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Oxford University Gazette, 16 March 2006 : Advertisements


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The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.

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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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Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Dr Howard Andrew Chamblin will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, 9 June, in Christ Church Cathedral. Tea will be served in Christ Church Dining Hall after the service.

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MECO Monthly Forum. Jonathan Curiel, Reuters Fellow, Green College, and San Francisco Chronicle, will speak and lead a discussion on 'The U.S. Media and Islam: Contemporary Problems and Future Prospects'. This presentation takes place at 3 p.m. in the Summertown Hall (corner Banbury and Portland Roads) on Sun., 26 Mar. Free admission. Refreshments served. All welcome. For further details contact or 01865 766032.

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Theatre Play

'The Cowardly Samurai', a Japanese play in English, presented by Yuki Productions in association with the Oxford Fureai Network. The performance will take place on Mon., 20 Mar., at The Auditorium, Magdalen College, 8 p.m. Tickets available from committee members or on the door. For more details see

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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:, 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.

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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.

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Situations Vacant

St Catherine's College, Oxford, requires a Maintenance Handyperson who will be responsible for general maintenance duties within the College. The successful candidate will have a background in maintenance, and possession of a trade skill would be an advantage. Salary: £13,728 p.a. Closing date: 24 Mar., 5 p.m. Further particulars for this post, details of the College's application procedures, and the application form are all available on the College's website at They can also be obtained via email from, or by post from the Personnel Office, St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ (Tel.: 01865 281427).

Nuffield College requires a hardworking and reliable Domestic Assistant (Scout) to keep offices, staircases, corridors, bathrooms/toilets and public rooms clean. 20–30 hours p.w. (7 a.m.–11 a.m., Mon.–Fri.). Salary: £5.74 to £6.51 per hour (Domestic Scale). Our benefits package includes 20 days annual leave pro-rata, plus closed periods at Christmas and Easter, free meals whilst on duty, a season-ticket loan scheme, and contributory pension scheme. Closing date: Tues., 28 Mar., 12 noon. Interviews will be held on Wed., 5 Apr. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact the Housekeeper on 01865 288540. Nuffield College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Further details and an application form may be requested from the Human Resources Department, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF. Tel.: 01865 278699. Email:

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is seeking to appoint a Secretary to the Director (full-time position). Applicants should have proven secretarial and organisational skills and the ability to use these in ways that support the Director's wide range of activities. A sense of responsibility, initiative, flexibility and ability to work under pressure are essential. Salary in the range of £18,509–£20,833 p.a. Further particulars are available on request. Closing date: Wed., 29 Mar. Applications, including C.V. and full details of two referees, should be sent to the Personal Assistant to the Director, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR. Tel.: 01865 278731.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is seeking to appoint a Secretary (full-time position). Applicants should have a minimum of two years secretarial experience, and the ability and willingness to undertake a variety of duties as a member of a small team. Salary in the range of £14,372 - £16,553 p.a. Further particulars are available on request. Closing date: Wed., 29 Mar. Applications, including C.V. and full details of two referees, should be sent to the Personal Assistant to the Director, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR. Tel.: 01865 278731.

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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 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:

Tinkerbell Cottage in Boars Hill, Oxford. Four miles from city centre. Charming terraced cottage with gardens and stunning countryside views. Double bedroom plus study with sleeping loft. Furnished, working fireplace, off-street parking, close to Oxford buses. Suit couple or single person. £850 p.c.m. incl. utilities, except phone. No pets. Please contact 01865 735305 or

Lovely house in Florence Park, off the Iffley Road and within easy reach of the town centre (15 min. by bus). It has two double bedrooms, a study and another small room upstairs, and living room, large kitchen, bathroom downstairs. Furnished. Will be available for renting during the months of Apr.-June. Please contact or 07910 850188.

Furnished house in Melbourne, Australia. Up to six months from mid-Mar. Reasonable rent. Tel.: 01235 527412.

Seventeenth-century cottage, west of Oxford, within ring road. Two bedrooms. Suit couple. Garden. Parking. £900 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513996.

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Flat to Let

Recently refurbished south-facing maisonette a few minutes' walk from Magdalen Bridge; sitting-room, 1 double bedroom, 2 further bedrooms, shower, bathroom and separate WC. Off-peak electric heating. Ground-floor fully-fitted kitchen with new appliances and adjacent dining-room. Unfurnished, available immediately. £875 p.c.m. Tel.: 07733 164552; Email:

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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: or visit our website at

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

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 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:

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: Website:

Available from May–Aug. Attic room including kitchenette and separate shower room in semi-detached house in South Oxford, 1 mile from city centre. Self-contained but for shared main entrance and stairs. Overlooking open country from the back. Fully furnished and equipped with microwave, hob, and utensils. Suitable for single person. £450 p.c.m including bills except for separate telephone line. Contact Dr. M. O'Brien on 01865 728111 or

Sunningwell. Quiet room in large house, country views, broadband. G.c.h. N-s. £400 p.c.m. incl. Four miles to city centre. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 735041.

