(299 Posts)
RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 14:59:51

Hi all,

We know that some of you have clocked it already <hands out deer stalkers> but we thought we would have an official thread to announce with sad hearts that we have to bid farewell to the wonder that is HelenMumsnet

For those of you who don't know where have you been? Helen has headed up the MN Community team for several years now and she is orf to pastures new.

Aside from supplying MNHQ with plenty of [cake] and [gin], she has worked tirelessly on many many elements of Mumsnet over the years to help shape it into the site we see today thanks .

She has trained many of us and been one of the kindest and most supportive colleagues it's possible to have!

So please join us in raising a glass wine to the lovely HelenMumsnet - we will miss you and we wish you the very very best in your new job.

p.s Please don't troll us, you know too much wink

Ode to HelenMumsnet by OliviaMumsnet

A blue sad face is not enough to describe our feeling
The news that Helen's leaving HQ has left us all reeling.
We wish her all the very best in her new endeavour.
We're sure her new employers know that she's not just clever,
Her long list of skills is wonderfully impressive,
Though she plays it down, for she's discreet and not excessive.
When (wo)manning the ship she maintained perfect control,
Hunting out with precision every sock puppet, perv or troll.
She is generous to a fault, in knowledge, care and time,
Her replies on Site Stuff threads verged from brilliant to sublime.
A discerning modern woman, she don't believe the hype,
Though she's regularly <boggled> at the sentences she has had to type.
The Mumsnetters will miss her as off she fucks to pastures new
And all of us at the Towers will miss her smile and bossy emails too.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 15:11:42
coppertop Wed 14-Aug-13 15:12:25

Bye, Helen.

Good luck with the new job. wine

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Wed 14-Aug-13 15:15:36

Bye Helen. Good luck and have some leaving flowers. At least you don't have to carry them home on the tube.

aristocat Wed 14-Aug-13 15:16:31

Good luck Helen
thanks thanks thanks

BOF Wed 14-Aug-13 15:17:25

We'll miss you so much, Helen- this shower can't compare sad

Oops, did I type that out loud?

I mean, I'm sure they'll do you proud by continuing in your very stylish footprints.

Good luck with everything, and please say you'll stop by and visit us often. All though not so often that they'll sack you. Obviously.

Lots of love thanks

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 15:18:43
RustyBear Wed 14-Aug-13 15:18:46

Good luck with the new job, Helen - have you chosen your new MN name yet?


RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 15:20:20


Good luck with the new job, Helen - have you chosen your new MN name yet?


New? who says she's not already posting <eyes everyone suspiciously>

MissStrawberry Wed 14-Aug-13 15:21:15

<tears up>

TerribleTantrums Wed 14-Aug-13 15:22:25

Bye Helen, I hope that you remember us through a happy, if slightly surreal, haze. I bet whatever you do next will seem just a little mundane but much saner than working at MNTowers. grin


MrsFlorrick Wed 14-Aug-13 15:23:33

Well <folds arms in huffy manner> if that's it then I guess you will have to leave us <petted lip>

Good luck Helen grin

WilmaFingerdoo Wed 14-Aug-13 15:27:55

Good Luck Helen thanks

she'll be back

ouryve Wed 14-Aug-13 15:29:06

Awwww. Bye, Helen, and good luck flowerswine

LuisSuarezTeeth Wed 14-Aug-13 15:37:10



TheSmallPrint Wed 14-Aug-13 15:37:38

Bye Helen!! Tell us where you are going so we can stalk you there.

PicnicPie Wed 14-Aug-13 15:40:49

All the best Helen flowers

GinHelen Wed 14-Aug-13 15:41:05

Of course she's I've chosen her my new name smile

Tarah chuck!

Who is head girl now?? not that Upduffed one I hope wink

Ps, none of the YouTube links are opening for me.

JulieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 15:45:20


Wishing you all the very best. thanks

JulieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 15:46:58
cocolepew Wed 14-Aug-13 16:00:01

Bye Helen, good luck flowers
keep running and don't look back

IsItWishfulThinking Wed 14-Aug-13 16:04:58

winethanks bye Helen sad

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 14-Aug-13 16:06:05

I will miss your lovely commonsense.
Best wishes in your new job Helen.

deepfriedsage Wed 14-Aug-13 16:06:57

Bye, best of luck.

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Wed 14-Aug-13 16:07:30

Aww best of luck flowers

UnitedZingDom Wed 14-Aug-13 16:09:55


goodbye and good luck with your new jobthanks

and don't let the arses bring you down!wink

<quick gin math: MNHQ-Helen = more gin per head. hmmm grin >

MardyBra Wed 14-Aug-13 16:14:40

Good luck Helen. And sorry if I gave you a hard time on the Arrse thread.

purrpurr Wed 14-Aug-13 16:15:50

Aww, fred love! This is lovely!

TotallyBursar Wed 14-Aug-13 16:17:01

I have been mulling this over and am wondering if this means there's a way out of MN? I keep having to come back to it because I was fairly sure this was Hotel California. It still can't fit in my head.

HelenMumsnet will be missed, a lot, but maybe now Helen can heap in with the good AIBUs and fiiiiiiiinally call someone a twunt...I'm keeping a weather eye peeled for her first ever LTB.

