So, we thought we'd have a sort of Mumsnet open day...

(358 Posts)
JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Feb-14 17:29:18

Ever found yourself wondering, in an idle moment, what really goes on at MNHQ? If you’re curious to know who’s in charge of the big red delete button, what we keep in our biscuit tin, and whether we do, in fact, harbour mainland UK’s largest cache of gin well, here’s your chance. On Wednesday 26th March we’re planning to throw open our doors to five nosy interested Mumsnetters, who’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to uncover our deepest, darkest secrets.

Attendees will be treated to

- a tour of MNHQ (which will take approx 10 mins)
- the opportunity to grill our community, content, bloggers, events and campaigns folks on anything you fancy
- the chance to ransack our books box for a load of freebies
- lunch on me (possibly with wine)

We’ll also do our best to organise an exciting webchat guest for the day, so you can see backstage on those too.

Our offices are in central-ish London (Kentish Town); if you’re likely to be within striking distance on March 26th, and fancy a nose around, add your name to this thread; we’ll stick it in a hat and do a Hunger Games-style reaping on Monday 3rd March. Come on now, don’t be shy - what could possibly go wrong?

[May the odds be ever in your favour]

Indith Mon 24-Feb-14 17:32:32

Are you looking for a small child to take over so you can retire? Someone who will never reveal the secrets of the never ending gin bottle to net mums? Will there be golden tickets?

Mintyy Mon 24-Feb-14 17:34:14

Oooooh. Name added.

nevergoogle Mon 24-Feb-14 17:37:18

What could possibly go wrong?

I could go into labour at HQ.

Count me in!

I think it would ruin the magic and mystique. And I am too far away. But anyone who goes needs to agree to start a thread and SPILL upon returning. grin

IamtheZombie Mon 24-Feb-14 17:41:18

Zombie waves arm frantically.


Zombie recovers arm and waves it some more.

NymodigFruOla Mon 24-Feb-14 17:52:01

Me, me, me !

<hope you've still got some of that gin that you ... ahem .... nicked?> Only joking grin

Amrapaali Mon 24-Feb-14 17:55:31

"Once in a lifetime chance?" That's some hard sell going on there, Justine.


HavantGuard Mon 24-Feb-14 17:59:18

Maybe she means that once you know all the MN secrets she'll have to kill you. But after wine.

AlpacaLypse Mon 24-Feb-14 18:02:45

Realistically I don't think I could make it - but whoever does, could they let me know if Tech prefers Gordons or Bombay Sapphire so I know what sort to send as a bribe next time the site goes tits up?

Eastpoint Mon 24-Feb-14 18:03:35

That sounds like fun. I wouldn't have to kill anyone from another District while I was there though would I? Will Olivia be there to discuss The Archers?

Go on then, chuck my name in, got to be worth the larks. grin

Showy Mon 24-Feb-14 18:07:26

Chuck in a free gingerbread man (you can keep your wine) and I might consider it.

KatyMac Mon 24-Feb-14 18:09:05

Can I come?

I'll bake cake? (& bring it)

Indith Mon 24-Feb-14 18:09:49

showy if you go then you have to tell me all about it.

That there London place is too far for little people like me.

HortenMarket Mon 24-Feb-14 18:11:16

Why not? Toss my name in the, ahem...pot.

Valpollicella Mon 24-Feb-14 18:12:39

Adding my name grin

Anonymousy Mon 24-Feb-14 18:14:55

Why not eh? Do we get biscuits and gin for elevenses though? grin

AnotherWorld Mon 24-Feb-14 18:16:40

Me me me!

Weegiemum Mon 24-Feb-14 18:16:47

Well it's a lovely idea, but I'm in Glasgow and it's term time - of course I can't come.

I think you'll have a lovely time but it does reinforce the fact that London/SE is the focus.

As there are more folk in Central London than there are in Scotland, then I really do see the rationale.

But is there a virtual way that those of us not in "striking distance" of MN to be included, then I'm probably not the only one who'd appreciate it!

HanSolo Mon 24-Feb-14 18:16:54

<cough> Add me, please!

Daisyjane12 Mon 24-Feb-14 18:16:55

Sounds fun smile

doubleshotespresso Mon 24-Feb-14 18:18:57

You had me at "Biscuit tin...."! Yes please....

Ooooh add me please!

PseudoBadger Mon 24-Feb-14 18:21:45

Here's my name being added >>>>>>

Wittsend13 Mon 24-Feb-14 18:22:15


Labootin Mon 24-Feb-14 18:23:15

Oooo ..what bright spark thought that one up !

Very brave MNHQ

Fool hardy (especially if I get chosen have you any idea how much I can drink- it's shocking check your credit limit on your credit card)

You have been warned.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Mon 24-Feb-14 18:26:27

WeegieMum - how can you complain London and the SE is the focus when that is where Justine happened to live when she developed MN? Someone living in Leeds or Wales could just have easily have started up the site if they had thought of it first confused.

clux73 Mon 24-Feb-14 18:27:21

Ooh me please! Am very intrigued to see the inner sanctum. I miss my job in a creative studio so might find myself answering your phones, tidying up, bossing people around though!

headlesslambrini Mon 24-Feb-14 18:28:09

ha, don't need to, as supreme leader of all things essential, I already have zillions of hidden camera's all round MNHQ, all carefully monitored throughout day and night

and yes, in case you are wondering, it's Rowan's turn to take the minutes refill the staplers

oh and Justine, I love the jumper on the back of your chair

made ya look, made ya stare, made ya lose ya underwear

jojane Mon 24-Feb-14 18:29:13

Add me please

ProfPlumSpeaking Mon 24-Feb-14 18:29:38

Adding my name too.

Me me me!

I love Kentish Town!

declines to mention that MNHQ is acksherly in Gospel Oak

I mean, grin

Please can I second nevergoogle - I feel that we neeeed a birth thread live from MNHQ.

atomicyoghurt Mon 24-Feb-14 18:35:49

I volunteer!

