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Murphy's Lore

George Murphy continues with a second series of Murphy's Lore, available only here on the HebWeb.

Browse all Murphy's Lore pages at your leisure by clicking on the links below.

Series 2: Lockdown Diary

Murphy's Law Two Issue 8 In Episode 8 of Lockdown diaries, there's the Father Ted model for shopping, a tornado over Tod, alien encounters and Frank Bough, missing cattle and locked toilets, a cautionary tale, passion in a bookshop, ponds, UFOs and The Todmorden Triangle. Monday, 29 June 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 7 This episode includes a village under siege and a cautionary tale, Sir Sheer Calmer, Mr Malaprop and Miss Airedale, garden visitors and ladies’ gardens, slavery and statues, Mama Dot and JK Rowling, Mans’ Span and Maya Angelou. Monday, 15 June 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 6 In this episode of lockdown diaries there's a new bridge, sightings of nymphs, a billy goat rescued, a warning to buskers, dangers down a well, blubber boy, social distancing worries, William Holt and Trigger, nymphs in Todmorden, bird song and rewilding and an errant adviser. Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 5 In this issue, Nora does a duet with herself, there's Jon, John and Grayson, domestic abuse and a hanging judge, a randy professor and an artful woman, Poundland and Mr Big, VE Day and a passing poet, a fancy man and Boris, New Zealand versus England, a fable and a folktale and a Fairytale of Hebden Bridge! Plus Readers Write.. Monday, 18 May 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 4 includes a tale from Turvin, hunters, breeders, sky writing, haircuts for men, a president in hiding, a psychiatrist in action, Shakespeare's birthday, the farmer and the lion, the Doctor's Patient, bluebells, wild garlic, red skies, swallows, ducks, a man rehearsing and Nora starring in Britain's Got Talent. Monday, 4 May 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 3 In Murphy's Lore, Lockdown Diary there's a question to Bob Dylan, a salute to a big man, time travel, care workers, a big and a little dog, hobyahs, a brothers Grimm grim tale, a tunnel discovery,  the mystery of Mr E, a salute to a centurion, a red wine temptation, PW and the frightening man and meeting up at the Omega Point. Monday, 20 April 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 2 Tales from an offcumden, includes a carry on in a cafe, a diary of the pandemic, what experts agree on, DIY on the front line, what hides under kilts, EpiPens, Slack top and bottom, a scenic cemetery, when to cry wolf, the Earth takes a breather, bats, hedgehogs, pangolins, a hairy toe, a kissing tree, the birds and the bees, gardeners who can't garden, butter up awards, fame at 96 and readers write.
Monday, 6 April 2020

Murphy's Law Two Issue 1 This bumper first issue includes The C Word, herd immunity, a score draw in York, lunch at Leila's, musical masons, Oscar Wilde and the importance of being under age, an expanded head, the full story of Joan and her phone, hand washing, events postponed, down the grid, Rory Stewart, government suppression and winging it.
Monday, 30 March 2020

Series 1 - 2019

Murphy's Lore 52   This week Murphy’s Lore gives a valedictory farewell to 2019 and looks forward to the roaring and pouring 20s with trepidation, there’s a town suffering from exitpollitis, a visitor from a land on fire, memories of Christmas past, readers’ letters and a fashion faux pas, Mother Christmas and a dash of Dahl, Mildred Dredge and Engelbert Humperdink, a little red man and Clare Shaw. Nostradamus shares his 2020 vision.
Monday, 23 December 2019

Murphy's Lore 51   In Murphy’s Lore 51 there’s a Nightmare on Downing Street, a pair of painters, a secret party, the author does a man’s look, there’s a 2CV in the snow, a cartoon comment on Christmas, a dream song, a butter up award and a plug for a book.
Monday, 16 December 2019

Murphy's Lore 50   Murphy’s Lore 50 includes a parcel puzzle, a hybrid Donald, Boris and Doris, two birthday parties, a new comedy club, Vox pops from the red wall, Mr Stott’s diaries and a reader writes about a snake pit!
Monday, 9 December 2019

