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Concerts

Oxford University Orchestra. Conductor: Toby Purser. Rossini—Overture to William Tell. Vaughan Williams—Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4. Friday 7 May 2004. Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets (£10/£5) from the Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305) or on the door.

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

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Lectures

Oxford Greek Festival 2004. Oswyn Murray: `Tragic pity', Wed., 5 May, 6 p.m.; Jasper Griffin: `Trojan Womenand the realities of war', Thur., 6 May, 4.15 p.m.; James Morwood: `The Trojan Women: nowhere a glimmer of hope?', Fri., 7 May, 6 p.m.; Chuck Mike and Avery T. Willis: `Directorial approaches to Trojan Women', Sat., 8 May, 4.15 p.m. All lectures in the Auditorium, Oxford Playhouse, before the evening performance or after the matinée performance of Trojan Women(5–8 May, Oxford Playhouse). Admission to the lectures is free. Tickets are required and may be obtained from 01865 305305.

Society for Graduates: Trinity Term 2004. Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room in WADHAM COLLEGE, Parks Road, Oxford. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. President: Anita Segar, 21 Woodcroft, Kennington; Programme Coordinators: Cynthia Styles, 1 Carey Close, Oxford, OX2 8HX (Tel: 01865 554137); Serena Marner, 19 Meadow Way, Yarnton, Oxon, OX5 1TA (Tel: 01865 378817); Committee: Elsie Callander, Alan Oxley (Treasurer), Derek Phillips; Dining Steward: Anita Segar (tel: 01865 730574). 7 May—Whither the Weather: past, present and future climate (Dr Howard R. Oliver, Meteorologist); 14 May—Wings over Oz—and some (cardiac) arrests (Martyn Segar, M.Eng (aero) A young pilot with Air Traffic Control); 21 May—The death of an elephant (Dr Malcolm Coe, Tropical Ecologist); 28 May—50 years of the computer. What has it given us? (Professor John Burren, Oxford Brookes University); 4 June—Imitating Creation and the World: the Architecture and Form of the Temple in Ancient Egypt (Andrew Ganley, Egyptologist); 11 June—An Oxford Divine of Merton College, Oxford, during 1780–1830 (Allan Ledger, A Guide at Blenheim Palace); 18 June—AGM & Social. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, visitors £1.50 per meeting.

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

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Volunteers sought

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

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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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

Hypnotherapy Sessions. This is a busy time of year for students, what with exams and all the studying that you need to do. Hypnotherapy can hep you to deal with the stress that may be an issue for you this time of year. Stress can have a detrimental effect on our memory and also our overall performance. So if you need a guiding hand, then call today to book your hypnotherapy session with Richard MacKenzie. Richard has been trained in hypnosis to a high standard and he has been fortunate to learn and share his profession with some of the top people in hypnosis today. He specialises and has great enthusiasm in helping clients with such issues as smoking, slimming and stress. He has an extremely successful practice in Witney, Oxfordshire (UK) in which he has sessions with clients from all over the community in the south-east of England. Telephone: 0845 2265503 or visit the website at: www.richardmackenzie.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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 website at: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

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Secretarial Services

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

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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

Tutors required. Texas State University is moving its British Summer School to St Hilda's in 2005. Tutors wanted in Fine Arts, Astronomy, Natural Sciences, Western Civilization (1715 to date). Write with CV to Trevor Rowley, AST, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Oxon, OX13 5LG or email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Houses to Let

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house (could sleep 3) with long garden and garden work-room, gas c.h, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, available from 1 Sept 2004 to July 2005, £900 per month. Tel.: 01865 725577.

Boar's Hill. 15 minutes to city centre, near Abingdon. Ideal for St Edward's, University, European and Abingdon schools. Lovely 4 bedroom house in best area for 1 year. Roomy, yet modern and economical. £1,495 pcm with offers invited. Contact: Premier 01865 792299.

Academic year 2004–5. Looking for shared house or family home? Premier is pleased to invite you to view our excellent selection. Mostly furnished. All comply to safety regulations, etc. www.premier-letting.co.uk. Contact: Premier 01865 792299.

North Oxford . Charming recently built properties, fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with a choice of 2 bedrooms + study, and 4 bedrooms all with master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge, kitchendiner, landscape garden and private parking. Located in one of the best residential areas and close to Summertown shops and sporting amenity and with easy access to most hospital and most University departments. Best suited to professional or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. The 2 bedroom + study are available from various dates (early August and mid-September) at £975 pcm. The 4 bedroom is available from late September at £1,195 pcm. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Temple Cowley, newly renovated and furnished Victorian house with garden, close to local amenities; 1–2 reception rooms; 3 bedrooms (1 with en suite shower and w.c.); fitted kitchen with dishwasher and w/machine. Available mid-Aug. to end Dec. £825 p.m. plus bills. Ideal for professionals and family. Tel.: Yasmin Sidhwa on 01865 711341 or e-mail : sidaley@hilldale.fsnet.co.uk.

