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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:

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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. 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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University of Oxford Shop

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

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

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International Conference

`City and Harbour: The Archaeology of Ancient Alexandria', 18–19 Dec., St Hugh's College. This conference will examine recent archaeological works, both land-based and maritime, furthering our understanding of ancient Alexandria. Selection of international scientists from a variety of disciplines will present a broad array of impressive works and findings. Open to all. Student rates. Check or contact Jonathan Cole at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology on 01865 202243 or email

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Science for Gardeners Lecture Series

The following lectures are held on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Margaret Thatcher Centre at Somerville College. They aim to introduce gardeners to cutting edge scientific research from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. 29 Nov., Dr G. Preston, Bastards in the borders: hybridisation in horticulture; 13 Dec., Dr S. Harris, tba. Tickets £7 per lecture (incl. coffee) or £32 for the series. For bookings please contact The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, 01865 286690 or email

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The Art of Writing: 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.

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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:

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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

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: 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:, 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).

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.

Finders Keepers. Whether you wish to rent or let, our 32 years of experience in the Oxfordshire market should make us your first port of call for all your accommodation needs. Our up-to-date website contains a full listing of all properties available and can be viewed at Alternatively, contact our North Oxford office on 01865 311011.

Phoenix homeopathy. To restore physical and emotional balances leading to personal growth and transformation, contact Karima Brooke on 01865 201438. Visit my website for further information:

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Tuition Offered

The Nursery School at Rye St Antony School. For children aged 3–5 years. High adult- child ratio; exceptional environment for creative learning; set in idyllic wooden grounds; early years grant for all 3- and 4-year olds; glowing Ofsted report. For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact: Rye St Antony School, Pullen's Lane, Oxford OX3 0BY. Tel.: 01865 762802. Fax: 01865 763611. Email:

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Situations Vacant

Wanted—someone to help sick mum in Grandpont. Required to clean, iron, and help with children (aged 8, 11, 14). Three afternoons a week, 3–6 p.m. £8–10 p.h. Tel.: 01865 435752.

Administrative Assistant. Well-established friendly architectural practice in Oxford City seeks full-time person to provide administrative and secretarial support to the Office Manager. Duties include secretarial support to architects, dealing with telephone enquiries, and general reception work. Good communication and IT skills essential; previous office experience an advantage. £16,500 p.a. Closing date: 30 Nov. Written applications with detailed CV to: Kim Revell, Office Manager, Berman Guedes Stretton, 25 Cave Street, Oxford OX4 1BA. Website:

Oxford Centre for Neuro-Cognitive Studies is a charity committed to conducting high quality policy relevant research in education (specifically on provisions for children with dyslexia) and health related issues. We are currently looking for three more trustees to join our council, in particular for people who can offer a background and experience in Health and Social Care, Education, Marketing Communications, or Finance. The role of Trustee is a voluntary position, and no fees are paid except expenses. The Board of Trustees meets six times a year and is the main policy-making body of OCNC Studies. The appointments will be effective from Dec. 2004. OCNC is an equal opportunities employer. For an information pack, please contact: Victoria Jagne, Chief Executive, Oxford Centre for Neuro-Cognitive Studies, 11–13 Suffolk House, 263 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HN. Email: Tel.: 01865 311315. www.oxfordneuro-

Associate Director (Training), UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford. c.£60,000 to £65,000. Full-time, fixed-term post until March 2006. The Cochrane Centre is part of the international Collaboration, which has an esteemed reputation for research and innovation in healthcare. With overall responsibility for the Centre's training programme, including management, delivery, evaluation, reporting and developing/implementing strategy, you'll support the Centre Director and assist with the day-to-day management and administration of the Centre. You'll have proven leadership skills, and will be required to be a role model to others within the Centre and the Collaboration more widely. For an informal discussion, call Caroline Rouse on 01865 516300. Closing date: 3 Dec. 2004 Interview date: 10 Jan. 2005. The UK Cochrane Centre is hosted by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust. For an application form and job description, please visit our website at or contact the recruitment answer phone on (01908) 243528, quoting reference DIR1351.

