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  • Thursday 7 November 2013
  • NO. 5040
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Nursery spaces available

Little Treasure Day Nursery. Newly opened this summer, many places for children immediately available: 4.5-hour (£22.50) or 9-hour sessions (£45), starting 8am, 9.30am or 1pm. Excellent staff, lovely facilities, daily outings to Florence Park, library and similar. 3–4-year-old funded places and childcare vouchers accepted either independently, through salary sacrifice, college funding, etc. Contact the manager, Alice, at 49 Oxford Rd, Cowley, OX4 2ER; 01865 777905; www.littletreasuredaynursery.com.

UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JR

BrainBank 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 Café

Restore 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 participants sought

Anger 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; tel Oxford 223622 or 223624.

We are looking for healthy 10–21-year-olds to take part in a study at the Department of Experimental Psychology. The study will take 2–2.5 hours and will involve completing a number of fun and interesting games! We will reimburse participants with a £15 Amazon voucher. Please email chii.hiu@psy.ox.ac.uk if interested.

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.

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.

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 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.

Tuition offered

Need to improve your English? Oxford graduate, fully qualified teacher (PGCE and CELTA) and former Oxford University Press editor offers friendly and effective 1:1 or small-group classes at location of your choice. Lessons planned to meet your needs – speaking, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, writing, business English. I can also check written documents – business or academic. Contact Judith King at judithsking@btinternet.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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Academic family with 4 children aged 8–16 seeks a family house with 3–5 bedrooms in or near Oxford. From Aug 2014 until Jul 2015. Good references, caring and responsible family. Email: ann.vandenbruel@phc.ox.ac.uk.

Academic couple plus immaculate, short-haired, medium-sized dog seek cottage or house in Oxford, Wheatley, Watlington or similar with good access to A40/M40. We are a schoolteacher and ex-Cambridge lecturer plus 1 black Labrador, for whom we can provide 3 separate references testifying to his character, behaviour and cleanliness! Garden and parking essential. Please tel/text 07881 225911 or email Alex on asaunders839@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.

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.

Lovely house to rent in medieval hill-top village in Pays de Loire, France. Website: saintesuzanne.webng.com/stsuzanne. Ideally positioned next to best boulangerie. Village has open-air swimming pool in summer. House has log-burning stove for winter. Easily accessible from UK seaports and airports. Sleeps 7, 8 with put-up comfy bed. Price range: £300–£475 pw. Contact penboreham@ntlworld.com; 01865 424749.

Seychelles. Christ Church graduate (1968) now lives on Praslin: offers accommodation to groups of 2 or more (maximum 9) in large house which divides into discrete units giving complete privacy. 4 air-conditioned bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, large surrounding garden. Satellite TV (all Premier League matches). Short walk to deserted white sandy beaches. Contact: johnrpurvis@hotmail.com.

Alderney. Stay in our cheerful cottage on this small and wildly beautiful Channel Island. Alderney offers peace for writers, light for artists, a wonderland for biologists, dark skies for astronomers, rich pickings for geologists, unique Napoleonic and German fortifications for historians, France on the horizon for geographers, and for those who just want to leave it all behind: good food, drink and utter relaxation. Contact jane.james@some.ox.ac.uk. Web: www.stonecottage-alderney.co.uk.

Property for sale

Cottage for sale, Northmoor (West Oxon; Oxford 10 miles): a charming 17th-century village house with beautiful gardens. Drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Garaging/storage. In all about 0.3 acres. Guide £625,000. Selling agent:  Knight Frank 01865 790077, or email: harry.gladwin@knightfrank.com.