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  • Thursday 3 May 2012
  • NO. 4987
  • VOL. 142

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Miscellaneous

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: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com or phone 01235 833433.

Chorister Open Day

New College Choir: Chorister Open Day – Sat 19 May at 4 pm. Families with boys aged 3–6 are warmly invited to the choir’s annual open day about chorister life. Everyone is welcome for an enjoyable and informative afternoon, with question and answer sessions, dressing up, games, musical items and tea with chorister families, ending with Evensong in chapel.  For more information and to register, please contact edward.higginbottom@new.ox.ac.uk or 01865 279519, and see www.newcollegechoir.com.

Volunteers Needed

Over 60? Want to start exercising? Researchers at Oxford University are investigating the effect physical activity has on the brain. Participants will be given a free supervised exercise programme and undergo MRI brain scans. If you would like to find out more please contact 07512 684994 or exercise@fmrib.ox.ac.uk (Oxfordshire REC B 10/H0605/48, Version 1 - 30/01/2012).

Learning and sleep after stroke. We are looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. The study aims to find out how stroke affects sleep. We would like to hear from people who have had a stroke and also from healthy people. The study involves having a brain scan and then wearing a wrist band to measure your activity for 3 weeks. During those 3 weeks we would monitor your sleep using brain recordings over 3 nights in your own home. You would be reimbursed for your time and expenses. If you are interested, or would like to know more, we would be happy to discuss the study further with you – please contact us: email: sleep@fmrib.ox.ac.uk, tel: 07836324934 (Oxfordshire REC B – 11/H0605/12, Version 1.5 - 03/03/2011).

Panel discussion

'Educating the 22nd-century Child' hosted by Hogan Lovells on 14 May at 6.30 pm. Already over a decade into the 21st century, the Dragon School is aware that it is educating children who may well live into the 22nd century. Those in schools today already deal with knowledge and technology evolving at unprecedented speed, so how should education equip learners for tomorrow? Chaired by Barnaby Lenon, a panel of professional educators from some of the UK's most respected schools will discuss the future of education at the London Dragon Debate and take questions from the audience. Tickets for the debate and following reception: £20. Tickets also including dinner at Hogan Lovells with the panel members: £75. We are offering a 20% discount to students. Purchase tickets at www.dragonschool.org/old-dragons/news/forthcoming-events or by cheque made payable to Dragon School Trust Ltd and sent to the Events Office at the Dragon School.

Bookshop

For a bookshop specializing in rare and second-hand humanities books, especially theology, history, literature, art and philosophy, visit St Philip's Books at 82 St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1RA, opposite Christ Church gardens. Over 10,000 books in stock. Open Mon–Sat, 10–5. Catalogues by post or email. Good prices paid for large or small collections, especially academic and antiquarian; we can collect. Website: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk. Contact Christopher Zealley on 01865 202182/sales@stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

Host families sought

Magna Carta College, private international business school in Oxford. Host families needed. Good-quality host families required for summer courses in Oxford. Mainly international students (over 18 years), with stays of between 1 and 3 weeks. Students have a full activity timetable, so normal host family rules apply. Contact: rosita.cataldo@btinternet.com.

Research Grants

The Centre for Muslim–Christian Studies, Oxford research grants: proposals are invited for intertextually, culturally, historically and/or theologically focused research to contribute to a new project on 'Reading the Bible in the context of Islam'. The 2 awards of £15,000 can be held either at postdoctoral or at doctoral level for 12 months from Oct. Recipients will work collaboratively as well as on their own research. For details, see www.cmcsoxford.org.uk.

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 – 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: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. 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.

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: cliveroberts@talktalk.net.

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: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Sell your unwanted books. If you are emptying your house, clearing out unwanted belongings or just selling off old textbooks we can help you out. We collect from your house and pay competitive prices. Contact Ross at Beadle Davies Ltd on 07720 288774 or ross@beadledavies.co.uk.

Childminder. Seahorse Childcare – newly Ofsted-registered childminder with young son available to look after children part- or full-time.  Many years' experience of youth work.  Hollow Way, Cowley, OX4 area. For more information please visit www.seahorsechildcare.co.uk or call 07790 180137.

Customised trips to India. Experience India on your own terms – its history, its living culture, its variety – we (Indian couple living in Mumbai; 1 of us an Oxford graduate) will help you plan exactly what you would like to do and where you would like to visit, and arrange everything at sensible cost. To find out more, please phone 01865 863162 (evenings) or email wynnruss@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.

Situations vacant

Friendly, well-spoken reader wanted for academic with visual problems in OX4. Would suit professional already working or mother/spouse eager for intellectual stimulus 1 or 2 evenings a week. Laptop helpful. Quick wit, ready smile and real empathy greatly appreciated! Please call: 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 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.

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.

Summertown (nr St Edward's School) for rent: large comfortable 3-bedroom semi-detached house with garden and patio. Easy access to the city and colleges. Available 16 July–25 Sept (12 weeks). Rent £420 pw. plus phone and utilities (free Sky Sports TV). For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel.: + 44 (0)1865 516556 (drop the '0' when phoning from abroad).

North Oxford houses: 2 bedrooms plus open-plan study, modern semi-detached available from July or Aug at £1,150 pcm; 3–4 bedrooms semi-detached available from mid-Aug at £1,350 pcm. Utilities and council tax not included, close to Summertown social, sporting and shopping amenities, lounge-dining, kitchen-breakfast, cloakroom, master en suite, family bathroom, parking, garden, suited to professional and visiting academics, families. Contact: 01865 516144, a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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.

