Who we are

This website is a personal blog, it is not run by a company or organisation.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This site uses Akismet spam protection, you can learn more here https://akismet.com/privacy/.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Only cookies classified as necessary will be saved on your computer by default. These may include but are not limited to cookies that establish whether or not you have accept the use of additional cookies, cookies to test if your browser supports cookies, security and load balancing related cookies.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

Additional Cookies

If you accept the use of additional cookies the following will apply to you. To see the full list of cookies or modify your consent settings please use the relevant links on the cookie consent popup (provided by CookieYes). If you have already accepted or rejected cookies you will find the button to reopen the popup in the bottom left of your screen.

If you are interested in improving your privacy as you browse the web you may also wish to look into using a web browser such as Brave https://brave.com/ which attempts to block tracking code automatically.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. For more information about your rights you can check the ICO website https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/.