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This site ( has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. We respect your privacy. Any and all information collected at this site will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, reused, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for this Web site.

News Comment – Users may be allowed to post comments about news articles on this site.

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 anonymized 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.

Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

External Links – This site contains links to other sites. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Some of the links to Amazon products are affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Cookies – Cookies are small packets of information created and sent by web servers that are stored on the devices (PC, phone, tablet etc.) of people browsing sites and are called by the site each time the viewer browses a new page on the site. They are used for a number of reasons. To remember settings that users have set or to track page use. They do not contain information that can personally identify the user.

There are two kinds of cookies:
“session” cookies which are stored for the period the user is on the site and deleted when the browser is closed.
“persistent” cookies which are stored on the user’s device until they expire – most cookies will have an expiration date set – or they are deleted by the user.

We use both types of cookies on the site. Most of the “persistent” cookies set by the actual site are set to expire after 1 day. Cookies from third party sites will also be set by visiting here. These are used for the social aspects of the site (posting to various social sites, Facebook, Twitter etc.) and for tracking hits to various pages.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

We also use cookies to check if you’re spamming the site, a single session cookie named “bb2_screener_”. This cookie, which expires at the end of the visitor’s browser session, records their IP address and time of their most recent visit to this site. The cookie is sent directly from this site, and not by a third party.

This cookie is to determine whether a request is a spammer who is rotating through different IP addresses. It is therefore used to maintain the security of this site and is not used for marketing purposes.

You can block and delete cookies through the settings/tools of your browser. Blocking cookies from this site may reduce some of the functionality of the site.

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.

Email Updates – You can receive notifications of updates to this site in your email inbox, news items and new tour dates. To sign up you have to, obviously, enter your email address, this obviously has to be kept so you can receive the emails. You have to verify your address to receive the emails and there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email sent out. Subscribers are given a reasonable time to verify their email, after such time if the email address isn’t verified it is deleted.

This service is provided by Google’s Feedburner.

Your I.P. Address may be recorded by any/all of the above.


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