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Oxford University Gazette, 16 February 2006 : Advertisements


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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

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

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Death Notice

Hindle, Wilson Lyon, OBE, died peacefully at home on 5 Feb. 2006. Beloved husband of Penny and father of Peter, Charlotte and Ralph. A dedicated educationist, decorated for his work in Sudan over 28 years, much loved by all for his wonderful character, empathy and expertise and sadly missed by family and friends. Memorial service in New College Chapel on 17 February, 12.15 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research. 'A gentleman and a scholar who completed a fine innings'.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room, Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university are eligible for membership. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. 17 Feb., Dr Barrie Juniper, 'What is the Tradescant Orchard? A fruity treasure of the Bodleian Library'; 24 Feb., Dr Elaine Kaye, 'The changing role of women in the Church'; 3 Mar., Grahame Lavis, 'The fate of the 'self' in post war fiction'; 10 Mar., George Lambrick, 'The Rollright Stones: an ancient monument in the modern world'. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Concert

Mozart and Haydn Concert. Sat., 18 Feb. at 8 p.m., Merton College Chapel. Oxford Spezzati Soloists and Orchestra play Mozart: Flute Concerto no. 2 (Flute: Beth Carter) and 'Exultate Jubilate' (Soprano: Rachael Parsons). Haydn: 'Missa Sancti Nicolai'. Conductor: Nick Mumby. Tickets: £8/£4(concessions)/£3(OUMS) on the door or on 07973 655 489.

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Exhibition

'Flowers of the Floating World: Geisha and Courtesans in Japanese Prints and Photographs, 1772–1926'. Sanders of Oxford presents one of the first British exhibitions to explore the depiction of courtesans and geisha in both ukiyo-e and early photography. This broad survey, covering one and a half centuries of the visual culture of the demi- monde or ukiyo ('floating world'), includes important works from a rare 19th-century album formerly in the collection of Lord Hesketh, having been acquired by Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh during a visit to Japan in the 1880s. Print designers/photographers include: Chikanobu, Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni, Beato, Farsari, Kimbei, and von Stillfried. Enquiries: Anne Avery. Members of the University are welcome to attend the private view on Friday, 3 Mar., 5.30 p.m.–8.30 p.m. Exhibition continues until 18 Mar. Sanders of Oxford, 104 High Street, Oxford. Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tel.: 01865 242590. Email: soxinfo@btclick.com.

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Lectures

Sat., 18 Mar.: 'Historic English landscapes'–a day course at Christ Church. Speakers include Dr Paul Stauper on 'Historic parks and gardens' and Tim Allen on 'Landscape in prehistoric Oxford'. Discounted fees on bookings before 31 Jan. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton OX13 5LG or trevor@academic-study.com.

MECO Monthly Forum. Tehnyat Majeed, St Hugh's College, speaks on: 'Visions and values: a survey of Islamic art and architecture' at 3 p.m. on Sun., 26 Feb. at the Summertown Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads. This hour-long slide presentation will be followed by discussion and questions. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information, phone 01865 439805 or email info@meco.org.uk.

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Information Sought

I am carrying out research on the distinguished Italian Renaissance historian Nicolai Rubinstein (1911–2002), who was in Oxford in 1940–45. Could anyone who knew him, or who was taught by him, or who has any other information please contact Professor Kate Lowe, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

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Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race

Sun., 2 April. Join the Oxford University Society to watch the 2006 Boat Race from 'the ultimate riverside venue', the Fulham Football Club at Craven Cottage. Fulham's new conference facilities offer plasma screen televisions for when the boats are out of sight, and outdoor space on the river for when they are in view. The afternoon will start with a 3-course meal and finish with the race at 4.30 p.m., all for only £50. Please contact events@ousoc.ox.ac.uk or 01865 288087 for details.

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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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Services Offered

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. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727 or 07971 683377.

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.

Fast and accurate typist. Manuscripts, theses. £8–£10 per hour (4 A4 pages). Tel.: 01865 308492.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: crholme@btinternet.com.

Plans drawn. Thinking of an extension, loft conversion, renovation, etc.? Need plans, building permissions, builder? Then contact Dr C. Powell, Registered Architect, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TD. Tel.: 01291 690846.

All typing/secretarial services offered from home. Audio/digital transcriptions, questionnaires, data entry, newsletters, flyers, internet-based research. Experienced medical secretary of twelve years. Accurate typist. Reasonable rates. Fast turnaround. Mobile: 07711 610968. Email: homesecretarial@yahoo.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.