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 24-Feb-14 18:36:41

Send Zombie. since it's a school day and I'm miles away

Labootin Mon 24-Feb-14 18:37:31

You do need to think about the ramifications of putting your name forward tbh .. Imagine the spreadsheets they've got on you ...

Justine .. How about fluffymommy23994422
Tec.. God no don't you remember the blue waffle horror of 1996
Justine.. Good point , well made

(With apologies to fluffy I hope it cleared up)

CecyHall Mon 24-Feb-14 18:38:35

Me please!

everlong Mon 24-Feb-14 18:40:50

Too far away but would have loved it. Fab idea.

whattoWHO Mon 24-Feb-14 18:46:38

Can the lucky 'golden ticket' five wear helmet-cams to broadcast all they see? like on I'm a celebrity springwatch?

Would love to come but sadly need to work.

nevergoogle Mon 24-Feb-14 18:48:17

yes, it's close enough to my due date for a train journey to set things off. for added excitement you could ply me with pineapple, curry and raspberry leaf tea.

An MN induction to go with the MN haircut and scarf

500internalerror Mon 24-Feb-14 18:51:13

Is there still a pound stretchers in Kentish town? Wondering if I could kill 2 birds with one stone :-)

So who is planting the hidden cameras? wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 24-Feb-14 18:52:06


I know technically I've been, but both times you chose to be out Justine sad

Idly wonders whether I could actually apply do it, as it's the NUT's strike action day ....... then decides that if I do strike, I'll be on hand at schoool gates to explain why .....

figgypuddings Mon 24-Feb-14 18:54:29

You know they 2millionMNers will raid the biscuit tin and drink all the gin. Nail everything down. wink

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Mon 24-Feb-14 18:58:43

I would have been tempted but Lucy Kellaway just blogged that it was the quietest, and most work-focussed office she'd ever been in, so I've gone off the idea. Unless you were all hungover from the previous night's gin the day she visited, in which case I'm in.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 24-Feb-14 18:59:00

Me please.

Facelikeafriendlyapple Mon 24-Feb-14 19:00:55

Me please! I'll be good. I'll say please. I'll say thank you for having me. I absolutely won't lock onto something and refuse to leave until I have been told all the juiciest gossip.

LineRunner Mon 24-Feb-14 19:02:13

Will the trains be running? Will there be jam for tea?

I'm in. Pick me! I don't smell, either.

Ooh, this sounds like so much fun grin

Nerfmother Mon 24-Feb-14 19:08:38

I'm going to check my work diary and cancel everything and then post smile

TallRedhead Mon 24-Feb-14 19:10:30

Add me please smile

IamtheZombie Mon 24-Feb-14 19:14:05

Zombie thinks Ohwhatfuckeryisthis's suggestion is ACE.

The cheque is in the post, OWFIT

While she's here, Zombie jumps up and down waving her arm (just in case Justine missed it earlier).


Merrylegs Mon 24-Feb-14 19:18:05

I volunteer as tribute!

(Have always wanted to say that).

If Zombie is going, I want to go even more, I've always wanted to meet Zombie! blush <<< fangirl

CQ Mon 24-Feb-14 19:26:02

Ooooh pick me, pick me, I've been on MN since the dark ages when Justine used to run it from her back bedroom, so rumour had it.

Would love to see the fancy schmancy proper grown up offices now.


yup me.

And me.

er. Me.

definitely me.

will bring gin

issimma Mon 24-Feb-14 19:28:07

I'd love to come and promise to behave grin.

MikeTheShite Mon 24-Feb-14 19:29:47

oh yes please smile

MrsFlorrick Mon 24-Feb-14 19:29:56

Meeeeeeeeee please grin

MrsFlorrick Mon 24-Feb-14 20:16:46

Did I mention I make really fantastic tea? wink

And I can easily get to Kentish town.

babyheaves Mon 24-Feb-14 20:33:06

Oh my goodness. I suddenly have pressing business to attend to at our London site on the 26th. Shocking. Really.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Mon 24-Feb-14 20:39:10

I nominate MrsF!!!

Valpollicella Mon 24-Feb-14 20:42:11

Tits, I've met Zomb.... she doesn't disappoint in the flesh. grin

And she has the good grace not to shed all over the place whilst in public wink

NymodigFruOla Mon 24-Feb-14 20:56:44

"Will there be jam for tea?"

Jam? Tea?

I'm not going to MN Towers for jam or tea shock. Justine offered us wine wine and lunch grin

TheGonnagle Mon 24-Feb-14 20:58:08

Ooh yes please, I'd love to come. I'll bring cake and gin cocktails, promise smile

MrsFlorrick Mon 24-Feb-14 20:58:40

Toffee. gringrin Yay.
I nominate Toffee!!

Lj8893 Mon 24-Feb-14 21:07:45

Ohhhhh me please!!

I better find a babysitter just in case grin

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 24-Feb-14 21:29:48

<jumps up and down waving Zombie's arms.>
What about a live web chat with the winners?
(Zombie going "uuuuurrrrggh")

RatHammock Mon 24-Feb-14 21:35:10

Please put my name into the hat.

nameuschangeus Mon 24-Feb-14 21:37:09

Ooh me, me please!

I'm not anywhere near striking distance but my nosiness will lead me there!

Yoghurty Mon 24-Feb-14 21:38:37

Can you put your name in multiple times like the reaping? grin

Yes please, add my name in!

wannabestressfree Mon 24-Feb-14 21:39:25

Oh me me me me me Pleeeeeeeaaaaasssssseeeeeee :}

and it's ridiculously near my birthday [30th]

PatriciaHolm Mon 24-Feb-14 21:42:57

Can I just throw a small spanner into the works by mentioning that Wed 26th is supposed be a teacher strike day? I suspect many of us may be encumbered by small children that day in a way that we aren't normally midweek, which might prove an issue….

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 24-Feb-14 21:45:29

Oh so it is. In that case MEMEMEME please? Ive got me passport ready to come to that London and everything!

