Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 4th 2010 6:43AM by Julian Marszalek
Following Blur's lay-off in the early part of the last decade, the bassist and his family moved from London to the more bucolic environs of Kingham in Oxfordshire where he successfully changed careers by making cheese and growing wheat.
"I'm trying very hard to write a book -- I'm just finishing it so I'm going into my bunker and emerge in the spring. It's like a 'Year In Provence'-type thing -- only cheesier," he confirmed.
Peter Mayle's best-selling Provence-based book concerned the adventures of an advertising executive and his wife who left behind the rat-race of London to live a more rural existence in France and James recognises the similarities in the concepts.
"We bought the farm on our honeymoon and if we hadn't had been in the throes of romance, we'd never have done anything so ridiculous. But like many people, we don't look back," he said.
"It's very absorbing, living in the country," he added. "It has very different rhythms to city life which you sort of grow into. It is very different to the city but the more you stay here, the more it grows on you. It's subtle but it's powerful."