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Tuesday, 7 December 2010


CCCXLIII is the clue.   Could it be  CCCP = USSR with one P ter the Less (cousin of Peter the Great) and few extra country-STANs added ? Makes sense.  Especially in the context of the FIFA decision awarding the world cup to Russia.  
But no - that's FAR too clever  - even for wise Baboushka .   
It's actually quite simple.
The link is Roman Abramovich.  OK - you're right - it DOES have a football link after all. 
But it's his first name that's significant here . Roman.  Roman numerals. 
CCCXLIII = 342 .  
In perfect time for your Christmas Shopping, 342 is the FANTASTIC special offer on children's books at the moment in the Mustard Seed.  342 Get three, only pay for two
And if that doesn't impress you:   342 = 2 × 32 × 19 = pronic number = Harshad number = untouchable number = The number of international appearances by Kristine Lilly for the USA women's national soccer team, an all-time record for the sport. There's that football link creeping in again.

Here's a picture of that bottom shelf in the Mustard Seed - by your footie - perfect browsing height for smaller dribblers . And here's a little more about our Russian Granny:
Baboushka is busy with her house...she has so much to do. The late night arrival of three travellers at her cottage door interrupts her domestic routine of cleaning and polishing. Although she gives them excellent hospitality, she is relieved that they plan to travel on the following day. The men explain that they are in search of a new born king. Baboushka wonders whether to join them, but does not want to leave the house in a mess. Only later, when she sees the star and hears angels singing does she realise she made the wrong choice. She hurries to take her own gift to the king but cannot find him. Tradition has it that she searches still and wherever she hears the sound of children in a house, she leaves a secret gift. This traditional Christmas tale from Russia warmly touches on the true meaning of Christmas.
There your go. That's one of the three books chosen for you. 
And it even has a football theme. It's a great Socker Filler. 

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