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Oxford University Gazette, 1 March 2007 : Advertisements


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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 8 March, 15 March, and 22 March. Publication for Trinity Term will start on 19 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply.

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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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. 2 Mar., Mark Davies, local history author and publisher: 'A literary history of Oxford's waterways'; 9 Mar., John Tolson, seafarer and film maker: 'Antarctica—the enigma. History and travels' (tbc). Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting.

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Concert

The Hertford Bruckner Orchestra will perform the Overture to 'Ruslan and Ludmila' (Glinka), 'In the Steppes of Central Asia' (Borodin), 'The Death of Boris' (Musorgskiy), and Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich, at 8 p.m. on Saturday 3 Mar. in the University Church, by kind permission of the Vicar and the PCC. (Tickets £5/£3 from Hertford College Lodge or on the door.)

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell Music Room, Sun., 11 Mar. at 2.45 p.m. The Royal Overseas League-winning Heath String Quartet will play Haydn in C, op. 20, no. 2; Janacek, no. 2, 'Intimate Letters' and Beethoven's op. 59, no. 2 'Razumovsky'. Free Cavatina tickets for 8–22 year-olds (with card). Tickets from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305, from www.ticketsoxford.com or at the door.

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OUS Theatre Trip

'The Entertainer', The Old Vic Theatre, London. Wed., 16 May. We have reserved a block of seats in the stalls for alumni, family and friends. The evening will begin with an exclusive reception. We have arranged a brief introductory talk by a member of the Creative Team, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. Tickets cost £55, and refreshments and wine are included. For further information, please see our website www.alumni.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 288087.

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Conferences

Green Economics Institute. Progressive economics invitation to the Oxford University 2-day Green Economics Conference: 'Challenges of Social and Environmental Justice' at Mansfield College, 3–4 Apr. An international conference covering the newly emerging discipline of green economics with special delegations from China, India and Nigeria; including sessions on poverty prevention, environmental justice, energy, and feminism. For a detailed list of speakers and booking information see our website www.greeneconomics.org.uk.

Day Conference: 'The Archaeology of the Oxfordshire Thames Valley', Christ Church, Sat., 8 Sept. For further details contact Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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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 so that 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/collection is also available. For full details on services offered and contact information visit www.scottbennettrestoration.co.uk.

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Services Offered

IT Support. 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: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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).

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.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Qualified translator (Diploma in Translation IoL) offers English to German translation services at affordable prices. Letters, leaflets, short websites, etc. Email: english_german_translations@yahoo .co.uk

Portrait sculpture. Ruth Bader Gilbert offers portrait sculpture to academics and their families. Ruth is a local artist who has made many portraits of Oxford academics. Her work is currently on show at the Oxford Town Hall's new gallery with Oxford Art Society until 2 Mar. More information on www.ruthbadergilbert.net, or tel.: 01865 559176.

Need more space for books, files or even clothes? We have carpenters available to make bespoke bookshelves and wardrobes in the oxford area. Call 0800 583 3210 or email info@fandsdoors.com. Websites: www.fireandsecuritydoor.co.uk or www.fireandsecuritydoors.com.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

Debbie Payne Gardening & Domestic Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. I carry out garden makeovers if you are selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates/site visits. Excellent references. Domestic Services include one-off cleans and meals to freeze. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810420711 (mobile) or visit www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

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Tuition Offered

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving Instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 13 years with a 75% pass rate (national average: 45%). Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses, motorway and refresher lessons all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: ACzyba@aol.com. Website: www.instructortraining.org.uk.

English lessons for foreigners ' learning the flexible and easy way. CELTA qualified EFL teacher offers English tuition to individuals or groups at home (OX4) or on site. Also academic/ business/ medical English, thesis editing and conference preparation. Competitive fees. Contact Angela Harwood, FRGS, FRSA on 07770 738 977 (afternoons and evenings), or email angelaharwood@talktalk.net.

