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Oxford University Gazette, 26 January 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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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. 27 Jan., Dr Martin Speight, 'The health of corals: do reefs have a future?'; 3 Feb., Dr Sarah Watkinson, 'Woodland fungi and the global carbon cycle'; 10 Feb., Damien Challet, '(Im)perfect pitch'; 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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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 or 01865 288087 for details.

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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

Oxford's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Centre is sponsoring a series of free lectures for the Oxfordshire Science Festival at various venues around Oxford. The lectures are free and open to all to attend. Choose from the following titles: 'Relaxed Alertness – using learning for success', 'Healthcare for people who are homeless', 'Unravelling the myths of nanotechnology', and 'The evolution of threats in computer security.' To reserve your free place, visit CPD's website at and complete the registration form or send us an email:

MECO Monthly Forum. Dr Zainiy Othman, Visiting Scholar in Oxford from the Department of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, will speak and lead a wide-ranging discussion on 'Ibn Arabi's scholarship and its relevance today'. This public lecture takes place on Sun., 29 Jan. at 3 p.m., Summertown Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads, North Oxford. Refreshments served. All welcome. For further details email or phone 01865 439805.

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. in the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Studies, Wesley House, Cambridge CB5 8BJ. Wed., 1 Feb., Dr R. Re Manning, Cambridge, 'Paul Tillich's treatment of Jewish-Christian relations'; Tues., 2 Mar., H. Chertok, Ben Gurion University, 'He also spoke as a Jew: the mystery of the Rev. James Parkes'; Wed., 8 Mar., Dr D. Langton, Manchester, 'Grace Aguilar and Lily Montagu'.

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'Come and Sing Messiah'. Conductor Robert Dean. Sat., 18 Feb. at the Sheldonian. Workshop begins at 2 p.m. Followed by a performance with orchestra at 7.30 p.m. Singers tickets: £20; audience: £10/ £7.50. All proceeds to 'The Art Room' (reg. Charity 1088739). Email: Tel.: 01865 552855.

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Leckford Place School: Open Afternoon

Independent co-educational day school. Entry at 11+ and 13+. Join us for our Open Afternoon on Sat., 4 Feb. from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. All welcome. Tel.: 01865 302620 or visit for further information.

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D'Overbroeck's College: Sixth Form Open Morning

Join us for our Open Morning on Sat., 4 Feb. from 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Entry into First or Second Year Sixth. All welcome. Telephone the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit for further information.

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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:

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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:

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.

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).

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

Editing. Experienced professional freelance offers editing and copywriting for books, reports, journal articles; proofreading for theses. Arts and sciences. Reasonable rates, quotations given. Contact Robin Watson on 01993 706902 or at

SugarPepper Cooks. Catering for all occasions from weddings and christenings, to tapas parties and canapé receptions. We offer well-balanced and imaginative food, classic and modern, leaving you free to truly enjoy your day. For more information please visit or call 01865 791136. All enquiries welcome.

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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 51322. Mobile: 07958 780009. Email: Website:

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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 for details.

Public Speaking/Presentations. One-day speaking course in Oxford on Sat., 4 Feb. Learn to present yourself and your ideas so that you make a good impression. The day is dedicated to improving your speaking skills. Maximum number of participants six. For more details phone 01865 437232 or check my website at

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Situations Vacant

Oxford Methodist Circuit seeks Christian lay- worker to cover maternity leave. Full or part-time hours negotiable. Job involves pastoral and administrative work in Oxford city and local area. (Maternity cover; appointment of 6 months initially.) Application forms and details from the Circuit Secretary, Church Office, Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH. Closing date: 14 Feb. Tel.: 01865 243216. 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:

North Oxford . Comfortable semi- detached house, available now. Three bedrooms plus incorporated attic, sunroom. Bathroom with separate wc plus cloakroom, fully furnished. Double glazing, c.g.h. Suitable for family. £850 p.m. plus bills. Near park. Email:

