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Oxford University Gazette, 16 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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Special Newcomers' Club Events

1.) Sat., 25 Nov., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grand stock clearance sale in the equipment room. Everyone welcome. 2.) Wed., 29 Nov., 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Special Christmas coffee morning with mince pies. Also craft stalls and home-made 'goodies' to buy. Newcomers, children and friends welcome. Admission £1.

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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. 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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Festive Times at the Bodleian

Wed., 6 Dec. A new exhibition, 'Mughal Paintings: Highlights from the Library's collections', will open in the Exhibition Room (Schola Naturalis Philosophiae), Old Schools Quadrangle. Access is free to all. The exhibition will run until Apr. 2007. Opening times: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4.30 p.m.

Thurs., 7 Dec., the Divinity School will be open for a Christmas Manuscript Viewing. As in previous years, the Bodleian will open its doors for a rare opportunity to view some of its Christmas treasures, spanning nearly 600 years. Entry to the Divinity School is free to all from 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. The Gift Shop will be open for late night shopping until 7 p.m. Come and see the illustrations from three 'Christmas Book of Hours', as well as two Tolkien drawings. These illustrations were carefully selected for the Bodleian's exclusive Christmas card range. All gifts and cards can be viewed on the website. The Divinity School or Convocation House are also available for evening drink receptions, cocktail parties, presentations, smaller private occasions or Christmas parties. Special University rates apply. Bodleian Library, Commercial Operations, Broad Street, OX1 3BG. Tel.: 01865 277224 Email: Website:

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Wed., 22 Nov., 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Wolfson College in the Haldane Room. Talk by Gilbert Oteyo, Associate of the Institute of Archaeology: 'Material culture and poverty reduction in rural Kenya', followed by a demonstration of Luo music and culture and sale of jewellery and handicrafts made by rural Luo women. £5 entry donation to 'Arosy Helping Hand' charity supporting Kenyan families in need. (The Luo form 13% of Kenyan population.)

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MECO Seminar

MECO Qur'an Seminar. Weekly classes discussing and investigating the sacred scripture of Islam. Pre-prepared handouts including multiple translations combined with traditional analyses, modern interpretations and contemporary perspectives. Muslims and non- Muslims welcomed. Meets every Tuesday, 7–10 p.m. For course fees and venue details, phone 01865 766032 or email

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National Tree Week Celebration

Sat., 25 and Sun., 26 Nov. at the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay. Drop-in session from 12 noon to 4 p.m. A children's event that includes the chance to plant a seed collected from one of our trees. Take it home, and watch it grow into a sapling for you to plant in your garden in the future. Learn how windy days are important for maple trees, and why squirrels can make good gardeners. Explore our native oak woodland, and meet trees from around the world. No charge for the event but we charge £2 for car parking. For further information please contact Louise Allen on 01865 286690.

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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:

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.

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.

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

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Tuition Offered

Public speaking and presentations. One-day course in Oxford on Wed., 22 Nov. Learn to present yourself and your ideas so that you make a good impression. The day is dedicated to improving your public speaking skills. For more details phone 01865 437232 or check my website at

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Situations Vacant

Permanent, part-time Gallery Invigilator required for Christ Church Picture Gallery. Christ Church Picture Gallery houses an important collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures. The Gallery is open to the public, and the invigilators are responsible for the security of the collection on a day-to-day basis; they patrol the galleries, greet visitors, answer queries, take messages and work on the front desk, which includes a little retail outlet. We are looking for a smart, reliable, responsible person who is willing to work as part of a small team. The Gallery's opening times are Mon.–Sat., 10.30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., 2–5 p.m.; the candidate should be available to work during these times on a varied, part-time rota. Rate of pay: £6.18 (£8.24 on Sunday) per hour. Please apply in writing (covering letter, C.V. with two references) to: Christ Church, Picture Gallery, Oxford OX1 1DP. For more information, please call 01865 276172 or email

Development Assistant, Brasenose College. Applications are invited for a Development Assistant to provide administrative support to Brasenose's Alumni Relations and Development team. Organised, efficient, and personable, the successful candidate will play an important part in the efficient running of a busy, friendly office. This is a permanent clerical post on the University's grade 5 (salary: £20,234–£24,161 p.a.). The starting point will depend on qualifications and experience. Generous benefits include free lunches and a final salary pension scheme. Further particulars and information on how to apply may be found on the College website at Closing date: 4 Dec. Applications, including a C.V. and covering letter, should be sent to Tina Hill, Alumni Relations and Development Office, Brasenose College, Oxford, OX1 4AJ. Tel.: 01865 287275. Email:

Pembroke College, Oxford. Part-time Dining Hall Supervisor. £16,000 pro rata. This friendly College is looking for a capable and enthusiastic team player to fill this key role in the busy Conference and Catering department. Working a flexible 20-hour week (mostly evenings and some weekends) to oversee the service of meals to College members and their guests, the successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years' previous experience, ideally in a College environment, and must be able to work on their own initiative while deputising for the Steward and his assistant in their absence. Benefits include 30 days annual holiday, pension scheme and free meals on duty. Further particulars and an application form are available from the Bursar's Secretary, Pembroke College, Oxford OX1 1DW. Tel.: 01865 276422. Closing date: 27 Nov. Pembroke College is an equal opportunities employer.

