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Oxford University Gazette, 27 April 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 and of all ages are eligible for membership. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. 28 Apr., Social ' meet at the Plough at Wolvercote. Walk at 7 p.m. and/or meal/drinks at 8 p.m. 5 May, Peter Crook, 'Raising the roof for a Nairobi school—sponsored climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro'; 12 May, Jim Dinnage, 'Printing and the environment'; 19 May, Rosemary Tucker, 'From paradise to devastation—rebuilding Sri Lanka after the tsunami'; 26 May, Roy Overall, 'Oxford University Museum swifts in the Tower'; 2 June, Nigel Hammond, 'Social history from photographs'; 9 June, Tony Augarde, 'Word play'; 16 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Sat., 29 Apr., 8 p.m., Merton College Chapel. Charpentier: Te Deum; Monteverdi: Beatus Vir; Vivaldi: Gloria. The Oxford Spezzati Soloists and Orchestra. Conductor: Nick Mumby. Tickets: £10/£5 (concessions) available on the door. Reservations: 07973 655 489.

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell, Sun., 30 Apr., at 2.45 p.m. The prize-winning duo Florica Grigoras (violin) and Helen Radice (harp) will play an entertaining programme of music by Sarasate, Saint-Saëns, Kroll, Debussy, Spohr, Monti, Britten, Massenet and Tartini. Tickets from the Playhouse (01865 305305 or, or at the door. Free to 8–22 year-olds (Cavatina scheme).

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Volunteers wanted

Show you care'support a child/young person who is looked after by the Local Authority. If you are 18+ years old, responsible, able to develop a caring relationship with a child/young person, and willing to give approx. 2 hours each fortnight, then please contact us to find out more. Oxon IV & Advocates. Tel.:/Fax: 01869 602570. Email: For more info about the charity and/or the project 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.

Scott Bennett undertakes restoration of antique furniture using traditional methods and techniques so you can be confident that your furniture is in the hands of a professional who is sympathetic to the period that the furniture represents. Scott Bennett operates from the North Oxford area. Free quotations are available on request and delivery and collection is also available. Please contact 07810774692 or email

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Services Offered

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.

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:

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 358737 or 07971 683377.

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).

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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

We are looking for fun, enthusiastic people to be marshals for two charity bike rides. Classic Oxford, Sun., 14 May, in aid of 'Against Breast Cancer' and London to Oxford, 2 July, for 'C.L.I.C. Sargent'. Duties include providing support, directions, and encouragement to cyclists along the route. Must be 18 years or over. £5.25 per hour. Please call Claire Hacker on 01725 519384. 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:

Recently renovated house, 2 available double bedrooms (one en suite), bath, utility, living and dining rooms, large sunny room with breakfast area overlooking patio and small garden. All appliances incl. dishwasher. Quiet neighbourhood close to local shops with easy bus access to centre. Professional couple preferred. No smoking. Available mid-Aug.–mid-Dec. £750 p.c.m. plus utilities. Email:

New Marston. Three-bedroom house available from 17 June (long-term let, lease required). £820 p.c.m. Mid-terrace with external access to small back garden. Fully furnished with washer/dryer; 1 wc/bathroom. Ten min. walk to University Parks, close to JR Hospital and both universities, with frequent bus service to city centre. Suit professional couple/small family; pets allowed. No sublets, no smokers please. Email for details.

Hayfield Road. Exceptional position: quiet no-through road. Unspoilt Victorian terrace house: walk to city centre. Newly redecorated. Charming furnished accommodation, oak floors, original fireplaces. Delightful garden: roses, clematis. Two connected living rooms, two bedrooms, loft conversion (third bedroom/study). Kitchen with dining area: washer/drier, dishwasher. Bath/shower. Street parking. Near shop, canal, Port Meadow. £1,300 p.c.m. Private let, initially 1 year. No smoking. Email: Tel.: 01865 438883.

Spacious town house in South Oxford, close to park and swimming pool. 5–6 bedrooms, exceptionally spacious lounge and separate kitchen dining area, two bathrooms, and garden at the back. Fully-equipped., c.h., dishwasher etc. The house is in a quiet neighbourhood and ten min. from central Oxford. Ideally suited for group of mature students, professionals wanting to share, or for family. Available from Sept. Please contact 01865 429285 (answer machine).

Blandford Avenue. Detached family house in north Oxford with 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms. Available late Apr., unfurnished. £1,650 per month. Ref. 3325. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

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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.

Ground floor, Riverside. One-bedroom flat, with large patio area and direct access to the Thames. Near Sandford Lock. Fully furnished. Private parking. One year or more, from June. £725 p.c.m. Non-smoker. Tel.: 0207 460 3100.