Spacious, well-equipped and comfortable 4-bedroom house with garden in North Oxford (Summertown). Double glazing and c.h. Available for one year from Apr. £1,200 p.c.m. Owners professionally involved with Japan and speak Japanese. Please contact Dr and Mrs Powell on 01865 512472. Email: or

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:

Botley, Oxford. Well-presented furnished semi-detached house with 2 reception rooms, large kitchen/breakfast room, utility room (dishwasher, washing machine), 2 double bedrooms and 1 single/study and family bathroom with bath and electric shower. G.c.h. and large gardens. Can be flexible regarding the amount of furniture. Ample parking outside the house. Good local amenities. Available from Apr. £900 p.c.m. plus utilities. For further details please contact

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Flats to Let

North Oxford . One- and two-bedroom purpose- built fully-furnished apartments, within easy reach of most University and hospital departments, surrounded by sporting & shopping amenities. Best suited to mature professional and visiting academics. One-bedroom apartment available from Feb. at £695 p.c.m.; two- bedroom apartment available now at £795 p.c.m. All excluding utility and council tax where applicable. Tel.: 01865 516144 or email

Two-bedroom fully-furnished and equipped flat available in Summertown, Apr. to July. £695 p.m. plus utilities and council tax. Please contact

Central North Oxford, near Port Meadow. Two-bedroom flat in attractive Victorian house. Large, well-kept garden backing onto canal. Recently redecorated. Unfurnished. Lovely views, light and airy. Would suit n-s professional couple. Available now. £875 p.c.m. Tel.: 07946 397482 or 0131 5588406.

New Oxford flat. Two bedrooms, close to city centre, communal gardens, countryside views from first-floor balcony. Parking space included. £900 p.m. Tel.: 07799 772694. 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.

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:

A home away from home. Attractive, comfortable B&B accommodation in light, cheerful house suitable for academics. On bus route, just over a mile from the High Street. Quiet. Special discounted rates for weekly/monthly stay. Casual rate: £39 per night (single); £60 (double). British breakfast inclusive. Tel.: 01865 770 501.

Charming Edwardian family home in East Oxford. Easter: 31 Mar.-20 Apr., or summer: 7-28 Aug., sleeps 6+. River Thames 3 min., city centre 15 min. walk. Suitable for family, couple or single person who likes space. Garden summerhouse for quiet retreat. £600 for one week (extra days: £100 per day), £1,000 for two weeks, or £1,200 for three. Further details: or 01865 247851.

Large furnished room available in lovely house in Headington from 1 Feb. To share with one other. All mod. cons., incl. internet access, garden, weekly cleaner. Very near to shops, hospitals, local transport. Initially available for 6 months. N-s preferred. £320 p.m. to include bills (excl. telephone). Tel.: 07980 307545.

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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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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.

Two retired women have a house in Juneau, Alaska, to exchange for house or flat in Oxford for one month beginning late May through June. Alaska house on tidelands with 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, hot tub on deck with view of glacier, two pianos, two bikes, kayak, books. Three miles from UAS campus. Use of cars negotiable. Email:

House in Waterside/Jericho/Central North Oxford area wanted. We wish to purchase a house on the Oxford Waterside development, Jericho or central north Oxford area. Our budget is in the region of £340,000 and we do not have a property to sell. If you are thinking of selling your house now, or in the near future, please contact us at or on 0118 952 5036.

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. We are cash buyers. Serious replies (no agents) to or call 07738097168.

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Holiday Lets

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:

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

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.

Holiday home in Western France to let. Situated in Venise Verte, 40 min. from La Rochelle and beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6. Fully-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and 3 bedrooms. Enclosed garden and access to canal network and private punt. Ideal for cycling, walking, boating, fishing, painting, touring etc. £400 p.w. (high season). Contact Linda Eaton on 07919 308912 or 01635 202868.

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

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.

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