• Thursday 16 February 2012
  • NO. 4979
  • VOL. 142


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Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture 2012

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Surrey, will lecture at 5 pm on 16 March in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Cambridge. Subject: 'On the shoulders of Eastern giants: the forgotten contribution of medieval physicists'. Admission free but ticket required; booking online at:

Learn to swing dance

Learn to swing dance in Summertown at Oxford's longest running classes. Two left feet? Don't worry, that's our speciality! Fun, friendly and relaxed group. No need to bring a partner. Pay as you go classes with no joining fee. Private or group taster classes, wedding or special occasion dances by arrangement. Next beginners' course starts Wed. 22 Feb. More information at or on Facebook.

Craft courses

Ardington School of Crafts in Oxfordshire offers short courses in traditional and contemporary crafts led by experts and practising craftspeople. Courses include book binding, silverwork, stained glass, calligraphy, willow work, china restoration, quilting, icon painting, leatherwork, stone carving, felt making, crewel work, marbling, spinning, letter cutting in stone, curtain making, goldwork embroidery, upholstery and many others. Courses range from 1 to 5 days. Browse the website: or phone 01235 833433.


Centre for Muslim–Christian Studies, Oxford: Annual Joint Lecture, Tues., 28 Feb., 5 pm at the Examination Schools. (Refreshments from 4 pm.) Topic: 'Is dialogue going anywhere? Reflections on a century of Christian–Muslim relations.' Speakers: Ataullah Siddiqui, Reader in Religious Pluralism and Inter-faith Relations, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Islamic Foundation, Leicester; Colin Chapman, former Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon. All welcome.

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 – grates, firetools, firebacks, fenders, nursery guards; 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture; interesting and unusual items including silver, pictures, desks and library furniture, also garden items such as stoneware or seating. Please ring to sell, or to purchase visit us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. 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 £73; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

Rewley Associates is a small management consultancy based in Jericho, working with clients to improve leadership, efficiency and change management. We focus on decluttering at the organisational, team and individual level, freeing up time and energy for your priorities, and we have a special interest in making meetings more effective. Find out more about our free taster sessions and our introductory workshops at, or call us on 07887 560379.

Are you stressed? Do you suffer from back pain, neck pain, and tight muscles, frozen shoulder, lower back pain or sciatica? Are you tired, have no energy, have persistent headaches or migraines? Knead Me Massage Therapies will renew your vigour. Relieve muscle tension and pain. Revive your sluggish lymphatic system. Rebalance your energy levels. Revitalise a healthy lifestyle. Re-energise a new you for 2012! Book now at or 01865 244811.

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 vacant

Part-time secretary/PA wanted by Oxford nutritionist with practice in Harley Street. Work from home 4–5 mornings a week. Must be very well educated, intelligent, accurate and fast, and ideally have a great sense of humour. Please call Michael Franklin on 01865 423065 (

Houses to let

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:

East Oxford: furnished cosy, well-appointed 3-bedroom house off Cowley Rd available now; £1,200 pcm. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, desk and good-quality double beds. Two receptions rooms downstairs – second reception room leads into kitchen which leads into bathroom. Recently redecorated and refurbished. Secluded garden. All appliances and g.c.h. Convenient for University and teaching hospitals. Please contact Khalida on or 07905 985068.

Central Oxford townhouse for University staff or visiting academics with University association. Easy walking distance from libraries, museums, colleges. 2 bedrooms. Fully furnished, £1,650 pcm including all service bills – internet, gas, electricity, local calls and council tax. Available now until mid-May and from start of July onwards. Contact:

Quiet, furnished 2-bedroom coach house, with off-street parking, in Old Marston village, near bus stops into Oxford centre and Headington hospitals. Suitable for 2 postgraduates. Now available for long or short lets. G.c.h. Basic rent £900 p.c.m. plus bills. Ring 01865 244130 for further information and viewing.

Jericho: Furnished 3-bedroom house available 1 Sept.; £1,895 pcm, 2 ½ baths. One bedroom has additional attached kitchen ideal for nanny or teenager. Secluded garden, patio, new energy-efficient boiler, eat-in kitchen, living room, dining room, all appliances. Walk to university, train and coach station, catchment area for best schools, parks, cosy, easy to maintain. Contact: A Gaston: and Tel.: 613 745 1368 (Canada).

Jack Straws Lane: charming 3-bedroom detached house in a quiet location. Close to local Headington schools and hospitals. Enclosed rear garden. Would suit a family or up to 2 professional sharers. Garage and off-street parking space. Gardener included. Unfurnished. Council tax band F. Available 6 Feb., £1,295 pcm. Contact or 01865 761111.

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

Jericho: 2-bedroom furnished apartment available 1 July; £1,575 pcm. Includes secure indoor parking. Smart, contemporary apartment in quiet, secure new complex; extremely popular area; walk to university, train, bus stations, restaurants, shops. Ideal busy professionals; in catchment for best schools. Furnished to exceptional standard; large terrace, all appliances, under-floor heating, 2 full bathrooms (shower, bathtub), 1 off master bedroom. Contact: A Gaston: and Tel.: 613 745 1368 (Canada).

Available 26 Mar., off Cowley Rd on Reliance Way, a modern 2-bedroom furnished apartment. Comprises open-plan living room/kitchen, 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower to master, family bathroom and allocated parked. Monthly rent £1,045. Please contact Hannah Brown on 01865 792299.