North Oxford : new, bright, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped house with 2 bedrooms plus a study, master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, kitchen-diner, lounge, cloakroom, landscaped garden, private parking. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking excellent accommodation in the best residential area just north of the Summertown shopping and sporting amenity, and with easy access to most hospitals and university departments. Available from Apr. Rent £975 p.c.m. (short term and service option). For further details tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

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 , Summertown. Excellent selection of studios, luxury apartments, houses for sharers. www.premier-residential- letting.co.uk for further details of these and many other realistically priced and well presented homes. Contact: Premier 01865 792299.

Central North Oxford (Rawlinson Road). Attractive 1 bedroom self-contained flat with patio and parking. Lets of 3 months or more considered. £1,100 pcm. Telephone: 01865 55637207771 802582 or email: pjy@btinternet.com.

Headington. 1.5 miles from Oxford city centre, close to Headington hospitals. A wonderful architect designed, self-contatined, split- level studio apartment. Light and airy with a French window to a tiny private garden. Cooking facilities, cast iron wood burning stove, separate bathroom. Would suit a single person, post graduate, research student or visiting professor. Available for long or short lets. £650 pcm (inc. heating, lighting and cleaning). Telephone: 01865 762991 or email: paulinehodson@supanet.com.

North Oxford . 1 & 2 bedroom apartments adjacent to Summertown shops and sporting amenity. Easy access to University and hospital departments. The 1 bedroom flat is available from August at £675 pcm. The 2 bedroom flat (1 double, 1 singlestudy) is available from various dates (early June, early July, early to late August) at £775 pcm and £795 pcm. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: 2 luxury fully furnished flats, furnished to a very high standard; each has large double bedroom, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Both available end June. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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Vacation Lets

Available for holiday rental—summer 2004. 5 bedroom house in central Headington, convenient for buses to Oxford, coaches for London. Recently updated, newly fitted kitchen, large living room, bathroom and shower room, small garden, two parking spaces. Telephone: 01865 307219 or email fvmorris@hotmail.com.

Family house for rent in central north Oxford. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, garden. Available 24 July–September. £550 p.w. Telephone: 01865 553569 or email miranda.carnegie@dial.appleinter.net.

Very convenient, well-appointed, fully furnished 1 bedroom flat from mid-July for up to 3 months; easy walking distance to town centre, parks, colleges, etc. Suitable for non-smoking visiting academic single personcouple or other professionals. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 minutes' from Oxford city centre. Suitbale for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

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

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self- catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please contact us on tel: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

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

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

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Acommodation Sought

Academic couple, non-smokers, with small well- behaved dog, seek house with garden to rent in Oxford or nearby, ideally from 1 July 2004 for 1 year: length and start date of rental negotiable. Oxford references available. Please contact Fiona Robertson at: fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk.

Oxford academic couple looking for a house to rent in Oxford or surrounding area for a short period while in the process of moving house. Likely duration of rental from mid-May until end of June. Please contact Chris Davies at: chris.davies@edstud.ox.ac.uk.

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

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

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

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Accommodation Exchange

Australia. Home Exchange. Orthopaedic surgeon and family looking for accommodation in Oxford from July 2004 for 12 months. Seeking 3 bedroom house close to University for family of four (2 boys, aged 2 and 3 years). Will exchange for charming 3-bedroom `Queenslander', fully air conditioned, large front and back decks, huge garden and located minutes from downtown Brisbane. BMW 318i vehicle also included in exchange. For more information, please email: gallaghers_abroad@hotmail.com.

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Holiday Lets

France, Languedoc-Roussillon. Charming cottage on the fringes of Limoux in the heart of Cathar country. Very large shady, secluded, terraced south-facing garden with orchard. 20 minutes from Carcassonne airport, 80 minutes from Toulouse and Perpignan airports; local train station; 20 minutes from A61 autoroute. 1 hour from the Mediterranean and 1 hour from the Pyrenees. Outdoor pool, canoeing, tennis, restaurants, shops, bike hire, etc. all within walking distance. Wonderful walking, cycling, wine and food. Unsuitable for toddlers or wheel-chair users. Sleeps 24. July and August: £300 p.w.; June and September £250 p.w. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Tuscany. Traditional stonebuilt house in friendly hill village. Sleeps 45. Lovely unspoilt area adjoining incredible nature reservenational park. Walk, paint or relax. Discover Lucca, Florence (1.5 hours), Pisa (1 hour). Beautiful swimming pool complex, shops and restaurants nearby. Brochure available. Tel: 01865 204412.

