A Leyland couple think they might have the UK’s most travelled laptop.
Retired engineer Mike Fitzpatrick, 69, has taken his Acer Aspire 5630 on an extraordinary odyssey around the world, including two trips to Antarctica, after purchasing it in 2006 from PC Academy on Towngate.
Since then Mike and wife Christine, 68, have been on world cruises, visited China and just returned from a rail journey through Switzerland.
Despite taking the laptop to more than 70 countries spread over eight continents in journeys totalling around 100,000 miles, in five years he has never had a serious problem with it.
Mike, of Fox Lane, said: “The nearest I came to it not working was in Antarctica. It got to minus 20 and the screen froze and wouldn’t shut down.
“I ended up just dropping the batteries out for ten seconds and put them back in and it worked fine.
“After that I had a little blanket if I was outside on the deck in case the weather changed suddenly.
“Other than that it has soldiered on. It must have had over 20,000 photographs put through it.
“Only myself and my wife use it, and I bought a very good padded travel bag to carry it in.
“You can’t keep the grandchildren off it when they come, of course, but it soon recovers when they’ve gone.”
Mike and Christine’s next adventure is a trip across North Africa to the Black Sea and the Crimea in November.
Mike said: “These things are there to be seen, and you have got to get out there.”
PC Academy owner Neil Watkinson said: “A lot of people these days don’t treat them (PCs) properly.
“They pick them up by their screens and by their lids, so the life span for most laptops now is a maximum of about three years.
“It’s the same with batteries. You should run a laptop on the battery and charge it up when you’ve finished using it.
“A lot of people run them on the battery all the time, and they’re just killing the battery. It should be used like a mobile phone.
“If there are any computers I’ve sold before 2002 that are still being used, I’d like to know.”