We may store information about your visit using cookies (files which are sent by us to your computer or other access device) which we can access when you visit our website again in future. We do this for a number of reasons, including recognising your preferences so you don't need to re-enter them on every visit and monitoring site performance and content popularity.

In addition, some third-party services featured on our site may use cookies for similar purposes. All cookies are anonymous and cannot be used to identify you.

By using our site, we assume that you're happy to use cookies but if desired, cookies can be disabled through your browser settings. See your browser's options or help pages for more information. Please note, however, that by deleting or disabling our cookies you may not be able to access certain features of our site.

Listed below is information about the types of cookies used on our website and links to enable you to find out more about them.

Age Exchange

We use cookies to record whether a custom text size has been selected on certain pages (textsize expires in 1 month). We also use a cookie (cookiesmsg expires in 2 years) to record whether you have acknowledged the message about cookies on the Home page.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor site performance, content popularity and other quality indicators. Using this service will set cookies from our site which contain anonymous data:

__utma, which contains a unique ID to record visits from the same user and expires after two years

__utmb, to record the start of a session and expires after 30 minutes

__utmc, a session cookie which only lasts while you view the site

__utmz, to record where a visitor came from previously and expires after six months.

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Google may also use an id cookie set via it's DoubleClick service to monitor browser version - more details


We use AddThis to allow sharing of content. Using this feature sets cookies, __atuvc, di, dt, uid and uit. More information >


We use Statcounter to monitor site usage and popularity. This sets cookie is_unique. More information >


Our Home page displays a Twitter feed. This plug-in sets  cookies – _twitter_sess, guest_id, k, pid and original_referer – which range from sessional to two years, and are set in accordance with Twitter's Privacy Policy


Some of our pages may display embedded YouTube videos, which set two cookies: PREF and VISITOR_INFO_LIVE.

YouTube, as part of Google, uses Google's Privacy Policy.