Dr. Alex James

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Alex James is the bassist in avant-garde Britpoppers Blur who turned full-time cheese maker, and has been handed a free (sorry 'honorary') doctorate by Bournemouth University. Talking about his new title of Doctor Of Arts, Dr James said, ‘I'm absolutely chuffed to bits but not as chuffed as my mum who's doing somersaults in the corner somewhere. It feels hugely flattering. It's a great honour and what's really nice is coming back to Bournemouth, which holds a very dear place in my heart.’

Adding, ‘Blur formed in an art college, we were very much the product of an arts education system. I really don't think it matters what you do. You just have to follow your heart and do the thing you love the most. I think arts education is absolutely vital. It's one of the things we're absolutely brilliant at.’

We’re not envious, one little bit.

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