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2009 Talk Round-up
18 December 2009

We've laughed, we've cried and we've shouted "Not now, Mummy's working" while furiously telling each other how jolly unreasonable we are being: yes, 2009 has passed in a frenzy of clattering keyboards as we've shared another year on Mumsnet.

It started with the publication of The Mumsnet Guides for those who crave their Mumsnet in hard copy, followed by the ever-so-useful Mumsnet Baby Name Finder for new mummies to shortlist their fave names from our handy database of ridicule. It was the year that Mumsnet joined Twitter, won a Red Hot Women Award, and got a bit excited about politics, starting with policywonk's spring trip to the G20 Summit, from where she kept a comb-over tally and blogged about her secret love for Angela Merkel.

A fair few dignitaries have graced our live webchats this year, including prime minister Gordon Brown who caused an international crisis when he "refused" to name his favourite biscuit (but at least the Mumsnet biscuit emoticon arose from the crumbs of our ruined economy). Conservative leader David Cameron came ready prepared with sensible Tory talk of oatcakes with cheese but came a cropper due to a dodgy internet connection. It wasn't all Serious Political Debate: we doodle-doed with Chris Corcoran, jumped the shark with Henry Winkler and fondly traded abuse with miserable Guardian journo Charlie Brooker.

We were less popular with other journalists, remaining in Daisy Goodwin's bad books. On the bright side, we were successful in ensuring that the phrase Precious First Born entered the nation's vernacular (or at least its newspapers). We had extensive tussles over the Daily Mail's unofficial Mumsnet column, culminating in a bloody siege of the Daily Mail talkboards. We also made rather a lot of headlines for the things we didn't say in the summer, when rumours of Mumsnet swine flu parties caused a bit of a kerfuffle, resulting in a statement from British Medical Association expert Dr Richard Jarvis telling us off for being pig-headed.

We've all had our own personal favourite threads this year: many of us are grateful for a deeper understanding of the Farrow and Ball spectrum of neutral and have embraced vital knowledge of where the perfect brew falls (F&B Cord) on the F&B Colour Chart. Our credit-crunch fashionistas braved their barnets to the Mumsnet haircut. We argued about many things, but were unanimous that the essential item for the modern housewife is a butter dish and that it is probably unwise to send your child to school on World Book Day dressed as Hitler.

We've shared each other's joys and sorrows: we've sympathised with CountessDracula, whose poorly dog's lump was diagnosed as "having a tummy button", and with Theimperialcharliecat whose husband witnessed her emergency section and declared she looked "just like a lasagne". We've laughed gaily at our children's inventive fibs, including MitchyInge's toddler's claim that: "A burglar has been sick on my bed", and shared AnarchyAunt's mixed emotions at her child's first autonomously written sentence: "Am I meant to show the LEA official a note saying JOHN YOU ARE CRAP?"

That's all from the Round-up for 2009 – catch up with you on Mumsnet Talk in 2010.


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