BirthdayMuppet Mon 24-Feb-14 21:48:23

Ooh, me, me, me, me, me! Please blush

ThePearShapedToad Mon 24-Feb-14 21:52:30

Wait does that mean if hunger games styleeeee, that of the 5, only one will actually leave the building afterwards??!!

< scary music >

MrsDeVere Mon 24-Feb-14 21:54:14

Me please!
You are only up the road.

I want to see!

Can we bring our small children? I've only got 3 1 or 2 and they are absolutely not at all beautifully behaved.

Actually dd1 would probably dob me in for hiding in the kitchen reading MN while cooking dinner.

I understand if not sad

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 21:55:45

Yes please. Fabulous. Like take your toddler to work day grin

(seriously I understand!) have a great time whoever gets picked.

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 21:56:27

(By toddlers, i meant us)

I really want there to he a shiny red button that must never ever be pressed.

(also a toddler)

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 24-Feb-14 22:00:37

Ooooo do golden tickets pleeeze? more Augustus than verucca

Hedgehog80 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:03:02


Might have to bring a couple of the dcs though if I get picked smile

Wincher Mon 24-Feb-14 22:04:24

Me please! Can I bring the baby in a sling? I'd get me mum to have the 3 year old!

LynetteScavo Mon 24-Feb-14 22:09:02

Oh, I have to go to work on that day! angry sad

And I think we should nominate posters to go....or rather people could nominate themselves and we could vote for them, selecting think would report back most honestly. grin

LynetteScavo Mon 24-Feb-14 22:09:35

Or even better, there could be golden tickets involved.

Blondieminx Mon 24-Feb-14 22:13:18

I would love to come! smile

SoupDragon Mon 24-Feb-14 22:14:36

Do the winners get a wardrobe budget?

Monty27 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:14:48

What shall I wear? wink

Yes please, me!!!

A trip to the mothership? Me please!

ScrambledSmegs Mon 24-Feb-14 22:20:25

Me please!

Kentish Town? That's practically on my doorstep! I could cycle over, all nice and sweaty for lunch with Justine.

<revises idea>

BelleOfTheBorstal Mon 24-Feb-14 22:21:44

May I go in the hat please?

Thank Youuuuu!

ahh go on go on go on go on go on ...

I will make the tea.

I would travel to come to see you. Please put me in the hat!

magimedi Mon 24-Feb-14 22:30:28

Yes please. I am old, sensible,( wink ) can hold my gin & would love to vape at MNHQ & win best ever vapenomination!

It would be aegist not to have a white haired woman!

Yes please! I'll even bring Brownies (with no nuts in as I don't like them) just in case the biscuit tin is a bit bare...

IamtheZombie Mon 24-Feb-14 23:57:34

Ahem. Zombie believes it has been established that she is older than you, magi.


magimedi Tue 25-Feb-14 08:09:33

Ahem. My hair is whiter . So I win.

And I won't lower the tone by flashing my suspies!! grin

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Tue 25-Feb-14 11:48:57

I have very white hair. (I got told this this morning) I'm coming out in solidarity with my teacher chums just in case.

Agree with Val that Zombie is lovely in the undead flesh even if she is missing an arm

hypnotisingchickens Tue 25-Feb-14 13:35:22

Ooh, me, me, me! grin

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Feb-14 13:35:23

Let it be me! I'm Scottish, v topical. And I won't ask any difficult questions. I'll bring Tunnocks teacakes too.

MinesAPintOfTea Tue 25-Feb-14 14:31:03

Me please! I just need to work out why a trip to London would be a tax-deductible expense....

BOFtastic Tue 25-Feb-14 16:30:01

Ok then, I'll give this a bash. But only if I can dress as Verucca Salt.

babyheaves Tue 25-Feb-14 19:42:52

I think you should BOF.

IamtheZombie Wed 26-Feb-14 01:30:10


Sparklyboots Wed 26-Feb-14 01:42:51

I'll go anywhere for.even a hint of free wine. Can I bring a baby? She's no bother. Also a three year old? He's quite a lot of bother, but when you consider I've got two, the over all proportion of bother to child is manageable.

MyFabulousBoys Wed 26-Feb-14 02:05:56

Adding my name!

LuisCarol Wed 26-Feb-14 02:26:42

the opportunity to grill our community, content, bloggers, events and campaigns folks on anything you fancy

That is not how I wanted the sentence to go after "grill"

mnistooaddictive Wed 26-Feb-14 03:28:22

I'm on strike on 26th march so could actually make it. Pick me!

ThomasLynn Wed 26-Feb-14 04:05:00

<closes eyes>
<ignores vast difficulties in attendance>
<reassures self that London can't be that cold, really>

If I can bring a 2 year old and you promise it will be warm inside then I'll come.

Mintyy Wed 26-Feb-14 08:23:11

Ah - is it a teachers strike on the 26th? that might put a spanner in the works.

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 26-Feb-14 08:35:43

Me go to London for the day? Too far away to nip home and feed DD 3 meals, so I'm out. brew for anyone else who cannot make it because they have, you know, children to look after. (Or who live too far from London to make it there and back in a school day).

Hape a good time is had by all and we get to hear about all the best bits. I'm hoping at least one of the winners turns out to be famous and HQ don't find out until they arrive. grin

Please rescue me from a lonesome day of annual leave with nowhere to go!

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Wed 26-Feb-14 14:47:50

Will the mn private jet collect us?

MrsFlorrick Wed 26-Feb-14 15:07:32


CuttedUpPear Fri 28-Feb-14 16:12:16

I nominate Zombie

If that's not allowed, I nominate me.

Would love to be included please.

YoureAShoe Fri 28-Feb-14 16:29:27

I want to goooo smilesmile
I'll bring lemon drizzle cake winkgrin

muttonjeffmum Fri 28-Feb-14 16:48:46

I'd love to - please add me to the Hunger Games reaping!!

