. Suit non-smoking single, couple, or two professional sharers. Tel.: Joan on Oxford 772370. E-mail: mcgarry@failte28.fsnet.co.uk.

Florence Park: recently refurbished 1930s house with attractively designed garden. Ideal for professionals or family. 2 large bedrooms and dressing room. Close to local amenities, park and river. Light and cosy. Easy access to central Oxford. Available end of Mar. for 1 year or less. £850 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: Jo Dixon on mobile: 07932 724232.

Wootton, near Woodstock: well-appointed furnished property in sought-after village; 3 bedrooms, conservatory, garage, gardens, off-road parking for 3 cars. In peaceful location. Good bus and rail connections to Oxford nearby. Available mid-Apr. for 6 months/1 year. £850 p.c.m.. E-mail: sally.stradling@ukgateway.net or tel.: 01993 812278.

Headington Quarry, ideal for visiting professor: 2 double bedroom house, living-room and kitchen/dining, all mod. cons., mid-July to mid-Sept. or Oct., dates to be agreed. £900 p.c.m. including utilities, cable TV, and telephone. Professionals only. Telephone: Philip Allison, Oxford 767791, e-mail: philip_allison@hotmail.com.

Jericho: converted Victorian granary: 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hall, sitting room, kitchen, utility room and dining area. Walled garden, off-street parking, 5 minutes' walk St Giles' and colleges. Available mid-Feb. £1,150 p.c.m. To view tel.: 07990 587383.

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.

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

North Oxford , near St Hugh's College, 15 minutes' walk to city centre: attractive, modern, 2-bedroom 2-level flat. Completely refurbished. Double bedroom, 2nd bedroom/study, living-room, bathroom, and kitchen. All mod cons. Communal garden. Garage option. Available now, £880 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513202.

Upper Wolvercote, pretty location: self-contained, modernised, light, airy, 1-bedroom flat on second floor of old family house, overlooking Port Meadow. Stunning views, rural surroundings, and all mod cons. Convenient for University and Oxford city. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining-room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic or other professional. £695 p.c.m., exc. telephone. Ready for viewing second half of Mar.; available late Mar./Apr. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.com

Unexpectedly available, a self-contained, fully furnished flat in Woodstock Road, with easy access to the city centre; bedroom/living-room; fully equipped kitchen inc. washing machine; shower-room, c.h., private parking. Available 15 Mar. for short/long lets. £550 p.m., inc. bills. E-mail: mlavender100@hotmail.com.

North Oxford : Spacious garden apartment, fully furnished, sunny and secure. Adjacent park, tennis courts, golf club. Easy access to town centre. 2 bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, patio, parking. Available from 1 Apr. to 30 Nov. £750 p.c.m. Telephone: Oxford 552245.

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 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

Artemis House: bed and breakfast accommodation in tastefully decorated Edwardian House. Good location, close to city centre, parking available. Find out more on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/artemis-house. Tel.: 01865 244357.

College and 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.

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Sheltered Accommodation for the Elderly

The Abbeyfield Oxford Society runs a very sheltered home for elderly people in St Clement's, Oxford. All rooms en-suite, excellent food and support, lovely garden, respite care sometimes available. For more details please contact the Administrator. Tel.: 01865 790439.

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Accommodation Sought

US college professor and family (spouse and 11-year-old triplets) seek furnished rented accommodation, from 1 Aug. 2004 to 28 Feb. 2005. Looking for 3 bedrooms, with parking. Preferred locations: Summertown, Headington, or Marston. Non-smoking, no pets. Please contact Professor Catherine Kodat. E-mail: ckodat@hamilton.edu.

Professional couple seek 2- or 3-bedroom house to rent in Oxford, from beginning of Apr. Short- or long-term considered, references available. If you can help, please contact Louise. Tel.: 01865 203251. E-mail: louise.harriss@psychiatry.ox.ac.uk.

House-sit wanted by mature, professional, academic couple. Refs upon request. Available for any 6-month period or more, between spring 2004 and autumn 2005. E-mail: victor@thasiah.com.

Retired lady seeks 2-bedroom house or cottage in quiet, rural location (within 6 to 8 miles of Oxford) from Mar./Apr. for 6 months or longer. Tel.: 020 8672 7170 daytime.

College and County is seeking to increase their portfolio of high quality Oxford property suitable for postgraduate 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

Old Tuscany: two charming apartments with shaded terraces and orchard, on edge of small hill town near Siena. Short walk to restaurant and shops. Glorious countryside. Flat A (sleeps 4) £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2), £260 p.w. Flats A and B together, £525 p.w. For more information and a brochure, telephone: 01428 714363 or: +39 333 123 6091. E-mail: uliviera@hotmail.com.

