Cookie Policy

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Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:


The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

NameTypical ContentExpires
_utmaGoogle Analytics26 months
_utmbGoogle Analytics30 minutes
_utmcGoogle Analyticswhen you close your browser
_utmxGoogle Analytics26 months
_utmxxGoogle Analytics2 years
_utmzGoogle Analytics6 months


We use Facebook, Google + and Twitter counters and follow buttons on our site to promote and display how popular our posts and pages are on these social networks. These counters and buttons may drop 3rd party cookies.

If you would like to know more about these cookies you can find further information in the below privacy pages of the individual networks.

Facebook & Twitter (Social Network – 3rd Party Cookie)

NameTypical ContentExpires
datrFacebook2 years
luFacebook2 years
_twitter_sessTwitterwhen you close your browser
PidTwitter2 years
guess_idTwitter2 years
kTwitter6 days
original_refererTwitterwhen you close your browser

We have placed cookies on our computer already to help us give the experience you expect.  By continuing to use our website, you’re agreeing to our use of cookies. You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

For more information about cookies, please refer to the Information Commissioners’ Office.