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Oxford University Gazette, 28 April 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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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. 6 May, Prof. S. Moorbath, Comparing and contrasting European languages; 13 May, Prof. I. James, The mind of Albert Einstein; 20 May, Prof. R. Watling, From global warming to AIDS: the role of fungi in current affairs; 27 May, P. Booth, The Oxford region in the Roman period; 3 June, P. Lund, The history of Binsey; 10 June, S. Marner, Ferdinand Bauer (1760–1826): 'the Leonardo of natural history illustrations'; 17 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Debate

Fri., 29 Apr., 8 p.m., Oxford Union Debating Chamber. The Oxford Union and the Oxford University Graduate Theological Society present the following debate: 'Belief in God makes sense in spite of Tsunamis'. Proposed: Prof. W. L. Craig. Opposed: Prof. A. C. Grayling. Free tickets for non-Union members available from the Oxford Union Office. Tel.: 01865 241353.

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Concert

Sat., 30 Apr. at 7.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. Schola Cantorum presents its 45th Anniversary Reunion Concert. Bach's Mass in B Minor; and English Baroque Sinfonia. Conductor: James Burton. Tickets: £10–£26 from www.oxfordplayhouse.com or the Oxford Playhouse Box Office on 01865 305305.

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Lecture

MECO Monthly Lecture. Sun., 1 May at 3 p.m., Summertown Church Hall (corner Banbury and Portland Roads), North Oxford. Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka, will lecture on and lead a discussion entitled: 'Islam in Bangladesh: past, present and future'. Free admission. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information phone 01865 439805/766032. Email: info@meco.org.uk.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The breaking of the twenty-first century: 5 May, Special Eucharist for Ascencion Day; 12 May, Canon A. White, 'Iraq: people of hope, land of despair'; 19 May, P. Clifford, 'HIV/AIDS: faithful response?'; 26 May, H. Zomlot, 'Palestine: new realities'; 2 June, Dr M. Allen, 'Loading God's dice: weather risk and climate change'; 9 June, J. Glennie, 'From charity to justice: the future of the UK debt campaign'; 16 June, Sir Richard Evans, 'Whither China?' The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. www.st-giles-church.org.

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Charity Event

MIND fund-raising event: dinner and live music! Please come and enjoy an evening of entertainment and a 3-course dinner on Sat., 11 June, at Holton Village Hall (near Wheatley) in aid of MIND mental health charity. All welcome! Doors open at 7 p.m. Adults: £35 (incl. wine with meal) or £28 (without wine). Children: £10. For further information and tickets, please email Susan.Brown@oxmhc-tr.nhs.uk or telephone 07803 031927.

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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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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.

Rare original etchings by Sir David Wilkie; Portraits of Pennell, Laura Anning Bell, Charlie Chaplin, etc., figure drawings by Dicksee, Rothenstein, Creswick, John Ward, etc.; Art Workers Guild lithographs 1905-07 including Clausen, Rothenstein, Strang, Voysey, Gill; The Gentle Shepherd 1788 with aquatints by David Allan; watercolours and drawings by Delamotte, Prout, Muirhead Bone; original etchings, lithographs and wood engravings by Brangwyn, Clausen, Gillett, John Nash, Iain McNab, Simpson, E.A. Taylor, Whistler, Millais; illustrators drawings by Brock, Du Maurier, Anthony Gross, Garth Jones, Hassall, Odle, Sambourne, Sullivan; books illustrated by the Robinsons (including 'Bill The Minder'), Ardizzone, Ayrton, Attwell, Bawden, Brangwyn, Keeping, Hassall, Leighton, Pennell, Adnes Miller Parker, Soper, etc. Online at www.masonpeett.co.uk. Tel.: 01635 36527.

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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

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.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444597 (daytime). Email: rewleypark@aol.com.

Elsfield Editorial. Professional editing, proof-reading, writing, design and critique services for your web page, business, or academic and creative works. More than 25 years' experience as an author, broadsheet journalist and page designer for the FT, the Observer, and The Economist.Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. Negotiable competitive rates. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727.

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.

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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.

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

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Tuition Offered

French tuition offered. Well-qualified, experienced tutor to GCSE and advanced levels; also to business executives and adult learners for leisure purposes. Beginners welcome. Contact Rosemary Bate (MA Hons., M.Sc.) on 01865 513386. Email: ros.bate@virgin.net.

