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Cardiff Zoo to get Petite Lap Giraffes

Cardiff Zoo to get Petite Lap Giraffes

Petite lap giraffe at Cardiff zoo

A bid from Cardiff zoo to get one of the few Petite Lap Giraffes available from Sokoblovsky Farms has finally been confirmed and the zoo is looking forward to taking in its new addition.

The Petite Lap Giraffes have been showcased for some time on the website:

Although slightly poorly translated, the giraffes are said to be " Petite Lap Giraffes are very funny animal that require special care. They need lots of love. Hugs and kisses every day. Otherwise they make tears. "

The giraffes are very small and a full size adult is only 76 centimeters tall, the baby is a mere 15 centimeters tall. 

Conditions in Cardiff have been made to accomodate the giraffes which need very little preperation, "Living conditions: PLG’s love being indoors in filtered air conditioning. If they can listen to music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov it is dream.

Grooming: a bubble bath once a week with purified water is all they need."

To find out more about the Petite Lap Giraffe please visit the official farm website at where you can also watch them on live video.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:37

Bogiez takes over Cardiff Barfly

Bogiez takes ove Cardiff Barfly venue

Bogiez nightclub, which has been going in Cardiff since the early 80's and has quite a substantial following in Cardiff, has announced it will be moving venues to the former Cardiff Barfly venue on Kingsway, Cardiff.

News on the Bogiez main website has quite a build up to what to expect asaying: "It's something we've wanted to do for many, many years, but we've never wanted to rest on our laurels. We wanted the right venue at the right time and in the right location. The stars have alligned and that time is now!

So, from February, Bogiez will be located on the Kingsway, in a building many of you will already know, that of the former Cardiff Barfly, and boy can we tell you that we are already banging our heads with excitement over this venture. The South Wales rock and metal scene has been crying out for a truly dedicated rock bar that's for the rockers, run by rockers and without any trendy management interfering with a night of pure rock fury for as long as we can remember and Bogiez is finally in the position to make this happen, and we are absolutely over the moon about it (and hope you can join us in being so)."

After contacting Bogiez, there are some interesting changes to take place from what is currently known of Barfly and Bogiez club nights.

The new club venue is going to look significantly different to Barfly with the interior currently being re-modelled in order to accommodate more people and make the venue physically bigger. A change from the Barfly we all knew is that the focus of the venue will no longer be live music but Bogiez will have bands on. The primary intention is going to be an array of rock/metal/alternative club nights throughout the week with the Bogiez club night as it is right now becoming a weekly Saturday fixture. The current site does lead us to believe we should expect a bit more in the future saying, "Live bands? Hell Yeah! Open Mic nights? Just try to stop us! Specialist evenings and a DJ roster of faces you know, faces you once knew and faces you will know? The biggest Zombie breakout of all time couldn't stop us!".

For more news from Bogiez themselves, there is a newsletter sign-up form available on the homepage:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 February 2011 01:08

Britain’s Got Talent 2011 in Cardiff

Keeping an eye on Britain’s Got Talent whilst the show has auditions in Cardiff over the 25th - 26th of Jan 2011.

There are many hopefuls trying to impress the judges and just as many family and friends cheering them on making it a very popular event in Cardiff along with other major cities.

For those wanting to keep up to date and see some pictures of what’s going on (including some very blurry pictures of David Hasselfhoff’s legs in a kilt!) then follow itv's twitter account @GotTalent

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 20:39

3D Google maps of Cardiff for Android phones

3D Google maps of Cardiff for Android phones

For those in a rush you can download the Android APP here: Google mobile link

A great app for navigating Cardiff has been released for the Android operating system, allowing those with Android phone users to view an interactive 3D map of Cardiff.

"Cardiff residents and visitors will be available to navigate the city in 3D after it became one of 100 locations worldwide to be chosen for a new Google mobile application.

The mobile app available to download for android phones allows users to see the Google mapping tool in 3D – and Cardiff along with Birmingham are the only two cities in the UK made available in this way. Read more about the release of Google Maps 5 for android phones here.

Google said only some cities have 3D imagery due to the rate the data is being processed. A spokesperson for Google said:

"We are working hard to release 3D data as fast as possible, and 2011 should see significant increases in coverage."

This video explains how the 3D maps works:

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Lifehacker went on to explain the apps key features and tips on using it a bit further:

"You can now explore maps in three dimensions, showing you 3D representations of buildings, and using your phone's compass to automatically rotate the map so it always faces the same direction you are. The screenshots may make it look gimmicky, but the ability for Maps to more accurately represent what you're seeing in real life makes navigating a breeze, no matter where you are. Plus, it's worth mentioning that this version of Maps is fast—way faster than the last version. Moving around maps and zooming in and out is so smooth it's blowing my mind a little.

A possibly even cooler feature is offline caching, which allows you to use that awesome turn-by-turn navigation we love so much even if you lose internet connection. In fact, it will proactively cache large map areas based on where you spend the most time—meaning Maps is extremely fast and reliable in the places you need it most. It can even reroute your turn-by-turn directions without connection, so you don't have to worry about getting where you need to go when you have crappy 3G coverage. By default, it only caches when connected to Wi-Fi, but there is a setting to allow prefetching on non-Wi-Fi connections as well. " source:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 February 2011 01:08

Mobile phone signal in Cardiff

Mobile phone signal in Cardiff

You may be forgiven for thinking Cardiff is a large enough city that you wouldn't have to worry about mobile phone signal in certain areas, particularly the city centre. however, we often hear about issues people have about not getting signal, dropped calls, losing GPS just at the wrong time etc. (key places here include the drive from Cardiff city centre to the airport, which can be a bit dramatising).

Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) have this advice to offer:

"Switching mobile phone providers is easier than it's ever been but if you don’t do your homework you could end up missing one vital ingredient – a signal.

The strength of a mobile signal varies depending on where you live and which provider you choose. So, just because you enjoy a strong signal with your current provider doesn’t mean that a competitor will necessarily provide the same coverage.

For example, if you want to use your phone to browse the internet or download music and videos, then you’ll need to make sure there is a suitable 3G signal in your area.

Each of the five main mobile networks – Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and 3 - have coverage checkers on their sites.

You simply enter your post code and they will show you what kind of coverage you can expect in your area.

This will include information on standard 2G coverage – suitable for calls and texts – as well as the 3G coverage needed for web services.

Vodafone coverage checker

Orange coverage checker

O2 coverage checker

T-Mobile coverage checker

3 coverage checker

Asda Mobile

Tesco Mobile (uses the map of its partner O2)

Virgin Mobile

As well as using these checkers, you can also ask friends and family in your area how they find the signal strength of the various networks."


You may notice the main problem with these is that they aren’t exactly independent and are provided by the operators themselves.

Another new site which just seems to be getting started is, it isn't very comprehensive yet but does make a point of highlighting "dead spots" in signal areas. This site has potential for being independent and not tied to the mobile coverage operators.


We would love to see your comments below and tell us where in Cardiff you struggle to get signal

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:39