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Oxford University Gazette, 26 April 2007 : 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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Charity Exhibition

'Journeys Within' at the Perch in Binsey, 4 May–28 May. Opening evening (with free Cambodian buffet) at 7.30 p.m. on 4 May. Artists: 1.) Simon Larbalestier, photographer: the stunning images in this exhibition showcase his current project documenting life and chronic disability in Cambodia. 2.) Simon Foxall and Neil Allum: these young artists produce striking contemporary paintings depicting a technicolour fantasy world. Both have worked in Cambodia, and this experience inspires the paintings and drawings displayed in the exhibition. The exhibition is organised as part of a fundraising drive by the Travelaid Cambodia team. Travelaid is an Oxford student society that links potential volunteers with small NGOs around the world who are in need of extra help. The Cambodia team will be working for a month in Cambodia with 'Journeys Within Our Community' (, a non-profit organisation based just outside Siem Reap. This organisation aims to improve the living conditions of local people through health, education and community development projects. All money raised through the exhibition will go directly to the charity. The exhibition is free, but all donations are very gratefully received.

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Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell Music Room, Sun., 29 Apr. at 2.45 p.m. The Heifetz prize winner Min-Jin Kym, violin, and the leading British pianist Ian Brown will play sonatas by Mozart (B flat K.454), Brahms (D minor op. 108) and Faure (No 1 in A op. 13). Free Cavatina tickets for 8–22 year-olds (with card). Tickets from Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305, or at the door.

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MECO Monthly Forum

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, columnist on the Independent and the Evening Standard, gives a public address on: 'Literal vs. liberal Islam—the battle for the hearts and minds of British Muslims'. This free lecture takes place in the Haldane Hall, Wolfson College at 5 p.m. on Wed., 2 May. All welcome. For further details phone 01865 766032. Email:

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Help Wanted

College student needed to help retired educator (Central Oxford) with computer problems on a sporadic, not regular, basis. Very flexible reg. time. Sessions of preferably 2 ½ hours occasionally. Offering £25 to £30 for 2 ½ hour session, assisting with Windows XP, MS Word, the internet, etc. Students only, please, no professionals need apply. Tel.: 01865 722087.

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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

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:, 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:

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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.

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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: Website:

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Situations Vacant

Personal Administrator/Studio Assistant for two Oxford children's authors/illustrators, Summertown studio. Approx. 8 flexible hours p.w., mainly in studio. £10 per hour negotiable. Required experience: Excel, Word, bookkeeping, mature business writing style. Prefer experienced Mac user and familiarity with Photoshop/image processing. Will not consider applicants for less than 1-year appointment. Please provide references and C.V. via email to Ted Dewan and Helen Cooper on

Three positions available: 1.) Part-time help (1 or 2 persons) sought to help small family struggling with recent brain injury. 2.) Administrator needed (10–15 hours p.w.). IT skills essential; knowledge of NHS/disability helpful but not essential; must have good telephone manner, organisation and initiative. 3.) Housekeeper needed (10–15 hours p.w.) for basic domestic duties: laundry, cleaning, shopping, some cooking. Suit persons of long-term commitment. References please. Email: Tel./Fax: 01865 723457. Mobile: 07775 910106 or 07887 553345.

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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:

Bright, clean, quiet house off Abingdon Road. Walk/cycle to city centre 10–15 min., numerous buses. Two double bedrooms, study with broadband, two sitting rooms, dining area, fitted kitchen with all mod. cons. Secluded garden. Wonderful cleaner. Available Sept./Oct. 2007–June/Aug. 2008 (negotiable). £1,300 p.m. References required. No smoking. Photos available. Email: Tel.: 01865 2441166.

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. Newly decorated. Ideal for professional single person or couple. £690 p.c.m. plus bills. Available now. Contact 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village). Large sitting room, dining room, study/playroom/4th bedroom, 3 double bedrooms, 2 de luxe bathrooms, luxury fitted kitchen (all machines), conservatory, garden and patio. Garage, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils, etc. £1,100 p.c.m. Deposit £1,600. Tel.: 01235 834740. Email:

Available 1 Sept.: furnished house, North Oxford. Walk to university, near best schools, parks, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.-h., secluded garden, 1 1/2 bathrooms. Washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge/ freezer, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms. £1,350 p.m. or 3 bedrooms at £1,650 p.m. Contact (in Oxford): John Mackrell. Email: Tel.: 01865 775567. Contact (in Canada): A. Gaston. Email: Tel.: 001 613 745 1368.

