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BajanThings Privacy Policy

BajanThings is a hobby site which was launched in December 2014 by cousins William Burton who is based in Barbados and Peter Burton who is based in the United Kingdom. The domain bajanthings.com has been owned since 2005.

BajanThings.com is about Bajan things… Our focus is on Bajan history. Handed down Bajan stories. Bajan folklore. Bajan people. Bajans who made their mark on the world stage. Hiking in Barbados. Bajans hiking and exploring foreign destinations.

BajanThings do not:

  • sell products/services on this website.
  • promote businesses on this website.
  • solicit donations or sponsorships on this website.

BajanThings use ads on the site to help contribute to the annual to costs of maintaining BajanThings.com. Contrary to popular belief advertising revenue on BajanThings does not cover the cost of: domain registration, hosting, the annual cost of the WordPress theme, cache management, dynamic image delivery or the specialist plugins needed to maintain BajanThings.com.

This privacy policy sets out how BajanThings uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website: https://www.bajanthings.com/

BajanThings is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

BajanThings may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

This policy became effective from: 1st May 2018 and was last updated on 6th April 2024.


What BajanThings collects

Non-personally-identifying information

Like most website operators, we collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as:

  • the browser type
  • language preference
  • referring site
  • the date and time of each visitor request.

Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how BajanThings visitors use our website. From time to time, BajanThings may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Potentially personally-identifying information

An Internet Protocol (IP) address in isolation is not personal data. However, an IP address can become personal data when combined with other information or when used to build a profile of an individual, even if that individual’s name is unknown.

We collect potentially personally-identifying information like IP addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the BajanThings website or sending us e-mails via the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar.  We also collect visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

BajanThings only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and e-mail addresses are visible and disclosed to the BajanThings website administrators where the comment was left.

Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the BajanThings websites choose to interact with BajanThings in ways that require BajanThings to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that BajanThings gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. This might include:

  • Your name.
  • Your contact information including e-mail address, physical address, post-code and telephone number.
  • Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service.  In particular we use the information for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping such as registered subscribers.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about: new posts, new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the e-mail address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. This will primarily be by email but could be by phone, fax or mail.
  • We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

In each case, BajanThings collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of your interaction with BajanThings.

Controlling your personal information

BajanThings discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organisations that need to know that information in order to process it on behalf of BajanThings or to provide services available at BajanThings websites.  Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organisations may be located outside of your home country; by using BajanThings’ websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information. If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information, you may change your mind at any time by e-mailing us by clicking on the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

The BajanThings.com subscriber list allows you to be kept informed when there are updates to BajanThings.com.  If you have previously subscribed to the BajanThings.com automated e-mail update service you can easily unsubscribe.  Go to the Subscriber panel at the top right of most pages or click here for the dedicated BajanThings.com Subscribe / Unsubscribe page.  To unsubscribe add in your e-mail address and press the UNSUBSCRIBE button. Your e-mail address will automatically be removed from our subscriber list.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 / EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please e-mail us by clicking on the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete please e-mail us by clicking on the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar.  We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

BajanThings takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorised access, use, alteration of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Aggregated Statistics

BajanThings may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. BajanThings may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, BajanThings does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described here.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

This site is built using the self hosted version of WordPress produced by Automatic with plug-ins by JetPack and other third parties like Google.


BajanThings Comments Policy

Comments are intended to add to the conversation around a blog post. We welcome comments on all blog posts and will accept any reasonable or constructive comment or criticism that contributes to debate. If you have a substantial point to make, consider reviewing the Contributions Policy and submitting a blog idea by clicking on the the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar and choose from the drop down link: “I have and idea for and article” or “I’d like to submit an article“.

Enter your comment below the individual post. We operate a propriety filter, so comments are routed to the blog editor and not posted for public view until they have been checked. There will be a delay in posting out of hours or when we are very busy.

