• Thursday 12 May 2011
  • NO. 4952
  • VOL. 141


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Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, will talk on 'An astronomer reflects...Hope in the Universe? Astronomy and Faith,' Thurs. 26 May at the Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles' at 7 for 7.30 p.m. All welcome. Admission free. Collection for Oxford Friends Action on Poverty.

Board members sought

Members required for international school advisory board. Academics/lecturers sought to serve on the Advisory Board of Oxford International College, an international school with centres in Oxford and China. Experience or interest in any of the following areas would be valuable: admissions, business, Chinese, E&M, engineering, examinations, maths, oriental studies or sciences. These are voluntary positions but include all-expenses visits to China. Please contact Dr Mario Peters:; 01865 203988;

Society for Graduates

Meetings held Fridays 8 pm in the Tanner Room, Linacre College. Visitors welcome. Graduates of any university and all ages eligible for membership. Members, £6 per term. Visitors, £2 per meeting. Meetings: 13 May: Beverley Hunt, 'The Oxford English Dictionary—past, present and future'; 20 May: to be announced; 27 May: Dr Allan Chapman, 'The life of Sir Frances Bacon (1561–1626)'; 3 June: David Holt, 'The first River Tay rail bridge'; 10 June: social meeting; 17 June: Terry Bremble, 'Morse's Oxford for the visitor'; 24 June: AGM.  For more information, contact Anita Segar on 01865 730574.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the Club every Wed. 10.30–12 from 0th week to 9th week, both inclusive. Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri. in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include an art group, book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group and an opportunity to explore Oxfordshire. Visit our website:

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items include grates, fire tools, fenders and nursery guards. Desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri. 9.30–5, Sat. 10–4. Tel.: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

Restoration and conservation of antique furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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 worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Tree surgery. Town and Country Trees Ltd, established in 1993, providing practical help and advice in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Dedicated and environmentally sympathetic practitioners in tree care and preservation. Contact Paul Hodkinson 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport/taxi service. Highly reliable service, 20 years' experience of getting you to the airport stress free. Business or pleasure. Comfortable Mercedes saloon or Volvo Estate and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, from £70; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, 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. Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? Want to do something and don't know how? We have lots of experience of Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. We can put you on the Internet safely or upgrade your system: PC or Mac. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no-fix/no-fee basis. Call Bob on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

Knead Me Massage Therapies can put a spring back in your step with our invigorating Deep Tissue Massage and detoxifying Combination Massage. Renew your vigour this spring with specially tailored massage treatments. Boost your circulation and eliminate toxins, revive your lymphatic system, relax and invigorate your body and mind. Commit to a healthy 2011 and start the week by boosting your energy levels, concentration and productivity. Book now: or

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.

Tidy Outlook services: garden maintenance including grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, lopping, weeding and garden clearance. Friendly family service, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just one visit. Fully insured, free estimates, small jobs welcome. Please tel. 01865 891749 or 01235 532136.

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including hard landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5 mile radius of OX5). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or for more information.

Situations sought

Friendly and responsible French girl from university family, 17 years old, would like to spend the summer with an English family to serve as an au pair and improve her English. Over three years of baby-sitting experience. Preferred period between 4 July and 19 Aug. For further information and a CV, please contact

Houses to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend we have too many castles, but if you seek quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area, we can help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel and other professionals. We aim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit for details of all properties available. Or phone, fax or email with your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email:

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the river and city centre. Beautiful, eclectic Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. First floor has hi-spec bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC; second-floor has shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s), Wi-Fi. Available: end June to beginning Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0)1865 725193.

Scott Fraser are offering a stunning detached 4-double-bedroom period family home. Refurbished to a high standard to include wooden floors, granite work tops and under-floor heating. Situated in the quiet no-through road of Minster Rd, east Oxford. Street parking. Part furnished. Council tax band E, £2,000 p.c.m. Please contact Anna Berry on 01865 244666.

