Information about our use of cookies

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.

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.

Types of cookies

First party cookies are set by the website that you are visiting.

Third party cookies are set by a party other than the owner of the website you are visiting (i.e. a third party). Typically, third party cookies will be set by the organisations providing analytics services to the website owner (e.g. Google Analytics) or advertising network providers.

Session cookies are stored only during a browsing session and are removed from your device when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies remain on your device even when the browser is closed.  Persistent cookies enable a website to remember you on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing your experience of services or functions offered (e.g. by remembering preferences).

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).
    •    Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it (if any) more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

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

Unique Session Cookie
Browser is closed
This is a site specific session cookie  which allows us to obtain site visit statistics and enables the shopping cart function to operate

Unique Session Cookie
48 hours
This is a site specific session cookie  which allows us to obtain site visit statistics and enables the shopping cart function to operate

Remember (logged in)
48 hours
This cookie is used to indicate if you have asked us to remember you.

Various cookies used in the WordPress blog on this site
These are used to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.
2 weeks from the time they are set
For more details, please click here

The AddThis buttons on this site, which enable you to share content from our site across your favourite social networks, set a number of cookies. These cookies are set on the domain, as follows:

This is a geolocation cookie, so we know approximately where people sharing information are located

This is a load balancer cookie

This is a behavior targeting cookie

This is a real-time service cookie

phpbb3_* and style_cookie
These cookies are set by the support forum software

Google analytics tracking

For more information on how Google Analytics uses cookies, click here

Uniquely assigned user ID and login time tracking

These cookies are used in recording user sharing and social activity

Date tracking cookies for determining expiration of other cookies

Service share history, used for configuring preferred services

These cookies are used to record your specified sharing preferences

Used to record your preferences on whether to see toolbar download options

The AddThis tools may expose visitors to various advertising partners, who may in turn set cookies themselves. Any cookies delivered in this way will only be set on the partner's domain.

The Twitter widget on this site uses the following cookies:


These are persistent cookies
2 years
For more information, please click here

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

For more information on how to remove cookies or prevent cookies from being created on your particular browser, visit the Managing Cookies section of

Further information about cookies
If you would like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit or  Please note that we cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites including and/or



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