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This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies on this site, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically disable third party advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject. If it does not provide the information you were looking for, or you have any further questions about the use of cookies on, please email [email protected].

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognize a user and respond appropriately.

How does this website use cookies?

A visit to a page on this site may generate the following types of cookie:

  • Site performance cookies
  • Anonymous analytics cookies
  • Geotargeting cookies
  • Registration cookies
  • Session cookies
  • Advertising cookies
  • Third party advertising cookies

Some of these cookies can be placed by third-party services.

Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on this site, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include: lists of recently viewed products, currency settings, type of device used - desktop or mobile, number of products added to cart etc.

Geotargeting cookies

These cookies are used in order to work out what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and is only used to help target content and advertising. Examples include: storage of country code, following the automatic detection based on IP.

Registration cookies

These cookies store data that is specific to a certain user (user code, email address, preferences regarding the storage of account authentication info). When you register with on our site, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with and to show you the information associated with your account.

Session cookies

The session cookie is automatically generated when you access the website and is used to manage web applications (HTTP protocol, filling in certain forms, interaction with particular site elements etc.). This cookie is automatically deleted when you close the browser.

Third party cookies

On certain pages, third-party service providers can set their own anonymous cookies, with the purpose of tracking the success of an application or to customize an application. These cookies can be placed by third-parties such as Web Analytics services (e.g. Google Analytics), advertising services (e.g. Google AdSense), social media platforms (e.g. Facebook), customer chat applications etc.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. Third parties cannot access the cookies owned by this website. For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on this site, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative. They have provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that there are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use on this website.

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful: