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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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

A Christmas Fair will be held in the Clubrooms on Wed., 24 Nov., starting at 10.30am. Please support this event and bring your friends.

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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. 12 Nov., Dr D. Lowry, Cecil Rhodes: man and myth; 19 Nov., K. Burras, Plant hunting in Southern Africa; 26 Nov., C. Gott, The Witney Woollen Industry; 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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Oxford University Society Travel Programme 2005

The OUS Travel Programme 2005 has launched! Experience new places, enrich your knowledge and enjoy the company of other like-minded alumni. Most trips are accompanied by an expert Oxford scholar. You will be making a valuable contribution to OUS, as tour operators make a donation to us for each Oxonian traveller. For more information, please contact Cathy Tennent. Email: cathy.tennent@ousoc.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 288087. Alternatively, see our website: www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/travel.

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Science for Gardeners Lecture Series

The following lectures are held on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Margaret Thatcher Centre at Somerville College. They aim to introduce gardeners to cutting edge scientific research from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. 15 Nov., Dr C. Hughes, Suicide or murder? A plant pathologist's casebook; 29 Nov., Dr G. Preston, Bastards in the borders: hybridisation in horticulture; 13 Dec., Dr S. Harris, tba. Tickets £7 per lecture (incl. coffee) or £32 for the series. For bookings please contact The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, 01865 286690 or email postmaster@botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk.

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Lecture

Meco Monthly Lecture. Professor James Piscatori, Wadham College and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, will talk and lead an informed discussion on `Reform and Renewal in Contemporary Islam' at 3 p.m., on Sun., 21 Nov. at the Summertown Hall, (corner Banbury & Portland Roads, North Oxford). All faiths welcome. Refreshments served. For details: Email: info@meco.org.uk Tel: (01865) 766032 / 424531.

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Concert

Sat., 27 Nov. at 7.30 p.m., Oxford Town Hall. The Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera present: Vaughan Williams—A Sea Symphony (soloists: Patrizia Kwella, soprano; Christopher Parke, baritone), and Elgar—Sea Pictures (soloist: Sophia Grech, mezzo soprano). Conductor: Robert Secret. Disabled access provided, and a limited number of large-print programmes available. Tickets: £12/£10 (conc. £10/£8) from Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or on the door.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The Art of Writing: 18 Nov., Working with three prime ministers and the rest of the world, Douglas Hurd; 25 Nov., Writing the story of a life, Shirley du Boulay; 2 Dec., Speedy's dog: poetry and place, Henry Shukman; 9 Dec., Writing, reading: escape or engagement?, Tim Pears. 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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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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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

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: www.marshallgalpin.com 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: 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).

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.

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Tuition Offered

The Nursery School at Rye St Antony School. For children aged 3–5 years. High adult- child ratio; exceptional environment for creative learning; set in idyllic wooden grounds; early years grant for all 3- and 4-year olds; glowing Ofsted report. For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact: Rye St Antony School, Pullen's Lane, Oxford OX3 0BY. Tel.: 01865 762802. Fax: 01865 763611. Email: info@ryestantony.co.uk.

Training in Public Speaking/Presentations. One-day course in Oxford on Sat., 20 Nov. Learn to present yourself and your ideas so that you make a good impression every time. The day will be dedicated to improving your speaking skills. The maximum number of participants is six. For more details tel. 01865 437232 or check my website: www.speakconfidently.com.

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Situations Vacant

All Saints' Church, Didcot. We would welcome an organist to join a flexible rota for accompanying the hymns, communion setting and anthem on average one Sunday per month, plus the previous Friday evening choir practice. £400 p.a.; extra visits pro rata. Organ enlarged by David Wells, 2001. Details from the Director of Music, Dr Robin Rees, 01235 527905. Email: robin@herald.ox.ac.uk.

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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.

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.

