• Thursday 21 October 2010
  • No. 4931
  • Vol 141


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Society for Graduates

Meetings held Fri., 8 pm in the University Club, Mansfield Road. Visitors welcome. Graduates of any university and all ages eligible for membership. Members, £6 per term. Visitors, £2 per meeting. Meetings: 22 Oct.: Professor Hans Krauss, ‘Dark matter’; 29 Oct.: John Letts, ‘Wheat, bread and thatch from the medieval period to the present’; 5 Nov.: to be announced; 12 Nov.: Nick and Jeanette Allsworth, ‘A sequel to wildlife holidays’; 19 Nov.: Dr Peter Savill, ‘How research in Wytham Woods has contributed to ecological theory’; 26 Nov.: Dr Elizabeth Gemmill, ‘The medieval household’; 3 Dec.: Hugh Warwick, ‘How hedgehogs can save the world.’ 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.

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:

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.

Architect Your Home: local architects for home renovation and extension projects. Whether you are looking to create an extension, convert your loft or re-configure your internal space, Architect Your Home can help guide you through the process. Select from a list of services that suit your budget and project including design, help with planning permissions, building regulations and contractor sourcing and management. For more details: or 0800 849 8505.

Writer/editor. Need help with articles, theses or books? Oxford-based professional offers his research, writing and editorial expertise. No job too small, or large. Competitive rates. Has worked with academics, businesses and the voluntary sector, and is widely published in the national press. Also provides training in journalism and media topics, including writing for the Web, blogging, and effective business writing. Contact Robert Bullard: 01865 423785;;

Oxford private medical practice. We are a GP practice working wholly in the private sector. Half-hour appointments allow your medical needs to be addressed in a relaxed modern doctor’s office. Acute and routine matters including annual check-ups, immunisation service and wellness programs. Please contact the office on 01865 423425 or visit for online registration and further information.

Autumn is the season of maximum gardening opportunity. Soil and climatic conditions are at their most favourable for undertaking garden work. Gardenscape is celebrating 25 years of implementation of garden design, construction and maintenance contracts. We are happy to offer a free initial consultation to discuss your individual requirements. Please contact Roger Hutchence on: 01865 250372, 07773 333531, via email: or visit:

Contact an experienced architect to add value to your home, to make it suit contemporary family living, or to increase space, light and view. Design, planning and building regulations’ approvals or full architect’s service. Wanda Kemp-Welch, RIBA Chartered Architect, tel.: Oxford 515229.

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.

Tuition offered

Piano lessons offered by concert pianist Grade 6 to diploma and beyond. Imaginative, effective and practical teaching that focuses on the integration of technique and musicianship. I am an active soloist and chamber musician with over 25 years’ teaching experience, having studied with leading teachers in the US and UK. Lessons given on Steinway grand. Contact Bethe Levvy: Oxford 766931,

Situations vacant

Magna Carta College, Oxford, is looking to appoint part-time lecturers in its new MBAs in Health Care Management, Marketing and International Business Law. Competitive rates are offered per course. Applicants must have PhD (or other appropriate qualification) in the relevant area and experience of teaching at higher education level. MCC’s programmes are validated by the University of Wales. Applicants should send CVs to Professor David Faulkner at

Wadham College seeks Accommodation Officer/Administrative Assistant, salary University Grade 4, £19,743–£22,879 p.a. To provide administrative support for Domestic Bursar and to act as College’s Accommodation Officer. Key requirements are excellent organisational ability, good inter-personal skills and accuracy. Equal opportunity employer. Further particulars from Personnel Assistant, Wadham College, Oxford OX1 3PN. Email: Tel.: 01865 277968. Fax: 01865 277964.

The Centre for the Study of Muslim–Jewish Relations (Cambridge) wishes to appoint the Stone Ashdown Director. Principal responsibilities will be to develop the Centre, working closely with the Academic Director and existing staff. Areas of specialisation may include: philosophy and thought, modern history, peace and conflict studies, politics of the Middle East and Islamic world, Jews in the Islamic world, Jewish and Muslim communities in Britain. You should have completed a PhD or equivalent higher degree, have a strong publications record or demonstrable potential to deliver this in the near future. Experience of work with international learners, and of interdisciplinary teaching and research will be an advantage. This post represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced academic to join a pioneering and innovative centre. The appointment will be for 3 years in the first instance with possibility of renewal. Salary £32,500 plus benefits. Details: Letter of application, CV, 2 names of academic referees that may be approached, and a proposal should be sent to: Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, CMJR, Woolf Institute, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BJ, UK or emailed to: Early consideration given to those received by 1 Dec.

