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Like pigs? Like cider? Like Airbnb? Then we have just the abode for you. The Orchard Pig cider company has gone and built the ‘world’s first portable piggy home’, offering fans the chance to get a taste of the countryside (and cider) by staying in a massive pig-shaped wooden pod.
Named the ‘Trojan Pig’, Orchard Pig’s new pink abode can fit 12 people, sleep two, and comes complete with all the necessities for a night under the stars. And while it may be based in Bristol near its West Country home, the wooden pig is fully mobile and can be brought directly to you wherever you want to stay.
According to the company’s Airbnb advert, the pods are perfect for groups and will have you sleeping like ‘pigs in blankets’. It’s equipped with all the camping essentials, including fully weather proofed facilities, sleeping bags, festoon lighting, cooking equipment and soft furnishings for the ultimate ‘sty-cation’
The listing has been created by Orchard Pig to celebrate their new pink cider which apparently take its colour from purple carrots. The carrots are said to be a firm favourite of the pigs, which traditionally used to trot around apple orchards of Somerset where Orchard Pig are based.
Orchard Pig’s Trojan Pig is available for some select dates over this summer and bookings for August open next week. The giant wooden pig will also be doing the rounds of the UK festival scene over the course of the summer. Find out more over at the Airbnb Website.
While Orchard Pig’s travelling abode is undoubtedly unique, we’re not sure we’ve come across something quite as unique as this abode in Idaho, USA, which gives guests the chance to stay in a six-ton potato.
While runners, cyclists and even golfers can have up-to-second info on performance, until now swimmers have had to rely on their own intuition and screaming coaches. But that may soon be about to change with the Form Swim Goggles; a pair of augmented reality goggles which display time and distance while underwater.
Created by Dan Eisenhardt (who previously sold AR cycling glasses specialist Recon Instruments to Intel back in 2015), the Form Swim Goggles enable athletes to view various performance metrics on an AR display on swim goggles that you can wear while swimming underwater.
While the concept may not be entirely new, the technology and deliver almost certainly is. Existing wearables currently impair technique and are difficult to access in real time. The Form Swim Goggles looks to solve both problem. As well as the see-through AR display showing you real time result, it also won’t impair vision and offers see-through experience.
Form is also constructed to be as unobtrusive as possible. It’s made using high-grade materials and industry-leading manufacturing processes to provide an optimal fit, durability, and hydrodynamics in a design that feels just like a regular pair of swim goggles – just with a miniaturised on-board computer.
Form say their goggles have a battery life of 16 hours and can track and display metrics like split times, distance, stroke rate, and stroke count. It also comes with an accompanying app which enables swimmers and coaches to review and track progress over time. In the app, you can also customise which metrics are displayed in the goggles.
The Form Swim Goggles are set to go on sale on 7th August and will set swimmers back $199 (around £159). Find out more over at the Form Swim Website.
In other sports technology news, the creators of the SmartHalo 2 bike computer have added a 1.5-inch OLED display to showcase a variety of information, breathing new life into your two-wheel commute.
With the Women’s Football and Cricket World Cups only just finished, it may feel as if the 2018/19 football season only ended yesterday. But believe it or not, English football’s annual curtain raiser, the Community Shield, under two weeks away. And that means it’s officially time to start looking forward to the 2019/20 Premier League season and your Fantasy team!
Goalkeepers to Pick in Premier League Fantasy 2019/20
Historically, Goalkeepers always cause us the most headaches when playing Fantasy. Opting for one of the big team ‘keepers always seems like a good plan until you’re struggling to find that extra £1mil for a premium Forward. But our advice would be to always stick with a Goalkeeper from one of the top teams – it’s easy to forget a clean sheet is just as valuable as a goal from your Centre Forward.
When we say ‘top teams’, essentially we mean Liverpool or Manchester City. Alisson (6.0) kept an outstanding 21 clean sheets last year, conceding just 22 goals in the process. Only Petr Cech (2004/05) had more clean sheets in a single season, so it’s incredibly difficult to look past the Brazilian again this season – especially with Liverpool’s kind opening fixtures.
