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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.

The Welcome Party will be held in the Clubrooms on Sun., 2 Nov., from 5 to 6.30 p.m. Newcomers, husbands, partners and children are all welcome. Please book with the booking secretaries.

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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. 22 Oct., Professor G. Smith: Nanotechnology—friend or foe?; 29 Oct., Professor A. Chapman, The dinosaur man: Sir Richard Owen (1804–92) and the great lizards; 5 Nov., Dr E. Garman, Why we keep catching the flu and the search for a cure; 12 Nov., Dr D. Lowry, Cecil Rhodes: man and myth; 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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Volunteers Sought

Would you be willing to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? We are studying links between diet and heart disease. If you are healthy and aged 18–65 years, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Alex or Mary at OCDEM, Churchill Hospital. Tel.: 01865 857262. Email: enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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Lecture

MECO Monthly Lecture. Sun., 31 Oct. at 3 p.m. at Summertown Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads, North Oxford. Dr Karima Brooke, Muslim homeopathic practitioner, will speak on ■The medicine of Prophet Muhammad: lessons for today'. Following lecture and Q&A session, the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (MECO) provides a gratis iftar meal (to break the Ramadan fast). All welcome. R.S.V.P. Email: info@meco.org.uk. Tel.: 01865 766032.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The Art of Writing: 28 Oct., The splinter of ice, Veronica Stallwood; 4 Nov., Writing the past: an Oxford childhood, Charlotte Mendelson; 11 Nov., Writing a crime novel, P.D. James; 18 Nov., Working with three prime ministers and the rest of the world, Douglas Hurd; 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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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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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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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultant/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.

Proof-reading/copy-editing offered by experienced and published English graduate (First Class). Academic, business, general. Call Julie on 01865 451960 or email oxenglish@aol.com.

Blenheim House Creche. Quality childcare in a safe, happy and caring environment, for children aged 6 months to 4 years. Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. Places available from 2 sessions up to full time. Conveniently situated for Woodstock Road, Banbury Road, Lynams and Esporta. Open morning on Sat. 9 Oct., 9.30 a.m.–11.30 a.m. Call Mrs Susan Palmer on 01865 554526 or email susanpalmer.1@btopenworld.com.

Visit St Philip's Books at 82 St Aldates, Oxford (next to Reservoir Books). We specialise in rare and second-hand books in the humanities, especially theology and history, also literature and philosophy. Open Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5p.m. Free catalogues on request. Good prices paid for large or small collections. Please call Christopher Zealley on 01865 202182. www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

Hypnotherapy is a natural and gentle way to improve both your emotional and physical health. Symptoms treated include stress, insomnia, smoking, social phobias, fear of public speaking, overweight, IBS, migraines, psoriasis, and much more. To find out how hypnotherapy can help you, contact The Oxford Natural Health Centre's hypnotherapist Mark Witter MA PhD DHP on 07837 121539 or visit his website at www.markwitter.com.

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Situations Vacant

Research Associate. We are looking for a research associate to join the Bandolier team, based at the Churchill Hospital. The group conducts scientific research into the development and application of evidence- based methods (EBM) for research and practice. Additionally the group writes and produces the monthly journal cBandolier\ and associated website at www.ebandolier.com. You should be familiar with using evidence- based medicine techniques in the writing of systematic reviews and research papers, as well as computer literate, numerate and articulate. This post could be of interest to established EBM researchers or to scientists keen to broaden their areas of expertise. Further particulars of the post, initially a one-year contract which could be full- or part-time, are available from Maureen.McQuay@pru.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 225404.

Oxford Analytica is seeking an Asia-Pacific Editor/Analyst. The successful candidate will commission and edit analysis on the politics, economy and international relations of the Asia-Pacific 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. Preference will be given to candidates with special expertise on China, Japan and/or the Koreas. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford-based. Deadline: 5 Nov. CV and details of current salary to: Graham Hutchings, Editor, The Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, Oxford Analytica Ltd, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH. Email: ghutchings@oxford-analytica.com.