Christ Church Cathedral School requires part-time (approximately 1 day/week or equivalent) Learning Support Teacher with qualifications to work with individual children with specific learning difficulties. Application: the Headmaster, Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer St, Oxford OX1 1QW. Tel.: 01865 242561. Email Deadline: Fri. 5 Nov. Interviews: w/b Mon. 8 Nov. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Editor needed for independent, international Healthcare Communications Consultancy based in attractive offices 6 miles southwest of Oxford. The ideal candidate will be an excellent editor and proof reader, and will have an eye for design and layout, good project management skills and a life sciences degree. Working on a variety of projects, you’ll liaise closely with in-house writers and out-of-house designers. You will need to be a team player and dedicated to providing outstanding client service. Previous editorial experience is required, preferably in a healthcare communications or similar environment. A competitive salary and other benefits are offered. Please send your CV and covering letter to Web: Tel.: 01865 390144.

Medical writer needed for an independent, international Healthcare Communications Consultancy based in attractive offices 6 miles southwest of Oxford. The appointee will excel in drafting accurate, engaging, clear and concise pharmaceutical literature. This will range from original manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals to a variety of materials for other audiences from patients to payers. You will have a good life sciences degree, a PhD, ideally with postdoctoral experience, and enjoy working as part of an energetic team of like-minded individuals. There will be opportunities for client contact and some travel. A competitive salary and other benefits are offered. Please send your CV and covering letter to Web: Tel.: 01865 390144.>

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:

Freestanding stone cottage in quiet cul-de-sac, Old Headington. Walking distance to shops, buses and hospitals. Non-smoker. Open-plan with loft bedroom, furnished and fully equipped. Broadband compatible. Suit couple or single. Rent £925 p.c.m. Available early Oct. Long lease preferred. Contact Rosemary: 01865 437750,

Beautifully presented Edwardian 3-bedroom terrace on quiet lane in Temple Cowley, Oxford. Two large reception rooms with open fires, large kitchen/diner opening onto 100-ft landscaped garden. Front garden, street parking. Pool, library, doctors, schools and shops all in walking distance; £1,350 o.n.o p.c.m. Available from 1 Jan. Contact: 07960 858872,

Beautiful 2-bed/2-bath executive duplex in Headington, close to Radcliffe Orthopaedic Hospital, Headington High School. Own entrance. Furnished/unfurnished available immediately, £1,200 p.c.m. exc. Contact:

Unique grade-2 Georgian house, superb position, stunning views, light, living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen. Conservatory, 4 double bedrooms, en suite plus bathroom, g.c.h. Attractive garden. Available Oct., furnished/unfurnished, 6 months–year plus, with/without self-contained 1-bedroom flat. House £2,850 p.c.m. plus utilities. Flat £775 p.c.m. plus utilities. Tel.: David 07970 176566; Masha 07866 672722/01865 201717. Email:

Summertown: terraced 2-bedroom cottage with working fireplace and original wood floors. Located within easy walking distance of the centre of Summertown (excellent shops, restaurants and bars), only 1 block from bus route into city centre. Sitting/dining room, fully fitted kitchen with French windows to small attractive garden, full bathroom and 2 bedrooms. Available Nov., short or long term, unfurnished or furnished; £1,100 p.c.m. Contact: or 07855 196260.

Academic furnished home to let for calendar year 2011: 1 double, 2 single bedrooms, large kitchen/diner, lounge, equipped study, and pleasant, low-maintenance garden. Quiet, friendly neighbourhood near the OU hospital campuses, 10 mins. to shops and restaurants from around the world, 2 mins. from meadow walks and golf course and 10 mins. bus ride to Oxford city centre; £1,200 p.c.m., negotiable for amenable tenant. Contact or call (+44)1865 726345.

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

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

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 Web site: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

To rent: fully furnished 1-bedroom apartment in central Jericho. With views over playing fields and within walking distance of town centre. Wood flooring throughout and comprises: double bedroom, bathroom with shower over, open-plan-style living/dining room/kitchen with sofa bed, dining table and chairs, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, microwave, washer/drier and dishwasher. G.c.h., secure parking space. Suit single academic. Rent £995 p.c.m. Contact Thomas Merrifield: 01865 51900.

