No, not that kind of cookie. Cookies are small files of letters and numbers used on websites to ultimately help improve your overall experience. The next few sections contain information on what cookies are; why we use them; the specific cookies we use and how to control them.


What are cookies?

Cookies are created when you visit a site that uses cookies. Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your device (computer, phone tablet etc) or are placed on the hard drive of your device. 


Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site to provide increased functionality to help us provide you with a better user experience and work towards to improving our website for others.

We don't use any of our cookies to collect personal information about you, only anonymous information and we don't use cookies to target you with online advertising.


What cookies do we use?

Cookies within our site are related to Google Analytics, a very popular tool used to analyse sites usage and traffic, it helps us refine the site and tailor the site’s content.

Here are all the cookies used by this site:

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    This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session within this site. When you view a page on this site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time you visit a different page on this site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as your activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when you pause on a page on this site for longer than 30 minutes.

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    This cookie is typically written to the browser upon your first visit to this site. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits this site, a new cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

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    This cookie stores the type of referral used to reach this site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within this site. The cookie is updated with each page view to this site.

You can switch off these cookies across all sites (not just ours) by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on:


How to control cookies

You can use your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari etc) to allow, switch off or delete cookies on this and other sites. Each web browser is different so check the ‘Help’ function of your particular browser to determine how to update your cookie settings. If you are having difficulty updating your cookie settings, we recommend the site: It contains a step by step guide explaining how to update your cookies settings on most web browsers. Please note that, in a few cases, switching off or deleting cookies may reduce the functionality of or prevent access to certain sites (including this site).

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