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Oxford University Gazette, 24 March 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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Graduate Student Workshop

The OU Greek Society organises the Graduate Student Workshop 'Aegean Koinç. A diachronic approach to the Aegean World and its cultures: 3000 bc–ad 2000' (University of Oxford, Taylor Institute, on 22–23 Apr.). Keynote speakers: Professor Angelos Chaniotis (University of Heidelberg) and Professor Elizabeth Zachariadou (University of Crete). http://users.ox.ac.uk/~greeksoc/aegean/index.htm.

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Mayneord Phillips Summer School

The Mayneord Phillips Summer School will be held at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, from Sat., 3 July to Fri., 8 July, and will explore the rapidly emerging field of 'Ultrasound and Other Minimally Invasive Therapies'. The course is fully residential and will be given at postgraduate level. The faculty includes distinguished clinicians, medical physicists, and engineers from around the world. For further details, please contact valberry@utlltd.com or visit www.m-pss.org.

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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: schoolsec@summerfields.org.uk.

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Volunteers Needed

We are studying links between diet and heart disease. Would you like to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? If you are healthy and above 18 years, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Mary Chong at OCDEM, The Churchill Hospital, on 01865 857262 or email enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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Charity Event

Worcester College, 20 April. Savant Daniel Tammet returns to Oxford a year after setting a new British and European 'Pi in the Sky' record by using his incredible memory to recall the mathematical constant Pi to more than 22,500 decimal places. Daniel will be talking about his astonishing mental skills in aid of the National Society for Epilepsy. Call 01494 601410 for tickets (£7.50).

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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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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 six 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 Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association). One of our team members is a Deputy District Judge and two 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 Mark Phillips 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).

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

Do you have any books to sell? We provide a completely free service. Email details of the books you wish to sell in the form of a Word attachment and we will upload it onto the 'Books for Sale & Wanted'-page on our website free of charge. Make sure you add a contact email address to your document. Your buyer then deals with you direct. Contact us now at books@footstepstooxford.co.uk.

Personal Assistant. Is time often at a premium and could a professional with university experience assist you with diary management, help you organise conferences, greet your visitors or attend to telephone calls for you? Could a personal assistant check your emails, attend to correspondence, type articles or do library searches when you could be tackling another important job? Immediate availability. Please telephone 01865 378982 for more details.

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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.

Responsible Italian graduate student (26) would like to work as an au pair, preferably in Oxford. For a period from 6 months to 1 year, starting Apr. or May 2005 (dates flexible). Work experience with 'Save the Children' and WWF. Experience with children. Wide interests. References available. Contact Chiara Ciaschi on 0039 329 8017612 or chiaraciaschi@hotmail.com.

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Situations Vacant

Mandarin teaching job offered. Semi-beginners in Chinese Mandarin looking for a teacher (native Mandarin speaker only) for private course: 1–2 courses p.w. Knowledge of Pinyin required. Teaching experience preferred. Students welcome! Contact Estelle on 01865 552010 or 07795 844641. Email: estelle_rolin@yahoo.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.

Charlbury. Newly renovated 2-bedroom bungalow in central Charlbury available now, unfurnished or partly furnished. Very quiet location, but close to shops, buses and mainline railway station. New g.c.h.; fully rewired and redecorated; new carpets throughout. Spacious deck at rear, with lovely views over the town to Wychwood Forest. Long let to careful tenant(s) preferred. Unsuitable for young children or pets. £650 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01608 810571. Email: j.milsom@lineone.net.

Jericho, Walton Cr. Family house in ideal central Oxford location available mid-Apr.–July/Aug. Large kitchen/dining/lounge area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped (cot available), garden. £1,000 p.c.m. or house swap in Edinburgh. Tel. 01865 510558. Email: lmason@maths.ox.ac.uk.

Furnished coach house in the centre of Old Marston village. Two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, bathroom (bath and shower). G.c.h., off-street parking, on bus route (no. 13C) into central Oxford. Basic rent: £800 p.m. No smoking, no pets. To be let for 1 or 2 years, suitable for visiting academics, graduate students, hospital doctors, nurses. Deposit required. Tel.: 01865 244130.