Three-bedroom Victorian terrace in east Oxford, furnished or unfurnished (negotiable). House has large family room and kitchen, separate reception rooms, large modern upstairs bathroom, basement office and additional storage space, and attractive well-insulated garden house. Close to Cowley Rd shops and bus stops, 10 mins. cycle ride to city centre. Available for 12 months from 1 Aug., potentially renewable; £1,550 p.m. Tel.: 07985 920670, email

Summer sublet Oxford: large comfortable 3-bedroom detached house in Headington with large garden overlooking park. Quiet road, driveway parking. Easy access to many local amenities, city and colleges. Available 16 July–20 Aug. (flexible); £1,850 p.m. plus phone. Includes WiFi, full mod. cons., study, 2 sitting rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully modern kitchen, piano. Perfect for visiting family. N-s please. Deposit and references required. Email: Tel.: +44 1865 741716.

North Oxford Summertown: 2 modern furnished houses. Two bedrooms plus study: £1,095 p.c.m.; 4 bedrooms: £1,350 p.c.m.; both plus utilities and council tax. Excellent residential area close to sport and shopping amenities and easy access to most university departments. Available from Aug.; best suited to professional visiting academics, 2.5 bathrooms, garden and parking. Tel.: 01865 516144 or email:

Flats to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available for 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like you. Details, photos and prices on our website: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

Ethical letting? College and County have quietly established themselves as a contemporary lettings and property management company with a more European, partnership approach within the Oxford market. We look after more than 250 properties within the city and are experienced in meeting the needs of academics both as clients and applicants. For more information, call 01865 722722 or go to

Quiet, furnished flat-let, fully equipped for 1 in Old Headington, 2 miles from city centre and near bus stop to London and John Radcliffe Hospital. Views of garden and church. Bed-sitting room, kitchen dining room, use of bathroom on same floor; £410 p.m. incl. c.h. No bills. Tel.: 01865 437750 (evenings). Email:

Large flat forming annexe to main house comprising living room, gallery bedroom, kitchen, utility, shower room. Close to A40 and 5 mins. from Witney, flat offers peace and quiet and open views. Fully furnished and equipped. Rent £550 p.c.m. incl. water and heating; only electricity to pay. Council tax band A. N-s, no pets. Ideal for a single person, couples considered. Parking space and BT line available. Available now. Contact:; 01993 773314.

To let, self-contained 1-bedroom flat in Summertown, £700 p.c.m. plus electricity, non-smoker(s) only. Flexible start date, mid-May onwards. Tel.: 01865 554258/07967 647672. Email:

Short-term lets in top-quality 2-bedroom fully furnished apartment at Oxford Castle. Very light and spacious, on 2 floors: open-plan living area, fully equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms, all linen and towels, wireless broadband, free international calls to many countries, digital TV. Prime location overlooking main castle square. Video entry phone, elevator. N-s only. Available monthly, £1,850 including everything except electricity. Contact: or 01865 734321.

Short-term let, east Oxford: 2-bedroom furnished apartment to let in the grounds of St Stephen's House, £450 p.w. inclusive of all bills. Deposit required. Available from 1 June until 22 July only. Please email:

North and central north Oxford, 1- and 2-bedroom furnished apartments available from July or early Aug. North: 1 bedroom £725,  2 bedroom £825 and £850; central north: 2 bedrooms from £950. All plus utilities and council tax. Within short walking distance from most University departments, suited to professional visiting academics. Further choice of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments from around Sept. Tel.: 01865 516144 or email:

Accommodation offered

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Do you want to live on Oxford's heavy Jurassic clay, inside Cotswold limestone atop shales and sands, or near Banbury's calcareous Marlstone Bed? Finders Keepers—helping Oxford's geologists reach 0° on the clinometer for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

Scott Fraser—market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666.

Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay: short- or long-term B&B or self-catering rooms/apartments. High-quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations and surrounding area. B&B from £25/night, £170/week, all inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless Internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and weekly laundry service. For information, tel.: 01865 481489 (01865 435229 out of hours), email:, or visit:

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 academics, professionals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. For details or informal help and advice without obligation, contact us. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: Or visit our website,, to see how we could be marketing your property.

