Information about cookies

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Cookies are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Cookies are perceived as ‘bad‘ due to their excessive use by the internet giants (you know who they are) deploying them to watch your browsing to further their own sales & marketing opportunities. We have no interest in this aspect of your visit and make no efforts to identify & track our visitors outside of anonymised visitor statistics.

If concerned about cookies feel free to visit this site and others in an anonymous guest” or “incognito” browser mode or even download a browser dedicated to browsing privacy – examples include “Duck Duck Go” and “Brave” with others such as Firefox also offering enhanced cookie protection.

Due to the core role of cookies in enhancing/enabling site usability, disabling cookies may prevent some aspects of the website from working properly but feel free to try it though if cookies are a concern.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage them, visit  www.allaboutcookies.org

How can I manage or delete cookies on my device?

The link below provides advice on the management and removal (or refusal) of cookies on each of the main browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc). There are also a new breed of ‘private’ browsers such as Brave, Duck Duck Go and Firefox that place much greater emphasis on your privacy. We welcome their use here as we want to encourage readership not collect information.

How does this website use cookies?

Anonymous analytics cookies:

We do not set cookies to identify you. Visits to our website are tracked anonymously using cookies.  These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before, pages that you read and how long you viewed them. Your browser stores these cookies and any new ones required. In using products like Google Analytics to monitor our website use, we can see only anonymous information on the number of new and returning visitors, the pages viewed, their general location, and time spent on the website. This allows us to see how many users we have, and the most popular website articles so that we can identify the most popular subjects and thereby improve our content.

Advertising cookies

We have nothing to sell on this site and have no interest in identifying you through cookies.  We may allow ‘classified adverts’ on the website at some stage but will not try to identify visitors personal details – it’s not what we are interested in.

Third party cookies

Like many small websites, we use 3rd party utilities (similar to phone apps) to deliver the website functionality eg using pre-built templates to manage and present the website pages and a range of other utilities to manage site security, site search, collecting comments, subscriptions and feedback etc. Some of these utility suppliers will set their own cookies to make their software work. Because of how cookies work, we cannot see or control their cookies. For example, if you share an article from this website to Facebook using a social sharing button, then Facebook & the social sharing utility provider may track that you have done so.

Most of the 3rd party products used to enhance your website experience through sharing to social media, viewing maps, playing videos or sound, providing relevant advertisements, supporting downloads etc will set cookies. We cannot see these cookies nor prevent their use if you choose to make use of the facilities provided. You can manage your own cookie settings (for all websites not just this one) if concerned about cookies.

Again, we welcome anonymous visitors utilising cookie management measures and hope you enjoy your visit.

Use the link below to see cookies that have been set by all sites and to manage acceptance of those.

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