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Oxford University Gazette, 19 May 2005: Advertisements

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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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. 20 May, Prof. R. Watling, 'From global warming to AIDS: the role of fungi in current affairs'; 27 May, P. Booth, 'The Oxford region in the Roman period'; 3 June, P. Lund, 'The history of Binsey'; 10 June, S. Marner, 'Ferdinand Bauer (1760–1826): 'the Leonardo of natural history illustrations''; 17 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. 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 breaking of the twenty-first century: 26 May, H. Zomlot, 'Palestine: new realities'; 2 June, Dr M. Allen, 'Loading God's dice: weather risk and climate change'; 9 June, J. Glennie, 'From charity to justice: the future of the UK debt campaign'; 16 June, Sir Richard Evans, 'Whither China?' 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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Meco Monthly Forum. Sun., 22 May, 3 p.m., Summertown Church Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads. The Revd David Paterson, former vicar of Loughborough, will lecture on and lead a discussion entitled 'Judaism, Christianity and Islam as Agents of Justice and Peace'. Free admission. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information please call 01865 439805 / 766032. Email:

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Sat., 14 May at 7.30 p.m., St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford. Oxford Studio Orchestra plays Wagner, 'Good Friday Music' (Parsifal); Tchaikovsky, 'Fantasy-Overture' (Romeo & Juliet); Beethoven, 'Emperor Concerto' (piano: Tallis Barker). Conductor: Christopher Fletcher-Campbell. Tickets at the door: £7 (concessions £5).

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Plant Power Festival 2005

Explore the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the world of plants and how we use them at this year's series of festival days. We have commissioned five artists with the support of Arts Council England to create pieces of artwork that will reveal interesting and unusual ways in which we use plants. Each of our artists will respond to the five festival themes. Sat., 18 June, 'Plants that cure us'; Sat., 23 July, 'Plants that entertain us'; Sat., 20 Aug., 'Plants that feed us'. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults: £2.60, children in full-time education free (must be accompanied by an adult). Tel.: 01865 286690.

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General Suppliers Exhibition

Put a name to that face on the phone! Repeating the success of the last 2 years, please note that this year's event will be held on Thurs., 26 May at Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh's College, with around 40 mainstream suppliers. Please book the date in your diary. Entrance is free with doors open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free buffet lunch provided. All members of the University and Colleges' staff are most welcome. Please pre- register with our external organizers at

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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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Cafe Zouk

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

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Antiques Bought and Sold

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

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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

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

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

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

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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Domestic Services

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.

Abstracts due? Superior childcare offered. OFSTED registered/Oxbridge educated childminder and former teacher has flexible part-time places in newly established, well-equipped city centre playroom. Walking distance to colleges, easy parking. Can collect from OHS. Crafts, music, snack and active games, sibling rates available. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tel.: 01865 240728 for appointment.

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Situations Vacant

Hertford College wishes to appoint an Assistant Librarian to work part-time in the college library. The post is available from early Sept. for up to 14 hours p.w., during three extended university terms. Some flexibility to fit in with school hours would be considered. Familiarity with OLIS as a cataloguer with a working knowledge of AACR would be an advantage. Salary is on Clerical and Library grade 3 (£13,953–£16,071 pro rata). Closing date: Fri., 27 May. For further particulars please contact the College Librarian, Hertford College, Oxford OX1 3BW. Tel: 01865 279409. Email:

Harvest worker required Aug.–Sept. for farm near Nettlebed, Oxon. Suit undergraduate for Long Vac. Licence and experience of tractor driving essential. Phone Dave Young on 07831 198376 or 01491 641552.

Stanford University Centre in Oxford. Required for Sept., a part-time Student Services Assistant. Duties will include providing reception cover, administration of student services, and clerical support to the Director and Administrator. Stanford is a well- known American university for which the Programme in Oxford offers 47 students the opportunity to study here as part of their degree course. Closing date: 10 June. Full particulars may be obtained from the Administrator on 01865 251193 or