NymodigFruOla Fri 28-Feb-14 16:53:30

So .... we should know on Monday 3rd March whether we've made the cut?! grin

EstoyAqui Fri 28-Feb-14 17:15:35

I'd love to throw my name in the hat. I have met som HQ'ers recently (spent a couple of hours chauffeuring them round in a Prius) ;)

CheeseTMouse Fri 28-Feb-14 17:34:53

Sounds interesting - and great to learn about other workplaces having worked in the same place forever.

TheNightIsDark Fri 28-Feb-14 17:41:30

Oooh put my name down please! I'll bring my own wine

Fillybuster Fri 28-Feb-14 17:45:02

I would so love to be picked...happy to move heaven and earth I get pulled out the hat smile

coribells Fri 28-Feb-14 17:55:48

Count me in smile

MothershipG Fri 28-Feb-14 18:01:54

I am very nosy curious to see MNHQ, so please add me to the hat, I'll bring Delicious Rolo brownies - you know you want them...

JammyTodger Fri 28-Feb-14 19:12:48

Is anyone at MNHQ partial to a slice of lemon drizzle? Cos my LDC is the dogs' bollocks and I will bring some with me if I'm picked grin

Reallynothappy Fri 28-Feb-14 19:19:17

Yes please!

Mercythompson Fri 28-Feb-14 19:20:43

Me, me, me. I want to talk about SEN!!!! (And drink, but if you could get some vodka in, I would really appreciate it!)

Mercythompson Fri 28-Feb-14 19:21:18

Ohh yes, I can bring home made jam!

elportodelgato Fri 28-Feb-14 19:24:48

Me too!

ApocalypticBlackHorseman Fri 28-Feb-14 19:44:10

Are you inviting Brian from Hull?

NymodigFruOla Fri 28-Feb-14 19:45:49

OMG - you're all trying to bribe MNHQ with your offers of drinks/cakes/chocolates/jam/whatever .... I have nothing to offer in the way of bribes sad

CheeseStrawWars Fri 28-Feb-14 20:06:59

Oh, go on then. I'm just nosy!

lemonpuff Fri 28-Feb-14 20:13:27

me , too. Just because

CrockedPot Fri 28-Feb-14 20:14:08


Please please please pleeeeeeaaaasssseeeeee

Choose me grin

LackaDAISYcal Fri 28-Feb-14 20:16:34

I'm sure I can arrange to be within striking distance on that day...

I'm in!

nappyrat Fri 28-Feb-14 20:21:27

Nappyrat!!!!! I need a trip to town! :-)

surromummy Fri 28-Feb-14 20:28:16

This is probably a stupid Q and one I should know after ten yrs but where is MNHQ?

Agh. Why do you always do exciting things on week days, when I have to work?!

Mintyy Fri 28-Feb-14 20:32:55

If my name comes out of the hat ... I'll eat my hat.

surromummy Fri 28-Feb-14 20:52:56

doh just reread!!

surromummy Fri 28-Feb-14 20:53:26

too far!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Feb-14 20:58:56

Please pick Mintyy

BeaHive Fri 28-Feb-14 20:59:58

BOF can't go cos she's MN royalty.

Christmascandles Fri 28-Feb-14 21:11:06

Ooo yes please, put me in the hat, I'd love to come smile

GalaxyAddict Fri 28-Feb-14 21:27:53

Oh yes please, add my name smile

BiscuitMillionaire Fri 28-Feb-14 21:41:47

I'm in. It'd be fascinating, I expect.

andadietcoke Fri 28-Feb-14 21:45:50

I have six month old twins. wine You say? Day out? So in...

FightingOverImaginaryIcecream Fri 28-Feb-14 21:53:57

Oh yes, would love to see HQ!

whereswaldo Fri 28-Feb-14 22:01:28

Me too!

peekaboo1 Fri 28-Feb-14 22:02:26

Me me me!!! Adding name, jumping up and down waving arms in the air and making general fool of self (as usual).

TeamEdward Fri 28-Feb-14 22:09:45

Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

Go on then... I'm sure DH can leave work to pick DD up for me.

justmuddlingalongsomehow Fri 28-Feb-14 22:21:38

Teachers' strike on that day... could be a child care prob for some. I'll be striking so count me in!!

rootypig Fri 28-Feb-14 23:04:22


afussyphase Fri 28-Feb-14 23:04:39

Me too please! I'm stoked that HQ is so near my house (smegs, I could cycle over too..) smile

Choccyjules Fri 28-Feb-14 23:07:54

Watching a webchat would be fun. Especially after wine

LoreleisSecret Fri 28-Feb-14 23:23:40

Ohhh me please!!!!
HQ isn't far away from me smilesmile

scottishmummy Fri 28-Feb-14 23:31:16

I'd love to footer aboot at mnhq be like the devil wear Prada cupboard moment

FirstOnRecallDay Fri 28-Feb-14 23:33:06

I'm game. Good luck all!

scottishmummy Fri 28-Feb-14 23:38:06

I am of course unavailable but think it'd be fun to be nosy,footer aboot,sling you all a deafie

caketinrosie Fri 28-Feb-14 23:44:26

Pick me! Pick me! I always got picked for rounders! never got picked big loser grin

PotatoPolly Fri 28-Feb-14 23:46:12

please put my name in!smile

OddFodd Fri 28-Feb-14 23:53:49

Yes but only if I get 1-2-1 time with Olivia because we need to discuss Stuff. Rob Stuff.

She'll know what I mean.

IamtheZombie Sat 01-Mar-14 00:43:49

Zombie shuffles back into thread.

Jumps up and down waving at Justine.

Ponders tweeting Justine, Carrie, Rebecca and Rowan with bribes.

Settles for waving some more.


Solo Sat 01-Mar-14 01:16:24

<Puts hand up> It could be my Golden Birthday Gift from y'allgrin PLEASE!!!! <begs> I deserve it!!!

MadIsTheNewNormal Sat 01-Mar-14 03:54:43

I can't go, although I'd love to. I bet it would be fascinating.

