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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.

A Christmas Fair will be held in the Clubrooms on Wed., 24 Nov., starting at 10.30am. Please support this event and bring your friends.

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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. 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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Oxford University Society Travel Programme 2005

The OUS Travel Programme 2005 has launched! Experience new places, enrich your knowledge and enjoy the company of other like-minded alumni. Most trips are accompanied by an expert Oxford scholar. You will be making a valuable contribution to OUS, as tour operators make a donation to us for each Oxonian traveller. For more information, please contact Cathy Tennent. Email: cathy.tennent@ousoc.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 288087. Alternatively, see our website: www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/travel.

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University of Oxford Shop

The University of Oxford Shop invites all University employees to Double Discount Weekend from Thurs., 2 Dec.–Sat., 4 Dec. Open 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. and until 6.30 p.m. Thurs. evening. Twenty per cent discount on production of a valid University staff card. (Personal purchases only.) Ideal for Christmas shopping! 106 High Street, Oxford (opposite Brasenose). Tel: 01865 247414. Email: shop@oushop.com.

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Lecture

Meco Monthly Lecture. Professor James Piscatori, Wadham College and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, will talk and lead an informed discussion on ■Reform and Renewal in Contemporary Islam' at 3 p.m., on Sun., 21 Nov. at the Summertown Hall, (corner Banbury & Portland Roads, North Oxford). All faiths welcome. Refreshments served. For details: Email: info@meco.org.uk Tel: (01865) 766032 / 424531.

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Concerts

Sat., 27 Nov. at 7.30 p.m., Oxford Town Hall. The Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera present: Vaughan Williams—A Sea Symphony (soloists: Patrizia Kwella, soprano; Christopher Parke, baritone), and Elgar—Sea Pictures (soloist: Sophia Grech, mezzo soprano). Conductor: Robert Secret. Disabled access provided, and a limited number of large-print programmes available. Tickets: £12/£10 (conc. £10/£8) from Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or on the door.

Sat., 27 Nov. at 8 p.m., St Mary the Virgin Church, High Street, Oxford. Schola Cantorum of Oxford presents a Christmas Concert with music by Bach, Elgar and Ligeti. Conductor: James Burton. Tickets: £10/£5 (concessions). Available at the door or email: info@schola-cantorum.net.

Thurs., 2 Dec. at 7.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Beethoven—Symphony No.9 in D minor, Choral op.125, and Handel—Zadok the Priest. Conductor: Nicholas Mumby. Tickets £10 (adults)/£5 (students) available from the door or the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The Art of Writing: 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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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).

Want to go broadband and don't know how? Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? We can put you on the Internet safely or do that little upgrade to your system. We have lots of experience of the Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no fix/no fee basis. Call MCC on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

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Tuition Offered

Dragon School, Oxford. 125th Anniversary Bursaries. Means-tested bursaries of up to 80% of day fees are available to support children of parents who cannot afford the full fees. Eligible boys or girls must have been born between 1 Sept. 1996 and 31 Aug. 1997 in order to enter Year 4 in Sept. 2005 as day pupils or boarders. Closing date: Tues., 14 Dec. Further details and application forms are available from the Registrar's Assistant, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS. Tel. 01865 315405. Email: admissions@dragonschool.org.

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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.

trong>Central North Oxford. Unique architect-designed mews house available immediately. In quiet lane off North Parade. Open sitting/dining room. Kitchen including dishwasher. First bedroom and second bedroom/study. Bathroom with bath and separate shower. Fully furnished to very high standard of comfort and style. G.c.h. with environmentally efficient boiler. Broadband internet access included. Perfect for academics/professionals. No pets/no smoking. Twelve months minimum. £1,500 p.c.m. Please call 01865 864959 and leave a message if the answer phone is on.

Central Oxford, Rewley Park. Modern 2-bedroom terrace house adjacent to the Saïd Business School and within easy walk of the University and city centre. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac near train station. Small garden with lawn and with patio. Fully-furnished and equipped to a high standard, carpeted throughout, g.c.h. Allocated parking. Available mid-December for a minimum of 6 months. £900 p.c.m. excl. council tax and utilities. Apply to Josephine and Ian. Tel.: 01865 421234. Email: josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk or macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Central North Oxford. Comfortable two-bedroom terrace house with c.h. and pleasant garden. Large living room, small study, cloakroom, and well-equipped kitchen on ground floor and 2 bedrooms and bathroom on first floor. Suitable visiting academics. One or two persons only. Available from 8 Jan. to mid-July 2005 (exact dates negotiable). Contact Mrs. Ockenden on 01865 512747 or email rosaleen@community.co.uk.

Semi-detached furnished house in Headington. Three bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, back garden, g.c.h. Kitchen has washer-drier, dishwasher. Quiet area, off-road parking, close to town centre, hospitals, bus stop. No smoking nor animals. £700 p.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 288147.