That said, if the ‘3 players from a team’ rule is causing issues, then Ederson (6.0) is the next obvious pick, having kept 20 clean sheets and conceding just 23 goals. Opening fixtures are a little trickier for the Champions but they’re still the team to beat this season. Elsewhere near the top end, Jordan Pickford (5.5) kept a respectable 14 clean sheets and also had 3 penalty saves in the 19/20 campaign. Not only that, Everton arguably have the nicest opening six fixtures on paper of anyone in the league.
For value, the standout team in terms of opening fixtures is Bournemouth. The problem being all three of Asmir Begovic (4.5), Artur Boruc (4.5) and Mark Travers (4.5) have a chance of starting on the opening weekend, so it’s probably best to avoid until at least Gameweek 2. Southampton’s Angus Gunn (4.5) is also good value and should get the nod to start ahead of Alex McCarthy (4.5).
Defenders to Pick in Premier League Fantasy 2019/20
As with Goalkeepers, it’s hard to ignore Liverpool’s trio of Andrew Robertson (7.0), Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.0) and Virgil van Dijk (6.5), with Robertson being virtually impossible to exclude from your team. He kept 21 clean sheet (a league high for Defenders) and chipped in with a quite astonishing 12 assists last season. We don’t see those numbers dropping too dramatically either.
One again, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola’s notoriously frustrating defensive rotation will probably be the bane of FPL managers up and down the country. But Aymeric Laporte (6.5) is almost guaranteed to start when fit, so he’s your best bet. If rumours are to be believed, City are in the market for a new Left Back due to Benjamin Mendy’s (6.0) up and down form. But if he’s fit and raring to go, he did start the season in extraordinary style last season. John Stones (5.5) could also prove to be fantastic value now that Vincent Kompany has left the club, so keep an eye on him too.
Other players to watch at the top end of things are Jan Vertonghen (5.5), who has dropped in value but is probably the only defender guaranteed to start at Spurs, and Lucas Digne (6.0) who has fantastic opening fixtures, kept 13 clean sheets last season, and also chipped in with 4 goals and 5 assists.
On the cheaper side of town, Martin Kelly (4.0) at Palace could nail down the right-back spot following Aaron Wan Bissaka’s (5.5) departure, while West Ham’s Issa Diop (4.5) could be a bargain if he carries on his stellar form and pushes the East London team towards the Top 8. Willy Boly (5.0) is also worth keeping an eye on.
Midfielders to Pick in Premier League Fantasy 2019/20
Three Midfielders dominated the category last season and we’d expect Mo Salah (12.5), Raheem Sterling (12.0) and Sadio Mané (11.5) to do the same again. Though he may not have reached the heights outrageous of 2017/18, Salah was once again an essential last season and we make him the same this season. That probably means Sterling and Mané are priced out.
But if there is value to be found in Fantasy this year, then it is in mid-value Midfielders. It looks increasingly likely Wilfried Zaha (7.0) will stay at Crystal Palace and his price is a bargain thanks to a change in position on the game and assuming he continues to play up front, as expected. Ryan Fraser (7.5) may have gone up significantly in price but his 7 goals and 14 assists last season still makes him an attractive option, while Leicester City’s James Maddison (7.0) created more chances than anyone in the league last season.
Bernardo Silva (8.0) is one of the few guaranteed starters at Manchester City these days and owners will hope he can improve on his 7 goals and 8 assists from last season, while Chelsea new boy (and their most expensive player in FPL) Christian Pulisic (7.5) is definitely worth watching and could be a steal if he hits the ground running. Also give his teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi (6.0) a look as soon as he’s back from injury.
If you’re in need of some filler, Wolves’ Leandro Dendoncker (4.5) ended the season in decent form and could be perfect as a bench warmer. His teammate Rúben Neves (5.5) will always turn heads given his undoubted ability but with only 4 goals and 3 assists last season, we’d cool your expectations. While not one for Gameweek 1, Phil Foden (5.5) could have a breakthrough season this year too.
Forwards to Pick in Premier League Fantasy 2019/20
As with the Midfielders, there are three stud options in the Forwards category this season. Once again, Harry Kane (11.0) and Sergio Agüero (12.0) will be there or there abouts come the end of the season, while Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.0) is one of their few options this season. Really, all three are guaranteed to score goals, so it’s just a case of fixtures.
