Ship Shape Storage & The Portsmouth Society

The Portsmouth Society are a local voluntary civic society concerned with ‘preserving the best of Portsmouth’s environment: buildings, streets, open spaces and seashore, and in encouraging well designed new buildings and amenities.’ I recently joined a few members in reviewing recent planning applications made to Portsmouth City Council. I too am interested in that preservation and also in the growth of the local economy, improvement in living standards, building and creating a more varied, interesting and stimulating environment for residents and visitors.

It was with some delight that we came upon an application which at first seemed a little strange and intriguing but turned out to be reason for excitement and anticipation.

This is the site that will potentially meet those arriving in Portsmouth via the M275/A3 at the northern end of Commercial Road. Personally I think its brilliant.

Its a self-storage site, complete with 15″ twin gun turret and communications tower. A great addition to the naval and maritime waterfront city. Unmissable. Two industrial units, use class B1/B8 (office & storage/warehousing)  with associated car parking – one of which is to mimic a ship. Of course it is.

Thanks to Dean, John, Robin and Terry for letting me join them. I hope to attend again and will report on some applications here.


The MindOS Model & Psychological Growth

(This post has become a more detailed page on my site, continue reading here)

When a scientist wants to understand something about the world he builds a model. In engineering or architecture the practitioner builds a physical model that behaves in ways similar to the ‘real’ or full size example. In physics, the physicist builds a mathematical model combining the laws of nature discovered via the scientific method. The model of reality is then poked and prodded, subjected to tests and experiments, broken apart and added to. Depending on the type of model, the poking and prodding can be done via physical stresses as in the case of engineering or architecture, or mathematical and theoretical manipulations as in the case for physics.

The MindOS model put together by Dr Paul drawing on various strands of psychology is similar. It is a representation of the reality of the human mind – your and my psychology. A miniature copy. It can be broken down into its component parts relatively simply and used to understand ourselves and, the hope is, to ‘improve’ ourselves or to engage in what is termed ‘psychological growth’.

Psychological growth is adding to your spirit. If your spirit is everything that you are, then psychological growth is a maturing of your spirit, greater Life. The opposite, psychological decline, is regression and Death, immaturity, stagnation.

Psychological growth is greater intellect and more creativity, higher well-being and strength of identity, greater conscience and more intuition, setting goals and working towards them, more education and more experience. Greater confidence growing psychologically. Self control and ‘acting on purpose’ is psychological growth.

A mature and highly attuned sense of self awareness is essential if one is to engage in any psychological growth.

Each element of our character described above fits into the MindOS model in a simple, beautiful way that becomes elegant to the observer to the extent that it all seems perfectly obvious once understood and seen in clear diagrams. Elegance, simplicity and beauty are the hallmarks of amazing models. Relativity, and Einsteins Mass/Energy equivalence : E=mc², are examples in the world of physics.

MindOS describes each individual element of our psychology, our character, everything that we are and then combines all the parts into a coherent whole, a simple and elegant model that we each can use, everyday, to help with our psychological growth and making our way in the world as we go about our lives making decisions, learning, experiencing, feeling, sensing, associating and interacting with each other and the world itself.


Addendum – I need to add a quick something here. MindOS teaches how to grow and develop psychological ‘resources’ – Confidence, Well-Being, Intuition, Conscience, Logic & Creativity, how to build personal strength and to clarify ones preferences and develop and strengthen ones identity. As a corollary to this, negative and destructive aspects to ones character and identity are slowly removed as a consequence. Such things include depression, aggression, sadness, worry, complaining, anxiety, naivety, confusion or obsessiveness and amorality.

I am not currently aware of any sites from which a copy of the original MindOS publication can be legitimately purchased, I paid around £50 for my copy from Dr Paul some years back. I have recently seen it available for download on at least one site and I know that if Dr Paul were active online he would likely be attempting to have it removed as he would actively be protecting his work. I cannot in good conscience provide you with a link.

Events Calendar Updates

The journey from dependence, to independence and on to interdependence involves firstly becoming self sufficient. I’m going to skip straight over that here and on to the interdependence part. We’re a social species and achieve so much more when we work together. When we’re in the flow it feels natural for us because it is natural for us.

Sometimes though people find it hard to get there through nervousness or feeling awkward. Calling it a stuffy sounding word like ‘networking’ doesn’t help. Learn what you are there to learn but half the beauty and benefit is from making connections. Just mingle, meet people, learn something along the way and talk about what you’re involved in. Dreams and wishes, creative ideas, current working arrangements and patterns, stumbling blocks and hurdles or one of my favorites, goals!

A great beauty of networking is stumbling across the unexpected boon. Its serendipity when it happens, a gift from the gods.

Each month I am checking on around 30 sites and organisations for Property, Business and Self Development related events to include in my local events calendar – I’ll refine it as I go. It can become quite a chore for people to constantly search for events useful to them so I’m doing the searching for South Hampshire and listing them all here on my site for anyone to browse through and find something useful. I’ll tweet each update and highlight any standouts.

Any suggestions then give me a poke.

Click here for the Calendar.