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Oxford University Gazette, 12 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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Mind Awareness Week

Mon., 16 May–Fri., 20 May, 5.30 p.m., St Peter's College Chapel (unless otherwise stated). 16 May, Lewis Wolpert, 'The biology of malignant sadness'; 17 May, Kath Thomson and Prof. John Geddes, 'Living with manic depression'; 18 May, Susan Hill, 'Excuse me, can you tell me who I am '', and Eva Burns-Lungren, 6.45 p.m., 'What's the good of psychotherapy?'; 19 May, Lyndall Gordon, 'The true nature of woman: Mary Wollstonecraft as a new kind of being'; 20 May, Dr Stephen Merson, 'Mental illness and social exclusion'. Also: Thurs., 26 May, 6 p.m., St Peter's College: Dr M. Shooter, 'Mad, bad or sad: 25 years' of working with disturbed children'. All talks are free of charge. There will be a collection after each talk. For further details please contact kath.thomson@taylib.ox.ac.uk.

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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. 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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Lindemann Trust Fellowship Awards to the United States 2006

Pure and Applied Physical Sciences. Applications are invited from graduates to carry out research at institutions in the USA. Fields of research will include Astronomy, Biophysics, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics. Candidacy is open to UK and Commonwealth citizens who graduated from a UK university before 1 Sept. 2004. Candidacy is also open to UK and Commonwealth citizens who are pursuing postgraduate research at a UK university, although not graduates of these institutions. Age limit: under 35 on 1 Sept. 2006. The awards carry stipends of $30,000, are tenable for one year, and should not be regarded as a means of taking up a routine sabbatical. Closing date: 10 Oct. Interview date: 10 Jan. 2006. Further details from: Education Department, English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED. Email: education@esu.org.

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Concerts

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.

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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The breaking of the twenty-first century: 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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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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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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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).

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.

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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.

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.

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Situations Vacant

Stanford University Centre in Oxford. Required for Sept., a part-time Student Services Assistant. Duties will include providing reception cover, administration of student services, and clerical support to the Director and Administrator. Stanford is a well- known American university for which the Programme in Oxford offers 47 students the opportunity to study here as part of their degree course. Closing date: 10 June. Full particulars may be obtained from the Administrator on 01865 251193 or stanford@herald.ox.ac.uk.

The Europaeum is seeking a bright, dedicated Administrator to help co-ordinate a busy office. Tasks include supporting the work of the Secretary-General, correspondence, events, database management, and publications. The position can be flexible and/or part-time by agreement. Salary: £17,000 p.a. pro rata. Requirements include attention to detail, excellent organisation, ability to prioritise, familiarity with Microsoft Office, confident telephone manner, audio-typing and a 'can-do' approach to problem- solving. Foreign language skills and familiarity with academic environments an advantage. Deadline: 31 May. Please post CV with covering letter (plus the names of two referees) to The Europaeum, 99 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6JX, or email to euroinfo@europaeum.ox.ac.uk. The Europaeum is an equal opportunities employer.

St Cross College seeks to recruit a part-time IT officer (10 hours p.w., times to be negotiated). Duties include configuration and administration of the college's staff and computer room machines on the college file server in conjunction with OUCS, installation of software, and the provision of advice and assistance to the student IT officers in relation to students' personal computers. The IT officer will have to assist with the College's anti-virus monitoring software in consultation with OUCS. The appointee will be required to advise the Bursar and Director of IT on the acquisition of IT equipment and the implementation of IT resources. Salary: c.£20k pro-rata. Interested applicants should contact the College Office for an application form and should submit it with a covering letter and CV by Mon., 23 May, to St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ. Tel.: 01865 278458. Fax: 01865 278484.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Charming, newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage available for rent in the village of Bampton, near Witney. Unfurnished but including fully-fitted kitchen with white goods, good-sized garden and garage. £700 p.c.m. Available immediately. Please contact Kerry Le-Galloudec at estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 (2)79713.

Attractive Victorian house available for let in Oct. and Nov. Some flexibility with dates. Conveniently situated: Twenty min. walking distance from the city centre and one min. from bus stop. The house is nicely decorated, comfortably furnished, and well equipped. The accommodation offered has one double bedroom, two singles, good size kitchen/dining room overlooking the garden, lounge, and cloakroom. Tel.: 01865 241360. Email: maureenoxford@aol.com.

Kidlington. Detached 3-bedroom 1930s home, fully modernised and renovated throughout. Excellent bus and cycle route to Oxford (25 min. by bike), also good local amenities (opposite Sainsbury's). Off-road parking, g.c.h. and woodburner, stripped floor boards throughout, south-west-facing garden. Available unfurnished from May. £1,250 p.c.m. (includes gardener!). To view, please contact Mary on 07785 712788 or email mary.shapter@kingerlee.co.uk.

Charming, newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage available for rent in the village of Bampton, near Witney. Unfurnished, but including fully-fitted kitchen with white goods, good sized garden and garage. £700 p.c.m. Available now. Please contact Kerry Le-Galloudec at estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 279713.

Marriott Close, North Oxford. Un/part furnished, 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Five min. walk from bus route direct to city centre. No smokers or pets. Available mid-June. £750 p.c.m. Contact p.clarke@siemens.com or ring 01865 841119.

