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What are cookies?

Why all the fuss?

What cookies do we use?

We automatically set the cookies listed below, so if you're using our site you accept that we're doing so. We use two types of cookies:

This is set by our web server. It allows the site to identify you from one page to another during your visit. Your experience on the site would be pretty poor without it.

This cookie disappears when you close your browser. It doesn't contain any personally identifiable information about you, just a random string of letters.

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
We use Google Analytics (lots of websites do) to see how well our site is doing. These cookies are set by Google Analytics and allow us to view some anonymous information about the number of visits we get, the most popular pages and so on.

They don't provide us with any personally identifiable information. __utmc is destroyed when you leave the site and close your browser but the others will hang around and may be there next time you visit.

Other cookies
We also use some widgets on our site to display Tweets and social networking links. It's possible that these might set cookies too so, to be on the safe side, we're letting you know.

Above all, we will never knowingly share any of your personal details with unscrupulous third parties. We don't use cookies to store personal or sensitive information. We don't use them to follow you around the web or send you spam emails or phone you when you're eating dinner. It's all a bit far fetched anyway, but we take this stuff seriously.

But I don't want to accept any cookies

We hope that you're reassured by this explanation of what cookies we use and why we do so. If you do wish to block cookies from any sites, you can do so by changing your browser settings. Below are links to the appropriate pages for the most popular browsers.

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Internet Explorer 9




More about cookies

A quick search for "EU cookie directive" will return a bewildering number of results. Below are a few sites we've found useful in our research. We're not experts and we're certainly not lawyers but we care about this stuff. After all, we use the internet too.