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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday 10.30 a.m.–12 noon except for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0–4 years) meet every Friday in term 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks, garden trips and a visit to an antique centre. Second-hand items can be bought on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m.–12 noon from the equipment room. Visit our website:

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 20 Jan., `Doing the housework', Barbara Hayes (Industrial Chaplain); 27 Jan., `The sojourner in your midst', Fr Seraphim (Immigration Removal Centre Chaplain); 3 Feb., `Loitering with intent', Revd Barry Wright (Metropolitan Police Chaplain); 10 Feb., `Hang `em and flog `em', Revd David Little (Reading Prison Chaplain); 17 Feb., `Down to the sea', Bishop Bill Down (Chaplain to Seafarers); 24 Feb., `In at the sharp end', Revd Nick Fennemore (Hospital Chaplain); 3 March, `The cure of one soul', Revd Michael Brierely (Bishop's Chaplain); 10 March, `Fighting the good (and sometimes the not-so-good)', Fr Nick Gosnell CF (Army Chaplain); 17 March, `The nun's priest's tale', Revd Lister Tonge (Convent Chaplain).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.

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W.G. Hoskins, Making of the English Landscape. 50th Anniversary Conference at Christ Church, Oxford, on Sat., 16 Apr., 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. Speakers include Dr Robert Peberdy on `Hoskins' Early Life', Professor David Pullizer, `Landscape of Towns', and Professor Charles Phyttian-Adams, `Landscape History—Then and Now'. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon OX13 5LG. Email:

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Open Morning

D'Overbroeck's College, Independent Sixth Form & Leckford Place (age 11–16). Join us for our Open Morning on Sat., 5 Feb., from 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. for information on entry into the d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form and entry at age 11 or 13 into Leckford Place School— Oxford's new independent day school for girls and boys (part of d'Overbroeck's College). This is an informal event to give you an opportunity to meet our teaching staff and some of our current students. For further information about us, please contact the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit our website at

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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:

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Antiques Bought and Sold

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

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

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

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

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

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Personal Training Services

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

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Services Offered

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

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

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

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

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Situations Vacant

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

Oxford Analytica is seeking an International Economy Editor (temporary post). The successful candidate will commission, edit and write analysis on the global economy for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. A firm grounding in economics is required, developed through postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. This is a three-month appointment, starting in mid-Feb. Deadline: 21 Jan. CV and details of current salary to: Graham Hutchings, Editor, The Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, Oxford Analytica Ltd, 5 Alfred Street Oxford, OX1 4EH. Email: Website:

Tutors required for Adult Summer Schools 2005 and 2006—Children's Literature, Oxford History and Astronomy. Apply with CV to Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon OX13 5LG. Email:

Oxford Centre for Neuro-Cognitive Studies is a charity committed to conducting high quality policy relevant research in education (specifically on provisions for children with dyslexia), and health related issues. The centre also provides specialist free after-school tuition to children and adolescents with dyslexia. We are now seeking an experienced person with sound independent judgement and experience of chairing a voluntary sector organisation to chair the OCNC Studies' Board of Trustees. This is an unpaid position (expenses will be reimbursed) and will involve representing the organisation, chairing meetings, and ensuring effective communications between the Board and the Chief Executive Of OCNC Studies. The role requires attendance at four Board Meetings and four Finance and Resources sub-committee meetings per year. The post will be for a term of 3 years. Closing date: 25 Jan. Please send a CV and covering letter saying why you are interested in the post to Victoria Jagne at OCNC Studies, 11–13 Suffolk House, 263 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HN. Tel.: 01865 311315.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford (Jericho). Available 27 March or sooner for 1 year or less: fully-furnished, recently redecorated house, secluded garden. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes. Easy walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools and parks. Two bedrooms £1,250 p.m.; 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m. (incl. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Tel. J. Mackrell in Oxford (evenings or 7--8 a.m.), on: 01865 775567. Email: Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email:

Wootton, near Woodstock. Delightful period cottage to let in sought after, pretty village. Living room with open fire overlooking rear garden. Stable door to garden. Kitchen with all mod. cons. Double bedroom and large bathroom with panelled bath and electric shower. Loft for storage. Oil-fired c.h. Attractive mature garden. Two garden sheds and brick-built log store. Good bus and train connections to Oxford. Suit academic/professional couple. Available from 1 Jan. for 6 months/1 year. £600 p.m. incl. gardener (excl. council tax and utility bills). References essential. Contact Sally Stradling on 01993 812278 or email

Architect's Spelsbury bungalow, bought for its beautiful views and quiet end of lane position, converted from 3-bedroom to 1 to create very large living and dining areas; en suite WC, basin and walk-in wardrobe for bedroom; 5 French windows open onto terrace and rolling farmland towards Wychwood forest; kitchen with new cooker, fridge, washing machine; 2nd WC and basin in bathroom off hall; large storage cupboards; warm air c.h.; natural wood and white walls throughout; fully furnished; new large 24ft pyramidal conservatory with surrounding banquette seating—seats 12! Garden, parking, 1½ miles to BR station. £125 p.w. Tel.: 0207 7369744 or 07890289697.

