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Oxford University Gazette, 5 May 2005: Advertisements

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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Volunteers Needed

We are studying links between diet and heart disease. Would you like to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? If you are healthy and above 18 years, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Mary Chong at OCDEM, The Churchill Hospital, on 01865 857262 or email enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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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. 6 May, Prof. S. Moorbath, Comparing and contrasting European languages; 13 May, Prof. I. James, The mind of Albert Einstein; 20 May, Prof. R. Watling, From global warming to AIDS: the role of fungi in current affairs; 27 May, P. Booth, The Oxford region in the Roman period; 3 June, P. Lund, The history of Binsey; 10 June, S. Marner, Ferdinand Bauer (1760–1826): 'the Leonardo of natural history illustrations'; 17 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Concert

Sat., 14 May at 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. The Oxford University Orchestra will be performing Mahler's Symphony No.1, Brahms' 'Academic Festival Overture' and Kodaly's 'Marosszek Dances'. Conductor: Toby Purser. Tickets: £10/£5 from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office on 01865 305305.

Spring Concert. Wed., 11 May, 7.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The Thames Vale Youth Orchestra will perform Arnold:Four Scottish Dances; Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite; and Franck: Symphony in D Minor. Conductor: Michael Stinton. Tickets: £9 adults/£5 concessions. Accompanied children free. Available on the door or in advance from Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305 or online at www.ticketsoxford.com.

Sun., 15 May, 3 p.m., the Auditorium, St. John's College. Elliott Fisk (guitar) performs a programme including works by Turina, D. Scarlatti, J. S. Bach, Albeniz and Paganini. Admission free. Programmes are available from the Porters' Lodge, but reserved for members of the college until about ten days before the event. Each programme is valid as an admission ticket up until 10 min. before the event; any vacant seats will then be filled from the door. This concert is presented by St John's College and Colin Carr.

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Plant Power Festival 2005

Explore the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the world of plants and how we use them at this year's series of festival days. We have commissioned five artists with the support of Arts Council England to create pieces of artwork that will reveal interesting and unusual ways in which we use plants. Each of our artists will respond to the five festival themes. Sat., 14 May, 'Plants that house us'; Sat., 18 June, 'Plants that cure us'; Sat., 23 July, 'Plants that entertain us'; Sat., 20 Aug., 'Plants that feed us'. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults: £2.60, children in full-time education free (must be accompanied by an adult). Tel.: 01865 286690. www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The breaking of the twenty-first century: 12 May, Canon A. White, 'Iraq: people of hope, land of despair'; 19 May, P. Clifford, 'HIV/AIDS: faithful response?'; 26 May, H. Zomlot, 'Palestine: new realities'; 2 June, Dr M. Allen, 'Loading God's dice: weather risk and climate change'; 9 June, J. Glennie, 'From charity to justice: the future of the UK debt campaign'; 16 June, Sir Richard Evans, 'Whither China?' The talks 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. www.st-giles-church.org.

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School Scholarship Offered

Summer Fields, Oxford: the Maclaren Trust Scholarship. A scholarship, of up to 90% of full fees, is awarded to a boy of outstanding ability between the ages of 10 and 12 who, without this financial support, would not be able to come to Summer Fields. For an application form please write to or telephone the Registrations Secretary, Summer Fields, Oxford OX2 7EN. Tel.: 01865 459204. Email: schoolsec@summerfields.org.uk.

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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 the 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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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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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: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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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. Email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email: 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).

Oxford Literary Consultancy. Manuscript assessment. Editorial guidance. Publishing advice. For beginners and experienced writers. For fees and services, visit our website: www.oxfordwriters.com. Tel.: 01865 725786.

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.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444597 (daytime). Email: rewleypark@aol.com.

Elsfield Editorial. Professional editing, proof-reading, writing, design and critique services for your web page, business, or academic and creative works. More than 25 years' experience as an author, broadsheet journalist and page designer for the FT, the Observer, and The Economist. Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. Negotiable competitive rates. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727.

Visit St Philip's Books at 82 St Aldates, Oxford (next to Reservoir Books). We specialise in rare and second-hand books in the humanities, especially theology and history, also literature and philosophy. Open Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5p.m. Free catalogues on request. Good prices paid for large or small collections. Please call Christopher Zealley on 01865 202182. www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2'5 years, established 16 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities incl. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

Abstracts due? Superior childcare offered. OFSTED registered/Oxbridge educated childminder and former teacher has flexible part-time places in newly established, well-equipped city centre playroom. Walking distance to colleges, easy parking. Can collect from OHS. Crafts, music, snack and active games, sibling rates available. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tel.: 01865 240728 for appointment.