No, see I was right...you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave <creepy wee bracket mwahahaha>

Goodbye Helen and Good Luck. thanks

CMOTDibbler Wed 14-Aug-13 16:25:38

All the best in your new job Helen. Unless its moderating PistonHeads, I bet it will seem rather sane after here!

Tortoise Wed 14-Aug-13 16:26:17

Goodbye and good luck in your new job thanks.

MooncupGoddess Wed 14-Aug-13 16:31:37

Goodby and good luck, Helen, and congrats on the top poem, Olivia!

AtYourCervix Wed 14-Aug-13 16:41:13

Bye Helen.

Good Luck flowers wine [gin] [cake]

LittleMissGerardButlerfan Wed 14-Aug-13 16:41:52

Aww bye Helen and all the best thanks

I hope you are not off to join Netmums? If you are we are all going to come over and swear and keep you busy wink

ShowOfHands Wed 14-Aug-13 16:42:41

Helen, you genuinely are my favourite and I am so sad to see you go. Netmums will be lucky to have you. <starts vicious rumour>

Goodbye, good luck! Farewell! flowers

Good bye and good luck!

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 16:53:56

For fuck sake, is she still here??

Tee2072 Wed 14-Aug-13 17:01:42


Bye Helen! We'll miss you. flowers wine [cake][gin]

United: Helen leaving + Olivia upduff = no more gin shortage. grin

On the dark scary internet, cool gin in my hand
Warm smell of trolls rising up in the air.
Up ahead in the distance I saw a magical site
Sock Puppet approaching
in the dead of the night
Welcome to the place known as Mumsnet
It's a wild place
It's a wild place
To find your space.
Plenty of room at the place know as Mumsnet
It's Friday night
It's Friday night
The bumsex's here....

MrsWeasley Wed 14-Aug-13 17:01:45

Oh no dont go Helen, we promise to behave if you stay! (ok promise is a strong word how about we will try) wink

Good Luck. wine Pop back and let us know what life's like without mumsnet, because we will never know that feeling.

thanks thanks thanks
wine wine wine

Groovee Wed 14-Aug-13 17:08:44

Bye Helen, I'll miss you. Hope you still pop back. new user name could be UsedtobeHelenMumsnet!

Nooooooooo hmm

THERhubarb Wed 14-Aug-13 17:14:41

Is that the same Helen Mumsnet who came with us in Bath? And again in London? She is lovely!

Helen, you were a great help to me when stuff with work went tits up and you proved yourself to be friendly and warm in the meet-ups. You have a heart of gold and I envy your new work colleagues.

Best of luck because you deserve it x

fromparistoberlin Wed 14-Aug-13 17:19:03

what could be better than deleting bun fights, and moving threads!!!!

Bye Helen x

gazzalw Wed 14-Aug-13 17:24:19

Dear Helen
You are a star! Good luck in your new job!
MNHQ won't quite be the same without you

LifeIsSoDifferent Wed 14-Aug-13 17:25:44


mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 17:27:18

To be sung in a Dylan-esque manner;

Losing You

Oh my dear Helen
My Eyes they be wellin'
At the thought of losing you


Community support
Will be oh so distraught
At the thought of losing you.


No amount of Hoxton Gin
Will help us in the state we're in
At the thought of losing you


Yes it is a YABU
No a Pom Bear will not do
Stop her please MNHQ
Can't get over losing you.

Thank you Helen and Good Luck flowers

BoreOfWhabylon Wed 14-Aug-13 17:28:11

Bye Helen, I will miss you flowers [gin]

Don't be a stranger, now.

And tell us who you are or at least give a hint when you drop in to see us with your new nom de plume.

SunnyIntervals Wed 14-Aug-13 17:35:11

Good luck Helen smile

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 14-Aug-13 17:35:56

Goodbye and good luck Helen, thank you for everything you have done.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Wed 14-Aug-13 17:36:31

bye Helen, good luck xx

TheSecondComing Wed 14-Aug-13 17:37:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RippingYarns Wed 14-Aug-13 17:37:36


ta-ra Helen, all the best for your future


DoItTooJulia Wed 14-Aug-13 17:43:56

How about HelenWasMumsnetButNowIsnt or SeeYaSuckers HelenBombaySapphire?

nenevomito Wed 14-Aug-13 17:44:52

Bye Helen lass. We'll miss you.

LeGavrOrf Wed 14-Aug-13 17:44:52

If you leave us now
You take away the very heart of me


<Disco ball>

LeGavrOrf Wed 14-Aug-13 17:46:38

I will have that bloody song in my head now. Who sang it again? Was it Odyssey?

Good luck Helen. Lol at TSC 'make them go easy on me' grin

UnitedZingDom Wed 14-Aug-13 17:47:08

Helen, is your new name going to be HelenCantBeArsed ?? grin

MissMarplesBloomers Wed 14-Aug-13 17:50:12

If ever there were an occasion for a [gin] emoticon it is today.

Bye Bye HelenMN you will be greatly missed !!