House for rent for up to six months from Jan./Feb. on the perimeter of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Fully furnished and equipped, large with 4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms and a swimming pool. Reasonable rent. Excellent public transport and schools. Contact: joan_preston@dezzanet.net.au or D. Jones, 29 Percivale Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 4TS.

Old Marston. House available from mid-Jan. to mid-Apr. Would suit family or professional couple. Two sitting rooms, study, 2 bathrooms, 3 available bedrooms, off-street parking, secluded garden. Close to city centre (12 min. by bicycle, also bus outside front door) and JR. Fully furnished, all appliances, as owners temporarily overseas. Private let to trustworthy people—references required. £1,000 p.c.m. (negotiable). Tel.: 01865 310702 or email edward.peters@uk.iofc.org.

North Oxford . Victorian 5-bedroom house, spacious sunny kitchen/dining room looking out onto south-facing garden, sitting room, g.c.h., off-street parking. Ideal location for University, hospitals, station, and schools. Available from Jan. No smokers/pets. Suit family. Tel.: 01865 790640 or 01865 279519.

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Flats to Let

North Oxford . Modern furnished flat on second (top) floor of purpose-built block in Osberton Road, Summertown. Fully furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils, crockery, etc. Washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, g.c.h., shower, garage, and garden use. Living room and two double bedrooms. Available now to non-smokers. £800 p.c.m. for a one-year lease with possibility of renewal. Email: binney@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

Fully-furnished studio flat with garage on the ground floor of Butler Close development, off Woodstock Road. Separate kitchen (with microwave, hob and fridge), bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Electric heating. Well-maintained communal gardens. Would suit graduate student looking for somewhere quiet. Available now for 3–6-month let. £500 p.c.m. Contact: juliabrookes@ntlworld.com.

East Oxford. Well presented self-contained 1-bedroom ground floor flat on a quiet residential road just off Iffley Road. Recently refurbished to a high standard. Conveniently located for excellent bus routes and close to local shops. Ideally suited to a single professional or visiting academic. Property benefits from one allocated parking space. Available now for a one-year lease or less. Unfurnished/part-furnished: £600/£620 p.c.m. (excl.). Phone to arrange a viewing on 07958 700 750 or email michelle@strubi.ox.ac.uk.

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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.

House sit. Responsible n-s person sought for North Oxford house over Christmas (16 Dec.–10 Jan.). Would suit graduate student. No rental or utilities charge, individual telephone calls will be charged. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

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: colejustine@yahoo.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 770501.

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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: 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.

Mature, 40-year old D.Phil. student seeking accommodation from Jan. 2005. One-year lease preferred, but will consider shorter periods of tenancy. Ideally looking to care for the property of an academic who is taking sabbatical or study leave. Non-smoker; references available. Tel.: 07876 353514.

Quiet, small 1-bedroom flat required for professional female. Long lease essential, preferably unfurnished. Situated in or near Oxford (on good bus/train route). Not until the new year. Email: gillianrathbone7@yahoo.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 513221.

Summertown, North Oxford. Builders coming in—we want out! Family (two adults, two small children) looking for accommodation from end Jan. for approx. 5 months. Two–three bedroom flat or house would be ideal. Email: christopher.adam@economics.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 516544.

Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house sought for visiting academic couple from 1 Apr. for 2 months. North Oxford or Jericho area preferred but will consider other areas. Looking for short-term lease, or house swap for lovely 3-bedroom house in Melbourne. Contact: sophie.gibson@oxon.blackwellpublishing.com.

Third Year D.Phil married student couple seeks housesitting situation in Oxford or surrounding area beginning Dec., Jan. or Feb. References available upon request. Please email kevin.shortsleeve@english.ox.ac.uk, or call 01993 813109.

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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.

Apulia (Italy). Seventeenth century restored ■trulli' on charming hills, views of vineyard and Mediterranean woods, set in area of geological, historical and architectural interest. Ten min. from picturesque town of Alberobello, 10 min. from the sea. Ideal for lively and inspirational holiday. B&B in fully-furnished flat equipped with antique Italian pieces. Minibar, Sat. TV. Discounts available for long lets. Daily direct flights from London to Bari or Brindisi. Website with images of the interiors: www.vignaledipirro.com.

Tuscany. Have a memorable stay in the luxury Villa Bellosguardo, the place of your dreams: magnificent panorama terrace on to Chiusi and Trasimeno lakes and Tuscan and Umbrian hills; high class furniture, gorgeous garden and park, large heat pool, children's pool. It's ideal for your unforgettable Italian holiday. Email bellosguardo@tuscanyandworld.com or call 0039 3287133951. Website: www.villabellosguardo.com.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy. Tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the North Eastern coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden. Three double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living room. Only 10 min. by car from Porto Cervo, world- renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches. Close to wide range of activities (e.g. village market, restaurants, mountain trails, tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools). See http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk. Email: margareta@sanpantaleo.co.uk. Tel.: 0039 078965413.

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 http://freespace.virgin.net/gp.ck (no ■www'). Email: gp.ck@virgin.net. Tel.: 020 8699 8883. n

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