Murphy's Lore 49   This week, George, inspired by a visiting comet, coins a new term. He references a Flanders and Swan admirer, writes an appeal for our missing MP, feels sad about Pangolins, enters a Snake Pit, toasts Mooch and reports on a gig in a Methodist Church. He also celebrates two Australians who have brightened his days.
Monday, 2 December 2019

Murphy's Lore 48  This week includes dreams, Rugby League towns, the Heimlich Manoeuvres, a lethal kiss, death at a dinner party, a clever bugger, Leila’s Kitchen, Japanese Love Hotels, 15 minutes of fame, the White Album and a crushed strawberry suit.
Monday, 25 November 2019

Murphy's Lore 47  This week Murphy’s Lore puts its best foot forward with tips on footwear, walks out on a megaphone mum, ponders on a Ken Loach film, a surprise present, a Basque poet, a limping spy and names for your back passage.
Monday, 18 November 2019

Murphy's Lore 46  In this week’s Murphy’s Lore you can have a go at playing Leonardo’s game and spot a swimming man, there’s psychosis and horror, a warning about The Dipper, why Munch wasn’t screaming, rough screams and smooth, The Night of the Hunter, becoming Dewey eyed about libraries, Lest We Forget, a cricket team remembered, the art of choosing surprises, waiting times under the Tories, Perambulations and an American handshake.
Monday, 11 November 2019

Murphy's Lore 45  This week’s offering includes Father Dougal on Brexit and the Irish border, Century Plants and late flowerings, The Tod Book Festival, ageism, sexism and driving insurance, driving test blues, Letsbe Avenue, getting the bird from a female reader and a comic strip retelling of the Boxing Day flood.
Monday, 4 November 2019

Murphy's Lore 44  there’s a Thought for the Day, memories of Le Grand Depart, Franglais and yoghurt, witches at Old Chamber, Grimm tales at Gibson Mill, a toast for Print Bureau, deaf workers and mill fires, cocker doodles, spacecraft in Todmorden and why pumpkins are agitated.
Monday, 28 October 2019

Murphy's Lore 43 includes Johnson pulls it off, Extinction Rebellion, hearing aids and radio, the hitchhiker, Roman soldiers and wine, Hebden Bridge’s pub crawlers and Mr Plod, no more Nigels, and a musical hell. Monday, 21 October 2019

Murphy's Lore 42 includes swift ways to lose weight, growth spurts in old age, a racist on a train, train surfing in Victorian times, the death toll at Summit Tunnel, Malory Blackman, Jack’s Barbers, Robbie Burns and John Clare, Grace Poole’s malady, the first Mrs Rochester, Cary Grant’s mother and Topsy Legge. Monday, 14 October 2019

Murphy's Lore 41 includes a successful sisterhood, meatballs and Ikea furniture, Heights Road and Pink Elephants, Ted Hughes and his uncle, the Piece Hall, a forgotten bread riot, Dickie Davies and a missing gold medal. Monday, 7 October 2019

Murphy's Lore 40 This week there’s a leaked letter to a Moggy, Boiler Man to the rescue, a Silver Anniversary, a Grimm exhibition, a double trouble oven, Pizzas and Fleabags, Danny La Rue and Prince Edward. Monday, 30 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 39 This week’s items include tales from a towpath, a Hobbit with a baby, a Head in a dress, herons and humans, political science and the naming of boats, a Dove Cottage garden, a dislocated jaw, a bucket list revisited and some sketches of Lowry. Monday, 23 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 38 includes children’s rhymes and games, where to find ‘Pencilvania’, balls against walls, ladles and jellyspoons, kippers and knickers, how to shoot Indians, the best chips in the valley, September Break and Dylan Thomas. Monday, 16 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 37 includes a time traveller on a mission, some bum notes, nincompoops and the art of patriotic swearing, inspirational and instructive mottoes, Once upon a time in Hebden Bridge, a toast for The Picture House, the past as a foreign country and why no deal’s a big deal. Plus a reader’s reminiscence. Monday, 9 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 37 includes a time traveller on a mission, some bum notes, nincompoops and the art of patriotic swearing, inspirational and instructive mottoes, Once upon a time in Hebden Bridge, a toast for The Picture House, the past as a foreign country and why no deal’s a big deal. Plus a reader’s reminiscence. Monday, 9 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 36 In Murphy’s Lore 36 there’s Plato, Old Etonians, Donald Trump and Shaggy Dog people, a scarecrow and a WPC - when WPC was PC - a missing Mrs, CROWS, CART, NASA, Dick Braine, an article on articles, Frank usurps Jack and Sue and Fu Fu. Monday, 2 September 2019

