Holidays are now over, and we resume podcasting with a slightly longer than usual show covering two days in the book instead of one. On October 17 and October 18, our heroes Carruthers & Davies find themselves in the Otsumer Ee between the islands of Spiekeroog & Langeroog, until bad weather forces them to head for the port of Bensersiel. Lloyd (NotDavies) tackles October 17. Tim (notCarruthers) considers October 18.
First, though, we make an important announcement about our attempts to raise money on http://www.unbound.co.uk. (01:50) We discuss how we’re still keen to publish a new ‘Handbook Edition’ of The Riddle of the Sands, but also explain why we’re now going to have to wait a year before undertaking the real-life adventure. See http://www.riddleofthesands.net/wordpress/2015/09/04/important-news-about-the-riddle-of-the-sands-adventure-club/ for details.
Lloyd (or rather Club Member Tony) introduces us to the dark art of pig ballast (07:52); a few basic facts about Langeoog and a correction by Club Member Tony (the other Tony) about groynes (11:15); the story of Lale Anderson (Langeoog resident for many years), and an even more amazing story about the song ‘Lili Marlene’ (14:26).
Tim gets excited about 19th century customs duty and the ‘Zollverein’ (24:16); we hazard guesses about what kind of whisky, salt and coffee Davies would have on board the boat Dulcibella (28:16); the story of Pattersons whisky (including talking parrots) (29:00); Cerebos salt and a tobacco tin (35:31); Symingtons coffee – and pea flour (37:58).
Club Business. Peter on a filthy sounding drink that isn’t pink gin (40:20); Brian on modern-day cycling kit (41:44); Nick on 1903 cycling kit (43:14); John and Kevin on Langeoog airfields (44:49); Kevin & Ian on the gunboat Blitz (45:03); the discovery of a North Sea gin (45:22); Jeff on a fantastic spy literature & film conference (46:38).
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
‘there lay the bones of a French war-vessel, wrecked ages ago. She carried bullion which has never been recovered’: are there ancient wrecks and sunken treasure to be had in these parts? Let’s find out.
‘coffee and Kümmel’: another foreign liqueur to try!
‘Their fathers made their living out of wrecks on this coast, and the children inherit a weakness for plunder’: is this true? Should we be wary of the locals?
‘…that dyke. Let’s walk along it’: we need to find this dyke so we can do the walk when we finally get out there.