Oriel College requires an Academic Assistant (Current and Former Students). The postholder will assist with the administration of all academic affairs relating to current and former undergraduate and postgraduate students. The postholder should be educated to at least A-Level standard and will preferably have a University degree. S/he should have at least 2–3 years' administrative experience, as well as a strong interest in and awareness of Higher Education issues. Previous administrative experience in an educational institution would be an advantage. Excellent organisational and time management skills are essential, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills. Strong IT skills are also essential and the postholder should be a proficient user of standard Microsoft packages and have experience of using databases. The position is offered as a jobshare at 22½ hours (3 days) p.w. Salary: £18,537–£25,699 p.a. pro rata (Clerical Grade C5). In addition to the stated rate of pay, the position carries an excellent benefits package. Application packs are available from Mark Robertson. Closing date: Fri., 27 May. Tel: 01865 286538. Email:

St Anne's College requires a Development Assistant in the Development Office, which is responsible for fundraising and alumni/ae relations. The successful candidate will be a good communicator, with proven IT and administrative skills, and the ability to work effectively to meet deadlines. Efficiency and enthusiasm are the most important qualities for this job. Salary: £13,953–£16,071 p.a. (Clerical & Library Grade 3). The position is offered on a full-time basis (36.25 hours p.w.). St. Anne's College is an equal opportunities employer. Further details may be obtained from or from Zoe Sparrowhawk, Human Resources Officer, St Anne's College, Oxford OX2 6HS, to whom letters of application, together with a CV and the full contact details of two referees should be sent to arrive no later than Fri., 27 May. Tel: 01865 274840. Email: zoe.sparrowhawk@st-

Linacre College invites applications for maternity cover for our part- time Development Assistant from 18 July to 31 Dec. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and written skills, be competent in the areas of word-processing, Excel spreadsheets and Access databases and be well-organised and outgoing. In addition, s/he will have a good understanding of the aims of a Development Office and be able to fit into a small, friendly working environment. The post is 20 hours p.w., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. over five mornings. Salary: £14,346 pro rata (Clerical Grade 3). Closing date: Wed., 1 June. For further information, and application form, please contact Dr Anne Keene, Director of Development, Linacre College, Oxford, OX1 3JA. Tel.: 01865 271671. Email:

New College School requires an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher for Jan. 2006 to teach Mathematics, Science, and Sport. Closing date: Fri., 27 May. Please apply to The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford OX1 3UA. Tel: 01865 243657. Email:

Conference Secretary to the Ditchley Foundation. Requirements: ability to handle, under supervision, up to six conferences at one time and work efficiently with initiative and attention to detail; excellent organisational and secretarial skills; a high level of IT competence including Word, Excel and database management; a pleasant and diplomatic telephone manner and general reception skills, and a good sense of humour. The successful applicant will ideally have had responsibility for organising events and be used to dealing with minor crises and changes of plan. Knowledge of protocol and dealing with people at a senior level is desirable. The Foundation is based at Ditchley Park, a Georgian Mansion adapted to a 41-bedroom conference centre and located 12 miles north-west of Oxford. Salary negotiable, excellent conditions of service, incl. 6 weeks' holiday. For more details contact the Bursar on 01608-677346 or

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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 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:

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terrace cottage in quiet residential street. Two bedrooms, bath, shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. Nicely modernised, close to good primary school, shops, walking distance station, colleges, city centre. To let completely furnished, china, linen, etc. Ideal for sabbatical. All inclusive (except phone), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Oct. 2005 to June 2006, flexible. Owner teaches in London wintertime. Details

Central North Oxford. Short-term let. Four-bedroom house in ideal location: Frenchay Road (Waterways), near canal/Port Meadow. Very quiet. Immaculate condition (newly decorated). Beautiful kitchen; all mod. cons. Two bathrooms, living room, study, off-road parking. West-facing garden. Available 19 June–5 Oct. (or part thereof). £1,600 p.m. inclusive. Suit family or professionals. Tel.: 07906 586548. Email:

Comfortable family house in Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. Close to Summertown shops and easy bus access to the university. Fully furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. Three bedrooms, study, large living room, kitchen and bathroom, g.c.h. Ideal for a visiting academic. Available from Sept. for 12 months. £1,100 p.m. (excl. local council tax). Contact Dr. Max Peberdy at

Moreton Road, North Oxford. Four-bedroom house from Aug. Lovely furnished house in residential area, close to schools, shops, sports centre. One mile from centre. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further double bedrooms and single bedroom, family bathroom, shower room with bidet. Open plan sitting room with sunny south-facing dining area. Further reception. Fully-fitted kitchen. Utility room. Off-street parking. Garden. £1,875 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 554142. Email:

Charming, newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage available for rent in the village of Bampton, near Witney. Unfurnished but including fully-fitted kitchen with white goods, good-sized garden and garage. £700 p.c.m. Available immediately. Please contact Kerry Le-Galloudec at or telephone 01865 (2)79713.

