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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room, Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university are eligible for membership. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. 21 Jan., Dr Allan Chapman, Science Historian, ■The Jacobean Space Programme: wings, springs, and gunpowder'. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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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 http://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/oned ay/boatrace.shtml or phone Cathy Tennent on 01865 288087.

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Conference

W.G. Hoskins, Making of the English Landscape. 50th Anniversary Conference at Christ Church, Oxford, on Sat., 16 Apr., 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. Speakers include Dr Robert Peberdy on ■Hoskins' Early Life', Professor David Pullizer, ■Landscape of Towns', and Professor Charles Phyttian-Adams, ■Landscape History—Then and Now'. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Concert

Sun. 23 Jan. at 2.45 p.m: Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell Music Room. The prize-winning Sacconi String Quartet will play Shostakovich's 1st quartet in C, Barber's quartet in B minor, op. 11 and Beethoven's quartet in E flat, op. 74 ('The Harp'). Tickets (some are free to 8–22 year-olds) are available from the Playhouse on 01865 305305, www.ticketsoxford.com, or at the door.

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Book Sale: Oxford Studies In Islamic Art

The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East is holding a sale of books from the Oxford Studies in Islamic Art series of publications. Many of the books are available, for a very limited time, at a significantly reduced price. Some are soon to be very rare, since only a few copies remain and there are no plans to reprint. This is also the last opportunity to buy a complete set of OSIA—only three complete sets of this definitive series remain. Please note that books will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and this offer will either end or be revised on Tue., 1 Feb. For a full sale catalogue, please email david.griffiths@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 27 Jan., ■The sojourner in your midst', Fr Seraphim (Immigration Removal Centre Chaplain); 3 Feb., ■Loitering with intent', Revd Barry Wright (Metropolitan Police Chaplain); 10 Feb., ■Hang ■em and flog ■em', Revd David Little (Reading Prison Chaplain); 17 Feb., ■Down to the sea', Bishop Bill Down (Chaplain to Seafarers); 24 Feb., ■In at the sharp end', Revd Nick Fennemore (Hospital Chaplain); 3 March, ■The cure of one soul', Revd Michael Brierely (Bishop's Chaplain); 10 March, ■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. www.st-giles-church.org.

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Open Morning

D'Overbroeck's College, Independent Sixth Form & Leckford Place (age 11–16). Join us for our Open Morning on Sat., 5 Feb., from 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. for information on entry into the d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form and entry at age 11 or 13 into Leckford Place School— Oxford's new independent day school for girls and boys (part of d'Overbroeck's College). This is an informal event to give you an opportunity to meet our teaching staff and some of our current students. For further information about us, please contact the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit our website at www.doverbroecks.com.

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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).

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: 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).

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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.

Local Oxford lady available for housework/ironing. Total of eleven years experience: six years Summertown/Headington area, five years Oxfordshire country area. Excellent references available. University/education personnel especially welcome, short or long term. All replies answered. Kindly telephone 0781051342.

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Situations Vacant

The Institute of Leadership for Law and Society is looking for an organised and self-motivated Administrator/Office Manager to join a small team in establishing a new Institute for Leadership in Law and Society. The post holder will provide assistance to the Director and Executive Director in the strategic establishment, growth and maintenance of the Institute and will oversee the financial, administrative and operational aspects of running the Institute and its programmes. S/he will have first-rate organisational and communication skills with the ability to use good judgment as well as a thorough knowledge of computer and accounting programmes. The appointment is for a 36.5-hour week, with a generous holiday allowance. Salary range: £20,000–£23,000 p.a., depending on experience. Some responsibility for Institute programmes on weekends or evenings may also be required. For further particulars and an application form, contact Dr D. Sandler, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford. Email: deborah.sandler@csls.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 28423.

Tutors required for Adult Summer Schools 2005 and 2006—Children's Literature, Oxford History and Astronomy. Apply with CV to Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

Magdalen College School is looking for a Head of Development. The successful candidate will be an energetic and well-organised person and will head the Development Office and run our 525th anniversary Development Campaign. The Head of Development will work closely with the Master, governors and Development Committee to realise a campaign currently in an early but highly successful phase, develop fundraising, and foster alumni relations. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and fundraising experience, preferably in the area of major gifts. High standards of spoken and written communication will be essential. Salary: £35–£45k depending on experience. Letter of application, full CV and details of two referees should be sent to the Master by the closing date of Wed., 2 Feb. Interviews will be held on 10 and 11 Feb. Full details can be obtained from the Master's PA, Magdalen College School, Oxford, OX4 1DZ. Tel: 01865 242191 Email: master@mcsoxford.org.

Oxford Analytica is seeking an Africa Editor/Analyst. The successful candidate will commission and edit analysis on the African region for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. Candidates should have a firm grounding in the region, probably developed through a postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford-based. Deadline: 21 Jan. CV and details of current salary to: Sharr McCheyne Oxford Analytica Ltd, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH. Email: smccheyn@oxford-analytica.com.

Qualified nanny wanted, end of Feb., for two children aged 13 and 4. Flexible hours and good salary. References essential. Please call Doug and Tess on 01865 858215.

Housekeeper needed for retired professor. Free accommodation and car provided. Please tel. 01865 251602.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford (Jericho). Available 27 March or sooner for 1 year or less: fully-furnished, recently redecorated house, secluded garden. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes. Easy walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools and parks. Two bedrooms £1,250 p.m.; 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m. (incl. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Tel. J. Mackrell in Oxford (evenings or 7--8 a.m.), on: 01865 775567. Email: mackrelj@btopenworld.com. Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email: gaston@cyberus.ca.