Nanny/housekeeper. Family with three children, two boys aged 14 and 12, and girl aged 10, seeks energetic, fun, cheerful and responsible person to help with school run, homework, children's activities, shopping, some cooking, dog-walking, etc. May suit graduate wanting 6 months to a year off in Oxford. Lovely big house by University Parks. Live-in or out. Good salary. Please contact angela@palmeroxford.me.uk.

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Situations Vacant

Oxford Analytica is seeking an Asia-Pacific Editor/Analyst. The successful candidate will commission and edit analysis on the politics, economy and international relations of the Asia-Pacific region for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. Candidates should have a firm grounding in the region, probably developed through a postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience. Preference will be given to candidates with special expertise on South Asia and/or South-East Asia. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford- based and confirmation is required of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Deadline: 16 May. CV and details of current salary to: Sharr McCheyne, HR Manager, Oxford Analytica Ltd, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH. Email: smccheyn@oxford-analytica.com.

Development Assistant (1-year fixed-term). The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, is seeking a reliable and multi-skilled individual to support the work of the Director of Development and to take forward the work of the Institute's Development and Friends' Office, now that the IHR Appeal has reached its first target of £10 million. You will help to research and secure support from a variety of sources in the UK and internationally, and will provide administrative assistance to the Friends of the IHR. Salary: £21,184–£24,247 p.a. incl. LW. Closing date: Mon., 9 May at 5.30 p.m. For an application pack, please contact ulrecruit@london.ac.uk (quoting reference 22/05v2- WI) or download from www.lon.ac.uk/Personnel/jobs/apply.a sp.

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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: http://www.qbman.co.uk 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: info@qbman.co.uk.

Four-bedroom Edwardian family house available for 6 months from Sept. East Oxford, quiet side road near Oxford Brookes and hospitals. Modern kitchen and bathroom. Beautiful south-facing garden. Suit family or professionals. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 722737 or email george@ukhq.co.uk.

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street. Two bedrooms, bath, shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. Nicely modernised, close to good primary school, shops, walking distance station, colleges, city centre. To let completely furnished, china, linen, etc. Ideal for sabbatical. All inclusive (except phone), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Oct. 2005 to June 2006, flexible. Owner teaches in London wintertime. Details janet.bell@ucl.ac.uk.

Central North Oxford. Short-term let. Four-bedroom house in ideal location: Frenchay Road (Waterways), near canal/Port Meadow. Very quiet. Immaculate condition (newly decorated). Beautiful kitchen; all mod. cons. Two bathrooms, living room, study, off-road parking. West-facing garden. Available 19 June–5 Oct. (or part thereof). £1,600 p.m. inclusive. Suit family or professionals. Tel.: 07906 586548. Email: itsadax11@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.

Old Boars Hill. Charming 17th century cottage, fully furnished, 2–3 bedrooms, available Oct. 2005 to June 2006. Secluded, 1 acre of property, end of country lane, amidst farm lands and footpaths, 4 miles from Oxford. G.c.h. with working fireplace. Families welcome. £950 p.m. Phone 01865 735318 or email solomonb@onetel.com.

Central Oxford. Modern 4-bedroom town house in quiet Dale Close, overlooking the river, yet only 5 min. walk from city center. Open plan sitting/dining room, study, fully-fitted kitchen; dishwasher; separate utility room with dryer and Miele washing machine. One bathroom and two shower rooms. Garage and small enclosed front courtyard. Partly furnished. Available now. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel./Fax: 01865 735343. Email: lynette.bradley@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Beautifully refurbished end terrace off Botley Road to rent from mid- May. Two double bedrooms, upstairs bathroom, garden and car parking. Convenient for shops, railway station, city center, and ring road. Available unfurnished/part furnished. £775. Tel.: 07977 937007.

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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 let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: lovely ground floor flat, fully furnished, with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available now. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Headington. Purpose built, self-contained flat available from 16 Apr. Sitting/dining room, fully-equipped fitted kitchen. Washer, dryer and refrigerator/freezer. Double bedroom with en suite shower. Single bedroom/study. Separate bathroom off hall. G.c.h. and car parking. Easy walk to main bus service. Suitable for professional couple. £775 p.c.m. Please call 01451 860369.

First-floor period flat in Central Oxford with parking. Brilliant location, in a quiet lane minutes from the bus/train station, shops, Bodleian, Phoenix cinema, Oxford's very own farm shop and riverside walks. Ducks, drakes, leafy views; charmingly furnished to high standard; airy light rooms, balcony and garden. C.h., contemporary kitchen, 1 double bed (but room for guest), nice bath, quiet study/living room. Perfect for n-s academic/writer. Excellent references required. £875 p.c.m. Available from mid- July for 1 year (renewable). Contact Ann White on 01865 242834.