UnitedZingDom Wed 14-Aug-13 17:53:10


I don't think there's ever a gin shortage....

not with the amount we all keep sending them! grin


ParsingFancy Wed 14-Aug-13 17:54:05

Oh god, I was holding it in till you bastards pulled the Bette Midler...


Have a bloody brilliant time where you're going, Helen. We're gonna miss you rather a lot.sad

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 17:59:18

T'was K C and The Sunshine Band. Anybody recall the SATC episode it was in?

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 18:03:15

<ahem, Chigaco, ahem>

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Wed 14-Aug-13 18:03:28


LeGavrOrf Wed 14-Aug-13 18:08:50

Chicago yes that's it, thanks pan. Yes I remember the slow dance to that song in SATC. It's a really great song to sing whilst plastered.

You will be missed, Helen.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 18:15:12

What was the KC one then? Muddled I am now.

blondieminx Wed 14-Aug-13 18:17:57

Ohhhh Helen sad don't go!

You will be very much missed thanks and wishing you the very best of luck in your new job!

You will pop back to say hello won't you? Promise?

Olivia great poem! <applause>

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 18:17:59

Please don't go?

or Rock the Boat?grin

Jins Wed 14-Aug-13 18:22:28

All the very best Helen grin

HerrenaHarridan Wed 14-Aug-13 18:31:14

How soon is the leaving party? wink


maybe now Helen can heap in with the good AIBUs and fiiiiiiiinally call someone a twunt...I'm keeping a weather eye peeled for her first ever LTB.

Gets extra chocolate in for Friday night in lieu of gin.....

GlitzPig Wed 14-Aug-13 18:34:02

<clings onto Helen's leg as she tries to leave MN Towers>

Noooooooooooooooo! sad

I LOVE HelenBombaySamphire as a user name grin

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 18:40:27

Listen and weep here. Sing your hearts out whilst clutching your gin wine

TheSecondComing Wed 14-Aug-13 18:43:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 18:44:01

Or this

Fiderer Wed 14-Aug-13 18:45:37

Evening All

<nostalgic already>

crazynanna Wed 14-Aug-13 18:45:56

Good luck Helen

And if it is Nethuns you're going to, my offer still stands... A litre of gin with "Helen" written on it if you give that mod who banned me over there a Chinese burn

TrinityRhino Wed 14-Aug-13 18:47:42

<sob> don't go sad

I mean, enjoy your new job, love you grin

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 18:50:55

Helen-related wailing for the gimmers - Without You Harry Nilson

Fiderer Wed 14-Aug-13 18:54:38

Here's a small token of our appreciation.

Fiderer Wed 14-Aug-13 18:56:10

Pan Some rights arse won't let me view that. Can you warble?


While they're all sobbing into their rose and violet cremes I might go and launch some spectacular personal attacks and hunt some bullshitters ;)

<flexes typing fingers, both of them>


Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 18:59:30

<clears throat..>

Fiderer Wed 14-Aug-13 19:02:36

I said "warble"

Not "gargle"


Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 19:02:43

<accepts presented bouquet from curtsying fan>

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 19:03:17

<feels disappointed in quality of audience>grin

Fiderer Wed 14-Aug-13 19:03:57


FancyPuffin Wed 14-Aug-13 19:06:03

sad x 100

Nothing sadder than a sad puffin.

I can't live, <falls to knees> if living is without you ..............

UnitedZingDom Wed 14-Aug-13 19:06:58

so ok, off you go, but what kind of party is it going to be without [cake] ? hmm?

as I leaving gift would you get a cake emoticon approved, please?

we need [cake]

and [gin]

I can't liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive <thrashes on floor> I can't give anymore

I can't liiiiiiiiiiiiive <hoiks judgy pants to hit high note> if living is without you

bluebump Wed 14-Aug-13 19:09:21

Bye Helen, good luck!

Pan Wed 14-Aug-13 19:10:22

Can't live with it either..grin

motherinferior Wed 14-Aug-13 19:18:35

Farewell my lovely - hope to see you on the other side of the bars!

DelayedActionMouseMaker Wed 14-Aug-13 19:24:27

I'm trying to think of a better job than working at MN, and I can't, I just CAN'T! <wishes she lived in the south so she could apply for Helen's job>

good luck Helen, this place will seem VERY weird without you...unless your replacement is called Helen...that could work!

DelayedActionMouseMaker Wed 14-Aug-13 19:26:36

Crazynanna, you should be shaking that mod by the hand, she got you out of Nethuns ALIVE!!!

MooseBeTimeForSpring Wed 14-Aug-13 19:36:10

Bye Helen and good luck! I had the pleasure of "meeting" you for the first time yesterday. I did deserve it though blush

Mumsnut Wed 14-Aug-13 19:50:15

Go on, put something in Flouncers' Corner ...

morethanpotatoprints Wed 14-Aug-13 19:52:42

Solong, farewell and good luck. Thank you for having common sense and decency sad you are going thanks

poachedeggs Wed 14-Aug-13 19:55:40

Aaaaah good luck Helen. I wonder where you go from here if you want new challenges. Is your new job herding cats? grin

TheHuffAndPuffALot Wed 14-Aug-13 20:01:27

Are you sure she is going by actual choice? No one in their right mind would want to give up a job at MNHQ, surely?