If we let 3,000 properties a year through 8 offices, and each requires 3 viewings, how many viewings does each office do per work hour? Finders Keepers—solving Oxford's rental equations for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

Canadian academic, Oxford graduate, seeking accommodation in central Oxford during research trip, 1–31 July. Please contact Professor Nicholas Hudson:

Self-catering apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

Visiting parents, academics, or just need a weekend away? Oxford Cottages offers 3 spectacular period country cottages 2 miles from Oxford available for 2 nights to several weeks. Featured in Period House and Your Home interiors magazines and on ITV's Live the Dream. Inglenook fireplaces (we supply the logs!), Jacuzzi baths and luxurious bedrooms for the perfect Oxford retreat in unspoilt stone village location. Call Ann: 01865 351530. See:

Short-let stay—a range of high-quality, newly renovated 1- and 2-bed serviced apartments available all year round. Includes utilities, TV, broadband, weekly cleaning, linen and towel change, and in some cases free national calls and some international calls. Available from 1 week to 3 months. Parking included. Perfect for tourists, academics or parents. Discount for longer stays. Contact Belvoir Lettings: 01865 595111; or visit

Office space available

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

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic old-fashioned cottages in national park: open fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, no TVs. Gorgeous unspoiled 5-bed 17th-century farmhouse also occasionally available. Own 190-acre organic farm—woods, valleys, river, wildlife. Absurdly cheap in winter. Email:

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c.h., wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel.: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: See:

Greek island holidays. Since 1992, Thalpos Holidays has been personally selecting holiday properties and locations for independent travellers and their families. Villas with private pools and charming cottages by the sea in Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zante and, new for this year, coastal locations in the southern Peloponnese. Prices start from £65 per night! Visit us at or contact us at Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Tuscan flats—3 gorgeous renovated flats adjoining each other within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300 feet above the Upper Tiber valley. This exquisite little hill town is the perfect base for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Sienna, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and walks in the Abruzzi mountains. Details:, (both sleeping 2, £500 p.w.) and (sleeps 5, £650 p.w.). Contact

Vézelay (Burgundy): old and spacious house (sleeps 2–12) available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also kayaking, riding, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable as a quiet retreat, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at

Le Petit Chateau, Marciac, Gascony, southwest France. Luxury accommodation in the tranquility of the Gers: 200-year-old chateau in 9 acres of private grounds with swimming pool, renovated by your English hosts. Chambres d'hotes or weekly rental for groups of up to 10 guests, with optional catering packages. Special rates for Oxford Gazette readers. For more details go to or email or call UK mobile 07710 216947.

French Riviera: 2-bedroom, quiet, fully equipped flat with large terrace and magnificent sea views, 50m in line of sight from the sea near Le Lavandou (between Toulon and St Tropez) available for rent. Comfortably sleeps 5. Direct RyanAir connection from Stansted. From €50/night. See photos and details at Email:

Tuscany near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse sleeps 8 in 4 double/twin bedrooms. Own 15m swimming pool. Rural hillside position with wonderful views. Restaurant nearby, village about 1 mile. Pisa 1¼ hrs, Florence 1½ hrs. July/Aug. £1,250 p.w. Email: Tel.: 01869 331566.

Southern Burgundy. Simple house in the charming medieval village of St Gengoux le National. Two double bedrooms, one bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen; sleeps four. St Gengoux is convenient for Tournus and Cluny, about half-way between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, ideal for the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais vineyards. A tranquil area with good walking, cycling etc. £200-£350 a week. Short stays available. Contact 01865.768069, 07535.296614,, email

French House situated in the quiet village of Rodès, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, La Maison aux Volets Bleus is a fully furnished holiday home for up to 6 people. The location offers visitors fantastic walking, excellent beaches and the beautiful and varied scenery of the Roussillon wine region. Available all year round. Visit the website at and/or contact Tim Davies on 01865 343558 or

Property for sale

Oxford house and flat, £745,000 ono. A lovely home, Hilltop Rd, 3 bedrooms, 2 shower/toilet rooms, balconies over landscaped gardens and a superb completely self-contained apartment over 2 floors, with large balcony/roofgarden. This apartment earns very good income but could be easily reverted back into the house providing additional rooms. The garden has fishponds and summerhouse with extra accommodation too—see website photos: Email: Tel.: 01865 247150.