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What is a cookie?


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the sites.

Further information on cookies can be found at:

Use of cookies on our websites


When you visit our sites, we may use one or more cookies to make our sites easier for you to use and to personalize your online experience. Through the use of a cookie, we also may automatically collect information about your online activity on our sites, such as the web pages you visit, the links you click, and the amount of time you spend on the website. You can remove or block cookies using your settings in most browsers, but if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use some of the features offered on our sites

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.


Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
__sharethis_cookie_test__ Session cookie Used for the Sharethis function, allowing you to share pages from the website with others. Sharethis may use information collected to serve adverts to you based on your previous visits to this website or other websites.
__unam 276 days Cookie is set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed and navigated, and time spent on pages.
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
_gat 10 minutes Cookie is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
_gid 24 hours Used to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
_pum-2983 1 month Cookie is used to track the acceptance of cookie policy


How do I change my cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers, click on the following links:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit