Use of cookies

I use cookies and similar tools on this website to improve its performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how I do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. When you return to a previously visited website - or visit a website that uses the same cookies - that website will recognise these cookies and therefore your device.

Cookies perform essential functions, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your site preferences and generally improving your browsing experience.

What cookies do I use?

The section below describes the types of cookies most frequently used on and explains their use.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around my website and use its features. Without them, services that you've asked for can't be provided. These cookies don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

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Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how you use my website, for example which pages you go to most often and whether you experience any difficulty using my site. Overall, these cookies provide me with analytical information about how the website is performing and how I can improve it.

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Targeting cookies

These cookies gather information about your browsing habits. Although these cookies can track your visits to other websites, they don’t usually know who you are. Without them, advertisements that you see online will be less relevant to you and your interests.

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YouTube GPS
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How to change your cookie settings

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.

The instructions for these vary from browser to browser and they may change from time to time as new versions are released.

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