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Houses to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 764777. Email: info@qbman.co.uk.

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 4–5 bedroom family home to let from Christmas '04 to Aug. '05. Family are going abroad for sabbatical. Large west-facing spacious garden with patio and beautiful surrounding trees. Three reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room and 2.5 bathrooms. House on west side of popular Woodstock road, overlooking St Edward's playing fields. Easy walking access to Summertown shops and into city centre (cycle path next to house). Port Meadow nearby. Email: douglas.wilkinson@nda.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 513688.

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street. Nicely modernised, two bedrooms, bath, shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. To let completely furnished, with china, linen, etc. Close to canal walks, good primary school, shops, and walking distance to station and city centre. Ideal for sabbatical. All inclusive (incl. council tax), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Nov. to June, flexible. Owner teaches in London in wintertime. Details: janet.bell@ucl.ac.uk.

Headington, Kiln Lane. Furnished and newly renovated 2–3 bedroom semi-detached house with c.h., kitchen, bathroom, lounge, dining room, garden, etc. Easy access for bus/car routes to city centre, university departments and the M40 to London. Close to shops, JR, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic hospitals. Would suit professional university or medical couple. Available for rent initially for 1 year, with renewal possible. No smokers or pets. References required. Available now. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact: 01865 735540.

Marston. Attractive, furnished, 4-bedroom semi-detached house in quiet cul-de-sac. Three sitting rooms, kitchen, upstairs bathroom, downstairs wc, g.c.h., all appliances. Lovely large garden and remote- control garage. Would suit visiting academic family. Five min. cycle to JR Hospital and 10 min. to city centre. Available for 1 year or longer from Dec. £950 p.c.m. plus bills. No smoking/pets, please. (Pictures of house also available). Contact: hui.liao@talk21.com/.

Central North Oxford. Considerate tenants sought for Victorian 2.5-bedroom house in desirable street within walking distance of all colleges, city centre, bus and train stations. Available from late Jan./early Feb. to end Aug. 05. Rent moderate (incl. all bills and council tax) in return for very occasional attention to low maintenance garden and 3 indoor plants., Would suit academic couple or two postgraduates. £850 p.m. No smokers or pets. Reference required. Please telephone/fax 01865 516142, preferably between 9–10 a.m. or 6–7 p.m.

Plantation Road, favoured street in Central North Oxford with easy access to city centre, shops, Port Meadow. Three-bedroom house with large basement, through reception room, kitchen and bathroom, front and rear garden, available immediately. £1,350 p.m. Tel.: 020 7727 7367.

Self-contained, fully-furnished cottage with large bedroom, living room with open fire, kitchen and bathroom on secluded farm the ■Oxford side' of Beckley/Otmoor. Available Dec.–April 05. Would suit academic visitor (couple) ideally with car or good bikes. £500 p.m. Tel.: 01865 358220. Email: fritz.vollrath@zoo.ox.ac.uk.

East Oxford. Characterful Victorian terrace, 2 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, attic study, garden. Part-furnished, available now. City centre 5–10 min. bus ride away. Parking on quiet road. £750 p.c.m. for one year with possible renewal. References required. Very sorry, no children or smokers. Email: alisonbentley@jazzmenagerie.freeserve.co.uk. Telephone: 01865 728775.

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Flats to Let

Woodstock Road. Large, bright, and airy 1-bedroom flat in private gated development. West-facing, overlooking school playing fields; very close to South Parade restaurants and Summertown shops. Furnished modern style, white goods included. Private parking. Fifty yards from bus stop, 5 min. to city centre. Available mid-Oct. £760 p.c.m. for one-year lease, possibility of renewal. Viewing highly recommended. Email: chrisfliss1@yahoo.co.uk. Tel.: 01235 444841. Mobile: 0794 6666759.