Whatever's prompted the move Helen, I wish you luck.

CunningAtBothEnds Wed 14-Aug-13 20:05:23

Bye Helen all the bestthanks

ChippingInHopHopHop Wed 14-Aug-13 20:15:49

Helen, I hope the new job is all they have promised you it will be. We will miss you... but hopefully our loss is your gain smile ...and as they are offering more gin - what's a girl to do??

HepsibarCrinkletoes Wed 14-Aug-13 20:18:38

Good luck lovely Helen. You will be hugely missed, spesh when I'm getting shoved on the norty step wink

Much love and best wishes xx

She's not going really. She's just attention seeking.

ScottishMummy will be along in a minute to say something about flouncing and investing too much into an internet site and words on a screen etc etc.

Don't let the door hit you on your arse yadda yadda, I give it 3 days blah blah.

Seriously though Helen. You will be missed. Good luck in your new jo band don't be a stranger. X

jo band??


LoveBeingItsABoy Wed 14-Aug-13 20:26:02

Shouldn't her last post be in flouncers corner grin

crazynanna Wed 14-Aug-13 20:27:06

That's her new NN Amazing

BOF Wed 14-Aug-13 20:33:34

<crashes in>

Helen, don't gooooooooooooo. Nobody tells us off quite like you do sad

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 14-Aug-13 20:45:44


DevonCiderPunk Wed 14-Aug-13 20:49:27

Ah Helen, I only met you once at a training day, but for what it's worth it was clear that you are so well regarded. Best of luck in your new role and thank you for everything thanks

Portofino Wed 14-Aug-13 20:57:38

Good luck HelenMN! It was lovely meeting you that time when I was very drunk and didn't realise who you were. You are gawjess and wise and I will miss you and your pithy responses to my troll hunting concerned emails.

Bye Helen. Good luck flowers

Trills Wed 14-Aug-13 21:02:22

I love the "fuck off" explanation. grin

Trills Wed 14-Aug-13 21:03:22

Helen you are coming back incognito.. right?

caramelwaffle Wed 14-Aug-13 21:03:27

Good luck HelenMN x

RhondaJean Wed 14-Aug-13 21:03:31

Goodbye and good luck Helen...

everlong Wed 14-Aug-13 21:04:40

Ah I'm sad Helen is leaving. She is always so lovely and kind and very supportive.

A true gem.

Wishing you the best of everything darling!

Good luck. flowers

JaquelineHyde Wed 14-Aug-13 21:08:07

Oooh I bet there are going to be some pissed people on Helen's last day at the towers.

Here wine have one from me.

Thanks for trying to keep us all in check for all these years. Good luck in your new adventure! thanks

All the best for the future Helen. You'll be be greatly missed.



MrsDeVere Wed 14-Aug-13 21:21:21

Bye bye Helen!
<wonder what the blumming hell sort of job working for Mumsnet would prepare you for>

SingingSands Wed 14-Aug-13 21:24:44

Goodbye Helen! Good luck, chin-chin me old China <clinks glass> smile

[gin] [cake]

ReindeerBollocks Wed 14-Aug-13 21:41:40

So Olivia leaves to have babies, and now Helen for new challenges?!

What is in the water in MNHQ?

Stop it now, all of you naughty lot at MN Towers.

Best of luck Helen, it might be fun having you on 'our side' wink

SpottyDottie Wed 14-Aug-13 21:51:26

Goodbye and good luck HelenMumsnet! flowers

MmeLindor Wed 14-Aug-13 21:59:13

Nobody puts Helen in the Mumsnet Corner

Sorry to see you go, Helen. You were always reasonable, kind and ready to listen to any issues that we had.

I hate change.



So Olivia leaves to have babies, and now Helen for new challenges?!

OI I am coming back! feck knows when yet

Just for a rest eh Olivia?!

ReindeerBollocks Wed 14-Aug-13 22:16:54

You better bloody had Olivia!

Just to drink hot brew and pee in peace...

MsInterpret Wed 14-Aug-13 22:39:37

Bye Helennnnnnnnnnnnn!

Good night and good luck flowers

elQuintoConyo Wed 14-Aug-13 22:40:04

Miss you already wine thanks

magimedi Wed 14-Aug-13 22:41:43

Bye Helen,

I've been on the gin all evening in appreciation of your going.

(Not sure that sounds right!)



Hope the new job works out really wel lfor you.

Bye and Good Luck Helen. Love from Wilf, Bumbledog and I xxx

HawaiianPig Wed 14-Aug-13 23:00:29

I think Helen will be back. MNHQ strikes me as being a bit like the Mafia or MI6 - once you're in you can NEVER leave...

Maryz Wed 14-Aug-13 23:40:33

I am going to sulk.

Helen made me really love mumsnet. Ever since the time she emailed me to apologise for deleting me grin

That was a long time ago. But ever since then, whenever I'm deleted, which is of course very often rare, I know mumsnet towers are all actually nodding in agreement with me and very sorry that the guidelines force them to delete me.


Sorry to see you go Helen. flowers [gin]

TeamEdward Thu 15-Aug-13 00:00:52

Bye Helen!
All the best for your future roles, and I'm looking forward to you lurking posting on here now that you don't have to sit on the fence and behave yourself !