Last opportunity. Limitless possibilities. There's still time to apply for a career with Merrill Lynch—but not for long! So if you are looking for a strong foundation where you can explore diverse career options whilst working alongside industry leading professionals, it's time to move ahead. Expect to be a contributor, a collaborator and a colleague. Above all, expect to be challenged. Apply online at: Full-time programme application deadline: Fri., 24 Nov., by 5 p.m. (GMT). Merrill Lynch is an equal opportunity employer.

English Au Pair needed in Switzerland. End of Feb.: minimum 6 months. Anglo-Dutch Family with 2 children (13 and 11). Lovely home between Geneva and Lausanne. Must be able to drive and speak some French. Experience with children necessary. Must like dogs, country walks and cooking. Good time off to explore/learn French. Other help kept. Contact: Stephanie Wilson 01865 511276 or 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:

Waterside. Plater Drive, Jericho. Two- bedroom modern terrace house. Two bathrooms. Well-fitted kitchen. Furnished. G.c.h. Garden. Car parking. Short walk to city centre. Open views to rear. Available now. £1,075 p.c.m. Brooks Property Management. Tel.: 01865 728597. Email:

Living out next year? North Oxford Property Services offer the largest selection of quality student accommodation in Oxford. If you would like first choice of our good quality city centre properties for 2007/8, don't miss our student accommodation release day on Fri., 1 Dec. Drop in on the day or visit our website at for more details. First come first served!

A charming cottage is available immediately for rent in the peaceful, sought-after village of Wootton (7 miles from Oxford) near Woodstock, lying between Oxford and the Cotswolds. Two double-bedrooms; one converted into a study bedroom with built-in bookshelves. The features include a wood-burning stove, modern kitchen, and a well-tended garden. C.h. and washer/dryer. Suitable for a n-s single professional or a visiting academic couple. £880 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811703.

Comfortable West Oxford home available for short let, mid-Jan. to mid-Mar. Easy walk to bus and train stations and town. Two bedrooms, homely lounge, airy kitchen/diner leading to deck and long garden with river access. Reasonable rent negotiable for cat sitting. Please contact or 01865 248189.

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Flats to Let

Flat to let, available late Nov. Bedroom, large living room, kitchen, bathroom. C.h. Private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location, 1/2 mile from city centre. Non-smoker. £685 p.m. Tel.: 01993 852196.

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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:

Central North Oxford (Jericho). House share. Elegantly furnished terrace house (one academic resident Mon.–Thurs., own bathroom) available mid-Dec. or Jan–end Mar. 2007 only. 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. Suits professional/academic n-s couple or female. References essential. Contact Joelle Mann at or on 07930 452220.

Various houses/flats to let around the London M25 area. Short-term lets only, i.e. less than 3 months. Ideal for summer/winter breaks. For more information please email us at

Large room with en suite in a newly refurbished Victorian house on the Woodstock Road, Oxford. Fully furnished. Short distance to city centre, colleges and hospital. Available for short-term lets from two nights to three months. Would suit visiting academic, postgraduate, etc. Price variable according to length of stay. Also available: consulting room for hire per day. Tel.: 01865 554961.

Double room available in family home in North Oxford from 1 Jan. 2007. Would suit visiting academic or graduate student. Max. rental: 6 months. Non-smoker. £80 p.w. Tel.: 01865 556942.

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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

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.

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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.

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:

Retired academic couple require house rental or holiday exchange in Oxford (North preferred) for 4–6 weeks, July to Sept. 2007. We would like at least a 2-bedroom house with garden or a large flat, with car parking. If house exchange required, our large house is in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, 10 min. from University of New South Wales, city and beaches. For further details please contact Wendy Wartho at

Going on leave and need a house sitter? Responsible academic, plant and pet friendly, non-smoker, looking for a flat or house from Jan., for one or two terms. References available. Call 01865 274964 or email

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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

Paris. We (college fellow and friend) have two beautiful, well-equipped, privately-run flats. Both very central. 1.) Marais. One- bed apartment in beautiful pedestrianised square. Close to Place des Vosges. First floor, large sitting room with en suite kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (shower). 2.) Close to Musée D'Orsay: Vast and elegant studio (65 sq.m./sleeps 2 adults + 2 children), fourth floor, lift, on side street. Short or medium lets. 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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