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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 10.30 a.m.–12 noon except for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0–4 years) meet every Friday in term 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks, garden trips and a visit to an antique centre. Second-hand items can be bought on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m.–12 noon from the equipment room. Visit our website:

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Society for Graduates

The following meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. 3 Dec., Dr M. Blythe, The life and legacy of Archie Cochraine: champion of safer and fairer medicine; 10 Dec., Christmas Dinner. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Sun., 5 Dec. at 2.45 p.m., Holywell Music Room. The Oxford Chamber Music Society presents Ning Kam (prizewinner, Q Elisabeth Violin Competition) and Carole Presland (piano), who will play Schubert's Fantasy in C, Schnittke's First Sonata, and Bach's solo Partita in D minor, including the great Chaconne, and Corigliano's sonata. Tickets from the Playhouse 01865 305305,, or at the door (some free to 8–22 year- olds).

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International Conference

`City and Harbour: The Archaeology of Ancient Alexandria', 18–19 Dec., St Hugh's College. This conference will examine recent archaeological works, both land-based and maritime, furthering our understanding of ancient Alexandria. Selection of international scientists from a variety of disciplines will present a broad array of impressive works and findings. Open to all. Student rates. Check or contact Jonathan Cole at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology on 01865 202243 or email

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talk

The Art of Writing: 9 Dec., Writing, reading: escape or engagement?, Tim Pears. The talk will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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Volunteers Sought

The Oxford Centre for Neuro-Cognitive Studies has developed a free after-school tutoring programme to enable young people with dyslexia to receive specialist individual support. We're looking for Learning Mentors to help us deliver our Oxford Bright Sparks programme. Do you have experience of working with children, maybe as a parent/carer? Do you have an interest in supporting young people with learning needs? Can you spare one or two hours a week to help learners build their literacy and numeracy skills? This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with children in an educational setting. We provide full induction training, on-going support and further training opportunities. Volunteers are unpaid, although we will reimburse reasonable travelling expenses. Successful applicants will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check. For application details, contact Rob Webster at OCNC Studies on 01865 311292 or email Closing date: Fri., 10 Dec.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

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

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

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

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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultants/personal trainers in the UK. 35 years' experience. MSc Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement; BSc (Hons 1st) Sports Nutrition; Adv. Dip in Clinical Stress Management; Adv. Dip in Clinical Sports Therapy. Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Expert attention for tone, weight loss, injury and rehabilitation and performance, from total novice levels to advanced, regardless of sex, age or physical limitations. Web site:

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Services Offered

Marshall & Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have seven specialist family lawyers who advise on a wide range of issues: divorce and separation, children, financial agreements on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, separation agreements and pensions. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association. Two members of the team are Deputy District Judges and three are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our web site at: or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

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

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).

Want to go broadband and don't know how? Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? We can put you on the Internet safely or do that little upgrade to your system. We have lots of experience of the Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no fix/no fee basis. Call MCC on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

Finders Keepers. Whether you wish to rent or let, our 32 years of experience in the Oxfordshire market should make us your first port of call for all of your accommodation needs. From studio apartments to 6- bedroom family houses or even short term and holiday lets, our up-to-date website contains a full listing of all properties available and can be viewed at Alternatively, please contact our North Oxford office on 01865 311011.

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Situations Vacant

St Cross College is seeking to recruit an Accommodation and Premises Officer who will play a key role in managing its accommodation and premises. Applicants should have relevant experience and those with experience of Health and Safety matters will be particularly welcome. The college is seeking to appoint someone with very good organizational skills and the ability to pay attention to detail. Applicants should have good communication skills and be happy to work as part of a small team. Salary range: £16,450–£17,970. Closing date: Fri., 10 Dec. Further details are available from: The Bursar, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3 LZ. Email:

The Institute of Leadership for Law and Society is looking for an organised and self-motivated Administrator/Office Manager to join a small team in establishing a new Institute for Leadership in Law and Society. The post holder will provide assistance to the Director and Executive Director in the strategic establishment, growth and maintenance of the Institute and will oversee the financial, administrative and operational aspects of running the Institute and its programmes. S/he will have first-rate organisational and communication skills with the ability to use good judgment as well as a thorough knowledge of computer and accounting programmes. The appointment is for a 36.5-hour week, with a generous holiday allowance. Salary range: £20,000–£23,000 p.a., depending on experience. Some responsibility for Institute programmes on weekends or evenings may also be required. For further particulars and an application form, contact Dr D. Sandler, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford. Email: Tel.: 01865 28423.

