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 a boat in Norfolk that is 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.
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 think we’ve found the steamer pier! (10:15); we smoke a pipe and talk of encounters with an invading German sailor and a peregrine-protecting birdwatcher (13:35).
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CLUB BUSINESS: John on how to recognise the Kaiser (22:19); Kevin shares our enthusiasm for the actress who plays Frau Dollman in the movie of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ (23:17); Emma remembers that she borrowed a Rippingille stove from Lady Rozelle Raynes (24:52)
Janet warns us against sailing beyond the Elbe in October (26:53); Ian writes a fabulously supportive blog post about the Adventure Club (30:08); ahoy to the Literary Platform for highlighting the Club (31:20); Nick offers to do some legwork on Juist this summer, and we encourage him to row to Memmert (33:30)
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
Wangerooge: club member Kevin has already jumped the gun on this one by emailing some information (ahoy Kevin!). We’re particularly interested to hear from anyone who’s actually set foot on the island.
Pink gin: for once it’s Davies who get’s to hang out in a bar, not Carruthers. But what kind of gin would they be drinking in Wangerooge in 1898, and what would make it ‘pink’?
Sluices & ‘siels’: as we’re going to find out later in the book, the siels are going to play quite an important part in the story. But why are they there in the first place? What is a sluice anyway? And how does it work?
Fog: there’s going to be a lot of this about apparently, which may hamper our filming in the autumn. Any tips we can get about filming in fog and explanations about why sea-fogs happen a lot in this part of the world are gratefully received.