The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Occasional cycling

Four days / two great friends / 229 miles / two Olympians & World Champions (Marianne Vos and Bradley Wiggins) / one Madison Genesis race team / countless German triathletes: … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are we on first name terms yet?

I’ve been writing a book about the same man for almost ten years now and I still don’t know what to call him. There is one obvious reason for this: … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

What’s the problem with LGBT history month (revisited)?

A couple of weeks ago I gave a Flagship Lecture as part of LGBT History Month at the University of Liverpool. If you are interested to find out more you … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rudolf Gilberto starring in a CLOSE SHAVE (1929)

The power of advertising and the allure of Rudolf Gilberto in this advert from John Bull in 1929.

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

One rant, two tweets, and the exploitation of the historian’s labour

This rant has been a long time coming. It is occasioned by two tweets. Here is the first: Here is the second (it’s the one in the middle, by Tim … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 24 Comments

There and back: bikepacking by numbers

In which Adam and Matt decide that it’s a good idea to head out into mid-Wales on a bikepacking trip in torrential rain, gales, hail and generally all round grimness. … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The biography of a book chapter: a short photo essay

      It starts with the sources and stories; that’s where it always starts. Not stories that exist full-formed and discerned. No. These are stories that exist always-already in-the-process-of-becoming; … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

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