Wadham College seeks an IT Assistant to provide full-time support in the day-to-day running, maintenance, administration and development of college IT facilities. Applicants must be experienced in system administration of Microsoft Windows and Linux, and be well versed in the support of Ethernet networks, web development, and PC hardware. The successful applicant will possess a degree-level qualification in a computer-related area, or other equivalent training, and have at least one year's experience in an IT helpdesk role or similar. Benefits include conference bonus, meals on duty, health and pension schemes. Salary: £20,540 p.a. Closing date: 10 Dec. For a complete job description and application form, please contact The Domestic Bursar's Secretary, Wadham College, Oxford OX1 3PN. Tel.: 01865 277963. Fax: 01865 277964. Email:

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Houses to Let

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

Central North Oxford. Comfortable two-bedroom terrace house with c.h. and pleasant garden. Large living room, small study, cloakroom, and well-equipped kitchen on ground floor and 2 bedrooms and bathroom on first floor. Suitable visiting academics. One or two persons only. Available from 8 Jan. to mid-July 2005 (exact dates negotiable). Contact Mrs. Ockenden on 01865 512747 or email

Central Eynsham. Well-decorated, furnished or unfurnished house to let. This pretty and unusual stone-built converted coach house is secure and quiet. Large living room/kitchen with fridge, freezer, dishwasher. One double and one single bedroom, bathroom, large office/third bedroom, utility room, shower room, and walk-in wardrobe. Integral garage with plenty of storage space. Additional off-road parking spaces. Patio garden. Own private drive, well away from the street. Eynsham has an excellent bus service to Oxford, shopping facilities and good schools. Available immediately. £795 p.c.m. (incl. council tax). Tel.: 01865 880018. Mobile: 07771 873838. Email:

Central Oxford, Rewley Park. Modern 2-bedroom terrace house adjacent to the Saïd Business School and within easy walk of the University and city centre. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac near train station. Small garden with lawn and with patio. Fully-furnished and equipped to a high standard, carpeted throughout. G.c.h. Allocated parking. Available for a minimum of 6 months. £900 p.c.m. Please call Josephine and Ian on 01865 421234 or email or

Church Cowley. Spacious farmhouse conversion in quiet conservation area. Fully furnished with 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, study, garden, garage and off-street parking. Situated 10 min. cycle ride from city centre on frequent bus route. Convenient for local shops and amenities. Available Jan., n- s only. £1,250 p.c.m. plus utilities and council tax. Contact Tel.: 01865 771296 (evenings).

Idyllic coach house, ten miles north of Oxford. Available from 1 Feb. Suitable for single person/couple: sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, parking, magnificent views, bus service. £650 p.m. (exclusive). Tel.: 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

New, unfurnished, carpeted, stone built house in popular village with close proximity to Oxford city centre and good access to London and the ring road. Finished to high standard, comprising 3 bedrooms (one en suite), family bathroom, fully-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, lounge/diner, equipped utility room, cloakroom. Large garden. Carport with parking for additional vehicle. Suit professional family/sharers. No DHSS. Tel.: 01865 351236 (weekday mornings only).

trong>Good-sized, semi-detached 3-bedroom house (one double, one twin, one single) in pleasant residential area, 1 mile from the city centre and near the University, Brookes University and hospitals; adjacent to South Park. Large living/dining room, fully-fitted kitchen, utility room with fridge, washing machine and dryer, dishwasher; conservatory, gardens and driveway for parking. Fully furnished with quality furniture and fitted carpets, g.c.h., double-glazing, alarm system. Maintained by owners living in Oxford. £920 p.c.m. Available 1 Jan. Please contact 01865 515342 or email

Headington, long-term let. Three bedrooms, (1 single, 2 double), family bathroom with separate shower. Ground floor cloakroom, fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, oven/hob, fridge freezer), lounge/diner. French doors to small back garden and sideway. Garage plus car standing area. Views overlooking woodland and Southfield Golf Course. Interested? Tel.: 01865 769609 or 01865 437018.

