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  • Thursday 30 May 2013
  • NO. 5027
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

Inspiring Craft Courses

Try something new this spring – 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.

BrainBank UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JR  

The developing brain is altered in autism but neuroscientists do not know how or why. Research is needed to understand the causes and biological basis of autism, to develop better interventions to improve the lives of those directly affected by it. Such critical research is hindered by the scarcity of donated human brain tissue. Control tissue, donated by people who do not have autism, is needed for comparison just as much as donations by people who do – and the NHS organ donor scheme does not include brain donation. We particularly want younger people to consider making a pledge to donate their brain after death (the further the brain is from its inception, the more difficult it is to understand the process of its development, so we do not take donations from people over 65 not directly affected by autism). See www.brainbankforautism.org.uk for information and to register as a donor.

The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science

An all-day seminar will be held on Sat, 8 Jun, 10am–4.30pm, in the Old Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Speakers: Katie George (archivist, the Salters' Company), Marc Meltonville (historian, Historic Royal Palaces), Alan May (lute maker), Caroline Yeldham (specialist in medieval and Tudor cookery). Subject: 'Medieval and Early Modern Banqueting: Food, Music and Money'. Non-members £15; students £10. For booking, email: julia.cresswell@ntlworld.com.

Research participants sought

The Oxford Pregnancy Study is investigating how anxiety during pregnancy may affect mums and babies. We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. Participation in the study will take approximately 2 hours in total, and all participants will be reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information about this study, please email prenatal@psych.ox.ac.uk, or telephone 01865 316109.

Researchers at the University of Oxford seek healthy volunteers aged 45–70 for a study that examines brain mechanisms of non-motor learning. Volunteers will take part in a learning task that involves reading. Results will be compared with individuals with movement disorders. Held at the John Radcliffe Hospital; lasts approx 2 hours. Participants reimbursed for time and travel. For information: muriel.panouilleres@ndcn.ox.ac.uk; 01865 234765.

Child Language Study participants needed: we are seeking families willing to take part in research into children's language problems, and the language problems in autism. The research involves 3 half-hour testing sessions with the children, and a phone interview with a parent. We are seeking 3 groups of children: children with an autism spectrum condition, children who have language problems, and children who have no developmental concerns. Please email: hannah.buxton@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Teenage Social Cognition Study participants needed: we are looking for teenagers to take part in research into the understanding of social information and why some people are more worried about social situations than others. The research involves 1 hour maximum, in which the participant will be playing computerised games and completing a questionnaire. We are seeking teenagers aged 11–17 who have no developmental concerns. Participants will be reimbursed with an Amazon voucher. Please email: sophie.raeder@bnc.ox.ac.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 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 a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. Visit our website: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 667423 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

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: www.hopeservices.co.uk. Email: mark.harvey@hopeservices.co.uk.

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.

Bell & Associates Patent Law. A full-service patent law firm with strong roots in Oxford, serving UK clients from our office in San Francisco, specializing in supporting academics in the life sciences, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, chemistry, drug development and delivery, nanotechnology, medical devices and electronics. Private, confidential, free consultations. If you believe that you have created IP beyond the scope of your University work, email us at info@bell-iplaw.com.

Sell your books. We buy academic and non-academic used books. If you are moving office or home, leaving the University or just need more space, we may be able to help. We are most interested in arts, history and social science subjects. Good prices paid for large or small collections and we collect from anywhere in the Oxford area. Please contact Ross on 07720 288774 or bd@beadledavies.co.uk.

Situations vacant

Family-owned wine and cheese farm near Florence, Italy, seeks au pair for summer months. One-year-old baby, light housekeeping, share apartment with another helper. Room, board, small stipend. Fattoria Corzano e Paterno. Contact: susagelpke@hotmail.com.

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.

House to rent in Bourg-la-Reine (92340 – south-east of Paris – 10 mins RER to Denfert-Rochereau). Available from Jul 2013–Jul 2014; 180sqm. 3 floors: basement: large double living room, family room, kitchen, toilet. Floor 1: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus toilet. Floor 2: 1 bedroom, toilet. Big garden. Parking lot. Perfect for academic on sabbatical and family. Email: guillaume.piketty@sciences-po.fr.

