Cookie Policy

This policy applies to our use of “cookies” in connection with this website.

What are cookies?

If you’ve ever read a newspaper article about the internet, it’s likely that someone, somewhere will have mentioned “cookies”. They may have been explained as an evil and intrusive spying mechanism tracking your every move on the net – or a harmless device designed to make your life easier. Contrary to popular belief, cookies are NOT programs. They don’t do anything at all. They are simple “text files” which you can read using the Notebook program on your own PC. Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID.

How do they work?

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that site, your PC checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant (that is, one containing the site name) and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then “knows” that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. For instance, it can be helpful to vary content according to whether this is your first ever visit to a site – or your 71st.

How do we use cookies?

We don’t! Whilst cookies could provide us with useful metrics on the devices you are using, which country you’re connecting from and which pages you’re spending the most time viewing, we’ve opted not to use cookies. That’s why you won’t see any annoying cookie notifications or consent pop-ups when browsing our website.