Wadham Park, Oxford. Small modern house available 29 Dec. to 23 Jan. Situated in exceptionally quiet street 20 min. walk from the Bodleian Library, and close to the River Cherwell and University Parks. Two bedrooms (1 double, 1 with 2 bunks and 1 single-bed), study, living room with desk and TV. Large open-plan kitchen and dining area opens onto sunny, south-facing patio, and attractive fenced garden. Fridge, freezer, new gas cooker, and washing machine/dryer; free reserved parking for two. £950 p.m. Tel.: 01865 556 071, fax: 01865 510 823 (work), or email:

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Flats to Let

Freshly decorated flat on second (top) floor of purpose-built block in Osberton Road, Summertown. Fully furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils, crockery, etc., plus washer/dryer, fridge/freezer. G.c.h., shower, garage and garden use. Living room and two double bedrooms. Available now to non-smokers. £750 p.c.m. for a one-year lease with possibility of renewal. Contact:

Two self-contained 1-bedroom flats overlooking Port Meadow, Wolvercote, Oxford. First immediately available at £600 p.c.m. plus bills. Second available Feb. on second floor of family house at £695 p.c.m. incl. bills (excl. telephone). Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 min. to city centre. Suit quiet academic/other professional. References required. Email:

Light and spacious 2-bedroom furnished flat on the Banbury Road, Central North Oxford. Ideally situated for university, shops and schools. Approximately 3/4 mile from city centre and within easy reach of Summertown. £850 p.c.m. excl. bills. Please contact 01865 553294 or 07876233899 or email

Central Oxford, Albion Place. One-bedroom flat available for short-term let. Fully- furnished and equipped, very convenient for city centre (Christ Church 2 min. walk, Carfax 5 min. walk). From £875 p.c.m. depending on length of stay (incl. bills and broadband, excl. telephone calls). Available mid- Dec. Tel.: 07977 518507.

Summertown. Independent basement studio flat with separate entrance, en suite and cooking facilities. Perfect central location in quiet street. Non-smoking, single person only. £415 p.c.m. (incl.). Available end of Dec. Tel.: 01865 516446.

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Accommodation Offered

Comfortable rooms in convenient North Oxford. Only £60 p.w. per person or £95 p.w. for two. Tel. 01865 511657. Email:

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

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

The Abbeyfield Oxford Society Ltd.—keep your independence with support! Brian Lewis House, Oxford, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House provides en suite rooms for nine elderly residents, and has a lovely garden. There is a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. For details, please contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or email

Architect's Spelsbury bungalow, bought for its beautiful views and quiet end of lane position, converted from 3-bedroom to 1 to create very large living and dining areas; en suite WC, basin and walk-in wardrobe for bedroom; 5 French windows open onto terrace and rolling farmland towards Wychwood forest; kitchen with new cooker, fridge, washing machine; 2nd WC and basin in bathroom off hall; large storage cupboards; warm air c.h.; natural wood and white walls throughout; fully furnished; new large 24ft pyramidal conservatory with surrounding banquette seating—seats 12! Garden, parking, 1½ miles to BR station. £145 p.w. Tel.: 0207 7369744 or 07890289697.

A home away from home. Pleasant accommodation provided for visiting academics and guests. Attractive, cheerful and quiet; just over a mile to the city centre. Full breakfast is provided. Close to charming river walks and delightful Iffley. One minute to bus stop. Street parking available. Short or longer-term bookings. £39 per night. Discounts given for full-week bookings. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email: Tel.: 01865 770501.

House sit. Responsible n-s person sought for North Oxford house over Christmas (16 Dec.–10 Jan.). Would suit graduate student. No rental or utilities charge, individual telephone calls will be charged. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

Accommodation offered to a female non-smoker. Own huge downstairs room with doors into tiny garden. Sharing kitchen and bathroom with one other (writer/editor). £230 p.c.m. plus bills. Situated in North Oxford close to canal path and Port Meadow. Residents' parking scheme. Call Victoria on 01865 243311 (office hours) or email

Ground-floor room with bay window in house share with 3 postgraduate Oxford students, located on quiet street off St. Clement's, 50 metres from London and airport coach stops. House has new furnishings and bath, is in very good condition; new appliances incl. washer, dryer; broadband Internet; fenced patio/garden. Available immediately for contract until July. £320 p.c.m. plus c.£20 p.c.m. for utilities. Call 01865 200707 or 0870 7542930.