Beautifully modernised house to let, East Oxford, from mid-June 2007 for nearly a calendar year (exact dates by arrangement). Two double bedrooms, two studies, sitting room, dining room, 1 ½ bathrooms. C.h., appliances, broadband. Near centre (20 min. walk to Bodleian), near London bus. Walled garden. £1,200 p.m. Owner pays council tax, tenant pays bills. Phone 01865 242966 for appointment to view.

Semi-detached house in Summertown now available for 12-month let. One double bedroom, living room, large kitchen/dining room, bathroom, additional wc, garden, off-road parking, bicycle storage. G.c.h., double glazed. Fully furnished—incl. gas cooker/oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine and other furniture. Bed linen, towels, etc. not provided. £750 p.c.m. (excluding council tax and utility bills). No smoking in the house. Email:

Summer short let. Charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Victorian house in Osney with pretty garden. Available June to Aug., although there is some flexibility with dates. £1,500 p.c.m. inclusive of council tax and utilities. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 297999.

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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 for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: two lovely fully-furnished ground floor flats with large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Broadband. Back door to terrace and large secluded garden. Off-street parking. Flat 1 is available now. Flat 2 will be available at the end of June. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274. Email:

North and Central North Oxford apartments. Two 1-bedroom apartments available from early July and from mid-Oct. at £725 p.c.m. Two 2-bedroom apartments available from July at £825 p.c.m. and £950 p.c.m. All furnished and equipped; suitable for mature professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email:

Delightful 2-bedroom unfurnished flat close to train station and Saïd Business School. Light and airy living room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and en suite shower room. Secure off-street parking and lovely communal gardens. Would suit academics, graduates or professionals. Non-smokers only. Available mid- Aug./Sept. for minimum 6 months. £1,100 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Tel.: 07748 964324 Email:

Cowley, Boswell Road. Extremely nice ground-floor flat with nice garden. One bedroom plus sofa bed in different room; all modern comforts. Very quiet. Well-served by buses, 15 min. from downtown. For very quiet academic person or couple, with reference. From end Aug. to end Jan. £550 p.m., council tax, broadband and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (6.45 p.m.–8 p.m.). Mobile: 07810 194454. 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:

Available from 6 Aug.: Newly refurbished furnished accommodation in central Oxford townhouse. Would suit visiting academic or couple with University/College association. Living room, study, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom. Phone and internet access. Walking distance from University libraries, museums, science area and colleges. £1,350 p.c.m. including bills. Short-term let only (1–3 months). Contact David Griffiths on 01865 278222 (Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) or email

Academic guests are welcome in July and Aug. One single and one twin room available. £100 per person p.w. inclusive of all bills. The house is located in East Oxford, clean, and only one academic lives here. Two min. to bus stop (buses run frequently) and 25 min. walk to city centre through beautiful university park. Email:

Available June. Room available in spacious 2-bedroom flat in Central Headington. Very close to all hospitals and bus routes to Oxford. Fully furnished. Fitted kitchen, washing machine, bathroom. C.h. Small garden at rear. Part of pleasant small crescent with parking. Professionals and academics only. Female preferred. £350 p.c.m. and shared outgoings. Tel.: 01865 768504.

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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:

Central Oxford self-catering apartments available to rent by the week/month. Fully-equipped luxury self-catering apartments in Eyot Place, Oxford (near Oxford University Sports Centre), 15 min. walk from the city centre, offering off-street parking, wireless broadband, river walk into Oxford, and convenient proximity for Oxford's theatres, shops, cinemas, restaurants, libraries. Tariff for one-bedroom apartments: £385 p.w. Enquiries to Jean Whaley at Tel.: 01865 241324.

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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.

Visiting academic family with 2 young children require house or flat with 3 + bedrooms to rent in or around Oxford. 29 June–4 Aug. or any part thereof. Email or phone grandparents on 01865 201840 in first instance.

House or flat wanted from 23 June to 31 July near centre of Oxford. Fully furnished with 3 bedrooms, yard or garden. For academic visitor to Astrophysics, with spouse and two toddlers. Please contact Ms Ferraro-Wood at or 01865 273302.