Stunning 4-bedroom country cottage with private garden and off-road parking. Very convenient for train, bus, and road links to Oxford and London. 'The Bothy' overlooks the village green and Church, local pub is within walking distance. The village of Tackley offers an excellent primary school and a thriving community. Ideal for a professional family, who need access to Oxford Colleges, or other local businesses, yet want to enjoy the country life. To let, either furnished or unfurnished, from Sept. for a minimum of 12 months, at £1,950 p.c.m. Email: amanda.gooding@balliol.ox.ac.uk or mike.gooding@ariafoods.co.uk.

Four-bedroom Edwardian family house available for 6 months from Sept. East Oxford, quiet side road near Oxford Brookes and hospitals. Modern kitchen and bathroom. Beautiful south-facing garden. Suit family or professionals. Tel.: 01865 722737 or email george@ukhq.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: two lovely ground floor flats, fully furnished, each with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Flat 1 (recently refurbished to a high standard) is available at the end of March. Flat 2 is available now. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

North Oxford purpose built furnished one- and two-bedroom apartments in the centre of Summertown. One-bedroom flat (2nd floor) available early Apr. at £675 p.c.m.; two-bedroom flat (1st floor) available late Apr. at £795 p.c.m., both exclusive of utility and council tax where applicable. Best suited to n-s mature professionals or visiting academics. Located within easy reach to all local amenities, shops, restaurants, hospitals and University departments. Off-street parking available. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Self-contained (apart from shared house entrance) one-bedroom flat with mod. cons. on second floor of house overlooking Port Meadow in Wolvercote. £695 p.c.m. inclusive, excl. telephone and internet connection. Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 min. to city centre. Immediately available for six months. Suitable for one person (academic or professional). References required. Email: wrldco@aol.com.

Summertown. First floor apartment situated in highly sought after location close to local amenities and with good access the city centre. Sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom. Allocated off-street parking. Non-smoker. Available early Apr. £685 p.c.m. Tel.: 01367 244408. Email: coxwell1@tiscali.co.uk.

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Vacation Lets

Summertown. Light, spacious detached Victorian house. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, lovely large family kitchen, garden and patio. Easy access to city centre (1 ½ miles). Available 6 Aug. to 27 Aug. £550 p.w. Email: dblee@btinternet.com. Tel.: 01865 514080.

North Oxford . Edwardian family house to let 30 July to 27 Aug. £2,000 whole period. Light, spacious, overlooking leafy college playing fields. Excellent access to city centre, colleges, river, shops, cinemas etc. Four bedrooms (sleep up to 8), book-lined study, large sitting room, 3 bathrooms with power showers etc., large kitchen with Aga. TV, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer etc. Front and rear gardens with big trampoline, off-street parking. Tel.: 01865 512397. Email: mj@martinjennings.com.

Summertown, Oxford. Spacious 4-bedroom furnished house and garden available for rent from mid-July to mid-Sept. 1,5 miles to city centre. Good buses. Two min. from Summertown shops. Study. Broadband connection. Good rates offered for holiday period. For details, contact d18m01@yahoo.com.

Modern, bright, newly refurbished two-bedroom 1st-floor flat in quiet countryside lane: large living/dining room; south-facing balcony; 1 double bedroom; 1 single bedroom with desk; fully equipped kitchen; brand new bathroom. Beautiful views over stream and meadows, yet just 10 min. walk from Oxford railway station and 15 minutes from Oxford city centre. Available for July and Aug. £1,100 p.m. incl. bills (excl. telephone) and weekly cleaner. Non-smokers only. michael.collins@st-johns.oxford.ac.uk.

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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: 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.

Comfortable, pleasant accommodation available for academics in attractive, private house, just over a mile from the centre of Oxford. B&B basis. Dinner by arrangement. One minute to bus stop. River walks nearby. Quiet. A home away from home. £39 per night. Discounts for long bookings. Please telephone 01865 770 501.

