Privacy and Cookies Policy

This Privacy and Cookies Policy is for the website Enquiries and requests should be sent to

This website complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protections Regulations, 2018. This policy will be regularly updated to reflect changes in the website or in regulations as required.

Personal data

Personal data is collected to provide you with the services this website offers. Data you provide is used only for the purpose for which you provide it and not used to provide you with other services to which you have not signed up.  For example, if you provide us with an e-mail address through the contact form this will not be used to add you to an e-mail subscribers list.

  1. Comments: If you leave a comment we collect the data you provide in the comments, together with your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection (Askimet). An anonymised string created from your email address will be sent to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture will be visible to the public in the context of your comment if you use the Gravatar service.
  2. Contact form: If you contact the website using the contact form the following data will be collected: Name, e-mail address and any information you include as part of your e-mail.
  3. Subscriptions. If you subscribe to the blog/newsletter on this site the following data will be collected – name and e-mail address. You can unsubscribe at any time by contacting the administrator at
  4. Cookies This website uses cookies to facilitate your interaction with the website. A cookie control system is in place allowing you, on your first visit to the site, to either deny or give explicit permission to the use and saving of cookies on your computer or device. If permission is initially granted you may subsequently deny permission for the use and saving of cookies from this website by making changes to your browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website.
  5. Analytics This website uses Google Analytics to analyse usage of the site. This installs a cookie which is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. Google’s privacy policy can be found here.
  6. Embedded content from other websites. Articles on this site may include embedded content such as videos, images, articles etc. Embedded content from other websites behaves as if you had visited the other website yourself. Other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking and monitor your interaction with that embedded content. Although this website attempts only to link to safe external links, you are advised to exercise caution before clicking on external links through this website.

Sharing of your personal data with third parties

Data will not be shared except as permitted or required by law or when absolutely necessary to the functioning of this website and the provision of its services. Data sharing takes place with the following:

  1. TSOHost, the website host whose privacy policy can be found here. Personal data collected includes cookies, usage data and other types of data as specified in the privacy policy of the service. Data is processed in the UK.
  2. Mailchimp, an e-mailing service, whose privacy policy can be found here. Data is processed in the USA.
  3. External social networks and platforms. This website allows you to interact with a variety of social networks. Data obtained is always subject to your own privacy settings for each social network.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely in order that any follow-up comments can be recognised and approved automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Data provided by you through the contact form or subscription request will only be held as long as necessary to provide you with the services provided by the website. You have the right at any time to request information about the data we hold on you and to have this amended or deleted. Contact

How we secure your data:

We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to safeguard your data from unauthorised access, use and disclosure. Data is held securely on the TSOHosting service servers which are situated in Slough, United Kingdom.

Updated March 2020