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Oxford University Gazette, 9 November 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 in 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. 10 Nov., Dr Chris Evans, dentist and overseas volunteer: 'The white ship of hope'; 17 Nov., Major Timothy Hallchurch MBE: 'Endemics of Ethiopia—in search of the Simian wolf and endemic birds'; 24 Nov., Alan Oxley: 'Some curiosities of numbers' (Non-mathematicians welcome!); 1 Dec., Prof. Bryan Niblett, computer scientist and lawyer: 'Charles Bradlaugh (1833–1891): a radical Victorian politician; 8 Dec.: Jim Godfrey, The Canons' Verger: 'Christ Church Cathedral: a peculiar place'. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Sun., 12 Nov. at 12 noon, University Church of St Mary the Virgin. George Soros, author, financier and international philanthropist, in conversation with Timothy Garton Ash, historian, writer, Oxford professor and expert on Europe. Subject: 'Consequences of the War on Terror'. This discussion is open to all and will last one hour with an opportunity for questions.

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'Disappearing glaciers and altitude sickness: a view from Peru', a talk with slides by climate change author and journalist Mark Lynas. Wed., 29 Nov., 8 p.m., Lecture Room 23, Balliol College, Oxford. Tickets (£3) from Julia Goddard (tel. 01865 513106) or on the door. All proceeds will go to the Amani Children's Home, Tanzania. (Steve and Julia Goddard are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Mar. 2007 to raise £5,895 for Amani '

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MECO Monthly Forum

Sun., 12 Nov. at 3 p.m. Ahlam Akram, London- based Palestinian writer and human rights campaigner will deliver a presentation entitled 'The future of Palestine: war or peace?'. This free lecture takes place at Summertown Hall, corner Banbury and Portland roads, North Oxford. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further details email or phone 01865 766032.

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Concert and Carol Service

1.) Concert: Sun., 19 Nov., 8.30 p.m., St Mary Magdalen Church, Magdalen St. Choir of St Mary Magdalen perform early and modern English music, with viol consort, including works by Tomkins and Britten. Director: Stephen Rice. Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions, £4 students) on the door or in advance from 2.) Carol service: Thurs., 21 Dec., 7.30 p.m., St Mary Magdalen Church. Candlelit service of carols and readings for Christmas. All welcome.

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Russian Parish Bazaar

Sat., 11 Nov., 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Wesley Memorial Church Hall, New Inn Hall Street. Russian and Greek foods, hot borsch, piroshki, icons, books, and gifts. Organised by the Russian Orthodox Parish of the Annunciation.

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Hazel Hurdle Making

Sat., 11 Nov., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay. Join hurdle maker Brian Williamson for this wattle hurdle-making course. Using hazel rods, participants will learn the art of making their own hazel hurdle fencing panels. Tickets cost £50 (incl. materials and a light lunch but will need to be booked in advance). Contact Louise Allen, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel.: 01865 286690. Email:

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Laboratory Facilities Sought

Homeopathic research. I have formulated a set of specific and relatively simple experiments which I am confident have a good chance of demonstrating genuine (non-artifact) differences between ultra- dilute succussed and unsuccussed solutions. If anyone can help in terms of laboratory facilities in order to carry out these experiments, please contact me at

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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

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).

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: Web:

Alexander Technique - who can benefit? Anyone who sits in front of a computer all day; anyone with back or joint pain; musicians and dancers, singers and actors, lawyers and academics! What can it help with? Stress, poor posture, back trouble, RSI: improved performance and skill in almost any activity. For lessons in central Oxford (Beaumont Street) and in Headington, contact Stephen Cooper. Tel.: 01865 765511. Email: Web:

Personal problems? Sometimes counselling helps. But for effective counselling to take place it is necessary for the counsellor to form a unique empathetic relationship with the client. I believe this is not possible if one has too many clients. For this reason I have earned my living elsewhere and in counselling limited my clients to a maximum of four. At the moment I have two vacancies. Email me—and, if compatible, we can discuss how to proceed. Email:

Wood carving: repairs; lettering; sculpture. Oxford wood carver John Milnes offers repairs and restorations (choir stalls, carved furniture, figures etc.); letter cutting and design (honour boards etc.); coats of arms; name boards; sculpted figures; advice on design and conservation. See website for samples of work for colleges, churches and private clients. Tel.: 01865 245751 or 07779 431246.