TeamEdward Thu 15-Aug-13 00:02:11

HawaiianPig Do you reckon MN is a bit like this place?

ClaraOswald Thu 15-Aug-13 00:14:17

Bye Helen,

Good luck and come back and see us sometimes.


Does this mean there's a vacancy? I can bring gin and make cakes, and I'm very good at punching big red deletion buttons. smile

cafecito Thu 15-Aug-13 00:23:51

HelenMumsnet was very nice to me a few years ago (diff posting name) and I am sad she is leaving. sniff sniff snivel

cafecito Thu 15-Aug-13 00:25:30

Hawaiian MN is that place

westcoastnortherner Thu 15-Aug-13 00:43:47

Good luck Helen!

Good luck!

BuntCadger Thu 15-Aug-13 08:17:07

We will miss you here Helen but hope that your new adventures be both exciting and rewarding xxxx

GooseyLoosey Thu 15-Aug-13 08:21:36

I never knew you were allowed to leave. Are you sure you can?

Best wishes for the new job.

BIWI Thu 15-Aug-13 08:22:22

This is worse than when Tech fiddles around with the site sad

You know we hate change

MrsBucketxx Thu 15-Aug-13 08:37:35

Good luck, we'll mis ya.

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 09:07:58

Bye Helen.

Good luck thanks

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 09:19:34

Aww Hezza, have to add to your massive user-generated card.

How lucky am I to have worked with you for five years! I can't think of anyone nicer or more thoughtful to have spent the majority of my waking hours with. thanks thanks thanks

Have a whale of a time in your new job. I'll miss you muchly. #endofanera

JaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 09:36:00


Pleasure to have worked with you - you'll be much missed.


FrussoHathorAKADaisythecow Thu 15-Aug-13 09:37:45

Good bye and good luck Helen

I have the biscuit ready for when you come back to troll us. grin

So. This is it then.

Let me guess, it's not us, it's you.

You need the space to grow as a person. To see new shores. Explore new opportunities.

<sobs hysterically into embroidered hanky>

I hope you are very happy. And that sometimes, when the gin is high,you think of us.


Maryz Thu 15-Aug-13 09:43:35

Oh, there's a Jane.

And a Geraldine!

How did I not know this? Am I not here enough?

<frantically updates spreadsheet>

<ponders effusive welcome but is scared they might have been here for years>

ClaraOswald Thu 15-Aug-13 09:50:27

Geraldine has been here for years, Mary. I've had a few e-mails from her.

tiktok Thu 15-Aug-13 09:55:00

Happy leaving, Helen smile

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 15-Aug-13 09:58:49

this is a Poor Show, Helen. Email me NOW or i'll kick yer head in, chum. and good luck etc etc etc you are a diamond.

JaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 09:59:25


Oh, there's a Jane.

And a Geraldine!

How did I not know this? Am I not here enough?

<frantically updates spreadsheet>

--<ponders effusive welcome but is scared they might have been here for years>--

Hello! Only one year, so a LONG way to go to reach HelenMumsnet's legendary status grin

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 15-Aug-13 10:00:05

<checks email>

threat of bodily violence revoked.

SoupDragon Thu 15-Aug-13 10:06:52
UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 10:10:00

Helen, make sure you wear your MN scarf with pride.smile

and if you ever find out who the fuck Sharon is please let me know...

(still no [cake] tsk tsk)

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 10:57:22

HelenMumsnet is the nicest, kindest, most generous boss/person in the world. Fact. <gavel>

This isn't the breakfast gin talking, she really is that good.

BIWI Thu 15-Aug-13 11:00:04

Helen, oh Helen
The best user of 'fuck off'
We have ever known

MrsBottesini Thu 15-Aug-13 11:09:14

I do hope you're planning to print this and stick it in a 400 metre long (virtual) card, Helen wink
Planning to escape The Towers, huh? wearing your mn scarf, with your mn hairdo, and a sack of emoticons... we'll see grin

I do hope you are planning to leave us [cake] as a leaving present?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 11:10:31

OMG. I knew I shouldn't have taken a day's hols yesterday blush blush blush

Thank you all for all your very lovely posts.

I may have something in my eye...

WorraLiberty Thu 15-Aug-13 11:14:47

Good luck Helen thanks

Portofino Thu 15-Aug-13 11:16:52


Pan Thu 15-Aug-13 11:17:11

Best wishes to you, sweetie. Have fun whatever you are doing. X

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 11:19:36

Helen what's in your eye? is it a dead wasp?grin

everlong Thu 15-Aug-13 11:20:53

Do you have to go???

Can you not see that we all love you?


ToniMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 11:25:28

Good Luck flowers, Even though I am mostly on a computer miles amd miles away. You are a great boss and I will miss you.

JammyDodger1 Thu 15-Aug-13 11:30:08

Good Luck Helen!
bet we can spot you next week though when you back visiting under a different name grin

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 11:30:46

Oh the lovely HelenMumsnet - how can we say goodbye?

