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Janet & Roy mystery round-robin

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AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 16:56:50

Are we doing Janet & Roy this year? I haven't spotted a thread yet.

StillWearingOddSocks Sun 19-Oct-14 16:58:52

Oooh what's this ?

hesterton Sun 19-Oct-14 17:00:54

Yes please!
Janet and Roy are the people you get a lengthy round robin from at Christmas and you can't for the life of you remember who they are. So one step further and you send a Janet and Roy to someone you know will be driven mad by not remembering who the hell they are.

Catsmamma Sun 19-Oct-14 17:04:02

Oh I am in to send a mystery Janet and Roy....I did one last year for someone and kept chortling to myself about it

Although the MN'ter never managed to find out if it had caused any consternation! I think her ILs changed plans at the last minute for the festive dinner

ballsballsballs Sun 19-Oct-14 17:05:05

I'd love to join in. I've missed it previously.

currieaddict Sun 19-Oct-14 17:36:15

Yes please!

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Sun 19-Oct-14 17:41:41

Oh yes. Know just the person (I will send crazy)

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 17:42:14

Excellent grin I'll start off then.

Janet and Roy are a couple who, back in the mists of time, sent a lengthy Christmas round robin to a MNer, who really couldn't remember who they were. This started off MNers sending round robin letters from a fictional Janet & Roy to people nominated by other posters, just for pure mischief.

How it works is posters offer to write, nominate a recipient or both. Posters make their own matches through PM, so if a poster has a nominee in mind they look for another poster who has offered to write a letter and PM them, or vice versa. It's all in the name of good fun and to keep it in that spirit, if you have a nominee in mind please do consider whether they will find the joke funny, and you will have to tell them by the end of the year.

Writers, Janet & Roy can be as bland or as outrageous as you like. Last year my J&R were wealthy swingers with a penchant for all things woo grin

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 17:48:29

Ooo, forgot to say that if you're nominating or writing, briefly say where they/you are so other posters can get a good match for location & it's not too obvious that the recipient doesn't know them when they examine the postmark for clues.

I'm happy to write a r-r from Bedfordshire.

CheetahStripes Sun 19-Oct-14 17:54:59

I loved this last year. Happy to write a r-r from Birmingham.

PintOfTeaPlease Sun 19-Oct-14 18:00:26

Ooh, I remember chuckling at the idea when I read it here last year. I'd love to join in and send one this year (from Hertfordshire).

I'd also love to have one sent to pil-but don't think I'd ever manage to explain the joke to them if you're supposed to let on eventually, they already think I'm a bit barking!

cardamomginger Sun 19-Oct-14 18:04:27

Love to. We're going to Florida at the beginning of November, so I can do an 'early Christmas' postcard if anyone fancies it. PM me if you would like me to J&R someone in your life grin.

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 18:08:38

There was a bit of a discussion last year about treading a fine line between a funny joke and gaslighting, hence the requirement to let on at an opportune moment.

FourWallsClosing Sun 19-Oct-14 18:09:38

I'm in, I wrote one last year (different nn) and had much fun inventing the years goings on. Have no one to get one sent to but happy to write an RR for anyone wanting one. Sending from Newport.

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 18:14:16

I have a nominee in mind. Preferably a London or Manchester postmark.

thisusernameisunavailable Sun 19-Oct-14 18:15:00

I want to do this to a friend, any good ideas on what to write? She would not be shocked at anything and would take things in good humour, I just have a shite imagination.
I cant offer to do one, due to above!

TeamEdward Sun 19-Oct-14 18:18:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NunsArePeopleTooDougal Sun 19-Oct-14 18:20:24

I'd love to do this, would be happy to write one from Southampton.

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 18:21:49

Some people posted their letters on the thread last year thisusernameistaken but I think the thread was in Chat so it will have been deleted by now. I'll see if I can find a copy of mine.

Catsmamma Sun 19-Oct-14 18:22:29

I am in NE Scotland. ...and have very scrawly writing, so lots of confusion opportunities.