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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.

Debbie Payne Gardening & Domestic Services. RHS-trained gardener available in the Oxfordshire area. Fully insured, friendly advice and free estimates. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810420711 (mobile) or visit for more information. Domestic Services include one-off cleans and meals to freeze. A painting and decorating service is also available on 07970209755.

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Situations Vacant

Museum Assistants. During the redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum, many of its collections have been temporarily relocated to new storage. We need a small team of Museum Assistants to retrieve objects as they are required by curators, photographers and conservation staff and then to return them safely to storage. They will also be required to edit and update the database, which documents the location of the collections, and where necessary reconciling the information inputted with various other museum databases. Applicants must have experience of handling museum objects, very accurate keyboard skills and experience of computer- based cataloguing/data entry programs (preferably with bar code technology). They must demonstrate good organisational and time management skills, be self-motivated and able to work well as part of a team. Excellent communication skills are also required for these posts. The contracts for these posts are offered for 2 years, and it is expected that they will begin in Jan. 2007. A job share may be considered. Salary grade 3: £15,133–£17,461 p.a. Closing date: Tues., 21 November. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at Email:

Senior Museum Assistant. During the redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum, many of its collections have been temporarily relocated to new storage. We are putting together a small team of Museum Assistants to retrieve objects as required, and edit and update the database, which records information about the objects and their location. A Senior Museum Assistant is needed to act as the Deputy Team Manager. S/he will work with the team, but will also be responsible for helping devise work strategies and schedule the workload, attend meetings, provide training for the team, and act as line manager in the absence of the Team Manager. Applicants must have experience of handling museum objects, very accurate keyboard skills and experience of computer-based cataloguing/data entry programs (preferably with barcode technology). They must be well organised, self-motivated, and have good time-management skills. They must be excellent communicators and able to work well as part of a team. Evidence of project management skills and people management skills (incl. responsibility for the support and training of staff) will be required. The contract for this post is offered for 2 years, and it is expected that the post holder will begin in Jan. 2007. Salary grade 4: £17,461–£20,234 p.a. Closing date: Tues., 21 Nov. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at Email:

Applications for the post of Senior Librarian of the Oxford Union Society should be submitted to the General Officer, marked FAO The President. Any applicants for this unpaid position must be a member of Convocation, and must be a member of the Oxford Union of no less than nine terms' standing. The full rules relevant to this appointment—detailing the eligibility criteria and duties entailed—are available upon application to the Returning Officer (email:

Oxford Analytica requires a Western Europe Editor/Analyst. Oxford Analytica is an international, independent consulting firm drawing on a network of over 1,000 senior faculty members at Oxford and other major universities and research institutions around the world. The successful candidate will commission and edit analysis on the politics, economy and international relations of Western Europe, including the policies and institutions of the European Union, for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. Candidates should have a firm academic grounding in these areas, developed through a postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford-based and confirmation is required of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Please send CV, covering letter and current salary details to Website: Closing date: 17 Nov Salary dependant upon experience. Start date: Immediate. Duration: Permanent. Oxford Analytica, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH. Tel.: 01865 261600.

Required as soon as possible, well- qualified teachers of Georgian, Lithuanian and Belarusian to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants should be native speakers who are able to teach literature to pre-university students in their mother tongue. For details please contact Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: 01865 517333. Fax: 01865 517319. 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: 01865 764777. Email:

Short let: Fully-furnished 3-bedroom house in West Oxford, 5 min. walk from train station. Large office with broadband in attic. Real fire and wooden floors in sitting room. Available between 1 Feb. to 20 Apr. 2007 (shorter lets considered). £1,100 p. m. Contact

House to let in Jericho, mid-Jan. 2007 for three months. Excellent location and condition, would suit one or two visiting academics. £950 p.c.m. including all bills except phone. Non-smokers only. Email:

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Flats to Let

Flat available, St Clement's Street, East Oxford. Small furnished non-luxury flat in period building, St Clement's Street, East Oxford. Available immediately. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom. One off-street car space. Ten min. from city centre and close to London buses. Non-smokers only. £650 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact: 01865 763821 or

Small self-contained studio in Yarnton. Own entrance and off-road parking. Friendly family home. Suitable for quiet non-smoker. Must like animals. Available from 1 Dec. £350 p.c.m. Deposit and references required. Internet/telephone available at additional cost. Tel.: 01865 372516. Mobile 07976 713368.

