We’re not talking about those round ones you bake in the oven, though they are rather lovely. We’re talking about web cookies. Not sure? We’ve got it covered: here’s a simple explanation of what they are, why they matter, and why everyone has been talking about them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of data (information) stored by websites on your computer. Cookies are normally only stored temporarily on your computer in your web browser’s temporary data store. The duration that a cookie actually stays on your computer is determined by the website that stored the cookie and your web browser settings.

Why cookies?

Cookies can help us to improve your experience as a visitor. They allow us to collect information about visitor patterns, remember your preferences and find out what you like by tracking the popularity of our content. In fact most, if not all, of the websites that you regularly use set (save) cookies of some kind during your visit.

Should I worry about cookies?

Privacy is a concern for many in our increasingly interconnected world, but in most cases cookies are only there to improve your experience or anonymously track your visit. If you are worried about your privacy then you should find out what type of cookies are set by each website you visit in order to ensure that you agree with their use. Read the table below to find out what we do with cookies.

Cookies we use

Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics* __utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile analytical 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.

*Google Analytics is a popular web analytics service by Google.

I don’t want any cookies!

You can delete the cookies we use at any time by clearing your web browser’s browsing history and cache. If you do not agree to the cookies we use then you may disable cookies entirely or stop using our website. We really don’t want to see you go, so if the cookies we use are a concern to you then the easiest option is to disable cookies.

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