Oxford City Apartments. Modern and bright apartments within walking distance of the city centre. These very attractive one-bedroom apartments both have private outside dining areas and designated parking. Available for visiting academics, business lets, relocation or vacation shortlets. The ideal base for exploring Oxford and the Cotswolds. For more information please visit our web page at www.oxfordcity.co.uk/acco m/oxfordcityapartments, and mention the Gazette in any enquiry.

Summertown. Large furnished bed-sitter, kitchenette, bathroom, in self-contained area on second floor of family house. Viewing after 7 Apr. C.h., telephone. Rent incl. all bills, except telephone and hot-water heater. Reduced rent for one quiet, non- smoking, long-term tenant (over one year). Yearly contract and references required. Suitable for one person only. Write to Dr S. L. Altmann, Brasenose College, Oxford OX1 4AJ or email simon.altmann@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

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 brianlewis@ukonline.co.uk.

Summertown, Oxford. Comfortable fully-furnished single room for short or long stays in a brand new apartment. Continental breakfast provided. Evening meal can be arranged. Shared bathroom and lounge. Close to charming river walks and delightful Port Meadow. Close to bus stop. Street parking available. £400 p.c.m. incl. Deposit required. Tel.: 01865 553882 (3.30 p.m. ' 10.30 p.m.). Email: lilybulmer@hotmail.com.

Flatshare. Tenant sought for double room with large private bathroom in spacious penthouse flat in the Waterways, off Woodstock Road. Walking distance to Jericho and centre town. Modern, bright and fully equipped. Parking, gardens, overlooking the canal. Broadband. Available from mid-Apr. Flexible lease. Would suit young professional or academic n/s. £450 plus bills. 07710077843 (evenings) or email myflatinoxford@hotmail.com.

To share: a large, quiet apartment in central North Oxford. N-s. Large sunny bedroom, spacious sitting room, 2 toilets, bath and shower. TV, washer/dryer; ample storage. Off-street parking. Suitable for academic, professional or postgraduate student. May remain indefinitely. £375 p.m. plus share of utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555.

Unique opportunity to lodge in a beautifully restored Grade II listed property. Located in Old Marston this cottage offers a home from home experience. Ten min. from the city centre, walking distance from local shops and easy access to Headington hospitals. All mod. cons., fire, private garden, parking, and cleaner. Ideal for mature, n-s individual. Available now. Tel.: 01865 250722.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays in friendly home of an academic. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the University Park. A good sized furnished room with colour TV. Shared kitchen, washing machine, and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. Moderate terms. Email: miriamoxford@yahoo.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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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.

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

Academic family with two school children is looking for 3-bed house to rent long-term in Jericho area, from asap, for around £1,300 p.c.m. Non-smokers. References available. Please contact jpgm@hotmail.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 559247.

A furnished flat/house required for two adults and a child for the month of July, in central Oxford or within easy reach of Headington hospitals by public transport. Please contact Professor Michelle Craske at Craske@psych.ucla.edu.

Looking for a furnished 3- or 4-bedroom home to let for the 2005/6 academic year (Aug./Sept. '05–June/July '06). My family and I will be on sabbatical, arriving from Chapel Hill, North Carolina (very near UNC Chapel Hill and Duke Unviersity). A house exchange is possible for a UNC or Duke-bound Oxford academic family. Please contact Mike Gagne at mgagne@unc.edu for further information.

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

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.

Tuscany. Small traditional farmhouse in Chianti, 15 min. from Siena, set in olive groves on hill side overlooking unspoilt valley; beautiful view of Siena's skyline. Sleeps up to 6; simply but decently equipped; car essential. Small pool and idyllic surroundings. http://utenti.lycos.it/fabiopetri for photos and rates. Email: petri@unisi.it.

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

Paris apartment available for short or longer stays: 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. Linens 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: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignan Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of 'Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully-equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpellier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from now. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. Email: janevenab@aol.com.

Italy, Venice. Charming apartment, fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, can sleep 5. Just in the centre, S. Samuele public transport stop. £650 p.w. Contact: tagariello@libero.it.

