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  • Thursday 8 March 2012
  • NO. 4982
  • VOL. 142

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Miscellaneous

Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 15 and 22 March. Please note, however, that the 22 March issue will be limited to University business only, so will not contain classified advertisements. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 19 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

Lunchtime talks

Charles Dickens: there will be a series of 9 lunchtime talks on the theme 'The best of times, the worst of times: Charles Dickens – a man for our times'. The talks will be given in St Giles' Church, Oxford, on Thursdays during Trinity term (26 Apr. –21 June inclusive) commencing at 12.30 pm. For speakers and further information, please see www.ocsg.uk.net.

Collaborative learning in young people

We are currently recruiting participants for a study of how young people may learn from one another. To participate, your child must be male, 8–10 or 14–16 years old, and able to find a friend who can come along to the Department of Experimental Psychology. The task is simple but fun; and both of them will be reimbursed. For further information and to sign up, please visit http://redd.psy.ox.ac.uk.

Coull String Quartet

Magdalen College School, 7 Apr., 7.30 pm, Magdalen College Chapel. The Coull String Quartet in Haydn's 'Seven Last Words'. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions). Email: reception@mcsoxford.org or phone: 01865 242191.

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.

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 www.kneadme.co.uk or 01865 244811.

Computer Assistance is here to help you. Fix screens, viruses, etc. We can solve email and broadband issues. In business 16 years. Tel.: 01865 451177. Web: www.computerassistance.uk.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.

Kerensa Gardens offers a complete garden design service, aiming to give you the garden you have always wanted. An established, local designer with a small team providing a full garden design and landscaping package. Free initial consultation. All aspects of landscaping covered (paving, fencing, turfing, water features, garden lighting etc). Each project is bespoke. Friendly and professional. Contact Emmett Casley: 01865 427519/07977 009630, emmett@kerensagardens.co.uk, www.kerensagardens.co.uk.

Tuition offered

One-to-one English and English Literature tuition offered: CE, KS3, GCSE and AS/A2. Location: north Oxford. Contact: robertspaul51@gmail.com or 07540 152732.

Situations vacant

A leading international business school in Oxford is looking for literature experts to teach/lecture in the mornings during the month of Aug. on its lively summer school. We are particularly looking for experts on the following writers: William Shakespeare, J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. Generous hourly teaching rates apply. For more information please contact Sophia Vänttinen-Newton at sophia.van.newton@gmail.com.

Assistant to the Director (full or part time). The Beckley Foundation is a small charitable trust near Oxford investigating consciousness and how to improve global drug policy. The founder and director is looking for additional help with the extensive work of running the foundation. We seek a skilful, highly intelligent person with an interest in the foundation's subjects and in the communication of science. Essential skills for the position include: excellent writing skills for the preparation of articles, reports, grant applications and other projects; strong motivation; multitasking abilities; flexibility; ability to work independently and meet deadlines; and excellent computer skills and attention to detail. Own transport required. Desirable: a scientific or policy background and administrative skills. Web: www.beckleyfoundation.org. Tel.: 01865 351019. Please send CV to office@beckleyfoundation.org.

Writer (part time). Brilliant writer needed for creative and technical writing to do with the science of consciousness and drug policy, to assist the Director of the Beckley Foundation. Writing required will include books, articles, press releases, newsletters etc. Two to three days a week. Web: www.beckleyfoundation.org. Tel.: 01865 351019. Please send CV to office@beckleyfoundation.org.

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.

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the river, city centre and University. Beautiful, eclectic Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. First floor: hi-spec bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC. Second floor: shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s), WiFi. Available: end June to beginning Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44(0)1865 725193.

East Oxford: charming, comfortably furnished 3-bed house available end-May for 6 months; 2 double bedrooms, 1 single, loft study, large kitchen, secluded garden; quiet, safe, sought-after road in friendly community. Close to nature reserve and river. Would suit visiting academics/family; £1,650 pcm inclusive all bills and WiFi access. Would reduce to have our friendly cats looked after in their own home! Contact Nicole 07747 610359; marshalls.1@zen.co.uk.

Beautifully restored house (18th cent.), 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-hour bus service; 20 mins. Oxford centre from door. Car hire possible. Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 19 July–28 Aug., £500 p.w. Contact: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Four-bedroom family house to let in Iffley Fields from 1 Apr. Double-fronted Victorian property with lovely garden. Quiet residential street within walking distance of city centre. Three reception rooms, large kitchen, study and garage. Unfurnished; £2,000 pcm. Available 1 Apr. Please contact 07793 627716 or email jim.hall@eci.ox.ac.uk.

Five-bedroom family house in Iffley available for next academic year. Lovely location on edge of beautiful village near the river with easy access to central Oxford (1.5 miles). Immaculate condition, fully furnished, WiFi, phone, piano, all mod cons. Great outlook to rear over meadow and hills. Academic family abroad for sabbatical year from mid-Aug.; £2,500 pm. Contact: rowland.stout@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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 481489 (01865 435229 out of hours), email: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.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.

Professional, mature (50s) lady, non-smoker, no pets, relocating to Oxford for employment in early Apr., seeks 1-bedroom flat (but would consider studio flat). Must have parking and be inside the ring road. Furnished or part-furnished preferred. Contact: carolinemajor276@btinternet.com.

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.

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 www.teazlecottage.co.uk or contact lanceanelay@aol.com or 07710 463715.

Apartments in Tuscany – 3 beautifully renovated flats adjoining each other within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300 feet above the Upper Tiber valley. This exquisite little hill town is the perfect base for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Sienna, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and walks in the Abruzzi mountains. Largest sleeps 5 (£750/wk); 2 smaller flats sleep 2 (£600 or £500/wk). For more details: www.anghiarimagic.com or contact louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.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.

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: www.littlehouseinspain.com.

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.

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: linamonte@aliceposta.it. Tel.: 003903928959730.

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.