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Art Exhibition

Observations, new paintings by Rebecca Hind, Wolfson College, Linton Road, 3rd to 21st Nov. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., subject to college commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the College Lodge on 01865 274100 beforehand.

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Talk

His Beatitude Mar Nasrallah Sfeir, the Patriarch of Antioch and of all the Levant, will give a talk at the Oxford Union, on Fri., 31 Nov., at 8.30 p.m. on The Muslim-Christian co-existence in the Lebanon. The talk is open for members and non- members of the university.

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National Blood Service

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

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d'Overbroeck's College Open Morning

Join us for our Open Morning on Saturday 8 November from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for information on Years 9–11 and Sixth Form entry. This is an informal event which gives students and parents an opportunity to have a look around the College, meet our teaching staff and some of our current students. Based in North Oxford, d'Overbroeck's is one of the largest and most successful co-educational independent colleges in the UK. For further information about us, please contact the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit our Web site at www.doverbroecks.com

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Concerts

Merton College Chapel, Sat., 8 Nov., 8 p.m., Berlioz concert: Harold en Italieand Symphonie Fantastique. The Thorington Players, conductor David Cairns. Admission by programme at the door, £10 (students, OAPs £5). In aid of the Anthony Storr Memorial Bursary, Green College.

Thursday 13 November, 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre: Rossini, William Tell Overture, Ravel, Piano Concerto in G, Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 in E minor (from the 'New World'). The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, Angela Hewitt, piano, Marios Papadopoulos, conductor. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Box Office: 01865 305305. Book online at: www.oxfordphil.com.

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture; Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 (soloist Stuart Baran), and Brahms Symphony No.3. Conductor Nicholas Mumby. Wed., 3 Dec., 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

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

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Emmaus Oxford

Helping the homeless to help themselves: second user home and office furniture at very reasonable prices. Free delivery. Tel.: 01865 402073. E-mail: emmausoxon@netscape.net. Registered charity no: 1066618.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wed. 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10-15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to clleges, 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. The Welcome Party will be held in the club rooms on Sun., 2 Nov., from 5–6.30 p.m. Please book with the booking secretaries. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Summer Fields School

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

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Vital-Health Marketing

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

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Books Bought and Sold

Books Bought: 01865 727928–we buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on history and the humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ and 12 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QA. Open every day. E-mail: books@unsworths.com. Web site: www.unsworths.com.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Tuition Offered

Ashtanga yoga: Tuesdays 6–7 p.m. at East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, off Cowley Road. Starting 28 Oct. Drip-in basis. £5/£4 students. contact: katie.christoffers@bioch.ox.ac.uk. Web site: www.ashtangayoga.org.uk.

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

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Services Offered

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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

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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

Practice Nurse in central Oxford. Small friendly holistic practice seeks enthusiastic and experienced Practice Nurse for 21 hours per week. Contact: Practice Manager, 01865 311811.

Magdalen College School: we are looking for reliable individuals to add to our Register of Invigilators. Work is on a temporary basis during the January exam period. The work involves laying out of question papers, completing relevant paperwork, and invigilating during the examination session. Invigilation sessions are approx. 4 hours (in either the mroning or the afternoon). The payment for each 4 hour session is £28. If you are interested please send a CV, and covering letter to the Senior Administrator, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ, or by e-mail to: tearnshaw@mcsoxford.org.

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

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Short term lets

House to rent over Christmas and New Year: 4-bedroom, detached family house to rent in Oxford from 10 Dec., to 6 Jan., (inclusive). Quiet side road, 5 minutes' walk from Summertown shops and main city bus routes. £1,500 for whole period (or £1,250 if willing to 'house sit' resident cat and rabbit). May be possible to negotiate shorter period. Tel.: 01865 554059 eves./weekend.

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

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Houses to Let

House for rent in south Oxford: 20 minutes' walk from city centre; furnished, 3-4 bedroom house in quiet area near Hinksey Park, Jan. to Aug. 2004. Easy access to university, hospitals and ring road. Fireplace; gas c.h.; 2 WCs;south-facing rear garden. £1,000 p.m. Tel.: 01865 454092 or e-mail: michael.kooy@warwick.ac.uk.

North Oxford : un-/part-furnished 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom; 5 minutes' walk from bus route direct to city centre. No smokers or pets. Available beginning Nov. £775 p.c.m. Contact: peterjonathanclarke@hotmail.com or ring 01865 559518.

Headington (part furnished), near Shotover, shops, hospitals and London buses: 4-bedroom house (2 double, 2 single). Ideal for family; large garden with fruit trees; re-carpeted and painted throughout. Dual aspect living room; washing machine and dishwasher. £1,100 p.c.m. excl. bills. contact Guy Turton. Tel.: 07769 704082.

Waterways, central north Oxford: selection of brand new luxury 4-/5- bedroom, and 3-bathroom houses in prestigious location. Master bedroom with spacious en suite; family bathroom with separate shower. Landscaped garden, some with conservatory. Elegantly furnished. Secure parking, some with own garage. High quality applicances and fittings. All properties owned, let and managed by Chase. No tenant administration fess charged. Immediately available. Tel.: Chase-the property people-01865 516060 or 07808 477850.

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

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Flats to Let

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

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

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

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Serviced Accommodation

Have you seen the Wharf House? Short stay and serviced apartments: luxury canal side apartments in a secure gated development. These 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites can be taken for a short or extended stay with the option of a regular maid service. High specification interiors and private balconies make The Wharf House a home from home ideal for a short sabbatical or base to relocate from. For further information on availability please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Large double room to let in Iffley village. House share of 3 ; non- smoking cat lover required. All mod cons, parking, 7 minutes' bus stop. Cleaner. £370 p.c.m. inc. Beginning Dec.–mid-Apr. Dates negotiable. e-mail: sarahoxblue@hotmail.com.

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

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

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

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Accommodation Sought

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

Two older women have a house in Juneau, Alaska, to exchange for house or flat near university for 2 months, June to Aug., 2004. Alaska house on tidelands with 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, hot tub on desk with view of glacier, 2 pianos, 2 bikes, kayak. Three miles from UAS campus. Use of cars negotiable. E-mail: bhaywood@gci.net.

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Holiday Lets

Newport: between Fishguard and Cardigan, Pemborkeshire. Lovely bungalow, sleeps 6-8; ten minutes' from the sea; all mod cons; c.h. Available first week in Jan. Reasonable price. Ideal for families, or for writer or artist seeking peace and inspiration. Tel.: Mrs Bayley on 01865 557851.

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 Aeagean 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.

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

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For Sale

Late eighteenth-century mahogany dining table (1.2 x 1.5 metres when fully opened), and 5 Hepplewhite chairs with upholstered seats. £750 o.n.o. If interested please telephone 01865 516638.

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

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House for Sale

Marston: pretty 2-bedroom period house within walking distance of city centre; living room; dining room; kitchen; 2 bedrooms; first-floor bathroom; small secluded west-facing garden; gas c.h. Period features, open fireplace, sash windows. On a good bus route/cycle route throuh parks to city centre. Close to Oxford Brookes, local hospitals and the university science are. Price £224,950 (offers considered for quick sale). For details tel. Julia Cross on 07932 006744. n

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