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  • Thursday 6 March 2014
  • NO. 5053
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 13, 20 and 27 March; the 27 March issue, however, 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 advertisements to be included in the Gazette to be published on 24 April.

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.

BrainBankUK 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.

RestoreRestore Garden Café

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.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

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

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.

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.

For computer assistance, like broken screens, virus, database and website support, please call 01865 451177 or shop@computerassistance.uk.com.

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.

JT Interiors. We provide all aspects of interior design services including room design, curtain making, flooring, decoration, refurbishment of 1 room or complete house. We provide interior design services to a number of colleges including Oriel, Hertford, Keble and Kellogg. We pride ourselves on delivering projects that are on brief, on time and on budget. For more information visit www.jtiuk.com or call 01993 700515.

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.

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.

North and central north Oxford furnished 2-bedroom apartments. North: 1 double 1 single bedroom, bathroom, large lounge and kitchen available from late Mar at £875 pcm. Central north: 1 double 1 single bedroom, bathroom and shower room, lounge, kitchen from May at £995 pcm, plus utilities and council tax. Convenient for Summertown and all University departments. Suitable for visiting academics and professionals, couple or single. Tel: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Short-term let in North Parade – charming fully furnished 1-bedroom flat in the heart of north Oxford. 1 double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/lounge/diner, small south-facing patio. Available Apr–Sept, £1,000 pm. Tel: 01865 513816 weekdays or email: cr@felicitybryan.com.

Accommodation offered

View the best Oxford property rentals now. Finders Keepers: www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, 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.

North Oxford house share. Small, furnished self-contained flat annexed to main house offered rent-free to single person or couple in exchange for part-time help for 2 elderly people, 1 of whom has a speech disability. We envisage 7 or 8 hrs/wk but exact terms are flexible and would be arranged to fit individual circumstances. Ideally suit understanding, friendly, practical single person or couple with jobs or studies of their own, who would be available for support in emergencies. Also willing to do jobs we find difficult; eg climbing stepladders, sweeping snow, lifting, moving furniture etc. (Cleaner comes once or twice a week and gardener once a fortnight.) No personal care needed. Car driver preferred but not essential: more important is compatibility. If at all interested in pursuing this proposal and for further details, send CV(s) to rita.harris@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Shortlet studios. Available 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. 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, 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.

Dordogne holiday rental. Stone house with pool, patio, terrace in 2-acre garden, with fabulous 270-degree panorama. Views to cliffs of the Dordogne. Sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, dishwasher, washer, drier. 'We were very happily surprised by the magnificent house and brilliant view. Really, a perfect holiday.' £350–£1,100 pw. Private owner. Details: 01223 353603 or jo.whitehead@ashridge.org.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).

Viareggio, Tuscany coast, Italy. First-floor self-contained flat with small terrace and balcony, lounge/kitchen sleeps 4. In the middle of seaside resort of Viareggio with golden beaches and pinewood walks. Easy walk to the ocean and shops. Links to Pisa, Firenza, Lucca and Pietrasanta. Available mid-Jul–Aug, €450 pw. Contact: jefferson.tom@gmail.com. Tel: 0039 3292025051.