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Oxford University Gazette, 23 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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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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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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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine: 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we would like to bring you herbs, spices, roots, beauty, fragrances and the Mughal tradition of passion for good food. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Website:

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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).

Transcribing of taped interviews for research, etc. Confidential and efficient service with many years' experience. Also copy typing. Please contact Lucy Curtin on 01865 249329 or email

Oxford Property Finders. Moving is very stressful and time consuming. Let me take the stress out of moving by finding an ideal home for you. I am a property consultant with over ten years' experience of buying and selling property in Oxford. I will locate and view on your behalf and select the best properties for your requirements. For further details or to book a free consultation, call 01865 315127 or email

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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

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.

Linacre College requires a part-time Assistant Librarian. (7–10 hours p.w.) The Assistant Librarian will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Linacre College Library with managerial support from the Fellow Librarian. Working hours are negotiable. Salary: £16,553–17,454 pro rata (Clerical and Library Scale 4). Closing date: Wed., 19 Apr. Interviews will be held on Thurs., 27 Apr (morning). For application details and further particulars please contact Hilary Sudbury on 01865 271667. 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 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:

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.

Idyllically situated coach house, views over Blenheim Park, Woodstock, twice hourly bus to Oxford. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, bathroom, double bedroom. Off-street parking. £600 p.c.m. excl. Contact 01993 813569 and 07976 438336.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: two lovely ground floor flats, fully furnished, each with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Flat 1 is available now; Flat 2 is available from 20 May. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Upper Wolvercote. Large top floor flat in ideal location, 5 min. by bus from city centre. Double bedroom, good storage. Min. let one year. £570 p.c.m. excl. Available from June 2006. Tel.: 01608 811018 or 077 6201 9373.

Cowley, Boswell Road. Extremely nice ground-floor flat with large garden. Two bedrooms and all modern comforts. Very silent. Well-served by buses, 15 min. from downtown. For very quiet academic person or couple, with reference. From end Aug. to end Jan. 2006. £550 p.m., council tax and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (7 p.m.–9 p.m. or leave message). Mobile: 07810 194454. 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:

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

Comfortable ground floor room overlooking lovely North Oxford garden in unique, spacious flat. Own entrance; en suite shower. Further study space available in garden cabin. Kitchen area and laundry as required. Would suit graduate, D.Phil student, visiting or overseas academic, or single person. Long lease (six months renewable) offered. N-s only. Available mid-Apr. References, please. Email: Tel.: 01865 511276.

Room to rent in Jericho flat. Looking for a mature graduate student/young academic/professional, etc., to share 2- bedroom, renovated, spacious flat, from 1 Aug. 2006 to 30 June 2007. (Top two floors of a converted house.) Looking for a quiet, clean non-smoker, preferably female. £620 p.m. excluding bills. Good facilities, wireless internet, washer/dryer. Overlooks garden, street parking, nice neighbourhood, central location. Email or call 01865 514615 (3–8 p.m.).

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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:

Wanted: a family with children, interested in an exchange for 2 weeks this summer (July) with a 15-year old French teenage boy who would like to improve his English. A return visit to Paris would be possible. Please contact

Visiting Cambridge Lecturer and wife, both non-smokers, require furnished accommodation for the 4-month-period Sept.–Dec. 2006; ideally near to Saïd Business School. We are seeking a room in a house or a modest flat to share. Tel.: 01223 322290. Email:

We need a family home of character with garden to buy or possibly rent from autumn 2006 in central/north Oxford or nearby village. Essential: Oxford centre easily reachable by public transport and/or walking; quiet; at least 3 bedrooms; some sort of garden. Desirable: open fire; nice neighbours; aga. Serious replies (no agents) to or call 07738 097168.

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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:

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:

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:

Tuscany. Small traditional farmhouse in Chianti, 15 min. from Siena, amid olive groves, overlooking unspoilt valley, beautiful view of Siena's skyline. Sleeps up to 6, simply but decently equipped; car essential Small pool and idyllic surroundings. Photos and rates at Email:

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.

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

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.

Need a break somewhere warmer? Fond of Mediterranean seafood? Our flat in Garrucha, Almeria, is available now. Fully equipped, two bedrooms, few min. from the beach. Garrucha has been a popular holiday destination for Madrileños since the nineteenth century, partly due to the restaurants along the promenade supplied by the fleet, which returns each afternoon. For more details email Dr. H. La Rue at

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. £400 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 or email (c/o)

Tuscany, Maremma. Detached house surrounded by farmland, sleeps 4–6. C.h., fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room with fireplace leading to Portico, ideal for outside dining. Ten min. from shops and range of beaches. Rome, Pisa, Florence, Siena, each within two hours' drive. Etruscan and Roman sites. Easy access to Tuscan archipelago. Tel.: 07811 923960.

Croatia. Simple town house in Venetian town of Labin, 10 min. from beautiful Istrian coast. Sleeps 4–6. Hiking, horse riding, shops, bars, all nearby. Two hours from airports at Trieste or Ljubljana. £250 p.w., incl. bills and linen. Discount for 2 weeks or out of season. Contact or call Catherine Barron on 0039 040 576172.

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House for Sale

French Pyrenees. Beautiful stone-and-wood Catalan vigneron's house; 35 min. Perpignan airport, 4 km Prades, minutes' from Casals Festival site, surrounded by chestnut, acacia, cherry, peach. Discreet, effective restoration of 3/4 bedrooms, 2 receptions, 2 bathrooms, 3 caves, terrace, pretty walled garden plus piece of land with fruit trees. Lovely views. Mountain streams, walking, fishing, skiing, thermal baths. 1 hour Med. In friendly village with epicerie. £205,000. Pictures available. Email: Tel.: 0033-468-057794.

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Flats for Sale

7 Laurel Court, Nye Bevan Close, Oxford, OX4. Sunny first-floor flat in St. Clement's. Kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms (1 bedroom with en suite), living room with sliding windows and Juliet balcony, parking, communal garden, bike shed. C.h., double-glazed throughout. Long lease. Security-coded gates. Access to South Park and Cowley Road shops and bars, incl. Tesco. £210,000. Contact: or 07815 770519.

Notting Hill flat. Second floor, light, imaginatively designed up-to-the- minute renovation seconds' from delights of Portobello Road. Large livingroom/bedroom, big kitchen, bathroom, small study, terrace. All fixtures and fittings. £365,000. Tel.: 00771 8092671.

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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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