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Privacy and cookie policy

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu. For a video about cookies visit www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the April 2012 ICC UK Cookie guide.

This website only uses cookies in the following categories:

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

The funny thing about all this is that the only reason I need to have a 'strictly necessary' cookie is to record whether you, dear reader, have agreed to my cookie policy. And this page of content to talk about cookies contains more words than the rest of the site. All a bit silly really. The EU, which really should have better things to do, issued the “EU Cookie Directive” (2009/136/EC), 26 pages of finely-crafted gobbledigook that takes a specific valid concern - cross-site aggregation of a person's browsing history for advertising purposes - and turns it into a far-reaching set of rules that have cost EU website owners a small fortune to implement. All I'm doing is using Google Analytics. Anyhow, moving on...

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

The website does not use cookies that collect information about your browsing habits in order to tailor advertising and does not exchange information with third parties.