There will be all sorts of conspiracy theories over this though.

Well known, well loved? You got hand selected. But there won't be more than three of you - too obvious.

MN Royalty? They wouldn't dare. They'd never hear the last of it.

Well known Smuggy Smart Arse and total biatch with a high deletion rate? You got disqualified at the start line.

Well known Pain In The Vagina who gives MNHQ a hard time like they are Jeremy Paxman? Well it could go either way, but if you get invited watch your back and wear a stab vest. It's a trap.

Total nobdie? They picked you for balance, and so there will be no accusations of favouritism.


ladymalfoy Sat 01-Mar-14 05:05:50

Me please!

NymodigFruOla Sat 01-Mar-14 06:59:31

OddFodd, isn't Olivia on maternity leave at the moment?

DowntonTrout Sat 01-Mar-14 07:29:53

I'd like to come.

I don't mind being the token northerner, just for balance you understand. I have lots of good reasons to be down in London that day.

I'll go anywhere for a free lunch with wine

ComfyLeatherChair Sat 01-Mar-14 07:38:59

I could come and run the creche?

TheHoneyBadger Sat 01-Mar-14 08:30:31

ooh i want to do this please!

i could really do with the inspiration tbh. it is absolutely critical i can come up with the hootzpah (can't even spell it see?) or whatever it is i need to start my own business and turn things around for me and my son.

if you don't pick me could you give me a job instead please? something i can do from home - i offer tons of skills and work for peanuts.

Lavenderhoney Sat 01-Mar-14 08:55:17

I'd like to come, please add me!

If the guest is someone hot I promise not to embarrass you all or myself, obviously ( looks serious and intelligent)

MrsSippie Sat 01-Mar-14 09:37:07

I'll enter the ballot as am teetotal and can sensibly report back wink

YoniMatopoeia Sat 01-Mar-14 09:46:22

Count me in.

schilke Sat 01-Mar-14 09:51:38

Throw my name in the hat please!

Chocomint Sat 01-Mar-14 11:03:14

Cool. I'd love to come along please.

foofooyeah Sat 01-Mar-14 11:07:40

And me!

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Sat 01-Mar-14 12:49:14

Please add my name too smile

I'll come smile

oenophilia Sat 01-Mar-14 14:57:09

Me too please. Promise to behave naicely

comicsansisevil Sat 01-Mar-14 14:57:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SidandAndyssextoy Sat 01-Mar-14 14:58:47

Oh, me, me, me!

nickelbabe Sat 01-Mar-14 17:43:55

nickelbabe please!

I can bring that box of goodies that I still haven't got round to sorting out

nickelbabe Sat 01-Mar-14 17:44:30

oh. but may dd come too?

Shosha1 Sat 01-Mar-14 17:48:46

Me, me, meeeeeeeeee Pleeeeeaaase smile

antimatter Sat 01-Mar-14 17:49:20

me, please!

Me please too!

2stopspastdagenham Sat 01-Mar-14 20:30:22

Pls add me. I have some right difficult questions for you. smile

Abra1d Sat 01-Mar-14 21:02:33

Me, please.

MakeMeJumpIntoTheAir Sat 01-Mar-14 21:34:36

SHAME it couldn't have been in the Easter break - I'll be at work that day sad - could you do a Saturday <gets coat>

BIWI Sat 01-Mar-14 21:42:22

I nominate scottishmummy

Then it won't be 'words on a screen'


SESthebrave Sat 01-Mar-14 21:44:51

Me please!

Ohh, pick me, pick me! Please pick me!

I promise not to steal anything!grin

eveylikesv Sat 01-Mar-14 21:53:54

daffodil pick me

blueeyedpea Sat 01-Mar-14 22:12:33

Sounds fun! add me please

TribbleWithoutATardis Sat 01-Mar-14 22:14:16

Me please!

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Sat 01-Mar-14 22:20:28

If it's a MN reaping -Hunger Games style- you have to have a boy and a girl.

<Haven't read thread so no idea if this has been said before>

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Sat 01-Mar-14 22:22:17

Oooh and throw my name in the hat. I love Mn and live close to London. And I'm a lady of leisure SAHM so I can make it grin and wine

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Sat 01-Mar-14 22:23:28

And daffodil

BoffinMum Sat 01-Mar-14 22:28:37

I will bring Austerity Housekeeping Boiled Fruit Cake and come in fancy dress (well, my academic gown).

BoffinMum Sat 01-Mar-14 22:29:21

I also have naice ham and I am not afraid to use it. wink

ballsballsballs Sat 01-Mar-14 22:34:29

Me please smile

Butterandnutellaplease Sat 01-Mar-14 22:42:28

Long time lurker signing in x

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Sat 01-Mar-14 22:55:24

Adding myself to the thread but only if I can bring 6 mo DC along as don't yet have cbildcare

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Sat 01-Mar-14 23:00:04

she's terribly well behaved and never cries at all, promise

TheFabulousIdiot Sat 01-Mar-14 23:44:05

You do this on 31st instead?


cafecito Sat 01-Mar-14 23:51:19

ooh me too!

xalyssx Sat 01-Mar-14 23:54:23

Yes please

Go on then, I'll throw my hat in the ring!!!! vair vair nosey

jetSTAR Sun 02-Mar-14 06:59:02

I'd love to come please! If it can't be me then I nominate Zombie daffodil

LordPalmerston Sun 02-Mar-14 07:15:17

Term time week day ? Bad planning guys

LordPalmerston Sun 02-Mar-14 07:16:25

Yes. And strike day.

No teachers can come. No working parents.
Not very inclusive

TheHoneyBadger Sun 02-Mar-14 07:23:37

term time is better for most people as it requires less extra childcare considerations than a holiday day. is it a strike day? if so it hardly matters that it's a term day since kids won't be at school anyway.