Paris 12 (Nation/Belair) modern 1-bedroom flat, bright and reasonably spacious, in this pleasant part of Paris. Convenient for metro/RER, excellent local shopping. Available from July. £700 p.c.m. for lets of 3 months or more; shorter lets by negotiation. Contact richard.g.haydon@btinternet.com or phone 01865 316998.

South of France. Lovely apartment for rent. Centre-ville Pau, close to Pyrenees and Biarritz. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Available summer/between terms/academic year—conditions flexible. Digital pictures available. Email: mreeves@duke.edu. Tel.: USA +919 967-2245.

Comfortable furnished flat with own entrance in quiet rural surroundings, 6 miles south-west of Oxford. Sitting room, study area, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. Ample parking space, car essential. Free use of private squash court. Available from 1 June. £500 p.c.m. incl. hot water and c.h. Tel.: 01865 390535.

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Vacation Lets

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Large kitchen/dining room. Large living room upstairs, taking advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture. Fully equipped. Available July and Aug. N-s preferred. Tel.: 01865 511825 (evenings, Sundays). Email: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

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. Residents' parking, two bicycles. Available nearly eight weeks, from Fri., 8 July–Th., 1 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193.

Spacious 6-bedroom, 2-bathroom house (sleeps 10) on four floors with garden backing onto canal and overlooking fields, available July–Sept. Near city centre, colleges, and all amenities. Off-road parking. £495 p.w. Tel.: 01865 288120. Email: david.harper@regents.ox.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

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.

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

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. Email: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

Keep your independence with support at Brian Lewis House, Oxford. En suite rooms for nine elderly residents, lovely garden, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House has a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. Four- day or longer respite care breaks sometimes available. For details contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or brianlewis@ukonline.co.uk.

Marston. Furnished room to let in spacious house, sharing with friendly professional (f/28). Cosy living room, dining room/study, small kitchen, bathroom (shower and bath). Large garden. Very close to shops, bus stops; near University Parks and JR Hospital. Suit quiet, n-s female academic/professional. Available from 1 Sept. to late May. £350 p.m. plus bills and council tax. For further details, please call 01865 242049.

Twelve min. walk to Magdalen Bridge. Loft conversion in owner's house available from June in Magdalen Road area: quiet, sunny and elegant, comprising 5m x 4m study/bedsit/kitchen and own spacious, beautiful bathroom. Own telephone line. £100 p.w. incl. (except phone rental). Reference required; tenancy agreement. N-s house. Suit academic/professional, not student. Tel.: 01865 423107.

North Oxford . Double bedroom available in comfortable 2-bedroom terrace house to share with female graduate student. House is fully equipped, open plan downstairs; has dishwasher, washing machine, conservatory, garden, garage, private parking. Very quiet, frequent bus service to University and town centre. Would suit visiting academic, professional or graduate student. N-s woman preferred. Available from mid-May to mid- Aug. £400 p.c.m. Email: samira.sheikh@wolfson.ox.ac.uk or sarita.cargas@wolfson.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 559916 (evenings).

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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: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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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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Holiday Lets

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing is allowed off the quays. From £275–£460 p.w. Winter: £185 p.w. Car parking (paying) adjacent. Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

Greek Island Rentals. Skopelos and Alonissos. Local villa specialist offers lovely pool villas, town houses and cottages available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodations for 2–16 persons. Prices from £100 p.p./p.w. For information see www.holidayislands.com. Email : thalpos@otenet.gr. Fax : +30 24240 23057.

Deepest SW France. Relax in one of our three privately owned luxuriously renovated farmhouses with large, secluded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, own heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks for 6, 8 or 10. Contact Marion on 01865 554122 or email marion@hidden-sw- france.com. Further details on www.hidden-sw-france.com.

Paris apartment available in New Year for short or longer stays in July and Aug.: 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: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Old Tuscany. In gorgeous countryside, south-east of Siena. Two well- equipped apartments, in a medieval building with garden, facing west, on the edge of a charming village. Friendly bar, restaurant, shops etc. Good plumbing, soft water; original art, books, ceiling fans. Weekly cleaning. Flat A (sleeps 4): £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2): £260 p.w. Flats A and B together: £525 p.w. Contact Gordon Neale on 01428 714363 or 07747 6663311 (mobile) or 0039 3331236091 (Italy). Email: uliviera@hotmail.com.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming 17th century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised with lovely garden and swimming pool. New Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Not available in Aug. Tel.: 0208 4464913. Email: stein@stein44.fsnet.co.uk.

Italy. Lovely, small, sunny village house (historic centre), 45 min. to Rome by bus/train (frequent service). Suitable for max. 2 n-s people. Fully furnished, linen, duvets etc. provided. You need take nothing. Very quiet, ideal for study. £300 p.m. (plus bills, which amount to very little). Ideally for at least one month or more. Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441.

