What are ‘cookies’ and what do they do?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, a computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.
Information gathered through cookies may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed and the time spent at our Website.
For further details on cookies, please visit All About Cookies where you can find comprehensive information on cookies and similar technologies.
What happens if I block cookies?
In order to use certain services offered through our Website, your web browser must accept cookies. If you choose to withhold consent, or subsequently block cookies, some aspects of the Website may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our Website.
Strictly necessary cookies
Our Website uses “analytics” cookies which, in conjunction with our web server’s log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our Website and which parts of our Website are most popular. This helps us gather feedback so that we can improve our Website and better serve our users. We do not generally store any personal information that you provide to us in such cookies.
Local shared objects (Flash cookies)
Our Website may use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video content services, such as Vimeo, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and our own flash player throughout our Website. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects – or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known – are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on your device in much the same way as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.
The cookies used on this website may change
Please note that the cookies used on our Website may change from time to time. You should check back regularly to see if we have made any changes to this Policy and the cookies referred to in it.
First party cookies
Purpose: Session Identifier. Used to determine if a user is logged in (for commenting and for admin privileges). Used to store guest information so on next load of a guest reply form the guest user information that the user entered previously is already pre-filled. Used for request validation to help secure forms.
Purpose: When users accept the ‘Cookie notice’ with the related plugin
Purpose: A cookie attached to the Pop Up Manager plugin. Cookies using this ID indicate actions on pop ups; for example when one is closed so it doesn’t display again.
Purpose: A cookie with this ID relates to the ‘Like’ actions on the site (News articles, pages, products, posts), this cookie remembers when a user ‘Likes’ a piece of content.
Purpose: A cookie which logs when a user views a certain post on the site. This cookie is used to determine how many views a post has, enabling filter and popularity lists.
Purpose: A cookie which logs when a user makes a ‘reaction’ to a post with ‘reactions’ enabled.
Cookies for performance
We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies:
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Third party cookies
Name: APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID, S, S_adsense, BEAT, ULS
Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, PREF
Purpose: We may use YouTube to host video content. When you view a web page on our site with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies.
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Purpose: Click here for an overview of privacy at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/privacy/policy
Adobe Flash Cookies
The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain or for all websites.
For further information please see: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security
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Purpose: We may use the Twitter “Follow Button” plugin to help us market our business using Twitter. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our website and uses this information to present either a “Follow” or “You Follow” message with various other details from Twitter.
If you signup for our newsletter, there may cookies set by MailChimp (the newsletter service we use) containing anonymous, non personally-identifiable information to identify if you signed correctly and how you use MailChimp. We do not control these cookies.
More information: http://www.mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/
Most of our cookies expire within 30 days, although our analytics cookies may persist for 2 years.