What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them. These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications. We like to think all the cookies used on this site are fairly innocuous but that’s for you to judge.
What cookies do we use?
This website uses a ‘Content Management System’ (CMS) and relies on ‘session cookies’ to function.
No personal information of any sort stored in this cookie and it is destroyed when a user leaves the website ie ‘at the end of a session’.
Anonymous tracking software – Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics (just like virtually everybody else) a service provided by Google.
They gather anonymous data of how people are using this site and then provide us with visitor statistics, details of page views etc. You can think of it as being a bit like CCTV but one that automatically blurs your face so we can see what people have done, but not who.
If you are anti-Google you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics at
(we’d prefer you didn’t though as this data is seriously helpful to us in improving our website).
There are so many great free toys you can add to websites these days and rarely can we resist – anything from Twitter buttons to software that powers blog comments. Collectively they make our website more interesting to you as a site visitor. Sadly most of these come with cookies – that’s the ‘price of free’. So if this site uses ‘widgets’ such as Twitter feeds, Social Networking links, YouTube or Vimeo video you may find it is setting cookies as you surf this site.
They probably just collect details of pages visited, anonymise it, aggregate it with several thousand or million others people’s anonymous data and then look at pretty graphs. In many cases, the cookies are used to generate identical information to Google Analytics (see above) and indeed use Google Analytics, so opting-out of Google Analytics will also opt you out of these cookies too.
How do I turn cookies off?
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
To find out more about cookies and how to disable them click here.