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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:

Wed., 2 Mar., 10.30 a.m. A coffee morning and a bring-and-buy sale will be held in the Club Room. There will be stalls selling home-made 'goodies', gifts, etc. All newcomers, husbands, partners, children, neighbours and friends are welcome. Please bring your contribution to the Club Room at 2.30 p.m. on Tues., 1 Mar., or on the day.

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'Perspectives on the Passion', 18–20 Mar., Trinity College, Oxford. An interdisciplinary conference exploring the use and influence of the passion narratives in art, music, literature, and theology. Speakers include Neil MacGregor, Regina Schwartz, Robin Jensen, and John Butt. Also including the exhibition 'Bandages, Cuts and Piercings' by artist Kip Gresham and a concert by A Capella Portuguesa. Further information from Dr Christine Joynes, Trinity College, Oxford OX1 3BH. Email:

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Boat Race

The Oxford University Society invites you to watch the 151st Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race with us on 27 March. We have chartered a boat that will be moored at Chiswick Pier on the northern bank, affording a superb view of the crews in the finishing stages of the race. Tickets cost £45 each. For further information, please see our website ay/boatrace.shtml or phone Cathy Tennent on 01865 288087.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 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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St Giles' Interfaith Talks Series, Lent 2005

Visions of Love: Explorations into the meaning of love. 22 Feb., 'A Jewish perspective on love', Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought, OCHJS; 1 Mar., '1 Corinthians 13', Fr Gerard Hughes, Jesuit priest and author; 8 Mar., 'An Islamic perspective on love', Dr Ataullah Siddique, Director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education; 15 Mar., 'Love and charity', Rt Revd Prof Stephen Sykes, Honorary Bishop of Durham and Principal of St John's College, Durham. The talks will be held at St Giles' Church, Oxford, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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Charity Events

Sun., 13 Mar. at 5 p.m., Oxford Playhouse. The Oxford charity DIPEx ( is to benefit from an evening of conversation between renowned playwright, author, and producer Jonathan Miller and prize winning author Ian McEwan. Proceeds from the event will contribute towards producing a new DIPEx website on peoples' experiences of Myeloma. The evening will also see the launch of the latest DIPEx study in experiences of carers of people with dementia. Jonathan and Ian will take questions from the audience at the end of their conversation and Ian will be available to sign copies of his new book. Tickets (£12/£10 conc.) from the Box Office on 01865 305305 or at

Sun, 27 Feb., Jacqueline du Pré Building, St. Hilda's College, Cowley Place OX4 1DY. A cultural evening for Asian tsunami victims has been organised by the Oxford Indonesian Student Society and Oxford Indian Society to raise funds for the Indonesian Red Cross and Indian PM National Relief Fund. An evening of traditional music and dance from both countries. Tickets (£7) available from: The Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305, or from Saranya Sridhar on 0777 5674099 or

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Meco Monthly Lecture. Professor Yahya Michot, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford and Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, will speak and lead a discussion on 'Muslims of Europe: past and present challenges'. This public lecture takes place at 3 p.m. on Sun., 20 Feb. at the Summertown Church Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads, North Oxford. All faiths welcome. Refreshments provided. For further details phone 01865 766032 or 01865 439805 Email:

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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:

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Research Doctorate Offered

Istituto di Studi Umanistici, University of Florence. Research Doctorate in 'Studies in Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance'. Graduate students at other Institutions will be allowed to follow seminars and lectures. They will be expected to spend 1–3 months at the Istituto without committing themselves to the full Research Doctorate. Subjects of first semester (May–July 2005): 'Roman Law and the creation of the ius publicum Europaeum; 'Methods and perspectives of the history of tradition and criticism of texts'. Applications deadline: 10 Mar. 2005. Subjects of second semester (Oct.--Dec. 2005): 'Interpretations of the 'Timaeus'; 'Marx, Weber, Polanyi: three interpretations of pre-modern societies'. Applications deadline: 30 June 2005. Lectures and seminars will be held in Italian, English and French. A basic knowledge of Italian is required. Free accommodation in Florence for a limited number of applicants. Further details and applications:

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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.