Domestic and commercial cleaning services: one-off, daily, weekly cleans. Uniformed cleaners; key holding service; full public liability insurance; pre-occupancy cleaning; carpet cleaning. Builders cleans; cleaning for letting agents and offices. Competitively priced. Commercial contracts. Tel.: 01865 513229. Mobile: 07958 780009. Email: info@splashclean.com. Website: www.splashclean.com.

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Tuition Offered

GCSE and AS/A2 Level Easter Revision Courses. D'Overbroeck's College, Oxford, is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK with an outstanding track record of success. Expert help with focused exam preparation and feedback enables students to improve their grades significantly. Limited places available. Telephone the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit www.doverbroecks.com/easter for details.

Piano and music theory lessons for all ages and levels. Teacher based in Iffley, Oxford. Contact Ana Mladenovi‘c Williamson on 01865 778248 or 07779 580235. Email: anamlad@onetel.com.

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 12 years with a high pass rate. Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses and ones tailored to suit your needs. £20 p.h. when 10 hours booked. Call Paul on 07786 176122. www.instructortraining.org.uk.

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Situations Vacant

Wanted: experienced tutor to help mature student (arts graduate) gain highest grades in chemistry A level asap. Enthusiasm, good teaching skills, and humour particularly required. Please email aliceebee@hotmail.com.

Fancy teaching in Singapore? The Singapore Ministry of Education is looking for qualified English and Humanities teachers. This is a great opportunity to experience the East from a safe base! For an informal chat please contact lizziepittaway@aol.com or ring 01527 879646.

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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 website 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.

Charming period cottage, Westcott Barton, 14 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of the village. Attractively furnished and well equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom, one spare bedroom/dressing room/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, wood-burning stove, g.c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden. Wonderful place to write. Email: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Chipping Norton. Charming three- bedroom Victorian house available from Sept. 2006 for academic year. Easy access to Oxford, London, Stratford, and the Cotswolds. G.c.h. Off-street parking for two cars. Fine views. £650 p.c.m. Call 07717 220206 or email jane.griffiths@seh.ox.ac.uk.

Three properties: 1.) Water Eaton Country Estate. Newly upgraded 2-bedroom cottage, fully furnished for £1100 p.m. Available now. Ref.: 4458. 2.) Woodstock Road. Victorian 1-bedroom cottage, fully furnished for £775 p.m. Available now. Ref.: 1600. 3.) Botley: 3-bedroom semi-detached house, unfurnished for £995 p.m. Available in Mar. Ref.: 2596. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

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Flats to Let

Recently-built city centre one-bedroom apartment. Fully-fitted kitchen with all appliances including dishwasher. Double bedroom. Bathroom with spacious shower, bath and wc. Balcony. Available now at £795 p.c.m. For further details contact info@collegeandcounty.biz.

St Clement's/Cowley Road. Available from 28 Feb. Large, newly refurbished flat (unfurnished), within 4 min. walk of Magdalen Bridge. Three bedrooms, large sitting room, separate dining room, fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower room and separate toilet. Off-peak c.h.; double glazed throughout. £1,000 p.c.m. Email: cuckoopens@aol.com. Tel.: 01865 372445.

Central 1-bedroom flat available for short- term let mid-Feb. to end March. Near railway station, 5 min. walk to city centre. Fully furnished and well equipped, with spacious sitting room, double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, storage room, bath/shower. Secure allocated off-street parking. £200 p.w. incl. Tel.: 07766 565824.

Available Mar. Central Headington, close to Hospitals. Spacious 2-bedroom flat. Small crescent. Fully furnished, fitted kitchen, c.h. Small garden. Parking. Professionals and academics only. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 768504 or 07795 423273.

Furnished first-floor studio flat available from 5 Mar. in central Headington. G.ch. Own parking. £570 p.m. Tel.: 01865 244089 or 01865 373415 (evenings).

Very spacious, deluxe fully-furnished, 3'4-bedroom apartment for rent. Off Cumnor Hill/ West Way, Botley, Oxford. Suit Visiting Academics or Postgraduates. Available on 1 Mar. for 1 year. £1,100 p.c.m. Contact Karen on 07730 617528 or email 142791@soas.ac.uk.