Architect's Spelsbury bungalow, bought for its beautiful views and quiet end of lane position, converted from 3-bedroom to 1 to create very large living and dining areas; en suite WC, basin and walk-in wardrobe for bedroom; 5 French windows open onto terrace and rolling farmland towards Wychwood forest; kitchen with new cooker, fridge, washing machine; 2nd WC and basin in bathroom off hall; large storage cupboards; warm air c.h.; natural wood and white walls throughout; fully furnished; new large 24ft pyramidal conservatory with surrounding banquette seating—seats 12! Garden, parking, 1½ miles to BR station. £125 p.w. Tel.: 0207 7369744 or 07890289697.

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street, nicely modernised, walking distance city centre, station. Two bedrooms, bath with decent shower, all appliances, patio garden. To let fully furnished, china, linen, etc. March, April only, all incl. except phone. £1,300 p.c.m. Ideal for visiting academic. Please contact j.browne@ucl.ac.uk.

Delightful fully-furnished Victorian terrace. Two bedrooms, upstairs bathroom and garden. Quiet location in Marston, convenient for city centre and bus route to London. Available mid-Jan. for long/short term let. £795 p.m. Non-smokers only, no pets. Contact J. Willis on 01865 200410 or 07977 937007.

One-bedroom, fully-furnished cottage to let in Iffley village. Would suit visiting academic or mature student. One-minute walk to Iffley Lock and 10-minute cycle ride to City centre. £500 p.c.m. plus utilities. Please contact Tanya on 01865 401510 or email themos@nag.co.uk.

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.

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Flat to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: lovely ground floor flat, large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available now. Off- street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

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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. Email: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays in friendly home of female academic. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the university park. A good sized room with colour TV and microwave, shared kitchen, washing machine, and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. The owner is usually away during the vacations. Moderate terms. Email: Miriamoxford@yahoo.com.

Comfortable ground floor room overlooking lovely North Oxford garden in unique spacious flat with own entrance, en suite shower. Use of further study space in garden cabin, kitchen area and laundry as required. Would suit graduate D.Phil., visiting or overseas academic or visiting business person on regular assignment. Long lease (6 months renewable) offered. Non smoker only. References please. Email: steph@peopleworld.freeserve.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 511276.

Jericho. Medium-sized room to let, until the end of July. Available immediately. Kitchen, living room, bathroom shared with two others. Would suit friendly postgrad/postdoc. £330 p.c.m. Email: timwaters@fastmail.fm.

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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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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

Academic couple seeks rental or exchange, July and Aug. We need a 2-bedroom flat or house within walking distance of the University. Our home in Boston is a sunny, first-floor 2-bedroom apartment in Brookline, Mass., one block from Boston proper, with excellent access to all public transportation and major universities. Contact nicolerafter@yahoo.com.

Two or three-bedroom house or flat required for family of four (two adults, a toddler and a baby). Preferably in Oxford or nearby, for 2–3 months from mid-March, while our home is being renovated. Would be happy to rent or house-sit. Please contact Elizabeth or Colin. Tel.: 01865 847988 or email: xxa44@dial.pipex.co.uk.

Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house sought for visiting academic couple with 2 children for all (preferably) or part of July 2005, at walking distance from the centre of Oxford. Either short-term lease or house swap for a 3-bedroom flat in Paris. Call +33-145809661 or contact waquet@free.fr.

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Holiday Lets

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: website: www.golf-in-naples.com.

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 www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Fax : +30 24240 23057.

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 barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for details.

Two properties: 1.) Umbria, Assisi National Park. Traditional store villa with oak beams fountain and terraced garden. Superb views, wild life, quiet own road, car essential. Two double bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, 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 centre. £350 p.m./£650 p. fortnight for either let, plus returnable deposit. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Albi, Cordes, Gaillac triangle. Lovely private house with independent cottage, sleeps 12. Suits two families. Pool, tennis court. Twenty acres. Nearby wonderful village with restaurants, deli, boulangerie, etc. Games room, table tennis, snooker. Satellite TV, open fires, modern kitchen, all linen. Beautiful terrace, courtyard, orchard, gardens. Hoopoe, nightingales, nightjars. Woodland paths. Full domestic service available. Contact Judith on 01608 810299 (evening).

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Restored timber cottage in a sleepy, ■end of the road', forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is covered by forests, more than in Switzerland or Norway. One of the last places in Europe with wildlife rich enough to sustain bears, wolves and eagles. Near a spa that used to be frequented by European royalty, and close to a medieval town with fortifications on the UNESCO World Heritage list. www.SlovakCottages.com.

Take advantage of the weak dollar—spend winter, spring, summer on Maine coast. Shabby-chic four-bedroom, two-bath ocean-side summer home, winterised, available year round for writers, artists, etc. Perfect place for winter writing! Sorrento Maine is classic New England, liberal coastal community. http://www.downeast.net/sorrento/. Email: L.M.Handrahan- alumni@lse.ac.uk.

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 www.malcolmwarner.doctors.org.uk.

Cornwall, Trebetherick. Comfortable bungalow in lovely position overlooking Daymer Bay. Sleeps 8. Lets available in Apr., May, and June. Tel.: 01865 763161.

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Flats for Rent or for Sale

The Wyndham Housing Association offer self-contained 1-bedroom flats for retired people for sale or rent near the centre of Oxford. Our all-inclusive monthly charge includes 24-hour Warden cover, a cooked lunch and a light supper to each flat daily, as well as all heating, lighting and other important services. For further information, please contact: The Administrator, Wyndham House, Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JJ. Tel.: 01865 511239. n

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