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Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature

Please note that the venue for the Medieval Society meeting at 8.30 p.m. on 5 Feb., has been changed. The meeting will now take place in the Dorfman Centre at St Peter's College and not in Linacre. Wine will be served from 8.15 p.m. New members are welcome. The speaker will be Dr Leach of Royal Holloway, Univ. of London. Her subject is: Voice, Rationality, and Nature: Birdsong and Human music-making in the later Middle Ages.

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Boutwood Lectures 2004

The Lectures are held biannually on Political and Religious Philosophy. This year's lectures are entitled "`Furious Religion' in an age of violence", The Revd Professor Duncan B. Forrester, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Public Issues, Edinburgh University; 18 & 19 Feb., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., panel discussion 20 Feb., 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. All welcome.

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Volunteers Wanted

Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care needs volunteers to man a help line 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Mon., to Fri., (working either once a week, fortnight or month). If you would like more information please contact Yvonne, Celia or Sally: Oxford Cruse, Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH. Help line 01865 245398. E-mail: oxfordcruse@waitrose.com.

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The National Blood Service

There will be a university staff blood donor session on Tues., 10 Feb., in the Assembly Room, Town Hall, St Aldates. Morning session runs from: 10 a.m. until 12.25 p.m. Afternoon sessions run from 2 p.m. until 4.25 p.m. Do something amazing today--Give Blood. Please call 0845 7 711 711. 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 Sat., 7 Feb., 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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Hilary Term 2004: 5 Feb., Following my Nose, Alec Peever; 12 Feb., A Painter's Progress, Ken Messer; 19 Feb., Faith in Work, Nick Mynheer; 26 Feb., Discovering the Creativity Within, Valerie Petts; 4 March, Contemporary Art and Catharsis, Mark Cazalet; 11 March, The tree with the lights in it, Roger Wagner; 18 March, 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.

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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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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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Concerts

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Strauss, Richard: 1st Horn Concerto (soloist Charlie Wilson); Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor `From the New World'; Phillip A. Cooke: Five Mythical Creatures. Conductor Nicholas Mumby. Tues. 17 Feb., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

Saturday, 14 Feb., 8 p.m. Sheldonian Theatre: Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet(excerpts); The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Nikolai Demidenko, piano; Yannis Daras, conductor. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com, Box Office 01865 305305.

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Baroque Classics. J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 5, Cantata 82 `Ich habe genug', Toccata and fugue in D minor; Albinoni: Adagio in G minor. Harpsichord, Jonathan Wikeley, Baritone, David Somerville Wright, conductor/organ, Nicholas Mumby. Sat., 31 Jan., 8 p.m., Merton College Chapel. Tickets £8, £4 (concessions) available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

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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 & 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 or 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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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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Services Offered

For general property repairs and maintenance, shelving, cupboards, and decorating give me a call. Excellent references. Anthony Swift 01865 762576.

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.

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

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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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Tuition Offered

Easter revision courses: GCSE, AS & A level. d'Overbroeck's College is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK, with an outstanding track record of success. Expert exam based teaching. Focused exam preparation and feedback. At GCSE: revise 3 subjects in a 5-day course. At AS & A level: revise 2 subjects in a 6-day course. Based in North Oxford. Limited places available: contact us now to find out more. Tel: 01865 310000. Web site: www.doverbroecks.com/easter.

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Situations Vacant

Part-time secretary/PA with very good computer and phone skills wanted for a small business in Oxford. Mixed office duties for a flexible experienced person; 15--20 hours per 4-day, or 5-day week. Contact Alison Haill. Tel.: 01865 436791. E-mail: alison.haill@oxfordprofessionalenglish.com.

Deputy Director of Music required for Oxford Welsh male voice choir. Remunerated position. For further details please ring 01235 521307/814975.

Publishing house is looking for an editor with excellent writing skills for in-house book projects. Flexible working terms. Please send samples of your writing marked for the attention of Valentina to: Artnik, 341b Queenstown Road, London SW8 4LH.

Housekeeper required: the Warden of Keble College requires a housekeeper to assist with domestic duties in the Lodgings. Responsibilities will include care of the Warden's official residence and home together with some reception and liaison duties. Additional occasional evening work would be required to assist with official entertaining. 20 hours per week 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; salary on application. Benefits include contributory pension scheme, free meals on duty and 25 days' annual leave. Closing date: Mon., 16 Feb. For further information please contact Trish Long, 01865 272700 or e-mail: trish.long@keb.ox.ac.uk.