ApplySomePressure Sun 19-Oct-14 18:25:08

Yes please! I can write one from Essex and would love one from Middlesborough area please!

ballsballsballs Sun 19-Oct-14 18:33:12

I've got a nominee in mind, they're in Spain.

I'm happy to write from Surrey but may be able to post from S London.

AndHarry Sun 19-Oct-14 19:11:46

Found it! My letter from last year:

Dear friends,

Another year has swept past and what a busy year it’s been! We have so much news to share with you all and we just hope that we will be able to share it with you in person next year.

Roy has been elected Chairman at the golf club. It’s been a long time coming but the wait has been worth it and, it must be said, he looks terribly swish in his club tie and Chairman’s lapel pin. The Arch Rival has been safely dispatched to sunny Florida so we can now finally put that saga behind us and look forward to an exciting golfing calendar next year.

Janet is as busy as ever at the WI. Her damson and blackberry was voted the best jam at the autumn fair, although her coconut and papaya sponge didn’t go down as well as we had hoped. She and Jennifer are as thick as thieves planning the children’s carol concert, to be held on the green this year as a change from the church. The annual standoff with the vicar is in full swing but from the plans, it promises to be a spectacular event.

Some of you will know that our little group has disbanded. We still meet for the odd dinner party but it was felt that going on as we had before would be in poor taste after the tragedy earlier this year. Colin’s presence is certainly missed and we’re doing all we can for his wife and Barbara, although it’s difficult of course. Our Saturday nights had become rather dull but we’ve been keeping ourselves busy, which brings us on to the next item…

The house has had a complete overhaul. Denise came from town to instruct the architect and interior designer on how to maximise the old place’s potential in strict accordance with the classical bagua of Feng Shui and the difference is astonishing. The orangery is our new yoga studio and we are thoroughly enjoying our sun salutations. We’ve taken out the downstairs bedroom and en-suite and converted the space into an extended dining room. As the children have flown the nest (yes, Thomas is gone!) Denise had free rein over all the rooms upstairs and we have four beautiful new guest bedrooms, which you are all invited to use as often as you can.

As mentioned, Thomas moved out in March and has set up a smart bachelor pad in Chelsea. He and the girls are doing very well but we won’t bore you too much with their news as they assure us they have everyone on LinkedIn and Twitter. No sign of grandchildren yet but our brood have always been career-minded so we don’t mind too much. They’re all coming for Christmas with assorted partners, which will be just like old times, except for Colin’s absence.

Speaking of which, we lost Horatio this summer. The garden was redone at the same time as the house so he was lovingly buried under a new pebble walk. We cross it barefooted every morning to boost the circulation and it’s lovely to have that time to think of him. He’s been sadly missed this autumn, silly old puss. He used to chase the leaves and bring them to us as presents, which we much preferred to the mice Frances insists on dragging into the kitchen.

We spent a week in Klosters in February as usual but unknowingly booked our chalet during half term so it was rather ruined by the hordes of screaming schoolchildren on the pistes. Words were had but nothing was to be done so we retreated to Scuol and spent a luxurious few days being pampered instead. Roy attended each of the majors with Timothy and in August Janet and Emma flew out to Shanghai to choose the finishing touches to the guest bedrooms and we now have ravishing lily themes in each. A proper holiday was certainly in order after the exhausting renovations and the shock we had both suffered after poor Colin so we decided to be a bit naughty and book a last-minute retreat at The Farm at San Benito in September. It was before the typhoon of course and utterly heavenly.

…Which brings our little note to a close. We hope you’ve enjoyed sharing our ups and downs and we look forward to reading all yours. As you know, we have plenty of space so please do come to see us in the new year.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, with love,

Janet and Roy

thisusernameisunavailable Sun 19-Oct-14 19:21:40

AndHarry
Freaking brilliant, a thousand thank you's and flowers

msdolittle Sun 19-Oct-14 19:21:59

Happy to write one from the east mids.

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