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  • Thursday 20 March 2014
  • NO. 5055
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 27 March but will be limited to University business only, so will not contain classified advertisements. Publication for Trinity term will begin on 24 April. Please note that due to Easter there is an early deadline of 9 April for adverts to be included in the Gazette to be published on 24 April.

Concert

Somerville chapel charity concert in aid of the Outdoor Classroom (www.outdoor-classroom.org.uk) – free educational visits to a working farm, teaching children about food production, animal welfare and care of the environment. On Sun, 30 Mar, at 6.30pm. The Oxford Elysian Ensemble performs Bach: motets Singet dem Herrn and Komm Jesu Komm and Concerto for Two Violins; and Handel: Dixit Dominus. Tickets: £35 (includes prosecco) from Somerville lodge, via website or from Alison: 07929 388137.

Craft Courses

Ardington - silver jewelleryArdington 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.

Book fair

PBFA Oxford Book Fair at Oxford Brookes, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane, Sat 26 Apr (12–6pm) and Sun 27 Apr (10am–4pm). Admission £2. Vast selection of antiquarian and collectable books, prints and ephemera with more than 100 exhibiting booksellers. See: www.oxfordbookfair.org. Tel: 07703 652965.

Concert

Oxford Harmonic Society presents Mendelssohn's most famous choral work, Elijah. The choir will be joined by professional soloists and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera, and conducted by Robert Secret. Sat 22 Mar, 7.30pm, Oxford Town Hall. Tickets: £16/£14 (concessions available) from www.ticketsoxford.com or on the door. More information: www.oxfordharmonicsoc.org.

Research participants sought

Are you hotheaded? Do you have a fiery/quick temper? Are you male, healthy, aged 18–55, fluent in English with no history of psychiatric problems? If so, we would love to hear from you! The study involves a questionnaire, then a single antidepressant dose and behavioural/emotional testing session; we will reimburse you for your time/travel. Approved by the University Research Ethics Committee. Contact: fluoxetine.study@psych.ox.ac.uk; phone: 01865 223622.

Healthy volunteers (35–59, right-handed) wanted for a study investigating the brain’s response to exercise. The study will involve coming to the John Radcliffe Hospital for an MRI scan and an exercise test. We will test if how fit you are affects the brain. Compensation for time and travel provided. Contact oxfordexercisestudy@gmail.com or 01865 222780.

Volunteers required for study into effect on aircrew/aeromedical patients of altitude exposure on blood pressure in the lungs. Volunteers will attend single 6-hr session in an Altitude Chamber at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, Bedfordshire, and experience altitudes similar to airline passengers/private pilots (6,000–10,000 ft). Approved by MoD Research Ethics Committee. More information: Brandon Turner (01865 282357 or brandon.turner@dpag.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Thomas Smith (07771 961344 or thomas.smith@ndcn.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.

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. Website: www.townandcountrytrees.co.uk. Email: tctrees@btinternet.com.

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.

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.

Domestic services

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. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5-mile radius of OX7). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Carpet cleans in Oxford from dawn to dusk. We use a very quiet, fast-drying Thermadry system to allow appointments up to 10pm. Other excellent systems available to ensure all our clients’ needs are met. Tel: Alan (07878 601150) or Jon (07812 701499). Email: alan@carpetcleanersoxford.co.uk.

Situations vacant

At Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading premium international schools organisation, we are looking for an enthusiastic, driven and highly organised Programme Officer to work in our Education Team. The right candidate will support our online learning programme, the Global Classroom and quality assurance across our 27 schools. This post offers real challenge and a potential career. For more information and how to apply visit: www.nordanglia.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.

Strange, happy, 3–4-bedroom house in central Oxford, full of books, penis gourds, and zoological and anthropological weirdnesses. Hive of gentle bees in chaotic garden. To rent 26 Jul–30 Aug. Ridiculously reasonable price. Email: tweedpipe@aol.com.

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 1 Jul–12 Oct (15 wks). Rent £450 pw plus phone, utilities, car insurance. Free Sky Sports TV. May include use of Toyota estate car. For very careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel: + 44 (0)1865 516556.