Self-contained 1-double bedroom flat with balcony, situated on Harcourt Hill, overlooking green belt. Within 5 min. of Oxford Brookes' Harcourt Hill campus; regular bus service to central Oxford. The flat is fully furnished, with c.h. and double-glazing, and includes a very large sitting room, double bedroom with wash hand basin and large fitted wardrobe, a fully-equipped modern kitchen and power shower room. Parking space for one car. Available from 1 Aug. £580 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 722373.

Spacious south-facing flat to rent in quiet area of South Oxford, 5 min. from swimming pool and only 15 min. from centre of town. One spacious bedroom and tastefully designed large kitchen/sitting area with pitch roof and velux window. The flat is light and airy. Suitable for mature couple or single person. South-facing terrace garden. Fully equipped and refurbished. £685 p.c.m. Available from Sept. Please call 01865 429285 (answering machine).

North Oxford (off Woodstock Road): spacious luxury two-bedroom flat, available immediately for 6 months or longer. Two bedrooms (one en suite), modern kitchen, sitting room/dining room. All tastefully furnished. Private off-street parking. N-s only. £800 p.m. Contact Tel.: 01865 513739 (evenings).

Fully-furnished studio garden flat (with independent entrance) located in North Oxford is available to rent for 3 to 6 months (longer or shorter stay is negotiable). Ideal for single n-s visiting academics. £120 p.w. incl. heating. Email:

Summertown. Spacious 1-bedroom apartment, refurbished in Apr. 2005. Available in May, fully furnished and equipped, £815 p.m. Ref.: 2988. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

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Vacation Lets

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 16 July–24 Aug. £400 p.w. Email: Tel.: 01865 483951 (work) or 01865 880142 (home).

North Oxford . For rent, 3 July–9 Aug. Very modern 4-bedroom house, just off Woodstock Road, close to Summertown. Large open-plan living area, 3 bathrooms, private garden with small heated pool, off-street parking. £2,000 including utilities. Contact or 01865 512025.

Summer let. Four-bedroom furnished terrace house in Grandpont, Oxford, 5 min. from city centre, for July and Aug. only. £1,200 p.c.m. Please contact Andrew and Helen Wilson on 01865 726299 or email

Exceptional family house in Plantation Road, North Oxford, available to rent for one month (Aug 2006). Located 10 min. walk from city centre and railway station. Close to Port Meadow, Oxford University, University Parks, shops, and restaurants. Accommodation comprises three bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, and small garden. Enquiries by email to

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Accommodation Offered

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:

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:

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

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

North Oxford /Upper Wolvercote, newly built large self-contained studio room, own front door, en suite shower room, kitchenette, walk-in cupboard, new bed and furniture, phone/internet point, attic storage. Suit mature professional, n-s person or couple. Right on bus route, quiet side street location, garden view. References required; 6 month min. let. From £600 p.c.m. to include hot water and some heating. Tel.: 01865 559699.

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

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

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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.

House swap. Oxford - Cape Town, 7–21 July. Would you like to swap your family home in or close to Oxford for our beautifully renovated five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on the slopes of Table Mountain? Ten min. drive to city and Clifton/Camps bay beaches. Safe garden for children. Maid and gardener included. If so email or call 0027 729 440963.

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:

Visiting New York academic n-s couple with infant would like a suitable furnished home, fairly close to city centre, for a vacation rental in July and early August (exact dates flexible). We have stayed in Oxford before and can provide references etc. Please contact

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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:

Holm View, Papa Westray, Orkney. Comfortable self-catering cottage, in peaceful position near sandy beaches on this small friendly island. Seals, birds, archaeological sites, well-stocked shop nearby. Sleeps four (twin and double bedrooms, en suite shower rooms). Open plan sitting, dining areas, well-equipped kitchen. Strictly non-smoking. Inclusive weekly charges £160–£310; long winter lets possible. For photos and details see To book, please email or phone 01857 644211.

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

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

Tuscany: Family-owned wine estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese. Offers ancient farmhouse and apartments. Secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Tel.:/Fax (0039) 055 824 9120. Email:

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

Italy, Le Marche. Luxurious guesthouse, run by Italian family, excellent home cooking, set in stunning countryside. Swimming pool. 25 min. from Sibillini mountains: skiing, trekking, canoeing; 30 min. from coastal beaches; 45 min. from Ancona airport. Very reasonable rates. Ideal for short breaks, all seasons. Nearest large town: Macerata. Contact 01865 513739 for further details or see or email Daniele Castellani at

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Houses for Sale

Delightfully cosy and characterful period stone cottage in sought- after country village. Five min. from Woodstock with fast access to Oxford. Ideal for a single professional or a retired couple. Fully furbished and maintained to high standard throughout. Two bedrooms, reception, hall, utility room, bathroom, with a neat and pleasant garden and charming summer house. Contact Peter Snow on 01865 422569 or at

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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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