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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.

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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. 22 Oct., Professor G. Smith: Nanotechnology—friend or foe?; 29 Oct., Professor A. Chapman, The dinosaur man: Sir Richard Owen (1804–92) and the great lizards; 5 Nov., Dr E. Garman, Why we keep catching the flu and the search for a cure; 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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The Art of Writing: 21 Oct., Kiosks and obelisks: poems as structures, Jamie McKendrick; 28 Oct., The splinter of ice, Veronica Stallwood; 4 Nov., Writing the past: an Oxford childhood, Charlotte Mendelson; 11 Nov., Writing a crime novel, P.D. James; 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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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. 18 Oct.: Professor H. Dickinson and Dr R. Grant-Downton, Sensory perception: how plants feel about their environment; 8 Nov., Dr M. Knight, Plants that jump the garden wall; 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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The Walled Garden Study Day

Sat., 6 Nov., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Jacqueline du Pré Auditorium, St Hilda's College. For generations, gardeners have marvelled at the joy of gardening in a garden surrounded by walls. Lectures: P. Thoday, The Victorian kitchen garden; S. Dickinson, The walled garden at Eythrope; S. Hoy, The walled garden at Normanby Hall; T. Stuart Smith, Creating a new walled garden at Broughton Grange; M. Thurlow, The restoration of the walled garden at Audley End. Cost: £45 incl. sandwich lunch and parking in Magdalen College School (if required). For bookings please contact The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, 01865 286690 or email postmaster@botanic-garden.ox.ac.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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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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D'Overbroeck's College Open Morning

Join us for our Open Morning on Sat., 16 Oct., from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for information on direct entry into Sixth Form, entry at age 13 (Year 9), and—starting in Sept. 2005—entry at age 11 (Year 7). This is an informal event which gives students and parents an opportunity to have a look at the College, meet our teaching staff and some of our current students. Based in North Oxford, d'Overbroeck's is one of the largest and most successful co-educational independent colleges in the UK. For further information about us, please contact the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit our website at www.doverbroecks.com.

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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).

Proof-reading/copy-editing offered by experienced and published English graduate (First Class). Academic, business, general. Call Julie on 01865 451960 or email oxenglish@aol.com.

Specialist advisers to academics. Colin Coates & Partners offer tax and accounting services including professorial salary review and retirement covering The Universities Superannuation Scheme. Tel.: 01934 844133. Email: info@ccptax.com. See www.ccptax.com.

Blenheim House Creche. Quality childcare in a safe, happy and caring environment, for children aged 6 months to 4 years. Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. Places available from 2 sessions up to full time. Conveniently situated for Woodstock Road, Banbury Road, Lynams and Esporta. Open morning on Sat. 9 Oct., 9.30 a.m.–11.30 a.m. Call Mrs Susan Palmer on 01865 554526 or email susanpalmer.1@btopenworld.com.

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.

Hypnotherapy is a natural and gentle way to improve both your emotional and physical health. Symptoms treated include stress, insomnia, smoking, social phobias, fear of public speaking, overweight, IBS, migraines, psoriasis, and much more. To find out how hypnotherapy can help you, contact The Oxford Natural Health Centre's hypnotherapist Mark Witter MA PhD DHP on 07837 121539 or visit his website at www.markwitter.com.

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Domestic Services

Local Oxford lady available for housework/ironing. Total of eleven years experience: six years in Summertown/Headington area, five years in Oxfordshire country area. Excellent references available. University/education personnel especially welcome, short or long term. All replies answered. Kindly telephone 07810513429.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons. Experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. Contact Miss P. Read, BA (Hons) L.R.A.M. (Near Kidlington, Oxford). Tel.: 01865 331147.

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.

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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.

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 4–5 bedroom family home to let from Christmas '04 to Aug. '05. Family are going abroad for sabbatical. Large west-facing spacious garden with patio and beautiful surrounding trees. Three reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room and 2.5 bathrooms. House on west side of popular Woodstock road, overlooking St Edward's playing fields. Easy walking access to Summertown shops and into city centre (cycle path next to house). Port Meadow nearby. Email: douglas.wilkinson@nda.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 513688.

Oxfordshire. Wing of beautiful country house. Six bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 WCs, kitchen with aga, scullery, larder, laundry room. Three reception rooms. Fully-furnished. South-facing orangerie. Set in parkland with lake. Tennis court. Domestic and garden staff provided. Ideal professional family home. £2,800 p.m. Tel.: 01865 343202.

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly. Beautiful, fully-furnished three-storey farmhouse with all mod. cons. to let for 1–3 years. Set in 13 acres of farmland. Peaceful yet within 4 kms from Cerisy la Salle (local village); Saint-Lô, Coutance approx. 20 kms; Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room; gas cooker; separate electric oven; microwave; large fridge with separate freezer; g. c.h.; bathroom with w.c.; sitting room. First floor: music room (with grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with w.c.; gallery (suitable for office) that overlooks music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Ideal for writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. Non-smoker preferred; pets welcome. 800–900 euro p.c.m. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on 00 33 2 33 45 52 16. Fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

Florence Park. Recently refurbished 1930s house with attractively designed garden. Close to local amenities, park and river. Light and cosy. Furnished and fully equipped, with two large bedrooms and dressing room. Kitchen/diner. Easy access to central Oxford. Available from Sept. for one year or less. Ideal for professional or family. £850 p.c.m. plus bills. Call Jo Dixon on 01865 760907 or 07932 724232. Email: 53netherwoodsroad@tiscali.co.uk.