Penny & Sinclair are an independent residential lettings agency based in Oxford. We pride ourselves in providing a consistent personal and friendly service and have an extensive portfolio of long-term properties to rent in Oxford and the surrounding villages – also available for academic termly lets. Tel: 01865 318018. Email: summertown.lettings@pennyandsinclair.co.uk. Web: www.pennyandsinclair.co.uk.

3-bedroom house in Headington/Marston border. Detached, new and modern, furnished. Kitchen/dining, lounge, cloakroom, en suite, family bathroom, private close, easy access to JR and other hospitals and University departments.  Best suited to professionals or visiting academics. Available from Jun at £1,300 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Tel: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Summer let: 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), Wi-Fi. Available: end Jun–beginning Sept. Price/dates negotiable. Mobile: +44 (0)7796 263836. Email: gpsmith@brookes.ac.uk.

Beautiful 4-bedroom house for flexible let from 1 May in Grandpont. 1 mile from town, close to river, park and lake. House has lovely garden and 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) and a downstairs WC. House also has a snug, wood-burning stove in the family room and large kitchen/family room. For details and photos see www.scottfraser.co.uk/inst-2259/lake-street-new-hinksey. Price: £1,600 pcm. Contact: helen.lloyd@dph.ox.ac.uk.

House swaps

Academic couple visiting Oxford in May seek house swap with Palermo (Sicily), or flat/room in shared flat to rent, in Oxford or close. Whole month or less. Please contact: mario.lavezzi@unipa.it (Mario and Lidia).

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.

Sunny north Oxford studio apartment with parking available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Immaculate; newly built with French doors opening on to south-facing garden. Wi-Fi/TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer/hob/microwave. Separate access with own hallway including washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly, £60 per night, bills included, minimum 7 nights; £25 surcharge for second person. Contact: studioflatnorthoxford@gmail.com, 0044 (0)7764 574700, www.studioflatnorthoxford.com.

North and central north Oxford 2-bedroom furnished apartments. North: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, lounge, kitchen, bathroom; available from Apr at £875 pcm. Central north: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, lounge, shower room, bathroom, kitchen at £995 pcm; from around May. Convenient for Summertown and most University departments and hospitals, suited to professionals and visiting academics. Tel: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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.

Double bedroom: short let in quiet side road, Summertown. £150 pw, all inclusive. Sharing bathroom and kitchen with another person in a flat. Reference required. Please email eyelevelms@gmail.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.

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.

Penny & Sinclair are an independent residential lettings agency based in Oxford. We have premium short-let accommodation to offer available on weekly/monthly basis inclusive of all utilities and Wi-Fi. Whether it is a week's holiday with your family or a sabbatical, our self-catering Oxford properties are designed and furnished to a high specification and are the perfect alternative to hotel accommodation. Tel: 01865 318018. Email: summertown.lettings@pennyandsinclair.co.uk. Web: www.pennyandsinclair.co.uk.

Shortlet studiosShortlet studios. Available from Dec for singles or couples needing clean, quiet, self-catering accommodation for weeks or months. Handy for High St (town, colleges), Cowley Rd (shops, restaurants), University sports ground (gym, pool), Brookes campuses, buses (London, airports, trains, Science Park). Modern, self-contained, fully furnished, including cooking and laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, TV/DVD/CD, central heating, weekly cleaning, fresh linen. Off-road parking. Taxes and outgoings included. Christmas/New Year bookings available. Enquiries: stay@oxfordbythemonth.com.

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, c/h, 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.

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early-19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. 5 bedrooms (4 with modernised en-suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8 (including children). Heated swimming pool 5x10m. Available early Jun to mid-Oct, £1,500 pw. Website: www.villeboisien.com (contact: hughdowsett@yahoo.com or through website).

Property for sale

Lot et Garonne. Beautiful traditional farmhouse, 30 mins from Bergerac airport. Delightful family holiday home, with many original features and spacious grounds. 5-bedroom house, owned and loved for 25 years, will accommodate large family plus guests. In need of some modernisation. Reluctantly selling due to changed family circumstances. An ideal investment for a family who love France and want a holiday home for the long term. €225,000. Email: edsharp@film-tree.com.