Your free sample of the ‘ROTS Adventure Club Handbook’

We’ve always said that our ultimate ambition with the ROTS Adventure Club is to get out into the field in September & October, replay the whole book, using the original text as our guide – and then produce our own book. At the moment we’re about halfway towards raising the money we need to produce this book forContinue reading “Your free sample of the ‘ROTS Adventure Club Handbook’”

Field AudioBook: readings available on Unbound.

Part of the package of extra goodies you’ll get from us when you support us on Unbound (pledge £25 for the Handbook Edition of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ today!), will be a Field AudioBook: a complete reading of the book, recorded in exactly the right places at precisely the right dates – and enhancedContinue reading “Field AudioBook: readings available on Unbound.”

‘A galaxy of coloured lights’

notCarruthers has already written about our impressions of Kiel on our mini adventure of October 2 to October 4, and as is his wont he’s focussed on retail. It falls to me to talk about more serious matters, in this case Holtenau, which is at the Baltic entrance to the Kiel Canal and which, itContinue reading “‘A galaxy of coloured lights’”

‘in the Kiel post office’

To be honest, I was a bit shaken by NotDavies’s metrosexual behaviour at the beginning of our mini-adventure from October 2 to October 4. He devoted a disturbingly high number of minutes to a consultation with a female shop assistant in Kiehls about the merits of various face moisturisers and ‘serums’. Shortly afterwards he then askedContinue reading “‘in the Kiel post office’”

The 20th Adventure Club Podcast: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal

Finally, after months of talking about having an adventure, Lloyd (notDavies) and Tim (notCarruthers) head off to Germany, using ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ as their guide. It’s October 2 – 4, both in the book and in the real world. The route is Holtenau to Brunsbüttel. But how does the Germany of today matchContinue reading “The 20th Adventure Club Podcast: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal”

We’ll be live-streaming from the Holtenau lock at 18:15 UK time

Ahoy! We’ve made it to Kiel, have visited the post office and done a bit of shopping, and now it’s time to head to the Holtenau Lock. We’ll be live streaming via the Unbound Shed page from about 18:15 UK time (*subject to bandwidth*). Join us! The URL to use is,  but you can onlyContinue reading “We’ll be live-streaming from the Holtenau lock at 18:15 UK time”

Shopping in Kiel (Part 2): ‘cigars and many weird brands of sausage and tinned meats’

I imagine every sailor has at least one story about surviving on a single exotic and/or nightmarish foodstuff  for days. My own tale of woe involves a seemingly endless supply of Batchelors savoury rice served every day for what seemed like weeks, as we drifted slowly across the Hebridean sea during a windless heatwave. I wasContinue reading “Shopping in Kiel (Part 2): ‘cigars and many weird brands of sausage and tinned meats’”

‘We travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’

Carruthers and Davies enter the Kiel Canal through the massive gates of the Holtenau Lock in the early hours of October 2, and spend the next two days being tugged across the Holstein plain. It’s a distance of 98 kilometres, or 61 miles in old money, from Holtenau to the western end of the canalContinue reading “‘We travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’”

Shopping in Kiel (Part 1): ‘Clothes were my own chief care’

In my role as ‘notCarruthers’, I am determined to make sure that we keep our eye on the most important aspects of the adventure: what we’re going to eat, and what we’re going to wear. On October 2 a lot of shopping takes place, and having already ruined two pairs of white flannels, Carruthers isContinue reading “Shopping in Kiel (Part 1): ‘Clothes were my own chief care’”

The 10th Adventure Club Podcast: the Kiel Canal & weird brands of sausage

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 2 in Kiel, with our heroes waiting to go through the Holtenau Lock. They pass the time with stocking upContinue reading “The 10th Adventure Club Podcast: the Kiel Canal & weird brands of sausage”