Murphy's Lore 35 This week’s Murphy’s Lore includes brains and how they deceive us, Turkish torture, tourist enquiries, cricket and testosterone, an Innovation ovation, a Pigg who took to her bed, a groom who wore white, the C word and an anniversary song. Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Murphy's Lore 34 This week’s offering: A Great Canal Journey remembered, when to let go of loved ones, the writing of radio plays, a blind piano tutor, a significant wave, an escape to Playtopia, comics aren’t what they used to be, the tough of the track, Murray Halberg’s underpants and an appearance from Little Percy.

Murphy's Lore 33 This week’s issue uncovers the strange coincidence of Calder Valley residents falling out of bed, with possible connections to a breakaway fascist enclave, Francis Bacon and football at the barber’s, long lost families, discovering relations at Morrisons, doppelgängers and dads, Jack Whitehall’s ancestors, Uncle Herbert’s Machine and why Uncle Eric was given away.

Murphy's Lore 32 This week, George considers whether childbirth is tougher for men, are men tougher than women, how 13 is lucky for some, is it good to eat Huimans, fires in derelict mills, what Georgian surgeons got up to, what Georgian schoolgirls got up to, the use of artificial phalluses in posh places, and imagines life as a Carry on Film. Plus readers write from far and nearer.

Murphy's Lore 31 This week, Murphy’s Lore includes, a cat in a bin, a mental brassiere, home made bikinis, Murphy the Murderer, treadmills and whipping posts, home Pride, Spiked magazine and fake news, a protest song and a reader reveals all.

Murphy's Lore 30 A wet weekend in Wales, this sporting wife, Frantic Friday, advice to a duke, a Thai toast, hidden perils on Britain's beaches, a jam and a joke, a dad in disguise and rules for everything.

Murphy's Lore 29 -This week there’s reflections on Memory, Steam Punk, Job Interviews, The Forgotten War, Piano Sing-alongs, Walls with ears, The Moorcock, a lass in a blue dress and a man with black eyes, darts playing, hospices and Canadian Pond Weed.

Murphy's Lore 28 - This week a coherent thread runs through Murphy’s Lore from Shibden Hall, to the Red and Green Club via Gentleman Jack, Ann Walker and John Lister to a disappearing MP, an encounter with men in overalls, a defence of light verse, a guitarist reciting Hilaire Belloc, a nod to local poet, a surreal encounter and a reflection on practical jokes. 

Murphy's Lore 27 includes Scarf Woman, spelling mistakes, Indian head massages, the biter bit, a secret formula for failing at football, two Michael Jacksons, a herd of bulls, The Handmade Parade, an elusive bobber and Mrs Pomfret’s pommes frites.

Murphy's Lore 26 Treesponsibility and rewilding, why are skinny models fierce and big models bouncy and bubbly, further cogitations on men’s underpants, Yorkshire dialect and the remarkable Mr Hartley, four Faber poets, a toast for a new cafe and Fancy Man Stan.

Murphy's Lore 25 the EU in Mytholmroyd, the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Burnley Road school, what Rodin’s thinker was thinking, spelling tests and physical chastisement, a cautionary tale of Joan and her mobile phone, house husbandry and SELL BY dates, Sir Bernard Ingham and Boris Johnson.

Murphy's Lore 24 includes, touring in the deep south, Larkin and Morris, B&B food, the art of complaining, treacle pudding and an early bird, storytelling in primary schools, Christine McMahon, a hidden child revealed and ways of executing moles. Plus readers write.

Murphy's Lore 23 - The Trades Club in the 1980s, a gentle stroll through bluebell woods, John the Barber, a dizzy turn and taking care with medicine, my brother Percy gets me out of a tight spot, further reflections on the Stefan Kiszko case and The Yorkshire Don Juan visits Liverpool.

