Personal data and privacy

I am registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 (registration number Z2531576) and, in addition to following all the legal requirements under that and other Acts and regulations, I will not sell any personal data gathered through this website to any third party.

All the email lists you can sign up to via this website include an unsubscribe option at the foot of them. Email data which you provide may be used with the Twitter Tailored Audiences and the Facebook Custom Audiences tools, in line with their privacy policies.

Your data may be used by various third party services providers which power features of my sites and email lists, such as MailChimp. In all cases the use of the data is within the scope of this privacy policy and also covered in addition by their own data protection regulations.

Where you have provided data such as via an email sign up, you can ask to have the data removed from my records at any time.


My family of sites may place cookies on the device from which you are accessing the internet. To find out more about what cookies are, see this article from the BBC.

The sites respect requests to block cookies, such as via the cookie options in your web browser. If you do not wish to accept any cookies from my sites, please adjust your settings accordingly.

The sites use cookies in order to collect anonymous usage data (e.g. for Google Analytics, including its Demographics and Interests Reporting feature) and to service any requests that you make (e.g. to remember your details when you post a comment). They also use cookies from MailChimp for tracking web traffic from my email subscribers.

The advertising networks that display on the sites may also use their own cookies. This includes Google, whose cookies you can find out more about and opt-out of here. The Amazon affiliate scheme (see below) also uses cookies.

If you interact with other social networks via this site (e.g. Facebook), cookies from those services may also be placed on your machine. In addition, the Facebook and Twitter services on this site use cookies.

Neither the advertising, affiliate nor social networking cookies report any personal data about yourself to me although some do report overall traffic and audience information.

If you want to find out more about any individual cookies that any one of my sites use, please either get in touch or install a tool such as Ghostery, which provides detailed information about cookies on all the sites you visit.


Unless otherwise noted all content on this site is provided under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Sponsored content and affiliates

I have occasionally run sponsored posts from Teads (previously called eBuzzing). All of these are labelled as such in the post and only express views I freely and genuinely hold.

I am a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à.r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

I also occasionally participate in other affiliate schemes.

My sites display adverts served up by Google and MessageSpace and also use affiliate links from other firms from time to time. In all cases, these third parties do not supply any of your personal data to me and you should contact them direct for details of their privacy policies and information on how to opt out from their systems.

Comment moderation policy

Comments are very welcome. I moderate comments based on whether they are polite, whether they are really from who they say they are, whether they are on topic (so please take care to post your comment on the right post) and whether they add something to the discussion rather than, for example, being a repetition of what has already been said or the repetition of a tired old insult.

You don’t have to agree with me, and indeed comments that point out errors are particularly welcome.