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  • Thursday 17 January 2013
  • NO. 5011
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture 2013

Professor Frank Close, OBE, University of Oxford, will present the 2013 Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture at Cambridge. The subject will be 'The infinity puzzle – from the Higgs Boson to the LHC.' The lecture will be given at 5pm on 15 Mar in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Cambridge. Admission is free but booking is required via http://csf2013-andrewchamblin.eventbrite.com.

Health Matters talks

Grace under pressure: personality disorder and society. Dr Steve Pearce, Consultant Psychiatrist from the Complex Needs Service, will lecture at 7.30pm on Tues, 29 Jan, at Science Oxford. Personality disorder is a common but misunderstood psychiatric category: the media mostly report it in association with serious crimes, the NHS has tended not to prioritise it, yet the vast majority of sufferers have committed no crimes, but live constrained or miserable lives, without connections and satisfactions most of us take for granted. The talks follow an interactive format with a 45-min talk followed by a 45-min Q&A session, aimed at those with a personal or professional interest in the topic. Admission: £5 (free for members of Science Oxford or Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust). See: www.so-test-dev.co.uk/live/whats-on-events/health-matters-jan; for free membership of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, email: ft@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Inspiring Craft Courses

New Year – time to try something different? Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 150 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel  01235 833433.

Trustees required

New trustees required to join a dynamic charity. The Mulberry Bush Organisation, a national charity based in Standlake, Witney, is committed to providing high-quality therapeutic services to ‘hard to place’ children aged 5–13 and their families. If you have experience of primary education, working with disadvantaged groups or charitable trusts we would like to hear from you. Please email CV and short statement to Trustees’ Secretary: rcampbell@mulberrybush.org.uk. Web: www.mulberrybush.org.uk.

Lunchtime talks

Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’ Church, 12.30pm weekly in Hilary term (17 Jan–7 Mar): 'Finding God in all things'. Speakers: Nicholas King, University of Oxford; Gemma Simmonds, Heythrop College; Brendan Callaghan, Campion Hall; Bruce Batstone, Ignation Tutor; Kenneth Boyd Browne, psychotherapist; Gerard W Hughes, author of God of Surprises etc; Antonia Lynn, Ignatian Tutor; Kate Stogdon, theologian. Free, closing collection. Details: www.ocsg.uk.net.

Choral Society event

St John Passion, Sat, 2 Feb, 8pm, St Barnabas Church, Jericho. Summertown Choral Society, with Emma Kirkby, will perform J S Bach's great work. Directed by Duncan Saunderson with Christopher Watson as Evangelist and period orchestra. Tickets £12 (under 16s free) from www.summertownchoral.org.uk or www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/?event=17551.

Research participants sought

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).

Healthy volunteers (18–59, right-handed) wanted for a study investigating the brain's response to exercise. Twelve-week study includes 6 weeks of visiting the Oxford Brookes gym 5 days a week, and 7 visits to John Radcliffe Hospital for brain scans and exercise tests. Compensation for time and travel provided. Contact: exercise@fmrib.ox.ac.uk or 01865 600548.

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 Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). 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 on 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport car service. Professional reliable service for business or pleasure. Comfortable, practical Volvo XC 70 estate. All-wheel drive gets you there safely, ice or snow! Luxury Audi A8 limousine – sink into the beige leather seats and be wafted to the airport or treat your VIP guests. All cars run on winter tyres for safety. Heathrow from £75, Eurostar £95, Cambridge £125. Call Clive Roberts on 01865 778608 or 07917 566077 (mobile) or email your requirements to cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Business/University accounts welcome.

Frances Carroll Nutrition. I am a qualified, regulated and insured nutrition practitioner skilled at identifying nutrient imbalances and correcting them to optimise health. I see people with a wide range of conditions. Most common include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and panic attacks, those in pain and those wishing to lose body fat. See: www.francescarroll.co.uk; www.facebook.com/francescarrollnutrition; https://twitter.com/FrancesCarroll_; www.francescarrollnutrition.wordpress.com.

Situations vacant

Magdalen College School, Oxford invites applications for the post of full-time Maintenance Technician to start as soon as possible. To apply please complete the school's Support Staff Application form (CVs not required) and send by email with a covering letter to Mrs Sandy Coles: scoles@mcsoxford.org by midday on Fri 25 Jan. Further details and application form can be found on the school website: www.mcsoxford.org/senior-school/vacancies.

