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Oxford University Gazette, 29 September 2005: 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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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Oxford Connections: 13 Oct., 'Children's literature and the sense of place', Nicola Watson; 20 Oct., 'Morse and me', Colin Dexter; 27 Oct., 'Writing a real-life story: Frankie and Stankie, a departure from type', Barbara Trapido; 3 Nov., 'The secret history of outdoor Shakespeare', Michael Dobson; 10 Nov., 'Imaginary gardens with real toads', Ann Pilling; 17 Nov., 'Shared lives', Lyndall Gordon; 24 Nov., tba, Iain Pears; 1 Dec., 'From power to prison to peace', Jonathan Aitken. The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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MECO Monthly Forum. Dr Maleeha Lodhi, High Commissioner of Pakistan, will speak about 'The London Bombings and the Role of Muslims in the West' at 2 p.m. on Sat., 8 Oct. at St Antony's College, Oxford. All welcome, but places must be reserved by email at or by phone on 01865 766032.

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English as a Foreign Language for Families

Separate but simultaneous classes for adults and children 5–12 years, held on Wed. 5–6.30 p.m. at North Oxford Community Centre, Diamond Place, Summertown. Adults without children/children without adults also welcome. Term starts 5 Oct. Cost for ten lessons £35 for one adult or child, £45 for a family. Details from the North Oxford Assoc. (552295), or from the tutor, Helen Foster. Tel.: 01865 763358, e-mail: .

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Research on Filipino Carers

Are you, or is someone you know, over the age of 70 and being cared for at home by a carer from the Philippines? The University of Oxford is conducting research on the experiences of migrant workers in the British care sector, and is conducting interviews with carers from the Philippines. Interview confidentiality will be respected, and interviews may be conducted in both English and Tagalog. If you know of any Filipino carers who may be willing to be interviewed, or would like more information, please contact Lourdes Gordolan at lourdes.gordolan@compas.o or call 01865 274711.

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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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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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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 TheEconomist.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).

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444597 (daytime). 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.

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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.

Female 23-year-old Italian interpreting student is seeking an au-pair family, ideally for 3–4 months (mid-Oct–mid- Feb.). No au-pair experience but very willing to learn! Reliable, careful, calm; enjoys family life. Ready to help with housework and happy to spend time with children. Would like to have some time off during the day to be able to study. Contact: Elisa Buelli, Via ML King 19, 25035 Ospitaletto BS, Italy. Email:

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Situations Vacant

Wolfson College, Oxford, is looking for a friendly, reliable, and enthusiastic Office Receptionist/Secretary with good interpersonal and IT skills to join the College Secretary's team at this modern, graduate college. The Receptionist/Secretary will assist with all aspects of the admission of students, as well as providing clerical and secretarial support and upkeep of databases. Hours of work: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (negotiable). The salary will be within the College's Grade 3 range (£14,372–£16,553 p.a. pro rata) with six weeks' holiday, subsidised lunches in Hall, staff pension scheme, and parking. Wolfson College is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date: Mon., 17 Oct. Further details and an application form are available from the College Secretary, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD. Email: college.secretary@wolfson. Tel.: 01865 (2)74103.

The Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford, is looking for a Collections Manager. The museum houses the world's finest collection of early (medieval, Renaissance and early modern) scientific instruments and the role of the collections manager is to assist with the care of this important collection. The person appointed will be enthusiastic about museum work, passionate about preserving and recording the material record of the past, careful in handling rare and precious objects, and meticulous in record keeping. This position would suit a graduate in a relevant discipline or someone with two years' experience of working with collections in a museum. This is a full-time post on grade K08 on the University salary scale for Technician Staff D (£16,071–£19,050 p.a.) (pay award pending). Closing date: 7 Oct. For further details, please see the website at or contact the Museum Administrator, Margaret Hauser, Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ. Tel.: 01865 277280. Fax: 01865 277288. Email:

Secretary/Personal Assistant needed in North Oxford for few, flexible hours. Work involves supporting various aspects of work and home life of two people with busy and varied careers, including organisational and logistical management, file management, diary planning etc. Good MS Word and audio skills needed. Substantial experience at senior level and first class references essential. Please contact 07968 947178 to discuss, or with brief CV.