I've been here three years and still need to ask for advice on a daily basis! You've been so brilliant to work with - always wise and fun. I'll miss you lots and lots - good luck and enjoy life post MN (although of course you'll still be on here every day - you will be wont you? <pleading face>)

MasterFlea Thu 15-Aug-13 11:34:29

Cheerio Helen. I hope the new pastures will be green with gin bottles.

For some reason I always had a picture in my mind of Helen being Dame Helen Mirren and felt I should curtsy to the queen. (Being one and the same to me)

<Curtsies and falls over>

Thumbwitch Thu 15-Aug-13 11:41:33

Ta-rah Helen - hope it goes well in the now posish and you don't wish you'd never left! Is there life beyond MN?

Seriously though - live long and prosper. thanksgrinwine

Rooners Thu 15-Aug-13 12:14:44

Olivia I really hope that was just an ode, and not Helen's actual reference. grin

LOL at the fuck off link!

Helen, you're a Goddess and always have been, and I hope they blooming well appreciate you where you're going because if they don't, we will come and reclaim you, and bring you home to MN where you belong.


Good luck Mrs

LynetteScavo Thu 15-Aug-13 12:25:54

Good luck and cheers, Helen! wine

feels relieved I don't have to contribute a £5 towards the leaving present

Lynette flowers

CharlotteMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 12:56:03

We'll miss you, Helen. Good luck xx

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 13:07:06


I do hope you are planning to leave us [cake] as a leaving present?

I'm very much hoping so! <ups the already-hugely enormous bribe to Tech>

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 13:12:23

I've never seen Charlottemumsnet before.

Tee2072 Thu 15-Aug-13 13:21:37

They're all coming out of the woodwork, aren't they, usual!

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 13:24:45

I'm waiting to see who else appears grin

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Thu 15-Aug-13 13:26:50

Good luck Helen thanks. I hope you've packed pombears and gin in your OFRS.

YoniMatopoeia Thu 15-Aug-13 13:44:13

Helen. I am sad to see you go, and hope that whatever you are moving on to is good (would love to know what).

Good luck for the future.

Come back for some meet ups maybe?

Isabeller Thu 15-Aug-13 15:40:23

shock thanks thanks thanks

and all the best with your new adventure xx

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 16:06:12

Ooooooooh, look, Tech has made me a parting gift!

cake cake

RippingYarns Thu 15-Aug-13 16:09:19

cake cake cake

grin grin grin

fricking awesome!!!

MmeLindor Thu 15-Aug-13 16:10:01

Excellent cake

Much cake thanks and wine

You'll be sorely missed!

Ooh can we keep it tech, can we can we?? cake

MariaLuna Thu 15-Aug-13 16:12:47

Bye HelenMumsnet, all the best and thanks for everything!

mistlethrush Thu 15-Aug-13 16:22:43

Good luck with the new job Helen, and hope you make it back, even if in disguise!

Thank you and good luck !

What are the odds that there will be a thread in a month or so time asking if HelenMumsnet has flounced?

Fillybuster Thu 15-Aug-13 16:35:17


I've had a long distance girl crush on HelenMumsnet for several years....<sob>

Good luck - I'm sure you will brilliant, wherever you are off to grin Don't forget us...(as if....) grin

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 16:40:17

No thinking you can slink back in wearing side bollocks,Helen.

cake ooh lovely

FruOla Thu 15-Aug-13 16:42:05

Bye, bye Helen Best of luck in your new job. I'll miss you. I'm mega impressed that Tech has made you a cake

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 16:45:44

Helen you are a star! thank you!

I'm so happy I could cry!
thank you for listening to my pleas!



zzzzz Thu 15-Aug-13 16:47:18

Oooooh cake boyboyelen <sorry cheeks stuffed>. (But really we shall miss you)

PeppermintPasty Thu 15-Aug-13 16:48:09

Bye bye Helen, good luck duck.

Just wanted to do this <shallow> >>>> cake cake cake cake



ParsingFancy Thu 15-Aug-13 16:51:10

Ooooooooh! cake

<stops crying><fickle>

BuskersCat Thu 15-Aug-13 16:57:48

cake and brew for now

wine and biscuit later.

Good luck Helen. thanks

Tee2072 Thu 15-Aug-13 17:07:36

I don't think cake is a good enough replacement for HelenMN, as nice as it is to have it...


Bye bye Helen.


Bye Helen. Good luck for the new job.

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 17:12:22

Tee I'm sad she's leaving, but I've been asking for a cake for so long!!

cake glorious cake

Tee2072 Thu 15-Aug-13 17:17:43

Okay, United who did you used to be? Answers in a PM?

BIWI Thu 15-Aug-13 17:23:42

That had better be low carb cake, Helen hmm

DearPrudence Thu 15-Aug-13 17:25:38

Are we having a leaving do? A proper one where we all get really drunk and behave inappropriately.

DearPrudence Thu 15-Aug-13 17:26:10

Oh, and sad to see Helen go, of course.

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 17:27:33

Tee you've got mailwink

Tee2072 Thu 15-Aug-13 17:28:11

Only your piece BIWI. And the members of your Bootcamp.

The rest of us have double carb cake.

grin cake

BIWI Thu 15-Aug-13 17:32:20

Hurrah! I can eat cake!