Elsewhere Callum Wilson’s (8.0) stock has inevitably risen after hitting the back of the net 14 times last season. Throw in 12 assists and 8.0 still seems like great value to us. Wolves’ Raúl Jiménez’s (7.5) is also extremely hard to ignore following a combined 23 goals and assists last campaign, while Marcus Rashford (8.5) could be worth a gamble if he can find his mid-season form from 2019/20.
There’s a fair few mid-value forwards too with Diogo Jota (6.5) a complete bargain for our money given he averaged 5.7 FPL points per match in his last 20 appearances. Teemu Pukki (6.5) scored 29 Championship goals last season for Norwich and will be worth the money if he even gets half of that, while Josh King (6.5) is also eye-catching given he’s on penalty duty at Bournemouth and outscored Wilson in FPL in the three seasons before last.
And with that, you’re ready to play Fantasy Premier League. Have any tips of your own for the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation over on Twitter!
Last month, Nike revealed the official match ball for the 2019/20 Premier League season which is “inspired by the dynamism of the league and its vibrant fan culture”. Introducing the 2019/20 Nike Merlin Football.
Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best Things to Do This Weekend in some of the biggest cities in the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Norwich and Brighton. Whether it’s the best new bars, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered no matter where you are!
Who likes the sound of a day music festival in London which is completely free of charge? Well, this weekend offers up one of the best on the London calendar with the 6th annual Walthamstow Garden Party. This family friendly event features a brilliant line-up of everything from music, theatre, dance and comedy, to circus, art and even a designers’ market.
This year you can catch legendary Malian musical duo Amadou & Mariam, Brazilian singer Tassia Reis and jazz singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane on the music stage, while elsewhere the Barbican Young Poets and Skatepark Jam will also be showcasing their talents. The bar will once again be ran by local brewers, Wild Card Brewery.
If you’ve headed to Berlin in the past decade, chances are your travel guide pointed you in the direction of Mauerpark and its Bearpit Karaoke. Joe Hatchiban’s acclaimed and unique outdoor karaoke show is the stuff of legends and this Saturday it returns to London and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
The rules are simple; randomers are coaxed into singing karaoke in the park, with crowds gathering and hopefully joining in the sing-a-long. It’s that simple and it’s also completely free of charge. Bearpit Karaoke doesn’t come around too often, so don’t miss your chance this Saturday.
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July 2019. Wristbands £10.
Birmingham Cocktail Weekend kicks off this Thursday with some of the best cocktail bars in Brum showcasing their exclusive concoctions. The premise is simple: grab your wristband for £10 and then get yourself a signature cocktail created especially for BCW at each venue for just £4.
The wristband is valid from opening on Thursday until the last venue closes on Sunday. You can either dip in and out of the festival whether it for just one day or for all four. Alongside all the specially crafted cocktails, there’ll also be a host of events and masterclasses, ranging from Rum Tastings to Live Band Kentucky Karaoke!
Always one of the liveliest affairs on the UK music festival calendar, TRNSMT returns to Glasgow Green this Friday with some of the biggest names in the industry heading to the festival. Headliners this year are Stormzy (fresh from his Glasto set), Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra.
Elsewhere, the eclectic festival will see the likes of AJ Tracey, Bastille, Richard Ashcroft, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne and The Kooks taking to the Main Stage across the weekend. Currently there are still tickets available to both Friday and Saturday, as well as some weekend tickets.
This summer, beer brand Pravha is touring the UK to bring a taste of its pilsner to life in a fairly unusual way with the Pravha Food Market Pop Up. This Thursday and Friday it heads to Spinningfields and will feature a range of food either using the actual pilsner for taste, or intended to complement the drink.
Options will include a pilsner sorbet or – if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous – an Edible Bubble Volcano which will be releasing a constant stream of beer bubbles for guests to try and catch. Naturally everyone in attendance will also get a free 330ml taster of Pravha. Entry is free but registering is recommended!
Plans for much talking about The Tulip, a 305-metre-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as it would provide “very limited public benefit” to the City of London.
