We respect your online privacy. We think it is important and should be protected. Our site collects general, freely available information about browser types and visits to the website so we can check how we are doing, understand where people come from, and make improvements. Most sites today do that as a matter of course as part of a hosting or analytics package. We do not, however, collect or store any of your personal information.

This site does use cookies, but only if you choose to accept them. The site can work perfectly well without cookies. Web cookies are not tasty treats - they are just inactive text files sent back by websites to your browser, which then saves them on your computer. After that every time you look at a page on that site, your browser sends back a reference to that individual cookie so that the website knows who it is responding to and which of its pages they have already visited. This is comparable to going to a conference where they temporarily put a name badge on you so people recognise who or what you are as you browse around - without that badge you can mostly walk around fine, but nobody can relate to you in ways made possible by wearing the identification badge and you may not have access to some areas. You probably want to remove that badge as soon as you leave, unless you really want to tell everyone about yourself and where you have been. Without these cookies websites simply cannot remember who you are from one minute to the next, so without cookies you largely cannot log in, set preferences or buy stuff online. But once you have finished you can delete the cookies if you wish.

You control the cookie settings and preferences in your own browser, which lets you block or delete any and all cookies at will, or handle the cookies on a site-by-site basis. It's easy to get the browser to delete all cookies on a regular schedule, for example when you close it, or daily, weekly or monthly, or never. If you just accept all cookies from every site and never delete them, search engines, advertisers and various snoopers gradually build up a scarily complete picture of your online life and interests, so for this reason UK and EU law now require websites to get your consent before they send you their cookies in the first place - it is then your decision to accept or reject those cookies.