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House to Let/For Sale

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly: old farm house, newly tiled roof, all mod cons, and set in approx. 13½ acres of farmland. Peaceful yet within 4 kms from Cerisy la Salle (local village; Saint-Lo, Coutance approx. 20 kms; Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room; gas cooker; separate electric oven; microwave; large fridge with separate freezer; gas c.h.; bathroom with toilet; sitting room. First floor: music room (with Grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with toilet; gallery (suitable for office) which overlooks music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Ideal retreat for writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. Long-term let or for sale (sensible offers). For further details please contact Alexander Kok on tel.: 00 33 2 33 45 52 16, fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

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Houses to Let

Furnished cottage to let in rural surroundings 6 miles south-west of Oxford: 3 bedrooms, sitting room, bathroom, kitchen, garden, garage, free use of squash court. Available 1 March. Rent £650 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 390535.

Charming period cottage, Westcott Barton, 14 miles north west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of the village. Attractively furnished and well equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom 1 spare bedroom/dressing room/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south facing garden. Wonderful place to write. Available late April. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Charlbury(frequent trains to Oxford/London), magnificent Grade II Listed Cotswold stone house in enclosed courtyard/garden. Large kitchen, utility, dining room, living room, 4 large bedrooms, study/bedroom 5, 2 bathrooms. From March for 1 year or more. £1,800 p.c.m. Tel.: Simpson, 01608 810818.

Temple Cowley, newly renovated and furnished Victorian house with garden, close to local amenities; 1--2 reception rooms; 3 bedrooms (1 with en suiteshower and toilet); fitted kitchen with dishwasher and w/machine. Available mid-Aug. to end Dec. 04. £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 furnished house available from 1 Sept., for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train and coach stations, near best schools, parks, c.h., recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes; 2 bedrooms £1,250 p.m. or 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m (includes bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: Oxford: J.Mackrell (eves. or 7-8 a.m.), 01865 775567, e-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com; Canada: A. Gaston, tel.: 001 613 745 1368, fax: 001 613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

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

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

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.

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

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

Oxford B & B: attractive, quiet and convenient home from home. Per night, single £38, double £50. Weekly rate less 20%. Monthly rates negotiable. Tel.: 01865 770501, e-mail: charmaine.cole@cliffordchance.com

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Accommodation Sought

Two--three-bedroom property within the Oxford ring-road sought for the month of May by Oxford Brookes' academic and family currently living abroad. References available. Please contact: ceciandpaul@hotmail.com.

Wanted: spacious good-quality preferably unfurnished accommodation in central North Oxford or Jericho, for professional non-smoking couple for longterm let. Tel.: 07745 407505 (day); 01865 201300 (eves.). No agencies.

Senior New Zealand diplomat coming to Oxford on sabbatical for the period mid-April to Mid-July is seeking to rent a furnished house or apartment, preferably centrally located. Two bedrooms, garage not needed. Please contact Richard Grant at: waimarama1@xtra.co.nz, or phone 00 64 4 499 0 566.

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

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

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Accommodation Sought to Exchange

House swap required: Our 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom detached 1 storey house with garden, in central north Oxford, is within walking distance of the town centre/university, and close to the park. We would like to exchange it for a large house or flat in the south east area of Barcelona for 2/3 weeks from 1 July. Tel.: 01865 556980 or e-mail: mganddharman@btinternet.com.

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Holiday Lets

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, central heating, open fireplaces, fully furnished, satellite tv, swimmingpool (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 telephone Judith on 01993-878793 (evenings) or 01865-281577 (a.m.). Photographs and more details of the property can be viewed on the website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2/.

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 & 2, or can be combined. £250--£750 p.w. depending on numbers of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

Italy, Le Marche, for rent: beautiful old farmhouse, lovingly restored with outstanding views of Sibillini mountains and surrounding hills. Large pool. Sleeps 10+. One hour from Ancona airport. Available July to Sept. Very reasonable rates. Enquire: ernesto.macaro@@edstud.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 513739.