Mumraathenoisylion Sun 02-Mar-14 08:36:35

Yes please!!! thanksthankswinewinethanksthanks

moldingsunbeams Sun 02-Mar-14 11:31:30

Pick meeeeee

Mignonette Sun 02-Mar-14 14:33:21

I really cannot see the fascination speaking personally- it's an office full of people selling ad space and other similar activities confused.

But enjoy anyway smile.

BIWI Sun 02-Mar-14 15:01:51

Ah, Mignonette, but there's the gin ...

Mignonette Sun 02-Mar-14 15:11:28


RubyRR Sun 02-Mar-14 18:29:22

Willing to travel for this, put me in the hat

DachsandPup Sun 02-Mar-14 18:32:05

ooh, yes please smile definitely interested in nosing around the gin stash ;)

crazynanna Sun 02-Mar-14 19:33:10


I live minutes away
So..yes please.

Q.....when do we find out the winner? Only I have to try move work around.
because obviously I am going to win wink

NymodigFruOla Sun 02-Mar-14 20:24:08

"we'll stick it in a hat and do a Hunger Games-style reaping on Monday 3rd March"

Taadaah! Tomorrow!

crazynanna Sun 02-Mar-14 20:24:56

Oh it is..thank you blush

MaxineQuordlepleen Sun 02-Mar-14 20:38:37

Umm, me please.

IamtheZombie Sun 02-Mar-14 20:53:59

<Zombie slips in dragging her sleeping bag and carrying her knapsack filled with snacks, bottled water and 2 flasks>

<Finds a quiet corner and settles in to await tomorrow's reaping>

<Wonders if it will be like the Sorting Hat>

MsJupiter Sun 02-Mar-14 23:01:38

I'd like that, please. I live on the Northern Line and everything.

Quinteszilla Sun 02-Mar-14 23:33:02

Why? It's an office? With computers , and people working, what's to see?

cafecito Sun 02-Mar-14 23:59:21


maybe inside, it's like the wonka factory....

cafecito Sun 02-Mar-14 23:59:36

5 golden tickets!

IamtheZombie Mon 03-Mar-14 00:04:08


<cough snort>

<roll over and pull sleeping bag up>


Mograt Mon 03-Mar-14 06:36:31

Late to this but adding my name!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Mar-14 06:42:19

<steps over Zombie>

Is today the day of discovery?


Yeah, gwan then,iI spose I could, I can be nonchalant.

Mignonette Mon 03-Mar-14 08:08:36

I imagine Justine is sorting out the restraining orders on some of you wink

ScienceRocks Mon 03-Mar-14 08:50:12

Me please!

MadIsTheNewNormal Mon 03-Mar-14 08:54:32

Pls add me. I have some right difficult questions for you.

2stops That's you off the list then. wink

TeeBee Mon 03-Mar-14 09:47:55

I'm in. Hope I'm not too late!

MrsMargoLeadbetter Mon 03-Mar-14 11:56:02

Me too if it not too late. Thanks.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Mar-14 12:05:08

So we'll leave this open for entries until 2pm and get back to you with news by end of the day...

MrsFlorrick Mon 03-Mar-14 12:19:17

Me. Please. grin

lynniep Mon 03-Mar-14 12:36:48

in for a penny...

orangestripe Mon 03-Mar-14 13:07:22

Oh I so would love to do this but I'm due to give birth any day now.

BIWI Mon 03-Mar-14 13:42:14

You could try for a live birth at MNHQ?

MrsSquirrel Mon 03-Mar-14 13:44:53

Yes please

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Mar-14 14:14:01

Ok so entries are now closed. We'll be back with names, hat etc a bit later...

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 14:40:19

I'm picturing a mad hatter hat style grin oooh exciting!!

256 posts = I wonder how many actual entrants there are?

BoffinMum Mon 03-Mar-14 15:33:59

Live birth excellent. It would be like when people's waters break in Waitrose. grin

godlessdomestic Mon 03-Mar-14 15:51:38

Oooh yes please add me to your list - thank you flowers

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 15:57:35

Hearts I thought there'd be a lot more than that tbh! Considering there probably are a lot of doubles!

YoureAShoe me too! I would guess only about 150 maybe and I was expecting a deluge of thousands.

May the odds be ever in your favour grin

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 16:13:40

And you, remember not to run towards the gin cornucopia or there will be a battle! grin

skippingdolefully Mon 03-Mar-14 16:20:16

Me please (classic lurker).

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 16:25:07

I think the G&T will be opened at 5.30, then they'll all sit around with their glasses clinking - and then ...

.... do you think they've printed all our names, cut them up and put them in the, now empty, ice-bucket. Then they'll pull out the names and start giggling, saying stuff like, "Fru, no way, she's always arguing on Site Stuff" or "Hearts, yeah she's lovely, she's in" .... etc?

nickelbabe Mon 03-Mar-14 16:34:45

ooooh excited. grin

I wonder how the draw's going or if they've forgotten all about it

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 16:36:54

I hope it's a real proper drawing names out of a hat grin saddo

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 17:31:16

5.30 - G&T time wink

IamtheZombie Mon 03-Mar-14 17:39:02

Zombie scampers back onto thread after a 3 1/2 hour lunch with a friend.

Settles down to await the draw.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 03-Mar-14 17:44:44

I think they are now in the fleet of MN limos on the way home thinking, "what were we going to do before we left? Ohhhhhhhh shiiiiiitttt!"

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 03-Mar-14 17:45:50

Waving my pompoms for Zombie grin

nickelbabe Mon 03-Mar-14 17:49:44

what do they class as the end of the day?
I used to close my half past 5

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 17:50:14

I need to knowwwww smile

Awwwww Fru aren't you sweet blush

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 18:18:11

Thanks, Hearts, blush grin

Maybe the MNHQ, names-out-of-the-hat witching hour is 6.30?!

Well I am at home, leg elevated, MNing on the sofa so it must be the end of the day.

DH had some bad news today (work related) so looking for some up-cheering in the Hearts household! Obv I would love to be licked but there are so many lovely posters on this thread who are Vair Deserving that I am just looking forward to seeing the list.