Marston. Attractive, furnished, 4-bedroom semi-detached house in quiet cul-de-sac. Three sitting rooms, kitchen, upstairs bathroom, downstairs wc, g.c.h., all appliances. Lovely large garden and remote-control garage. Would suit visiting academic family. Five min. cycle to JR Hospital and 10 min. to city centre. Available for 1 year or longer from Dec. £950 p.c.m. plus bills. No smoking/pets, please. (Pictures of house also available). Contact: hui.liao@talk21.com/.

Central North Oxford. Considerate tenants sought for Victorian 2 ½-bedroom house in desirable street within walking distance of all colleges, city centre, bus and train stations. Available from late Jan./early Feb. to end Aug. 05. Rent moderate (incl. all bills and council tax) in return for very occasional attention to low maintenance garden and 3 indoor plants., Would suit academic couple or two postgraduates. £850 p.m. No smokers or pets. Reference required. Please telephone/fax 01865 516142, preferably between 9–10 a.m. or 6–7 p.m.

Central North Oxford. Unique architect-designed mews house available immediately. In quiet lane off North Parade. Open sitting/dining room. Kitchen including dishwasher. First bedroom and second bedroom/study. Bathroom with bath and separate shower. Fully furnished to very high standard of comfort and style. G.c.h. with environmentally efficient boiler. Broadband internet access included. Perfect for academics/professionals. No pets/no smoking. Twelve months minimum. £1,500 p.c.m. Please call 01865 864959 and leave a message if the answer phone is on.

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 patio. Fully-furnished and equipped to a high standard, carpeted throughout, g.c.h. Allocated parking. Available mid-December for a minimum of 6 months. £900 p.c.m. excl. council tax and utilities. Apply to Mr Macdonald or Dr Reynell. Tel.: 01865 421234. Email: macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

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 rosaleen@community.co.uk.

North Oxford . Fully-furnished three bedroom house with garage and sheltered garden available for tenancy. On bus route to city centre. One year or more from end Sept. £995 p.c.m. Please call 01865 243216 or 01865 515547.

Central Summertown. Spacious 3-bedroom lodge house with picture windows and views over playing fields. Newly upgraded with high quality kitchen and bathroom. Off-street parking for one car. £1,100 p.c.m. Available immediately. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference: 2869. www.finders.co.uk.

Wadham Park, Marston. Convenient, comfortable and quiet furnished 2-bedroom house. Ten min. from University science area, city centre, John Radcliffe Hospital and Brookes University. Newly-fitted kitchen, gardens front and rear, parking space. Ideal for young family or professional couple. £795 p.c.m. Available end of Oct. Tel.: 01865 552855. Email: LEONORAPITT@hotmail.com.

Headington. Beautiful detached fully-furnished family home available for 5 months, Aug.–Dec. 2005 (negotiable) while family takes sabbatical in Australia. Family room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, study, conservatory, 4/5 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, bathroom, large mature garden, off-street parking. Popular, friendly, quiet street near good schools. Easy access to local shops, hospitals, Oxford Brookes, city centre. Would consider house-swap with Sydney-based family. No smoking. Email: pfr@astro.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 308356.

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Flats to Let

North Oxford . Modern furnished flat on second (top) floor of purpose-built block in Osberton Road, Summertown. Fully furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils, crockery, etc. Washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, g.c.h., shower, garage, and garden use. Living room and two double bedrooms. Available now to non-smokers. £800 p.c.m. for a one-year lease with possibility of renewal. Email: binney@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford city centre. A modern, bright, 2-bedroom top floor flat. Convenient but quiet area, walk to station, shops and University. Parking if required. Initial 3-month period. £860 p.m. Please phone 01865 735406.

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. http://flatcentraloxford.blogspot.com.

Summertown. Newly upgraded 2-bedroom apartment in this central location. The apartment has a balcony from the living room, which enjoys far-reaching views. Off-street parking for one car and within walking distance of Summertown shops and amenities. £875 p.c.m. Available immediately. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 2446. www.finders.co.uk.

