Nearly 20 years ago, Brian Palmer began writing a fortnightly column for Ileach, ‘the Independent Newspaper for Islay and Jura’. His intention was to cajole the population of these Inner Hebridean islands ‘to take to their bicycles en masse’, but as the blogging era dawned, Brian moved his writing from the Ileach to the internet and The Washing Machine Post, which claims to be the World’s Longest Running Cycling Blog, was born!
The Scottish Hebridean island of Islay is more famous for its many whisky distilleries, rather than cycling, but Brian, ably supported by his young sidekick, Mighty Dave T (that’s him resplendent in our Age and Treachery T-Shirt - also available for Women), has amassed a global audience of cycling fans, drawn to his unique take on the culture of the sport and his philosophical musings, ingeniously disguised as reviews of cycling gear and products.
Combining a passion for cycling with a healthy bit of man-love for Robert Millar, Brian’s posts are always sharp, insightful and very amusing – even cleaning products are not immune from his erudite examination! He’s also a man of great style – a huge Rapha fan (and they of he!) – and so we were thrilled to read his review of our t-shirts.
Best enjoyed with a small nip of one of Islay’s finest single malts and, if you are new to TWMP, then best to have a dictionary to hand: Brian is a cyclist and a silver-tongued wordsmith! Here's our favourite extract from Brian's review of our Designer Cycling T-Shirts:
"and lest you are of the wrongful opinion that a t-shirt is simply a t-shirt, those offered by n+one are of a seductive quality that your torso may not have come across in its previous travels."
Brian Palmer, n+one review on TWMP, July 2016