Showy Mon 03-Mar-14 18:19:51

<licks Hearts>


Licked? Licked?

I mean picked

Although I guess it depends on who is doing the licking...

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 18:21:25

shock, would you like to re-word/spell that post Hearts? grin

(Apart from DH's bad news re work - sorry)

Ooooh Showy you just keep right on goin' there

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 18:32:10

"Well I am at home, leg elevated ... "

"Obv I would love to be licked ... "

Great juxtaposition, Hearts grin

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 03-Mar-14 18:46:39

Oh pickHearts, just for that.

IamtheZombie Mon 03-Mar-14 18:47:43

Would anyone like some wine while we wait?

YoureAShoe Mon 03-Mar-14 18:51:47

wine Cheers guys! grin

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 03-Mar-14 18:55:34

Barely staying awake with a brew I'll pass thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Mar-14 18:57:39

I suspect they are all trying to work out how to break it to me gently that my name is still in the hat.


NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 18:57:41

I'm already wine wine too, thanks Zombie - as I guess you might be too after a 3.5 hour lunch <wistfully wishes I'd been with you>

IamtheZombie Mon 03-Mar-14 19:13:59

Ah, but Zombie's friend lives about 60 miles away, Fru. We've built up a list of nice pubs roughly midway between us. We have fun without the alcohol. grin

<We'll meet one day soon>

LineRunner Mon 03-Mar-14 19:23:00

I am off the warfarin now, so have a massive trough of wine, thank you very much indeed.

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 19:23:09

We will!

Mintyy Mon 03-Mar-14 19:26:49

No, I reckon they have now picked names out the hat but are trying to re-jig it so that the arsey ones don't get a look-in.

I am vair mystified as to why your leg is elevated Hearts?

SidandAndyssextoy Mon 03-Mar-14 19:32:33

We have (a) a first choice school and (b) a promising new job in the offing in this house. I hope MN make it a three good things day.

The tension is unbearable! Come on MNHQ! smile

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 19:41:21

They're not going to tell us until tomorrow, are they?

Mignonette Mon 03-Mar-14 19:45:59

I think there's been a hitch with the restraining orders smile

MrsFlorrick Mon 03-Mar-14 19:47:46

I think the silence speaks volumes.... wink

Or perhaps they decided to test some wine for the lunch and are now singing "I will survive" grin

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 20:13:27

<SNORT> MrsF grin

TheHoneyBadger Mon 03-Mar-14 20:25:06

no news then?

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Mar-14 20:27:18

drum roll....

EstoyAqui Mon 03-Mar-14 20:31:06

Disappointed but well done to those picked. I can't wait to hear all the gossip.

PseudoBadger Mon 03-Mar-14 20:32:04

Hooray for Chaos!

Leg thingy is very boring sprained knee, at bottom of ski hill, not even wearing my skis, slipping and doing that upturned-turtle thing with my knee twisted under me, all sorts of handsome Italian ski instructors looking down their noses at me blush blush

FabBakerGirl Mon 03-Mar-14 20:33:48


I wanted MrsF to go!!

Hedgehog80 Mon 03-Mar-14 20:35:14

sad at least I saw my name on the desk at the beginning!

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 20:37:03

A bike helmet? You could have used the ice bucket wink

OMG, there will be no stopping Chaos now grin grin

Have fun, everyone!

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Mon 03-Mar-14 20:42:12

... But where's the list?

I LOVE that nevergoogle is on the list!

Live birth! Live birth! Woo HOOOOOO!!


2 I forget

2 in reserve I think - Solo and Cecy-something.


IamtheZombie Mon 03-Mar-14 20:47:03

Well done to those selected! Take plenty of pictures and come back and tell us all the gossip!

nevergoogle Mon 03-Mar-14 20:55:49

shock Justine knows my name and that I'm pregnant!!!

I am not worthy.


NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 21:05:47


Reserves (just in case)


(not sure about the correct spellings)

SidandAndyssextoy Mon 03-Mar-14 21:07:09

I am shocked that MN do not 'get' CecyHall. Obviously they didn't waste their early years reading Victorian girls' literature and soaking up the valuables moral lessons within.

I'm hmm for myself

LineRunner Mon 03-Mar-14 21:12:06

It was fab seeing RebeccaMN on the You Tubes.

Well done all, have a great day.

CecyHall Mon 03-Mar-14 21:15:12

curses whoever took the easy to pronounce KatyCarr nickname

Well I hope someone has other plans they forgot about!

MrsFlorrick Mon 03-Mar-14 21:18:07

What!?? Where is the list? Do I not get to go then?

Blondieminx Mon 03-Mar-14 21:18:08

Well done to everyone selected!

I am gringringrin at the idea of Chaos pottering round the Towers confirming/denying things on her spreadsheet! Love that Justine knew nevergoogle is pregnant.

Enjoy the day lucky ladies smile

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Mar-14 21:24:05

Hearts, we'll just have to have another of those lovely lunchtime meet-ups in the sunshine - won't we?! Sorry about your ski accident sad

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 03-Mar-14 21:26:13

they actually REALLY 'know' you, don't they, nevergoogle?

that wasn't staged 'knowing', that was genuine familiarity.

oh yes

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 03-Mar-14 21:26:28

Oh well done everyone. (Secretly relieved as us plebs aren't getting strike day off and I would have had to throw a sickie. And I have no clothes glamourous enough for that London) have fun.

nevergoogle Mon 03-Mar-14 21:38:15

yes, it's a bit alarming!

nevergoogle Mon 03-Mar-14 21:50:57

ok, have sorted out a sofa to crash on and train tickets.

don't whatever you do change the date. You didn't seem awfully sure on that one!

i will be 37 weeks pregnant and the size of a house.


BoffinMum Mon 03-Mar-14 22:24:55

Pleased for everyone but GUTTED my boiled fruit cake bribe was turned down.

Goodwordguide Mon 03-Mar-14 22:27:14

Me too please!