Original drawings by Anning Bell, Belcher, H.M. & C.E. Brock, Cleaver, Cowham, Du Maurier, Furniss, Greiffenhagen, Hassall, Jacomb-Hood, Low, Partridge, Raven-Hill, W. Heath Robinson, Sambourne, Sullivan, Tonsend, J. Walter West, Caton Woodville. Many for Punch, some for the Titmarsh Club and editions of Thackeray. Also fine prints and books. Online at A paper catalogue is available. Tel.: 01635 201825.

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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).

Franklins Solicitors. We have recently recruited an experienced employment lawyer from a well-known London practice. Contact Sarah Escritt for advice on all aspects of the employment relationship. Our family law team is led by Peter Devlin, who is a Deputy District Judge and member of the Solicitors Family Law Association. We also deal with wills, trust, probate, residential, and commercial conveyancing. Contact details: 15 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AN. Tel.: 01235 553222.

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).

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, journalist and page designer for publications such as the \iFT\, the \iObserver\, and \iThe\ \iEconomist.\ Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727.

Odd jobs and property maintenance. For general property maintenance - repairs, decorating, shelving, cupboards, light building work, and odd jobs etc. Phone Anthony Swift on 01865 762576. Excellent references.

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Domestic Services

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2'5 years, established 16 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities incl. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

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.

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Tuition Offered

Easter Revision Courses: GCSE, AS & A Level. D'Overbroeck's College is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK, with an outstanding track record of success. Expert exam-based teaching. Focused exam preparation and feedback. At GCSE: revise three subjects in a five-day course. At AS & A level: revise two subjects in a six-day course. Based in North Oxford. Limited places available. Contact us now to find out more. Tel.: 01865 310000.

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.

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Situations Vacant

Magdalen College School is seeking to appoint an Assistant Bursar—Finance to take responsibility for all day-to-day financial operations of the School, including preparation of financial and management accounts. Reporting to the Bursar, he or she will have management responsibility for 3 bursary staff and should have a relevant professional qualification (ACA, ACCA, ACMA, or similar). IT literacy is essential (Excel, accounting software) and experience in the independent education sector or charity accounting would be an advantage. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate. Closing date: Fri., 25 Feb.\i \Letter of application, full CV and details of two referees should be sent to Lynne Doherty, Secretary to the Bursar, Magdalen College School, Oxford, OX4 1DZ. Tel.: 01865 242191. Email:

Mansfield College is seeking to appoint an SCR and Hall Steward to oversee the provision of a quality service to the SCR, and to provide support to the College's rapidly growing conference and events business. The College has a well-earned reputation for its catering provision and the College's Victorian buildings and associated accommodation provide a popular venue for conferences, events, and weddings. Salary: £18,000, plus annual conference bonus and other benefits. Applications should be returned by Mon., 28 Feb. Further details are available from the Bursarial Assistant, Mansfield College. Email: Tel.: 01865 282888.

Au pair required, Apr.–mid-July. After-school care for 7- and 5-year-old. Medical professor's family in Central North Oxford. Preferably over 21 with some child care experience. Mother speaks good French. Might suit postgraduate. Tel. 01865 512714.

Shop Manager, St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford. Excellent management and presentational flair with IT skills required. Twenty hours p.w., some weekend work. Salary: £9 p.h. Contact The Vicar, University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH. Email: Tel.: 01865 279111.

Caretaker required for much visited, central Oxford church. Involves cleaning, general maintenance, as well as setting up for concerts, meetings, and some gardening. Must be independent, reliable, and responsible. Pleasant working environment. Salary: £13,000 p.a. Contact The University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH. Email: Tel.: 01865 279111.