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

Central Oxford: Two-bedroom unfurnished house available for rent from mid-Dec. in the heart of the city. £850 p.c.m. Min. 6-month let. E-mail: Tel.: 01865 (2)79713.

Victorian terrace, three bedrooms, furnished, in quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of city centre. G.c.h. Open-plan living/dining room with coal-effect gas fire. Fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave. Bathroom with power shower over bath. Secluded garden with decked patio and lawn. Botley Road area. Available from 1 Feb. £900 p.c.m. plus bills. Email:

Idyllic coach house, ten miles north of Oxford. Available from 1 Feb. Suitable for single person/couple: sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, parking, magnificent views, bus service. £600 p.m. (exclusive). Tel.: 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Furnished coach house in the centre of Old Marston village. Off-street parking, on bus route into central Oxford. Two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, bathroom (bath and shower), g.c.h. Basic rent: £750 p.c.m. Vacant from Apr. for one or two years. Suitable for visiting academics, graduate students, doctors, nurses. Deposit required. Tel.: (01865) 244130.

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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, 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.

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

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

Iffley Road. Flat in Victorian house. One mile to city centre. Large sitting room/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom/shower. Rent to include council tax, hot water, some c.h. £600 p.c.m. (Low rent because not self-contained in daytime). Suit n-s female over 30. Tel.: 01869 350372.

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Accommodation Offered

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

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

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

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays in friendly home of female academic. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the university park. A good sized room with colour TV and microwave, shared kitchen, washing machine, and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. The owner is usually away during the vacations. Moderate terms. Email:

Comfortable ground floor room overlooking lovely North Oxford garden in unique spacious flat with own entrance, en suite shower. Use of further study space in garden cabin, kitchen area and laundry as required. Would suit graduate D.Phil., visiting or overseas academic or visiting business person on regular assignment. Long lease (6 months renewable) offered. Non smoker only. References please. Email: Tel.: 01865 511276.

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

Female to share small terrace house in Frenchay Road, North Oxford, with one other. Own very large room (really 2 rooms with an archway between), which takes up the whole of downstairs opening out into small garden. The kitchen and bathroom are shared. £230 p.c.m. plus bills. Quiet no-through road near canal. Non-smoker essential. Minimum let 9 months (or longer). Ring Victoria on 01865 243311 (office hours).

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Self-catering Apartments

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

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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

Visiting Norwegian professor and his wife seek fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house, with parking possibilities, in central Oxford from about 1 March to mid-July. Tel.: 0047 755 82424. Email:

Academic couple seeks rental or exchange, July and Aug. We need a 2-bedroom flat or house within walking distance of the University. Our home in Boston is a sunny, first-floor 2-bedroom apartment in Brookline, Mass., one block from Boston proper, with excellent access to all public transportation and major universities. Contact

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Holiday Lets

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

Tuscany. Small traditional farmhouse in Chianti, 15 min. from Siena, set in olive groves on hill side overlooking unspoilt valley; beautiful view of Siena's skyline. Sleeps up to 6; simply but decently equipped; car essential. Small pool and idyllic surroundings. for photos and rates. Email:

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. E-mail:

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

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. Two spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. 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. Easy 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 4 or 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. Non-smokers only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £245 p.w. Please contact 01527 541360.

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 for details.

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 Further details on

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:

Take advantage of the weak dollar—spend winter, spring, summer on Maine coast. Shabby-chic four-bedroom, two-bath ocean-side summer home, winterised, available year round for writers, artists, etc. Perfect place for winter writing! Sorrento Maine is classic New England, liberal coastal community. Email:

Paris apartment available in New Year from 7 Jan. for short or longer stays: delightful 1- bedroom, first-floor flat overlooking the Place du Marche St Catherine (Marais). Period building with large windows and high ceilings. Attractively furnished and well-equipped with TV, CD, hairdryer, etc. Linens and cleaning provided. Three nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 p.w. or £950 p.c.m. for members of the University. (Non- member rates: £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). Contact Dr J.J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or email:

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.

Gozo. Charming Mediterranean island. Superb views from our comfortable villa with pool, suitable for families of up to six. Rates are £800 p.w. in high season, other rates by application. For full colour photos and more details, ring 01367 240049 or see

Andalusia. Lecrin Valley. Chaplain's house in beautiful mountain village. Three bedrooms (one en suite). Living room onto courtyard. Well furnished, large roof terrace overlooking orange groves and hills. Dishwasher, washing machine. Sea 25 min. Granada 20 min. Sierra Nevada 40 min. July, Aug., and Holy Week £350 p.w., otherwise £260 p.w. incl. linen and cleaner (at end of let). Booked 28 Mar.–9 Apr. Information: (01865) 515778 or n

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