PolterGoose Thu 15-Aug-13 17:39:00

Bye Helen cake cake cake

LIZS Thu 15-Aug-13 17:48:31

sad Bet you are back lurking before the week is out , having to sit on your hands ! cake brew Cheers and Good Luck!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 17:59:11

Thank you everyone.

This is me properly signing out. <gulp>

Thank you all for being such fun. even Mitmoo

thanks cake

BIWI Thu 15-Aug-13 18:00:31

I hope you have a glass in your hand, Helen!




Tee2072 Thu 15-Aug-13 18:03:49

Bye Helen!

::bites lip::

everlong Thu 15-Aug-13 18:03:54

Love you bye xxxxx

Groovee Thu 15-Aug-13 18:05:35

Cheerio Helen, please do pop back cake wine cake wine

JammyDodger1 Thu 15-Aug-13 18:05:45

Bye, good luck sad

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 18:08:18

thanks for everything! thanks

fertilityFTW Thu 15-Aug-13 18:14:37

So long, farewell lovely Helen! And thank you for the cake!

SunnyIntervals Thu 15-Aug-13 18:45:29

Bye bye thanks

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 18:51:38


Best of luck and a whole heap of unmnetty hugs H
cake thanks

MrsBottesini Thu 15-Aug-13 19:59:59

grin grin
cake cake


(now you've got your new nickname theme for when you come back to troll post wink HelenCakeNet ...I'm sure someone witty can think of something far betterconfused )

JaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 20:13:43

cake grin

Bye Helen we'll miss you. thanks Good luck in your new job. wine

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 20:54:34

Jane, Rebecca, Olivia, Rowenna or any other Mumsnet

is there a party going on yet?
with wine and cake and [gin]?

also any news about [gin] emoticon being done? wink

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 20:55:46

I meant Rowan sorry

we really need a [twatphone] too...

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Aug-13 21:23:53

No party <stern>

<realises she hasn't been invited to the party>

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 15-Aug-13 21:25:18

Ah Rowan, have they left you behind to man the big red button whilst they party. They should at least have left Olivia, given she's off the [gin].

MmeLindor Thu 15-Aug-13 21:34:01

She has to be HelenUsedToBeMumsnet surely.


UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 21:42:17


or * HelenXMumsnet*wink

Bye Helen smile Good luck thanks

Valpollicella Thu 15-Aug-13 21:55:22

Aw, bye HelenMN <proper DM sadface>

cakesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilecakesmilesmilesmilecakesmilesmilesmile cakesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilecakesmilesmilesmilecakesmilesmilesmilecake
cakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecake cakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecakecake

Just for you...your leaving present grin

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 22:00:16

Can we run riot around the boards if MNHQ are all partying?

garlicagain Thu 15-Aug-13 22:02:14

Goodbye, Helen, and thank you for the cake !

Hope the grass is even greener on them thar new pastures smile

Blatherskite Thu 15-Aug-13 22:11:39

Bye bye Helen. You will be missed sad

Shaky Thu 15-Aug-13 22:12:19

Goodbye helen. We will miss you

cake cake cake cake

jumpingpillows Thu 15-Aug-13 22:37:08

good luvk

ShirleyFuckingKnot Thu 15-Aug-13 22:40:21


I just popped on, as I do on rare occasion and wanted to say farewell, good luck and tons of love from me to you.

I remember meeting you (and Rebecca) and how funny and kind you were.

Kisses and unmumsnetty hugs from me to you. Xx

Valpollicella Thu 15-Aug-13 22:42:27

Shirley, stay the fuck on here woman. We miss you

UnitedZingDom Thu 15-Aug-13 22:42:47

usual I think they are all pissed now and Olivia is full of cake and can't move

go on, call me a troll, see if they miss it!grin

ShirleyFuckingKnot Thu 15-Aug-13 22:48:11

Oh Val. I would love to stay but I fear that the MN addiction would once again have me in its grasp if I were to come here too often. plus work blocked MN so I now have to do actual fucking WORK during the day DAMN THEIR EYES

usualsuspect Thu 15-Aug-13 22:50:58

Nice to see you Shirley.

CeliaLytton Thu 15-Aug-13 22:54:58

Helen, sad you're leaving and all that but this cake is amazing!

Valpollicella Thu 15-Aug-13 23:06:53

They have blocked MN <aghast> I bet LOADS of you were on it

QOD Thu 15-Aug-13 23:34:25

Can I have your job?

Can't believe people get paid to mumsnet and you're leaving, mad! !!

Au revouir x

Nagoo Thu 15-Aug-13 23:37:40

Helen, it's been marvellous.

I shall miss your special ways smile

Good luck!


BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 15-Aug-13 23:56:50

I met Helen once, very briefly, upstairs at the September Southwark meet-up. She was having a semi intelligent conversation with BIWI and I was half trying to think of a sensible contribution, massive fail, and half trying to stay upright and not fall out of the window. I think I scored 50% on the second bit.
Lots of luck in your new job you must be mad

And thank you for cake grin

BIWI Fri 16-Aug-13 08:11:10

Intelligent conversation?
At a meet-up?

You were pissed, weren't you?!


BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 16-Aug-13 09:27:29

That's why it sounded intelligent!