We operate our comments system under the following guidelines:

  • Email privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are not published on the blog, nor shared. They may be used by the blog editors to privately contact the commenter.
  • Language and manners: This blog is for a wide audience, and comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or language considered by the blog editors to be rude and offensive, will be edited or deleted.
  • No personal attack comments permitted: No personal attacks are permitted in this blog’s comments. You may question or argue the content, but not attack the author, nor any other commenters.
  • A comment is conversation: A comment which does not add to the conversation, that runs off on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, moved, or deleted.
  • Limit links: This blog is setup to automatically hold any blog comment with one or more links in moderation, which may delay your comment from appearing on this blog. Any blog comment with more than four links could be marked as comment spam.
  • What to do if your comment does not appear: If you leave a comment on this blog and it does not appear in a reasonable time period, and you think that it does not violate this Contributions and Comments Policy, please use the Contact Burts link in the navigation bar to contact the BajanThings editors.
  • Blocked Commenters: Anyone who violates this Contributions and Comments Policy may be blocked from future access and/or contributing to this blog.
  • All rights reserved: BajanThings reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments. BajanThings also have the right to block access to any individual or group of people from commenting on a specific blog or from the entire blog.
  • Personal opinion: The views expressed in the posts, comments, and replies on this blog are the personal opinions of the authors.
  • Comment spam: Any comment assumed to be possible comment spam will be deleted and marked as comment spam.
  • Trackbacks are comments: All trackbacks will be treated in line with our Contributions Policy.

BajanThings Contributions Policy

Contributions to the blog will be published at the discretion of the BajanThings editor. By contributing to the blog, you agree to the blog editor making minor stylistic changes (grammar, spellings, clarity etc) to your contribution. The BajanThings editor will not make any major changes to the submission without the author’s permission.


BajanThings Style guide

BajanThings posts are generally 600-1200 words and should include an introduction and conclusion.

Longer posts may benefit from subheadings. Topics should have a clear connection to Barbados. If you’re not sure about your topic, please get in touch before producing a draft.

Please send your draft as a Word document. Include any links to relevant videos or podcasts, or back to research papers and other sources. Provide any suitable images or charts as jpgs and include full image credits. Include a headshot and short biographical note to accompany the piece.
Editorial guidelines

BajanThings primary aim is to enhance readability to the blog’s wider audience. We will edit for consistency with other blogs and come back to the author if significant changes are needed.

These edits may include shortening of text if the article is above our stated word limit – unless we have agreed a different word limit with you – and the addition of a narrative-style title to sum up the post’s main findings.

Once these edits and revisions are complete, we will send the final version of the blog article to authors with an estimated date and time of publication, and give the author an opportunity to make any further edits they deem are necessary.


Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


i) BajanThings and/or Bajan Things

BajanThings.com is not associated and/or linked to BajanThings and/or Bajan Things who appear to be a Barbados based online advertising and marketing firm who specialise in email, web, mobile & social media advertising, who are a JillAnDEE LLC company who use the following domains / social media handles:

  • https://bajanthings.bb/ forwards to https://bajanthings.biz/
  • https://bajanthings.biz/
  • https://twitter.com/bajanthings/
  • https://www.facebook.com/BajanThings/
  • https://www.instagram.com/bajanthingsbiz/
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/bajan-things-16116767/

ii) ThingsBajan and/or Things Bajan

BajanThings.com is not associated and/or linked to ThingsBajan and/or Things Bajan who appear to be a [now defunct] Barbados based online advertising and marketing firm who use the following domain / social media handle:

  • https://thingsbajan.com/
    [This domain appears to be no longer valid, but can be seen via the WayBackMachine.]
  • https://twitter.com/ThingsBajan/
    [Last post 18 Feb 2021.]

iii) Social Media hashtag: #bajanthings

BajanThings.com is not associated and/or linked to the hashtag #bajanthings (no spaces) that is typically used on Social Media platforms to tie various social media posts together and relate them to a topic. Examples include:

  • https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/bajanthings/
  • https://twitter.com/hashtag/bajanthings/


Ads on BajanThings

Ads appearing on BajanThings may be delivered to users by our advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an on-line advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows our ad partners to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by BajanThings and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertiser.

The ads that appear on this site are provided by:

  • Google AdSense who in turn may include feeds from other ad networks.

The above aim to place relevant and targeted ads based on your activity online. Data may be collected by our ad partners for the purpose of displaying Interest-Based Advertising.

The Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) is the leading self-regulatory association exclusively for digital advertising companies.
Click here for the NAI-approved Opt-Out mechanism for Interest-Based Advertising.

To view the Google AdSense privacy policy please go to:
https://policies.google.com/privacy
https://support.google.com/adsense/


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