Mallorca: traditional village house, renovated, with own swimming pool and leafy patio area. Excellent location between coast and mountains. Close to village shops, bakery, and local restaurants. Beautiful walks nearby. The house provides the perfect base for relaxing by the pool or exploring the island. Sleeps 6 (3 double rooms). Tel.: 01865 373794. E-mail: janeskinner@freeuk.com.

South of France, in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills: beautifully restored 18th-century stone farmhouse and gîte. Spectacular views, wonderful walks, wildlife, safe river bathing, completely peaceful. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Albi, Lac du Salagou, Montpellier, and the Mediterranean. Farmhouse (sleeps 10) from £350 p.w., gite (sleeps 4), from £250 p.w. For more details and photos visit: www.lebouis.com. Tel.: 01865 244619. E-mail: chrissiemadden@aol.com.

Athens Olympics: apartment in central Athens for rent during Aug. 2004 Olympics. Can sleep 6. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and balcony. Cleaner provided. Close to Omonia Square, metro station to all Olympics venues. Perfect for families or parties with limited budget. 400 euros per day. E-mail: j.carpenter@efc.co.uk.

North Pembrokeshire: cottage near Fishguard. Sleeps 3 or more. Secluded rural setting, close to coastal path and bus route. Ideal for reading, revising, relaxing, and reviving. Stove, books, garden. Dogs and children welcome. £160–£250 p.w., mid-Apr. to Oct. Also has a caravan, which can be used as annexe. For brochure please call 01348 872080. E-mail: nchroustchoff@hotmail.com.

Tuscany, Italy: villa S. Stefano, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill, among large vineyards and olive trees (biological-organic farming methods, no pesticides); 5 bedrooms (up to 9 people), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming-pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 minutes' drive from Chiusi town, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 minutes from Siena and Assisi. Telephone: +39 055 602044, or +39 328 7133951; e-mail: info@demata.tuscany.it; Web: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy: tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the NE coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people; beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden; 3 double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living- room with TV; only 10 minutes by car from Porto Cervo, world-renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches; close to wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools. E-mail: margareta@sanpanteleo.co.uk; http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk.

Italy, Tuscany. Charming seventeenth century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8- -10. Not available in August. Telephone: 0208 446 4913. E-mail: stein@stein44.fsnet.co.uk.

France, Dordogne. For rent. Renovated cottage near Sarlat and Beynac castle. Sleeps 6--7; large swimming pool, marvellous view and tranquil setting. Photos available. June and Sept. (£600 p.w.), July (£900 per week). E-mail: barbaracemerson@yahoo.co.uk. Telephone: 07798 828758.

Traditional Tarn farmhouse in 18 acres, sleeps 6/8 in main house (2 bathrooms) plus 4 in self-contained cottage across courtyard. Ideal for large family, or two families sharing. Recently modernised to high standard, c.h., open fireplaces, fully furnished, satellite TV, swimming pool (heated if required), hard tennis court, large games room with table tennis, snooker; secluded field and oak woods. 1k from village of Cahuzac-sur-Vere (supermarket, baker, 2 restaurants, cafe, bank, butcher); 45 minutes Toulouse airport, in Gaillac, Cordes, Albi triangle. Available to let from Easter 2004. For more information contact: mike.simler@wanadoo.fr or tel.: Judith on 01993 878793 (eves) or 01865 281577 (a.m.); Web site: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2.

Oxford: exceptional Edwardian home; 3 bedrooms (attached studies); 3 reception rooms; beautiful large kitchen/dining; charming summerhouse with veranda in garden. One further large bedroom in our second home next door. In all sleeping 5–8. Piano, table tennis; mile to city centre. 3–16 Apr., 28 July–17 Aug., 17 Dec.–8 Jan. £650 p.w. Tel.: 01865 247851.

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.

South of France: Cahors area. Completely restored stone house. Beautiful condition. Peaceful medieval village. An idyllic spot. Swimming pool. Preferential rates to college staff. Available all year round. E-mail: nkearney@tcd.ie or tel.: 0035 387 235 5962.

Italy—Umbria, near Perugia, within easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Restored farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool: 2 spacious flats sleeping 4 and 2, or can be combined. £250–£750 p.w. depending on numbers of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

Southwest France, between Albi/Cordes, farmhouse with 6 acres, swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large kitchen, sleeps 8. Several airports within easy reach. Call 01608 810818 or e-mail barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for brochure.

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, Montpellier, 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: family owned Wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese: offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodation 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Contact: tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120. E-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

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. 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.

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. n

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