The Tulip tower was set to be built at 20 Bury Street adjacent to The Gherkin, which was also designed by Foster + Partners, and would have been the second tallest building in the capital behind The Shard. But a statement from Sadiq Khan’s office stated that the building was not the “world class architecture that would be required to justify its prominence”.
The release of plans for The Tulip was met with mixed reactions, with many criticising the divisive design. The CLC Planning and Transportation Committee had supported the plan and Norman Foster, founder of the studio, defended the “inevitably controversial” design earlier this year, saying the tower had the chance to become a “a world symbol of London”.
But it wasn’t only controversial from an aesthetic point of view. While the tower was set to offer a viewing platform, rotating glass gondola rides and ‘a free education facility for London’s state schoolchildren’, the building would not have been free to enter for the public.
From the Mayor of London’s statements, it seems this is what has caused the rejection; “The mayor has a number of serious concerns with this application and […] believes it would result in very limited public benefit,” according to a spokesperson for Khan.
The Tulip team are now set to consider potential next steps, with many expecting this not to be the last we hear of the project. Keep yourself updated over at the Foster + Partners Website.
Last month, a rooftop infinity pool concept that extends in all directions was proposed by Compass Pools. Called ‘Infinity London’, the concept is described as the “only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool”.
adidas have finally confirmed what most Arsenal fans were hoping for with the new Away strip for the 2019/20 campaign. As expected, the Three Stripes have delved into the archives to resurrect the North London team’s iconic ‘Bruised Banana’ kit from the early 90s. And the result is an absolute beauty!
Ever since adidas were announced as Arsenal’s new kit supplier for the 2019/20 season, rumours had been flying around about the design of the Away kit. And wishes have certainly been granted. For the 2019/20 season Arsenal will be wearing a shirt inspired by the ‘bruised banana’ design worn between 1991 and 1993.
Celebrating the club’s history with a modern interpretation of a classic, the design features a minimal, shaded zig-zag pattern graphic on the famous bright yellow of the Arsenal away jersey. As a nod to the original shirt (worn by Ian Wright), a navy crew neck collar is colour matched with navy adidas stripes on the shoulders and logo.
Arsenal are set to wear their new 2019/20 away shirt for the first time on their pre-season tour of the United States when they take on Bayern Munich in Los Angeles on the 17th July. They’ll first wear it in a competitive game in their opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle on 11th August.
The new Arsenal Away Shirt 2019/20 is available now over at the adidas Website, where prices start at £64.95 for a men’s replica. Women’s and kid’s versions are also available.
Social media was taken by storm yesterday when Chelsea announced their new home kit for the 2019/2020 season. But just what is the worst ever football kit? We took a look at the contenders.
Hear the word ‘linen’ and most of us think of bedding. But there’s a reason the material is so often used on our mattresses: Firstly, it’s strong which means you don’t need to change your sheets every other day. And most importantly, thanks to its low thread count, it’s one of the most breathable fabrics around.
It’s these qualities which also make linen the ideal material for your summer wardrobe. As soft as cotton but with extra cooling characteristics, we think every Joe’s wardrobe should contain at least two linen shirts – and even more should you work in an office environment where shirts are par for the course.
Why You Need a Linen Shirt
The linen shirt has come a long way in recent years. Classic short sleeve constructions you uncle wore have made way for more contemporary looks that hit that sweet spot between smart and casual. Linen shirts can now be found in numerous styles, from traditional long-sleeved Oxford cuts, to the now staple Cuban collar, which means there are plenty of options.
One thing anyone accustomed to the material will know, however, is that linen loves a crease. You can often find cotton/linen blends but if you want the full advantage of linen’s cooling properties, make sure you give it any iron.
Uniqlo are always worth a visit if you’re after no nonsense everyday pieces which are crafted from the best fabrics around and their linen shirt range is no different. Available in a wide range of colours, the aero processing gives it an even softer texture while the washed look keeps things extra casual. Just be wary that cuts are slightly more relaxed than usual it’s a more popular style in the brand’s homeland of Japan.
J. Crew source their linen from Ireland’s famed Baird McNutt mill, generally considered to be some of the best in the world. Having adopted a weaving process which has been perfecting since 1912, the material is super soft and will keep you perfectly cool during the summer’s warmer days. Available in a range of colours and styles, including Slim, Classic, Tall and Untucked.