Paris: 2-bedroom, double reception flat, available July and Aug. Minimum 1 week. £350 p.w. Cheaper terms for longer stays: 12th arrondissement, near the Bois de Vincennes, the Bercy complex and the `coulee verte'; Metro `Michel Bizot'. Very elegant, attractively furnished with character features (large windows, high ceilings, parquet floors) balcony and lift. Entirely renovated with all mod cons. Washing machine,drier, dishwasher, microwave, separate WC, TV, video, CD player. Digicode and interphone. No children (but baby OK). Non smokers only. Phone 01865 769967 for pictures and availability.

Normandy: charming, sympathetically furnished, half-timbered cottage with a pretty garden, in the Normandy countryside. Sleeps 7 (4 bedrooms). Comfortable and fully equipped (including for children; also a downstairs double bedroom suitable for the elderly); an excellent base for exploring the Pays d'Auge region, and only 30 minutes from good sandy beaches. Available all the year round. £250--£600 p.w. Tel., or fax Impey 0033 231 32 87 92. E-mail: matthew.impey@wanadoo.fr.

Luxury flat on a golf course for rent in Alicante, Spain. Fantastic location close to sandy beach (15 minute walk) and airport (14 km). Terrace overlooking the 15th hole of Alicante Golf course. Two bedrooms, 2 shower/bathrooms. Apartment exquisitely finished and fully equipped (TV, washing machine, dryer, oven, microwave). Amenities include, tennis, squash, jacuzzi, steam bath, pool, children's area, etc. Available from July. Contact: rosana.lopez@admin.ox.ac.uk for info and pictures.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 65 miles north-east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland) near Palafrugell; available throughout the summer of 2004. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which forms a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom and lounge/dining area. The ground floor has a large double bedroom and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sunday and by private arrangement will cook delicious meals. Prices: £400 p.w., £750 per fortnight, £1,400 per 4 week period. Ring Dr Charles Mould 01993 810035 (fax 01993 810486) or e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Tuscan Hills: in superb situation near Siena our own restored farmhouse standing amidst its own olives and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest views. Walking, art, food and wine abundant. Easy access to cities. Very peaceful with full services (but no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 01252 660899. E-mail: richfran1321@msn.com.

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 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 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.

Cottage in rural Normandy: sleeps 6. All details at www.gitelacroix.com. Tel.: 0033 231 92 4712.

Rome: apartment for holiday or longer stays: 1-bedroom, Pigneto District, 15 minutes by bus from city centre; convenient; well located; well equipped; off roads accommodation. Linens and cleaning included. £200 p.2., £600 p.m. Contact: 01865 728830 or e-mail: buceti@frascati.enea.it.

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

Cevennes--Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, recently refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms--sleeps 8+; bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when this apartment is let. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet--near a village withshops--in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards, Gorges du Tarn--and the Mediterranean--all within easy reach. For those who do not wish to drive, there is easy access via TGV or cheap Stanstead flights. Booking now open for 2004 (from £210 p.w.). Non-smokers only please. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. A smaller, second flat is now also available; this will sleep 4 or 5 in 2 bedrooms and has a large living area and a cool covered terrace. Though entirely separate from the larger flat--and available separately--this may be of particular interest to families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. For further details of either of these flats please apply: 01527 541360.

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 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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Houses For Sale

Detached, 4-bedroom house in quiet cul-de-sac in West Oxford. Accommodation comprises of lounge, dining room, study, well-appointed kitchen, breakfast room, utility, conservatory, family bathroom and en suitebathroom to main bedroom, 3 further bedrooms. Double garage with large driveway, and parking for several vehicles. Internal viewing essential to appreciate this lovely family home. £385,000. No onward chain. Contact: Sue.Purcell@admin.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 280093.

For Sale: Eynsham, Queen's Close. Rare chance to buy one of the sought-after semis in an excellent location in a small close in central old village location, 6 miles from Oxford on an excellent bus route; 3 bedrooms, bathroom, WC, lounge/diner with oak floor, kichen, gas c.h., single garage and approx. 80 ft west-facing rear garden. Guide price £249,950. Please contact Prof. George Smith, 01865 880497.

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Retirement Flat for Sale

Large, light ground-floor flat in Warden run residence in Summertown, north Oxford. Ideal for a couple or single person. £65,000 + £550 p.c.m. service charge to include food, heating etc. Further details, tel.: 01223 357778 or 0117 9372511.

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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. n

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