Welsh marches study break, 25–29 Apr., based at Feathers Hotel, Ludlow. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Situations Vacant

Medical Administrator/Secretary. Full- or part- time, £8.50 per hour. Small, friendly GP practice in Oxford city centre seeks Administrator/Secretary to offer an excellent service to our patients, and to us! This involves typing up documents, processing referrals, and assisting people to negotiate the NHS and private systems. Healthcare experience is useful but not essential. Start date 2 July. Contact Charlotte Robinson on 01865 311811 for an application form. Web: www.28beaumontstreet.co.uk.

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford, seeks Youth and Children's worker for immediate appointment. 12 hours p.w., including time on Sundays. Salary £5,000 p.a. Ideal post for committed energetic Christian. Full details and application pack from the Church Office. Closing date: 14 Mar. Tel.: 01865 243216. Email: churchoffice@wesleymem.org.uk.

Pre-prep teacher required from Sept. for New College School in an active, well-organized pre-prep department to teach boys aged 5–7 years. Some flexibility in timetabling. Suitable applicants should send a C.V. and the names and addresses of two referees to: The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford, OX1 3UA. Tel.: 01865 243657. Email: jasquith@newcollege.oxon.sch.uk.

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Houses to Let

Spacious town house in South Oxford, close to park and swimming pool. Five bedrooms, exceptionally spacious lounge and beautiful French style kithen/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).

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 http://www.qbman.co.uk 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: 01865 764777. Email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Stylish Victorian house, Cowley Road OX4 1HR, 5 min. walk to City centre. Recently refurbished, furnished, 4 double bedrooms, separate sitting/dining rooms, wooden floors, new kitchen, g.c.h., microwave, washing machine. 40 ft rear walled garden with back access to alley. £1,600 p.c.m. Available 1 Aug. Mobile: 07789 765 867. Email: margaretevison@yahoo.co.uk.

Beautifully restored house (dating from the eighteenth century) in ancient centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, three 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 from our door (20 min. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 25 Mar.–12 Apr. £425 p.w. Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work) or 01865 880142 (home).

Coach house with view to let. Idyllically situated coach house, views over Blenheim Park, Woodstock, twice-hourly bus to Oxford. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, bathroom, double bedroom, off-street parking. Ideal for professional single person or couple. £690 p.c.m. plus bills. Available Apr. Contact 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Available 1 Sept., furnished house, North Oxford. Walk to University, near best schools, parks, cozy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., secluded garden. 1 1/2 bathrooms, washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms at £1,350 p.m. or three bedrooms at £1,650 p.m. Contact A. Gaston on tel. 001 613 745 1368 (Canada) or email gaston@cyberus.ca.

Central North Oxford. Three-bedroom family house for short-term let in quiet street, Walton Manor near Jericho. Comfortable, fully equipped, all facilities. Garden, near Port Meadow and Phoenix cinema, Jericho cafés, 15 min. walk to city centre. Available 1 May–20 July (dates negotiable). Contact John on 01865 454149 or jas.elsner@ccc.ox.ac.uk. £1,000 p.c.m. incl. bills and national phone calls to land lines.

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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: lovely fully-furnished ground floor flat with large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Back door to terrace and large secluded garden. Off-street parking. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Central North Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, kitchen/diner, top-floor flat in a grand Victorian house within minutes' walk from most University departments. Best suited to mature and/or visiting academics, refurbishment just completed. £895 p.c.m. plus utility and council tax if applicable. Tel. 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Attractive fully-furnished two bedroom apartment to rent for up to 6 months (negotiable) from 1 Apr. Large rooms, two floors. Excellent central Oxford location near shops restaurants, etc. On- street parking available. Would suit visiting academic. Reasonable rent for the right person. Circa £650 p.c.m. 01865 242738 (leave message).