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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:

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:

Comfortable, attractive B&B accommodation. Close to bus stop. 1.5 miles to High Street. Quiet and pleasant garden. No television. Nearby river walks. £40 per night. Concessions for longer term. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email:

Central North Oxford (Jericho). House share. Elegantly furnished terrace house (one professional resident Mon.–Thurs., own bathroom) available mid-Dec. or Jan–end Mar. 2007. Ten min. from city centre/stations/laboratories. One double bedroom, bathroom, study, sitting/dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry/wc. Broadband, g.c.h. £750 p.c.m. inclusive. Deposit: £500. Secluded garden. Professional/academic n-s couple or female sharer. References essential. Contact Joelle Mann at or on 07930 452220.

Central Oxford/Grandpont. House to share. Fully-furnished house (2 bedrooms, small guest room, living room, dining room, kitchen, back garden) to share. Close to the centre, quiet area. £550 per person. Available 7 Jan. 2007. End of tenancy: 31 Aug. 2007. Ideal for academic visitors in Hilary and Trinity term. Contact: Mobile: 07767217498.

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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 call us on 01865 311696, fax us on 01865 511010, email or visit our website at

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Office Accommodation available

Office accommodation in Oxford: North Oxford, 5 min. from St Giles'. Detached garden bungalow with private access, 4 rooms and amenities. Alternatives: a suite of 3 rooms, another of 2 rooms. Facilities complete—BT, NTL, fax outlets, broadband, car-parking. Quiet location. Tel.: 01865 511111.

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Accommodation Sought

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

Mature, 40 year old D.Phil. student completing his degree and seeking accommodation from Jan. 2007. Dependable, quiet, non-smoker. Experience with house sitting where special care is required; references available. Looking ideally to watch over the residence of an academic taking sabbatical/research leave. Call 07876 353514.

A retired professional couple in Brisbane, Australia, seek an 8-week exchange (or parts thereof) in Oxford from mid- Apr. to mid-June 2007. Our home is fully modernised and has attractive gardens, heated swimming pool, outdoor dining facilities and is situated on a lake with extensive recreational amenities. Also available for exchange is our holiday cottage on the east coast of New Zealand, north Dunedin. Please contact for further details.

Dragon flat? Yale professor looking for a 2- or 3-bedroom flat/house to rent near the Dragon from 8 Jan. 2007 for at least 6 months. Furnished or unfurnished. Email:

House sitting offered by experienced, responsible, quiet college lecturer. Ideal if you want your house looked after while away on sabbatical, etc. Happy to care for pets or plants. Available to start Dec. onwards. Any period considered. References available. 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:

Enjoy beautiful Pembrokeshire 'out of season' in the comfort and warmth of our Georgian flat and its garden, set in a National Park, overlooking Tenby Harbour. Explore castles, enjoy walking the Presceli mountains, the coastal path, playing golf on two courses, or just relaxing in a fine period property. For details ring Fran on 01527 821197 or visit our website at

Apulia, South Eastern Italy. A two- bedroom apartment, sleeping three, to rent. Situated in the quiet old quarter of the seaside town of Monopoli. Within five min. walk of sandy beach, 45 min. by car or train from the Bari (Ryainair) and Brindisi airports, it provides central heating, air conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine and rooftop terrace. €380 p.w. until May. Christmas, New Year, Easter: €500 p.w. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Telephone Angela Montemurro on 0039 32827 68344 or email

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House for Sale

Iffley Borders. 1930s solid house. Immaculate condition. One minute to bus stop. Established garden, green house, store sheds, garage. Close to river walks, shops. Two to three double bedrooms, sunroom, spacious sitting/dining room. Light, white and airy. £289,500. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email:

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