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 stove. Good bus and train connections to Oxford. Suit academic/professional couple. Available Oct. for 6 months/1 year. £695 p.m. incl. gardener. (excl. council tax and utility bills). References essential. Contact: Sally Stradling on 01993 812278 or email sally.stradling@ukgateway.net.

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.

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street. Nicely modernised, two bedrooms, bath, shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. To let completely furnished, with china, linen, etc. Close to canal walks, good primary school, shops, and walking distance to station and city centre. Ideal for sabbatical. All inclusive (incl. council tax), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Nov. to June, flexible. Owner teaches in London in wintertime. Details: janet.bell@ucl.ac.uk.

Headington, Kiln Lane. Furnished and newly renovated 2–3 bedroom semi-detached house with c.h., kitchen, bathroom, lounge, dining room, garden, etc. Easy access for bus/car routes to city centre, university departments and the M40 to London. Close to shops, JR, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic hospitals. Would suit professional university or medical couple. Available for rent initially for 1 year, with renewal possible. No smokers or pets. References required. Available now. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact: 01865 735540.

East Oxford, East Avenue. Unfurnished, refurbished 3-bedroom house with garden and off- street parking. Two double, one single bedrooms. Large new kitchen; dishwasher and breakfast bar. Large open- plan living room with maple floor. Conservatory, utility room. Call 07710 170084.

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. £1,050 p.c.m. Please call 01865 243216 or 01865 515547.

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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.

Fully-furnished North London garden flat. Two bedrooms, living room, eat-in kitchen. Five min. from Tube/Piccadilly line; 20 min. to central London. Close to shops and Crouch End amenities. Ideally suit professional couple with small child. £895 p.c.m. Available now. Email M.Bond@sociology.ox.ac.uk. Mobile: 07800663584.

Country garden flat in friendly village, 15 min. from central Oxford. One double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, fireplace with log fire, c.h., telephone, parking. Access to beautiful garden, tennis court and swimming pool. Concessionary rent in return for assistance in the garden. Suitable for couple or single person; ideal for postgraduate, research students, and visiting academics. £450 p.m. Tel: 01865 864102.

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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.

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.

Room offered in attractive large detached four-bedroom house for single professional female. Shared house is located close to all Headington hospitals and Brookes University. Ten minute cycle ride into city. Fully furnished, all appliances, wireless broadband, off-street parking and secluded garden. Long lease preferred. £360 p.c.m. incl. council tax. Available immediately. Tel: 01865 766032. Email: jwoodman@doctors.org.uk.

Room to let in period property in Old Marston. Set in a stunning location, this beautifully decorated home has many unique features. Tall applicants beware of low beams! Mod. cons., shared bathroom, cleaner, garden, and private parking. Close to city centre and JR. Short or long term lodger sought from 1 Nov. £460 p.c.m. incl. all bills. Tel.: 01865 250722.

Room available in very central, well maintained 5-bedroom house. It has only two present occupants (researchers at the University) and we are looking for two more. The property is on 9 Beaumont Buildings, which is just behind St John Street. £375 p.m. Facilities include washing machine, kitchen, wireless broadband, TV, DVD, etc. No pets and no smoking inside. Please contact julian.savulescu@philosophy.oxford.ac.uk, mobile: 07919433968, or nick.bostrom@philosophy.ox.ac.uk, mobile: 07789 744242.

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford . Wolfson College, Linton Road. 7,300 sqft (660 sqm) of offices adjacent to its main buildings with separate entrance and car parking. The flexible accommodation currently comprises 25 office units, a conference room and common room. Access to the use of the College's superb riverside facilities, including restaurant for staff and visitors, by arrangement. Available immediately. For further details contact the Bursar on 01865 274104 or email stephen.palmer@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

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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.

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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: website: 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.

South Eastern Italy. Two-bedroom apartment in the ancient port of Monopoli, on the shores of Apulia. Stunning apartment on top floor of an 18th century palazzo with stone floors, carved wooden beams and high ceilings; 80 sq.m., sleeps 3. All mod. cons. (incl. air conditioning, c.h., dishwasher, jacuzzi, w/machine, stereo and new beds). In quiet old quarter of peaceful seaside town. Sweeping views of the Adriatic sea from virtually every room. Incl. 170 s.qm. rooftop terrace with views of sea, mountains, and medieval quarter below. Five min. walk to sandy beach, 16th century castle, city walls, and ancient fishing harbour. Forty-five min. by train or car from the international airports of Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi, and 10 min. from the 18-hole San Dominico golf club. Near cave dwellings and world-famous pre-Greek and Roman conical stone buildings (trulli). 400 euro p.w. until May. Contact Angela Montemurro. Tel.: 0039 3282768344 or email linamonte@tiscalinet.it.

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Houses for Sale

Jericho. Spacious modern house in the heart of this sought-after area. Two double bedrooms, study/nursery, two reception rooms, courtyard garden, garage and further off-street parking. Close to city centre, train/bus stations and colleges. £317,000. Tel: 07779 225767 or email salmondavid@hotmail.com for more details.

Temple Cowley, Oxford. Three-bedroom end terrace town house in popular development. Excellent bus and road access to central Oxford. Kitchen/diner, living room, cloakroom, bathroom (en suite), garage, well-stocked 40 ft rear garden. Five year NHBC warranty. No onward chain. Carpets/curtains incl. OIRO £269,950. Email: sarahd_hutch@yahoo.co.uk.

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For Sale

VAX carpet cleaner 1400 for sale at £50; almost new, and half the price. Bags of smokeless fuel (ovoids) for sale at £5 per bag (originally £7.99 per bag). Kenwood RC310 Rice Cooker, 1.8 litre capacity---brand new, never used: £15 (was £23.99). Tel: 01865 727871 or 07770 738 977. n

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