New Marston. Three-bedroom house (long-term let, lease required). Ten min. walk to University Parks. Close to JR Hospital and frequent bus service to city centre. Suit professional couple/small family. No sublets, pets allowed, no smokers please. Mid-terrace with external access to small back garden. Fully furnished; washer/dryer; 1 wc/bathroom; g.c.h. £790 p.m. Available from 22 May. Email: rowland.kao@zoo.ox.ac.uk for details.

Walton Manor. Newly refurbished three-bedroom house with garden. Available immediately. £1,500 p.c.m. Ref.: 4426. Call Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

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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 from Aug. 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. £800 p.c.m. Available from mid- July for 1 year (renewable). Contact Ann White on 01865 242634.

Dordogne. Rural, 10 min. from Ribérac. First-floor apartment in ancient manoir, consisting of 2 bedrooms, one with en suite shower, the other with en suite bath and sun terrace; sitting room with wood-burning fire. Kitchen/dining room fully fitted. Spacious grounds and parking. N-s only. From £350 p.m.; long-term lets available. Further information at www.frenchpropertycheckers.com. Tel. Mrs A. Baker on 01865 557547 or Terence Chalke on 0033 553800571. Email: tchalke@aol.com.

Two properties: 1.) Bardwell Road. Two-bedroom period conversion within walking distance of the University departments. Ref.: 2931. 2.) Summertown studio in Stratfield Road, suitable for a single person. Ref.: 4428. Call Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

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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. Email: gpsmith@brookes.ac.uk.

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.

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.

Comfortable, pleasant accommodation available for academics in attractive, private house, just over a mile from the centre of Oxford. B&B basis. Dinner by arrangement. One minute to bus stop. River walks nearby. Quiet. A home away from home. £39 per night. Discounts for long bookings. Please telephone 01865 770 501. Email: colejustine@yahoo.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 (flexible). £350 p.m. plus bills and council tax. For further details, please call 01865 242049. Email: kruemel76@hotmail.com.

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.

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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. Email: 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 email 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.

West or North Oxford (close to Ring Road). Fellow moving out of college and fiancée seek two-person accommodation from mid-Aug. for two years plus. Our ideal would be a small house at the west end of Botley Road, but all suitable prospects will be gratefully considered. Please reply to treasurer@lmh.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 274322.

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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.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignan Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of 'Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully-equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpellier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from now. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. Email: janevenab@aol.com.

Asolo. Situated on the hills between the Dolomites and Venice in one of Italy's most beautiful medieval towns (Robert Browning's second home), a comfortable flat available for 1–5-week stays. Peaceful country location, wonderful views. Spacious living room, fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balconies. Sleeps 4–5. Dishwasher, washing machine. Telephone and internet connection. Home-cooked meals on request. Digital photos available. £500 p.w. Contact: mcimberle@filippin.it.

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.

Southern Ardèche, France. Beautiful old converted barn high in unspoilt Cevennes mountains (sleeps 6). Own entrance, terrace and paddock. Spectacular landscape; fields and forests; views to 100 miles. More wild life than people. Walk, ride, and swim in rivers—go fishing or canoeing. Great markets and fairs. Eat, drink, sleep well. £475 p.w. Tel.: 020 77226740. Email: v.brinton@which.net.

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.

South-West France. Attractive farmhouse set in over one-acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 3 km. from medieval village Lauzerte, 2 hours from Bordeaux/ one hour from Toulouse airport. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 beds, so suitable for couples or larger group. 10m. x 5m. swimming pool. Golf, tennis, fishing nearby and Cahors wine region. Still available parts of June/Sept. at £500 p.w. and late Aug. at £850 p.w., autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel. Helen on 01367 810218 or Sally on 01494 864573.

Holiday let in heart of Old Marston; 1 ½ miles from centre of Oxford. Enchanting stone cottage with secluded front garden. Patio table and chairs. Comfortable living room with beams and open fireplace. Window seat. Modern, well- equipped kitchen. Original winding staircase to two bedrooms, one large double with window seat, one twin. Bathroom/wc with shower. Available 4 June from £550 p.w. Tel.: 01785 851161. www.holidayhouseoxford.co.uk.

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Timber cottage deep in a sleepy, 'end-of- the-road' forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is covered by forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. Near a medieval town on the UNESCO World Heritage list and close to a spa once frequented by royalty, a leisure centre, tennis courts, swimming pools... Sleeps 4–6, two bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom. Cottage from £250–£390 p.w. Tel.: 01844 339754. www.SlovakCottages.com.

Mallorca. One hour from Palma, a 19th century family house in medieval town. With two acres of landscaped gardens, orchards and spectacular swimming pool. Twelve min. drive to beaches, golf, tennis and national park. Five min. walk to shops and restaurants. Nearby walking on peninsular national park for bird-watching and hidden coves. Sleeps 2–10 (four bathrooms), from £1,000 p.w. Email: jane@northmoor.net or call 07831 727200.

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.

Dorset. Laundry Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom holiday home located near Poole Harbour and the sandy beaches of Poole and Bournemouth. Excellent restaurants, bars and shops are within walking distance. Easter and Christmas rents are possible. Prices from £325 p.w. Welcome pack on arrival. Tel.: 01202 761517 or visit www.oliglock.com/laundry.

St. Andrews. Open Golf, 10–17 July. House with four bedrooms, sitting room, etc. Sleeps up to eight. Quiet location, 15 min. walk from Old Course. Ample parking. For details please email ec@st-andrews.ac.uk or call 01334 472992.

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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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