Summer let. Situated within easy walking distance of Oxford rail station and city centre. Modern, pleasant first-floor flat. Two bedrooms, 1 double, 1 single. Comfortable lounge/diner with small balcony overlooking the Oxford Marina and river Thames. Well-equipped kitchen. Designated parking place. Available June–Oct., dates flexible, £1,200 pm, £300 pw inclusive. Please tel. 0207 692 0439 or email

One-bedroom flat in east Oxford: redecorated and newly furnished. Suitable for professional couple or visiting academics. Available from mid-Feb. Double bedroom, large living room with double sofa bed, garage and off-road parking. Quiet block of flats in Southfield Park (, a 5 min. walk from the buzzing Cowley Rd, and close to Oxford Brookes and hospitals. Rent £750 pcm plus bills. Contact Jorgelina Marino:

Light, elegant, self-contained, furnished basement flat in quiet north Oxford house. Newly decorated and refurbished, with wooden floors and handmade kitchen. Close to shops, canal, Port Meadow. Suit professional. Share front door with owner; £750 pcm, bills and WiFi incl. Ring Belinda Allan 01865 554397 or 07800 979671.

Beautiful 2-double-bedroom flat in Abingdon (Willow Brook) to let from 1 Mar. Very light living room with nice view. Freshly redecorated. Dedicated parking for 1 car, bike shed. Rent £795 pcm. For further information call Stephan 07892 800834.

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:

Not sure where to live? Read and watch our great Navigator Guides with guide rents, videos, bar and area reviews. Web: Tel.: 01865 200012.

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; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

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

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our new quick and easy Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: For information: 01865 280811.

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.

Milton Friedman the landlord would hate increasing rental legislation, but would inflation boosting his rental income cause him sleepless nights? Finders Keepers – negotiating buy-side demand for Oxford’s economists for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

Writer's retreat/early summer let wanted: Oxford-based couple seek peaceful, preferably detached, house or cottage in a rural setting within 2 hours' or so driving distance from Oxford to rent for 3 to 8 weeks between the beginning of May and mid-July. House-sitting also considered: cat feeding, garden watering, etc. Contact: or phone 07787 573470.

Fit, active and affable retired British gent, now an aspiring author, seeks large, quiet room or studio flat in Oxford; access to cooking facilities and internet essential. Non-smoker, reasonably tidy and willing to help with driving, shopping, pets, DIY and other chores in exchange for a moderate rent. Flexible regarding length of tenancy. References available. 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:

Sustainable short-term accommodation in Summertown. The Oxford EcoFlat is a 2-bedroom flat in Summertown, north Oxford, accommodating up to 4 people with private garage and communal garden. The flat has been eco-renovated to create a light, healthy, energy efficient living space. Two mins. walk to shops and cafés and 10 mins. by bus to city centre. From 3 nights to 6 months. Serviced and fully equipped. Contact:, 07798 725077.

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, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper's cottages at foot of South Downs: fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, internet access, no TVs (writers' haven) – or for bigger groups, a gorgeous, antique-filled, unspoiled (but very comfortable) 5-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse. On own organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, wildlife. Available weekends; low winter prices; big Oxford discount. Pictures at or 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.

Cornwall, 2-bed detached cottage in pretty, historic Lostwithiel, 5 miles north of Fowey on Cornwall's south coast, 5 miles east of the Eden project. Sleeps 4, cosy sitting room with wood burner, new kitchen, washing/drying facilities, satellite TV, children's playroom, high chair and cot, towels/bed linen provided. Rates from £320 p.w. Visit us at or contact or 07710 463715.

Beautiful house in the small village of Mairena in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain, with stunning views and easy access to great walking routes in the surrounding area. Three double rooms (1 en suite), open-plan living room/kitchen and large roof terrace. Mairena has a local shop and excellent restaurant. Nearest airports Almeria, Granada and Malaga; £50 per night with minimum stay of 3 nights. Contact: or 07799 002196 for details.

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 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 pw. See website (has contact email address):

Turkish Northern Cyprus. Villa with pool. Sleeps 5/6. Close Esentepe village with spectacular views over Med, 20 mins. drive to Kyrenia, 7 mins. to 18-hole golf course and 10 mins. to huge sandy beach. From £475 pw. Email: or tel.: 01608 677423. NB: non-Euro zone.

Dordogne holiday rental. Stone house with pool, patio, terrace, table tennis in 2 acres of garden, with fabulous 270-degree panorama. Views to cliffs of the Dordogne. Sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, dishwasher, washer, drier. 'We were very happily surprised by the magnificent house and brilliant view. Really, a perfect holiday'; £350–£1,100 pw. Private owner. Details: 01223 353603 or

Jesus Pobre, Costa Blanca, Spain, 10km inland from Javea. Picturesque renovated finca nestling under 3 ancient windmills in a valley of outstanding natural beauty, among vineyards, lemon, orange and almond groves. Owned by our family since 1960s. Swimming pool. Sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). Fully serviced. Ideal for families, artists, walkers, birdwatchers. From £500 pw. See:

Apulia, Monopoli, southeastern Italy. In quiet old quarter of ancient seaside town with sweeping views of the Adriatic and mountains from rooftop terrace, elegant stone-floored apartment in 18th-century palazzo 5 mins. walk from sandy beach. Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms, new beds, c.h., Jacuzzi, dishwasher, washing machine. Airports (Bari (Ryanair), Brindisi) 45 mins. by train or car. Ten mins. from 18-hole golf. Email: Tel.: 003903928959730.