Riddle Of The Sands Adventure Club

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Podcast by Lloyd Shepherd & Tim Wright

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  • The *War of the Worlds* Adventure Club Podcast 27: Death  Destruction in Woking

    The *War of the Worlds* Adventure Club Podcast 27: Death & Destruction in Woking

    19/09/2016 Duración: 41min

    We’re back! Having come to the end of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’, we find another book that is ‘curiously specific about dates and locations’. A day-trip to Woking, Weybridge and Shepperton allows us to map out the action of the opening chapters of H. G. Wells’s ’The War of the Worlds’. Lloyd explains how Woking, since Victorian times, has been a town marked by death, and goes in search of the first working mosque in Western Europe outside of Moorish Spain. Tim addresses the basic questions of exactly when the Martians might have landed in Woking, how long it would have taken them to fly from Mars to Earth, and how big a Martian tripod is (not the size of the model one in Woking shopping centre btw). First up, we explain how and why our attempt at crowdfunding at Unbound has come to an end, and how our supporters can get their money back (00:25). We affirm our intention to keep noodling around with old books, and focus on ‘The War of the Worlds’ (02:57). Our first impressions of Woking (04:17); the stor

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 26: Overboard in Ostmahorn

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 26: Overboard in Ostmahorn

    01/04/2016 Duración: 55min

    We’ve made it to the last day in the book - October 26. Our heroes, Carruthers and Davies, sail off into the sunset with the delightful Clara on board, and her dastardly dad, Dollman, overboard. In this podcast Lloyd notDavies plots out how to get us back to Blighty via Ostmahorn, Holland. Tim notCarruthers, meanwhile, considers the end of Dollman, and the potentially tricky subject of suicide at sea. First up, we make yet another plea to the listeners to support us on Unbound (02:52), where we’re trying to raise money to produce a beautiful new book and online adventure for you. Sign up here: https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands Lloyd charts the route from Norderney to Ostmahorn via the island of Rottum (04:56); a brief description of Rottum & its warden (06:42); the tale of the ‘crazy Earl’ who once owned the place (08:12); how we might sail past Rottum today (10:28); how the SS held out in this part of the world at the end of WW2 (12:20). Tim talks about Dollman ‘falling’ overboard (14:00);

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 25: Dornum, Disguises, Ditches  Duck Soup

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 25: Dornum, Disguises, Ditches & Duck Soup

    11/03/2016 Duración: 56min

    After weeks of sailing and suspense, ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ explodes into action on October 25. At last we discover what the ‘Riddle’ is. Sadly, as you will hear, Lloyd notDavies and Tim notCarruthers fall out quite badly - and loudly - about the basic credibility of Erskine Childers’s premise in describing the imminent German threat. We start the podcast, though, by plotting out the day for Carruthers, starting with an extended pub/gin bar crawl in Dornumerland, followed by an arduous cross-country walk to Hage, a fair deal of train travel in heavy disguise, and finally a bold act of sabotage on a galliot and a confrontation with, of all people, the Kaiser. We quickly descend into chaos when Lloyd notDavies becomes aerated by the presence of ‘lighters’ in Bensersiel harbour (05:43); a heated discussion of the canal vs ditch issue ensues (07:50); Club Member Ian provides useful information about riverine vessels of the period (10:18); Club Member Tony sides with notCarruthers (12:37). Lloyd notDavie

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 24: Esens, Canals  Submarines

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 24: Esens, Canals & Submarines

    17/02/2016 Duración: 54min

    Finally, on October 24 with only two days to go in the book, we get to discuss the actual riddle of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’. Lloyd notDavies uses his train timetables to get us to Esens. Minus a moustache, Tim notCarruthers points out the cultural highlights of this ancient Frisian town. And then both men argue at length about the proper use of canals. Finally the talk turns to the significance of submarines. First, a plug for our Unbound project. Just £25 will get you a beautiful ROTS Handbook, an ebook, an audiobook and access to the month-long online adventure in September. (02:00) https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands We start the podcast proper, as we often do, by referring to train timetables (05:19). We discover it isn’t as easy to get to Esens by rail as it was one hundred years ago. We find the humblest guesthouse in Esens where we can eat wurst and drink beer (10:29); Tim notCarruthers tells tales of the Frisian pirate Junkers Balthasar (16:35) and, friend of Wagner, Theodore Thom

