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Ringwood man designing websites at 92
George Barker
George Barker began building awebsite for a local orchestra

"Your mind is always ticking over," 92-year-old George Barker talks about why he is so keen on using the internet.

Just 40% of over 65s have used the net, but the retired engineer from Ringwood, Hampshire is keen to buck the trend.

Mr Barker had used a computer in his working life, but was determined to learn more about PCs when he retired.

In his early eighties he enrolled on courses in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.

Website building

His interest in building websites began by accident when he was pursuing his other main passion in life - playing the viola.

When George became Secretary of the Bournemouth Philharmonic Orchestra Society he was asked to create a website for the orchestra once his computer skills were known about.

Another course beckoned - this time in HTML programming. Learning the code that generates webpages may not be the simplest way to create a site, but Mr Barker explained: "Being an engineer, I like to do things from the bottom up."

At the age of 84 he was back at college learning how to use Dreamweaver software which allowed him to build websites for friends and other organisations of which he was a member.

Since then Mr Barker has built about 10 sites, some of which have been taken over by professionals.

"A lot of pleasure"

He has also used social networking sites to keep in touch with his comrades from his military service during World War II.

To encourage people who are weary about using computers, he has even been working recently as a tutor with those learning web skills.

Mr Barker said: "Your mind is always ticking over over, it gives me something interesting to do all the time.

"I don't live in cyberspace but it gives me a lot of pleasure just to be able to do it."

First Click

In partnership with Race Online 2012, UK online centres, and the Post Office, the BBC is launching First Click, a major new media literacy campaign to encourage the estimated 9.2 million people in the UK who have never used the internet to take the first steps to get online.

If you have a friend or relative who you think could benefit from advice or one of the BBC's free courses then they can call the free phone line, 08000 150 950.

The helpline is being run by Next Step on behalf of BBC Learning and is open from 0800 to 2200, seven days a week.

Internet usage statistics source: Office of National Statistics Opinions survey, Jan-Apr 2010.





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