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Cookies explained

Cookies are small files which can be placed on your computer by webpages to hold pieces of information which can be later retrieved. There are basically two main types of cookies, one being called session or transient cookies and the other being called permanent or persistent. The session type of cookie is only saved into the computer’s memory and it will be removed if you close down your browsers. The persistent type of cookie is saved onto your computer’s hard drive and is given an ‘expiration’ date by the code that stores it and it will remain on your hard drive until that date, unless you manually delete it yourself. There are more details on the different types of cookies there are and their uses here. Some of the common uses of cookies are for counting how many unique people are viewing particular content or for holding some form of ‘userid’ to recognise and individual returning to a website and show them personallised content. Some cookies are stored in plain text, others are encrypted, like those place on your computer by online banks.

Usage of Cookies on this website

On we add Google Analytics code to our pages. This code enables the Google Analytics tool we use to collect information regarding the visitors to our site and their usage of our pages. The cookies concerned are named _utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz. You can disable the placing of these cookies, if you wish, by going to the Google analytics opt-out page and installing the browser addon there. Our website also displays some Google ads which use a cookie called DoubleClick.  There is a plugin, provided by Google, that you can install to opt out of this cookie located here.

The website may also contain adverts in the form of banners created by third parties which could also contain cookies. Cookies placed by banner adverts are normally session type cookies, which count how often the banner has been seen. These would be classed as third party cookies because they do not originate from our website. Third party cookies can also be encountered when clicking any links we have that go to external websites (not owned by Our links to vendor websites go via 3rd party companies. These companies pass traffic from one website to another and keep a note of those customers usually by using a cookie. Then if those customers make a purchase, on the vendor’s website, a commission is awarded to the owner of the website that referred them.

Options in your browser to control cookies

You can change the settings in your browser to prevent any cookies getting stored on your computer, or you can set it so you don’t allow certain types of cookies to be stored. This page contains information on how to get to those options within your particular browser. Alternately this page shows you how to use your browser options to delete the cookies that are on your computer at the moment.

Cookie Law

This statement is to comply with the law which came into force on the 26th May 2011 regarding cookies and their use on EU websites. Cookie Law at has extra information on this law should you wish to find out more.


In compliance with UK data protection laws (our country of residence) this policy informs you of any personal information that is gathered by the website and how we use and protect it.

Since a login is not required to access any of the webpages, the only personal information recorded is the data automatically saved by the webserver. This data is logged when requests for webpages are processed. This information includes the IP address, the browser type being used and the operating system of the requester.

This data is used only for internal purposes of analysing usage of the website and is not passed onto any third parties. This data is protected in accordance with UK data protection laws and internationally recognised standards regarding data protection.

This Cookie and Privacy statement only relates to and not any sites that it links to. Other websites should have their own cookie and privacy policy statements.