Cookie policy

This site uses cookies, we can categorise these as essential and non-essential. This article sets out to explain what cookies are set, who is setting them and why they are set.

You can set your preference for the use of cookies on this website via the cookie settings page.

Essential cookies

Essential cookies are required for this site to function, consent for these types of cookies is not required and they will be automatically set on your first visit. You can remove these cookies, doing so may cause the site to not function or perform as intended.

I use CloudFlare to enhance the speed in which my site is delivered to you. It is also used to protect my site from any malicious DDoS attacks and restrict access from certain geographic locations.

CloudFlare sets the following cookie automatically on your first visit, it can only be removed by yourself via your browser settings. You can learn more about this cookie on the CloudFlare website.

Name Purpose Expires
__cfduid To improve my site security by identifying trusted web traffic 1 year

Cookie preferences
New and returning visitors to my site will see a pop-up information bar, it contains a message to inform you that this site uses cookies. A cookie will be set to remember your preference for the setting of non-essential cookies.

Name Purpose Expires
_cookieprefs To let me know you’ve dismissed the cookie bar notice and to store your preference for the use of non-essential cookies 1 year

Non-essential cookies

Non-essential cookies are intended to enhance the site for its users and myself, they are not essential to its functionality or performance. These types of cookies will not be set unless you provide consent for me or a third party to do so.

Non-essential cookies can include both first and third party cookies. First party cookies are set under my domain of, third party cookies are set by a third party service under their own domain.

Agreeing to the use of non-essential cookies may enable tracking of how you use of this site, this information may with other services for both analytical and advertising purposes. Where possible I have provided a link on how to opt out of tracking.

On opting out of the use of non-essential cookies, any services using these types of cookies will cease to function. Non-essential cookies previously set will remain on your device, you can remove these cookies using your browser / device settings. Information on how to do so can be found here.

First party cookies

Google Analytics
I use Google Analytics to identify how you interact with my website. This allows me to track its performance and make necessary improvements for the benefit of yourself and other visitors.

The information gathered by Google Analytics includes:

  • how you arrived at my website
  • what pages you viewed on my website
  • how long you spent on my website
  • what device, browser and operating system you used
  • your geographic location based on your anonymised IP address

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps me identify how many users visit my site by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps me identify how many users visit my site by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat This is used to throttle the rate in which page requests to my site are made 1 minute

Intercom messenger
I use Intercom messenger to engage with my users and assist them in real-time with any questions they may have. To allow the messenger application to function I must store a cookie to allow my users to continue their conversation if they refresh the page or leave and then return to the site at a later time.

Name Purpose Expires
intercom-id- To allow my users to engage in conversations with me 9 months

Third party cookies

YouTube / Google Maps
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Removing cookies

You can remove any previously set cookies by using your browser / device settings, below are links on how to do this for the most popular browsers and devices.

Desktop / iOS / Android

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Desktop / iOS

Internet Explorer