Sublet. Large, beautiful 2-bedroom apartment (one bedroom currently used as study) in Victorian house next to University Parks (North Oxford). Fully furnished, high ceilings, large library, beautiful, large maintained garden. Parking, cable TV, washer. Sublet from 20 May–31 Sept. £800 p.m. Call 01865 513594. Email: jmr@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

Islip. Spacious top-floor apartment in beautiful 17th-century house in this quiet riverside village, 6 miles from Oxford and well connected by trains and buses. Recently redecorated with large living room, double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, all with magnificent views over surrounding countryside. Own off-street parking. Available now. £700 p.c.m. Email: e.skinner[at]ucl.ac.uk

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Easter Vacation Let

Well-restored 18th-century house in conservation centre of pretty village 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod. cons., garden, cleaner. Village has all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24- hour bus service to Oxford centre (20 min. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 30 Mar.–16 Apr. £400 p.w. Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

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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.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

College and County have a number of larger properties with full HMO status; ideal for college lets. If you are still looking for accommodation for the next academic year, please contact us at info@collegeandcounty.biz to discuss your accommodation requirements.

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.

Thomas Merrifield Lettings. We let and manage property throughout Oxford and Oxfordshire and always have a good selection of furnished and unfurnished properties available for 6- or 12-month lets. We have a team of dedicated staff based in Jericho in Oxford and would be delighted to help you with your accommodation search. Please phone us on 01865 515900. Fax: 01865 310823. Email: info@tmlettings.co.uk. Website: www.thomasmerrifield.co.uk.

House share with one other in comfortable Oxford house. All amenities, close to centre, low rent. Aug. 2006–July 2007. Ideal for single person or couple. Email: laura.rival@anthro.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 281834.

Jericho house share. Seeking housemate to share beautiful (quiet, clean) house and garden with one female professional/doctoral student and two cats. Close to shops, restaurants, cinema, University buildings, immediate access to Port Meadows. Fully furnished, all mod. cons., bathroom with power shower, well-equipped kitchen, attractive living space with French doors to garden. Available bedroom is good-size double overlooking gardens. Suit academic/professional/graduate student seeking high standards. Available now, medium/long-term. £500 p.c.m. Tel.: 07985 905961. Email: fghansford@yahoo.com.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays (3–12 months) in friendly home of an academic. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the University Park. A small and a large furnished room with colour TV. Shared kitchen, washing machine and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. £200–£300 p.m. Email: miriamoxford@yahoo.com.

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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. Website: http://www.weeklyhome.com. Email: 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 email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Friendly n-s couple (University employee and Ph.D. student) require furnished 1- or 2-bedroom flat or house in Oxford from Apr./early May. Max. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 242049. Email: janbachmann@gmx.de.

House in Waterside/Jericho/Central North Oxford area wanted. We wish to purchase a 2-or 3-bedroom house in the Jericho area. We do not have a property to sell. We would very much appreciate it if the person with a 2-bedroom house to sell who responded to our advert on Fri., 3 Feb., could call us again on 0118 952 5036. Email: atbl45@dsl.pipex.com.

Seeking apartment to rent. One or two bedrooms. Paris, XV arrondissement, Aug. 2006–July 2007. Possibility for house exchange in Oxford, UK. Email: laura.rival@anthro.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 281834.

Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house sought for visiting academic couple from approximately 29 Apr. for two 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: sophie.gibson@oxon.blackwellpublishing.com.

Are you looking for a lodger/tenant? I'm a 52-year old looking for a lodging in Summertown/North Oxford area. I need a reasonably sized room with a desk for a laptop computer and enough room for a few books. I'm very tidy, good with animals, and would be sensitive about sharing a kitchen or bathroom but would prefer to be self- contained in a bed-sit or small flat within a house. I do a lot of voluntary work listening to patients at the Radcliffe Infirmary, and as a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy-registered counsellor I am in the process of trying to establish a listening support service for patients within the Oxford NHS Trust hospitals. On- or off-road parking is essential (I have a Summertown permit). If this has possibilities please phone James on 01865 513541.

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Holiday Lets

Two pretty, isolated, old-fashioned Sussex cottages for rent by week or weekend. Open fires, polished floors, large studies, lots of books, unfitted kitchens. No TV, no telephone. Set in own organic farm with woods, valleys, river, and views of South Downs. University, OUP and College members only. Prices from £125. Email: haroldcarter@mac.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.

Greek island holidays. Local villa specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings in the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £70 p.p./p.w. www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel.: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Southwest France. Between Albi and the medieval bastide town of Cordes, lovely 100-year old stone farmhouse on edge of village in the Tarn's 'Golden Triangle'. Six-acre grounds, 15 m. swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large well-equipped kitchen, separate wc/utility room. TV/video/DVD. Sleeps eight. Fully serviced. Several airports within easy reach. Call 0033 563 561 885 or email barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for details.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in four acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five en suite guest rooms, 3 with fire places, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €100 per night, including breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233 170045 or see www.le-castel-normandy.com.