Charming, newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage available for rent in the village of Bampton, near Witney. Unfurnished, but including fully-fitted kitchen with white goods, good sized garden and garage. £700 p.c.m. Available now. Please contact Kerry Le-Galloudec at or telephone 01865 279713.

Marriott Close, North Oxford. Un/part furnished, 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Five min. walk from bus route direct to city centre. No smokers or pets. Available mid-June. £750 p.c.m. Contact or ring 01865 841119.

Available May or early June, a 3-bedroom detached house in Kidlington (with garden). In good condition, part furnished, utility area, garage, and off- street parking. Full refurbishment completed. Looking to let for 12 months or longer, with garden upkeep. Suit academic with family. £1,300 p.c.m., plus bills. Rates and all services to be paid by tenant. To view telephone: 01993 811434 (day) or 01993 812215 (evening).

Central Oxford. Two-bedroom modern terrace house with pleasant garden. Furnished and fully fitted to a high standard. G.c.h., washer/dryer, TV, video. Double bedroom and single bedroom/study. Ample storage space with ladder to attic. Secluded garden with lawn and barbecue. Own parking. Situated in quiet cul-de-sac behind Saïd Business School, 1 min. walk to rail station and within easy walking distance of most university departments and city centre. Available from 4 July for min. 7 months. £975 p.c.m. Please contact Mr I. Macdonald. Tel.: 01865 421234 or email

Watlington; 15 miles east of Oxford, close to J6 M40. A pretty, small town on the edge of the Chilterns: population not much changed since the Black Death. Large 5-bedroom rambling Edwardian house with pleasant garden, furnished in comfortable/eclectic manner (incl. 5,000 books). Two bathrooms, shower room, 4 large reception, kitchen, etc. Available to let from June for 6 months or so. About £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: 01491 612312. Email

Four-bedroom house in pleasant area. Garden, garage, easy access to the centre. £1,200 p.m.; utilities not included; 12-month lease preferred. References required. Tel.: 01527 579463. Email:

Two properties: 1.) Superbly-located 3-bedroom house with a garage and driveway in the picturesque village of Sandford on Thames. £1,150 p.c.m. Reference 3038. 2.) Oakthorpe Road. Four-bedroom family house available immediately. Excellent location for the North Oxford schools and amenities of Summertown. £1,400 p.c.m. Reference 4075. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

Recently refurbished, unfurnished family house to rent in Eynsham village, 7 miles from Oxford. Georgian town house comprising 3–4 double bedrooms, sitting room, bathroom, second toilet, dining room, kitchen, utility room, plus small garden and outhouse. Village boasts excellent bus service, shops, great butcher, fabulous deli, restaurants, chemist, surgery, library, schools, and rural walks. Families only, no sub-lets. Available mid-June. Further details from Tei Williams on 020 8964 5289.

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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, fully furnished, with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available from Aug. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

First-floor period flat in Central Oxford with parking. Brilliant location, in a quiet lane minutes from the bus/train station, shops, Bodleian, Phoenix cinema, Oxford's very own farm shop and riverside walks. Ducks, drakes, leafy views; charmingly furnished to high standard; airy light rooms, balcony and garden. C.h., contemporary kitchen, 1 double bed (but room for guest), nice bath, quiet study/living room. Perfect for n-s academic/writer. Excellent references required. £800 p.c.m. Available from mid- July for 1 year (renewable). Contact Ann White on 01865 242634.

South of France. Lovely apartment for rent. Centre-ville Pau, close to Pyrenees and Biarritz. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Available summer/between terms/academic year—conditions flexible. Digital pictures available. Email: Tel.: USA +919 967-2245.

North Oxford . Two-bedroom, fully-furnished flat to rent on Banbury Road, near Cutteslowe Park. Available from July. For further information, please call 01865 510556 or 07812 211043. Email:

One-bedroom apartments available at rents starting from £575 p.c.m. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011 or view our website for our full property listing:

Renaissance Park, North Way, Headington (ideal location for central Oxford and transport links to London). Brand new second-floor 2-bedroom flat with carport and fine views. Available July. £825 p.c.m. Would suit professional(s). References required. Regret no smokers, no pets. Tel.: 01784 432434.

