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Oxford University Gazette, 23 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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'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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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. 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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Friends Of FAI

The Food Animal Initiative at the University Farm in partnership with the Department of Zoology is developing food production systems that deliver better animal welfare, improved farmland environments and higher quality food. Email to join the Friends of FAI and receive a free newsletter, invitations to open days and information about where to buy FAI food locally.

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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:

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

Secretary to the Domestic Bursar, Linacre College (part-time post). Applications are invited for the new post of Secretary to the Domestic Bursar, who is responsible for the non-academic administration of the College. The part-time post (20 hours p.w.) is interesting and wide-ranging and involves interaction with students and fellows of this graduate College. The successful applicant will have administrative skills, be computer literate and preferably have some experience in a similar post. Accuracy and attention to detail is an important factor of the post. The College offers free meals while on duty, generous holidays and contributory pension scheme. Salary Grade 3, Stage 4–5, Spine 14–15 (ranging from £16,488–£16,967 p.a. pro rata; 36.5 hours). Further information and an application form is available from Tracy Fuzzard, The Bursary, Linacre College, Oxford OX1 3JA. Email: Closing date: noon on Tues., 5 Dec. Interviews will take place on Thurs., 14 Dec. and it is hoped to fill this post in Jan. 2007. The completed application form should be sent to the Domestic Bursar, Linacre College, Oxford OX1 3JA.

Administrative Secretary. Applications are invited for a part-time (18.25 hours) Administrative Secretary for the African Studies Centre at 12 Bevington Road, Oxford. Grade 3: Salary £15,133 - £17,461 p.a. (0.5 pro rata). Due to the success of the Centre, an Administrative Secretary is required to support the work of the Centre and to provide secretarial support for the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations. The post holder will need good administrative skills, a flexible approach to work, the ability to cope with multiple demands, and work with a close attention to detail. Applications should be received by 12 noon, Fri., 1 Dec. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 11 Dec. Further particulars and an application form are available from or from the Administrator, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, 12 Bevington Road, Oxford, OX2 6LH. Tel.: 01865 284991. Email:

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

PA to Group Finance Director, Oxford University Press. We are looking for a Personal Assistant to provide full secretarial and administrative support to the Group Finance Director and his department. This will include the preparation of committee reports, general correspondence, diary management, travel arrangements, and support for the Chief Executive's secretary during times of absence. The ideal candidate will have exceptional organizational and communication skills, excellent knowledge of MS Office, and a proactive, professional attitude. The ability to work well under pressure, to meet tight deadlines, and deal with confidential information is essential. Experience of working at a senior secretarial level would be an advantage. We are offering an attractive salary, which will be dependent on skills and experience. Deadline: 1 Dec. To apply, send your CV and covering letter to

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

Double room available in exchange for some after-school childcare for a 10-year old, and cooking family supper (about 14 hours p.w.). Our home is within a central Oxford University college. This would suit a graduate who can be available mid- to late afternoons with flexibility on both sides. Available Jan. or sooner. Contact: or 01865 204011.

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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:

Comfortable house in Woodstock to let while owners are in Australia. Available from 20 Jan. for 4 months. Good local facilities, regular bus service to Oxford, fast trains to London from nearby village. Broadband installed. Reasonable price for suitable tenant, single person or couple preferred. Details from

Three-bedroom terraced house to let in Jericho. Available Dec. The house is fully furnished and equipped and has a small garden with a storage shed. £1,200 p.c.m. plus bills. No pets, non-smokers only. Contact or phone 01865 849402.

Charming Victorian terraced house in a good location in North Oxford. One double bedroom and small bedroom/study. Spacious living room and well-equipped kitchen area, sitting room, bathroom. Furnished. Lovely garden. £880 p.m. plus bills. Available 6 months or more. Contact: or 01865 515342.

Short let in winter/spring 2007. Pretty two-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Iffley village available for a short let in early 2007 (exact dates flexible). The house has a sunny sitting/dining room, a kitchen with breakfast room/conservatory, large double bedroom and a single bedroom, garden with terrace, unrestricted parking. Broadband wireless internet. Would suit a single person or couple. No smoking or pets please. £800 p.m. plus bills. Contact

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Flats to Let

Islip. Two spacious apartments for rent in beautiful 17th-century house in picturesque riverside village, 6 miles from Oxford and well-connected by trains and buses. One ground-floor studio with private garden; one top-floor apartment with double room and great views. Both have private kitchen and bathroom and own off-street parking. Ideal for quiet professional/academic n-s couple. Available Jan. 2007. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 373794. Email:

Central Oxford. Your choice of 1- bedroom apartments, within walking distance of the city centre and University departments from £730 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers, Central Oxford Office, on 01865 297999. Email:

Attractive refurbished modern two- bedroom two-level flat in North Oxford (very near St. Hugh's), 15 min. walk to city centre. Double bedroom, second bedroom/study, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Furnished and all modern conveniences. Communal garden. Available mid-Jan. £875 p.c.m. Garage option available. Tel. (evenings): 01865 513202. Mobile: 07816 546140.

Summertown. Two-double bed, lovely first-floor flat available on Hernes Crescent. It has just been completely refurbished, including a new fitted kitchen. Lounge, dining area, balcony, parking and garage. Fully furnished incl. washing machine. Available now. £950 p.c.m. For more info, call 07950 761819 or email

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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.

Old Headington. Furnished flatlet of kitchen and bed-sitting room, overlooking gardens. C.h. For one gentleman. Non-smoker. £350 per four weeks. Tel.: 01865 768775 (evenings).

Cottage to share in Upper Wolvercote, North Oxford. Would you like to share a cosy cottage with open fire, g.c.h. and garden? Vegetarians would be great! 15 min. cycle ride down canal towpath or frequent bus to central Oxford. For more details please ring 01865 513465 or email

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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. Email: Website:

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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:

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.

Quiet female academic, n-s, likely to be away most weekends, seeks room in shared house or flat in central or north central Oxford for short/medium term let from 1 Jan. or as soon as possible thereafter. 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

Venice, Italy. Charming apartment, just in the centre (S. Samuele vaporetto stop). Fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living room. Can sleep 5. £700 p.w. Contact:

Angus glens. Large family house available for Christmas and New Year holidays. Comfortably sleeps ten. An 18th- century former manse of Kingoldrum, sitting just below the kirk and beside a burn, the house has c.1.25 acres of garden. Wonderful walks nearby and easy access to Glens Isla, Prosen and Clova. Beautifully furnished and warm, with wood- burning stove and Aga in kitchen. For further details contact 01865 764745 or email

House for rent in the Lot area in France, Dec. to Mar. Lot valley, close to St Cirq Lapopie. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, c.h., entirely furnished, nice views, very still rural surrounding. Owners French academics and Anglophones. €500 p.w., everything included. Tel.: 0033 565 302124. 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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