Singaporean visiting academic family with 2 teenage sons (attending Magdalen College School) seeks fully-furnished 2- or more bedroom flat/house from 16 Oct.–16 Dec., must be within walking distance or direct bus route to Magdalen College School. Preferred locations: central Oxford and St. Clement's. We are non-smokers with no pets, and will take good care of the property. 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:

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: Email: Tel: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Holiday lets, Pembrokeshire. Bungalow in a wonderful location between the foothills of the Preseli mountains and the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Fully furnished, with all modern appliances, but bed linen and towels are not supplied. Accommodates 5. £40 per night. Part weeks acceptable outside school holidays. Well-behaved animals welcome. For more details, email or call 01239 841 223.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing allowed off the quays. From £240–£485 p.w. Winter: £195 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see

Beautiful rustic cottage, Las Alpujarras. Sleeps 6 (2 doubles, 1 twin), small swimming pool, wonderful views. Peaceful. Available May–Sept. Email:

Cyprus Pegeia, 10 min. to Coral Bay, 20 min. to Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, two doubles (one en suite) and one twin. Each bedroom has access to private pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout. TV/DVD. From £450 p.w.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful seventeenth-century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chasse now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzes roof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some three acres. Five min. from village with local shops, 15 min. from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully-fitted kitchen/dining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in two double bedrooms (one en suite) and one twin. Can accommodate two more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecue ' and boules! Private 10m x 4m pool with glorious views. Garage. Some high season availability still remaining. From £500 p.w. Low season rates on request. Email or visit

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 for further details.

Italy, Umbria. Vacation rentals. Casa Rosa is a beautiful destination in Umbria, a rural retreat in the heart of the national park of Mount Subasio where you can hike, enjoy nature, or take a visit to the nearby medieval hill towns of Assisi, Spoleto, and Gubbio. A pool is available for the use of all guests. Apartments from £275 pw. Sleeps 2'5. Web: Tel: 0039 075 802322.

Exclusive timeshare for sale and rent in the Veneto (Italy). The sixteenth-century Palladian Villa Corner and its surrounding park are situated in the heart of the Veneto region just 36 km from Venice. Le Barchesse, attached to the Villa, has been converted into several tasteful apartments. Last two weeks of August. Sale: £2,700 (negotiable). Rent: £400 p.w. Contact for more details and photos.

The Tarn region of South West France, near Albi and Cordes sur Ciel. Relaxing, peaceful old farmhouse with large pool and garden amidst vines and sunflowers. Sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted living room, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor dining and barbeque. Visit Toulouse Lautrec museum, local markets and restaurants. Tennis, riding, and canoeing nearby. School holidays still available. £300-£850 p.w. Tel.: 01608 810172. Email:

Feel the need to get away from it all? Come relax in one of our four stone cottages high in the North Pennines, an area of outstanding natural beauty. West Hury Farm Cottages overlook the peaceful waters of Hury reservoir. An ideal location for walking, cycling or visiting the many places of interest nearby. Lovely villages, good pubs, friendly locals. See our website at: for more information and photos.

Sardinia, Bosa near Alghero (Ryanair). Two stone townhouses for rent in centro storico of small fishing town with palm-lined riverfront. Sleep 6, panoramic terraces, 4 min. from huge sandy beaches. Email: Tel.: 01304 379881.

Haut Languedoc, Southern France. Charming and spacious village house recently renovated and refurbished. Nestled in the hillside of a small village in Haut Languedoc, this is a perfect base from which to enjoy the region — walking, fishing, historic sites, canoeing and coastal resorts all nearby. Two gardens, open plan dining and kitchen, snug with wood burner, family lounge, large bathroom with jacuzzi and shower room, two w.c.'s. Sleeps 6 in three large bright sunny bedrooms and a mezzanine level in the attic room. 1½ hours from several airports including Montpellier, Nîmes, Carcassonne and Toulouse. Short breaks and long term lets also available. Prices from £350 p.w. If you are interested, take a look at our website for more information and photos To make a booking, or if you have any questions, email or telephone Alex on 07730 889334.

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House for Sale

A stone-built semi-detached cottage with character features for sale. Well situated to suit a variety of interests. Located 2 ½– 3 hours' drive from Oxford in a village near Llandrindod Wells, Powys. One double, two single bedrooms. All mod. cons. Guide price: £159,000 freehold. Option also to purchase furnished and equipped. Further details or contact owner Elaine on 01844 351894.

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Houses/Flats for Sale and to Let

Houses/flats for sale in Tuscany and Abruzzo. Holiday houses/flats for rent in Tuscany, Elba and Sardinia. Also, Italian language courses with accommodation offered in Florence and Sardinia. For further information call Angela Harwood Postiglione FRGS, FRSA, on 07770 738 977 (afternoons or evenings) or email

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