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Situations Vacant

Trinity College, Oxford, seeks an energetic and enthusiastic qualified Librarian to take charge of the College's well-established library. The post becomes vacant on 1 Aug. following the retirement of the present Librarian. Experience in an academic library and good IT skills are essential; familiarity with OLIS, as a cataloguer with a working knowledge of AACR, would be an advantage. This permanent 35 hour p.w. post offers a starting salary of c.£25,000 p.a., depending on qualifications and experience, 30 days annual leave (not including bank holidays), and access to an occupational pension scheme. There are additional benefits commensurate with this important appointment. Closing date: Fri., 20 May. Interviews will be held on Mon., 6 June. Further particulars are available from the Bursars' Secretary, Trinity College, Oxford OX1 3BH. Tel.: 01865- 279873. Email: bursars.secretary@tri.ox.ac.uk.

Schlumberger Information Solutions technology centre at Abingdon is looking for an innovative and experienced systems specialist to work with our small and active team, covering the following wide-ranging activities. We are the leading developer of reservoir simulation software, including the well-known Eclipseİ & Petrelİ suite of products, which set the standard for the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Our Systems & Deployment Group is involved in all aspects of software commercialisation for release on high-performance systems running Linux and Unix, working in close partnership with leading vendors such as IBM, HP, Sun, SGI, Intel, AMD, RedHat and SuSE. Commercialisation activities include server, cluster and parallel systems configuration, software environment, application testing and validation, performance analysis, benchmarking, technical support, and evaluation of new technology. For additional details, please contact our Personnel Department at mus@abingdon.oilfield.slb.com, or refer to our website at http://www.sis.slb.com/.

Administrative Editor, Material Science and Engineering, full time, fixed term (anticipated to be available until Dec. 2005). To provide all editorial administrative support for book publishing within the Engineering Group, you will be responsible for the progress of all manuscripts that arrive in house. You will be a key contact with external authors and editors as well as in-house staff to ensure timely publication. Candidates should possess good computer literacy, interpersonal and communication skills. You will also be extremely organised with demonstrable multi-tasking experience. Some understanding of the publishing process would be an advantage but not essential as full training will be given on the job. To apply please forward your CVand covering letter, stating your salary expectations, to Rebecca Kay, Human Resources Dept., Elsevier Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1GB. Email: r.kay@elsevier.com. You can find out more about Elsevier by visiting www.elsevier.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.

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. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 722737 or email george@ukhq.co.uk.

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

Charming, newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage available for rent in the village of Bampton, near Witney. Unfurnished but including fully-fitted kitchen with white goods, good-sized garden and garage. £700 p.c.m. Available from 1 May. Please contact Kerry Le-Galloudec at estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 (2)79713.

Two properties: 1.) Frenchay Road. Beautiful two-bedroom Edwardian house with south-facing garden and study. £1,500 p.c.m. Reference 2911. 2.) Family house. Conveniently located four-bedroom house in North Oxford, available immediately. £1,175 p.c.m. Reference 2908. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Cumnor Hill. Spacious and comfortable family house in residential area on edge of Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 receptions, 2 bathrooms. Garage and garden. Six month tenancy. Furnished. £530 p.w. Contact John D. Wood & Co on 01865 311522. Email: oxford@johndwood.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: lovely ground floor flat, fully furnished, with 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.

Headington. Purpose built, self-contained flat available from 16 Apr. Sitting/dining room, fully-equipped fitted kitchen. Washer, dryer and refrigerator/freezer. Double bedroom with en suite shower. Single bedroom/study. Separate bathroom off hall. G.c.h. and car parking. Easy walk to main bus service. Suitable for professional couple. £775 p.c.m. Please call 01451 860369.

First-floor period flat in Central Oxford with parking. Brilliant location, in a quiet lane minutes from the bus/train station, shops, Bodleian, Phoenix cinema, Oxford's very own farm shop and riverside walks. Ducks, drakes, leafy views; charmingly furnished to high standard; airy light rooms, balcony and garden. C.h., contemporary kitchen, 1 double bed (but room for guest), nice bath, quiet study/living room. Perfect for n-s academic/writer. Excellent references required. £875 p.c.m. Available from mid- July for 1 year (renewable). Contact Ann White on 01865 242834.

Paris 12 (Nation/Belair) modern 1-bedroom flat, bright and reasonably spacious, in this pleasant part of Paris. Convenient for metro/RER, excellent local shopping. Available from July. £700 p.c.m. for lets of 3 months or more; shorter lets by negotiation. Contact richard.g.haydon@btinternet.com or phone 01865 316998.

