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  • Thursday 16 January 2014
  • NO. 5046
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture 2014

Professor Michael Green, FRS, University of Cambridge, will give the 2014 Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture entitled 'The pointless universe' at 5pm on Thurs, 13 Mar, in Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge. Admission is free but tickets required; book a place via the website: http://tinyurl.com/andrewchamblin2014.

Lunchtime Talks

St Giles' Church, Oxford, 12.30pm in St Giles' Parish Rooms: Dominican Spirituality: to learn Christ's truth and to pass it on. 23 Jan:  Dr Nicholas Gendle, 'Fra Angelico: an illustrated talk'; 30 Jan: Simon Gaine, OP, 'St Dominic and the spirituality of preaching'; 6 Feb: Timothy Radcliffe, OP, 'The spirituality of Dominican government'; 13 Feb: Peter Hunter, OP, 'St Thomas Aquinas: God as the ground of being'; 20 Feb: Robert Ombres, OP, 'St Catherine of Siena: compassion and mysticism'; 27 Feb: Carsten Barwasser, OP, 'Meister Eckhart'; 6 Mar: Richard Conrad, OP, 'St Thomas Aquinas: the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially wisdom'; 13 Mar: John O'Connor, OP: A tour of the Dominican priory and church, Blackfriars, and midday prayers with the friars. Information: www.ocsg.uk.net, info@ocsg.uk.net.

Craft Courses

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.

UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JRBrainBank

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.

Restore Garden CaféRestore

Spacious café set in award-winning gardens with delicious food and coffees using organic, fair-trade and local produce where possible. Plants, handmade gifts and cards for sale. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm, Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1YH. All proceeds to Restore, Oxfordshire mental health charity (registered charity number 274222): www.restore.org.uk.

Research funding

ResearchProfessional.com is an online research funding opportunities database and alerting service. The University has a sitewide licence, so it is freely accessible to anyone with an ox.ac.uk email address. Find out more about ResearchProfessional.com, including user guides and training sessions, on the Research Services website (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/researchsupport/findfunding/rp).

Oxford University Hospitals NHS TrustOUH

Oxford University Hospitals wants you to take part in its future. If you have a contract of employment with the University of Oxford in a department within the Medical Sciences Division, or hold an honorary contract award with OUH for at least 12 months, you can join our staff constituency. University of Oxford staff belonging to other departments can join us as public members. To join us, visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/ft.

Research participants sought

Teenage Anxiety Study is recruiting participants to take part in experimental research designed to improve understanding of why many teenagers develop worries and to learn more effective ways of treating anxiety in this age group. Participation involves completing a computer-based task and questionnaire, lasting 45–60 mins in total. We are seeking 12–15 year olds with no developmental concerns. Participants will be reimbursed with £10 Amazon voucher. Please email: tim.shore@hmc.ox.ac.uk.

Emotional processing study: currently recruiting healthy volunteers aged 18–55. Participation involves 3 doses of an antioxidant drug (ebselen), or a placebo, over 2 days and then undergoing a computerised task to assess emotional processes. It involves 2 visits, a screening visit (about 1 hour) and a test day visit (about 4 hours). You will be reimbursed for your time and travel expenses. To learn more, please email nisha.singh@pharm.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 226399.

Oxford University researchers seek healthy volunteers aged 45–70 for study using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Current Stimulation (TCS) to examine the brain mechanisms of motor learning and control of movement to compare with individuals with neurological movement disorders. Held at the John Radcliffe Hospital and lasting approx 2 hours. All participants reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information email: muriel.panouilleres@ndcn.ox.ac.uk or tel: 01865 234765.

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.

Sell your unwanted 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 can help. We are most interested in arts, history and social sciences. 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.

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.

