Last updated 9th February 2019
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What are cookies?
A session cookie lasts only while you are browsing a website and is removed when you close the website. These are typically used for tracking your actions on a website, such as remembering the items you have put in a shopping cart on an e-commerce store. We don’t use session cookies.
A persistent cookie remains in your browser for a predefined amount of time after you have closed the website. We use persistent cookies to remember your cookie settings on this website, to gather anonymous information about you and the pages you visit on this website, and to improve our security. We’ll tell you more about these cookies now.
What cookies does this website use, and why?
We use five cookies on this website and they are known as ‘First Person’ cookies because they are set by our website. Two of them are also known as ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies because they are essential for our website and security. (We didn’t make these names up, but have to point them out to you).
Strictly Necessary cookies
This cookie is set by Cloudflare to prevent unsafe traffic from visiting our website. Cloudflare is a company which provides some of the technology we use to host this website. This cookie stays in your browser for one year, unless you clear cookies from your browser before then. It does not store any personal information about you.
This is the cookie set by our Cookie Consent box and records whether or not you accept all cookies on this website. It doesn’t store any personal information, just a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ indicating whether or not you are OK with cookies.
You cannot disable these strictly necessary cookies from within our website. However you can disable cookies in your web browser. Information on how do this this can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.
Google Analytics cookies
_ga – duration 2 years.
_gid – duration 24 hours.
_gat_gtag_UA_129372676_1 – duration 1 hour.
We use Google Analytics for analysis and statistics on our website use and website visitors. These three cookies work together to provide us with information about when and how many times our website is visited, which pages are viewed and for how long.
Google Analytics cookies work by recording anonymous information about your use of our website. It does include information about the link or browser you used to visit our website, what pages you visited on our website and how long you spent on them. This information is transmitted to Google, not to us.
Google may have other anonymous information about you including the location of where you logged onto the website, your demographics (age, gender) and possibly your interests. All of this information helps us to understand who our visitors are, in a general sense, so we can then improve our website and publish information that our visitors are most interested in.
Change your cookie preferences
We don’t have to ask for your consent to use Google Analytics to gather statistics about our website use. Even so, we think it’s polite to do so.
If you want to disable Google Analytics cookies you can do so by clicking on this ‘stop cookies’ button Stop Cookies. Unfortunately doing this means we won’t be able to use information about your visit to help us improve this website.
If you want to disable Google Analytics for this and any other website, you can use Google’s Analytics Opt-Out browser plug-in.
If you change your mind after disabling Google Analytics cookies on our website, you can enable them again by clicking on this ‘accept cookies’ button Accept Cookies.
Change Cookie Settings in your Browser.
You can also modify your Cookie preferences directly from your browser. Almost all browsers allow you to detect Cookies and block them or warn you about them automatically. We don’t recommend blocking cookies because it can seriously affect the way some websites operate, particularly e-commerce shopping sites.
Browser-specific help with cookies can be found in the links below.
Changes to the Cookies Policy
We reserve the right to modify this Cookies Policy at any time. If we decide to change our Cookies Policy, we will post the updates here. We reserve the right to amend, update or adapt this Cookies Policy to reflect any changes in the functionality of our Site, legislation or in the interpretation by the relevant data protection laws.