Privacy Policy

The privacy of readers at is important to us. We are readers of websites too, and we understand that knowing what information a site collects is important.

Our privacy policy documents the types of personal information we receive and collect when you visit, what it’s for, how it’s collected, and how we safeguard it.

At we have a few golden rules:

  1. We never sell any personal information collected first-hand to third parties
  2. We will never add your email address to mailing lists unless you explicitly request us to do so

If you have questions concerning the processing of your personal data you should contact us at

What data do we collect, and how do we use it?

Form Submissions

Our website has a number of forms that you can interact with.

Comment Forms

Comment forms are provided on our articles to enable users to have a meaningful and respectful discussion. When you use the comment forms, we collect and permanently store the following information.

  • Your name
  • Your comment
  • Your email address* – we use this for spam filtering and follow up comment notifications if enabled by you
  • Your IP address* – we use this for spam filtering

* We do not publish your email or IP address on the website

To filter spam we share comment data with a third-party service called Akismet – The privacy policy for Akismet can be found at

Contact-Us Form

The contact-us form is provided so that you can send us feedback and suggestions for the site. When you use the contact-us form we collect and store the following information.

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your message

We use this information to allow us to respond to your message.

We use Google reCAPTCHA on our contact-us form to prevent spam – It works by collecting hardware and software information and sending this data to Google for analysis. Google collects this information to improve reCAPTCHA and for general security purposes. Google does not use this information for personalised advertising.  You can find further information at

Log Files

As with most other websites you visit, we collect information in log files. The information we collect includes:

  • Your IP address
  • Your ISP, e.g. BT, Sky, etc.
  • The browser you used to visit our site, e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.
  • The time you visited our site
  • The pages you visited on our site

We rarely look at this information, but is useful as a diagnostic tool for our site.

Cookies & Web Beacons

As is common practice with most websites, this site uses cookies. Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer and are used to improve your experience.

You can find more general information on cookies in the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

The Cookies We Set

This site allows you to submit data through forms such as those found on the contact-us page or comment forms. When you use forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

To give you a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how it runs when you use it. We use a cookie to remember your preferences.

Third Party Cookies

This site uses trusted, industry standard third parties to provide additional features and functionality.

We use Google Analytics to provide us with a broad range of information about how you interact with our site. This information includes anonymised statistics about our visitors, the pages viewed, and the time spent on site amongst other things. Google Analytics sets cookies to assist in this information gathering process.

As part of spam prevention we use the Google reCAPTCHA APIs on some pages on the site. In addition to certain standard Google cookies, reCAPTCHA sets a necessary cookie when executed for the purpose of providing its risk analysis.

Cloudflare provide us with a reverse proxy service to improve the speed and security of our site, improving your overall experience. Cloudflare sets a necessary cookie that it uses as part of it’s security validation process.

Some advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site. These provide advertisers, such as Google through the Google AdSense program, information including your IP address, your ISP, and the browser you used to visit our site.  These cookies are generally used for geo-targeting purposes, for example showing London property ads to someone in London, or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser help for how to do this).

Disabling cookies can affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit, like the ability to login to services, comment on posts, or submit requests through forms. We recommend that you do not disable cookies.

You can opt out of personalised advertising from Google by visiting Ads Settings and