Privacy and legal

Important stuff

Yes, it's the obligatory legal bit.

First, a word about privacy.

The only time we collect data about you - as an individual - is if you type it yourself into the Contact form and click Submit. We do not sell or rent this information to anyone else, and will not add you to any mailing lists unless you specifically agree to this. Apart from this, we only know general and publicly-available information like source IP address and the type of web browser you're using. However, despite what we do, it is virtually impossible to run a modern web site without using third-party companies, who may automatically collect your data and use it for various other purposes. These are listed below.

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Now, onto other matters.

This is the part of the page where we explain some of the things that should be bleedin' obvious to any sensible individual (as Basil Fawlty would say), but some people still complain about. So here it is, in writing.

1. This isn't an official guide to the carnival

That should be obvious, but we have to mention it. We know someone will have a moan if we don't. The offical web site is here.

2. There are errors in this web site

We're human. We make mistakes. So it's obvious that, somewhere in this web site, there will be mistakes. Be sensible. Don't take everything literally, and don't use this web site on it's own without checking out what other sources have to say - especially more official sources (see above).

3. We're not judge and jury

Just because we say that something is so, or we believe it to be so, doesn't necessarily mean that it is always that way. Every day the carnival is different, and different people go to the carnival every
day. Things change.

We express our personal views of the carnival on this web site, and you're free to decide whether you agree or disagree. If you have hard evidence showing that we're just plain wrong, then by all means get in touch and we'll look at updating the web site. If you're looking for someone to debate a contentious issue with, you've come to the wrong place - we'd suggest looking for a suitable Internet forum instead. If you're looking to start an argument, there's a place for that too.

4. Applicability

Your use of information on this site is at your own risk, and you assume sole responsibility for determining suitability and fitness for purpose in your own circumstances. We're not licenced tour guides, nor are we qualified travel experts.

Where links to third party sites are provided, these are for convenience and should not be construed as tailored advice or recommendations to purchase. Any resulting contract for supply of goods or services is with the third party (or their agents) being linked to, and not with us. They may have terms and conditions that apply, and the legal jurisdiction may vary from your own, depending on the supplier's location.

5. Genuine comments welcome; others not

Don't send spam. We don't read it. We always report it.

By all means, send Spam Fritters. We haven't found a way to receive them by e-mail, but we're sure there must be some folks working on it.

6. You're responsible for your own actions

If you hadn't read this site, you wouldn't have booked that flight to Venice that you missed because the taxi to the airport ran over your costume while trying to avoid next door's dog that ran out into the road to chase the delivery boy who was delivering a birthday present to that wierd woman at no. 26 who smells of cheese, and who only sends you a Christmas card every year because she's still guilty about that incident with the gerbil.

That's too bad, but it's not our fault!