Norham Road. Two-bedroom apartment in this sought after location, available immediately. £850 p.c.m. Reference 2985. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

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Vacation Lets

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Large kitchen/dining room. Large living room upstairs, taking advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture. Fully equipped. Available July and Aug. N-s preferred. Tel.: 01865 511825 (evenings, Sundays). Email: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

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

North Oxford . For rent in Aug. Very modern 4-bedroom house, just off Woodstock Road, close to Summertown. Large open-plan living area, 3 bathrooms, private garden with small heated pool. £2,000 incl. utilities. Contact oliver.braddick@psy.ox.ac.uk. or call 01865 512025.

Summertown, Oxford. Spacious 4-bedroom (2 double, 2 single) furnished house and garden available for rent from mid-July to mid-Sept. 1.5 miles to city centre. Frequent buses. Two minutes from Summertown shops. Study. Broadband connection. Good rates offered for holiday period. For details, email d18m01@yahoo.co.uk or call 01865 514998.

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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.

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.

North Oxford . Very responsible person or couple wanted for beautiful attic accommodation in quiet and peaceful household. Comprises 2 large sunny rooms (1 with kitchenette) plus shower/wcroom with washing machine. 675 p.c.m. (incl. water, electricity and heating). Possibility of third large room at extra cost. No smoking or pets. Tel.: 01865 552648 or email cbaxter1201@yahoo.co.uk.

Single room to let in friendly family home, overlooking Iffley Lock. £350 p.c.m. incl. all utilities. Available immediately. Please phone Tanya on 01865 401510.

St Margaret's Road, North Oxford. Spacious room in Victorian house available now. Would suit quiet female academic; bathroom and kitchen shared with one other (f). £350 p.c.m. incl. Tel.: 01865 554977.

Room to let in a beautifully restored Grade II listed thatched property. Located in Old Marston, this cottage is 10 min. from the city centre with easy access to Headington hospitals. All mod. cons., fire, private garden, parking and cleaner. Ideal for mature, n-s individual. £460 p.m. with deposit, which includes all bills, except telephone. Available now. Tel: 01865 250722.

Central North Oxford. One-bedroom accommodation in charming location, 10 min. walk from city centre. Bedroom/study, bathroom and well-equipped kitchen. Best suited to n-s mature professional or visiting academic. Shops and other amenities very accessible. Available from Sept. 2005–June 2006 at £600 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 515344. Email: mgmoxon@yahoo.co.uk.

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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

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.

House/flat wanted anywhere in Oxford (27 June–24 July). Visiting professional family with excellent references seeks minimum two-bedroom quiet furnished accommodation. Father (D.Phil. Oxon 1980), mother (M.D.) and two daughters (medical student (22) and undergraduate (18)). Very responsible, n-s, respectful. Or house exchange with lovely home central to beautiful Vancouver. Contact Dr Alan Morinis at alan@morinis.ca or tel. 001-604-732-0822 (Vancouver, Canada).

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Holiday Lets

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing is allowed off the quays. From £275–£460 p.w. Winter: £185 p.w. Car parking (paying) adjacent. Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

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.

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: janevenab@aol.com.

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.

Lot, South West France. Restored barn to let. Sleeps 6. All amenities. Quiet peaceful location, a short distance from river with stunning scenery, canoeing, etc. Also many caves nearby with Neolithic wall paintings, underground lake, etc. Swimming pool complex less than 1 km from house in open country location. Small, busy but picturesque medieval town approx. 5 miles away. Tel. 01865 241531 or email anniemac@iffley.fsnet.co.uk.

Brittany. Stonebuilt farmhouse in peaceful hamlet in the 'Montagnes Noires' hills, 20 miles east of Quimper. Recently modernised, sleeps up to 7 people in 3 large bedrooms. Garden and several acres of meadow and woodland. From £195 p.w. Phone Simon Gush on 01303 840764 for further information and photos.

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.

South-West France just outside Limoux. Charming cottage in large secluded garden with orchard and wonderful views. Twenty min. Carcassone airport, 80 min. Toulouse/Perpignan airports; local train station; 20 min. A61; 60 min. to Mediterranean and Pyrenees. Outdoor pool, canoeing, tennis, restaurants, shops, bike hire, River Aude all very near. Sleeps 2/3. £300 p.w July/Aug.; £250 p.w. June/Sept; £200 p.w. other times. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org or 01865 512149.

