Cookies policy

Google offers the best explanation of cookies: “A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. It helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies play an important role. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.”
Everything you need to know about them can be found here: How Google uses cookies and here: Types of cookies used by Google.

More from Google: “Many websites use Google technologies to improve their content and keep it free. When you visit a website that uses our advertising products (like AdSense), social products (like the +1 button) or analytics tools (Google Analytics), your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes, for example, the web address of the page that you’re visiting and your IP address. We may also set cookies on your browser, or read cookies that are already there.”  Read more here: How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps.

According to UK and EU privacy laws (EU user consent policy), all websites using cookies (which are, in fact, most of all existing websites) must obtain the user’s consent for the use of these cookies.

Here is our Cookies policy:

Our website uses cookies. By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

About cookies

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. They may be persistent cookies – which will be stored by the browser and remain valid auntil manually cleared by the user or until its set expiry date or session cookies – which will expire at the end of the user session, when the browser is closed.

Cookies are used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website. They help provide the visitor with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Our cookies

Here are the cookies we use on

wp-settings-time-1, wp-settings-time-2,  wp-settings-1, wp-settings-2 = These cookies have no impact on your user experience, and store no personal information. These cookies are automatically added by the software that runs this website, but we do not use them in any way.
wordpress_test_cookie =  A test cookie to check that cookies can be set at all.
cookie_notice_accepted = A cookie that will remember your consent next time you visit the website.

Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Here is a complete Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites.

The analytics cookies used by our website:

Cookie Name Default Expiration Time Description
__utma 2 years from set/update Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.
__utmb 30 mins from set/update Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc End of browser session Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv 2 years from set/update Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.

Google Analytics’s privacy policy is available at: Google Privacy Policy and here are more useful details : Policy requirements for Google Analytics Advertising Features.

You may opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising or customize Google Display Network ads by using the Google Ads Settings page. You may also prevent your data from being collected and used by Google Analytics by opting out through the use of the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Third party cookies

  • Google AdSense We publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our website. In order to determine your interests, Google will track your behavior on our website, and on other websites across the web, using the DoubleClick cookie.  You can view, delete or add interest categories by visiting: Control your Google Ads.

There is also the possibility of opting out of the AdSense partner network cookie, using those settings or using the NAI’s (Network Advertising Initiative’s) multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising. Yet remember that this also uses cookies, and they will be removed with your manually deleting of cookies, this deleting your opt-out settings.
Please note that if you opt out, you will continue to see the same number of (or more) ads on the web sites you visit, but those ads may be less relevant because they will not be tailored to your perceived interests.

To ensure your opt out settings remain in your browser, use the Google browser plug-in available at: Please read the Privacy Notice. See their privacy policy here: Cookies, Pixels & Similar Technologies

Blocking and removing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, set preferences or delete them manually.

Remember that blocking all cookies may have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, or restrict you from using all the features of a website.