Central North Oxford. Short-term let 28 Mar.–28 Apr. inclusive. Comfortable, sunny, third-floor flat. Large windows and balcony overlooking shared garden with mature trees. Double bedroom; bathroom; open plan living room with sofa bed; kitchen. Quiet and conveniently located. Five min. walk to Summertown, 10 min. to Jericho, and 20 min. to city centre. Bus stop right outside. Free off-road parking. No lift or TV. £800, including bills, except phone. Email: jenny_lunnon@hotmail.com.

Three properties: 1.) City outskirts, 2- bedroom apartment, bright and spacious with modern furnishings, ideal for Summertown, A34, tennis and golf club. Views over open fields, garage. Available now. £825 p.m. Ref. 3414. 2.) North Oxford. Large 2- bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment, 10-min. walk from Summertown and 5-min. walk from Esporta Health Club. Allocated parking space. Available now. £1,050 p.m. Ref. 2976. 3.) North Oxford. On the exclusive Waterways development next to Esporta Health Club, newly decorated and stylishly furnished, 2 large bedrooms, ground floor apartment. Allocated parking space. Available now. £1,100 p.m. Ref 3420. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

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Vacation Lets

Charming Victorian riverside house with 3 double bedrooms and pretty garden to let on Osney Island, Oxford, from 29 July to 28 Aug. Thames towpath walks from outside front door. Port Meadow 20 min., train station 3 min., town centre 10 min. walk. Would suit visiting family. £450 p.w. or £1,400 for the entire period. Email: Quentin.sattentau@path.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 241178.

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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: info@tmlettings.co.uk. Website: www.thomasmerrifield.co.uk.

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

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: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

Rooms in small theological college situated in Marston Street, a quiet road running between Cowley and Iffley road, a 5 min. walk to the centre of town. All rooms have washbasins. Use of kitchen is available. Some twin and double rooms also available. Very pleasant location with large gardens. Meals can also be taken in college during term time. These rooms are available for short or longer lets. Contact Alice Willington on 01865 247874 or alice.willington@ssho.ox.ac.uk.

Wootton village, easy access to Oxford/Abingdon. Available again! Share superb luxurious townhouse near shops and countryside. Private suite of two freshly-furnished rooms, pleasant views, broadband, TV point, plus own bathroom. In addition, share wonderfully-equipped kitchen/diner, conservatory, garden and occasional chats over coffee with me! Few mins. drive Redbridge or Botley park-and-ride, or A34/ring road. Ideal 1–2 Uni or visiting staff. No smokers. £530 p.c.m. + deposit/bills. Contact Avril on 01865 327988 or avrilamail-misc@yahoo.co.uk.

Room to rent in West Oxford, 10 min. walk from station. All amenities, quiet location. Two cats, small garden. No smoking in room. £400 p.m., all bills included except telephone. Phone 01865 247290 (evening).

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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: http://www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com.

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 call us on 01865 311696, fax us on 01865 511010, email admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Luxury serviced apartments in the centre of Oxford. Ten per cent discount for all members of, or visitors to, the University of Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, separate lounge/diner. Computer, printer, Internet access, satellite TV, allocated parking, secure entry system, welcome pack and much more. From as little as £30 per person per night. Minimum of two nights' stay. Contact Ambassador's Oxford on 07795 955918. Email: ambassoxford@btinternet.com. Website: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk.

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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: 01865 764777, or email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at http://www.qbman.co.uk 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. www.finders.co.uk.

Flat (1 or 2 bedrooms) to purchase wanted close to Summertown shops. I am able to proceed fast, without a chain. Tel.: 01865 292981.

Oxford house desired for July. A 3–4-bedroom furnished house, preferably with a garden, desired within walking distance of Brasenose College, for July. Prefer to rent but willing to consider trading for a house in La Jolla California or Exeter, New Hampshire, USA (1 hour from Boston) in July or other mutually agreed month. Please contact Brenda Baker at baker@san.rr.com.

