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What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

By now, most people know what computer cookies are.  If you don’t, then I recommend this BBC explanation to make it easier for you to understand.

Cookies & does not require you to enter any details in order to comment, nor does it require or allow you to log in; set up an account; and edit or publish articles.  Therefore does not hold any ‘first party’ cookies.

Third Party Cookies does, however, use an anti-spam filter through JetPack Akismet.  This picks up any spam links in comments and holds them for deletion. utilizes Google Analytics, through JetPack, in order to get statistical insights on how the site is running, popular times the site is being used, how many visitors the site has and when etc. chose to activate the feature to anonymize IP addresses.  This means that the last part of your IP address string will be replaced with zero’s, ensuring no personal info is tracked.

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How Third Parties Use Cookies

The connection between this website, and a site you may click through to using a link I recommend, will use cookies.  For any affiliate links I insert, these cookies are used to determine how long a period I may earn from an affiliate programme.

Some features make use of third-party applications and services to enhance the experience of visitors. These include social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter (via my sharing buttons).  As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over or access to the information that is collected by these cookies. We recommend consulting the individual privacy policies of any such services for more information.

For example, has only 24 hour cookies.  This means that if you clicked through to through one of my affiliate links, I could earn a commission for anything you buy from Amazon within that 24 hour period.  Other programmes range from 24 hour cookies, to even 90 day cookies.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

At present embeds YouTube videos (, and links to many other websites including, but not limited to:,, Twitter widget, Facebook widget, and links to retailers via third parties, site AdChoice adverts placed by JetPack on behalf of MediaNet

(JetPack ads disclaimer – We collect and send the following information (made available from the visitor’s browser) to our Demand Partners: IP address, geographical data (derived from the IP address), user agent, operating system, device type, unique user ID (randomly generated identifier), current URL, and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) interest category.

Data Retention: Log data (IP address, geographical data, user agent, operating system, device type) is stored for 30 days. The unique user ID is stored in cookies and is retained for 1 year.

We track ad impressions, video-related events (i.e. pause, mute, 100% plays, etc.) or errors, and ad click events.

Various cookies are used for the following purposes: delivering targeted advertisements to specific visitors, storing user identifiers, and collecting anonymous ad platform stats.)

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behaviour such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit (EU based) or (US based). On a mobile device, you may also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.

You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing  Google’s opt-out browser add-on