1 August 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 7 August.

My mom once told me that once in a person's lifetime they have this one short moment that they remember for the rest of their lives. Do you think this is true? How could one small fragment of time be so important? Olivia. USA.

Look forward to reading your views and hearing about your memorable moments.

The Oracle.
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31 July 2014 / submitted by Al, Spain
Q.  Once Chris said that he would never ever played without the rest of the band. Did he changed his mind? I'm very sad, maybe Chris is thinking of a solo production and we'll have to say goodbye to Coldplay...
No. Chris has said that he won't go solo; not that he wouldn't play without the band. He's performed on his own many times before (& sometimes just with Jonny) so don't be sad. August is usually the month that everyone takes as holiday.

31 July 2014 / submitted by Kyle, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle! Does Coldplay take track flow into consideration when putting together their albums? I've just noticed how great the flow is on each record, especially Ghost Stories.
Absolutely! It's a very important part of making an album - even in these days where people may not listen to the tracks in order or the whole album.
A great deal of thought goes into tracklisting though the opening track is usually obvious.

31 July 2014 / submitted by Valentina, Italy
Q.  Will I ever find true love?
I believe starts within. Love yourself. If you do, you can receive from and give love to others.

30 July 2014 / submitted by Maria, Bulgaria
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I've noticed something a bit strange on the banner for Ghost Stories on iTunes - Chris' face seems to be blurred or at least not focused by the camera when the photo was taken. Is there a reason for this? Was it done on purpose for Guy, Jonny and Will to stand out?
I think they all look a little out of focus. It's just the way the photo turned out - probably because it was taken with little lighting. Incidentally, that photo was taken by Phil on his iPhone.

30 July 2014 / submitted by Davide , Italy
Q.  Hello Oracle,
Was 19 May the first time A Whisper has been played live or did they play it in 2003? Thanks so much
It wasn't played in 2003 but it was played in Seattle on September 4, 2002.

30 July 2014 / submitted by Dahlia, Czech Republic
Q.  Hi, do you ever hear music in your sleep while dreaming and remember what you heard when you wake up? Have any of the band members come up with a melody after being kissed by the muse of music in the middle of the night?
My music composing usually happens in that time right before drifting off. It's rather annoying because that means I don't (can't!) get up to record the melody. Of course I never remember them in the morning either. Just last week I was singing a song in my head that Ed Sheeran would be proud of - not that he needs help.
Chris doesn't sleep well but he is creative in the small hours of the night/morning.

29 July 2014 / submitted by Arga, Indonesia
Q.  Dear Oracle
A simple question, overall, how many concerts have been performed by Coldplay??
Apparently there have been 990 Coldplay shows.

29 July 2014 / submitted by Raoul, Italy
Q.  All-knowing Oracle, I think the only Coldplay song that has never been played live is A Spell, A Rebel Yell (which I love). Is there a particular reason? Will we be hearing it someday?

Keep on oraclin'!
There are more songs that have never been played live. Famously, Twisted Logic was never played on the Twisted Logic tour.
Off the top of my head, I can't recall ever hearing U.F.O, Up With The Birds, Ghost Story or All Your Friends played live either. I saw a clip of Prospekt's March at a soundcheck but not sure if appeared in a set. There are a few b sides unplayed too.
There's no particular reason - it can be one of many but it's doubtful you'll ever hear A Spell A Rebel Yell.

29 July 2014 / submitted by Maedeh, Iran
Q.  Hey there
My question is why did the band record Ghost Stories in Guy's home not in the bakery? Do they still own there?
The band still write & record at The Bakery (& Beehive) but not all the time.
Ghost Stories wasn't recorded at Guy's house; some parts were but not the whole album. Some of it was recorded in London, some in the U.S...