Sardinia—Costa Smeralda. Tasteful villa in the rural village of San Pantaleo on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from the house and garden. 3 double bedrooms (2 with double beds and 1 twin). Balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining. Deckchairs both on terrace and in the garden. Kitchen and spacious living room with television. Only 10 mins by car from Porto Cervo, the world renowned Pevero golf course and all the major beaches. Close also to a wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and wind surfing schools. For more information, email: maggan_krim@yahoo.com.

South of France. holiday cottage with private shady garden, 500 yards from sheltered sandy beach in La Ciotat. Sleeps 4 (+ 1 child). Well-equipped kitchen. Linen provided. Available June to October, £420 pw. Telephone: 01869 343037.

Southern France—Montagnes Ardèchoises. Take the best of wild Britain and shift it a long day's journey south to a corner of France high in the Cevennes Mountains. Eat French, drink French in a spectacular landscape. Vive la France profonde! The views from our beautifully converted barn stretch out for 100 miles. Walk or ride in the mountains. Canoe and swim in the lakes and rivers. Fish for fun or for the table. Shop in the great valley markets. Relax and sleep well. Sleeps 6. £475 pw. Telephone: 0207 722 6740 or email: ro.ver@which.net.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chassenow lovingly restored, with traditional lauzesroof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some 3 acres. 5 minutes from village with local shops, 15 minutes from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully fitted kitchendining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and 1 twin. Can accommodate 2 more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecueşand boules. Own 10m x 4m pool with glorious views; garage. A few weeks remaining both in high season and autumn. From £350 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Cyprus—Pegeia. 10 minutes to Coral Bay, 20 minutes to Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, 2 double (1 en-suite), 1 twin and further occasional beds if required. Each bedroom has own access to pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout, TV/DVD. From £425 pw. Also, an apartment available in Paphos, 5 minutes from the picturesque old harbour, terraced house with uninterrupted sea views, sleeps 4. Bedroom balcony for breakfast overlooking the sea; patio and small garden. Fully equipped with air conditioning, TV/DVD, own shaded parking. Use of large communal pool. From £295 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Tuscany. Traditional stonebuilt house in friendly hill village. Sleeps 4/5. Lovely unspoilt area adjoining incredible nature reserve/national park. Walk, paint or relax. Discover Lucca, Florence (1.5 hours), Pisa (1 hour). Beautiful swimming pool complex, shops, restaurants nearby. Brochure available. Tel.: 01865 204412.

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

Les Bournizeaux. Dordogne/Lot et Garonne. Traditional farmhouse in small rural hamlet sensitively converted with country furniture, set in 2 acres of meadow. Swimming pool (11m x 5m), lawns overlooking fields, vineyards, and woods. 2 large hayloft bedrooms (1 divided) sleeping 6–7, large open-plan dining room/lounge/kitchen (with fridge-freezer, washing machine, electric cooker), library/study, shower, huge cool veranda for dining, barbecues, and games. Local village a short drive away with shop, church, and post office. Nearby world-class golf club of Chateau Vigier, tennis, riding, lake with water sports, restaurants, bastide towns and markets: Bergerac, St Emilion, Sarlat, and Monbazillac near by. Ryan Air flies to Bergerac and BA flies to Bordeaux where a car can be hired. June £700; July–August £800; October–May £550. Telephone: 01993 881408.

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

Andalucia (Gaucin): a uniquely designed villa, newly built as a series of cottages and apartments around a private courtyard and pool. It can be booked exclusively for large groups (up to 13) during the summer months or as individual units (2+) during the remainder of the year. Telephone: 01865 791999 or visit the website at www.thespanishvilla.com.

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

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

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk.

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.

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Houses for Sale

Central North Oxford. 6 bedroom semi-detached home in Bainton Road, adjacent to canal and St John's Sports Ground. For details contact David or Clare on 01865 863712 or email: david.wenham@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk.

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

Oxford. Lovely house for sale. Writer's bijou but roomy house, just over 1 mile from Bodleian Library and city centre, in quiet street with good parking, off the Abingdon Road. Many exceptionally nice features—spacious study leading to deck and overlooking well-stocked garden. Loads of bookshelves, large boarded loft, beautiful, dark stained floors, original art-deco type fireplaces. Potential to expand. harmonious décor, ready to move in. Perfect for 1 or 2 people. 3 bedrooms (smallest converted to dressing roomwardrobe), 2 receptions, kitchen, bathroom (no shower), light and airy. Excellent local facilities (nearby Sainsbury, good buses, outdoor pool, gym, dedicated cycle routes, river walks, allotments, nice neighbours, quiet area, etc.). Chain free sale desired. £298,000—no agents. Telephone 01865 247180 or email: pratima_mitchell@hotmail.com.

Wheatley Village, Oxford. 3 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: savera@onetel.net.uk. n

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