House swap for Michaelmas term 2007, London–Oxford. Visiting Fellow wishes to swap Victorian 3-storey, 3- bedroom house with study, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, dining kitchen, utility room and small garden near Mile End tube and Victoria Park, London E3, for central Oxford accommodation to suit 2 adults and 2 small children. Contact tweedpipe@aol.com or 07980 610322.

Room sought in Jericho/North Oxford for June/July by young n-s Oxford academic. Also interested in joining or organising a house-share from Sept. with other academics for the 2007/8 academic year. Please email languedoc@gmail.com.

House-sitting. French visiting academic, male, offers house-sitting while he is here to work in Bodley. Two/three weeks in July/Aug., possibly longer. Reliable, quiet, middle-aged, good with dogs. Doesn't drive. For further information contact Cliff Davies on 01865 554532 or 277992. Email: cliff.davies@wadh.ox.ac.uk.

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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: haroldcarter@mac.com.

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). Available July onwards, ideally for at least one month or more. Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441 or email (c/o) tanya_tsikas@onetel.com.

Spey Valley (Scottish Highlands, Cairngorm National Park). Self-catering bungalow, sleeps four, open fire, bath and electric shower, non-smoking. Spectacular peaceful location on the very edge of moorland, overlooking Insh marshes (RSPB reserve) and Monadhliath mountains (Ben Nevis visible sometimes). Red squirrels often seen. Forest walks behind the house (e.g. to Glen Feshie). Kingussie five miles, Aviemore ski area twenty miles. £230–£410. Tel.: 01540 661612 or email ivorellis@btinternet.com or view via http://ellis-properties.tripod.com.

Holiday home in western France. Situated in Venise Verte, 40 min. from La Rochelle and beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6. 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. £430 p.w. (high season)—some weeks left! Tel. Linda Eaton on 07919 308912 or 01635 202868. Website: www.arcais.com.

Greek Island Holidays. Local Villa Specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings on the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £80 p.p./p.w. Website: www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Cévennes region of southern France, between Nîmes, Montpellier, Ales and Millau. Chambres d'hôte ('B&B'). La Vialle, in the heart of typical cévenol village full of charm, has 5 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The village has excellent facilities; ideal base for walking holidays (experienced, qualified guide available). A warm welcome guaranteed! Open all year from Easter. Contact Rachel/André (English and French spoken). Tel.: 0033 (0)499 530085. Email: rachelwender@wanadoo.fr. www.aumessas.com.

Cévennes. Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/riding/river swimming. Convenient for Roman Provence/Rhone vineyards. Two spacious refurbished c-h apartments with covered terraces in stone 'mas' near Mont Lozère (sleeping 8 and 5/6). Shady gardens, quiet hamlet—near shops. N-s, please. Available separately but particularly suitable for families wishing to holiday together but retain independence. From £245 p.w. Easy access via cheap flights Nîmes/Montpellier. Further details: 01527 541360.

Tuscany, Siena area: Villa S. Stefano in Chiusi, within its large property, is the perfect and secluded place for a genuine vacation for max 10 people. Privacy, garden, pool, BBQ, a/c, SAT TV, wireless Internet, all comfort. Contact: dematam@libero.it or +393287133951. Web: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Italy. Clusane on the southern shore of Lago d'Iseo; famous for its beautiful scenery and perfect for exploring by bicycle, car or boat. Easy access via motorway for Bergamo, Brescia, Verona, Mantova and Cremona. Restful apartment, 150 m from the lake, comprising double bedroom (sleeps 2–4), kitchen/dining room and bathroom. Comfortably furnished and laundry supplied. Nearest airports: Bergamo and Brescia. Rates from £180 p.w. Full details from clusane@googlemail.com or 07719378614.

Well-appointed period house in the unspoilt village of Regencós, Catalonia (65 miles north-east of Barcelona). There are two interconnected self-contained flats, sleeping 4 and 3 people respectively. Both have kitchen, bathroom and lounge/diner. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views. Beaches within 6 miles. £400 p.w., £750 per fortnight, £1,400 per 4-week period. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email: charlesmould@btconnect.com.