Cyprus. Pegeia, 10 min.; Coral Bay, 20 min. Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, two doubles (one en suite), one twin, and further occasional beds if required. Each bedroom has own access to pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout. TV/DVD. Good availability now throughout season for early booking. From £450 p.w. Email: PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.villakalithea.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chasse now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzes roof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some three acres. Five min. from village with local shops, 15 min. from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully-fitted kitchen/dining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in two double bedrooms (one en suite) and one twin. Can accommodate two more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecue—and boules! Own 10m x 4m pool with glorious views. Garage. Availability spring and autumn, plus some weeks remaining high season. From £500 p.w. Low season rates on request. Email PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.lamamine.com.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in 4 acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five ensuite guest rooms, 3 with fire places, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €50 p.p. per night, incl. breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233170045, or see www.le-castel-normandy.com.

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.

South-West France. Attractive farmhouse set in over one-acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 3 km. from medieval village Lauzerte, 2 hours from Bordeaux/ one hour from Toulouse airport. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 beds, so suitable for couples or larger group. 10m. x 5m. swimming pool. Golf, tennis, fishing nearby and Cahors wine region. Still available parts of June/Sept. at £500 p.w. and late Aug. at £850 p.w., autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel. Helen on 01367 810218 or Sally on 01494 864573.

Change in owner's family plans has released some peak summer weeks in carefully converted farmhouse in South West France (Tarn-et-Garonne). Tranquil but accessible. Accommodates six plus baby. Swimming pool and attractive outside sitting areas. Modern facilities and excellent local support. Barbecue, wood burning stove and c.h. all available. Discounts negotiable for University members and longer lets. Details from and queries to harry.judge@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

Asturias, Northern Spain. Excellent selection of beautiful rural cottages and farmhouses close to the sea and the spectacular Picos de Europa mountain range. A bracing walk in mountains higher than any in Britain can be followed the same day with a stroll around the picturesque fishing villages. Two hours from Bilbao and the Guggenheim museum. Easyjet and Ryanair flights to the area. Visit www.bluegreenspain.com. Tel.: 01865 744291.

Dordogne, S.-W. France. Luxury one-bedroom holiday cottage ideal for honeymoons, house hunting or holidaymakers. Rural hamlet, 20 min. north of Bergerac, walking distance to village with bakery and bar/restaurant. Fully furnished and equipped down to the last detail, with garden and above-ground pool. Available end June onwards for holiday or longer term lets. Tel./fax Sue on 00335 536 19189 or email: sueimmorama@wanadoo.fr.

Bergerac, S.-W. France. Sunny studio apartment (sleeps 2 in twin/ double) with south-facing balcony, fully furnished and equipped and secure parking. Ideal holidays or house hunting. Four min. walk to shops/ bars/restaurants and medieval town centre, 10 min. drive to local airport (Flybe, Ryanair) or 90 min. drive to Bordeaux. Available May onwards for short or long term lets. Tel./fax Sue on 00335 536 19189 or email: sueimmorama@wanadoo.fr.

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

Lovely Greek house on the beautiful island of Skopelos. Fully furnished, comfortably sleeps 4, but will sleep 6. Two shower rooms, air conditioning, mosquito blinds, double glazing, cavity wall insulation, well-equipped kitchen. Large, covered roof patio with delightful views of the harbour and hills. Quiet location; 2 min. from the harbour. Excellent tavernas and restaurants only minutes away. Lovely walks. Nearest airport Skiathos. Tel.: 01952 510724 or email bina@binacaulfield.wanadoo.co.uk.

Amazing 1950s unique riverside residence with original features/furnishings. You reminisce about Sinatra, Monroe, Bing? This is the house for you! Steel, glass, velvet and imagination created a property that has stood the test of time. 2,800 sqm garden, automatic boat launching facility, indoor pool. Within easy reach of taste-bud titillating vineyards of Bergerac/St Emilion/Bordeaux. €1,305,000. Tel./fax Sue on 00335 5361 9189 or email: sueimmorama@wanadoo.fr.

Serenity Park, a property developed 9 years ago from a substantial Cotswolds stone barn, located at Lidstone, 16 miles from Oxford, in an area officially designated 'of outstanding beauty'. This family house incorporates features of exceptional heat-insulation, domestic comfort, and a high quality of build specified by the present owners. Ground floor: a magnificent drawing room, leading to a balustraded terrace overlooking exceptional views; kitchen/breakfast room; dining room; utility room; and a cloakroom. First floor: 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one en suite). The master bedroom is presently used as a music room. There are two extensive floored lofts. The double garage is detached. Gardens and paddock are approximately one acre. Freehold. Four miles from main line railway station. No chain. Price in excess of £695,000. Full details from Dr Cowan, Serenity Park, Lidstone, near Enstone, Oxfordshire OX7 4HL. n



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