20 December 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
As the end of 2014 draws to a close, who would you like to thank and / or what would you give thanks for over the past year?
My thank you goes to all you fans who come back here and ask your questions and join Team Oracle to help others. I receive feedback from many who also thank you.
It's funny how things can change so fast. Last week when I was thinking about what I was thankful for, I had a clear idea of one answer I would give but in a turn of events, this week my answer is different. I am thankful for the NHS. It may be over-stretched with waiting times at A&E getting longer but I realise my health is so important & feel privileged to have a service at my disposal that I had the need for.
Wishing everyone a happy & peaceful festive season.
Over to you.

I hope it's ok if my ONE person I would like to thank for is our German Coldplay Facebook Fangroup.
We can share emotions, news, videos, songs, we discuss , we helped each other with the ticket shenenigans during Ghost Stories concerts which were very small... we finally met in Munich, ( about one third of the group ) and I got the feeling I would know them all for a very long time although we once all met online - only a few have visited each other before. It was amazing that so many of us got tickets. And I found good friends there :). So I hope for a wonderful 2015 :). It's wonderful if you find people who understand you and like the same music as you. Maren.

I'd like to thank to all the people that has made my life happier in this ending year. To every person that has helped me on the way (friends, family, some special band). I'd even love to thank those persons that made me go through a rough time, because thanks to them I learnt not to trip over the same rock again. I'd like to thank life for bringing me great experiences. Thank-you 2014 for being better than the last year and thanks health for being good with me and the people I care about. Have yourself a merry little christmas and a big and happy new year.
PS: Thank you Oracle for letting me say thank you. MDLA.

I am thankful for my parents and for the sole fact that they are my best friends. My father lost his father last year and his mother has been in the hospital since September. He was also diagnosed with a rare disorder in which the calcium in his body attacks his spinal cord and no doctor will help him because they don't want to deal with narcotics (he has to take them to be able to function at all). My mentally handicapped brother has been on and off different medications, which has made it difficult on my mother who takes care of him (he's 30 this December and can be a handful for my mother who has health issues herself, but she doesn't want to let him go yet and can't get help because no one will come out to where we live to help her). I suffer from mental health issues (Depression, OCD, Anxiety, etc.) and I know that I can be a hassle to them both, but no matter what they are put through, they are always willing to do anything they can for me and for my family.
I am also thankful that my fiance has been there for me. He is my best friend and my only friend (other than my parents) and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be here right now. He's my rock and my everything and no matter what happens, he is and will always be by my side.
Jennifer, Canada.

It's so difficult for me to have to choose one person from the abundance of people that have supported me this year, but out of all the people stands a special person that wasn't necessarily physically present with me, but has done so much for me. He's done a lot for me without really knowing that he was there for me, but I never got the opportunity to thank him personally mainly because not only is he really busy, but I never even got to meet him. That man, is Jonny Buckland. Yes, Coldplay's guitarist. I hope he reads this and knows how much he has made me feel elated. I would love to thank him from the bottom of my heart for making my year a blessed one. Thank you, Jonny. Solaf.

Last Christmas I got married so it's time to thank to my husband. One great gift for our anniversary is the movie Unbroken because my husband has also survived war by believing and forgiving. His story is almost like Louis'. I thank him for being my support more than I expect. He never judges anyone, he's so peaceful, positive and hardworking,he never complains. I thank him for travelling together, enjoying small things like they were miracles and being dance partners for 4 years. Thank you for so many days and nights we spent dancing and practicing sports together!
I also thank to Coldplay for singing from above right into my heart. Our connection started 13 years ago when I was 15 and I am endlessly thankful to them and all their crew. Including our Oracle: Thank you for being my window into world of Coldplay and letting me advice people on Friday's problems. THANK YOU. I thank to God for having love, Coldplay, Team Oracle, music, dance, family,sea and each others. Wish you blessings, joy and Miracles this Christmas! Become and stay Unbroken. Forever. Love, Kamili.

This year has been the most hurtful year I've ever known and in my heart, I think the people I would thank most for helping me through it are my coworkers. They created a place of reprieve for me to come everyday by simply accepting from me whichever self showed up that day. No questions, no pushing, no drama, just kindness and caring and appreciation for who I am and what I was going through. And love. They truly make me feel loved everyday, and I needed that this year more than ever. In all honesty, I'm just glad the year is nearly over so I can put it all behind me.
Much love to you all, Miranda.

There's always a lot to be thankful for. I guess the most important thing is that me, my family and friends are all in good health and that even though there were some bumps along the way, 2014 was a great year! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! Amanda.

Andrew - who left my life as quickly as he entered it, who taught me so much in so little time, who has been so much to me even before we met, who still is even though we won't really meet for a while, who has no idea exactly how much he helped me. Even though I met him last September, I think he became even more important as this year began. Victoria.

