What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website. Cookies help us to improve our website and deliver a better and more personalised service to you.

We may use cookies to collect information about your computer including your IP address, operating system and browser type for the purposes of, but not limited to, system administration, aggregating information and statistical and auditing purposes.

An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when connecting to the internet. This information does not identify you personally.

You may refuse to accept cookies or to be alerted when a cookie is being sent by activating the relevant setting on your browser. If you choose not to accept cookies our website may not function properly.

What cookies are used?

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. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

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.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website 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.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Purpose Name Type Expiry Date
AddThis Analytics/FunctionalityAddThis is a social bookmarking service that allows us to add social media sharing widgets and buttons to our website. The AddThis cookies track and analyse data around the content shared through these widgets.This information does not directly identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, the visitor may opt to share their email address with AddThis to facilitate the services. These email addresses are not used for online behavioural advertising.

Find out more about AddThis’ privacy policy at

__atuvs Persistent Daily
    __atuvc Persistent 05/05/19
Browser Session Strictly NecessaryThis cookie is set by our website when a user visits the site and is an essential cookie for the operation of the website. This cookie does not display any identifiable or tracking information and is deleted when the user closes their browser. PHPSESSID Session N/a
Disqus FunctionalityDisqus is a commenting service that allows users to add comments to certain articles on this and other websites. Disqus saves your previous usernames in cookies so that you don’t have to sign in every time you use the same computer.

Find out more about Disqus’ cookies at

disqus_unique Persistent 05/05/18
    G_ENABLED_IDPS Persistent 31/12/99
    __jid Persistent Daily
    __utmz Persistent 03/11/17
    __utmc Session N/a
    __utmb Persistent Daily
    __utma Persistent 05/05/19
    __utmt Persistent Daily
Google Analytics Analytical/PerformanceThese cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Find out more about Google’s privacy policy at

_ga Persistent Daily
    _gid Persistent 06/05/17
    _gat Persistent Daily
MailChimp FunctionalityThis cookie is used to remember your preferences for the mailing list pop-up form display. chimpy_t Persistent Daily
Scroll Position FunctionalityThis cookie is used to track scroll position within a page. gsScrollPos Session N/a
Soundcloud FunctionalitySoundCloud is a music and audio platform. SoundCloud cookies recognise you when you visit our website.

Find out more about SoundCloud cookies at

sc_anonymous_id Persistent 26/03/26
Wordfence SecurityWordfence is a security plug-in that helps keep the site safe and secure.Wordfence uses cookies for three tasks:To uniquely identify visitors shown in Wordfence Live traffic.To track a user who was previously logged into WordPress but has logged out to ensure that Falcon cache does not show that user cached pages.If a user has visited a unique page that allows them to bypass country blocking a cookie is set to identify that user so that country blocking does not prevent them from viewing the site.

Find out more about Wordfence cookies at

wordfence_verifiedHuman Persistent Daily
    wfvt_3931232530 Persistent Daily

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