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  • Thursday 17 February 2011
  • No. 4944
  • Vol 141

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Miscellaneous

Poetry reading
Michael Horovitz, runner-up in the 2010 election for the Professorship of Poetry, will read and perform his poetry in the Friends Meeting House at 43 St Giles' on Wed. 23 Feb. at 7 pm. All university members welcome.

Lecture
Centre for Muslim–Christian Studies annual joint lecture: 'Muslim–Christian relations seen through arts and media past and present.' Tues. 1 Mar., 5 pm, Examination Schools (refreshments 4 pm). Speakers: Professor Abeer Al-Najjar: 'Media and religious understanding: the role of the media in Muslim-Christian Relations'; Professor James Allan:  'Between confrontation and collaboration: what can we learn about the history of Muslim–Christian relations through art and architecture?' Professor Abeer Al-Najjar in conversation with Dr Jenny Taylor on 'Religion and the media', 2–4 pm, Wed. 2 Mar., Centre for Muslim–Christian Studies, the Song School, 109A Iffley Road. All welcome.

Host family sought
We are a small guardianship agency looking for a host family for a student we have taken on in the Oxford area. We need a family to look after our student for exeat weekends and possibly half terms. If all goes well we will consider taking on other students in the area from Sept. We pay £35 per night and mileage. For further information please contact: info@guardiansuk.com.

Research participants sought
Are you pregnant? Would you like to take part in a research project? The Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University is looking for women who are between 12 and 16 weeks pregnant to take part in a short research project. It would take approximately 2 hours of your time. For more information contact: prenatal@psych.ox.ac.uk or 01865 223916.

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: http://sites.google.com/site/oxforduniversitynewcomersclub/.

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: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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.

Chauffeur/taxi service. Reliable, experienced service available for business or pleasure. Airports/docks/Eurostar, etc. Comfortable Mercedes E-class and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes Viano for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £70; Eurostar, £95; Gatwick, £119. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email: cliveroberts@talktalk.net.

Architect in Oxford. For anyone wanting to extend or remodel their home, Roland Huggins Architect has more than 20 years' experience in domestic and residential architecture. Please see www.rolandhuggins.co.uk/ for an indication of the various stages and services I offer, such as planning, building control, design details, schedules, working drawings, tendering and contract administration. For a site visit, please call Roli Huggins. Tel.: 01865 723855. Email: roli.huggins@gmail.com.

Beat the winter blues—treat yourself to a re-energising Swedish deep-tissue massage from Knead Me Massage Therapies, Oxford. Treat stress, muscle knots, frozen shoulder, tension, migraines or simply revitalise with relaxation. QCMT with 12 years' experience. Full public liability insurance and original CNHC member. Treatment rooms at Oxford University Club and Ferry Sports Centre. Email ferhat@kneadme.co.uk or call 01865 792968/07900 313484. Free £10 complimentary voucher for Gazette readers on website www.kneadme.co.uk.

Experienced editor in general and academic publishing offers copy editing, proof reading, bibliographical and indexing services. Particularly skilled in helping foreigners writing in English. Rates negotiable. References on request. Contact: f.k.editorial@gmail.com.

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 www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Situations vacant

The Parish of Cowley St John seeks a part-time Parish Office Manager. Strong administration and book-keeping skills and good people skills needed—some significant responsibilities; 15–18 hours p.w. (some fixed, some flexible). Possibility of school holidays. For further particulars email Vicar: adam.romanis@btinternet.com. Closing date: Mon. 28 Feb. Interviews: Mon. 14 Mar.

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 www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/.

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 www.qbman.co.uk 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: info@qbman.co.uk.

Victorian terrace 3-bedroom house with modern kitchen/dining opening into summery garden. Two double bedrooms (1 with en suite has extra single bed) plus bedroom with bunk bed, family bathroom, large living room with balcony overlooking leafy gardens; 15 mins. walk to city/universities, 3 mins. walk to river. Available for approx. 1 month—end July to end Aug; £500 p.w. Contact: kangus_ox@yahoo.co.uk; 01865 798506.

Wheatley village, attractive, stone detached cottage. Comfortable, furnished, 3 bedrooms. Lounge 15ft x 14ft, kitchen/diner 15ft x 10ft. Upstairs bathroom/toilet, downstairs toilet. Small garage, plus car parking space, g.c.h. Loft space, small cellar, small gardens. Near bus stop, close to Post Office, village shops and facilities, easy connection to M40. Rent £885 p.c.m. (excl. utilities and council tax, if applicable). Available now. Contact 01932 563335 for appointment.