Prime location, Central North Oxford. Spacious, comfortable, quiet room available from Jan. for 3–6 months (flexible), use of all facilities. Easy walk to city centre, most colleges and departments; University Parks very close. Suitable for non-smoking female professional/post-doc. £110 p.w. incl. bills. Contact for more information.

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Self-catering Apartments

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

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Accommodation Sought

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

Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house sought for visiting academic couple from 1 Apr. for 2 months. North Oxford or Jericho area preferred but will consider other areas. Looking for short-term lease, or house swap for lovely 3-bedroom house in Melbourne. Contact:

Mature, 40-year old D.Phil. student seeking accommodation from Jan. 2005. One-year lease preferred, but will consider shorter periods of tenancy. Ideally looking to care for the property of an academic who is taking sabbatical or study leave. Non-smoker; references available. Tel.: 07876 353514.

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Holiday Lets

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

Tuscany. Holiday house and cottage to let. Superb scenic setting near mountains. Florence, Arezzo, Siena, and many more amazing places in easy reach. Ideal for walking, sightseeing, swimming, cycling, museums and galleries, enjoying wonderful Tuscan food and wine. Can accommodate from 2 to 15 people. Air conditioning, large garden with BBQ. Very reasonable prices. Details and photos at (no `www'). Email: Tel.: 020 8699 8883.

Christmas shopping in Paris! Available 12–22 Dec., also now in New Year from 7 Jan. 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 TV, CD, hairdryer, etc. Linens and cleaning provided. Three nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 p.w. or £950 p.c.m. for members of the University. (Non-member rates: £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). Contact Dr J. J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or email:

France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Aude Valley. Charming, well-equipped cottage on the fringes of Limoux in the heart of Cathar country; very large shady, secluded, terraced south-facing garden with orchard and wonderful view; 20 min. from Carcassonne Airport; 60 min. from the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Outdoor pool, canoeing, tennis, restaurants, shops, bike hire, River Aude, etc. all within walking/cycling distance. Wonderful walking, cycling, wine and food. Unsuitable for toddlers or wheel-chair users. Sleeps 2–3. £300 p.w. July and Aug.; £250 p.w. June and Sept.; £200 p.w. outside main holiday periods. Contact: or tel. 01865 512149 for more information.

South Eastern Italy. Two-bedroom apartment in the old port of Monopoli, on the shores of Apulia. Stunning apartment on top floor of an 18th century palazzo with stone floors, carved wooden beams and high ceilings; 80 sq.m., sleeps 3. All mod. cons. (incl. air conditioning, c.h., dishwasher, jacuzzi, w/machine, stereo and new beds). In quiet old quarter of peaceful seaside town. Sweeping views of the Adriatic sea from virtually every room. Incl. 170 s.qm. rooftop terrace with views of sea, mountains, and medieval quarter below. Five min. walk to sandy beach, 16th century castle, city walls, and ancient fishing harbour. Forty-five min. by train or car from the international airports of Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi, and 10 min. from the 18-hole San Dominico golf club. Near cave dwellings and world-famous pre-Greek and Roman conical stone buildings (trulli), now a World Heritage Site. Price p.w.: Christmas, New Year, Easter, 1–15 July and Sept.: €750; June, second half of Sept., Oct.: €600; Aug. €900; €400 the rest of the year. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Please contact Angela Montemurro on 0039 32827 68344 or email

Berlin studio flat (sleeping 2–4 people). Located within walking distance of major museums, the Reichstag, Humboldt University, in the district of Mitte. This newly renovated apartment overlooking a quiet courtyard is equipped with c.h., dishwasher, washing machine, and modern furnishing. €60 per day, €400 p.w., €1,200 p.m., inclusive of electricity, heating, water, bedding. For more information, please contact Teresa Zonno. Email: or tel/fax: 0049 30 2167327. n

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