If you’re looking for something vibrant for your summer travels, this camp-collar shirt from Hartford is one of the label’s most popular styles for the season. Cut for a loose fit from lightweight, breezy linen, it comes with a traditional Cuban collar and palm colourway which makes it ideal for some beach lounging.
If Brighton-based menswear brand Far Afield aren’t already on your radar, we’d recommend getting acquainted ASAP. Founded by brothers Mark and Chris Scholes in 2016, the label specialises in carefree clothing that fits its seaside location billing. So naturally their Cashew Linen Classic is a big favourite of ours. Featuring a comfortable cotton poplin composition, the shirt comes with a button-down closure and discreet breast pocket.
But it’s not all pastel block colours when it comes to linen shirts. This classic summer shirt in linen canvas has been reinvented this season by Lacoste with a gingham-inspired mini check pattern. It comes with a buttoned point collar, chest pocket and embroidered signature green crocodile branding on chest pocket.
A true classic of the genre, we finish up our round-up with the Slim Linen Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren. Featuring a flattering cut, classic button-down collar and the signature polo player on the chest, this preppy American icon takes on the same styling as Ralph’s iconic cotton Oxford shirts, just with some cooling linen and a snug fit around the chest.
The first of nine exclusive treetop cabins has just been unveiled by Løvtag in northern Denmark. Designed by architect Sigurd Larsen and found 8 metres high in the forest canopy, the cabins have been created with signature Nordic minimalism in mind and utilise every cubic centimetre of space to provide a tranquil retreat in Scandinavia.
The Løvtag treetop hotel is located in a small forest by Als Odde, a rural destination in the northern part of Denmark close to both the sea and Mariager Fjord. Perfect for biking, hiking and fishing, the cabin offers groups of up to four people the chance to explore the Danish wilderness while staying a unique setting.
Inside, the cabin is both modern, comfortable and ‘hyggelig’. Built 6-8 meters up the tree, guests will find the old pine tree itself at the centre of the cabin, ensuring they’re truly close to nature. Large windows to the south and west also ensure that the accommodation benefits from ample natural light.
The “ground floor” Løvtag’s cabin features a double bed, a double sofabed, kitchen, toilet and an outdoor shower under the canopy. A staircase on the ground floor leads onto the roof terrace of the cabin where you can relax in the wooden top, grill a salmon from Mariager Fjord or just enjoy the view of the forest.
Breakfast is also included with any stay at Løvtag and consists of homemade crispbread, butter, organic jam, tea, coffee and apple juice from a local orchard. In addition to the above, you can buy a supplementary breakfast delivered by the local bakery.
While Løvtag’s Treetop Cabin Hotel is officially now open, the cabin is fully booked up until May 2020 with the exception of a few days in December. A stay starts at £235 per night for 2 persons. Find out more over at the Løvtag Website.
If you’re after a treetop cabin experience elsewhere in Scandinavia, check out the Pan Treetop Cabins in Norway’s Finnskogen forest and the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel found in the treetops of Sweden’s Åsberget mountain.
Football is back, and while we know many of our fellow Joes couldn’t think of anything worse, we do love our Fantasy Premier League football. Yes, it may completely ruin games where your team is involved but it’s also going to give Burnley v Sheffield United some much needed meaning when you need Ben Mee to notch up another clean sheet. It’s also much cheaper than heading to your local bookie!
Although there’ll no doubt be some seasoned pros among our readers, there will be some Joes who have always avoided the FPL game through fear of the unknown. So for all the Joes (and Janes) who’ve been forced to decided to join their office sweepstake, this one goes out to you. Here’s a beginner’s guide to playing Fantasy Premier League 2019/2020.
The Basics of FPL
So, the basics. Each player will receive a fictional £100 million to bag yourself 2 Goalkeepers, 5 Defenders, 5 Midfielders, and 3 Forwards. You can choose any player in the Premier League from any team but you can only choose a maximum of 3 players from one club. Players vary in price, with the top players costing more than the rubbish ones… obvious, really.
