• Thursday 27 January 2011
  • No. 4941
  • 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: 28 Jan.: Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, 'How my background influenced my career in interior design'; 4 Feb.: Christopher Danziger, 'The last of the Romanovs'; 11 Feb.: Prof. Christopher Lavy, 'Medical mission links—Headington to Malawi'; 18 Feb.: Jackie Sherman, 'Writing your autobiography'; 25 Feb.: Prof. Kathryn Sutherland, 'Jane Austen's fiction manuscripts'; 4 Mar.: Nicholas Horn, 'A farming year by a local farm contractor'; 11 Mar.: Anita Segar, 'An African safari on horseback—away from the 4WDs!' For more information, contact Anita Segar on 01865 730574.

Research participants required
Would you like to experience hypnosis? Researchers in the Department of Experimental Psychology are currently recruiting participants for group hypnosis sessions. The sessions take place in the Department of Experimental Psychology on South Parks Road. Sessions last approximately 1 hour and 20 mins. and you are welcome to bring friends. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please contact Devin Terhune: or 07580 333967.

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture
Prof. Brian Greene, Columbia, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 18 Mar., in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Cambridge. Subject: 'The hidden reality: parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos.' Admission free but ticket required: Book-signing for Prof. Greene's new book after the lecture.

Research volunteers needed
Research volunteers needed for study in Oxford. We are looking for healthy women aged 55–65 interested in taking part in our study of body fat and liver function (07/H0605/117) based at the Churchill and JR Hospitals. It would involve 2 short visits and 1 full-day (does not involve dieting). For more information please contact Jane Cheeseman at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism: 01865 857288/9 or

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:

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:

Hope Services is a family-run typesetting company established more than 35 years ago. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, we specialise in the styling and production of published material. We regularly work on all types of publications including early learning teaching titles; single-author, first-time novels and novellas; academic law books and journals; and social, financial and technical reports. We would be happy to discuss and develop your ideas, and provide you with an individual quote. Please feel free to contact us at Hope Services (Abingdon) Ltd. Tel.: 01235 530439. Web: Email:

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 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:

Mature, professional portrait and landscape painter available for in-residence house minding as well as other domestic assistance. Humayun Talat: Mobile: 07748 361438.

Computer sales and services: NPC Systems provides for all your computer needs and services, locally. Services offered: PC and laptop repairs/upgrades/virus removals (from £20, no-fix no-fee, special rate for students), data recovery, PC helpdesk/remote support, home networking setup, website design and more. We sell computer components/printer/cartridges. Contact or visit us at: 75 North Parade Ave, Banbury Rd, Oxford, OX2 6LX. Tel.: 01865 554843. Mobile: 07765 776964. Email: Website:

Are you separated and finding it hard to move on? Our course, Life After the Break, is for people coming to terms with the ending of a relationship. We understand how difficult this can be and can help you develop self-awareness, skills and confidence to make positive life choices. Please contact Relate on 01865 242960 or email Next course is on 4 Saturday mornings, from 26 Feb.

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 or call 01865 792968/07900 313484. Free £10 complimentary voucher for Gazette readers on website

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.

Situations vacant

Radley College Senior Common Room Butler/Steward, term-time. Radley College is a large prestigious independent boarding school for boys situated on the outskirts of Oxford. This is a highly visible role providing front-of-house services for the Senior Common Room. You will have experience in a high-profile establishment, be flexible, dedicated, courteous and discreet. You will have the ability and commitment to deliver impressive standards in both food service and customer care. We offer an excellent working environment, generous holiday entitlement, sick pay scheme, uniform and meals whilst on duty. To apply email: or see: Closing date: 18 Feb. Radley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

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:

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

Beautifully restored house (dating from 18th cent.) in centre of pretty village, 6 miles Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, farmhouse kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod cons, garden, cleaner. Village all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hr bus service to Oxford centre from door (20 mins. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 20 July–1 Sept., £450 p.w. Contact:; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Short let available now to Sept. Recently renovated, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Suit professional couple. Off-street parking. Contact: or 01865 311011.

Short let available in Wytham from mid-Jan. to Aug. A rare opportunity to rent a 3-bedroom cottage in Wytham; £1,950 p.c.m. Contact: or 01865 311011.

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.

Cosy 2-bedroom flat in north central Oxford (Bardwell Rd), 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:

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:

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:

Wanted: 3–5-bedroom furnished house with outdoor space for visiting academic from New Zealand (former Balliol graduate student and college lecturer) on sabbatical with family; preferably from Mar. through Aug. Contact:

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.

French house situated in the quiet village of Rodes, in the foothills of the Pyranees, 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

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early 19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. Five bedrooms (4 with modernized en suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8 (including children). Heated swimming pool 5m x 10m. Available early June to mid-Oct., £1,500 p.w. See website (has contact email address):

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 1 1/4 hours, Florence 1 1/2 hours. July/Aug. £1,250 p.w.; May, June, Sept. £850 p.w. Email: or phone 01869 331566.

To rent: converted barn half an hour south of Florence. Sleeps 5. Email: 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 You can also contact us on

Turkish Northern Cyprus. Villa with pool. Sleeps 5/6. Close Esentepe village with spectacular views over the Med; 20 mins. drive from Kyrenia, 7 mins. from 18-hole golf course and 10 mins. from huge sandy beach. From £475 p.w. Email or tel.: 01993 868892. NB: Non-Euro zone.

Houses for sale

Narrow boat for sale. Don't delay—buy today. Why pay rent when you can own your own safe haven only a few mins. walk from Oxford station?: 32ft narrow boat in good order moored on the mill stream at private, safe non-residential mooring, just right for term-time occupation. Lister-Petter diesel engine, 4ft bed with storage above and below, hot water tank and access to bilge. Bathroom with wash basin/storage, shower and chemical toilet. Kitchen with sink/single drainer, LPG cooker and 12v fridge with icebox. Lounge 2-seater settee, dining table/chairs. Solid-fuel stove/oil-filled radiator. Covered prow with water tank. Landside—mains electricity and water. Shower/toilet block. BBQ area. Car parking. Mooring fee paid until end Mar., safety certificate until 2013, bottom blacked 2009. Price: £27,000 for a safe, beautiful, peaceful place to study and relax. Please call 07821 013684 for further details.

Bungalow for sale Yarnton. Large sitting room with open fireplace, 3 bedrooms, garage and garden. Recently refurbished. Quiet area. Easy access Oxford. Vacant possession; £275,000 ono. Tel.: 01993 881398.