Double bass. A local amateur orchestra would welcome a visiting (or regular) double bass player for Monday evening rehearsals and a forthcoming concert. Loan of an instrument and transport can be arranged. There are also vacancies in other string and brass sections. Tel.: 01865 559133.

Copy editor. Part-time; home based. We provide manuscript revision to non-native English speaking authors for publishing in international journals. We are looking for people undertaking or having completed Ph.D. degrees in Economics and Business or other relevant fields with excellent English writing skills to help proofreading and editing of research papers and theses (e.g. grammatical and writing style errors). For further details, please email

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Houses to Let

North Oxford : choice of 2 attractive fully-furnished newly built houses close to Summertown shops, with easy access to hospitals and university departments and all local shopping, sport, and local amenities. Both 2-bedroom plus 1 study master with en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge, kitchen dining, garden, and private parking. Best suited to non-smokers, mature professionals, visiting academics, couples and small families with no pets and requiring high-standard accommodation. Available from Oct. Rents from £950 p.c.m. exc. utilities and council tax. Tel.: 01865 516144, e-mail:

Port Meadow house. Quiet cul-de-sac in Lower Wolvercote, North Oxford. Next to bus stop (number 6) direct to central Oxford. Three bedrooms, first-floor bathroom and toilet, downstairs toilet, kitchen, living room. To let furnished or unfurnished. Pleasant, mature garden leading down to the meadow, with striking views from the house. Off-street parking. Available 15 Oct. Suit family or house share. £1,350 p.c.m. Email: uk. Tel.: 01865 514 577.

Lovely 4-bedroom house to let in Plater Drive, Oxford. Built in 1998, safe back garden overlooking parkland and canal, quiet location by Port Meadow; one dedicated parking space, no through-traffic. Walking distance to parkland, river, shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatre, Oxford city centre, etc. No agents. Furnished or unfurnished, £2,000 p.c.m. Please contact Jonathon Baxter on 01865 516 888 or

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street, nicely modernised, walking distance to shops, station, city centre. Two bedrooms, bath with shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. To let completely furnished, china, linen, etc. Car and bike, too, if needed. Ideal sabbatical. All inclusive (except phone), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Nov. Details:

Iffley Fields. Home available whilst owners overseas. Recently renovated 4-bedroom house in desirable area. Close to city (10 min. by bike/bus), shops, and river. Quiet, friendly location overlooking convent grounds. New contemporary kitchen, bathroom and utility. Wooden floors. Large open-plan kitchen/diner/reception room. Separate lounge. Garden office with power/heating/broadband. Available 1 Jan.–mid-Aug. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Email:

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:

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Flats to Let

North and central North Oxford: 1-bedroom 3-level studio and 2-bedroom furnished apartments available from Oct., all conveniently situated for all hospital and university departments; best suited to non-smokers, mature professionals, and visiting academics with no pets. Rents: NO 2-bed (1 double 1 single) £795 p.c.m; CNO 1-bed (3-level studio) £695; 2-bedroom (spacious, 1 double, 1 single) £895 p.c.m.—all exc. utilities and council tax. Tel.: 01865 516144, e-mail:

Riverside apartment. A superb 2-bedroom apartment in a substantial period property on the banks of the River Thames with a fabulous outlook across the river. Study/utility area in the basement. Fully furnished to a high standard with some antiques. Garage and allocated parking, communal garden, and use of communal tennis court. £1,500 p.c.m. Telephone Finders Keepers on 01235 535454.

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat in quiet road off Woodstock Road; south-facing ground-floor flat with garage and shared secluded garden. Suitable for professional n-s couple. No pets. Available 1 Oct. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 513688. Email:

North Oxford . Self-contained, nicely furnished apartment in family house. Own entrance to kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, washing machine, twin oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Large bedsitting room and shower room. Suit couple, mature student, or visiting academic. All bills included (except phone—own line available). Resident on-street parking also available. £700 p.c.m. inclusive of utility and council tax. Please contact or call 07764 429 502.

