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Murphy's Lore

George Murphy has now written 33 pieces for the HebWeb's Murphy's Lore section. Browse all 33 previous Murphy's Lore pages at your leisure by clicking on the links below

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 Peter 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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