Old Tuscany. In gorgeous countryside, south-east of Siena. Two well- equipped apartments, in a medieval building with garden, facing west, on the edge of a charming village. Friendly bar, restaurant, shops etc. Good plumbing, soft water; original art, books, ceiling fans. Weekly cleaning. Flat A (sleeps 4): £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2): £260 p.w. Flats A and B together: £525 p.w. Contact Gordon Neale on 01428 714363 or 07747 6663311 (mobile) or 0039 3331236091 (Italy). Email: uliviera@hotmail.com.

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.

Tuscan hills. In superb situation near Siena. Our restored farmhouse standing amidst its own olives and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest views. Walking, art, food and wine abundant. Easy access to cities. Very peaceful with full services (but no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 0039 0577963123 (English spoken). Email: richfran1321@msn.com.

Italy. A large selection of beautiful accommodations, including villas, nicest farm holidays, residences and apartments in Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, Sardinia, Amalfi Coast, Apulia, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice. Also many optional services for a real personalized vacation. Website: http://www.tuscanyandworld.com/. Contact: info@tuscanyandworld.com or 0039 3287133951.

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.

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.

Gascony, south-west France. Rich in history, foie gras, and armagnac! Two self-catering holiday gites to rent. Sleep up to 4 and 6 people. Quiet, rural Le Vieux Presbytère in hamlet near market town Eauze. 1½ hours from airports at Pau and Toulouse. Gites, at end of owner's property, with fruit trees, vines and views to Pyrenees. Salt water pool for a completely relaxing stay. Prices from £300 p.w. Website: www.escapetogascony.com. Tel.: 0871 2220901. Email: wallacejones@escapetogascony.com.

Southern Ardèche, France. Beautiful old converted barn high in unspoilt Cevennes mountains (sleeps 6). Own entrance, terrace and paddock. Spectacular landscape; fields and forests; views to 100 miles. More wild life than people. Walk, ride, and swim in rivers—go fishing or canoeing. Great markets and fairs. Eat, drink, sleep well. £475 p.w. Tel.: 020 77226740. Email: v.brinton@which.net.

Devon at it's best. Stylishly converted small barn available for holiday let (sleeps 4). Very comfortably furnished and well equipped; use of games room, also outdoor pool from June onwards. Set in 13 acres of own land in secluded valley near River Tamar. Available during Apr., May, and first half of June, and again from Sept. from £315 p.w. www.pallastreet.co.uk. Contact Jeremy Smith on 01822 870682.

Self-catering accommodation in a converted barn in rural Normandy, 14 km west of Bayeux and close to sea. Sleeps six (one double, two twin-bedded rooms). Spacious living area incorporated and fully-equipped kitchen. Bed linen supplied. Self- contained garden. Enquiries to: nicholas.kennedy@wanadoo.fr.

Tuscany. Siena, Castel Nuovo Berardenga. Beautifully located apartment in the countryside with great view, swimming pool, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, small sitting room, kitchen, garden. Please visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1033/poggiolo/index.htm. Email: filippo.ippolito@sbs.ox.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.

Farrò di Follina, Veneto. Comfortable country house near tiny village in undiscovered Alpine foothills. One hour to Venice, Venice airport, skiing resorts, 15 min. to lake. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 terraces with stunning views, all mod. cons. Open all year. Tel.: 01865 515264. Email: elsiearnold@hotmail.com.

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House for Sale

Retirement bungalow in 22 acres of parkland at Oaken Holt, Farmoor, backing onto Wytham Woods (setting for TV series 'Waiting for God'). Two bedrooms, 18- foot living room with dining alcove, fully-fitted kitchen with built-in fan oven and hob, conservatory. Communal lounge, laundry and guest flat, 24-hour alarm system. Weekly minibus to shops. Lunch available daily. Offers in the region of £170,000. Tel.: 01865 864802.

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For Sale

2003 SAAB 9-5 Vector Estate, 2.0 litre petrol. 16,500 miles, silver, heated seats, parking assist., full service history, electric windows, warranty protection, immaculate condition. Tel.: 01235 206528.

BMW 1997, 3.18 compact, sun roof, automatic. Only 41,000 miles, excellent condition. £4,000 or best offer. Call O'Donnell on 01865 2 78658 (Nuffield College).

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