What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).

The list below describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. We would obviously like you at accept all our cookies so that your visit may help us to improve this website, however you may reject all non essential cookies (those responsible for tracking your visit). Essential cookies are required should you wish to sign-in to the website (and are only set when you do so). They also remember your cookie preferences! So without essential cookies you would be nagged about your cookie preferences every time you visit.

If you are not happy with even our “essential” cookies, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete the cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.). However in so doing you will NOT be able to sign-in.

First Party Cookies

These are cookies that are set by this website directly.

Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. This Analytics data is collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site and is not tied to personally identifiable information. We therefore do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at

We use this data to analyse what visitors read on our website; which pages are popular, how people find us, and are they local. (Take a look at if you wish to see the analysis we perform.)

Summary of Cookies
Cookie Type Duration Description
Post or Comment Persistent 1 Year If you leave a comment on the website e.g. on a page, article or blog post, then a cookie may be stored to ‘remember’ your email address for the next time you post (should you choose the “remember me” option).
Cookie Policy Persistent 1 Year In the footer of each web page on this site you will see a message alerting you of our privacy and cookie policy. If you’ve seen this message once, you probably won’t want to see it again. We use a cookie to remember this setting. User data is all anonymous. The cookie (eucookielaw) is set when you accept the website cookie policy
Google Analytics Persistent 2 Year To understand how people use our site, and to discover areas on our site with issues, we use Google Analytics. Most websites use some sort of analytics program like this. The data it collects helps us to see things like how many people visit our site, which country they are from, how many pages they visited, how fast our site loaded, and so on. All data collected is completely anonymous, it does not identify you as an individual in any way.

  • _ga: Used to distinguish users.
  • _gid: Used to distinguish users.
  • _gat: Used to throttle request rate.

These first party cookies allow Google Analytics to:

  • Determine which domain to measure
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Remember the number and time of previous visits
  • Remember traffic source information
  • Determine the start and end of a session
  • Remember the value of visitor-level custom variables
WordPress Persistent Persistent 1 Year WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs this website. It uses a cookie when logging in and out and is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

  • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]: This is used to remember and customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
WordPress Session Session WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs this website. It uses a cookies when logging in and out and is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

  • wordpress_test_cookie: Set by wordpress to check that cookies can be set. Only set when when you log in to wordpress.
  • wordpress_[hash]: On login, wordpress uses this cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/.
  • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]: After login, wordpress sets the cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are.