Jasmine’s blog One Day Edinburgh Tattoo


Went to the preview for the Edinburgh tattoo yesterday night. The tattoo happens every year throughout August. It is military parades and dances, some of it was amazing and hypnotic although later hypnotic turned to dreary for me as it got a bit repetitive. I enjoyed linking arms at the end though whilst whole arena sang Auld Lang Zie and fireworks were fired.


Jasmine’s blog: is Leith and Gyle Wullies and First shift working

The first shows start tomorrow so today just had to go in for three hours 9 – 12 to layout leaflets in box office, practice tills and in case any customer’s came in. We had few hotel guests looking at leaflets but no one bought any tickets.

When finished took bus to Leith to collect the Wullie statues there. There was lots of little ones in Leith’s shopping mall. Also in mall was a Proclaimer’s statue there was a two Procldimer statuses. Very approaute as Proclaimers had a song called Sunshine on Leith. It is much less annoying then 500 miles which I’m sick of hearing on student nights in Sheffield. Here is a link to video of Sunshine on Leith.


I then took bus to Gyle shopping centre and bagged another 3.

I now just need to go to the airport, South Queensferry and North Berrick to complete the Edinburgh part of the Oor Wullie trial. Maybe then could do some spotting of them in Glasgow.

Going to Edinburgh tatoo preview night later.

Jasmine’s blog: Colourful Wullie sporting spotting and monochrome Edinburgh zoo

Did some more Wullie spotting today. Got bus from where living in Portabella to Edinburgh Waverley station, then 5minutes on train, to Haymarket Station. Outside station was a Wullie sculpture appropriately called Made in Scotland. Then walked to St Margaret cathedral to see one called Healing Touch which had a spiritual aesthetic which seems appropriate outside a cathedral. Then walked to an area with flats in close to Haymarket and saw a Wullie with a nod to Shakespeare called Where art I Wullie.

Then 10minute walk to Edinburgh zoo. Love zoos, London zoo is where have most memories of my late Godmother Emma who became my Dad’s wife.

My two favourite animals were both monochrome. I was keen to see the pandas in the zoo. I first saw pandas in Hong Kong. When I was little I used to have a panda rucksack which used along with my pink suitcase when stayed at my Dad’s. Edinburgh zoo is the only place in the UK that have pandas. Loved seeing them chew on the bamboo and even spawled out asleep.

Penguin section was good. Few different types of penguins and was a tank could see them swim under the water because above ground level and had one clear side.

Jasmine’s blog: Willie spotting!


I said earlier,  when I was talking about my degree that I was a bit obsessed with sex. A couple of weeks ago someone was talking about how octopus 🐙 tentacles sprawl out and I got confused as thought they were talking about octopus testicles. Then today spent whole day thinking spotting Willie sculptures they don’t look like Willie’s! Only when I came to writing this did I realise that it was actually Wullie. Apparently Oor Wullie is a cartoon character that has been appearing in Sunday post since 1930s and is still popular today.

All the sculptures are of Wullie sitting on a bucket. There are two sizes some big ones that will be auctioned off at the end of summer to raise money for Scottish children’s hospitals. Then small ones that were created by schools and they go back to schools at end of summer. I know from Sheffield that after auctioned off you still see some of the sculptures. A few years ago they had an elephant sculpture trial. There is Arctic Monkey 🐵 one in Winter Gsrdens; the band came from Sheffield.

Then one a roof of Great Gatesby bar on Division Street. In a building called the diamond at uni there is a moth sculpture which was part of a trial that was mainly in Hull to honour Amy Johnson. Amy was born in Hull but studied at Sheffield university. An inspirational brave female pilot.

Saw absolutely loads and hope to see more tomorrow on last free day before start the training to work in box office for Fringe over the summer.

Jasmine’s blog: My degree

I’m currently between years 1 and 2 of my first year at Sheffield university studying for a BA in music and philosophy. I was not really sure what to study as not sure what want to do as a career. My Dad said go for what interested in and then afterwards will find way. Although he says as he is now a business man then business could be useful. My Mum surprisingly also thought business could be a good choice. My Mum also strongly favoured law. My Mum started as a researcher on tv shows that is how she met my Dad as he was a tv presenter at the time. After she split up with my Dad and married her second husband Callum she gave up work for a while to be a full time Mum although it was a role they came with a lot of holiday time. Whilst the two of them was on holiday I stayed with Dad and when I was not at school or occasionally when I should have been we went on holidays. When my Mum divorces Callum when I was 8 she became a legal secretary, this is how she met her third husband Tony and 4th husband Mark who are both solicitors. My Mum thinks law is a solid well paid career.

I looked at some law courses but was not sure, that was what wanted to do. I then started looking at other courses they could do a law conversion after. I like idea of being in court; I did drama at A level and from the screen it looks dramatic. However, no it is not that glamorous; Tony does something legal to do with companies and tax liabilities and Mark deals with house conveying which is when people use a solicited to buy and sell houses. Neither of them usually go to court they are in office most of the time, maybe seeing a few clients. Sounds interesting being involved in people buying houses but, Mark often does not meet the clients in person as they can just be posted the paperwork they need and then post it back when sign or leave it at the reception.

