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February 28, 2003 - NME.com:

Lives in a, erm, very big castle...

BLUR bassist ALEX JAMES wants to write a book about music - and then own a castle.

The star, currently preparing for the band's comeback with new album 'Think Tank'' due out on May 5, has revealed his long-term plans in one of his regular postings on the band's official website blur.co.uk.

He said: "It's been another glorious week in rock, chasing dreams, wedding dresses, locations, backing singers, fried breakfasts, yoga, running, photos, interviews, new assistant called Amber, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sam Taylor-Wood. Ding dong merrily on high.

"I'm going to write a book probably about music, but I don't know. You can do whatever you want and everything can change. You start off as an ordinary person who has done some interesting things and if you keep going you eventually become an interesting person. That's what happens.

"I want a fuck off castle and I'm going to get one. Dreams become reality - it's inevitable."

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Blur are to play a four night residency in London - and tickets, priced 20, go on sale at 9am tomorrow (March 1).

The group, who travel out to the US for an appearance at the Coachella Festival (April 26), will play at the London Astoria on May 8, 9, 10 and 12.

For tickets, click here [link down] after 9am on Saturday (March 1) or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

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