City centre apartment. Unexpectedly available Oct.–July. Overlooking Playhouse, New Theatre; within minutes' of Oxford Colleges, Sheldonian Theatre, etc. Self-contained first-floor apartment, fully furnished to a high standard, comprising double bedroom, living/dining room, study, bathroom and kitchen. These apartments are very quiet but the city centre vicinity can be noisy. Photos on request. Would suit n-s, visiting academics wanting to enjoy cultural life in Oxford and London. £795 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 241224. Email: sallythomas@earliesty

Short lets available in luxury one-bedroom flat. Self- contained annexe to large village house just outside Oxford along A40. Very spacious, fully furnished, fully equipped, quiet setting, ample parking. Large lounge, kitchen, double bedroom with en suite bathroom. All linen, heating, gas, electricity, TV, broadband Internet access and other utilities included. Separate BT line for calls. N-s only. £250 p.w.; £750 p.c.m. Email: Tel.: 01865 883991.

Self-contained studio apartment. In basement with all facilities and independent access: suitable for quiet, n-s single person. Ideal location in Summertown, near shops and sports centre, bus routes, library, restaurants, coffee bars. £420 p.m. includes all bills (except telephone). Tel.: 01865 516446. Email:

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Accommodation Offered

Summertown flat: large furnished bedsitter, with kitchenette and bathroom in self-contained area on second floor of family house; c.h., telephone; rent incl. all bills, except telephone and hot-water heater. Reduced rent for one quiet, n-s, long-term tenant (over one year). Yearly contract and references required. Suitable for one person only. Write to: Dr S.L. Altmann, Brasenose College, Oxford OX1 4AJ, or e-mail

Sunny single room in house off Donnington Bridge Road for quiet, n-s lodger. Own telephone line; private bathroom and kitchen; all usual amenities plus grand piano, broadband internet (and computer if needed), large garden. £380 p.c.m. includes all bills. Must be cat lover: some light cat-sitting from time to time. Tel.: 01865 241323. Available immediately.

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.

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: uk.

Houses and rooms to let on Yarnton Manor Estate. Single and family accommodation is available to rent here at competitive rates, suitable for graduate students or visiting academics to Oxford. Yarnton Manor is set in beautiful grounds, 4 miles from Oxford city centre (Carfax). There is a regular minibus service to and from the city centre. For further details, email or call 01865 370830.

Iffley Fields. En suite attic conversion in family house. Large, quiet, very comfortable room with views of Boars Hill. Fridge, TV, and microwave. £480 p.m. inclusive of gas, electricity, and council tax. For more information, please call 01865 251592.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays in friendly home of an academic family. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the University Park. A small, furnished room with colour TV. Shared kitchen, washing machine, and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. £200 p.m. Email:

Headington. Strong, mature person, man or woman, offered a wage and free accommodation in return for help with elderly invalid. Must be available mornings and evenings, other times by arrangement. No formal qualifications needed. Own bed-sitter, shared facilities for washing and cooking. Tel.: 01865 765137.

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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

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles'. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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Accommodation Sought

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or email us: 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.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Accommodation in North or central Oxford, for a Jan.–June 2006 sabbatical, sought by Australian couple with 2 daughters (8 and 10). House-swap with a spacious 4-bedroom house in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney is also a possibility. E-mail:

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Holiday Lets

Greek Island Rentals. Skopelos and Alonissos. Local villa specialist offers lovely pool villas, town houses and cottages available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodations for 2–16 persons. Prices from £100 p.p./p.w. For information see Email: Fax: +30 24240 23057.

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Houses for Sale

Seventeenth-century 5-bedroom house now available in Brill, a friendly Buckinghamshire village just 10 miles east of Oxford. Two receptions (each with inglenook fireplace), large kitchen/breakfast room, study, playroom and spacious garden. Brill boasts an excellent primary school, 2 pubs, and a host of other amenities, and is very convenient for Oxford and London. OIRO £550,000. Please ring 01844 237343.

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For Sale

Folding weight bench (York 6605), plus a variety of weights. Hardly used. £45. Buyer must collect from Marston. Please contact n

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