In which we discuss our plans to re-enact the classic spy novel ‘The Riddle of the Sands’, following the route of Carruthers & Davies day by day through Germany. This week we’re concentrating on October 1, the day that Davies reveals what this duck shooting holiday is all about. He recounts his first encounters with the duplicitous Dollman and honourable German naval officer von Brüning.
To celebrate the arrival of the ‘baddies’ and their boats, we consider who might have been the real life inspirations for these two men. Importantly, we discuss how we’re going to get to Kiel – and exactly what kind of apples the bargeman Bartels would be taking to Kappeln.
DON’T FORGET – you can support this project by pledging to pay for access to the live web adventure in the autumn, and acquire a beautiful Handbook Edition of ‘The Riddle of the Sands which we are threatening to write.
For full details go to: http://www.unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands. Spread the word. We can’t go on our adventure without you!
In the podcast we discuss: how you can support us and why it’s worth doing so (01:22); how we’re going to play with live streaming technology such as Periscope and Google Hangouts (01:54); how we might use Open Street Map to chart our route and the practicalities of cycling from Flensburg to Kiel (03:05).
Lloyd on real-life Dollmans (05:45); the possible influence of the Dreyfus affair, with Esterhazy as Dollman (05:58); enter spymaster Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, another Dollman-like figure (08:42); another British agent, William Melville, inspiration for The Secret Agent, acquaintance of Harry Houdini and the original ‘M’ (11:24).
So who are the real-life von Brünings? (15:29); Tirpitz & the SMS Blitz (15:45); why all this talk about torpedo gunboats?(18:38); Hipper the ‘baby killer’ (19:17); the musical interlude – the story of Colonel Bogey (21:56); a *real* von Brüning (24:57); even the apples in this story lead double lives! (26:26)
Club Business – Kevin on the workings of the Edwardian civil service (30:38); Liz corrects Lloyd’s story about Childers rowing from Newhaven (32:27); Film Club night is looming, see http://www.eastcoasteventsguide.co.uk/arthur-beale-events-riddle-of-the-sands for details (32:58); Jeff on the different kinds of map in The Riddle of the Sands (33:29); Jerry is looking for crew (35:11).
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
Cigars and many weird brands of sausage and tinned meats: if anyone has any idea what brands of cigar, sausage and tinned meat we should be buying in Kiel, let us know.
A number of rough woollen garments: there’s a lot of clothes shopping at this point. We’d love to talk to someone who could talk us through the outfits Carruthers & Davies would be buying at this point.
The colossal gates of the Holtenau lock: who’s been through these? what’s it like?
The Kaiser Wilhelm Canal from Holtenau to Brunsbüttel: anything you can tell us about the experience of travelling through the canal is very welcome. We’re planning to cycle the whole way and stop somewhere half-way. Any suggestions?