You can join Public Leagues which will put you up against everyone from your country (the team you support etc…), but you can also set up a Private League for just you and your mates/work colleagues. They’re easy to set-up and you just need to send everyone the code.
You’ll receive 1 free transfer per Gameweek (meaning a round of fixtures). If you don’t use said transfer, it will roll over to the next Gameweek (the maximum amount you can have in any one Gameweek is 2 free transfers). Any extra transfers over your 1 free transfer will cost you 4 scoring points per transfer. Still with us? Good…
Points are given to players in your team based on how they perform in real life fixtures. You can check the complete scoring system on the website but as a rough guide; 1 point for playing -60 mins or 2 points for playing 60 mins+, 4 points per clean sheet/no goals conceded (Goalkeepers and Defenders only), 3 points per assist, and 6/5/4 points per goal scored (Defenders/Midfielders/Forwards). The best 3 players statistically in each game will also receive bonus points (1, 2, and 3 points).
Each week, you’ll also need to choose a Captain and a Vice Captain for your Gameweek. The Vice Captain is purely in case your Captain doesn’t play because of an injury, suspension or rest, but your Captain will receive double points for that Gameweek. It might not seem like it on paper, but your Captain can make a massive difference, especially on low scoring Gameweeks.
Building a FPL Team
Right that’s all the T&Cs sorted. Now for the fun bit. Each Gameweek, you choose 11 players out of your 15 man squad to play. This can be based on a combination of factors like who’s in form, the difficulty of their fixtures, or a dreaded hunch. But choose carefully as the players you don’t use won’t count towards your score no matter how many points they receive.
Picking a balanced squad is important. As much as we’d love it, no player can play Brighton at Home every week, so you’re going to need options. Picking a player such as Harry Kane will obviously give you a greater chance of getting points ahead of say, Josh King. But when you take into account that King is around £4.5 million cheaper, you can see how getting value for money is important. A good tip is to always check the % of teams who’ve selected a player to ensure you’re not missing a bargain – you can do that on the ‘Sorted by’ tab on the Transfers page.
Always Look Ahead at Fixtures
This is why checking the fixtures of potential players you want in your squad is Rule No.1. Say King’s next two fixtures were Sheffield United and Brighton, both at Home, while Kane had City and Liverpool Away. There’s an argument that King is a more attractive option, without even mentioning the cost of each. Naturally, a player like Kane is important in Fantasy, but the example illustrates how important looking ahead to fixtures is.
This is especially the case when it comes to Goalkeepers/Defenders who are naturally more likely to not concede at Home to teams in the bottom half of the table. Around 60% of all clean sheets were kept at Home in the 2018/2019 season, for example. Remember; a clean sheet for a Goalkeeper/Defender is as many points as a Forward scoring. And a team managed by say Burnley’s Sean Dyche historically keeps their fair share – especially at Home.
Don’t Let Club Affiliation Get in the Way
When we first started playing Fantasy, we refused to pick Cristiano Ronaldo. Partly because he’s a wally but mainly because we supported Chelsea and refused to believe he’d win United the title. That season Ronaldo notched up more points than anyone in Fantasy history (apart from Salah in 2017/2018) and we lost our fantasy league. You dig?
You should also remember that nobody knows your club like you do. And if just *know* you’re getting battered that week, don’t be afraid to Captain your opponent’s Forward. If anything, it might even soften the blow…
What is a ‘Chip’ in FPL?
Chips can be used to potentially enhance your team’s performance during the season. There are four chips in total and only one chip can be played in a single Gameweek. The first chip is the Bench Boost and this means the points scored by your bench players in the next Gameweek are included in your total. This is a great one to use when fixtures look superb on paper for all of your squad.
The next is the Free Hit and we’d recommend saving this for when there are only 4-6 fixtures in a Gameweek, which usually happens around March when half of the Premier League teams are left in the FA Cup. It allows you to make unlimited free transfers for a single Gameweek. At the next deadline your squad is returned to how it was at the start of the Gameweek.
Next up is Triple Captain where your captain’s points are tripled instead of doubled in the next Gameweek. We’d strongly suggest you save this for when a top player (Salah, Kane, Sterling etc.) has two fixtures in one Gameweek against lesser teams. And lastly, and maybe most importantly, there’s your Wildcard.