  • The Riddle of the Sand Adventure Club Podcast 23: Trains, Massages  Dastardly Engineers

    The Riddle of the Sand Adventure Club Podcast 23: Trains, Massages & Dastardly Engineers

    27/01/2016 Duración: 51min

    It’s October 23 in ‘The Riddle of the Sands’, a day when Carruthers takes advantage of the mighty German railways to speed his way to Amsterdam for a night in a proper bed. The only downside? He has to endure half the journey with the creepy engineer, Böhme: “Don’t forget to go to Lloyds…” So, it’s railways, luxury hotels by the Amstel River, and possible real-life role models for Böhme. If that floats your boat, don’t forget to pledge your support for the Adventure Club Handbook on https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands. Just £25 gets you a Handbook, a Field Audiobook, an e-book and full web access to our live web adventure. First up, Lloyd NotDavies gets his Bradshaw’s out and indulges his obsession for timetables (07:34). We discover how Carruthers would have got from Nordeney to Amsterdam in real life in 1898 - and how Tim NotCarruthers can ride (roughly) the same route today. Astute readers will notice how quickly a German army could travel through Holland and Belgium by train. Lloyd refers t

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 22: Rowing to Memmert  Dinner Afterwards

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 22: Rowing to Memmert & Dinner Afterwards

    07/12/2015 Duración: 56min

    We’re now at the most important moment of the book, and the section that could be claimed to have secured the reputation of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ as one of the greatest British adventure novels of all time. It’s the row to the island of Memmert in a thick fog on October 22: a fantastic feat of navigation and physical strength by our two heroes, Carruthers and Davies. But can it actually be done? And what of the dinner afterwards at the Dollmans on the Schwannallee in Norderney? This podcast covers amazing feats of dinghy rowing, bird wardens, the holiday exploits of Chancellor von Bülow, and German (and Norwegian) dinner parties. First up, we explain again why you should be supporting our efforts to create a brand new Handbook Edition of our favourite book, all yours for just £25 with Field Audiobook and an online adventure thrown in for free. Full details at https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands. (01:44) Tim notCarruthers consults the maps, the text and Yahoo Answers, then does the maths (

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club: Field Audiobook Sampler

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club: Field Audiobook Sampler

    11/11/2015 Duración: 04min

    Part of the package of extra goodies you’ll get from us when you support us https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands (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 enhanced by the addition of local ambient sounds and field recordings. ‘What will that sound like?’ I hear you ask. Well, now you can find out. We’re giving all our existing supporters on Unbound access to Field Audiobook sample files describing the events and conversations of October 2 and October 3. To entice you into becoming a supporter on https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands, here’s a short sample of what you can expect to hear in full after you’ve pledged your support.

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 21: Boating Books, Dodgy Tides  Ladies Cocoa

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 21: Boating Books, Dodgy Tides & Ladies' Cocoa

    02/11/2015 Duración: 51min

    When Clara Dollman comes to meet our heroes off the coast of Norderney on October 21, it all kicks off. Carruthers has to make the cabin fit for a lady, Davies gets hot under the collar and there’s something fishy about the library of sailing books on board. We discuss the best books to have on a small boat, the history of Norderney, what makes a cabin woman-friendly, Edwardian cocoa, and how Childers has got his tide tables terribly terribly wrong. We then drift off into a long diversion about the popularity of 1970s TV series ‘The Onedin Line’ in Romania. Hopefully, we’ll be back on course in time to discuss the row to Memmert in the next podcast. Lloyd notDavies dives straight in by announcing he’s going on a sailing course (00:52), but what books might he have on board any boat he skippers? (05:11); Davies favours E. F. Knight (05:58), Cowper (09:29) and Macmullen (10:44); we list the top 25 books that one might except to find on a cruising saloon bookshelf (12:38); a brief discussion of George Crownins

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 20: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 20: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal

    19/10/2015 Duración: 54min

    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 match up to the world of Carruthers and Davies in 1898? We start with a discussion about the difference between ‘reliving’ and ‘replaying’ a book. Inevitably, we ask you again to pledge your support for the full Adventure Club experience, by supporting us at https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands (00:54) Tim (notCarruthers) starts us off at Kiel, taking in the harbour, the bierkeller, the post office and even some of the edgier parts of town (03:22); a musical interlude with Ulrich Schnauss (11:10); Lloyd (notDavies) describes Holtenau and indulges in a bit of container ship spotting (12:03). October 3 finds the two adventurers in Rendsburg, (22:40), enjoying eels form the canal (29:26), and finally

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 19: The Ems, Emden, Sail-Plans  Foghorns

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 19: The Ems, Emden, Sail-Plans & Foghorns

    30/09/2015 Duración: 48min

    There’s barely a couple of pages covering October 20 in ‘The Riddle of the Sands’, but somehow we’ve managed to create an information-packed podcast out of it. We include a bit of Roman history, obscure house numbering systems, spinnakers, gibs & what-not, a symphony composed for foghorns, a plate of wurst, more pipe-smoking *and* a trip to the Foreign Office! Plus we have several excellent contributions, clarifications and corrections from Club Members. Thank you all. First, we remind you that the next podcast will come direct from the Kiel Canal, on exactly the dates (October 2-4) that Carruthers and Davies would have been there. (01:10) If you want to see us goofing around in Germany ‘live’, and receive a resulting chapter of the Handbook, plus a field audio book excerpt, you need to pledge your support for this project at https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands. Tim (notCarruthers) offers a few interesting facts about the Ems (04:32): the site of a Roman military base called Amisia (05:04); h

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 18: Bensersiel, Wrecks  Kümmel

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 18: Bensersiel, Wrecks & Kümmel

    21/09/2015 Duración: 52min

    There’s a lot of information to take in as Carruthers, Davies and von Brüning size each other up over coffee and Kümmel in a cafe in Bensersiel on October 19. Since most of their talk centres around wrecks and wrecking, that’s exactly what our talk turns to in this week’s podcast. First up we reveal our plans to travel down the Kiel Canal on October 2 - October 4 this year. It’s your chance to receive a free sample chapter and audiobook from us, plus live reports from the canal. This is available to subscribers only. All you have to do to become a subscriber is pledge your support at https://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands (01:44) Tim (notCarruthers) kicks off a chat about the East Frisians’ alleged ‘weakness for plunder’ (5:34); what is ‘flotsam and jetsam’? (06:26); some excellent information gleaned from Bella Bathurst’s book ‘The Wreckers’ (07:54); the relationship between lifeboaters and wreckers (11:34); the link between Kentish hovellers and the East Frisian chieftains called *hovetlinge*

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 17: Langeoog, Lili Marlene  Whisky

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 17: Langeoog, Lili Marlene & Whisky

    08/09/2015 Duración: 50min

    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://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 M

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 16: Spiekeroog, Jack Snipes  the Maxim Machine Gun

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 16: Spiekeroog, Jack Snipes & the Maxim Machine Gun

    14/08/2015 Duración: 51min

    The entry in Carruthers's log book for October 16 makes mention of: a survey of the Muschel Balge between Wangerooge and Spiekeroog; a spot of hunting for jack snipe; encounters with both the galliot Kormoran and the torpedo gunboat Blitz - the latter armed with four 'Maxims'. Lots for us to get our teeth into there. First, though, Tim (notCarruthers) notes a very specific reference in the book to tide tables. Why does Childers bother with this? And are the tide times across the book actually accurate? (01:49); we discuss the island of Spiekeroog, a place of holidaymakers, groynes and wellness centres (05:13); Lloyd (notDavies) refers to his copy of Brasseys to see if he can find a real-life version of the Blitz (10:40); similarly Tim (notCarruthers) shares a few thoughts about the Kormoran, and German galliots in general (14:31). We learn about jack snipes and how to catch one (18:16); a short interlude about 1980s rabbit hunters of the region (21:45); we discover that the inventor of the Maxim machine gun

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 15: Wangerooge, Pink Gin  Stinks

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 15: Wangerooge, Pink Gin & Stinks

    03/08/2015 Duración: 45min

    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 ask why does the author Childers bother with a gap between October 7 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 dyk

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 14: In Search of the Flushing Steamer Pier

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 14: In Search of the Flushing Steamer Pier

    24/07/2015 Duración: 41min

    We’re meant to be talking about October 6 in ‘Riddle of the Sands’, but frankly this is a period in the book where not a lot is happening, and we’re essentially gearing up for the main spying action starting on October 15. Having been stood up by a man who may (or may not) have had a boat in Norfolk that looks a bit like Dollmann’s Medusa, Lloyd (notDavies) and Tim (notCarruthers) decide to go on a ‘test adventure’ in another part of the world. We’re going back in the book to September 25 when Carruthers set off from London Victoria to catch the Flushing steamer. Can you still do this trip? Is there even a train line anymore, let alone a steamer? We find out. VIDEOS OF THE TRIP COMING SOON AT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcWszEM8KPjYDc01Isxo97g Lloyd (notDavies)’s deep knowledge of train timetables gets us as far as Sittingbourne (04:45); we arrive at Queenborough harbour (06:54); we find the old trainline (07:45); we find the steamer pier! (10:15); we smoke a pipe and talk of encounters with an inva

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 13: Off To The Movies

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 13: Off To The Movies

    10/07/2015 Duración: 41min

    As we enter a 10-day period of relative quiet in the Sands (story-wise)relating to October 6 - 15, we use the spare time to go to the movies. Thanks to Arthur Beale, we got to watch the 1978 film version of The Riddle of the Sands with 40-50 other ROTS fans, and the bulk of this podcast is dedicated to celebrating what turned out to be an excellent evening. First up, though, we urge you again to pledge your support for the Adventure Club - just £25 gets you the Handbook Edition of this classic adventure book, a ‘field’ audio book and access to a month-long web adventure. http://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands (01:20) A tip of the hat to our hosts Arthur Beale and the purchase of a 1-3/8-inch galvanised rigging screw (06:04); Lloyd (notDavies) runs us through some basic facts about the 1978 film version of The Riddle of the Sands(07:29); we meet the composer of the movie soundtrack, Howard Blake, who gives us some insight into how movie music gets made(09:11); Lloyd gets to meet Club Member Aunt L

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 12: On the Elbe with Sporty Women

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 12: On the Elbe with Sporty Women

    01/07/2015 Duración: 50min

    It’s October 4 in the classic spy thriller ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ and our heroes Carruthers and Davies have finally got to the other end of the Kiel Canal at Brunsbüttel. Awaiting them is the mighty river Elbe, a first encounter (for Carruthers) with the ‘Sands’ - and also a personal enquiry from Clara Dollmann, a young modern German woman who Davies has taken quite a shine to. In what seems like a fair division of labour, Tim (notCarruthers) is going to spend a lot of time in this podcast talking about sporty women of the age - British, American and German. Meanwhile Lloyd gets to look over maritime charts to work out where we’re going, and what we’re going to come up against when we set out into the Sands for real in the autumn. PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT at http://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands We start with a reminder that Film Club is happening very soon now: there's still time to book a seat (02:43); Lloyd introduces Brunsbüttel and a famous daughter of the town, the heptathlete Jennifer Oeser

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 11: Boats, Trains  Holsteiners

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 11: Boats, Trains & Holsteiners

    22/06/2015 Duración: 51min

    It’s October 3 and we’re being towed slowly down the Kiel Canal, preparing for our boating adventure in the Frisian sands, whilst staring out at the ‘vast plains of Holstein'. We explain the benefits of *pledging your support* to the Club at unbound.co.uk (01:22); Lloyd offers a reading recommendation - 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' (4:21); Tim has a proper small boat adventure on the Dengie peninsula with Club member Tom Loosemore (04:50) - sailing to West Mersea, trudging across the marsh, towing the boat in knee-deep water, rowing home against the tide, ruining a pair of flannels. PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT at http://unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands Lloyd gives us the lowdown about the East Frisians (17:20), with much talk of the Inselbahn island train service (20:02); Tim offers what he knows about Holstein (24:26) and asks the question: why did Childers fail to write about all the animals of the region? Gulls & seals (25:15), Holstein cows including a famous presidential pet (26:05), Holsteiner h

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 10: The Kiel Canal, Sausages  Shopping

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 10: The Kiel Canal, Sausages & Shopping

    09/06/2015 Duración: 37min

    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 up on supplies, including 'weird brands of sausages and tinned meats'. 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: the shopping list (01:23); differing opinions about what we will be eating on the real adventure in the autumn (02:16); Lloyd tells us about the state of the Kiel Canal (3:06) and the existence of a short ancient British film of the canal opening (05:46); our own

  • The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 9: Double Agents, Naval Officers  Apples

    The Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club Podcast 9: Double Agents, Naval Officers & Apples

    28/05/2015 Duración: 38min

    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 really 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 witho

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