Welcome to John Abbey's site


I hope you will find the information on here enjoyable and informative. If you have any comments, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

The site gives readers an insight into who I am and my evaluation and thoughts on a whole range of issues that affect all of us; from major concerns such as the state of the global economy to  personal passions, such as photography. I also couldn't resist telling the story of Sophie Scholl, a young woman who paid the ultimate price for standing by her principles. 

I had no intention of developing a personal website. This certainly wasn't planned. In fact I actually see this whole exercise as a little narcissistic. Anyway, due to not knowing what to do with a number of papers I had
written, I was spurred on. I can at least take comfort in the fact that there are nearly half a billion Facebook uses all with their own little bit of narcissism going on, but then wasn't it Freud who believed that some narcissism is an essential part of all of us from birth. I wouldn’t be surprised if a "no show" on the web in some form will one day be viewed by society as a rather introvert act or worse still, a sign of being slightly odd, rather like not having a phone or television is today.

I do not claim to be an academic, far from it, but I would like to say I have taken the time to do my research on whatever I have written. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with my conclusions, but I hope at least the work I've done stands up to scrutiny. An old friend of mine, Inga Haag, drummed it into me that before I open my mouth I should make sure I know exactly what I am talking about. “Research my boy, make sure you do your research.”

I live in London, but due to my work, I spend a great deal of time overseas, particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Oh yes and the picture above, that's me somewhere near the Sudan border in 1986 after walking about 2,000 miles.

John