North Oxford . Luxurious, furnished ground floor flat with double bedroom, large sitting room, dining room and separate garden with private terrace. Modern kitchen with all amenities. Lovely location, few min. walk from Port Meadow. Available now at £1,050 p.m., plus utilities. Tel./Fax: 01865 559614 or 07803 607112 (mobile).

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Vacation Lets

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms (two doubles), c.h., large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully-equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1: large bath, bidet and wc. Bathroom 2: shower and wc. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, two bicycles. Available nearly eight weeks, from Fri., 8 July–Th., 1 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193. Email:

Spacious 6-bedroom, 2-bathroom house (sleeps 10) on four floors with garden backing onto canal and overlooking fields, available July–Sept. Near city centre, colleges, and all amenities. Off-road parking. £495 p.w. Tel.: 01865 288120. Email:

Summertown, Oxford. Spacious 4-bedroom (2 double, 2 single) furnished house and garden available for rent from mid-July to mid-Sept. 1.5 miles to city centre. Frequent buses. Two min. from Summertown shops. Study. Broadband connection. Good rates offered for holiday period. For details, email or call 01865 514998.

Summertown, North Oxford. House to let over the summer holidays (30 July–30 Aug.). Three-bedroom terrace house in Middle Way, 2 min. from shops and main buses. £1,100 for whole period. Tel.: 07796 695036. Email:

Holiday let in heart of Old Marston; 1 ½ miles from centre of Oxford. Enchanting stone cottage with secluded front garden. Patio table and chairs. Comfortable living room with beams and open fireplace. Window seat. Modern, well- equipped kitchen. Original winding staircase to two bedrooms, one large double with window seat, one twin. Bathroom/wc with shower. Available 4 June from £550 p.w. Tel.: 01785 851161.

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Accommodation Offered

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

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

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

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:

Keep your independence with support at Brian Lewis House, Oxford. En suite rooms for nine elderly residents, lovely garden, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House has a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. Four- day or longer respite care breaks sometimes available. For details contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or

Marston. Furnished room to let in spacious house, sharing with friendly professional (f/28). Cosy living room, dining room/study, small kitchen, bathroom (shower and bath). Large garden. Very close to shops, bus stops; near University Parks and JR Hospital. Suit quiet, n-s female academic/professional. Available from 1 Sept. to late May. £350 p.m. plus bills and council tax. For further details, please call 01865 242049. Email:

Large double room in quiet furnished terrace house. Situated just off the Botley Road; 10 min. walk to the town centre and railway station. To share with one other postgraduate. Available 1 June for 9 months. £437 p.c.m. (excl.) Please email Jonathan at

Central North Oxford. One-bedroom accommodation in charming location, 10 min. walk from city centre. Bedroom/study, bathroom and well equipped kitchen. Best suited to n-s mature professional or visiting academic. Shops and other amenities very accessible. Available Sept.–June 2006 at £600 p.c.m. Tel: 01865 515344 or email

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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: Email:

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Office Accommodation

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

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Accommodation Sought

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 email us: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

Quiet couple of academic visitors looking for 1-bedroom flat from 1 June or alternatively from mid-Aug. for one year. Please contact 07862 299865 or write to

House-sitter. Going away? Responsible, reliable, experienced house- sitter for academics, doctors, and lawyers. Impeccable references. Can manage gardens, plants, and pets as well. Available from June for next academic year for short or, preferably, long term stay. Contact Kim (quiet, n-s D.Phil/Librarian) on or 07939 242311.

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Holiday Lets

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

Paris apartment available in New Year for short or longer stays in July and Aug.: 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. Linen and cleaning provided. Three nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 p.w. or £950 p.c.m. for members of the University. (Non-member rates: £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). Contact Dr J.J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or email:

Italy. Lovely, small, sunny village house (historic centre), 45 min. to Rome by bus/train (frequent service). Suitable for max. 2 n-s people. Fully furnished, linen, duvets etc. provided. You need take nothing. Very quiet, ideal for study. £300 p.m. (plus bills, which amount to very little). Ideally for at least one month or more. Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441.