Self-catering accommodation in a converted barn in rural Normandy, 14 km west of Bayeux and close to sea. Sleeps six (one double, two twin-bedded rooms). Spacious living area incorporated and fully-equipped kitchen. Bed linen supplied. Self- contained garden. Enquiries to: nicholas.kennedy@wanadoo.fr.

Tuscany. Siena, Castel Nuovo Berardenga. Beautifully located apartment in the countryside with great view, swimming pool, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, small sitting room, kitchen, garden. Please visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1033/poggiolo/index.htm. Email: filippo.ippolito@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. Two spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Still some availability for this summer. 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 with shops. Dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming, though Uzes, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhône vineyards, and Gorges du Tarn are all within easy reach. Convenient access via TGV or cheap flights. The larger flat has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms (sleeps 8+), bathroom and 2 shower-rooms. The second, smaller flat has a large living area, shower-room, a cool covered terrace, and two bedrooms (sleeps 5+). Though entirely separate from the larger flat—and available separately—this may be of particular interest to two families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. N-s only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £245 p.w. Please contact 01527 541360.

Cyprus. Pegeia, 10 min.; Coral Bay, 20 min. Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, two doubles (one en suite), one 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. Good availability now throughout season for early booking. From £450 p.w. Email: PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.villakalithea.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chasse now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzes roof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some three acres. Five min. from village with local shops, 15 min. from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully-fitted kitchen/dining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in two double bedrooms (one en suite) and one twin. Can accommodate two more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecue—and boules! Own 10m x 4m pool with glorious views. Garage. Availability spring and autumn, plus some weeks remaining high season. From £500 p.w. Low season rates on request. Email PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.lamamine.com.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in 4 acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five ensuite guest rooms, 3 with fire places, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €50 p.p. per night, incl. breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233 170045, or see www.le-castel- normandy.com.

Southwest France. Between Albi and the medieval bastide town of Cordes, lovely 100-year old stone farmhouse on edge of village in the Tarn's 'Golden Triangle'. Six-acre grounds, 15 m. swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large well-equipped kitchen, separate wc/utility room. Sleeps eight. Fully serviced. Several airports within easy reach. Call 0033 563 561 885 or email barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for details.

Cornwall. Comfortable chalet in beautiful Whitsand Bay. Two bedrooms, sleeps 4. Enclosed garden and easy parking. Whitsand Bay has 3 miles of beautiful fine sandy beaches reached by cliff paths, with seasonal RNLI beach rescue. Perfect for relaxing, surfing, fishing, diving, and exploring rock pools. Close to historical Plymouth. Prices range from £165 (low season) to £280 (high season). Bed linen included, electricity by coin meter. Tel.: 01822 840030.

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Houses for Sale

Recently renovated, large semi-detached house (just 5 min. walk from Saïd Business School) for sale. The house has 4 bedrooms, two receptions, two bathrooms and a new kitchen; it is immaculate throughout. In the rear south-facing garden there is a large self-contained studio suitable for an office/games room. Viewing is essential to appreciate its full potential. Asking price: £385,000. Tel.: 07711 675056.

Dordogne, France. Set in a quiet and pretty country hamlet, this traditional farmhouse has been renovated with taste. Two living rooms with old stone fireplaces, five bedrooms, two bathrooms. Barn, outbuildings and cellar attached to house. New roof and c.h. Large garden, orchard, 1.5 ha of meadow. Another detached barn to be renovated. €340,000. Contact Dr Motard on 01865 771614 or 079 6938 1922. Email: a.m.motard@free.fr.

Delightful 18th century stone cottage. Recently renovated throughout. Idyllic, friendly village, 8 miles London side of Oxford. Sitting room: open fire, exposed beams. Large, inviting kitchen/dining room; custom-made fitted timber units/shelving. Two double bedrooms. Bright bathroom: modern, classic roll-top bath, wood-effect floor, spots, wall-lights. Attractive, secluded, south-facing courtyard garden (peaches, grapes). G.c.h. Regular Oxford bus. OIEO £295,000. Tel.: 01844 278166. Email: copykate@tesco.net.

Excellent family home. Four- (double-) bed semi, two reception, kitchen, bathroom, two separate wcs, g.c.h., windows mainly double glazed. Garage and standing space for one car. Reasonable size garden. In cul-de-sac near JR Hospital; convenient for other hospitals. Walking distance to Oxford Brookes, Headington shops, schools, and buses (incl. London services). Easy cycle ride to Science Area and to centre of Oxford. No chain. £450,000. Tel.: 01865 761530 (answer phone). n



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