Walton Crescent. Rarely available and unusual apartment within walking distance of the University departments. The apartment is newly converted and has a conservatory and private rear garden. £875 p.c.m. Available immediately. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 2967. www.finders.co.uk.

North Oxford . Excellent value 2-bedroom apartment with balcony overlooking the park. Garage included. Available immediately. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 1825. www.finders.co.uk.

Iffley. Garden flat on the river with a spectacular outlook. Large sitting room, double bedroom, walk-in closet, kitchen and shower/wc room. Available Jan. 2005 for four months. £600 p.c.m. incl. Contact: 01865 775895.

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Accommodation Offered

Attractive and quiet B&B. One minute to bus stop, close to river walks. £40 per night/£60 double; 15% discount for full week. Tel.: 01865 770501.

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.

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.

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.

Central North Oxford. Writer looking for lodger for decent-sized room in quiet, warm, dry house with en suite bathroom. Large fitted cupboards, desk and drawers, good lights, armchair, digital channel TV. Washing/drying facilities. Bed linen provided. Use of new kitchen, breakfast provided. Use of living room and pretty garden on canal when owner away. Suit quiet, responsible n-s professional/researcher/academic.Tel.: 01865 513281.

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).

Academic host family in leafy Jericho welcomes academics and visitors to Oxford for short and long stays. Walking distance to town centre, colleges, museums, University Parks, and Port Meadow. Fashionable shops, restaurants, and an art cinema around the corner. Sunny single room with tea/coffee-making facilities, TV and video recorder, c.h. Bike with basket for moderate lease. Fine continental breakfast. Tel.: (+44) (0)1865 559247. Email: oxfordvisit@hotmail.com.

Rooms to rent in well-located North Oxford House. Two single rooms in family home available to rent with large shared kitchen, bathroom, and good sized garden. Quiet, residential location off Banbury Road, within minutes of bus stops into city centre. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 559544 (after office hours).

Central Oxford. Looking for one graduate student to share 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom flat. Clean, quiet, river view. Bicycle available. Contact jtteigeler@aol.com. Tel.: 07979750073.

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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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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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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.

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.

Vancouver (Burnaby), B.C. Professor looking for house exchange in Oxford from Aug. 2005–Aug. 2006. Lovely home amongst garden, trees. Ten minutes to shops; 30 min. to Stanley Park, English Bay; 40 min. to Simon Fraser University or University of British Columbia. Five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, music room, sunroom, rec. room, gym, 3 balconies, gazebo. Prefer home/car exchange but will consider renting. Contact: Dr Paul Smith. Email: wittsend@shaw.ca.

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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: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: www.golf-in-naples.com.

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.

Apulia (Italy). Seventeenth century restored `trulli' on charming hills, views of vineyard and Mediterranean woods, set in area of geological, historical and architectural interest. Ten min. from picturesque town of Alberobello, 10 min. from the sea. Ideal for lively and inspirational holiday. B&B in fully-furnished flat equipped with antique Italian pieces. Minibar, Sat. TV. Discounts available for long lets. Daily direct flights from London to Bari or Brindisi. Website with images of the interiors: www.vignaledipirro.com.

Tuscany. Have a memorable stay in the luxury Villa Bellosguardo, the place of your dreams: magnificent panorama terrace on to Chiusi and Trasimeno lakes and Tuscan and Umbrian hills; high class furniture, gorgeous garden and park, large heat pool, children's pool. It's ideal for your unforgettable Italian holiday. Email bellosguardo@tuscanyandworld.com or call 0039 3287133951. Website: www.villabellosguardo.com.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy. Tasteful villa in 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 house and garden. Three double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living room. Only 10 min. by car from Porto Cervo, world-renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches. Close to wide range of activities (e.g. village market, restaurants, mountain trails, tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools). See http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk. Email: margareta@sanpantaleo.co.uk. Tel.: 0039 078965413.

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For Sale

Electric trouser press in very good condition, hardly used. £70 o.n.o., own collection. Please contact William Mennell on 01865 (2)77299 (work) or 01865 744132 (home).

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