Oxford's low-cost packing and shipping experts. Lowest price rates guaranteed for University students, staff and departments, plus free boxes and collection for all shipments. Whether clothing, books, computers, fragile laboratory equipment, musical instruments, rowing oars, valuable paintings or other household items, we specialise in custom packing, storage and worldwide delivery by road, sea and air. Pack & Send, 3 Botley Rd, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: 01865 260610. Email: oxford@packsend.co.uk.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 677423 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Plumbing/heating. Central heating installation, service and repairs. Complete bathroom installation and general repairs. Portfolio available. Gas Safe registered (216942). Call Dragon Heating on 07890 356385 (anytime) or 01865 711576 (evening). Email: rnicdragan@hotmail.co.uk.

Situations vacant

Balliol College Day Nursery seeks to appoint a dedicated, hardworking professional to join our small friendly team. We are looking for someone who is Level 3 qualified or above with at least 5 years' post-qualifying experience. Please either email or telephone Vanessa at the nursery for an application pack or for further details: nursery@balliol.ox.ac.uk or tel 01865 515654. The closing date for completed applications is 31 January.

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.

Upper Wolvercote: comfortable, sunny, 3-bed house to let from mid-Jan. Newly landscaped garden, quiet location, 15 mins by bike to central Oxford or number 6 bus route. Completely refurbished with new kitchen, electrics and plumbing. Close primary school, post office, Port Meadow and shop. Suitable for a family or couple. Unfurnished. Minimum let 6 months, £1,400 pm. Contact: isabella_underhill@yahoo.co.uk.

Sydney: excellent location near University of Sydney, UTS, RPA Hospital, buses, trains (CBD 12 mins). Stroll to cafes, entertainment, shops, parks, schools. Lovely spacious detached period house in tree-lined street, retaining ornate ceilings, timber floors. Furnished, 2–3 bedrooms, study, lounge, dining room, sunroom, well-equipped kitchen, verandas, leafy private garden, Wi-Fi. Ideal sabbatical base. Available Apr to Sept, for approx 5-month lease. Email: christopher.haigh@history.ox.ac.uk.

Home to let: Florence Park, Oxford. £1,000 pcm for academics/professionals/family. From mid-Feb: short let 6–9 months. 2 double bedrooms (1 very large), 2 reception rooms (1 could become 3rd bedroom), conservatory, garden. Fully furnished, all mod cons. Well situated: shops; swimming pool; library, park; Oxford Business Park and ring road (London side); frequent public transport; 20 mins to city centre. Contact: sue.taylor@phonecoop.coop; 01865 718274.

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.

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.

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 ensuite 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 or scenic walk/cycle across water meadows. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy: £700 pm; double occupancy: £780. Phone 01865 721644 or email richard.gilliane@btinternet.com.

Lovely, light, airy room available in stone cottage. Peaceful location within the home of professional female. Share of kitchen, bathroom and living room. Suit single graduate student or visiting lecturer. Non-smoking. 10 mins’ drive to Oxford city centre. Available from early Dec; £500 pcm plus share of fuel bills. Please call Kate: 07766 533756 or email: kateodonovan@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.

Sabbatical family seeking house to rent in north Oxford (OX2) for 2014–15 academic year (Jul–Jul). 2 adults, 2 children (16 and 12 years), pets (cats) a possibility. Responsible homeowners from Switzerland; Balliol graduate. House swap near Geneva also a possibility. Small garden, parking, desirable. Contact: keith.krause@graduateinstitute.ch.

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.

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.

With over 13,000 holiday lets in Tuscany, HomeAway offers a wide range of accommodation options. From stylish apartments to traditional farmhouses, whether with private pools or expansive gardens, HomeAway has thousands of diverse self-catering rentals to choose from; and with villas situated everywhere from central Florence to Siena you won’t be limited by location. With poolside villas priced from just £250 pw, choose your home today by browsing www.homeaway.co.uk/Italy/Tuscany/r308.htm.

North Yorkshire coast: comfortable Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood's bay. Large garden, sea views, ch, private parking. Sleeps 9+ but rates adjusted for couples and small parties. Fully equipped kitchen, dining room and large comfortable sitting room. 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom and further small sitting room on first floor; 2 further bedrooms and bathroom on second floor. Contact : Val Everton 07592 590727; val.everton@yahoo.co.uk.

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.