Goodwordguide Mon 03-Mar-14 22:28:44

Whoops, way too late! Well done to those selected envy

PotatoPolly Mon 03-Mar-14 22:38:31

well this is very exciting!

I'll be 33 weeks pg by then grin

see you all there!

magimedi Mon 03-Mar-14 23:02:47

We do expect someone to be taking notes & to keep off the gin (think it might be Polly) & realy every detail back to us refusniks!

magimedi Mon 03-Mar-14 23:03:05


Monty27 Mon 03-Mar-14 23:48:07

sad didn't realise there were so few places.

Tight gits mntowers. Mind you, I don't blame you for testing the waters grin

Solo Tue 04-Mar-14 00:45:17

Oooh! I'm a reserve!!! but if I come <unlikely that anyone will drop out>, I'm expecting a glass of Bubbly for my 50th birthday! just so ya know winkgrin

nevergoogle Tue 04-Mar-14 01:13:08

with two of us in the 3rd trimester, I wouldn't give up hope yet Solo.

NymodigFruOla Tue 04-Mar-14 07:29:13

Has Chaos actually realised she's on the list yet? Or is she busily adding some new columns to her spreadshit for all the inside info on MNHQ?

<<saunters in>>

<<avec nonchalance>>


TheHoneyBadger Tue 04-Mar-14 09:45:50

enjoy! hope it's a fun day.

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Tue 04-Mar-14 13:57:02

There you go, solo. Have JustEat deliver a curry to nevergoogle every night and you might just be in there grin

nevergoogle Tue 04-Mar-14 14:19:59

grin fabulous plan.

nickelbabe Tue 04-Mar-14 18:10:06

chaos you jammyy sod!

HanSolo Tue 04-Mar-14 23:30:42


just... shock

HanSolo Tue 04-Mar-14 23:31:15

I have never won anything in my life before!

Solo Wed 05-Mar-14 00:09:53

<Starts to hatch a hot curry with castor oil plan> wink

Oh well done you all <appears pleasant on the outside but is kicking the cat with envy>

Disclaimer: I don't have a cat. I don't go near cats. I don't like cats. But I definitely don't really kick cats. at all. Ever.

nevergoogle Wed 05-Mar-14 18:13:17

i kick cats, and i still got chosen. there really is no justice in this world.

can we make suggestions for the live webchat guest?

i really hope it's somebody brilliant and not nigel farage.

actually, scrap that, leave him with me, alone. we need to chat.

I won a Kindle Fire last year. I would much rather have won this!

You winners, you know we all expect an extremely detailed account of every minute, don't you? <<narrows eyes>>

Choccyjules Fri 07-Mar-14 21:17:57

Wow, enjoy!

BoffinMum Sat 08-Mar-14 07:39:06

He would nick all the Bourbons, nevergoogle.

nevergoogle Sun 09-Mar-14 20:33:08


NymodigFruOla Tue 25-Mar-14 08:17:05

Well ... it's the big day tomorrow - have fun grin

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Mar-14 10:20:11

We're polishing the gin bottles and plumping up the cushions excitedly smile

<<notes KateS down as having Monica Tendencies>>

nevergoogle Wed 26-Mar-14 10:14:03


Is everyone having a lovely time? envy

Gutted I couldn't make it in the end.

Solo Wed 26-Mar-14 12:13:07

Well, I got my email at 1am! Wanted as a standby!! Eek! What to wear? How to get there!!
Well we are here
Everyone is lovely grin

ScrambledSmegs Wed 26-Mar-14 12:16:54

<waves> at Solo. Lucky you!

Tell us the truth, is MNHQ full of intimidatingly stylish and clever people or more like a Hogarth print like we all suspect?

nevergoogle Wed 26-Mar-14 12:27:34


nevergoogle Wed 26-Mar-14 17:00:18

Give RebeccaMumsnet a slap on the legs for the 1am thing from me. grin

Solo Wed 26-Mar-14 17:28:08

<Waves at ScrambledSmegs grin>
Nevergoogle! sad I'm sorry you couldn't make it. However, I do believe I was your stand in blush
I only got to my emails at 1am. But the email was sent yesterday morning! so Rebecca wasn't up in the early hours (not for me anyway wink).

Was a really good day! MNHQ is full of gorgeous and stylish people (no, really!) and everyone was very welcoming! There were plenty of yummy home baked cakes... chocolate cakes!! I didn't try them sad but secretly hope that Kate will post some out!! wink
There was a large bottle of gin on the desk next to one of the ahem, staff members <taps nose>.

The mostly open plan office is very busy and it's amazing the amount of work that is going on.
Patrick was very informative and very stylish handsome too!

Lunch with Justine, Rebecca and Rachel (I hope I've remembered your name right!) was fab, with lots of conversation, but I was cursing my deafness a bit and I apologise if I answered a question wrong! typical thing for me to smile and nod inappropriately blush, but I did hear most of the conversation ~ honest!

It was lovely to meet the other 3 Mumsnetters and there was a funny moment when two of us seemed to recognise one another, but neither of us knew how! I still don't!

Anyway, thank you MNHQ for allowing us into your world of work, I for one had a lovely time!

Ps. Rebecca, I think we must have missed one another as I popped to the ladies before leaving. It took me 2 1/2 hours to do a 35 minute (according to the SatNav) journey shock. Ah well! totally worth it! grin

nevergoogle Wed 26-Mar-14 17:32:18

i'm so glad you could take my place Solo. it sounds like it was lots of fun.

Solo Wed 26-Mar-14 17:37:02

It was never thank you! (that feels weird!) how are you anyway? how's the bump? all good I hope smile

NymodigFruOla Wed 26-Mar-14 17:41:31
nevergoogle Wed 26-Mar-14 18:14:09

all fine thanks, but too big and tired to go far now.

Solo Wed 26-Mar-14 23:04:46

Soon be all over and then more fun eh?! grin.

Just realised that there's another thread!

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