Office Administrator. Oxford Computer Consultants are a successful company developing IT solutions and products for the public sector. We have a vacancy for an experienced Office Administrator who will be responsible for the smooth running of the office. The successful candidate will require a 'can-do' attitude. Responsibilities include: answering the main phone, travel requirements, processing renewable accounts, CRB applications, greeting clients, refreshments for meetings, managing stock and supplies such as stationery, building meetings, arranging repairs, personnel records, monitoring staff timesheets, processing expenses, assisting the directors. Essential skills include: very good written and oral communication skills, proficiency in IT applications for correspondence, maintaining spreadsheets and databases, ability to prioritise and organise work, methodical and flexible approach. Please read the full job description at www.oxfordcc.co.uk/careers. To apply, send your CV and covering letter to Laura Walton: laura.walton@oxfordcc.co.uk.

Anniversary Research Fellows. Salary: £37,012–£45,486 pa (3 years fixed term). Northumbria is a research-engaged and business-focused professional university which is rapidly growing its capacity in research and enterprise. With a reputation for excellent teaching and learning which benefits our 34,000 students, we have invested £18m in appointing new academic staff over the past few years. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, all areas of submission included research which was considered to be ‘world-class’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 2012 marked our 20th anniversary as a university, and to mark the occasion we are appointing new Anniversary Research Fellows. Working closely with colleagues in a Faculty, you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your subject expertise through individual and collaborative academic activity. Successful candidates will be selected according to the excellence of their research profile and plans, regardless of their area of research interest. Closing date: 28 Jan. For further details: www.workfornorthumbria.co.uk/hrvacs/vco1205.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We don't have too many castles, but we do have a constant supply of good-quality property to rent in Oxford city. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in letting to academics and other professionals. We aim to provide the friendliest professional service in the city. Visit: www.qbman.co.uk, call: 01865 764533, or email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Spacious fully furnished centrally heated family home. Quiet location, Hill Top Rd, Oxford; 1½ miles city centre, near hospitals, schools, parks, golf course and transport including London and Heathrow buses. Open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room. French doors to garden. Further reception room. Utility/shower/cloakroom. Five bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC. Off-street parking. Suit family, non-smokers only, £2,000 pcm. Tel: 01865 351745. Mobile: 07733 400820.

Four-bedroom family home. Fully furnished Victorian semi-detached home, available for short-term rent (precise dates and duration flexible) from late Jan. Located close to Abingdon town centre and on main bus route into Oxford (every 10 mins, journey time normally under 20 mins). Tenants expected to allow estate agent to show viewers round; hence discounted rate of £1,275 pcm. For more details, please contact Dr Andrew Turner on andrew.d.turner@btinternet.com.

Flats to let

University Accommodation Office

The University Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full and part-time students, academic visitors and 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 from 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.

Quiet, furnished flat-let, fully equipped for 1 gentleman, in Old Headington. Views of garden and church and near to John Radcliffe Hospital. Bed-sitting room, kitchen-dining room and use of bathroom on same floor, £420 pm incl central heating. No bills. Tel: 01865 437750. Email: qsearl@gmail.com.

Fully furnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat, in Marston Ferry Rd, a few mins' walk to Summertown shops, restaurants and leisure complex, and just a short distance from central Oxford. Centrally heated, living/dining room, own covered parking space, communal garden. Available from Feb, £950 pcm excluding utility bills. Telephone Sue on 07933 739481.

Accommodation offered

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.

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.

View the best Oxford property rentals now, www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, Finders Keepers, or call 01865 200012.

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 Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

New Zealand family on sabbatical seeks furnished/semi-furnished 3–4-bedroom house in Oxford or surrounds for Mar–Aug; dates flexible. English references available. Please contact thomasbiss@hendersonreeves.co.nz or emilyhenderson@xtra.co.nz.

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.

 Central Oxford  Folly_Bridge_interior

– Folly Bridge – secluded, comfortable, long or short stay, modern, spacious, 1-bedroom apartment with private parking. Near Christ Church Meadows. Quiet, peaceful nights. Large sun terrace with view over garden and river. Near to shops, colleges, coaches, buses and trains. Web: http://follybridgeoxford.co.uk. Email: pauline.hodson@btconnect.com. Tel: 01865 764520 or 07713 681216.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. Pictures at www.wakehamfarm.com 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, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

Ceret, Pyrénées Orientales, SW France. Town house for holiday lets. Sleeps 6. Garden, broadband, satellite TV. Ten mins' walk from centre (Museum of Modern Art, restaurants, etc). Easy access to Mediterranean (Collioure, Côte Vermeille), mountains, Andorra, Spanish Catalonia. Visit www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/ceret/234418 for full details, photos and booking information.

Northern Cyprus. Beautiful villa with pool. 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 pw. Email crholme@btinternet.com or tel 01608 677423.