At last our heroes Carruthers & Davies arrive at the East Frisian islands. It’s October 15, and, in a curious reversal of roles, Davies is quaffing pink gin in a bar, whilst Carruthers is dealing with intruders on the boat.
In this podcast you can learn why Wangerooge is rarely in the same place in any given century, how to mix a delicious pink gin (with proper German gin), and how the Frisians used dykes, drainage and ‘siels’ to build a nation – and create a stink.
First up, we asks why does the author Childers bother with a gap between October 5 and October 15 in the book? (01:30); Lloyd NotDavies talks us through the history of Wangerooge tower-building; we do another plug for our crowdfunding page on Unbound.co.uk – pledge now! (09:53)
A brief aside about casual anti-semitism in the book (10:46); Tim NotCarruthers puts on his serious history face and delivers a lecture on dykes, drainage and siels/sluices (11:32); East Frisia as a contested space (14:24); did Childers mistake the age-old practice of dyke-building for German acts of militarism? (16:03); how sluicing can also involve sewage and stinking harbour pollution (17:05); the problem of leisure craft waste and where Carruthers and Davies went to the toilet (19:34).
Lloyd notDavies mixes up some pink gin (22:06); we avoid drinking the ‘old genever’ and savour Doornkaat instead (23:52); James Bond is a pink gin drinker too (with Beefeater gin) (27:34); we meet another Doornkaat drinker: Horst Schlämmer (28:48); there’s even a Doornkaat musical interlude! (30:07)
Club Business: Nick sends us a drawing of the Kaiser, made by Queen Victoria (30:49); Ian tells us what ‘ahoy’ really means (32:03); Tony on Dulcibella’s mizzen mast (33:21); Frank on the very wonderful swimmer Annette Kellerman (34:46); William on his real-life travels through the Frisians and the Baltic (37:18); Lloyd NotDavies’s frank admission that on our adventure to Queenborough we actually went to *the wrong pier* (39:10).
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
the Kormorant: our first sighting of the sinister galliot. What would it have been like?
the Blitz with its Maxim machine guns: the Blitz’s dimensions and armaments are carefully listed including the mention of ‘maxims’. Let’s talk about machine guns.
Jacksnipe shooting: what is a jacksnipe and how does one shoot it?
Spiekeroog: the next island along – what do we know about it?