Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer or smartphone, whenever you visit a website. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site - for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

How does UK legislation affect me?

It does not affect you in any way apart from the fact that UK sites must have a clear Cookies Policy. You will encounter cookies on most websites that you visit. As part of legislation in the UK, all websites are required to provide additional information on what cookies are, how they are used and what benefits they bring.

Do I need to accept cookies?

Our website simply explains what cookies are, how we use them and what benefits they bring. You are not currently required to do anything, other than read our Cookies Policy to understand a bit more about them.

Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?

Our cookies do not store personal information such as name, address or email address. The cookies that we use for the login functinality are linked to your username only, and are not passed on to third parties.

What cookies are used on the site?

  1. Cookies set by

    (first party cookies) Affiliate information: If you found any of our sites through an affiliate, we generate a cookie to record that information. If you purchase any products, this allows us to credit the affiliate.

  2. Login cookies

    If you have a membership and log in to the members section, we store some essential cookies to allow the website to remember you and keep you logged in.
  3. Third party (other company) cookies

    We use Google Analytics to report on the trends in website traffic. This information may include which pages you visit on the site, how long you spend on certain pages, what browser you are using, and where you clicked from to get to We do not generate any reports which links this information to a specific membership.

  4. Strictly necessary cookies

    PHPSESSID This keeps you logged in to the members section of the website.

  5. Functionality cookies

    testSessionCookie, testPersistentCookie These warn you at login if you don't have cookies enabled phpbb3_* This keeps you logged in to the members forum picsize, style_cookie These remember your preferences within the members site (eg photo set image size) referringSite This allows us to credit any membership purchases against the affiliate who directed you to the site.

  6. Behavioural cookies

    _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz These allow Google Analytics to report on the traffic trends of the website.

If you wish to find out more about cookies, including how to disable them, visit Please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how our website works.