When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the Internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you.

Cookies set by this website

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using this site; ‘First party cookies’ and ‘Third party cookies’.

First party cookies: these are our own cookies and are necessary in order for this website to function.

Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site.

As this site uses different cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

First party cookies


Name: SESSxxxID

Purpose: Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session. 

Typical content: A unique id that ties the current session to a database settings table.

Expires: When you close your browser.


Name: comment_author

Purpose: This helps the website remember your name when you comment on a post.

Typical content: Your name.

Expires: One year from the time is it set.


Name: comment__author_email

Purpose: This helps the website remember your email address when you comment on a post.

Typical content: Your email address.

Expires: One year from the time is it set.


Name: comment_author_url

Purpose: This helps the website remember your URL should you enter one when you comment on a post.

Typical content: Your website URL.

Expires: One year from the time is it set.


Third party cookies

We use Google Analytics who also set cookies on your machine when you visit this website. This site does not control the dissemination of these cookies.

Provider: Google Analytics

Name: __utma

Purpose: Provides a unique ID for each web browser that visits this site.

Expires: 2 years from set/update.


Provider: Google Analytics

Name: __utmb

Purpose: Used to establish and continue a user session with this website.

Expires: 30 minutes from set/update.


Provider: Google Analytics

Name: _utmc

Purpose: Used to establish and continue a user session with this website.

Expires: When you close your browser.


Provider: Google Analytics

Name: _utmz

Purpose: Used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within this site.

Expires: 6 months from set/update.

If you would like more information, please refer to Cookies & Google Analytics and Google’s Privacy Policy.