Charming 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 pcm plus utility bills and council tax. Tel.: 01235 770904, evenings. Email: bernhard.haist@virgin.net.

To let immediately. Spacious, first-floor, 1-bedroom apartment in purpose-built, quiet, professional building, Summertown, north Oxford, OX2 7LU. Separate reception, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and large storage closet. Wooden floors throughout. Private parking space. South facing, looking onto beautiful shared garden. Furnished/unfurnished negotiable, £830 pm. Tel.: 07768 687472, 01223 892718 (evening). Email: mcc@teeslaw.co.uk.

Flat-share. Central/north Oxford. Large room in a quiet, spacious, sunny flat. Non-smoker. Two toilets. Broadband, washing machine, television, DVD/video player, ample storage, off-street parking. Suitable for visiting academic, postgraduate student or professional; £395 pm plus contribution to utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555 or 07866 653619.

North and central north Oxford apartments: central north split-level studio at £750 from Aug or Sept; 1 bedroom at £850 from Sept or Oct; 2 bedrooms at £975–995 from Aug or Oct. North Oxford 1 bedroom at £750 from Aug or Sept; 2 bedrooms at £850–870 from July, Aug or Sept, all utilities, council tax not included. Contact: 01865 516144, a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Large 1-bedroom flat in north Oxford. Double bedroom with en suite shower room on first floor. Fitted kitchen and open-plan living area downstairs. Fully furnished with washer/drier, Wi-Fi access and off-street parking. Own entrance. Single occupancy only. Available end May; £695 pcm, all bills (gas, electricity, Wi-Fi and council tax) included. Contact: 556787 or cmr-flat@hotmail.co.uk.

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.

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

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; 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 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Room for rent outside Geneva in shared house near lake. Own bathroom, own toilet, shared kitchen, use of separate office, TV, Wi-Fi. Would suit graduate or researcher; 700 CHF pm. Contact: hsinkai_li@yahoo.com.

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

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.

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: www.ecoflat.co.uk, 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 www.wakehamfarm.com/Wakeham-Home or 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.

Burgundy (Vézelay): old and spacious house available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also cycling, riding, kayaking, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable for a couple, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at www.gitevezelay.co.uk. Contact: jessica0407@talktalk.net or 07980 305775.

Lot, France. Simple cottage in quiet rural village in beautiful valley. Sleeps 4 (2, 1+1), and full independent accommodation (2, +2 bunk beds). Private garden. Walking, cycling (some bikes available including tandem), canoeing. Flowers and butterflies. Varied visits eg Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie; £400 pw July, Aug.; £200 pw/£350 fortnight at other times. For more details, photos see website: http://sulpicelot.com or email: johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Ashburn Cottage, Loch Fyne, west coast of Scotland. Spacious house on the shores of beautiful Loch Fyne. A place to relax, unwind and explore this stunning area. Comfortably furnished; 2 sitting rooms (1 with a wood-burning fire, 1 with a balcony overlooking the loch), large kitchen/diner, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Enclosed garden and parking. Call 07929 883762 or email sueandmyles@hotmail.co.uk for availability and rates. See: www.lochfynecottage.com. (Relax, unwind, enjoy...)

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 pw. Visit us at www.teazlecottage.co.uk or contact lanceanelay@aol.com or 07710 463715.

Sunny Porec in Croatia. Family-friendly apartment to let sleeps 6–8 in old town: sun, sea, culture, ferry to Venice, cheap flights to Pula. Contact: ann.buchanan@spi.ox.ac.uk.

Southern Burgundy – L'Escalier, a simple house in the charming medieval village of St Gengoux-le-National. Sleeps 4 (2 double bedrooms), bathroom and a comfortable ground floor. Convenient for Tournus and Cluny, halfway between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, ideal for the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais vineyards. A tranquil area with good walking and cycling or ideal for a quiet working break. £200–£350 pw. Contact 01865 768069, 07535 296614, www.sudbourgogne.co.uk, email info@sudbourgogne.co.uk.

North Eggardon Carthouse holiday house below Eggardon Hillfort, Dorset. Sleeps 10–13 in 5 bedrooms. Contact Lindsay Meller 01308485718. Email: eggardon.carthouse@btinternet.com. Poetry course: leading Welsh poet Paul Henry, 'The power of memory' 5–7 Oct 2012 at the Carthouse. Contact: Laetitia Crutchley. Course details on the website. Email: crutchley3st@btinternet.com. Web: www.northeggardoncarthouse.co.uk.

Holiday lets. 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 in May, June, Sept. 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.

Property for sale

House for sale or rent. Lovely Oxford house with self-contained flat, for sale or rent in Hilltop Rd. Parking. Hall, sitting room with fireplace, toilet, kitchen/dining/2nd sitting area with French doors to garden. Upstairs: shower/toilet, 3 bedrooms (or 1 double, 1 single with balcony and en suite, and study). Property also has beautiful flat on 2 floors, see website photos: www.tanyagarland.co.uk. House rental £1,500 pcm. Flat £950 pcm. Property sale £750,000. Email: tanya_garland@hotmail.com. Tel.: 01865 604196.