S.W. France. Local airports: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Gerona, Barcelona. Restored house with character in beautiful, friendly Corbiere village ('fleurie awarded'). Five double bedrooms, (3 en suite), 2 living rooms, fully-equipped kitchen and laundry, large roof terrace. Swimming in local rivers and lakes, beaches 30 miles. Popular with hikers, birdwatchers, on/off cyclists. Available all year round. Call Tony Venables on 01865 790813 or email janevenab@aol.com.

Provence at your feet. Well-equipped charming 17th-century stone house in quiet hamlet, 5 miles from beautiful mediaeval town of Uzès. Many facilities in surrounding area and good jumping-off place for exploring Nimes, Arles, Avignon, etc. Can accommodate 2 or 4 people plus 2 children. Details on www.campagnac-uzes.com, alternatively email stephenrose@aol.com or call 01245 420518.

Italy. 1.) Traditional stone villa on its own road in National Park; 5 miles N.-E. of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room; 2 double family bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential. 2.) Lake Como. Apartment in village house closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace; 25 min. from Como (city). For either let £350 p.w./£650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775. www.casellarosmarino.co.uk.

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 allowed off the quays. From £225-£465 p.w. Winter: £185 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

N.W. France. Self-catering holiday cottage. A newly converted barn in peaceful country surroundings, close to the beautiful town of Morlaix and 20 min. drive from north coast beaches. Bright, airy sitting room with corner kitchen. Double bedroom, twin beds and en suite shower room. Village shops at Plougonven, 2km; 45 minutes drive south from Roscoff. £250 p.w. Contact Yvonne Morgan on 0033 (0)298 78 70 59. Email: vonanddavid@club-internet.fr.

Cévennes, Gard/Ardèche borders. Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/riding and attractive river-swimming. Roman Provence, Rhône vineyards, Gorges du Tarn – all within easy reach. Two spacious, newly refurbished and entirely independent apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Available separately, but very suitable for two families wishing to holiday together yet retain independence. One, sleeping 8+, has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 bedrooms, bathroom and 2 shower rooms; the other accommodates 5/6 in two bedrooms with a huge kitchen/living area, generous shower room and cool covered terrace. Set at about 1,000 ft, with large shady gardens, the house is in a quiet hamlet. Near a village with shops. Easy access via cheap flights to Nimes/Montpellier/Marseilles. N-s only, please. Full c.h. available for cooler months. Prices from £245 p.w. For further details please call 01527 541360.

Italy, Le Marche. Spacious 3-bedroom house in quiet location, 20 min. Urbino, 40 min. to sandy beaches. Sleeps 6 + 2. One large bathroom (worth waiting for), large sitting room and kitchen/dining room. Terrace with magnificent views and small garden area. C.h. Take own bed linen, hence only £200 p.w. Email: viv.pearson@pharm.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 271852 (work) or 01865 351754 (home) for photographs and further details.

Catalonia. Well-appointed period house in the unspoilt village of Regencós (65 miles north-east of Barcelona). The house has two self-contained flats, one with double bedroom and twin bedroom, the other with double bedroom. Both flats have kitchen, bathroom and lounge/diner. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views. Six miles from superb beaches. Spanish maid visits every Sunday. £400 p.w.; £750 per fortnight; £1,400 per 4-week period. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email: charlesmould@btconnect.com.

Dordogne, 12 miles north of Bergerac. Two charming houses, 80 yards apart, in 22 acres, ensuring complete privacy. Farmhouse sleeps 8; converted barn sleeps 4/5. Can be let separately or together. Ideal for two families on a joint holiday. Peaceful rural location with spectacular views. Fully equipped. Superb 40 ft pool with terrace. Brochure, etc. Tel.: 01307 818376.

Algarve, Portugal. Delightful first-floor two-bedroom apartment in unspoilt Manta Rota near Tavira. Bright, airy sitting room, fully-equipped kitchen. Linen provided. Washing machine and dryer. Air conditioner/heaters. Satellite TV with UK channels. CD and DVD players. A few minutes' stroll from excellent beach. Great restaurants, cafés, shops, and bars. £200 p.w.–£350 p.w. Email: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk or telephone 01865 769328.

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For Sale

Assorted high-quality baby equipment (most 0–18 months): Chicco High Chair & Table; Baby Walker; White Plastic Baby Bath; Fisher Price Deluxe Take Along Swing (music and electrical swing operation); Baby Bouncer; Baby Bouncer with electrical vibration; Britax Car Seat; Mothercare Car Seat. Total bundle retails for more than £400 and is essentially as new; any reasonable offer considered. Email: enkwd@dsl.pipex.com.

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