Cookie Policy

This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience. Most big websites use cookies.

They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. We don’t gather personal information about you, which we then share with others.

To learn more about cookies and how you can control them, visit

What are ‘cookies’?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) 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 recognise a user and respond appropriately.

If you’d like to change your cookie settings, or remove cookies go to the Help section of your web browser.

We use 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.

Cookies Name More information
Session ID TPP This cookie holds voting information and enables us to provide voting services to you. This cookie expires at the end of your session.
Load Balancer X-Mapping This cookie is set by Rackspace (our web hosting provider) and is used by their load balancer to tie each visitor's session with a specific web server for the duration of the session. This allows us to meet the demands of any spike in visitors.
Cookie Notice seenCookieNotice This cookie is set once you have seen the website's cookie notice
Google Analytics _utma _utmb _utmc _utmz These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in a way that does not identify a visitor, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Overview of privacy at Google You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.
YouTube PREF VISITOR_INFO!_LIVE use_hitbox YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the accuracy of video statistics, prevent fraud and to improve the site experience. For further information, read YouTube's privacy policy
Twitter _utma _utmb _utmc _utmv _utmz twitter_sess ab_sess_empty_timeline_176 guest_id k pd t1 twll external_referer js original_referer Our site enables Twitter functionality. Therefore, Twitter will automatically set cookies. For more information read about Twitter's privacy policy
Facebook act c_user csm datr locale lu p presence s xs Our site uses Facebook functionality. Therefore, Facebook cookies will automatically be set. For more information read Facebook's Cookie policy