Idyllic 16th-century 2-bedroom riverside country cottage. Lying in quiet village 9 miles south of Oxford, cottage has farmhouse kitchen, cosy lounge with log fire, separate 2-storey study/library room, beautiful bathroom plus WC. Fully furnished let includes dishwasher, cooker and washer/drier. Beautiful garden backs onto river Thame. Parking for 2 cars with garage for storage; £900 p.c.m. Please call Mr and Mrs Atkinson on 01865 890321.

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 www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/.

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: www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com or tel.: 01993 811711.

Central north Oxford. Self-contained flat in friendly academic household. Kitchen-living room, double bedroom, sitting room/study, bathroom; use of large garden. Would suit postgraduate couple. Available from 1 Apr. Viewing is essential so we cannot accept any applications from people currently abroad; £760 p.c.m. inclusive of bills. Email: karen.hewitt@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Charming 2-bedroom flat in north central Oxford (Bardwell Road), fully furnished, quiet, off-street parking and garage. Best suited to professionals and academics; £1,050 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Tel.: 01235 770904 evenings or email: bernhard.haist@virgin.net.

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 www.collegeandcounty.biz.

Central north Oxford: available now, stylish, spacious lower-ground-floor apartment. One double and 1 single bedroom, en suite bathroom, kitchen, sitting room, conservatory, large private terrace. Private entrance, 1 off-road parking space, furnished, n-s. No short-term lets. Fantastic location for central Oxford and amenities of Jericho, all within easy walking distance; £1,295 p.c.m. plus utilities and council tax. Tel.: 01865 512725.

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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

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: www.finders.co.uk.

Scott Fraser—market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk 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: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Accommodation offered Mon.–Fri. central Headington (female-only) bed and breakfast accommodation with off-road parking available (£300 p.c.m. inclusive). Convenient for Oxford, London/airport links, local shops, hospitals, and Brookes. Comfortable study-bedroom and use of shared bathroom, cloakroom, kitchen, dining room, living-room, and courtyard garden. Professional female (n-s only) to share with 2 others. Interests include singing/piano and the arts. Employer/academic reference and covering letter please to jane.olivia.taylor@btopenworld.com.

Stylish luxury B&B in listed north Oxford conservation-area residence. Marble en suite bathrooms, linen sheets, drawing room with antiques, overlooking garden. TV, Wi-Fi, English breakfast. Short walk to town, University Parks, colleges, University departments, libraries, Ashmolean and excellent pubs and restaurants. UK hosts to welcome you. Ideal for visiting student offspring at University/Brookes, Dragon/St Edward's School, attending conferences/Saïd, or for exploring Cotswolds, Blenheim, London, Thames footpath. Contact sue@mcqueen.nu, 07962 219619.

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: info@qbman.co.uk. Or visit our website, www.qbman.co.uk, 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: www.finders.co.uk.

Academic couple with 2 kids and a nanny, coming for a sabbatical to the University of Oxford from Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2012, is looking to rent a furnished 2/3-bedroom house/flat, ideally close to the John Radcliffe Hospital. We are non-smokers and have no pets. Contact: redzic@hsc.edu.kw.

Accommodation in north Oxford wanted. A Corpus graduate with a family of 6 is seeking to rent a furnished 4–5-bedroom house in north Oxford from 10 Aug. Please contact Dr Paul Watt (paulw@phylogica.co, tel.: 07775 682478) or Mrs Maria Enriquez-Watt (pili.watt@me.com, tel.: 07876 017490).

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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

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: www.oxfordcottages.webs.com.

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: haroldcarter@mac.com.

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: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

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 www.holidayislands.com or contact us at info@holidayislands.com. Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

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 http://lelavandou.webhop.net/. Email: gs1956_2000@yahoo.co.uk.

France, Southern Burgundy. Simple house in the centre of the charming medieval village of St Gengoux le National. Three bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen; sleeps 6. St Gengoux is convenient for Tournus and Cluny, about half-way between Chalon-sur-Saône and Maçon, ideal for the Côte Chalonnaise and Maçonnais vineyards. A tranquil area with good walking, cycling etc. Rates: £200–£350 p.w. Contact 01865 768069, 07535 296614, www.sudbourgogne.co.uk.

French house situated in the quiet village of Rodes, 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 www.voletsbleus.co.uk and/or contact Tim Davies on 01865 343558 or timlucydavies@btinternet.com.

To rent: converted barn half an hour south of Florence. Sleeps 5. Email: hemackay@gmail.com. Tel.: 0039 055 8071354 or 0039 340 0777735.

Split, Croatia. Modern 2-bedroom apartment overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Dalmatian Islands. Large terrace, air-con, private parking, sleeps 4 plus baby. Rates: £100 per night. For more info visit us at our website www.znjan2a.com. You can also contact us on ivanab@earth.ox.ac.uk.

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 www.gitevezelay.co.uk.