Privacy and Cookies

Who we are

Our website address is: This site is owned by Laurence Smith. You can contact us using the contact form here.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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.

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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

When you fill out a contact form on this site, we collect your name and email address so that we can reply to your message.

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.

Analytics uses Statcounter, an anonymous web tracking service. This provides information on the number of visitors, how visitors find the website, which pages are most popular etc. This data allows us to provide a better online experience to our visitors.

Statcounter uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on visitors and visitor activity on our website. This data includes:

  • Time and date of visit (this can help us to identify and plan for busy periods on our website)
  • IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet)
  • Browser and Operating System (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site)
  • Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site)
  • Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help us to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website)

Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.

You can learn more about cookies from StatCounter and set your browser to refuse same by clicking here.

Google AdSense serves Google AdSense advertisements, which may be personalised. You can read about this on Google’s Privacy & Terms page. You can turn off ad personalisation here.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that many websites store on your computer when you visit them. They can be used to track how you use a website or personalise your experience of a website. uses cookies to see how visitors are using the site and track statistics regarding page views and the number of visits.

Cookies are safe, and most web browsers store cookies by default. However, you can disable cookies by adjusting the settings in your web browser.

This page was last updated on June 6th, 2018.