Host families wanted. Regent Oxford, an English UK-accredited language school, is looking for host families for executives (professional and business clients—special rates paid for en suite/private bathroom), and long- and short-stay adult students. We need warm, friendly hosts from different backgrounds, offering accommodation in Oxford. New host families are required due to expansion and ongoing upgrades of this vital service. Excellent payment rates. Contact Audrey, Accommodation Officer, on 01865 515566. Email:

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Houses to Let

Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Milton under Wychwood. Three-bed detached unfurnished bungalow. Available immediately for 6 months+. New kitchen, large lounge/dining room, family bathroom, cloakroom with \iw.c.\, washbasin. Fully double- glazed, wooden floors, full g.c.h., large garden, garage and off-road parking. For photos, maps, etc. please see £850 p.c.m. excl. council tax and utilities. Email: Tel.: 01993 830581.

Blenheim Estates—two properties available: 1.) Manor Farmhouse, Cassington. Refurbished Victorian stone built farmhouse in the centre of this popular village. This imposing 5-bedroom house backs onto open farmland. Many period features and outbuildings to the rear. Available now. 2.) Park Cottage, Blenheim. Semi- detached cottage undergoing full refurbishment. Three bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, garden and garage. Available in Apr. For further information, visit our website on or contact Dennis Murphy on 01993 810504 or

Farmhouse in Canada. Delightful 19th century Ontario farmhouse to let Sept. 05–June 06. Two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, lounge, and attached annexe with bedroom, lounge and bathroom. The property, in 65 acres of beautiful country, is totally secluded, providing ideal accommodation for an academic with family to study or write. Civilisation is only 15 min. away by car. Monthly charge $1,800 (\ic.\£800) negotiable. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email:

Summertown, Oxford. Four-bedroom terrace house with garden and all facilities available to let for up to 12 months from Aug. Close to bus routes, 1.5 miles from city centre, colleges, science area, and close to local schools and shops. Ideal for visiting academics with family. Will consider sharer lets. For further details contact Alison Madden on

Lovely 4-bedroom furnished town house in North Oxford. Would suit 4 n-s professional sharers or family. Redecorated, new g.c.h., double glazing. Bathroom, shower room, separate toilet. Fully-fitted modern kitchen with dishwasher. Washer/dryer, garden, one parking space. Convenient for city centre, A34/M40. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 750375 (office hours).

Central North Oxford. Lovely Victorian family house available from 1 Mar. Four bedrooms, two living rooms, study, large kitchen/dining room, bathroom, separate shower room, sunny secluded garden. Fitted kitchen, washing machine, dryer, c.h. Ideal for university, best primary schools, train and bus station, city centre, shops, cinemas, etc. Available unfurnished or partially furnished to suit. Non-smokers only. No pets. £2,000 p.c.m. (excl. utility bills and council tax). Tel.: 01865 557907.

Four-bedroom period stone house to let in Wheatley (3 miles east of Oxford). Two double, 2 single, 3 reception rooms, l bathroom, 1 shower room. Close to bus, shops, bank, post office, library, schools, etc. Easy access to A40 and M40. Two garages, walled garden, c.h., piano. Suit careful tenants, i.e. family or professionals. Non- smokers only. £1,200 p.c.m. References. Tel.: 01243 528654.

Thorncliffe Road. Victorian family house, four bedrooms with rear garden and parking. Available Mar. £1,350 p.c.m. Property reference 2792. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

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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: two lovely ground floor flats, fully furnished, each with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Flat 1 (recently refurbished to a high standard) is available at the end of March. Flat 2 is available now. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Summertown. Furnished, self-contained ground floor flat in detached house in quiet cul-de-sac, available immediately. Double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom. Shared use of gardens, parking space. £500 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 516491. Email:

North Parade. Charming fully-furnished 1-bedroom flat in the heart of North Oxford. Available Mar. £700 p.m. Tel.: 01865 513816 (weekdays). Email:

New loft conversion in a semi-detached house in South Oxford, one mile from city centre. Overlooking open country from the back. Consists of one room including a kitchenette and a separate shower room. Fully furnished and equipped with a microwave, hob and utensils. Suitable for a single person. £475 p.c.m including bills except for telephone (own telephone line) and council tax. Contact Dr. O'Brien on 01865 728 111. Email:

Central North Oxford. Two-bedroom apartment available in Russell Court, available furnished with a garage. An ideal location for an academic, within walking distance of the city centre and University departments. Available Mar. £800 p.c.m. Property reference 2103. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

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Vacation Let

Traditional Cotswold family house in the historic centre of Eynsham, pretty and functioning village 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 reception rooms (2 with open hearths, the third with wood-burning stove), study with internet connection, kitchen, dining room, utility room, garden. Renovated to high standard with all mod. cons. Excellent 24 hr bus service to Oxford. Available mid-July to end of Aug. Perfect for visiting academic family. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home). Email:

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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. Email:

St Margaret's Road, North Oxford. Spacious room in Victorian house available from 1 Mar. Would suit quiet female academic. Bathroom and kitchen shared with one other (f). £350 p.c.m. incl. Tel. 01865 554977.

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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Self-catering Apartments

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

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Accommodation Sought

Home exchange: Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Exchange sought by couple for sabbatical leave in Oxford area, Jan.–July 2006. Beach front, modern home within one hour's access of Wellington (by car or train) and Palmerston north (by car). Three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, three large living areas, plus outdoor living spaces. Willing to negotiate car swap. Contact Annette Beasley:

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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: Web site:

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 Email : Fax : +30 24240 23057.

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- Further details on

Tuscany. Family-owned wine estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese. Offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, 30 min. to central Florence. Contact: Tel/Fax (0039) 055 824 9120. Email:

Carefully converted farmhouse in South West France (Tarn-et- Garonne) available for several periods May–Sept. Tranquil but accessible. Accommodates six plus baby. Swimming pool and attractive outside sitting areas. Modern facilities and excellent local support. Barbecue, wood burning stove and c.h. all available. Discounts negotiable for University members and longer lets. Details from and queries to

Holiday house in Catalonia. Well appointed house in the unspoilt village of Regencós (65 miles north-east of Barcelona). The house has two self- contained flats, each comprising double bedroom, twin bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and lounge/diner. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views. Superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. Spanish maid visits every Sunday. £400 p.w., £750 per fortnight, £1,400 per 4-week period. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email:

Tuscany. A handpicked selection of holiday accommodation in Tuscany, including luxury villas with staff, medieval castles surrounded by estate vineyards, beautiful farmhouses with private pools and pretty country apartments set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Italy.

Geneva area, Département de l'Ain. Located between the Alps and Jura in the village of Ferney-Voltaire, this sunny ground-floor apartment in a Provence- style house is available for short stays. Featuring an open plan fully-equipped kitchen (crockery included), dining room and sitting room, separate en suite double bedroom (linen provided), and small office. Nearby Voltaire's Chateau, 10 min. from the Palais des Nations and downtown Geneva (regular bus service), and 5 min. from Geneva airport. Suit one or two academics. Parking, telephone, high-speed internet connection, and immediate proximity to world class food and wine, skiing, hiking and lakes. Available for short lets (up to 8 weeks) from 23 Apr. at €250 p.w., €1,000 p.m. Non-smokers preferred. For more details and photos, ring 01865 557 351 or email

Tuscany, Maremma. Detached house surrounded by farmland. Sleeps 4–6. Fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room with fireplace leading to portico ideal for outside dining, c.h. Ten min. from shops and range of beaches. Rome, Pisa, Florence, Siena, each within 2 hours' drive. Etruscan and Roman sites. Easy access to Tuscan Archipelago. Tel.: 0117 3157104. Email:

Two properties: 1.) Umbria, Assisi National Park. Traditional stone villa with oak beams fountain and terraced garden. Superb views, wild life, quiet, own road, car essential. Two double bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, large bathroom. 2.) Lombardia, Lake Como. Village house apartment closely overlooking the lake. Double bedroom, dining/sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, loggia. Boat landing-stages nearby. 30 min. Como city. £350 p.w./£650 p. fortnight for either let, plus returnable deposit. Tel.: 01865 768775.