Eri0817 Fri 16-Aug-13 10:14:34

Message deleted by Mumsnet for breaking our Talk Guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:21:32


HelenMumsnot Fri 16-Aug-13 10:27:06

Is it about time I revived this name that I'm not allowed to use

I have more than one of these, and they used to be great back in the days before MNHQ were blue sad

HelenMumsnot Fri 16-Aug-13 10:28:23

By the way, have I ever told you I love you Val?

JaquelineHyde Fri 16-Aug-13 10:29:14

Eri0817 You really need to start your own thread, in the correct section. You won't get any replies on this thread and it really is quite rude to crash someone's leaving thread with your requests.

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:34:07


UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:34:28

no more cake! why why??????

MmeLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 10:47:54

I do like HelenMumsnot. Very good.

We should have a day of changing our names to something Helen based. Who is with me?

Blatherskite Fri 16-Aug-13 10:50:13

That sounds good Mme smile

HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 10:50:24


I think it looks very chic. You can visualise me as a posh Genevan woman, sipping espresso while nibbling on salted caramel macaroons.

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:51:10

I'd love to but last time I did that it backfired and I couldn't get back to my old name!

if I could I'd change my name to ZingLuffsHelenButLuffs CakeEvenMore


HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 10:52:48

Might be a bit of a pain when logging in.

HelenZingsAwayFromMN might be a bit sad

Blatherskite Fri 16-Aug-13 10:53:45

The only problem is - I can't think of one!

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:55:09

Blather how about

HelensOffSkite ?

Blatherskite Fri 16-Aug-13 10:57:59

I like it! grin

HRHwheezing Fri 16-Aug-13 10:58:37

How could you possibly leave us?! Good luck in whatever you are doing next.

HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 10:58:47

Hmm, I think Blathers needs to keep the Blathers bit really.

HelenBlathersWithTooMuchGin ?

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 10:58:59

so? are you going to use it?


UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 11:01:29


OffSkite is witty though (even if I say so) because Helen is Off Site - see?wink

HelenIsOffSkite Fri 16-Aug-13 11:08:19


Not that it'll get much use, I'm off for a mini MN-meet up now so will be out all day.

HelenIsOffSkite Fri 16-Aug-13 11:09:23

I was thinking it was more off-ski in a sort of 80's Norm-ski type way...

Off site works too.

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 11:14:18

<claps hands and jumps up and down>

I ♥ it, it really suits you Blather!grin

<ticks "help someone get a new name" off list>

HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 11:17:44

Oooh, yes. I didn't think of that. You are right. It is fab.

Will there be cake at the meetup?

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 11:27:18


there's no more [cake ]

we must rebel

I'll be WilliamFuckingWallaceGladiatorCakeDemandZing

I've already painted my face blue

.sad <--- me in war paint
/ \

YoniMatopoeia Fri 16-Aug-13 11:36:11

But it still has cake as an option down there

HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 11:44:28

There is no cake?

But that is just cruel. To dangle cake in front of us for one day only.

SoupDragon Fri 16-Aug-13 11:45:53

See how swiftly they forget her?

UnitedZingDom Fri 16-Aug-13 12:07:01

<rocks in corner, mutters "they won't make me flounce" & "I want cake"sad >

purrpurr Fri 16-Aug-13 12:15:37

Laughing like Mutley at Zing in war paint, class! Oh I'm easily pleased.

Anyway, did somebody mention cake? <brandishes fork>
What, no cake? So my options are Or Death? Thank you for flying Church of England, cake or death? <too much Eddie>

FoxPass Fri 16-Aug-13 12:17:54

good luck Helen! thanks wine

ZingWantsCake Fri 16-Aug-13 12:20:24

purr I love Eddie too!

and I've just started a new thread demanding cake

had to NC of course

I want CAKE!

sorry Helen, but you are gone and it's Chaos! we need order and we need cake!

HelenMumsnot Fri 16-Aug-13 15:12:07

But do I stay as this or become HelenZ?

Thumbwitch Fri 16-Aug-13 15:14:36

Shouldn't it be HelenX? wink

Maryz Fri 16-Aug-13 15:37:19

No, Thumb, 'tis me grin

I think we probably need a whole "namechangeinhonourofhelen" thread.

Thumbwitch Fri 16-Aug-13 15:38:39

Ahhhhh that makes sense now! I thought it really was Helen trying out a new name! Serves me right for not reading everything blush

cumfy Fri 16-Aug-13 15:41:29

Oh Helen,
Wiv yor perfick spellin'
Please accept some gin flowers
As you depart the Towers.

Good luck! flowersflowers

MammaTJ Fri 16-Aug-13 15:55:29

Goodbye Helen!!

HelenaLindor Fri 16-Aug-13 16:20:19

Yes, do a thread MaryZ

ZingWantsCake Fri 16-Aug-13 16:27:57

yes MaryZ, please start a thread and link it here

MrsBottesini Sat 17-Aug-13 09:43:02

Helen when are you escaping abandoning us leaving? <sob, sniff>

[SoWeKnowWhenToNamechange,wink see above]

ZingWantsCake Sat 17-Aug-13 12:14:43

MrsBotteni she left on Thursday! sad

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