North Oxford: 2 furnished recently built houses: 2-bedroom plus study available from Sept at £1,250 pcm; 3-bedroom plus study from Aug at £1,375 pcm plus council tax and utilities. Best suited to professionals, visiting academics. Excellent residential area of Summertown, amenities, with easy access to most University departments and have en suite, family bathroom, parking, garden. Contact: 01865 516144, a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Gorgeous 3-bedroom townhouse in central Oxford for short rentals. 3 mins' walk from Magdalen College, easy walk to the rest of town. Great choice of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. 3 mins' walk to the London coach service (Oxford Tube). Full of character, glass-roofed dining room, solid oak kitchen, marble bathroom with twin basins, cosy living room, 42" TV, fast internet, washer/drier, linen and weekly cleaning; £850 pw, £3,400 pcm. Jake: jakebrumby@gmail.com.

Jericho: delightful 4-bedroom canal-side house, with mature garden, for rent 6 Jul–15 Aug (approx 6 weeks). 5 mins from Port Meadow, the river, Phoenix cinema and restaurants. Easy access to city. Rent £500 pw, including use of Ford Focus estate and bicycles. Off-road parking. Careful, considerate, n-s tenants sought. Please contact by email: clarebassett@aol.com or tel: +44 (0) 1865 558589. References and deposit please.

East Oxford house to let, Charles St, 2 double bedrooms plus loft room and garden. Kitchen/dining room, sitting room and bathroom. Suit academic/professional couple for long let. Part-furnished. Available early Jun. Owner's former home. Delightful Victorian bow-fronted house in terrace. Most modern conveniences. No agent, £1,350 pm exclusive of bills. Contact s.hewitt66@hotmail.com.

Semi-detached stone cottage in attractive centre of Charlbury, 5 mins' walk from station (fastest train to Oxford 16 mins), and close to shops. 2 bedrooms, wood-burning stove, small private garden with sunny aspect, outhouse; and separate study negotiable. Would suit single professional or couple, unsuitable for children. Available Jul onwards, furnished or unfurnished, £900 pcm. No pets or smokers, references sought. Contact Gillian at gillyglass@hotmail.com.

3-bedroom house to let in Grandpont (Kineton Rd). Fully furnished with garden, quiet location close to shops, short walk from city centre, river, schools, libraries, swimming, sports and bus stops. Ideal for family, but no smokers. Available from 1 Aug; £1,200 pcm. Email: architectcjl@yahoo.com.

Available to rent: from Jan to Jun/Jul 2014. A comfortable family house in Upper Wolvercote, Oxford. Sitting room (desk area), 2 bedrooms, sunny conservatory. Fully fitted and equipped kitchen, child-friendly garden. Suit family – maybe visiting academics. Reasonable rent (plus utilities). References required. Contact: ros.tallett@googlemail.com.

House swaps

Offered: Algarve Olhao – non-touristy fishing town: most pleasant apartment with roof terrace; 10 mins' walk from sea front, excellent seafood restaurants, etc. Apartment modernised and comfortable, with log burner in drawing room, but building retains 1930s' art deco character. Desired: any 1-bed (or larger) flat/house within ring road. Whole of Michaelmas term preferred (negotiable). Email: rhys1@hotmail.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.

North and central north Oxford furnished apartments. Central north: split-level studios available from Aug or Oct at £775 pcm; 1-bedroom apartment from Sept or Oct at £875 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Oct from £995 pcm. North: 1-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept at £775 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept at £875 pcm plus utilities/council tax. Contact: 01865 516144 or a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Spacious, contemporary apartment in an attractive location near the river, 5–10 mins' walk from centre of Oxford and colleges. 2 double bedrooms with 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). Fully furnished with microwave, dishwasher and television. Residents' parking and communal gardens. Would suit visiting academics or postgraduate students. Available from beginning of Aug 2013 until end of Apr 2014. Contact Tristan on 07986 827395; tristanblount@hotmail.com.

Accommodation offered

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

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.

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.

Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette (hob, small cooker, fridge) in striking modern house on rural western outskirts of Oxford. Television, internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine all included. Bus service to Oxford centre. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy £220 pw, £680 pm, maximum 3 months, corresponding double occupancy £260, £780. Phone 01865 721644 or email richard.gilliane@btinternet.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 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.

Wanted: 2–3-bedroom flat or family home for 2013–14 academic year in Jericho area or north Oxford. Oxford academic and his daughter seek accommodation Aug 2013–Jul 2014, but can be flexible with dates if necessary. Within easy proximity to local high schools. Email: paul.betts@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Couple seeking furnished house to rent within easy commuting distance of central Oxford. Wife is a matriculating MPhil student at Oxford, husband is a published fiction writer working from home. We have no children or pets, are non-smokers, and can provide excellent references from previous landlords and also complete financial proofs. We would welcome a longer lease, but will be glad to lease for a single year. Contact: dmueenuddin@gmail.com.

Wanted: small flat for yearly rental wanted by elderly postgrad doctoral student for 1 person and his calm golden retriever dog, beginning Oct 2013. Car parking and easy access to common ground preferred. Please contact bill@billdinning.com.

Wanted: 3-bedroom flat or family home in or near Oxford from mid-Jan to mid-Mar 2014 for family of 3 from the United States. Please email Catherine at cvtall@gmail.com.

Looking for 3-bedroom family house or flat to let for 2013–14 academic year in Jericho area or North Oxford. Academic couple and their daughter (15) seek accommodation from late Aug or 1 Sept 2013 till mid-Jul or 1 Aug 2014 (flexible with dates if necessary), within easy proximity to local high schools. Email: bsa@geps.es.

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.

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.

Sunny north Oxford garden flat with off-street parking available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden area, WiFi and TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer and microwave. Separate access with own hallway including storage and washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly; £50 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights. Email: guestsuitenorthoxford@gmail.com. Tel: 0044 (0)7764 574700.

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.

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.

Apartments in Tuscany – 4 beautifully renovated flats within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300ft 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. Many local activities to enjoy, including the Olympic-sized outdoor pool in nearby San Sepulchro. 'Casa Cantabria' sleeps 5 (£750/wk; www.vrbo.com/253555); 2 smaller flats sleep 2 (£550 or £500/wk; www.vrbo.com/261392 and www.vrbo.com/265013). For larger rooms with huge windows and no stairs, try Tiber View which sleeps 4 (£650/week; www.vrbo.com/433673). Alternatively, with a 33% discount over winter, a stay in this friendly, small town would be perfect for a sabbatical month or 2. Website: www.anghiarimagic.com or contact louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Noon Large, open-plan house to rent in SW France with huge pool, tennis court and spectacular views. Near Lagrasse. Sleeps max 12 people. Set in 22 acres of private grounds, with ponds and river access. Great for children as so much to explore. Near to Mediterranean beaches and Pyrenees. Visit www.the4vents.com or call 07973 891284.

Southern Italy, Monopoli, Apulia. 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, air conditioned, Jacuzzi, dishwasher, washing machine. Airports (Bari (Ryanair), Brindisi) 45 mins by train or car. 10 mins from 18-hole golf. Email: linamonte@aliceposta.it; tel: 003903928959730.

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. Comfortably sleeps 5. Direct RyanAir connection from Stansted. From €45/night. See photos and details at http://lelavandou.webhop.net.  Email: gs1956_2000@yahoo.co.uk.

South of France. Charming, soigné apartment in newly restored village house in picturesque Junas (between Nimes and Montpellier) for short lets all through the year. Two en-suite double bedrooms, secluded courtyard with small pool. Ideal writer's retreat. Beautiful walks surrounding countryside and nearby seaside. Email: santiago.munoz@orange.fr or see www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p690606a.

Property for sale

House for sale in sought-after village just 5 miles north of Oxford. The village of Yarnton has a local primary school (Ofsted rating 'good'); park; GP surgery; pharmacy; convenience store and farm shop. An extended and improved 3/4 bedroom semi-detached house in Merton Way. Too many features to list here, for sale £289,995, with Thomas Merrifield Kidlington. Possible investment property for rental at approx £1,400 pcm. Please see link: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35977147.html.