How we use cookies on this site

Cookies are tiny text files that have been used by web developers and websites to remember details that make a user’s experience more efficient since 1994. They are stored for varying periods of time on your computer, from the duration of  your visit to a few months or more.

Cookies are then passed back to the server with every subsequent request for a page in that site. They can only be accessed by the server that put them there and they can only contain information that you or your browser has provided.

Cookie types & classification

There are two types of cookie, first party cookies – ones that this site places on your machine and third party cookies ones that are placed by third party content providers.

There are four classifications of cookie:

  • Essential – Required for a website to function, for example to mark someone as logged in.
  • Non-Essential but harmless – Not essential to the core functionality of the site but doesn’t get used for tracking a user.
  • Fairly intrusive – Used to facilitate the statistical collation of user behaviour but does not contain any personally identifiable information.
  • Very intrusive – Used to facilitate the tracking of personal browsing habits and potentially contains personally identifiable information.

The law in the E.U. and in particular the UK states that a website can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of this site but for all others we need your permission to do so.

The cookies that we use does use some non-essential cookies. We do not use these to track nor personally identify an individual but to gain useful knowledge about how our site is used so that we can improve and enhance the site for its users. Without this knowledge were are shooting in the dark and will be guessing at what works for you and what doesn’t.

First party cookies on this site

We place one non-essential first party cookie on your machine. This is used to support visitor analytics and to distinguish users i.e. new visitors vs repeat visitors.

Third party cookies on this site

We analyse your usage

This site uses Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to analyse how users use the site. It counts the number of visitors and tells us things about their behaviour overall – such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views. Please read this article for information on what cookies Google uses in providing the analytics service.

Your continued browsing of this site implies your consent for us to use cookies. If you would rather not accept cookie then please use your browser settings to disable cookies for this domain.

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Any cookies dropped on your machine from this website will have the host name

What happens if I remove or disable cookies for this website?

If you decide to delete or disable cookies for this website then you will still be able to use the site. Your use of the site will not be counted in our statistics nor will your usage behaviour factor in our analyses of site usage. Any enhanced features specifically based around your usage will cease to function.