Playing Your FPL Wildcards
The main thing you should always remember about Fantasy is it’s a proverbial marathon and not a sprint. So if all looks lost for a couple of Gameweeks – especially at the beginning – fear not, there’s 38 Gameweeks to claw things back.
And one of the main ways you can do this is by playing your Wildcard chip. Though every transfer over your weekly 1 free transfers costs you 4 points, if you play your Wildcard, you can make as many transfers as you like in that Gameweek free of charge. We’re talking a complete overhaul of your squad if need be.
Each player gets 2 Wildcards; 1 for the first half of the season (before 28th December) and 1 for the second half of the season. That’s not many but it could save your season. Our tip; use your Wildcard within the first five Gameweeks or so when you can start to see line-ups and form teams/players. That is unless you’re your league, of course!
And with that, you’re ready to play Premier League Fantasy! If you have any questions, ask them in the comments below or head over to our Twitter!
KJUS, a brand new to us, so no doubt to you too. Let’s start with some background. Founded in 2000 by Norwegian ski legend Lasse Kjus, from the off KJUS aimed big; “We had the vision to make the finest and best performing sportswear on the market.” 19 years later, the Swiss-based brand is famous, not only for its ski collections, but also its ground-breaking golf gear. Never one to need an excuse to hit the course, we tested out some of KJUS’ golfwear to see how it performed.
The range is full and plentiful as you would expect and it is nice to see a brand stick to what it knows – in this case performance clothing. There are a full range of waterproofs, trousers, midlayers, polos and, of course, hats.
Developed fabrics and cuts are designed to give you more freedom during the golf swing and be tailored to golfers’ needs: be it by sheltering you from wind or rain, or by cooling you down when need protecting from the sun. We grabbed three key pieces and have broken each one down to help…
Men’s Luan Short Sleeve Polo – £59.00 Whilst many of us just wait for a sale and grab a couple of random t-shirts, a true golf cut like KJUS makes all the difference. Whilst the t-shirt still looked very fitted, it seemed incredibly loose where it needed to be through the swing, which gave a better feel of freedom. Available in a range of colours and with the subtle pin prick detailing on the collar, I really enjoyed wearing this shirt.
It was a hot an humid day with a few thunderstorms around but it still kept me feeling cool and fresh. Made from a 4-way stretch fabric it dries really quickly and apparently has an antibacterial finish for added freshness. It even comes with built-in UV protection (UPF 30+) which helps with my fair skin!
Perhaps my favourite piece in the collection, this Kirk Half-Zip Pullover is good for not just golf but anytime you just need a casual top. Produced with a cotton blend, the top is super soft and whilst looks very nice and fitted, one again there is still lots of movement for that golf swing.
I like the raised collar rather than a standard neck – it keeps the drafts out on a cooler day! The ribbed effect, same with the hem and cuffs, also adds that extra bit of detail.
I actually have far too many ‘lightweight’ shower-proof tops. But they all seemed to fail in comparison to the KJUS Dexter. Whilst most tend to be greys and blues, I really like that you can choose a brighter colour – simple perhaps but a big difference. The main thing is the the lightness and the size it packs away too – it is so thin and light you hardly know you are wearing it, and when you are not the whole thing can be folded into its own pocket whilst stored in your bag.
The half way zip feels nicer than the full and if I was expecting a day of rain I would put on the full weather gear (or sit in the pub) anyway. Using a similar 4 stretch fabric to the t-shirt, this time waterproofing keeps that freedom of movement throughout the swing and most importantly its highly breathable. Featuring taped seams, a water-repellent front zipper and a durable water-repellent coating, I don’t think this is stated as 100% waterproof but for a quick throw on during the round, you need nothing else.
From finding them online to trying a few bits (which were gifted), I can see KJUS being my go to for any new golf wear. The quality of fabric and finish show they will last indefinitely longer than the mainstream brands, and the waterproof and pullover I will use as casual wear as well as golf anyway, making them a complete bargain. The little detail and more subtle branding are completely what I choose in a store and add to the premium feel.
Shop the ‘hole’ range over at KJUS (I am off to buy a hat!).