Murphy's Lore 22 - memories of teenage hitch hiking, Keith Waterhouse, the Lesley Molseed murder trials, the Blackpool Grand National ride, a canal boat gathering and a posh party, skinny dipping and fishing for nymphs.

Murphy's Lore 21 - Sunday runs and a White Blossom Tour, a Hippy Terrace, precognition and happy coincidence, Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band and an over-sized jacket, doctors who use jargon as secret codes and a medic's advice on avoiding bowel cancer.

Murphy's Lore 20 - caviar and chihuahua, rebel songs and words, Cyril Smith MP, poorly designed underpants, blaming parents for their poorly children, the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Hugh Massingberd , a Scouser's guide to tawkin' Yorkshire and nymphs - and why buskers should run away!"

Murphy's Lore 19 - strange coincidences and precognition, the Yorkshire Ripper documentary, a reader’s first kiss, folk music folk, name dropping, The Butter Up Award and Mel Gibson and the librarian.

Murphy's Lore 18 - Japanese combovers, strange greetings,Titsalina Bumsquash, keeping up to scratch in the bedroom, May Day memories, Romeo and Juliet and The Tod Triangle feature this week.

Murphy's Lore 17 - apocryphal tales, Uncle Billy and a tape worm, kids stories, a soldier's cup of tea, fowl play, the Pace Egg play, more true tales and the Ballad of Acre Mill.

Murphy's Lore 16 - young and old, including Ginger Girl, not walking on water, forgetting words and the perils of saying dewberry, a deadly legume, Park Life Cafe, Betty Rosen, first memories of drawing and strange places to put grass.

Murphy's Lore 15 - the dangers of misusing embrocations, Demon Dog Woman, private names for private parts, H is for Heather, witness protection, Secret Gardens and vasectomy after care.

Murphy's Lore 14 - include kingfishers and naturalists, industrial heritage, stonemasons, impressive butterflies, what to stir your tea with, gap years and the history of asylums, pheasant plucking and battery farming.

Murphy's Lore 13 - floods, sex surveys, Date Nights, Lorraine Kelly, rats and insurance men, Frank Sidebottom and A Fairy Tale of Hebden Bridge.

Murphy's Lore 12 - a politics special: a child’s view of politics; election strategists; a Guardian man is trapped; Capability for Work tests; Peterloo and all that; Jo Cox; next week’s headlines and politicians in corn fields.

Murphy's Lore 11 - shepherding squirrels, a ‘Butter Up’ award for a luthier, recommendations on head tattoos, Fantastic Mr Fox, a moan about the regressive Council Tax, Chinese restaurants and the class system and the latest Dog City News.

Murphy's Lore 10 - the IT girl and the pharaoh, stories we tell ourselves, family revelations, how not to sedate young children, Eco Warriors and Momo and a restaurant drama. Reader’s letter: a ‘man they can’t stand’ puts the record straight.

Murphy's Lore 9 - Zen and Zips, Sid Field, falsies, shopping lists, wandering minds, Mr Cholmondeley’s brakes, dog memorial,Radio Daze and a Catch 22.

Murphy's Lore 8 - Midsummer Night’s Dream, mental health, dog attacks, drones, book launches and spot the poet!

Murphy's Lore 7 - Postman's Knock, Pablo Neruda, jogging shorts, sex, and late night phone calls in this and a romantic chanson.

Murphy's Lore 6 - dogs, local news coverage, tall footballers, small women, a bus hijack and a stuck up post mistress.

Murphy's Lore 5 - banks doing a bunk, a dead cat, Cassandra, home banking, passion interrupted and a mining tragedy remembered

Murphy's Lore 4 - Extinction Rebellion, Rat Man, King Coal, Dixie Dean, open fires and disasters.

Murphy's Lore 3 - the cormorant and the shag, insurance, home truths, a guilty secret, Constabulary Duties, Belle Vue Cinema and more on the Birds and the Bees.

Murphy's Lore 2 - Crime Stopper; baths, bikes and philosophy; the facts of life; the birds and the bees and floods

Murphy's Lore 1 - Bucket list, Christmas presents, help the aged, car repairs, the birds and the bees and Acre Mill.

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