A cookie consists of a piece of text sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to keep track of you whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit.
Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Our advertisers/payment service providers may also send you cookies.
Our advertising service providers may send you cookies for the purpose of enabling the service of advertisements based on your previous visits to our website.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
Cookies on this website are used for:
- Analytical/performance purposes – this allows us to recognise and calculate the number of visitors and to see how visitors navigate around the website when they are using it. Therefore helping us improve the way our website functionality for example, by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality purposes – to help us recognise you when you return to our website. This allows us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences and settings (e.g. your choice of language or region).
- Social sharing purposes – this allows you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
|_ga, _gid, _gat||Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.
Google Analytics stores IP address anonamously on its servers in the US, and neither Michael Bell or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data
_ga – Expiration Time = 2 years – Used to distinguish users.
_gid – Expiration Time = 24 hours – Used to distinguish users.
_gat – Expiration Time = 1 minute – Used to throttle request rate
|wfvt_||Cookie set by the Wordfence Security WordPress plugin which notes information about your general geographic location|
|wfwaf-authcookie-||This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin Wordfence. It is used to authenticate user’s login request. This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 day.|
|wordfence _verifiedHuman||Used by Wordfence to protect the site against malicious attacks. This is a strictly necessary cookie.|
|wordpress_sec_||Contains the user’s unique session ID in order to maintain the user’s state (eg. logged in/out) and any related preferences/settings.|
|_lscache_vary||Used to identify if an individual is logged in to our website. This allows us to display relevant cached or non-cached information to that user.|