Christ Church Cathedral School requires a Deputy Matron for Jan. 2005. We are looking for candidates who are interested in looking after twenty Christ Church Cathedral Choristers at the school in central Oxford. Further details will be given on request from Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW. Tel.: 01865 242561. Fax: 01865 202945. Email: Application with CV and telephone/address details of two referees by Mon., 29 Nov. Interviews will be held in the week of 6 Dec.

Lady Margaret Hall. Applications are invited for the half-time post of PA to the Senior Tutor. This post requires an organised person with excellent IT and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail and the discretion to deal with confidential material are essential. Starting salary of £16,071 on a scale rising to £18,537 pro rata. Hours are flexible and negotiable, possibly term-time only. The package includes a pension scheme and free lunches. The working environment in the College is excellent. Closing date: Thurs., 2 Dec, with interviews on Wed., 8 Dec. Further particulars may be obtained from the Senior Tutor's Secretary, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford OX2 6QA (email:, tel.: 01865 284260), or from the website:

Secretary/Administrator. Medical practice in central Oxford requires reliable, competent secretary/PA for busy doctor's practice. Needs to be fully IT literate (EMIS experience) with good audio typing skills. Part-time, 20 hours p.w./ 3 days. Friendly, flexible job, joining a small team in busy but fun office. In the first instance, please call 01865 311811 or email

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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:

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

Wadham Park, Marston. Convenient, comfortable and quiet furnished 2-bedroom house. Ten min. from University science area, city centre, John Radcliffe Hospital and Brookes University. Newly-fitted kitchen, gardens front and rear, parking space. Ideal for young family or professional couple. £795 p.c.m. Available now. Tel.: 01865 310123 (Friday day-time) or 01865 552855. Email:

Central Eynsham. Well-decorated, furnished or unfurnished house to let. This pretty and unusual stone-built converted coach house is secure and quiet. Large living room/kitchen with fridge, freezer, dishwasher. One double and one single bedroom, bathroom, large office/third bedroom, utility room, shower room, and walk-in wardrobe. Integral garage with plenty of storage space. Additional off-road parking spaces. Patio garden. Own private drive, well away from the street. Eynsham has an excellent bus service to Oxford, shopping facilities and good schools. Available immediately. £795 p.c.m. (incl. council tax). Tel.: 01865 880018. Mobile: 07771 873838. Email:

Church Cowley. Spacious farmhouse conversion in quiet conservation area. Fully furnished with 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, study, garden, garage and off-street parking. Situated 10 min. cycle ride from city centre on frequent bus route. Convenient for local shops and amenities. Available Jan., n- s only. £1,250 p.c.m. plus utilities and council tax. Contact Tel.: 01865 771296 (evenings).

Witney. Edge of Cotswolds; Waitrose, Sainsbury's, farmers' market nearby. Charming, peaceful 2-bedroom Victorian terrace house, fully furnished and equipped. Own garden and secluded private parking. Available now for short or long lets, £625 p.c.m. plus bills. Call Ed on 07903 880105 or 01223 461122.

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Flats to Let

Temple Cowley. Double-bedroom furnished apartment in recent development in quiet cul- de-sac. Very convenient for buses and swimming pool. Allocated parking. Non-smoker only. £660 p.m. Tel.: 01844 279416.

Excellent accommodation in St Clement's. Architect-designed ground floor flat with dedicated parking space. Well-equipped kitchen with washer/drying machine. Bathroom with shower. £770 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 201717 or 07866 672722. Email:

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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:

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

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.

The Abbeyfield Oxford Society Ltd.—keep your independence with support! Brian Lewis House, Oxford, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House provides en suite rooms for nine elderly residents, and has a lovely garden. There is a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. For details, please contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or email

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. £145 p.w. Tel.: 0207 7369744 or 07890289697.

A home away from home. Pleasant accommodation provided for visiting academics and guests. Attractive, cheerful and quiet; just over a mile to the city centre. Full breakfast is provided. Close to charming river walks and delightful Iffley. One minute to bus stop. Street parking available. Short or longer-term bookings. £39 per night. Discounts given for full-week bookings. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email: Tel.: 01865 770501.

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

Need a quiet place to write or study? Beautiful house in South Oxford available for Feb. 2005. Cat lover, non-smoker, single person preferred. Tel.: 01865 244166.

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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: E-mail:

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

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

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

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

Vancouver (Burnaby), B.C. Professor looking for house exchange in Oxford from Aug. 2005–Aug. 2006. Lovely home amongst garden, trees. Ten minutes to shops; 30 min. to Stanley Park, English Bay; 40 min. to Simon Fraser University or University of British Columbia. Five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, music room, sunroom, rec. room, gym, 3 balconies, gazebo. Prefer home/car exchange but will consider renting. Contact: Dr Paul Smith. Email:

Short lets sought by Reuters Foundation Programme for visiting scholars from Jan. to Apr., in particular studios or 1-bedroom apartments. The Programme is based at Norham Gardens, so North Oxford, Jericho, Summertown area preferred. Our scholars are mid-career journalists on 3-month sabbaticals from senior positions in the national and international press or broadcast organisations and are members of Green College whilst in Oxford. To discuss these or possible future lets please contact Jennifer Darnley, Administrator, Reuters Foundation Programme, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS. Tel.: 01865 512542. Email:

Non-smoking post-doc (Mathematics, Norwegian) seeks furnished accommodation in (or near) Oxford from Jan. 2005 for a period of six months. Would prefer quiet flat with good facilities. Please contact K. Erdmann, 24–29 St Giles, Oxford, or

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Holiday Lets

Venice: S. Marco, S. Samuele. Charming apartment available in the heart of town for short stays, rented on a weekly basis. Well appointed; large living room, fully-equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 5 comfortably. £650 p.w. Email:

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: Web site:

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 Further details on

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 Email: Tel.: 0039 078965413.

Tuscany. Holiday house and cottage to let. Superb scenic setting near mountains. Florence, Arezzo, Siena, and many more amazing places in easy reach. Ideal for walking, sightseeing, swimming, cycling, museums and galleries, enjoying wonderful Tuscan food and wine. Can accommodate from 2 to 15 people. Air conditioning, large garden with BBQ. Very reasonable prices. Details and photos at (no `www'). Email: Tel.: 020 8699 8883.

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.

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. E-mail:

Brixham, Devon. Newly refurbished, luxuriously furnished 4* fisherman's cottage. Fantastic marina/sea views. Five min. walk down steps to town/beach. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. All mod. cons.—including full c.h. Private garage, although picturesque walks direct from front door. Still winter vacancies available, including Christmas and New Year. Contact: or see

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House for Sale

Modern Victorian style 3-bedroom house on The Waterside, newly refurbished. Sitting room with fireplace and French doors, overlooking landscaped south-facing garden. Master bedroom with built-in wardrobes and en suite bathroom, 2 other bedrooms, one with wardrobes, plans for loft conversion. Lovely walks on nearby Port Meadow and along the Oxford canal. Walking distance of excellent schools, restaurants, city centre and train station (50 min. to London). £372,500. Tel.: 01865 516758 Email:

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For Sale

Piano for sale. Broadwood Baby Grand no. 53993, 1922. Estimated value: £1,500- £2,000, but most important it goes to a good home. Small music collection can accompany. To discuss further, contact Elaine Matthews at, or tel. 01865 764071 (answerphone).

Twelve-foot diameter trampoline, less than one year old and in excellent condition. £180 o.n.o. Please contact Barbara Bradshaw on 01865 439663 (answering machine if not available). n

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