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. Two spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Still some availability for this summer. 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. Convenient 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 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. N-s only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £245 p.w. Please contact 01527 541360.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in 4 acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five en suite guest rooms, 3 with fireplaces, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €50 p.p. per night, incl. breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233 170045, or see www.le-castel-

Southwest France. Between Albi and the medieval bastide town of Cordes, lovely 100-year old stone farmhouse on edge of village in the Tarn's 'Golden Triangle'. Six-acre grounds, 15 m. swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large well-equipped kitchen, separate wc/utility room. Sleeps eight. Fully serviced. Several airports within easy reach. Call 0033 563 561 885 or email for details.

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Timber cottage deep in a sleepy, 'end-of- the-road' forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is covered by forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. Near a medieval town on the UNESCO World Heritage list and close to a spa once frequented by royalty, a leisure centre, tennis courts, swimming pools... Sleeps 4–6, two bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom. Cottage from £250–£390 p.w. Tel.: 01844 339754.

Mallorca. One hour from Palma, a 19th century family house in medieval town. With two acres of landscaped gardens, orchards and spectacular swimming pool. Twelve min. drive to beaches, golf, tennis and national park. Five min. walk to shops and restaurants. Nearby walking on peninsular national park for bird-watching and hidden coves. Sleeps 2–10 (four bathrooms), from £1,000 p.w. Email: or call 07831 727200.

Apulia (Italy). Seventeenth-century restored 'trulli' on charming hills, views of vineyard and Mediterranean woods. Area of geological, historical and architectural interest; 10 min. from picturesque town of Alberobello and 10 min. from the sea. Ideal for lively and inspirational holiday. B&B in fully-furnished flats: Flat A (sleeps up to 5): £560–£790 p.w.; Flats B or C (up to 3): £350–£510 p.w. Discounts available for long lets. Email:

The Lake District. Brinklow Cottage in Braithwaite. Braithwaite is a walker's paradise, sitting at the foot of Whinlatter Forest (Osprey home) with Grisedale Pike towering behind and views of Skiddaw and Derwent Valley. This compact, comfortable and affordable cottage accommodates two and will appeal equally to the young and old. Tariff is £160–£280 p.w. (changeover day is on Sat.). Email: Tel.: 01768 778524.

Pembrokeshire. Bungalow in a wonderful location between the foothills of the Preseli mountains and the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Fully furnished, with all modern appliances, but bed linen and towels are not supplied. Accommodates 5. £35 per night. Part weeks acceptable outside school holidays. Well-behaved animals welcome. For more details, email or phone 01239 841223.

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Houses for Sale

Recently renovated, large semi-detached house (just 5 min. walk from Saïd Business School) for sale. The house has 4 bedrooms, two receptions, two bathrooms and a new kitchen; it is immaculate throughout. In the rear south-facing garden there is a large self-contained studio suitable for an office/games room. Viewing is essential to appreciate its full potential. Asking price: £385,000. Tel.: 07711 675056.

Dordogne, France. Set in a quiet and pretty country hamlet, this traditional farmhouse has been renovated with taste. Two living rooms with old stone fireplaces, five bedrooms, two bathrooms. Barn, outbuildings and cellar attached to house. New roof and c.h. Large garden, orchard, 1.5 ha of meadow. Another detached barn to be renovated. €340,000. Contact Dr Motard on 01865 771614 or 079 6938 1922. Email:

Delightful 18th century stone cottage. Recently renovated throughout. Idyllic, friendly village, 8 miles London side of Oxford. Sitting room: open fire, exposed beams. Large, inviting kitchen/dining room; custom-made fitted timber units/shelving. Two double bedrooms. Bright bathroom: modern, classic roll-top bath, wood-effect floor, spots, wall-lights. Attractive, secluded, south-facing courtyard garden (peaches, grapes). G.c.h. Regular Oxford bus. OIEO £295,000. Tel.: 01844 278166. Email:

Excellent family home. Four- (double-) bed semi, two reception, kitchen, bathroom, two separate wcs, g.c.h., windows mainly double glazed. Garage and standing space for one car. Reasonable size garden. In cul-de-sac near JR Hospital; convenient for other hospitals. Walking distance to Oxford Brookes, Headington shops, schools, and buses (incl. London services). Easy cycle ride to Science Area and to centre of Oxford. No chain. £450,000. Tel.: 01865 761530 (answer phone). n

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