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

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

Lot, South West France. Restored barn to let. Sleeps 6. All amenities. Quiet peaceful location, a short distance from river with stunning scenery, canoeing, etc. Also many caves nearby with Neolithic wall paintings, underground lake, etc. Swimming pool complex less than 1 km from house in open country location. Small, busy but picturesque medieval town approx. 5 miles away. Tel. 01865 241531 or email

Tuscany, near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse, sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms, own 15m pool. Wonderful position on a hillside surrounded by fields. Pisa airport 1 hour, Florence about 1 ½ hours, beach 1 hour. For more information contact Sarah Briant on 01869 331566.

N. Spain, Picos de Europa. Very comfortable, spacious and well equipped self-catering apartments for 2 people. Twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living/dining area. Private terrace or balcony with magnificent views. Perfect walking, bird-watching, wildflowers. Phone Suzanne Strevens (0034) 942 735102, email or see details on

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170'£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1 ¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 561013046, for photographs and more information.

Barga, Tuscany. Charming 2-bed, 2-bath cottage (sleeps 4) in hills overlooking Garfagnana valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views and surrounded by vines and olives. Five min. from bustling market town of Barga offering cultural events, swimming, sports, and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. For prices, availability, details, and photos please contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 541147 or email

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Timber cottage deep in a sleepy, 'end of the road' forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. The wildlife is rich enough to sustain several hundred wolves, bears, and eagles. But there is more to Slovakia than forests. Medieval towns and fortifications on the UNESCO World Heritage list, spas once visited by royalty, new leisure centres, tennis courts, swimming pools...

Mount Tavy Cottage, Tavistock, Devon. B&B and self-catering apartments. A 250-year-old former gardener's cottage set in 10 acres of land, which includes a lake, organic walled garden, cider orchard and bee hives. Located only 10 min. walk away from the boundary of Dartmoor National Park and the picturesque town centre of Tavistock. One hour away from the Eden Project and Cornish beaches. Tel.: 01822 614253.

Greece. House in Peloponnese. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Spacious terraces. View over bay and countryside. Very well equipped. Own garden. Swimming pool and tennis court close by. Village and beach 1 km. Good fish tavernas. Epidavros, Mycanae, and Nauplia within easy driving distance. £300 p.w. Tel.: 01865 243641 Email:

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Houses for Sale

Detached house, integral garage, close to Matthew Arnold School, Cumnor. Built 1959, refurbished and extended by Oxford Architects' Partnership with Kingerlee Builders late 1980s. Versatile accommodation: 3 (easily 4) bedrooms, large lounge, dining room, well-equipped kitchen/breakfast, 2 bathrooms, utility/shower, cloakroom. Built- in bookcases, spacious storage. Secluded S.E. rear garden, semi-woodland. Ample front drive parking. Solar panels. Offers around £399,000. Appointment 01865 864450 or 07813 502491.

Tuscany. One-bedroom, 13th century stone house on three floors in pretty hilltop village on the edge of Chianti. Kitchen, bathroom with shower, large living room with open fireplace, mezzanine floor with double bedroom. Beams and terracotta floors. Adjacent large basement. Stunning views all around the village. Twenty minutes to Siena, close to hot thermal spas. Price €125,000 (approx. £86,000). Email info@rent-a-villa-in- Tel.: 0039 329 7441024.

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Flat for Sale

Central Paris. Completely renovated two-bedroom, third floor apartment in sought-after area on the edge of 5e and 13 e quarters. Quiet, courtyard location. Open plan, well-equipped, modern kitchen/diner, double shower room, cellar. Original features include marble fireplaces and parquet flooring. Lovely area, excellent transport links, close to Jardin des Plantes and rue Mouffetard. Excellent investment and superb rental location. Monthly rental income €940. Furnishings included. €225,000. Tel: 01729 822986. Email: n

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For Sale

Books for sale: 1.) 'Anthology of Chinese Literary Essays' (translated to English). Please visit 2.) 'The Philosophy of Mechanics'. Please visit