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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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Christmas Gifts at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

From puzzles to puppets, books to jewellery, fossils to candleholders - - we have all manner of gifts on sale in the museum shop! Many small items are ideal for Christmas stockings. Choose your own or save money by buying one of our ready-made packs of stocking fillers. Open daily 12–5 p.m; 10 per cent discount with blue Oxford University card.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 13 Jan., tba, Revd Ralph Williamson (College Chaplain); 20 Jan., tba, Barbara Hayes (Industrial Chaplain); 27 Jan., `The sojourner in your midst', Fr Seraphim (Immigration Detention Centre Chaplain); 3 Feb., tba, Revd Barry Wright (Metropolitan Police Chaplain); 10 Feb., tba, 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, tba, 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. www.st-giles-church.org.

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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine: 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we would like to bring you herbs, spices, roots, beauty, fragrances and the Mughal tradition of passion for good food. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Web site: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

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

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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).

Finders Keepers. Whether you wish to rent or let, our 32 years of experience in the Oxfordshire market should make us your first port of call for all of your accommodation needs. From studio apartments to 6- bedroom family houses or even short term and holiday lets, our up-to-date website contains a full listing of all properties available and can be viewed at www.finders.co.uk. Alternatively, please contact our North Oxford office on 01865 311011.

Limited-edition photographic studies by Margaret Kenning: Oxford, the Parks and other landscapes, flowers, foliage, and other subjects. Typical prices: A3 print unmounted £30, framed from £60. Smaller sizes and special editions for conferences available. Visit the University Shop, High Street, to see framed examples. Alternatively, please see www.kenning.plus.com, and email images@kenning.plus.com or tel. 01865 554316 to arrange a viewing.

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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: deborah.sandler@csls.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 28423.

The Oxford Centre for Neuro-Cognitive Studies has developed a free after-school tutoring programme to enable young people with dyslexia to receive specialist individual support. We're looking for Learning Mentors to help us deliver our Oxford Bright Sparks programme. You need to be positive, patient, and friendly, with experience of working with children/young people. You'll have a good level of literacy and numeracy, and be willing to work with young people (aged 11–16), in small groups and one-to-one, supporting their learning and participation in activities. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with children in an educational setting. We provide full induction training (in assoc. with The Dyslexia Institute), on-going support and further training opportunities. £5 p.h., Mon.–Fri. afternoons (term-time only). Successful applicants will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check. For application details, contact Rob Webster at OCNC Studies on 01865 311292 or email rwebster@ocncstudies.org.uk. Closing date: Mon., 20 Dec.

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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 (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: mackrelj@btopenworld.com. Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email: gaston@cyberus.ca.

Central Eynsham. Well-decorated, furnished or unfurnished house to let. This pretty and unusual stone-built converted coach house is secure and quiet. Large living room/kitchen with fridge, freezer, dishwasher. One double and one single bedroom, bathroom, large office/third bedroom, utility room, shower room, and walk-in wardrobe. Integral garage with plenty of storage space. Additional off-road parking spaces. Patio garden. Own private drive, well away from the street. Eynsham has an excellent bus service to Oxford, shopping facilities and good schools. Available immediately. £795 p.c.m. (incl. council tax). Tel.: 01865 880018. Mobile: 07771 873838. Email: Stephen.lord2@ntlworld.com.

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. £135 p.w. Tel.: 0207 7369744 or 07890289697.

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. £650 p.m. (exclusive). Tel.: 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

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 sally.stradling@ukgateway.net.

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: kristine.krug@physiol.ox.ac.uk.

Old Boars Hill. Fully-furnished 2-bedroom period cottage, available for 3–5 months. Secluded, 1 acre, end of country lane, 4 miles from Oxford. Gas heating with working fireplace and Aga cooker. Families welcome. £950 p.m. including gardener. Tel.: 01865 735318 or email solomonb@onetel.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.

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: estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 (2)79713.

Four-bedroom, spacious family house in sought after village. Six miles to city centre, 4 to John Radcliffe! Ground floor, fitted kitchen, dining room with French doors to patio garden and gate to village green, cloakroom. First floor: sitting room with bay window overlooking green to church, access to bedroom 4/large study, landing to double bedroom with washbasin, bathroom. Second floor: two further double bedrooms, shower room. Main rooms approx. 5m x 4m. £1500 p.m. Contact Ron and Anne Stern on 01865 513453.

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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: wrldco@aol.com.

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 jaqueline.dealarcon@psych.ox.ac.uk.

Central Oxford. Modern ground floor maisonette. Newly decorated, new carpets and curtains. Available furnished/unfurnished. Large sitting room with view of canal, fully equipped kitchen, cloakroom, 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, garden overlooking canal. Easy walk station/town centre. £1,000 p.m. Call Alison on 01865 558802.

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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: 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.

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: Miriamoxford@yahoo.com.

Double room in Headington available mid-Jan to end June 2005. The flat has g.c.h., secondary glazing, all mod-cons, garage, garden. Warm and spacious. Share with one other (male). Close to transport to city centre and London. £415 incl., except telephone. Sarahjjj@aol.com.

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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.

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.

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: Finn.Joergensen@hibo.no.

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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.

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.

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: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Castle in Tuscany. The Castello di Magona was the residence of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Opposite Elba Island, in the Tuscan Maremma, with its 11 double rooms, it is the ideal place for family and friends reunions, small exclusive meetings, deluxe weddings, degree celebrations. Attractive amenities. Amongst the facilities are a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. www.castellodimagona.it. Email: relais@castellodimagona.it. n

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