Umbria. Holiday cottage for rent. Adjacent to the peaceful borgo of Castel di Fiori. Perugia, Orvieto and Chiusi are easily accessible. Trains to Rome and Florence leave from our local railway station. The cottage sleeps four. There is a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a mezzanine, a terrace and parking. There are marked walking trails through the woods and along Lake Trasimeno. For information please contact 0039 0763 837186. Email: blchatterton@tiscalinet.it.

Tuscany near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse sleeps eight in 4 double/twin bedrooms. Own 15 m-swimming pool. Rural hillside position with wonderful views. Restaurant nearby, village about 1 mile. Pisa 1 1/4 hours, Florence 1 1/2 hours. July/Aug. £1,200 p.w., May, June, Sept. £750 p.w. Contact smbriant@yahoo.com or phone us on 01869 331566.

West Devon. Detached holiday cottage available from week commencing Fri., 20 July to Fri., 31 Aug. only. Small private site, 30 min. coast or Dartmoor. Heated indoor swimming pool, fishing lake, play area, laundry. Walking distance to village shop/pub. Two bedrooms, TV, video/DVD player, fridge, dishwasher. Large decking area, views over Dartmoor. £550 p.w. Email margaret.webb1@which.net for info and photos or phone 0705 015 7172.

Italy: 1.) Umbria. Traditional stone villa in national park, 5 miles north-east of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room. Two double family bedrooms, large bathroom, terrace. Car essential. 2.) Lake Como. Apartment in village house, closely overlooking the lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open arched terrace. 25 min. from Como city. For either let: £350 p.w./£650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775. www.casellarosmarino.co.uk.

Spring and summer holidays in Porec Istria. Beautiful spacious apartment in centre of Venetian-style old town. Sea within walking distance. Sleeps 7/8. Heating if necessary. Well equipped for families. Masses to do for all ages. Very cheap Ryanair flights to Pula (40 miles away). From £42 per day for apartment. Email ann.buchanan@socres.ox.ac.uk for further details.

Apulia, South Eastern Italy. Two-bedroom apartment, sleeps three. Situated in the quiet old quarter of the seaside town of Monopoli. Within 5 min. walk of a sandy beach, 45 min. by car or train from the Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi airports, it provides c.h., air conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine and rooftop terrace. Prices until May: €380 p.w.; Easter and June: €500 p.w.; July: €700 p.w.; Aug.: €850 p.w. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Tel. Angela Montemurro on 0039 32827 68344 or email linamonte@aliceposta.it.

Tenerife is the ideal destination for year- round sunshine. Our large, one-bedroom apartment in Los Cristianos is situated in a quiet area, but within a ten-minute walk of the town centre and beach. In a small complex with a swimming pool, the apartment is fully equipped and will accommodate up to four people. For further details see www.loscristianosholidayapartments. co.uk or ring Dave on 0191 2571037.

Stunningly situated cottage overlooking rolling countryside, south-west France. Spectacular views. Large private swimming pool. Open plan living room, TV/DVD, sleeps 6/8 comfortably in three/four bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, south-facing terrace with stone barbecue. Full linen supplied. Short walk from village. Exciting places to explore and sights to visit for adults and children. Fly to Toulouse, Rodez or Carcassonne. Visit our website: www.gite-french.com. Tel.: 0033 563 404083 Email: gisella@wanadoo.fr.

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Flat for Sale

Retirement flat for sale. Charming ground floor flat (bedroom, living room with bar/kitchen, walk-in shower/bathroom) in Summertown. Lovely view of walled garden. Warden-assisted premises for over-sixties with two meals provided daily. £60,000 (with £600 p.m. for food, all utilities and maintenance). Tel.: 01865 558862.

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For Sale

Sofa bed (Gainsborough, Edinburgh model, large 3- seater size, see www.gainsborough.ltd.uk). Fully sprung and upholstered in red with comfortable Memorex mattress. Brand new. £950 ono. Tel: 01865 281339.

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