Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Cookies Used

This website is content managed with WordPress. At present cookies are used by WordPress for administration and website subscriber purposes, allowing authorised access to the blog for profile management and article commenting, but also preventing unauthorised access to the administrative section of the content management and blog online application.

See more information from the WordPress Cookies page.

This website uses Google third-party cookies for standard analytical reporting in conjunction with the MonsterInsights analytics and Google Site Kit plugins, so we can understand more readily how people are using our website in order that improvements can be made in the future. The analytical data stored includes: number of sessions in a given time-period, number of pageviews in a given time-period, average session duration, the bounce rate, type of device used to view the website, the country of origin, and website referrals. The Google analytics data retention is set to 26 months.

Vetted and quality-checked WordPress plugins are in use monitoring website activities, specifically: WP Statistics; Wordfence; WP Security Audit Log and WP Mail Log. Collectively, these plugins are helping provide a website that is safe to use, that is uncompromised by malicious online activities, and is data secure. These plugins can log some of the following: IP address; country of origin; number of hits; pages visited; and user log in attempts. This information is recorded electronically to aid the website administrators with protecting the website from online abuse and hackers. Visitors of IP addresses that show suspicious behaviour, or send ‘spam’ comments to the blog or contact form(s), or attempt to hack the website in any other way, will be permanently blocked. WP Statistics data is retained for 12 months.

More information about the data usage and the data protection that is in place is detailed in the privacy policy page.