Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy (“Policy”) is intended to inform you how our website uses a technology called “cookies” and web server logs. This Policy is intended to assist you in making informed decisions when using our Website. Please take a minute to read and understand the Policy. This Policy should also be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy and our General Terms.

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.

By continuing to use our Website, you are deemed to consent to the use of the cookies described in this Policy. If you do not consent to the use of these cookies then please read the next section of this Policy entitled “Blocking our Use of Cookies”.

Most internet browsers are automatically set up to accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse a cookie or ask your browser to show you where a cookie has been set up. You can block the use of cookies on our Website by activating the settings in your browser. Please visit the “Manage Cookies” section of the All About Cookies website where you can find comprehensive information on cookie management and blocking for a wide variety of browsers. The table below also contains specific information for deleting certain cookies used on our Website.

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.


Our Website uses cookies where they are essential for the operation of our Website, for example cookies are used to determine whether you are logged in to the Website.


Our Website uses cookies to allow the Website to uniquely identify your browsing session on our Website and which allow us to coordinate this information with data from our Website server.


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.


Our Website uses cookies to record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information is used to make the advertising on our Website more relevant to your interests.


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.

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.

You can find more information about the individual cookies used on our Website and the purposes for which they are used in the table below. Please contact us if you require further information about our Website’s use of 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

Name: PUM-###
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.

Name: QODE-LIKE_###
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.

We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies:

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Purpose: These cookies enable us to store information such as the time you visit our Website, whether you have visited before and the website that you visited prior to visiting our Website. For further information about Google Analytics please see: Google’s Privacy Policy for Google Analytics. To opt out of our use of Google Analytics you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

    Purpose: These cookies are set by the Google +1 sharing button. They allow you to share content on our Website with your contacts on the Google Plus network. The majority of these cookies are set if you are logged into your Google account. Google privacy policy:
    Please see the ITV Cookie Policy:
    Please see the BBC Cookie Policy:
    Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, PREF Domain: 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.
    Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, uid, v6f and Searchtoken
    Domain: Name: aka_debug Domain: Purpose: Click here for an overview of privacy at Vimeo:
    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:
    Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, _twitter_sess, guest_id, original_referer, k, and pid
    Domain: 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. Name: k
    Domain: Purpose: If a visitor accesses our Website when not logged into Twitter, and a further cookie if accessed while logged on to Twitter. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy. For more information please see:
    Domain: Purpose: Read more about Facebook’s usage of cookies and their Privacy Policy here: &
    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: Most of our cookies expire within 30 days, although our analytics cookies may persist for 2 years.

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