Central north Oxford: luxury, self-contained, furnished 1-bed apartment annexe in sought-after area within walking distance of city centre, University Parks, amenities of Summertown. Double bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen/living room with wooden floor, gated off-street parking. Would suit single academic/professional. Rent £1,200 p.c.m. including council tax and utilities. Available immediately for short/long let. Contact

Central north Oxford: Bainton Gardens. Spacious fully furnished and well-equipped luxury apartment with en suite master bedroom, twin bedroom, study/sofa bed, lounge, kitchen/diner. Best suited to professionals and academics. Available until mid-Dec. or mid-April. Rental currently £1,600 p.c.m., plus utility bills and council tax. Tel.: 01865 279315. Email:

Quiet, furnished flat-let, fully equipped for 1, in Old Headington, views of garden and church and near to John Radcliffe Hospital. Bed-sitting room, kitchen dining room, use of bathroom on same floor, £420 p.m. incl. c.h. No bills. Tel.: 01865 437750. Email:

Summertown studio, Victoria Rd, attractive position and furnishing. Compact, light, first-floor studio flat with fully equipped kitchen area and well-appointed shower room. All Bosch appliances: fridge-freezer, electric oven, gas hob, washer/drier. Built-in wardrobe/storage cupboard. TV and BT phone points; £700 p.c.m. (for min. six-month lease) incl. all gas, electricity and council tax. Good security. Suit single n-s professional or academic. Available early Dec. Contact: 01865 452821;

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:

Risinghurst. Large bedroom/study with garden view in self-contained annexe adjoining family house. Close to Shotover Park but only 20 mins. bus ride to city centre. Conveniently located for Headington and Thornhill Park and Ride for buses to London, Heathrow and Gatwick. Suit single professional/academic. Available immediately, £450 p.c.m. incl. bills and cleaning, negotiable if only needed during the week. Andy or Maria-Gloria: 01865 761255.

Accommodation for visiting academics. Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette in striking modern house on western outskirts of Oxford set in open fields. Television, Internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine. Bus service to Oxford centre. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy £200 p.w., £650 p.m., maximum 3 months, corresponding double occupancy £240, £750. Tel.: 01865 721644. Email:

Room available. Idyllic, quiet, rural; 13 miles Oxford. Includes all bills, use of kitchen, sitting-room. WiFi, TV available. Professional, n-s, cat-lovers preferred; £380 p.c.m. Phone 01865 301702.

Jericho—Mon. to Fri. Let available in lovely Observatory St house. Double room, garden, excellent storage, WiFi, all bills included. Would suit academic, £450 p.m. Please email

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:

Middle-aged professional couple returning to Oxford after 4 years overseas seek short-term accommodation from +/- mid-Nov. for 4–6 months. Minimum requirement: 2-bed furnished apartment/house preferably located in north Oxford (within ring road), or Osney Island. Prepared to ‘house-sit’. Contact Katharine on email

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:

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.

House trade for sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We hope to exchange our home in San Miguel de Allende for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath Oxford home for 2–4 weeks in the May–Sept. 2011 period. View our home at click on ‘advanced search’ and enter 43105 in ‘property ID’ for details, photos, San Miguel info and about us. References from Oxford faculty available. Reply to Joanne Howard:

For sale

Flat for sale in Austrian countryside, foothills Alps, between Salzburg and Vienna, near beautiful, medieval Steyr ( Two double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4 adults plus 4/5 children/guests), 2 living rooms, 2 kitchenettes, 2 balconies, outstanding countryside views. New carpets/curtains, furniture included, parking. Excellent area for walking, cycling; £45,000. Tel. Gerry Matthews: 0208 642 8667.

Trampoline for sale: 11-foot diameter. Good condition, £80. Contact:, 075 4015 2732, 01865 514568.

Luxury wooden bed: ‘And so to Bed’ (Oxford) continental king-size Nathalie bed, finished in a rich cherry-wood veneer with Royal Woodsford mattress and sprung edge divan bases made by Relyon, measuring 5’6” by 6’6”, to fit above frame. Collect from Witney: £1,495 o.n.o. (third original price). Contact: 01993 774854 or