Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

You can read more about how this site uses cookies in our Privacy Policy here.

Here is information on the types of cookies used on this site. As a guideline, we distinguish between essential and non-essential cookies. Deleting essential cookies may result in the site not functioning as it should.

Non-essential cookies

These are used to track user interaction and detect potential problems. These help us improve our services by providing analytical data on how users use this site. In common with very many other sites, this site uses Google Analytics.

For more information, see what Google has to say here.

CookieTypeDurationDescription
_gapersistent2 yearsUsed by Google Analytics to distinguish users
_gatpersistent24 hoursUsed by Google Analytics to distinguish users. Used to differentiate between the different tracking objects created in the session
_gidpersistent1 minuteUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. Google Analytics uses this cookie to store and update a unique value for each page visited
comment_author_{HASH}persistentJust under 1 yearWhen visitors comment on my blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment.
comment_author_email_{HASH}persistentJust under 1 yearWhen visitors comment on my blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment
comment_author_url_{HASH}persistentJust under 1 yearWhen visitors comment on my blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment.

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are necessary for the site to function properly. Examples are:

viewed_cookie_policy: Used by WordPress to help the GDPR-compliance consent facility on the site to function effectively.

wordpress_logged_in, wordpress_sec, wordpress_test_cookie, wp-settings-1, and wp-settings-time-1: used when a user is logged in to the site, and possibly for the main site

Third party cookies
Through clicking on links on this site you may connect through to other websites and they may use their own cookies. Thses sites may include staticxx.facebook.com, facebook.com, platform.twitter.com, or youtube.com. We are not responsible for these third party websites’ privacy and cookie policies and on accessing their sites you are advised to check their policies.