Seriously, and this may sound biased, but I never knew being a fan could be so exciting! Managed to see Coldplay 2.5 times live this year (the third time I couldn't see properly) and had other CP related stuff happen too! It has genuinely made this a memorable year for me, and I'd just like to thank the guys and the CP team for being so damn spiffing. ;)

I am thankful for the "Lists of things that need to be done" that keep me organized when I am pulling my hair out to get Christmas Day ready. Thankful for the presents that need to be wrapped to see the smiles on my family & friends faces around me who open them. Thankful for that extra person my cousin brings on Christmas (oops forgot to tell ya I was bringing someone) because I will have given that person a warm place to celebrate with laughter. Thankful I am healthy because there are sick people that need to be made better. Thankful for my job because there are many who are in need of an income who cannot find one. Thankful for the sun, the water & the stars. All of which is such a big part of my life here. Thankful for the food & wine we serve on Christmas because I know there are people who are hungry. Thankful for my kids avoiding doing the Christmas dinner dishes as I hear them giggle with their cousins upstairs. Thankful for the music & art in my life that makes me whole, brings me joy & lets me be me. Above all, I am thankful for my family and friends. Without them, I would have nothing at all.
Merry Christmas Oracle, Christa.

I'd like to thank LIFE for this year because I am grateful of everything that has happened in 2014.
I'd also like to thank all those amazing people who appeared in my life this year. Thanks to them I've changed, learnt and improved a lot. I wish the same to everyone on this Earth : find a way and peace...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, may 2015 be better and all your wishes granted!
Love, Sarah.

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Merry Christmas!

19 December 2014 / submitted by Leonardo, Mexico
Q.  Hello Oracle !

I want to know what happens to the songs not included in any of the album's Coldplay. Someday will be revealed ?

Greetings from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
The majority just remain on file, unreleased. Some were used as b sides when b sides were more prevalent.
Obviously in the case of Prospekt's March, some tracks formed a post-album E.P.
There are no rules as to where unreleased songs end up but if they don't appear on a b side or E.P, they're not generally "revealed".

19 December 2014 / submitted by Curtis, United States of America
Q.  Have you ever caught a fish?
Yes! When I was very young (on holiday) & I think my dad helped me. He probably caught it and let me think I did but I'm claiming it.
I used to have a stream in my back garden & once my friend caught a fish there with his bare hands! His bare hands I tell you!

19 December 2014 / submitted by Xiamar, United States of America
Q.  What is Coldplay's thoughts on allowing us to use their songs for video projects for Youtube as long as we credit them for the song & have purchase links?
That's not how it works. It doesn't really matter what the band think.
Their music is copyrighted but they don't own the copyright so can't grant permission.

18 December 2014 / submitted by Stanislav, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I know that In My Place was not originally intended for AROBTTH and the beginning of Violet Hill had been written long before Viva came to fruition.
Are there any other songs, perhaps in MX or GS, that have been 'leaked' in from other eras? Thank you!!
That's not true; In My Place was always intended for AROBTTH.
It was written & played live during the Parachutes tour so was the first song written for the second album. It proved tricky to record though.
Some songs were written early (like In My Place) & some were late (like Up In Flames, MX). Some almost didn't make it (like Talk, X&Y).
There are obviously loads of songs that were written & not included anywhere.
It's not a case of leaking over but more of fitting or being ready.

18 December 2014 / submitted by Gareth, Canada
Q.  Hi Oracle! I just recently flew on an Air Canada flight and they were showing the Ghost Stories live concert which was awesome. I noticed however that the upcoming CD/DVD doesn't include non-Ghost Stories tracks such as Clocks, Viva and others that were shown in the concert on the flight.. Do you know if they'll be releasing a full concert version later on? Thanks for your time! Cheers! Gareth
No. The TV special that was aired may be a slightly different version but the DVD that's been released is the only one planned - without the non-Ghost Stories tracks.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Adam, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi, just wondering the Ink single isn't in your Recordings section, it was an official single, right?
I'm only answering this because it is a newly received question and Ink IS in the Recordings section. You may need to clear cache / cookies. Hopefully it will then show up.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Isaiah, United States of America
Q.  Oracle,
I can't find Miracles or the lyrics in the Recordings section of the website. I have the same problem with Wish I Was Here. Are they not official releases by the band, or do you just not put soundtrack songs on the recordings section? I'm confused because Atlas is there and Miracles isn't.
Miracles is coming to Recordings but as Wish I was Here isn't a release, it isn't.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Emma , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I just moved school and hardly EVER get to see my best friend from my old school. How could I get our mum's to make a plan??
The same happened to me when I was at school and this was a long time before the Internet so we resorted to writing letters for a few years. We did manage to get together a couple of times but alas, a less tech world scuppered the friendship.
Take advantage of video calls and social media. Maybe you should both start a savings pot specifically for meeting up again. I reckon if you and your friend show your mums you're determined to remain mates despite the move, they will help to arrange something.

16 December 2014 / submitted by Chris, United States of America
Q.  Is this movie actually happening? As a Coldplay/Foo Fighters fan, I would absolutely love it!!
Not so much "happnening" as "happened"! This is very old news - going back as far as 2002.
I've answered questions about it before in 2009, 2012 & 2013.