Cookie Policy

Last Updated: Dec 19th 2014

I use cookies on this website to enhance your user experience when using the site and to improve performance of the site overall. This policy explains how I do that.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your internet browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer or mobile device. Each website can send its own cookie to your internet browser if your internet browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your internet browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites.

Cookies will help the website to recognise your device the next time you visit. For example, they allow me to analyse how well my website is performing, or even allow me to recommend content I believe will be most relevant to you.

Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use this website.

What sort of cookies does use?

1. Essential cookies

Some cookies are essential for the operation of this website. For example some cookies allow me to recognise the searches you have performed on my website and to provide you with information relevant to those searches. If you opt to disable these cookies, your search may not operate correctly.

2. Performance Cookies

I utilise other cookies to analyse how my visitors use my website and to monitor website performance. This allows me to provide a high quality experience by customising my website to your needs. For example, I might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. I might also use these cookies to highlight other website services that I think will be of interest to you based on your usage of this website.

3. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies

I do not allow third-party advertisements to be displayed on my website so no advertising cookies are used anywhere on the website.

4. Third Party Cookies

I also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the categories above. For example, like many companies, I use Google Analytics to help me monitor website traffic. I may also use third party cookies to help me with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with my terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Social sharing, and other services I may offer from time to time, are run by other companies. These companies may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on this site or if you are already logged in to them.

My blog uses plugins that may store information on your device to improve your user experience.   Here is a list of places where you can find out more about specific services that I may use and their use of cookies:

Facebook’s data use policy:

Twitter’s privacy policy:

YouTube video player cookie policy: (Google’s standard terms)

LinkedIn Privacy Policy:

How to Manage Cookies

As explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of this website.

Everytime you access this website you will see an explanation on the home page that alerts you to the fact that I use cookies and the fact that by using my website you consent to my use of cookies.

However, if you do wish to disable cookies then please follow the instructions below.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies the website may not function correctly.

Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.   These links explain how you can control cookies via your browser – remember that if you turn off cookies in your browser then these settings apply to all websites not just this one:

Internet Explorer (the mobile version is at


Safari: (Mobile versions:





Google Analytics Cookies

If you wish to opt out of Google Analyics cookies please visit

More Information

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at

If you have any queries regarding this Cookie Policy please contact me by sending an email via the Contact page.