North Oxford . Small comfortable studio flat suitable for one person. Self-contained; kitchen contains new cooker, microwave, washing machine; full bathroom. £460 p.c.m. to include all utilities. Telephone line can be connected. Call 01865 558137.

Three-bedroom wing of Manor House to let. Self-contained, own entrance. Farmhouse kitchen, large sitting/dining room, study, cloakroom, bathroom. Fifteen miles north of Oxford. Quiet rural setting. Tel.: 01869 340358.

One-bedroom flat in stable conversion. Rural village 15 miles north of Oxford. Suit one studious tenant needing peace and quiet. Tel.: 01869 340358.

Wytham. Rare opportunity to rent this one-bedroom apartment within a courtyard setting, an ideal peaceful surrounding for an academic. Available immediately, £650 p.c.m. Telephone Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 2834. www.finders.co.uk.

Garden flat. Newly upgraded studio apartment with micro kitchen, use of beautiful garden and off-street parking. Rent inclusive of council tax and utilities. £550 p.c.m. Telephone Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 4402. www.finders.co.uk.

Rural retreat. Charming annexe in the peaceful and friendly village location of Kirtlington. £495 p.c.m. inclusive of council tax and water. Telephone Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 4193. www.finders.co.uk.

City limits. One-bedroom apartment with easy access to road networks. £595 p.c.m. inclusive of council tax. Telephone Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. Reference 4284. www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Attractive and quiet B&B. One minute to bus stop, close to river walks. £40 per night/£60 double; 15% discount for full week. Tel.: 01865 770501.

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.

Central North Oxford. Writer looking for lodger for decent-sized room in quiet, warm, dry house with en suite bathroom. Large fitted cupboards, desk and drawers, good lights, armchair, digital channel TV. Washing/drying facilities. Bed linen provided. Use of new kitchen, breakfast provided. Use of living room and pretty garden on canal when owner away. Suit quiet, responsible n-s professional/researcher/academic.Tel.: 01865 513281.

Room to let in period property in Old Marston. Set in a stunning location, this beautifully decorated home has many unique features. Tall applicants beware of low beams! Mod. cons., shared bathroom, cleaner, garden, and private parking. Close to city centre and JR. Short or long term lodger sought from 1 Nov. £460 p.c.m. incl. all bills. Tel.: 01865 250722.

House share (with one v. discreet person). Newly refurbished terrace house available in Jericho, Jan.–March 2005. In quiet street, 10 min. to centre. One double bedroom, own bathroom, study, sitting/dining rooms, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry/wc. Secluded garden. £500 p.c.m. incl. No smoking. Contact Joelle Mann at joellemann@onetel.com or ring 07930 452220.

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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.

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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.

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Houses for Sale

Temple Cowley, Oxford. Three-bedroom end terrace town house in popular development. Excellent bus and road access to central Oxford. Kitchen/diner, living room, cloakroom, bathroom (en suite), garage, well-stocked 40 ft rear garden. Five year NHBC warranty. No onward chain. Carpets/curtains incl. OIRO £269,950. Email: sarahd_hutch@yahoo.co.uk.

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly. Beautiful, fully-furnished three-storey farmhouse with all mod. cons. for sale. Set in 13 acres of farmland. Peaceful yet within 4 kms from Cerisy la Salle (local village); Saint-Lô, Coutance approx. 20 kms; Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room; gas cooker; separate electric oven; microwave; large fridge with separate freezer; g. c.h.; bathroom with w.c.; sitting room. First floor: music room (with grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with w.c.; gallery (suitable for office) that overlooks music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Possibility of building garage on field next to kitchen. £185,000. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on 00 33 2 33 45 52 16. Fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

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Retirement Flat for Sale

Two-bedroom apartment for retired people in Diamond Court, located just south of Summertown within easy walking distance of shops, post office and bus stops to central Oxford. Ready for occupancy. £235,000. Tel.: 0033 633 387996. n

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