I’m interesting in people. I have wondered about teaching but,not got any experience of children as I’m an only child. I would have liked to have studied psychology or philosophy which they offered at local college but, my Mum insisted I stayed at my school six form. I had to wear a school uniform until I was nearly 18 and a half!!! From walking home 18year olds with tight white shirt and a skirt are leachroue men’s dream.

So I looked for degree courses featuring philosophy or psychology. This one caught my eye because also music. I love music! My parents say I have always since being a baby responded positively to music. I liked singing in the choir at school. The only instrument I have ever played is recorder at primary school. I’m unusual on my course because everyone play’s at least one if not more instruments! I’m thinking of asking for a guitar for Christmas though. Usually you need a music A level for the course but, I discussed my interest in philosophy with admissions guy and because my drama A level shows interest in performance I was accepted on to the course on the proviso that I would need to do more philosophy than music modules. Which is suiting me just fine as the philosophy modules are more interesting apart from popular music module this year. I have met so many people, because in first year no compulsory modules so everyone has different combinations of modules.

Last year I studied the following modules;

Introduction to music and psycholgy

Loved the idea of studying some psycholgy.

World Music

This was a lot about Africain music, I have nothing against Africains, but, got bit bored and wished it had been more diverse geographically as thought it would be.

Popular music

This is music from 60s onwards; which is all my type of music.


Sounds morbid. I was fascinated whole module on death. The death of my Father’s Mother and his 2nd wife has had a big affect on him. His Father died 3 years ago but, that has had less of an effect on him. The module looks out how people respond to death and whether we should fear it or treat it as normal part of life.


I have weird tastes: death and sex necrophiliacs. It has been very topical looking at gender issues as well as issues such as consent.

Reason and Arguemenyt Think this should come in useful as it is all about justifying your views and expressing them.

Writing philosophy think this one will also be useful in degree especially considering not previously studied philosophy.

Self and society This is all about why need laws. I considered studying law. My step Father Tony is a solicited. My Mum thinks law is a good area to get into as it pays well. I could after my degree do a law conversion.

History of Ethics. 10 There is a lot of information to take in as includes history of Western philosophers concepts including Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche, Rawls and Gilligan.

Next year, I’m going to study:

Music promotion I want to learn about the business side, in case I want to go into that side.

Music and wellbeing I’m enjoying philosophy and also like idea of psychology so wonder whether could go into something like that helping people like children or dementia patients. My Mum’s has got dementia.

Feminism I want to know more about this. I’am a feminist. Last year I marched in London to commentate 💯 year’s since women got the vote.

Philosophy of the arts hopefully this module will link well with music.

Philosophy of education think this will be useful in case I decide to be a teacher.

Political philosophy this was the most relevant sounding course for if I decide to go into law. In 3rd year there is a module called Philosophy of law, which I will do if still interested in law.

Jasmine’s debut blog: 15th July 2019

My Dad and I are in Edinburgh. We will (like we have done several other times, during my life) climb Arthur’s seat like my Dad did for the first time on this day in. They walked from where the love of his life Emma had been sharing a house in Rankeiler street. Emma is not my Mum though. My Dad and Emma did eventually get together after I was born but, first my Mum and Dad had me and called me Jasmine. I can not remember them being together; they are very different people! Anyway that meant my Dad did get to be with the love of his life Emma for a while but then she sadly died on this date. How strange a coincidence is that, that this One Day 15th July, became so significant to my Dad?

I have not always, seen my Dad on this day. Sometimes he has spent the day drinking alone or with adult company, even on weekends that were meant to be my weekend for staying at his. But we have been to Edinburgh on this One Day a few times.

This Edinburgh trip is a bit different! It is not just about commerating that One day, so significant to my parents. This one day, is a new chapter for me or maybe even a new book?; well at least it is going to be a blog! I’m starting my own Edinburgh adventure, I’m working up here over summer. I get to the experience the whole of the fringe and the other festivals in August. One day, I would like to perform at the fringe. My Dad appeared on tv. You may remember him *cringe* he was Dexter on ; a nineties show. Moving swiftly on from that… if I don’t perform, I could maybe write a show? Emma could perform and write. My Dad says she had lots of exciting roles in touring groups after university; although he did not see her in them, his self as he was busy travelling the world at that time.

God, I have waffled on so much; should edit but Dad wants us to set out to Alfred’s seat, so without further ado, I will just press publish eek!!!

Next step Rankeiler Street, Emma’s house where Dad and Emma set off from to climb, Arthur’s seat on 15thJuly1988.

This is Jasmine Alison Viola Mathew, signing off until next time, when I will update me on my Edinburgh adventures!!!!

One Day footsteps from 15Jul1988 by David Nicholas

After rereading One Day which starts and ends in Edinburgh. I found 17 Rankeillor Street where the book starts and walked from there to Arthur’s seat, like Emma and Dexter did in the book on 15Jul1988. Unfortunately weather was not as good as in the book. It rained all day and by the time I got to the top the mist totally white outed the view over Edinburgh. I took a few snaps before the top.

Arthur’s seat is within Holyrood park by the nearest entrance to the house. The houses are walked past on the way looked quite new, so possibly were not there in 1988. Near the entrance was a post box which was probably in the same place.

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