South-facing room to rent in family home just north of Summertown. Use of kitchen, bathroom, facilities also. Rent: £90 p.w. incl. heating, lighting. Available now. Mature person preferred. Contact Dr D. Martin at

Warm comfortable rooms available. Visitors or sabbatical. £100 p.w. Also, B&B/evening meal (optional). Rate negotiable. Tel.: 01865 510028.

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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: Email:

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Office Accommodation

Office accommodation in Oxford: North Oxford, 5 minutes from St Giles'. Detached garden bungalow with private access, 4 rooms and amenities. Alternatives: a suite of 3 rooms, another of 2 rooms. Facilities complete—BT, NTL, fax outlets, broadband, car-parking. Quiet location. Tel.: 01865 511111.

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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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at 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.

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:

Cat-sitting situations wanted in 2006 in central Oxford by long-term University employee who adores cats. Can do Easter and other longer periods of a week or more. Excellent refs available from two cat-loving Oxford households. Email:

Professional (medical) married couple seeking a comfortable home in Oxford from 1 July for 12+ months. We would be willing to rent and/or look after your home if you are going away on sabbatical/other. Email:

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Holiday Lets

Tuscany/Siena: lovely country house fully refurbished last year, with 2 doubles, swimming pool and fantastic view, easily reachable from Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti, 17km from Siena. See

Tuscany, Villa S. Stefano: an ideal place for your vacation in the best of Siena area, a secluded and quiet villa in the Tuscan countryside, accommodates up to 10 people, with 3 bathrooms with jacuzzi, large dining-living room, all appliances kitchen, air conditioning, SAT, garden, pool, BBQ, private parking. Car for hire, cooking lessons, and many other options and extras available. Tel.: +393287133951. Email:

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:

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

Rural Andalusia. Traditional Spanish farmhouse in glorious unspoiled countryside with stunning views. Ideal place for exploring national parks and enjoying a range of outdoor activities. Only one hour from Malaga; two hours from Granada and Seville. Simple but comfortable rooms and wonderful home cooking, swimming pool, and bar. Available all year. €30 p.p./p.n., incl. breakfast. Discounts for 8+ days. For more information email Tel.: +34 952 111869.

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:

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. Email: 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 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

South-West France country cottages with own pool, near St Antonin. Relax in the tranquillity of rural France in either the spacious old Pigeonnier (sleeps 6) or in the smaller Farmhouse (sleeps 4). Both have great character and comfort and are set in an elevated position with stunning views and secluded, mature gardens. Good level of vacancies from May, but not Aug. Contact Mike or Chris via

Siena/Italy. Newly refurbished apartment with two double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, garden and shared swimming pool in a fantastic location with 270 degrees view over the hills of Chianti. Very quiet but easily reachable. Car needed. Three miles from Castelnuovo Berardenga. More details on Contact:

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.

Pembrokeshire Cottage near Fishguard, 1 km from coast. Ideal for rambling, reading, and relaxing. Cosy, secluded cottage well situated for the coast path and inland walking routes. Accessible by public transport and 10 min. from shops, pubs, beaches. Stove, books, own garden. Children/dogs welcome. Sleeps 3+, caravan accommodation also available. Modest rates, especially in low season. For brochure please call 01348 872080 or email

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 5610 13046, for photographs and more information.

Converted stone barn to let in idyllic setting, 24 km south of Florence, Italy. Sleeps four, reasonable rates. No pool but beautiful lake nearby. Long-term rent negotiable. For more information please contact Tel.: 0039 3400777735.

Luxury lodge, Clowance Country Club Estate, Cornwall. Sleeps 6. Three bedrooms, private sauna and jacuzzi bath, fully self-contained, plasma screen TV in lounge/dining room, individual TVs in each bedroom. Set in glorious grounds with golf course, tennis courts, swimming, walks, restaurant, and much more. Special one-off discount for the week commencing Fri., 24 Mar. Contact Dr Yee on 01865 790221.

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House for Sale

Spacious, elegant house on bus routes, about 3 miles from Central Oxford. Four bedrooms, two reception rooms, fully- fitted kitchen/diner, bathroom, wc, g.c.h. Large garden, double garage. £499,000. Tel.: 01865 779872.

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For Sale

W. Hoffman upright piano: fine condition, beautiful case, played 10 years by keen amateur. Professionally maintained. Private sale: £3,500. Purchaser to arrange removal. Inspection (in Oxford) by appointment. Please call 01865 439273.

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